Eddie Brock is a male comic character that features in Marvel Comics.
His mother died due to complications that led to Edward's birth. (Venom: Dark Origin v1 #1) As a child, his uncle was noted to had suffered from cancer and he saw him waste away before dying with this horrifying Eddie at the time. (Venom v4 #10) When he was young, he along with his friends snuck out where he took his car and had a lot of drinks. Eddie then attempted to get back home quickly before his father noticed and in his haste his car hit and killed the next door neighbours son who died from the injuries. Eddie was deeply affected by the death and intended to plead guilty but his father Carl Brock used his connections to prevent any conviction against his son. He beat his son to convince him to plead innocent where he used his money and connections to ensure Eddie was never convicted despite him feeling guilt for his actions. (Venom v4 #10) The death deeply affected Eddie with the resulting court case bankrupting the family who were left with nothing and Eddie’s father hating him. (Venom v4 #9)
After high school, he applied to the journalism program at Empire State University. He forged his references in order to enter the university where one of the students attempted to help him find his new residence only for the pair to be attacked by thugs with Eddie only saved by Spider-Man. (Venom: Dark Origin v1 #1)
Venom No More
He then returned to the F.E.A.S.T. shelter to thank Martin Li for his help as Eddie was fully cured of the cancer. Whilst there, the site came under attack from the new Venom Mac Gargan who had accompanied the Thunderbolts in the city to hunt for Spider-Man. However, Gargan had become overwhelmed by the murderous instincts of the Symbiote that caused him to hunt down its former host namely Brock. Under the pretence of hunting Spider-Man, Venom targeted Eddie where parts of the Symbiote attempted to bond with him despite Eddie wanting to free from it. This combined with the unique cure to Brock caused a mutation leading to the formation of a white Symbiote-like substance that encased Eddie that burnt Venom on contact as Eddie became Anti-Venom. (Amazing Spider-Man v1 #569) In this new form, he battled Gargan within the shelter but this only lead to even more damage with the fight interrupted by Spider-Man. Eventually, Spider-Man managed to convince Brock to work together to take down Venom whereupon Eddie used his Anti-Venom's abilities to purge the host of the Symbiote. However, Brock came to be obsessed with removing all traces of the Symbiote where he sensed some within Spider-Man and attempted to remove it leading to him turning against the Wall-Crawler. (Amazing Spider-Man v1 #570)
In this time, he sought to stop the operations of the crime lord Mister Negative where he encountered his henchmen that were running from the Wraith. (Amazing Spider-Man v1 #663)
He came to be recruited into Wonder Man's Revengers that looked to forcibly disband the Avengers who were seen as a menace to the world that did more harm than good. As such, he participated in the attack on Avengers Mansion and later on Avengers Tower. Brock alongside his team mates were defeated by the combined Avengers, New Avengers and Secret Avengers leading to arrest. Eddie stated that he found his Revenger team mates to have had crazy agendas but he did agree with the overall view that the Avengers were not a solution to problems in the world. (New Avengers Annual v2 #1)
Around this time, New York became afflicted with a disease that gave the people powers similar to Spider-Man. This caused havoc in the city with a quarantine being announced to contain its spread. Anti-Venom began targeting anyone with spider powers and used his abilities to cure them of it thus returning them to normal as he believed the disease was a curse rather than a gift. (Amazing Spider-Man v1 #668) In time, the epidemic mutated into a third stage transforming people into spider-monsters with those in these stages looking to Anti-Venom to cure them. Agent Venom was deployed upon hearing of this to capture Anti-Venom and deliver him to Horizon Labs so that a cure could be made from him. (Amazing Spider-Man v1 #670) The alien antibodies were harvested from the suit with every cell being used to develop a cure for the entirety of New York with the result being that Brock was to lose all his abilities. (Amazing Spider-Man v1 #671)
Eddie believed that all Symbiotes were a plague on the world and looked to ending this scourge. Thus, he began hunting down Symbiotes along with their hosts with Hybrid being the first to fall to him. Afterwards, he lured Scream into a trap in the sewers where he killed her as well. (Venom v2 #15) Captured by the Crimemaster, he was forcibly bonded to the Toxin Symbiote against his will and was made a member of the Savage Six. (Venom v2 #17)
Brock later was recruited to be part of the task force that hunted for Carnage and whose field team was headed by John Jameson. (Carnage v2 #1)
