Venom: Cates & Stegman Team for New Series in Marvel's Fresh Start

Writer Donny Cates (Doctor StrangeThanos) and artist Ryan Stegman (Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your VowsUncanny Avengers) will relaunch Venom for Marvel's "Fresh Start" initiative.

The series will see Eddie Brock take on a different kind of threat, as he and his alien symbiote must face a threat a 1,000 years in the making.

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“It's unlike any foe Eddie, or the Symbiote has ever faced,” Stegman told ComicBook.com. “It's something that's incredibly old, and unbelievably powerful with ties to not only the symbiote's dark past but the Marvel Universe itself. This is a horror story thousands of years in the making."

“Things are not great for Eddie as our story begins,” Cates said. “Something has happened to his other that....well, I don't want to spoil too much, but for the first time in a very long time, Eddie is scared of his own shadow. Something is changing between them. And it's...disturbing, to say the least. But I wouldn't necessarily say that it's a symbiote-focused story really. The greatest Venom stories, to me at least, are a mixture of the alien outside and the human inside."

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“This is the biggest, most ambitious thing I've ever attempted for sure," Cates added. "It's such an incredible honor to be steering the Venom ship during this amazing time in the characters life. With the 30th anniversary and the movie this year, we certainly wanted to shoot for the moon here. The ramifications of the Venom title will be felt line-wide in the months and years to come. If y'all thought Thanos and Strange were insane...well, strap in, because you ain't seen nothing yet.”

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Venom character, and Marvel has made sure to take advantage of the momentous occasion with variant covers and miniseries featuring the anti-hero. Tom Hardy will also star in a Venom feature film on October 5.

Below is Ryan Stegman's cover to Venom #1, along with solicitation. It goes on sale May 5.

In the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s collapse, an ancient and primordial evil has been awakened beneath the streets of New York, and with it, something equally evil has awakened in that most Wicked of Webslingers – VENOM! Still a Lethal Protector of the innocents in New York, this never-before-seen threat could force Venom to relinquish everything it holds dear – including Eddie Brock! Join two of the hottest creators in comics today, Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, for a VENOM adventure a thousand years in the making!

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