Warning: spoilers ahead for Venom # 30!
In the latest issue of Venom Current arc of Marvel Comics’ “Venom Beyond”, Eddie Brock and his symbiote join a small group of resistance fighters in a dark alternate future. Together, they lead the fight against Codex, the evil ruler who has covered the world in a hive of symbiotes under his control. However, the new villainous virus also returns in this final chapter, and it is confirmed that the mishmash of armor he wears once was War machine armor, but has since been Venom-ized.
In the stream of Marvel Venom Writer Donny Cates’ series featuring art by Luke Ross, “Venom Beyond” began with Eddie Brock finding himself trapped in an alternate future with his symbiote and son Dylan. All three were sucked into a manufacturer-built Chronic Gateway, but were closely followed by the new villain known as Virus, whose identity was unknown at the time. After passing through the portal, Virus attacked Venom and Dylan, wearing what appeared to be components of Iron Man’s ancient armor and a Green Goblin glider held together by duct tape. After landing in this dark and symbiotic future, Eddie and Dylan found their way to the Resistance, while Virus was captured by the forces of the Codex. Codex has learned that Virus was in fact Mac Gargan, the Spider-Man Scorpion villain and former host of the Venom symbiote, seeking revenge on Eddie for leaving him paralyzed in the Absolute carnage Event.
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As Codex gave Gargan a brand new Scorpion-Symbiote suit to take down Venom, Eddie and Dylan removed Gargan’s suit and Eddie managed to orchestrate a truce. Now in Venom # 30, Gargan’s ancient armor is revealed to hold the key to bringing Eddie and his son home. With the armor still in the Codex’s possession, the Resistance stages an attack, repelling the sinister symbiotes while Gargan recovers his armor. When he puts it back in place, it is revealed that Codex scientists and engineers fixed it, and Reed Richards’ version of this reality confirms that the armor is Mark III armor that once belonged to War Machine, although Gargan has upgraded with a Venom style. paint job. Once he has collected the armor, Gargan decides to cancel the truce.
Luckily, Richards prepared with an EMP blast that knocked Gargan out of the armor and also took him out for the rest of the battle. As Codex was soon neutralized and the world free from its symbiotes and control, Eddie and Dylan had to wait a full year for Richards to build a new chronological gateway for them, allowing them to return to their own reality. Ultimately, they chose to leave Gargan trapped in alternate reality.
Recently, Marvel has taken every available opportunity to “merge” its characters. It was most notable in the Infinity Wars crossover – which resulted in a whole reality of fused characters like the Soldier Supreme (Captain America and Doctor Strange) and Ghost Panther (Ghost Rider and Black Panther.) Here, at least, there’s a reason in the story for one. Spider-Man villain to wear one War Machine-themed armor after another, and readers can enjoy a mix of their favorite characters alongside a compelling story. With symbiotes about to invade Earth, I hope there will be some even cooler mix of themes for fans, like upcoming issues of Donny Cates’ Venom will be linked to King in black, et l’invasion de Knull the Symbiote God.
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