The Symbiote Costume, also known as the Black Suit, is one of the most significant alterations to Spider-Man’s costume. It first appears in The Amazing Spider-Man #252 and Marvel Team-up #141, released concurrently in May 1984. The black costume stemmed from an idea submitted by a then 22-year-old fan named Randy Schueller in 1982, after Marvel had asked its readers for ideas for new Spider-Man stories. “I was thinking, ‘This is a guy who is swinging around at night wearing a bright red-and-blue costume.’ That’s where the black suit came from.” Schueller’s idea was purchased by Jim Shooter for the sum of $220. Shooter also asked Schueller’s help in possibly writing a script for Spider-Man’s new look.
Here’s the copy of the letter Randy received from Shooter almost 25 years ago, in August of 1982.
“What started out as a replacement costume for Spider-Man turned into one of the Marvel web-slinger’s greatest nightmares.” —-Comics journalist and historian Mike Conroy
What is VENOM?
VENOM is an alien symbiote, a life form that requires a host to bond around for its survival. The creature is a sentient alien with a gooey, almost liquid-like form. VENOM creature gives its host enhanced powers.
VENOM first appeared as an “alien costume” in The Amazing Spider-Man #252 (May 1984) it was created by Randy Schueller and David Michelinie, with Mike Zeck designing the alien symbiote costume and Todd McFarlane drawing the first VENOM appearance.
What are its powers and abilities?
The VENOM Symbiote has adapted the spider powers of Spider-Man.
The Symbiote allows the user limited shape-shifting.
The symbiote is capable of healing injuries in the host at a faster rate than normal human healing allows. The symbiote is also capable of healing injuries and illnesses that current human medical care cannot such as cancer.
Who are the host of the VENOM Symbiote?
1. Peter Parker SPIDER-MAN
The Amazing Spider-Man #252 (May 1984)
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2. Eddie Brock
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Venom Original Black Suit
3. Angelo Fortunato
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4. Mac Gargan
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5. Flash Thompson
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6. Ann Weying
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7. Ms. Marvel
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8. Fantastic Four
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Producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach dished that the alien costume symbiote venom will get his own movie while discussing The Amazing Spider-Man. Although it will share the same universe created by the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, yet the two characters won’t share the screen. Tolmach explained to the press that he is trying to get all these worlds live together in peace someday and make sense with one another.
This approach could potentially break a lot of fans’ hearts, but at least they want to make a “huge amazing movie” about the beloved character.
The movie is a story of Eddie Brock. The producers want it to be as close to the comics as possible, especially in Eddie Brock’s story. But again, pseudo-science is becoming science. All these tidbits about webs, artificial webs, is a huge industry now. Spiderwebs have unique qualities that will be huge for communications, fibers, and so forth. At this point, fans will probably take any incarnation of Venom other than the version they saw in Spider-Man 3.
However, it will be pretty cool to see Hollywood make a big budget blockbuster focusing on a character that is typically portrayed as a villain instead of a hero, don’t U think?
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