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Quote1 This is a new beginning for you. A fresh start. Quote2
--Robbie Robertson

Appearing in "Fall of Parker: Part 3 -- Back to Ground"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #791.

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Synopsis for "Fall of Parker: Part 3 -- Back to Ground"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #791.

At The Waterfront, Spider-Man and Mockingbird take out a band of thieves who were trying to break into some shipping containers: in the process, Peter lets her know he's gotten a new job.

Back to Bobbie's apartment, Peter still chooses to sleep on the couch as he needs to stay focused and be ready for next morning's first day at the new job, "the perfect job", as he calls it. The next morning, Peter takes everything he needs and goes to work as Spider-Man, since he hasn't felt comfortable in his Peter Parker persona as of late, what with the fall of Parker Industries and his subsequent drop in popularity.

At the Bugle, the whole Science Section is ready for the weekly staff meeting and Peter arrives just in time from a secondary entrance. Robbie Robertson calls him in his office, explaining to him his duties and how it's not necessary for him to be present at all times, as long as the weekly insertion is done. Peter's introduced to his colleagues, who start to feel like he got the job only out of a previous connection to Robertson, which is actually true.

In Upstate New York, at the Humanitech Robotics Inc., Bobbie Morse (a.k.a. Mockingbird) is being complimented by the company's CEO, Xander Zynn, because of her work on the security system. A scientist complains that for some reason the androids produced there started to use only a female voice, with Bobbie -a convinced feminist- arguing that all famous A.I. are female. Peter calls her, so she offers him a tour at the company for his scientific weekly publication at the Bugle.

Peter and his co-workers attend the tour of Humanitech Robotics and are able to watch in action the multifaceted abilities of the droids, who'll be in every house in the near future, according to Zynn. Looking at some readouts on a screen, Peter realizes that the A.I. program looks like brain patterns, which Zynn confirms. Peter is confused: how is an affordable production of droids based on unaffordable studies and parts? As Colin, one of the Bugle's writers, tries to open up one of the droids, the robot attacks him and he's saved by Peter's superstrength. Zynn gets infuriated and orders them to leave.

Peter and Bobbie are made suspicious by what happened, so they come back as their superhero alter-egos at night to investigate. They have no problem infiltrating the compound because Bobbie is the responsible for their high-tech security. Inside, they analyze the patterns, realizing they're similar to what Doc Ock did to Peter when he stored his brain in an Octobot. The robots are activated by a REAL intelligence, that works as a hive-mind for all of them. As aunt May calls Peter, the droids activate and attack the two heroes, who organize their dinner with her in the process.

Xander Zynn arrives on the scene, asking what's going on. Spider-Man, willing to know that himself, opens up a droid, releasing and shattering the silicon matrix inside. As it crashes on the ground, it gives out a cry, like someone who's suffering: on the other hand, though, the robots seem to want that to happen. As Zynn screams that his dream would've revolutionized the world and eliminated a super-villain in the process, Peter thinks he's got it figured all out: smart silicon matrixes activate the robots; silicon is made of sand; therefore, the supervillain must be... not who he thought.

From the shattered matrixes Quicksand emerges, one of Thor's villains. She is going to attack Zynn for trapping her inside those robots, but Spidey manages to stop her asking her not to smash anyone as a thanks for freeing her. She agrees and vanishes in a sand tornado.

The Daily Bugle Science Insert of the week's headline is "The Fall of Humanitech" and it is more successful than the actual first page of the daily paper. Meanwhile, Zynn pays a private pilot to take him anywhere but there or a place with sand; Harry Lyman, now Head of Alchemax Acquisitions, and his ex-wife Liz buy the Humanitech compound.

As the couple comes home, Harry notices a band-aid on his son Stanley's arm, asking what happened to the babysitter. She answers that the two kids had a little rough-house, nothing to worry about; behind her back she holds blood samples, likely the true reason behind the boys' medication.

At the Bugle, Robertson compliments the team, urging Peter to start immediately to work on the next issue. Asked if he feels up for it, Peter answers: "I feel... like I'm home".

Appearing in 2nd story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Venom Vol 4 #4.

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  • Knull (First appearance chronologically) (Main story and flashback) (Origin revealed) (Possesses the Grendel Symbiote in main story)
  • Symbiote Dragons (Main story and flashback) (Past)
    • Grendel Symbiote (First appearance chronologically) Knull (Main story and flashback) (Origin revealed) (Controlled)

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  • Alien Gods (Main story and flashback)
  • Celestials (Only in flashback)
  • Klyntar (First appearance chronologically) (Main story and flashback) (Origin revealed)
  • Numerous unidentified alien species (Only in flashback)
  • Humans (Main story and flashback)
  • Asgardians (Only in flashback)
  • Gods (Mentioned)

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Synopsis for 2nd story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Venom Vol 4 #4.

