Mac Gargan

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Mac Gargan is a male comic supervillain that features in Marvel Comics.






Dark Avenger

In the aftermath of the Secret Invasion, Norman Osborn was hailed a hero for killing the alien queen Veranke leading to him replacing Tony Stark in the role of national security. During this time, Gargan was sent back to Thunderbolt Mountain when Director Osborn meeting him after Venom had fed on a captive Skrull. He stated that he wanted to do right by Gargan due to his performance in the invasion where he told him to drink a chemical as he wanted Venom to be more presentable to outsiders. Initially, Venom did not trust Osborn but Norman stated that if he obeyed then he would be allowed to leave Thunderbolt Mountain. After ingesting the chemical, Venom's monstrous form was transformed into a more streamlined body that resembled Spider-Man in his black suit where he was recruited into the Dark Avengers. (Dark Avengers v1 #1)

Scorpion Return

Whilst robbing a truck carrying money in Soho, he was confronted by the other Spider-Man but their fight was interrupted by the arrival of the Cult of Carnage. Carnage had arrived in order to claim the Symbiote within Gargan as he had been a former host of Venom. Thus, he was a target with Mac initially attempting to use Spider-Man as a shield in order to flee. He was only saved by the arrival of Venom who took the wounded Gargan away to safety. (Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales v1 #1)


Personality and attributes

Powers and abilities


  • Mac Gargan was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko where he made his first appearance in the Amazing Spider-Man v1 #19 (December, 1964).
  • Gargan later debuted as the Scorpion in Amazing Spider-Man v1 #20 (January, 1965).
  • He appeared as Venom in Marvel Knights Spider-Man v1 #10 (March, 2005).
  • Gargan appeared as Spider-Man in Dark Avengers v1 #1 (March, 2009).

Alternate Versions

In other media


  • In Spider-Man, Mac Gargan appeared as the Scorpion in the 1990 animated television series where he was initially voiced by actor by Martin Landau and later by actor Richard Moll. He was shown as being a neurotic, plump, and balding private eye that was angry at people underestimating as well as disrespecting him. Gargan was later hired by J. Jonah Jameson after he suspected a connection between Peter Parker and Spider-Man.
  • In Spider-Man, Mac Gargan as the Scorpion appeared as an antagonist in the 2017 animated television series starting in the episode "Horizon High" Pt. 2 where he was voiced by actor Jason Spisak. He was shown as a costumed supervillain who attacked a science museum only to be confronted by Spider-Man leading to a battle between the pair. Ultimately, the Scorpion was defeated and he was kept captive for the police to arrest.


  • In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Mac Gargan appeared in the live-action film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe where he was portrayed by actor Michael Mando. This version was shown to be a criminal with a scorpion tattoo on his neck. He met with Adrian Toomes at the Staten Island Ferry as part of a secret meeting to receive advanced reverse engineered alien technology for weapons for his operations. The deal was disrupted by the intervention of Spider-Man who knocked Gargan off the ferry with him getting a scar in the process and getting apprehended. Gargan was later in prison where he encountered Toomes and asked him if he knew the secret identity of Spider-Man as he intended to get his revenge on the superhero.

Video games


  • Amazing Spider-Man v1:
  • Venom:
  • Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales v1:

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