My Story Is...

Venom is actually two separate beings: Eddie Brock and the alien Symbiote that once masqueraded as Spider-Man’s costume. Both of them have their own reasons to hate Spider-Man. A chance meeting allowed Eddie and the alien to join together and become the most vicious mass of mayhem that Spider-Man has ever faced. Venom possesses all the powers of both Spider-Man and the alien Symbiote. He is also far stronger than Spider-Man, and he can use the alien Symbiote to disguise himself to like like anything he can imagine.

Eddie Brock was once a respected reporter who worked for the New York Daily Globe, a rival of the Daily Bugle. For a while, he was a media star, following his exposé of a man who had confessed to being the serial killer called the Sin-Eater. However, Spider-Man caught the real Sin-Eater—the man Eddie turned in was a compulsive confessor. As a result, Eddie was fired from his job and his wife left him. With his career and personal life shattered, Eddie blamed Spider-Man for his loss. He wandered from church to church, praying for forgiveness for his hatred of Spider-Man. At Our Lady of Saints Church, Eddie’s fierce emotion somehow awakened the dormant alien Symbiote that had remained in the church after its final encounter with Spider-Man. The Symbiote flowed over Eddie and they joined to become Venom.

Eddie has always considered himself to be a defender of the weak and helpless. In his warped mind, he has always believed that he is the hero and that Spider-Man is the monster. After promising to spare the wall-crawler’s loved ones in exchange for his freedom, Venom temporarily moved to San Francisco. Here he became the city’s “lethal protector,” dispensing his own brand of justice to help those he deemed innocent and punish those he judged guilty.