For months, he continued working for the FBI and was deployed to assist in the capture of the Venom Symbiote that had been taken over by a new host named Lee Price. Together with Spider-Man, they managed to capture the Symbiote that was taken into containment where it was to be sent off-world. However, Brock broke the Symbiote from containment with it bonding to him turning him into Venom once again. (Venom v3 #6)
Exposure to the serum severely weakened his bond to the Symbiote allowing Flash to separate Venom from Brock. Eddie attempted to try to get Venom back only for Spider-Man to web him to the ground and leave him there. Dr. Steve's later used a solvent to free Eddie from the webbing with Brock looking to re-bond with the Symbiote. However, he then felt that the Anti-Venom abilities of Flash had stripped Brock of his connection to the Symbiote. (Amazing Spider-Man v1 #792)
The shock from Miles Morales allowed the Venom Symbiote to remain connected to Brock along with giving him new abilities such as the power of flight but it retained a dim connection with Knull. Together, they confronted Strickland when they came to realise that he was actually a fragment of Knull's primordial Grendel Symbiote. Rex revealed that his host had actually died long ago but he had taken his identity as he came to love the light and sought to stop Knull. He joined with Venom in order to provide the Symbiote greater power so that they could stop the god-host before he could be freed. (Venom v4 #5)
Whilst keeping a low profile, he learnt that Kasady had framed him for the murder of Lee Price making Eddie a wanted man. In desperation, he decided to seek out Spider-Man's help and together they learnt that Carnage was looking to collect the codices from former hosts of Symbiotes. Thus, they decided to work together to stop him and went to find a means of extracting the codex from Norman Osborn. Whilst at Ravencroft, the facility came under attack rom Carnage who was infecting the prisoners and created an army of followers. (Absolute Carnage v1 #1)
With the new power, he went into the sky to stop Carnage from going to the Planet of the Symbiotes to free Knull. It was then that Cletus decided to target Dylan in order to place Eddie in a no-win situation. He could either see his son be killed or Brock could kill Kasady thus absorbing his Symbiote which would complete the codices that would free the god of the Symbiotes. Ultimately, Eddie decided to save his son and killed Cletus whereupon he absorbed the Carnage Symbiote into his body. This act ended the threat of Carnage's army but only Brock was aware of the fact that deep in space that Knull was free. Instead, Eddie looked to try to manage events now that Dylan was aware that he was his father. (Absolute Carnage v1 #5) In the aftermath, Liz Allan allowed the Brock's to stay at her home whilst they found their feet. Eddie looked to get a new job where he was invited to Avengers Mountian and offered a place on the Avengers. However, his mind that formerly only contained the Venom Symbiote's voice was now beginning to be populated by the Carnage Symbiote. It was looking for him to lose control and kill people around him with this leading to Brock not accepting a place on the Avengers. He instead claimed that he and Dylan needed to adjust after the recent crisis. During the night, Brock was affected by dark dreams and scars on his back that said 'God was Coming' with him being worried about losing control of himself to the Carnage Symbiote that was part of his body now. This led to Eddie deciding to quarantine himself in order to protect others from himself. He asked Captain America for resources to be transported to Isla de Heusos (Island of Bones) where he would survive until he could have a better control over the Symbiote. During the flight, Carnage took control causing the plane to crash where it absorbed the Venom Symbiote leaving Eddie powerless as the two began to hunt one another. (Venom v4 #21) Without his Symbiote, Eddie was forced to go on the run as Carnage began subverting the local animals to hunt Brock down. However, Brock came upon a plan to go to an old radio tower with Carnage in pursuit with the tower drawing a lightning strike that separated the two Symbiotes. Brock though was badly wounded and lost consciousness with him waking up again as Captain America and the Avengers rescued him. The heroes then fired a warhead on the island to eliminate the Symbiote infestation despite Eddie's plea to save Venom. (Venom v4 #23)
Personality and attributes
After being cured of cancer, his body manifested a new Symbiote-like substance leading to Eddie becoming Anti-Venom. (Amazing Spider-Man v1 #569) He was bonded forcibly with the Toxin Symbiote leading to him becoming the new Toxin. (Venom v2 #17)