Showing Eddie Brock visions of the past, Knull reveals that he came into being in the abyss that existed before the beginning of the universe, content to slumber in the endless darkness of the Void. When the Celestials appeared and began flooding the Void with cosmic light, creating planets and seeding them with life, Knull awakened and was outraged by this pollution of his kingdom of darkness. When a Celestial picked him up to examine him, Knull bared his fangs, plunged his hand into his newly-cast shadow, and pulled out a sword of living darkness — the first symbiote. Decapitating the Celestial with a single strike, he attempted to attack the others but was repelled and cast back into the abyss. Converting the Celestial's severed head into a forge, Knull used its divine energy to refine the crude blade - revealing that the symbiotes' vulnerability to intense heat and sound is a psychosomatic condition passed down through their genetic memory of this forging.

Manifesting a suit of armor from the same eldritch darkness as his sword, Knull embarked on a genocide against the gods; his symbiotic weapon becoming known as All-Black the Necrosword. While massacring a group of gold-armored gods, Knull was stabbed through the face while simultaneously impaling the last god through the heart. Crash-landing on a desolate planet, Knull awakened to find that All-Black had been stolen by one of the planet's indigenous inhabitants - who would unwittingly go on to continue Knull's deicidal crusade. Knull condescendingly asks Eddie if he can comprehend what it would be like to have a dark god fall from the sky and provide a weapon of incomprehensible power, the depths of madness a mortal would need to possess in order to wield such a weapon; and is amusedly impressed when Eddie says he can and asks Knull to continue. Alone and stranded, Knull spent at least a century convalescing in the crater. Emerging when a strange new hunger arose inside him, Knull discovered he could manifest the eldritch "living abyss" that had formed his sword and armor into amorphous parasites that could be bonded to "lesser creatures", turning them into predatory monsters that Knull could control and draw strength from. Knull amassed a massive army of these symbiotes, conquered the planet, and established himself as the nexus of their hive-mind. Refining his creations to construct a replacement symbiote-sword and a fleet of symbiote-dragons, Knull and his army conquered countless worlds and devoured entire civilizations.

Drawn to Earth by its abundance of the cosmic light he hated, Knull inhabited one of his symbiote-dragons and attacked Scandinavia during the sixth century CE, reveling in the terror his creation - dubbed Grendel - inspired in the planet's indigenous population. However, Knull's rampage attracted the attention of a powerful young storm-god, whose divine lightning severed his connection to the symbiote hive-mind. Freed from Knull's control, the symbiote-dragons unraveled into countless offshoot symbiotes, which sought out new hosts to give their lives context and existence meaning. On the Symbiote Throneworld, the symbiotes who had bonded to benevolent and noble hosts rebelled against Knull, overwhelming and drowning him in the very abyss he had created.

Holding up the Venom symbiote, whose eyespots have turned red, Knull asks Eddie if he understands the dark secret of how the symbiotes became the Klyntar. Eddie stammers that it can't be true, Knull sneering that the symbiotes of Klyntar are liars and traitors who are desperate to conceal their dark past. When Knull gloats that he's close to breaking free from the traitor symbiotes' "klyntar," Eddie incredulously asks what he means; saying that his symbiote was told that "Klyntar" was the name of the symbiotes' species and homeworld. Knull mockingly tells Eddie that everything the Agents of the Cosmos had told the Venom symbiote had been a lie, and shows him that the the so-called "Planet of the Symbiotes" is nothing more than a planet-sized cocoon of symbiotes imprisoning his body - "klyntar" being the symbiotes' word for "cage." Knull thanks Eddie for aiding in his resurrection, noting that he undoubtedly had no choice in the matter given the Venom symbiote's reaction to his awakening. Knull states that once he recovers all the missing pieces of Grendel, he will use it to free himself from Klyntar and resume his conquest of the universe - starting with Earth. Spider-Man regains consciousness and punches Knull in the face with a Venom Blast, urging Eddie to get up as the Venom symbiote rebonds to him. Knull, his avatar twisted and destabilized, sneers that Miles is a fool for underestimating him and doubting his power. Ignoring Knull, Miles tries to rip open a hole in the wall of symbiote biomass, only to see that Knull has reformed Grendel's dragon form around them and they are flying into space.

