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The Venom Symbiote Bonds With New Hosts In The Reality-Shattering New Series What If?... Venom!


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In February, explore the limits of the Venom’s symbiote startling potential in WHAT IF?... VENOM! Brought to you by two rising Marvel stars, writer Jeremy Holt (Marvel’s Voices: Spider-Verse) and artist Jesús Hervás (Marvel Unleashed), this new five-issue limited series will put a bold twist on the Venom symbiote’s origin as it’s rejected from Eddie Brock and tossed around on a twisted trip through the Marvel Universe. As the symbiote crosses paths with various Marvel heroes, readers will be introduced to new symbiote-bonded versions of She-Hulk, Wolverine, Doctor Strange, Loki, and Moon Knight. Discover how all these characters grapple with their newfound power and find out who the symbiote will ultimately seek control of!

Years ago, in a familiar church tower, the Venom symbiote was spurned by Peter Parker and found a willing host in the vengeful and wrathful Eddie Brock! Or, at least, that’s the story you know! Get an all-new look at what makes the Marvel Universe’s most sinister symbiote tick, starting with a journey that reimagines its earliest days bonded to a host with a rage and temper ENTIRELY different from those of Eddie Brock!

“Having the opportunity to play within the Venom sandbox is cool. Having the opportunity to bond five iconic heroes to the alien parasite is cooler,” Holt said. “In doing so within the What If…? concept, I’ve had an absolute blast crafting a linear revisionist history that’s provided me the latitude to introduce distinct versions of the anti-hero that we’ve all come to love.”

Check out Francis Leinil Yu’s cover plus some of Hervás’s original design sheets and see the fractured paths of what could have been for the Lethal Protector when WHAT IF?... VENOM hit stands in February!

WHAT IF?... VENOM #1 (OF 5)
Written by JEREMY HOLT
Art by JESÚS HERVÁS
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
On Sale 2/28

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On 11/8/2023 at 8:22 PM, RoMe00150 said:

Wasn't this what Venom-Verse was for? Never been really a fan of just taking a hero and slapping Venom on it

funny enough I'm always a fan of slapping a hero with some Venom on it, guilty, gimme symbotes all day... 🫢

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On 11/9/2023 at 2:23 AM, leokearon said:

Ah a What If tradition. Get any character and give them a symbiote, what story it is based on doesn't matter

No, no my friend. This is something completely different and unique. This is What If Venom bonded with and was able to utilize several hosts at once. Because just using one host is just silly.

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On 11/9/2023 at 9:32 AM, AndyL said:

No, no my friend. This is something completely different and unique. This is What If Venom bonded with and was able to utilize several hosts at once. Because just using one host is just silly.

Maybe I didn’t read the description clearly, but to me it sounds like Venom is just going go be bouncing around to different host heroes as apposed to being in control of multiple simultaneously. I know Venom picks up some abilities and stuff from who he attaches to, so maybe he will maintain some powers from the previous host while being bonded to the next one? I have no idea, just speculating. 
 

also, wasn’t there already a Venom comic where he was trying to bond with Wolverine because his healing factor would be able to sustain the symbiote? 
 

Also also, I notice each of the heroes are ones that have been in recent MCU stuff with the exception of Wolverine (but we know he’s gonna be in Deadpool 3). Is this an intentional attempt a drawing MCU fans to the comics, or just a marketable coincidence? 

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On 11/9/2023 at 11:16 PM, frozentenderloin said:

Maybe I didn’t read the description clearly, but to me it sounds like Venom is just going go be bouncing around to different host heroes as apposed to being in control of multiple simultaneously. I know Venom picks up some abilities and stuff from who he attaches to, so maybe he will maintain some powers from the previous host while being bonded to the next one? I have no idea, just speculating. 
 

also, wasn’t there already a Venom comic where he was trying to bond with Wolverine because his healing factor would be able to sustain the symbiote? 
 

Also also, I notice each of the heroes are ones that have been in recent MCU stuff with the exception of Wolverine (but we know he’s gonna be in Deadpool 3). Is this an intentional attempt a drawing MCU fans to the comics, or just a marketable coincidence? 

Well at the end of the description it kind of leads to him being able to use them all at once. I think the story is he infects various hosts and somehow is able to call upon their abilities or a least part of their abilities as needed. Kind of how they OP'd Rogue's power. I didn't read the full description at first because I rarely do. It's like verbal chloroform. But I did go back and the last paragraph kind of lead me to think of it. Maybe it's just my interpretation though. Either way. How innovative. Right?

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