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Off My Mind: Who Will Become The New Venom?
by Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero on
Will the next Venom be a new or a familiar face?
As part of Marvel's new Point 1 Initiative (where the issues with a .1 after the number mark a jumping on point for new readers), Amazing Spider-Man #654.1 will feature the birth of a new Spider-Man. There will be a new webslinger bonded to the Venom symbiote and he will be showing Peter Parker up in the hero department.
In other words, we're getting a new Venom.
Those of you that are not reading Amazing Spider-Man lately (shame on you) might be wondering what happened to the past Venoms. Why is there a need for a new one?
== TEASER ==
When Eddie Brock got cancer, it was revealed that the symbiote was feeding off it and was keeping him alive. Eddie had a change of heart after returning to religion and wanted to be rid of the symbiote. He auctioned the suit off for $100 million (which he gave to charity). It was bought by crimelord Don Fortunato, who gave it to his son, Angelo. Angelo turned out to be a chump and the suit let him fall to his death when it realized how unworthy he was. The symbiote then bonded with Mac Gargan, formerly known as Scorpion. When Gargan was captured at the end of Siege, he and the suit were separated. Now the suit will have a new host.
At first I wondered if the new Venom could be one of the former ones. Eddie is now Anti-Venom after Mr. Negative cured him of his cancer and transformed him (plus it was current writer Dan Slott that wrote that story arc so we can assume he won't try to reverse that). Angelo is dead and Mac was seen in issue #649at the Raft, with hints of the return of Scorpion. With the suit at the Raft, it could manage to escape whatever containment they have it in and there would be many potential hosts (that hate Spider-Man) to choose from. This won't be the case as the information for issue #654.1 suggests this Venom will be more of a hero.
One character that readers have been suggesting was Peter Parker's former roommate and police officer, Vin Gonzalez. When we saw Gonzalez released from prison, he revealed to Harry Osborn that he had a goblin tattoo and was now somehow involved with Norman Osborn. Vin did the right thing by testifying against fellow corrupt police officers and admitting blame for his part, but having a connection to Osborn doesn't suggest that he would now have noble intentions.
Another name I heard mentioned by someone with a connection to Marvel is John Jameson. He's still active in the Air Force and J. Jonah Jameson mentioned he was about to go on a daring mission. The doctors at the Raft suggested they were going to get top men to study the symbiote. Unless the government wants to try to make a hero with the symbiote and John volunteers, I don't quite see the connection or how he and the suit could end up bonding.
Of course there's the possibility that the new Venom won't be someone that Spider-Man already knows. This would make more sense. There doesn't have to be a connection between Venom and Spider-Man each time. It makes sense that the symbiote will seek out someone with feelings towards Spider-Man but taking an existing character and making them Venom is too much of a coincidence.
What are your thoughts on a new Venom? Do you want it to be Eddie or Mac? Are you hoping it'll be Vin or John? Would you rather see a new character become Venom? Will we discover his identity right away or will we be kept guessing? Amazing Spider-Man #654.1 is due in February but we'll be on the look out for any clues before then.