Appearing in 3rd story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Venom Vol 4 #5.

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Synopsis for 3rd story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Venom Vol 4 #5.

Spider-Man repeatedly punches Eddie Brock in the face, screaming at him and the Venom symbiote to wake up. Regaining consciousness, Eddie is greeted by the Venom symbiote and realizes he and Spider-Man are plummeting through the air. As the symbiote tells him to stay calm, Eddie begins to panic and Miles states it was either this or stay in the symbiote-dragon's stomach as it flew into space. Disregarding the symbiote telling him to listen to it, Eddie tells Miles to a "Spider-Man thing" like making a web-parachute. Miles protests that he can't and tells Eddie to do a "Venom thing". Irritated at being ignored, the symbiote yells at Eddie to listen to it, telling him to grab Spider-Man and go limp. Noticing it is more eloquent, Eddie asks what's going on, but the symbiote says it will explain later and to just trust it. As Eddie grabs Miles, the symbiote covers his head and sprouts a pair of wings identical to the symbiote-dragon's from Venom's back.

Venom deposits Spider-Man on the roof of an apartment, thanking him for his help and saying to keep his head down before flying away. Miles calls after him, asking if he means the symbiote-dragon is coming back; but when he tries to follow he realizes he's out of web-fluid and grumbles that he hates symbiotes. Venom lands in an alleyway and retracts his wings, Eddie struggling not to panic. The symbiote offers to adjust his hormone levels to calm him down, Eddie asking where it got the wings from. Separating from him, the symbiote explains that Knull tried to purge the its connection to the light - to Eddie - and absorb it into his own symbiote, but was stopped by Spider-Man. The brief connection to Knull and his primordial symbiote unlocked new abilities, and it states that for a brief moment it felt connected and not-alone. The downside of this is that Knull is able to sense the Venom symbiote, and will eventually return to corrupt and reclaim it for his horde. Eddie protests that they have to do something, the symbiote saying that while Knull is unlike any enemy they've faced before it has an idea. Saying there's something else he should know, the symbiote rebonds to Eddie and sprouts wings.

Crashing through the skylight of Rex Strickland's warehouse lair, Venom interrupts his shocked greeting and says they need to talk. Retracting his wings, Venom says he couldn't figure out why he was losing control and thought he was going insane, but he now knows that the Venom symbiote was acting instinctively and showing submission to Grendel and Knull. Stating that each time the symbiote went berserk it was protecting him, Venom transforms his arm into a blade and impales Rex through the head - saying it's time for him to show his teeth. As Venom retracts the blade, Rex's head reforms and his teeth transform into fangs. Discarding its human form, the symbiote apologizes for its deception, Eddie remaking that it's part of the Grendel symbiote and asking if there ever really was a Rex Strickland. The symbiote replies that Rex had been its host in Vietnam, and that he had been a good man. After his death, it had imprinted his memories and personality into itself and impersonated him. The Rex symbiote states that when S.H.I.E.L.D. came for it and its comrades it refused to go back to Knull, not wanting to lose what it had found in its host; and protests that it had no idea the Grendel symbiote was still alive when it sent Venom to save its brethren. The Venom symbiote reveals it can telepathically communicate with the Rex symbiote, agreeing with its statement that the light the symbiotes were created to devour is beautiful. Eddie reveals that Knull is hunting for the Rex symbiote to complete the Grendel symbiote, the Venom symbiote saying there's another way as it covers Eddie's face. Venom holds out his hand to the Rex symbiote and says to join him; the Venom symbiote explaining that when Knull tried to absorb it he made it stronger, unlocking new abilities, but that Venom still isn't powerful enough to face the God of the Symbiotes alone. The Rex symbiote laments that it can't help, but the Venom symbiote says that it needs to remember what it is, and that they are more powerful together. Taking Venom's hand, the Rex symbiote bonds to Eddie and amalgamates with the Venom symbiote - turning Venom's fingers and the top of his head dark red. The Rex symbiote speaks to Eddie, saying that the Venom symbiote is letting it drive. The Rex symbiote states that the Grendel symbiote isn't invincible, but the only thing it's seen capable of severing its connection to Knull is the Light - specifically the divine power of a god. Opening a keypad-locked door, Venom ascends a flight of stairs as the Rex symbiote explains that as part of S.H.I.E.L.D. it borrowed a few things in case something bad happened - revealing an armory of high-power weapons.

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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