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He believed that his entire life was the result of his father who was a old man. Eddie blamed his father for not being able to hold a relationship, a job and resulted in him having a temper. His father told Edward that his residence was not his sons home as he believed his child had brought nothing but pain, misery and shame to the family. Despite hating his father, he still said he was his son and could not stand being denied being family after losing his mother, Mary and Anne. Cancer was said to run deep within his family as his uncle and sister both died from it. (Venom v4 #9) After leaving the family home, his father had another son with another woman thus making him Eddie's kid half-brother named Dylan Brock. (Venom v4 #10)
Eddie's drive to protect the innocent stemmed from his childhood where he accidentally killed a child in a car accident. He felt enormous guilt for his actions and intended to plead guilty but his father forced him to plea innocent. By adulthood, Eddie was determined to protect other people from individuals like himself who were guilty of crimes. (Venom v4 #10)
Powers and abilities
Through a mutation of the Symbiote remnants in him, Brock manifested a new organism similar to a Symbiote. Anti-Venom had the ability of purging foreign matter in organic cells and literally burnt them out through contact. Thus, his touch was poisonous to Symbiotes who burnt upon being touched by him. He was also able to do this to other individuals such attempting to remove the radiation within Spider-Man that gave the hero his superpowers. In addition, Anti-Venom shared many of the similar traits of a Symbiote as it was able to shapeshift and manifest according to its hosts will. (Amazing Spider-Man v1 #570)
Through a connection to the god-host and primordial Symbiote, Venom gained a number of new strengths and allow it to accomplish much more by connecting to the hive mind. This provided new abilities such as the power to manifest wings to enable the host to fly or to alter chemicals in the body to calm the host. However, this restored the connection to Knull who was able to track the Symbiote and Eddie so long as they were connected to one another. (Venom v4 #5)
At one point, Brock came to find peace on the Isla de Heusos (Island of Bones) after he believed he had killed Spider-Man. (Venom v4 #21)
- Eddie Brock was created by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane where he made his first appearance in Web of Spider-Man v1 #18 (September, 1986).
- The character debuted as Venom in Amazing Spider-Man v1 #299 (April, 1988).
- He later appeared as Anti-Venom in Amazing Spider-Man v1 #569 (October, 2008).
- Brock then became the character Toxin in Venom v2 #17 (July, 2012).
In other media
- In Spider-Man, Eddie Brock appeared in the 1994 animated television series where he was voiced by actor Hank Azaria. He was shown as being a photographer at the Daily Bugle and a rival to Peter Parker. He attempted to get pictures of the Lizard only to lose on the assignment and after a failed unveiling of Spider-Man he was fired from the Daily Bugle. During a job interview, Brock's prospective employers work place was attacked by a Spider-Slayer causing his boss to fire him with Brock blaming Spider-Man for his misfortune.
- In Spider-Man Unlimited, Eddie Brock as Venom appeared as an antagonist in the 1999 animated television series where he was voiced by actor Brian Drummond.
- In The Spectacular Spider-Man, Eddie Brock featured in the 2008 animated series where he was voiced by Benjamin Diskin. This version appeared as a young blonde hair teenager that was the best childhood friend of Peter Parker. He got a job as a research assistant to Dr. Curt Conners.
- In Spider-Man, Eddie Brock appeared in the 2017 animated television series second season starting in the episode "How I Thwipped My Summer Vacation" where he was voiced by actor Sean Schemmel.
- In Spider-Man 3, Eddie Brock appeared as an antagonist in the live-action film where he was portrayed by actor Topher Grace.
- In Venom, Eddie Brock featured in the live-action film where he was portrayed by actor Tom Hardy.
- In Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage, Venom appeared as a protagonist and playable character in the 1994 video game adaptation of the comic storyline.
- In Venom/Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety, Venom appeared as a protagonist and playable character in the 1995 video game adaptation of the comic storyline.
- In Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, Eddie Brock as Venom appeared as an antagonist in the 2008 video game where he was voiced by actor Keith Szarabajka.
- In Spider-Man: Edge of Time, Eddie Brock as Anti-Venom appeared in the 2011 video game where he was voiced by actor Steven Blum.
- In Marvel: Avengers Alliance, Eddie Brock as Anti-Venom appeared as a character in the Facebook video game.
- In Marvel Heroes, Eddie Brock appeared as Venom where he was a playable character in the MMORPG video game and had different skins that included him as Anti-Venom and as Toxin.
- In Marvel: Contest of Champions, Eddie Brock as Venom appeared as a playable character in the iOS video game.
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