Venom

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Travel to ‘Planet Venom’

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Cover by Nick Bradshaw/Source: Mtv News

The Guardians of the Galaxy will have their hands full this November when they travel to a planet inhabited entirely by symbiotes! Earlier today, Marvel announced the release of an upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy story arc entitled “Planet of the Symbiotes.” Brian Michael Bendis is set to write this three issue arc in collaboration with an artist new to the title, Valerio Schiti.

Since the Venom symbiote’s comic book debut in 1984, this is the first time that fans will get a look at its history and origin beyond the original Spiderman story.

“I looked it up and I was like no, there’s been a planet we’ve seen taken over by symbiotes, but have we not seen the planet of the symbiotes?” Bendis said. “I called [Marvel Senior Vice President Of Publishing] Tom Brevoort, I go, could it be that even in the craziness of the ’90s when it was Venom, Venom, Venom every five seconds, that this story has not been told? And he goes, yeah we’ve never been there. And I’m like, now I have to do it! It’s crazy.”

Now I know what you’re thinking, “This sounds like an awesome story for the big screen! Guardians of the Galaxy 2, maybe?!”  Yes, this would make an awesome Hollywood movie. Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen. At least not in the near future.

Marvel’s summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy is still doing well in the box office, and Sony has a Venom movie in the works. But as of now, “Planet of the Symbiotes” wouldn’t fly in the cinematic universe because different studios own the rights to the different characters.

“At least for now, the legality of copyright and trademark would make certain storylines impossible in the movies,” Bendis told MTV News, the outlet that broke this news. “I like doing it for the comics!”

I, for one, am excited to see the direction that Bendis will take this story. Venom is my favorite Spiderman villain, and I’d love to learn more about his origin and backstory.

The symbiotic goodness begins with “Guardians of the Galaxy #21″ in November. Make sure to pick up your copy when it hits the shelves.

Venom Character Analysis

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Horrific, disgusting, monstrous, powerful, and incredibly dangerous. His name is Venom, and he is one of Spider-Man’s most fascinating enemies. Venom originally started out as a replacement costume idea for Spidey, but he soon developed into a living nightmare that would terrorized the web-slinger for decades.

Throughout the years, Venom has become a popular favorite among Spider-Man fanatics. And for good reason! The depth of this character is cavernous. He has everything that a great comic book villain needs: an awesome costume, incredible powers, and a really cool name. But he also has something more that I think sets him apart as an absolutely stunning character. Venom’s entire character is driven by a powerful yet hidden metaphor.

To me, Venom is the personification of addiction.

The story of Venom is the story of an addict succumbing to his darkest desires and then struggling against the evil that his addiction creates. Like a black ooze, addiction clings to its prey, slowly at first, until it completely consumes the victim. It is like a parasite that will not release its hold. Even if you do manage to struggle free from addiction, it will take a piece of who you are and who you could have been.

The parallels to Venom’s character are uncanny. He is the black ooze that clings to your flesh like a thick tar. And just like an addiction, he becomes your worst nightmare. Yourself, completely out of control.

It’s an interesting thought. Consider this, the villain that scares Spider-Man the most is an imprint of his former self. Venom doesn’t alert Spider-Man’s spider-sense. That fact alone is terrifying!  And the only explanation for this is Venom is a living part of Spider-Man, a dark part that serves as a constant memento to a time when Spider-Man was addicted to power.

With great power comes great responsibility. Venom is the result of Spider-Man’s addiction to great power.