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Off My Mind: Why Flash Thompson Should Be Venom

Has the identity of the 'new' Venom been revealed? Here's why Flash should be given a chance as Venom.

We've been waiting to discover who the new Venom will be and apparently the cat was let out of the bag. There's bound to be hardcore Venom fans demanding that Eddie Brock return to the symbiote but that's just not going to happen anytime soon. Perhaps someday. For now, we have a new host to look forward to. 
 
Originally I thought Vin Gonzalez, Peter Parker's former roommate and former NYPD police officer would somehow get roped in. Seeing his behavior and Goblin tattoo after being released from prison, this possibility seemed unlikely. 
 
Marvel then released a tiny bit of information stating that the government would be in control of the symbiote so that led me to believe it would be John Jameson. How ironic would that be given that his father, J. Jonah Jameson, cannot stand anything that has to do with the wall crawler. John's current story bringing him back to his astronaut roots started making his chances go down. Plus he's had too many different identities and adding Venom might be too much.
 
Then there was Flash Thompson. Flash Thompson first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15. He hated Peter Parker but was Spider-Man's #1 fan. He has developed a friendship with Peter years later but his life was drastically changed in Amazing Spider-Man # 574.  
 
Why does all this make him the best choice in becoming the new Venom? 
 == TEASER == 
Flash has always wanted to be a hero. He was abused as a child living with his alcoholic father. He became a bully because that was his only outlet for his anger. Seeing Spider-Man in action, he was the first to cheer him on and saw him for the hero he was. Flash even dressed as Spider-Man in order to make Puny Parker learn to respect the hero (Flash's plan ended with him getting kidnapped by Doctor Doom, who was looking for the real Spider-Man).  
 
It wasn't until Flash enlisted in the Army that we saw his character getting serious. He became the hero that he always wanted. Returning to the States, he got a hero's welcome but it didn't last long. Unfortunately, he didn't have a lot of options in terms of a career. He worked for Norman Osborn (who drugged him, got him drunk and caused him to get in a car accident to ruin his life as a way to get a rise out of Spider-Man) and later spent some time as a Gym teacher at Midtown High. Going back to serving his country, Flash found himself in the middle of another conflict. While under heavy gunfire, Flash managed to save a fellow officer but wound up losing both his legs. 
He's been seen with prosthetic legs but his chances of being the hero he wanted to be really seemed slim now. That's where the Venom symbiote suit comes in. If the government is looking for a volunteer, you know Flash would be the first. He would absolutely love to become a web-slinger. The suit could easily compensate for his lack of legs. 
 
Flash Thompson as Venom will indeed have an affect on Peter's life. Flash would be one of the last people he'd want to be mixed up with the dangers of the suit. It will be interesting to see if the Venom suit will have any recollection of Spider-Man's identity. How would suit react to being bonded with someone who thinks so highly of Spider-Man when it feels like a jilted lover after Spider-Man abandoned it? Will Flash Thompson become addicted to the power of the suit? Will he be able to wear the suit and be a hero or will he start getting urges of eating people's brains? Would Spider-Man know who is wearing the suit right away? Will Betty Brant, Flash's girlfriend, know about the dangerous missions he goes on?  
 Apparently it was accidentally leaked out that Flash would be the new Venom (Marvel has seemingly confirmed it but we'll find out for sure in Amazing Spider-Man #654.1 in a couple weeks). There's the tiny chance that the leak was to throw people off (but that seems unlikely). If Flash Thompson does indeed become Venom, I applaud this decision. Flash Thompson has evolved so much over the years. He went from a bully to a soldier to a friend to a hero that suffered a loss. As if losing his legs wasn't a big change, becoming an actual superhero is a huge step for him. And to think, some people feel the Spider-Man characters haven't been given a chance to change over the years. Flash Thompson may not be the number one choice of Venom fans but he could add a new dynamic to the character that we haven't seen before.
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Posted by Caligula

very well spoken G-Man.

Posted by JesterKing

This sounds like something I'd pick up

Posted by Gawdzilla

Marvel has revealed that Venom will be Flash :
http://marvel.com/news/story/15094/the_next_big_thing_venom

Posted by JPJordan

As soon as I read the title of the article, i was like, YES that sounds really good.

