Spider-Man has always had a colorful gallery of villains. While formidable, none, save Norman Osborn, really proved to be deadly. Most had cool designs but they never really gave Spider-Man too much of a fight. But then came along Eddie Brock.
Eddie first appeared as a newspaper reporter. He might have been a bit of a jerk but that didn't make him a Spider-Man villain. Eddie Brock got a tip as to who the Sin Eater was. Running the story was big for his career. When Spider-Man captured the true Sin Eater and Eddie was fired for writing a false story, his hatred for Spider-Man began.
Contemplating ending it all, the alien symbiote suit found him, they joined and Venom was born. Armed with Spider-Man's powers and knowing his secret identity, Eddie became a deadly enemy. Constantly threatening to eat Spider-Man's brains, there was no limit to what Eddie would do as Venom. Up until he decided to become a lethal protector and moved away from being a pure villain. Now as Anti-Venom, Eddie is adamant that he wants to be a hero. Is this the best move for the character?== TEASER ==
The reality is, when villains become overly popular, the common practice is to turn them into a hero or anti-hero. Whether it's the fans or the publishers, the idea of a deadly insane killer having their own comic or miniseries is something we don't usually see.
Sometimes villains can successfully be turned good without the character completely losing their identity like Magneto or Emma Frost. Other times they simply revert back to their dark ways like Sabretooth or Sandman. The premise of the Thunderbolts is villains become heroes. Eddie Brock/Venom as a hero just never felt right.
The name Anti-Venom may not be the best but Eddie's new look and powers have potential. Eddie just hasn't been cool since he turned into a hero. There are benefits such as more exposure. I mentioned villains not being able to or allowed to carry their own books. This means they're limited to their appearances as the villain fighting a hero in the hero's book.
We all know the hero always wins and so the villain ends up looking like a chump. If a villain continued to pop into different styles, they lose their charm. Being defeated in battle after battle makes them look bad.
Seeing Eddie talk about trying to be a hero, even though he's been claiming to want to be one for years, still doesn't sound right. He almost sounds silly and juvenile claiming to have the desire to fight the real bad guys. This isn't the Eddie Brock I knew and enjoyed. Eddie needs to regain that deadly edge he once had. I'm not saying he needs to start trying to eat people's brains again but what it comes down to is, Eddie seems like a wuss.
I know I can't be the only one that wants to see Eddie simply cut loose again. In Amazing Spider-Man #663, he's chasing a drug dealer trying to find Mr. Negative. After he can't get information out of him, he simply tosses him in the river. Ooooh, real scary Mr. Brock. I'm not saying he should rip off his head or anything but throwing someone into the water isn't that big of a deal, even if the guy didn't have a towel to dry off afterwards.
The solution Marvel will most likely stick to is continue to make him an anti-hero. He could be a cold vigilante like Punisher and unleash his violent ways on the scum of the Earth. The execution of this still needs work.
In his recent miniseries, Anti-Venom: New Ways to Live, Eddie trying to save a junkie felt absurd. It's important for a character to have a human side so we can relate to them easier, especially when they're tearing their enemies apart. Eddie needs to return to his darker roots. He doesn't have to be a pure villain since they often come across as one-dimensional. Let's see a less child-like Eddie use his new powers to tear apart his enemies. Harping on about wanting to be taken seriously and not have people think he's crazy makes him sound...crazy.
I don't want Eddie necessarily to become a full-on villain again. That reduces him to villain-of-the-month appearances. It's great that he wants to do the right thing but the way he says it makes him sound too childish. Where is the harsh-talking Eddie Brock we used to have? He's been around for too long to be reduced to this need-for-redemption state. I want to see him get raw on his enemies. We don't need a touchy-feely Eddie Brock. We need something closer to what he once was.