5 More Symbiotes Ready To Face Off Against “Venom”

Sony might only have the rights to one major Marvel character, but that hasn’t stopped them from aggressively expanding their Cinematic Spidey-verse. In addition to a number of Amazing Spider-Man sequels, the film studio’s already announced Sinister Six and Venom – two films that will take the fledgling franchise into some dark territory. Even though their release dates are most likely still years away, producer Matt Tolmach has already dropped a big hint about Venom’s plot.

“The idea of Venom and Carnage … [we're] taking it into consideration,” Tolmach told IGN. “Watch out for this Venom movie. We’re crazy excited.” It sure sounds like Venom won’t be the only symbiote covered character coming to the big screen. But if the producers are making room for Venom’s slightly more sadistic cousin Cletus Kasady, could they possibly bring a few more of Marvel’s symbiote-powered heroes to life? Here are five possibilities.

Mac Gargan

Mac Gargan

The Venom symiote’s attached itself to a number of hosts since it first hitched a ride on Spider-Man back to Earth. We’re assuming that the titular character in Venom will be Eddie Brock – the first guy to take on the Venom mantle. But could it be Mac Gargan, the baddie that originally annoyed Spider-Man as the Scorpion? Mac Gargan came to possess the Venom symbiote a while after anti-hero Brock ditched it. Gargan possibly posed an even bigger threat than his venomous predecessor, as the criminal possessed none of Brock’s moral code and was able to create a replica of his scorpion tail out of a symbiotic tendril. If Scorpion pops up in the third or fourth Amazing Spider-Man, odds are he could make an appearance in Venom.

Toxin

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As Venom begat Carnage, Carnage begat Toxin when he forced his symbiote “son” onto a former NYPD officer named Patrick Mulligan. Unlike his bloodthirsty alien relatives, Toxin maintained the sense of morality he possessed as a police officer. This allowed him to fight alongside Spider-Man on a number of occasions, and he was even considered for the Avengers’ Fifty State Initiative. With Carnage most likely slated to appear in Venom, it would not be hard for them to foreshadow the coming of Toxin at some point during the film.

Anti-Venom

Anti-Venom

After his symbiote bonded with Mac Gargan, original Venom Eddie Brock began working at a soup kitchen and underwent treatment for his cancer. All that changed when Gargan came crashing back into his life, bringing a homesick symbiote with him. Brock’s body, which had just been mystically cured of cancer, rejected the symbiote, but the interplay between the alien and his cure mutated Brock into Anti-Venom. In this new identity, Brock could sense sickness in others and use his mutated symbiote powers to heal them. If Brock pops up in a future Amazing Spider-Sequel as Venom, he could become Anti-Venom in the solo film if the titular role goes to someone like Mac Gargan or Flash Thompson.

Flash Thompson

Flash Thompson

The current host of the Venom symbiote is Flash Thompson, former high school football star and decorated war hero. After he lost both of his legs while serving overseas, the government grafted the Venom symbiote onto him in order to create a spider-powered super soldier. As Venom, Thompson has served with the Secret Avengers and will soon take to the stars as a Guardian of the Galaxy. Despite his heavy ties with some Marvel Cinematic Universe mainstays, Flash Thompson is still firmly rooted enough in the Spider-Man universe to appear in a Sony film. This version of Venom could easily be the one we see in the upcoming film. Seriously, who wouldn’t see a movie where Venom carries heavy-duty machine guns?

Mania

Mania

The newest addition to the symbiote’s extended family, Andi Benton owes the existence of her super powered alter-ego to her upstairs neighbor Flash Thompson. When a gangster called Lord Ogre tried to use Andi as a way to get to Agent Venom, Flash shared a portion of his symbiote with the young girl in order to protect her. The symbiote slice bonded to Andi with unexpected readiness, thus transforming her into Mania. The two continued fighting alongside each other, going up against threats like Crossbones and Mephisto. As one of the few female characters sporting a symbiote, “Venom” could do with a dose of Mania.

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Comments

  • Masoom Rana

    I don’t know, but writing these articles for money has become so important, that people come up with rubbish. 3 out the 5 people here are Venom, Anti-Venom isn’t a symbiote at all. Toxin is the only VALID entry here. No Carnage, no Hybrid, Scream, Riot, Phage, Lasher, Agony, nothing. :/

  • Joe Tonello

    The anti venom symbiote is now dead, and so is Pat Mulligan who was toxin. He was killed recently and Eddie Brock is now Toxin.

  • William Cookston Igou

    The idea in general of the symbiotes is enough for a movie. They could easily create 2 or more in an alien invasion type deal. But even though I’d be cool with it, could the fans accept skipping the black costume and
    go straight into Venom?

  • mel

    I doubt they’d make it alien again. Probably made in a lab by Oscorp.

  • TheGavGav

    The Spider-Man cinematic universe has no need to follow the comic books continuity.

  • TheGavGav

    Yeah, the title of the article doesn’t fit with the list. All of these characters wouldn’t really face off against venom. Two use the venom symbiote itself, one isn’t a symbiote and the others aren’t bad guys. I’m pretty sure the movie will go for a anti-hero vibe so it’s not like one of them could go up against an evil venom as the heroes of the story.

  • nerdbasher

    Uh how about just one Symbiote. Have we forgotten the symbiote mania of the 90s already?

  • HalfBlackCanuck

    Is it odd that I initially think “How are there so many of these things” and then realize that because of that first question I must ask “Why aren’t there so many MORE of these things”?

  • seth cohen

    carnage is his child not cousin… ugh

  • J.p. Ducey

    I think the smart way of doing this would be to introduce Eddie Brock in one of the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN movies first. Have him co-star as Peter’s rival at the the Bugle. In the comics Brock was fired for printing the incorrect secret identity of the Sin-Eater. They could do the same in a movie with Brock claiming to know Spidey’s secret Identity, print it, and have him be wrong leading to his firing by the end of the flick. Thus leading to his hatred for Spider-Man. At which point he gains the symbiote once Peter dis-guards it. The NEXT film would be a Spider-Man vs Venom film where Eddie blames Peter/Spidey for all his failures. After his defeat they could potentially make the solo Venom film and possible adapt the LETHAL PROTECTOR mini-series. That would help to remake venom from a villain into more of the anti-hero. From there they could do MAXIMUM CARNAGE which would be awesome.

  • Devin Gonzalez

    Pay this man now!

  • http://www.edgeversemedia.com/ Edge Verse

    Venom w/o spidey makes no sense to me.

  • carl us on facebook

    Spidey NOT wearing the black suit… that worked in the lame tv-show “ultimate spiderman”, Doc Ock created the venom and harry osborn is the human underneath…

    i do NOT like the flash thompson version…

    and i agree, they missed out on alot of symbiotes on this lists and i agree most of these symbiotes seems “nice”… and why would venom face off against other symbiotes.. that is just lame!

  • carl us on facebook

    i agree. the lsit does not make sense. and why does venom have to face off against other symbiotes? it would be much cooler if he had other enamies. as for carnage, i think he is more suited for an R film, he is the most villant symbiote of them all, right ? they have to do a film like THE WINTER SOLDIER, and then add more murder to the list.. if u know what i mean… *more later

  • Joe Tonello

    Wasn’t talking about the movie verse, just the comics.