SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man #800 by Dan Slott, Nick Bradshaw, Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stuart Immonen, Marcos Martin, Victor Olazaba, Cam Smith, Wade von Grawbadger, Edgar Delgado, Java Tartaglia, Marte Gracia, Muntsa Vincente and Joe Caramagna, on sale now.
Dan Slott is now one issue away from bowing out on Amazing Spider-Man, a title he’s stewarded for over a decade. In that time, he's cemented his legacy as one of the greatest and most influential Spider-Man writers of all time.
Now, in his penultimate issue, the landmark Amazing Spider-Man #800, Slott and his many collaborators pull out all the stops for one final fight between Peter Parker and his greatest enemy, Norman Osborn. In possession of the Carnage symbiote, Osborn is now more dangerous than ever as the Red Goblin and in order to even the odds, Spider-Man gets some help from an improbable old ally.
Thanks to his torture of J. Jonah Jameson, Osborn once again knows that Spider-Man is Peter Parker, and has been targeting the most important people in Peter’s life, namely; Aunt May and Mary Jane Watson. Meanwhile, Jameson blames himself for Osborn’s current reign of terror and in order to make things right he reaches out to that last person who would expect a call from the former mayor of New York, Eddie Brock. Now working at a National Enquirer-alike gossip magazine under the alias Mr. Sym, Eddie is recruited by Jameson to intervene and head-off Red Goblin should he attack Stark Tower in a bid to get to Mary Jane.
When Spider-Man arrives at Stark Tower, he finds Venom and Red Goblin brawling, with Osborn getting the upper hand before getting away. It’s here that Eddie does possibly the most selfless thing he’s ever done and perhaps makes his shift from anti-hero to bonafide hero. He relinquishes the Venom symbiote to Spider-Man so Peter can have a fighting chance against the symbiote-empowered Norman Osborn. In doing so, Peter goes back to black, reuniting with the living costume he discovered way back in the original Secret Wars maxiseries.
We Are Spider-Man
Peter’s history with the black suit is a long, complicated one, their relationship often compared to that of a jilted lover. Not long after returning from Secret Wars' Battleworld with his snazzy new duds, Peter began to feel that the suit was attempting to bond with him permanently and sought every measure to remove it. Eventually, he used the sonic vibrations of a church bell to free himself of its grip and the symbiote found its way to Eddie Brock, with the two bonding together to become Venom.
That wasn’t the last time Peter and the symbiote have bonded, in a fashion. During the period of time when Otto Octavius was in control of Peter Parker’s body, the Venom symbiote abandoned Flash Thompson in a bid to reunite with its original host, unaware of the differences in personality betwee Parker and Octavius. Otto attempted to wield the symbiote’s power to make him an even more effective Spider-Man, but ultimately even his strong will couldn’t keep the symbiote’s influence away and together they became the Superior Venom.