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18COOLER: VENOM

Venom Lethal Protector

Venom might be the most famous doppelganger in comic book history. Although Eddie Brock and the inky alien symbiote were introduced separately, David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane combined them to create Venom in 1988's Amazing Spider-Man #299. Since the symbiote absorbed Peter Parker's powers, Venom has all of Spider-Man's abilities

along with some of his own. Combined with his iconic monstrous appearance, Venom's immense popularity, especially during the 1990s, isn't surprising.

Even though the symbiote has bonded with a few other hosts, Brock's brutal Venom is a dark reflection of a Spider-Man who's overwhelmed by great power. As Venom evolved into a "lethal protector," he became an antihero and uneasy Spider-Man ally by flirting with the responsibility that defines Spider-Man. After Topher Grace's Venom received a lukewarm reception in 2007's Spider-Man 3, Venom is set to return the big screen in Ruben Fleischer's Venom, starring Tom Hardy.

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