Posted by Band Lone

Make sense G :)

Edited by Rich-Man

er.... Flash hasnt got any legs?? bad choice! bring back Eddie Brock! 

Posted by NightFang

I'm sorry but Eddie Brock, is the only true Venom. 

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Posted by perry_411

Eddie Brock or kill the symbiote!

Posted by zmanm407

That would be a step in the right direction if you're right
Posted by Caligula
@Rich-Man said:
" er.... Flash hasnt got any legs?? bad choice! bring back Eddie Brock!  "
@NightFang said:
" I'm sorry but Eddie Brock, is the only true Venom.  "
you haven't even given Flash's Venom a chance yet? at least read one issue before saying "EDDIE!!!EDDIE!!!"
Posted by perry_411

I'm calling Shenanigans on the G-man, the identity was revealed at 5pm yesterday by Marvel, and now he does a write-up. 

Posted by Dr. Detfink

In lesser hands, this is a bad idea but Remender is so good that I can see it working...

Posted by longbowhunter
@perry_411:
The identity of Venom was revealed last weekend by editor Steve Wacker during an interview. 
 
I think this is a great idea. I'm jazzed for this series.    
Posted by Caligula
@perry_411 said:
" I'm calling Shenanigans on the G-man, the identity was revealed at 5pm yesterday by Marvel, and now he does a write-up.  "
the Info was originally leaked in an interview with the creators. Marvel most likely just went public with it because it was so wide-spread already it wasn't a secret anymore.
Posted by perry_411
@Caligula: Seriously, you give credit for him doing what?
Posted by growup

agreed
Posted by G-Man
@perry_411: @longbowhunter: It was 'leaked' last week accidentally. I'll admit I was skeptical. It's not like Marvel has never put out false information in order to trick us. Would Marvel do a fake press release/interview to further throw us off? Unlikely but with the way new leaks spread on the internet, it would be a bold and brilliant move. I started my write up/research before and had intended this to go up yesterday but put it on hold to write up about possible actresses for Lois Lane. 
 
This is just my argument why Flash is/would be a great choice.
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Posted by Caligula
@perry_411 said:
" @Caligula: Seriously, you give credit for him doing what? "
what are you talking about. He is reporting ComicBook news... that's part of his job, so yeah i'm giving him credit for doing his job.
Posted by ComicMan24

I might check it. I like what I have read from Remender so far.

Posted by perry_411
@Caligula: I got misdirected anger issues..this is going to be worse than Gargan. 
Posted by Caligula
@perry_411 said:
" @Caligula: I got misdirected anger issues..this is going to be worse than Gargan.  "
Give it a chance though before you kill it.
Posted by G-Man
@perry_411: Not that it would help but I believe someday we'll see Eddie return to the symbiote. I was not a fan of Gargan as Venom (and wrote why I was happy to see the return of the Scorpion). A military operated Venom is completely far from what the character should be but at least it's something different and not just someone else trying to mimic Eddie/Venom. I'm willing to go along for the ride to see where this goes.
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Posted by perry_411

The inability to create new characters and write-off old ones is the biggest weakness in comics. There's a reason that comic book deaths have so long been ignored by readers and the public. The Superman "death", the Blue Superman,Jean Grey(3 times?) it's just gotten out of hand. This is worse, you can't have a handicapped person make a contribution vis a vis Barbara Gordon, unless they have superpowers. How long does it take the symbiote to give him legs..30 seconds? Oh are they going to use this as a weird way to dodge attacks? How about when he walks near fire or is near a heat source and is crawling his way out of things. By rules of the symbiote augmenting regular strength, he shouldn't be able to jump as there would be no calves to spring with. It's not like Flash is pivotal, and somehow Spider-Man needs help. He's always been alone.

Posted by perry_411
@G-Man: They've written Eddie out of the Venom arc, the Anti-Venom stops him from re-attaching, cured his cancer,  and his immunity to flame and sonics would stop him from wanting the symbiote back. What's the word on Carnage? Is he going to be reconstituted as Cletus?
Posted by darksoul7th

Hell No!

