WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Old Man Hawkeye #6 by Ethan Sacks and Marco Checchetto, in stores now.
The world of Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's Old Man Logan was one that instantly resonated with Marvel Comics readers. Depicting a dark and gritty future of the Marvel Universe, this was a reality where the United States was a wasteland where the few people left alive fought for scraps to survive. There was an inbred gang of Hulks, a now-blind Hawkeye and ravenous mole men hidden in the Earth. Loki's giant skeleton was in the middle of New York City, crushed by the Baxter Building. With every chapter came a new, shocking twist that made us all wonder how the world had fallen apart so dramatically.
Perhaps one of the most popular creations the storyline introduced was the Venomsaurus Rex, a Tyrannosaurus Rex that that had become bonded with the Venom symbiote. The Venom T-Rex had a very brief appearance in Old Man Logan, but it was memorable enough to become a signature character of the universe. Now, a decade later, we return to the wastelands of Old Man Logan's world in Old Man Hawkeye, and we finally learn the origin of the Venom-bonded dinosaur.
In Millar and McNiven's Wolverine #69, the Venom symbiote debuted in the deserts of South Dakota, tailing Wolverine and Hawkeye. It would then later return in the final page of issue #70, now bonded with a Savage Land T-Rex, chasing down the two aging superheroes. The pair had no idea why the creature was after them, and they were quick to drive away from it while unleashing what firepower they had on it.
While readers just chalked it up to simply another menacing addition to this dark reality, thanks to Ethan Sacks and Marco Checchetto's Old Man Hawkeye, we now know that the Venom T-Rex's attack wasn't random at all; the dinosaur was after Clint Barton.