Posted by k4tzm4n

Marvel DID confirm it in Tuesday's interview with writer Rick R, btw.
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Posted by G-Man
@perry_411: Don't get me started on "Anti-Venom." But since this is comics, I'm not ruling out the return of Eddie. IF it happens, it won't be for a while. I just feel someday somehow it'll happen. 
 
@k4tzm4n: Someone mentioned that it was confirmed. I didn't see the 'official' release yesterday. It was five a.m. when I posted this. And I'm just saying why I think Flash would make a good Venom (at least for now).
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Posted by Nefarious

No....just no.
Posted by gethere

some one tell men what is wrong with Eddie being anti- venom i mean he has is power back if not better than ever I honestly believe that was set up so Eddie never has been venom again especially  with all that character development . You think it is best just to ignore that just because of fan boys.  

Posted by Unknown Soldier

I think it would be better to have a more mature Venom, I'm kind of done with all of the brain eating.

Posted by G-Man
@gethere: For me, I love Dan Slott (who wrote New Ways To Die) but I do NOT like the name "Anti-Venom." As far as Eddie BEING Anti-Venom, why haven't we seen more?
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Posted by comicbikerscott

yes
Posted by gethere
@G-Man: true that name could be better and I wish he was around more, although I now hearing rumors that he might return in the new venom series as a antagonistic/ supporting role for the venom, but who knows ? 
Posted by Txapote

  Well, I like Mac Gargan as Venom.

Posted by Hanian

I think this will be great. Brilliant choice if it was John or Vin I wouldn't of brothered to get it now I can't wait. It's gonna be very interesting to see what they will do and where they go with him. As for Eddie being Venom again can't exactly rule that out they tried to kill him off when he sold his suit but as G-man said it won't be for a long time.

Posted by MzombieX

I like the idea of Flash as the new Venom. Of course many would like to see Eddie come back someday, but until then this is an interesting new direction.
Edited by waruikumo

I like the idea.  Although hope it stays largely OUT of ASM current continuity and is allowed to develop on its own (think Hercules).  Where it's more flash as a wetworks agent, and the issues with wet works and flash's disability.   
 
Call me a child of the 1990s, but I really really like the redesign of the costume.  

Posted by carnivalofsins00
@Gawdzilla:  So all the secrecy just to reveal it before the issue comes out? =/
Posted by SilverZeo

Now that Peter is out of school, Flash needs to have a role to bug him and make his life a living hell!

Posted by InnerVenom123
@G-Man said:
" @gethere: For me, I love Dan Slott (who wrote New Ways To Die) but I do NOT like the name "Anti-Venom." As far as Eddie BEING Anti-Venom, why haven't we seen more? "
Didn't Slott say that he had plans for Anti-Venom this year?
 
Plus he was in a one-shot, and his own mini-series(both were great).
Posted by InnerVenom123
@perry_411 said:
" @G-Man: They've written Eddie out of the Venom arc, the Anti-Venom stops him from re-attaching, cured his cancer,  and his immunity to flame and sonics would stop him from wanting the symbiote back. What's the word on Carnage? Is he going to be reconstituted as Cletus? "
Carnage is back but with a new female host. 
 
Posted by sladewilson30

he deserves it, i mean he has been a spider-man regular for years, like rick jones was with the hulk, and now he is a-bomb

Posted by InnerVenom123

Posted by Xenozoic Shaman

What?  The new Venom is not Betty Brant? -_-
 
Okay, okay.  Seriously.  I think Flash as Venom would be neat.   Good article.

Posted by Midnight Monk

The book being written by favorite new writer and he going up against Kraven in the Savage Land in issue #2, there nothing more I need to know. The new Venom is officially epic

Posted by Doctor!!!!!

I thought he lost his legs or something.

Posted by InnerVenom123
Posted by mk111

I'll be honest: I miss Brock as Venom. I never cared for Thompson.
Posted by Video_Martian

I like Flash as Venom.

Posted by NXH

This whole "swat venom" is pathatic. Just give us back the true venom with Eddie Brock as the host.

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