Edward "Eddie" Brock Jr. was a new freelance photographer vying for a staff position with newspaper the Daily Bugle. Eddie Brock was a complete parallel to the normally modest and down-to-Earth Peter Parker. Shallow, superficial, as well as vindictive, Brock was also an insufferable flirt and had no regrets about cheating to get what he wanted. He claimed to be dating Gwen Stacy, but much to his chagrin, she did not consider herself his girlfriend. Although they only had one coffee date, Brock was smitten.
He sucked up to the Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson to get a job on the paper. After Jameson instructed Brock and Parker to obtain unflattering pictures of Spider-Man, Brock provided a manipulated picture of Spider-Man robbing a bank whilst wearing the black suit. Furious and spurred by the malign influence of the Symbiote, Parker exposed Brock's duplicity and an enraged Jameson fired him. After witnessing him dating Gwen, a miserable Brock went to church and asked God to kill Peter Parker for ruining his life. Hearing the churchbells tolling, he entered the belltower to find Spider-Man struggling to remove the Symbiote, exposing himself to be Peter Parker. The sound of the bells aggravated the Symbiote enough to detach from Peter, but as it fell, it latched onto Brock and transformed him into the monstrous Venom, gaining many of Peter's superhuman abilities (and then some).
He was initially scared of the symbiote, believing himself to be dead, and feeling it inside his pores. All he could think about was Gwen. He acted on instinct, attacking a bunch of people who were trying to buy a hot dog. Just as he was about to eat someone, he received flashes from Peter's life without realizing from who it was. A bunch of officers attacked him, rendering him unconscious. However, he fled as quickly as possible. Believing now that Peter has destroyed him ever further by turning him into a monster, he focused, and "let it, let it". He gained access to Peter's memories and realized he was Spider-Man; he could also feel it's desire for revenge for being rejected. Judging himself equal to him, that he could gain what Peter has, he wanted Gwen. He got into her house, and upon coming to her father's office, he found the papers of Flint Marko, the Sandman, the man who killed Uncle Ben.
Venom recruited Sandman, who was on the run from Spider-Man, to help finish off the superhero. Venom and Sandman held Peter Parker's girlfriend Mary Jane Watson hostage at a construction site to lure Peter to them. Peter arrived and fought Venom and Sandman, eventually assisted by his former nemesis Harry Osborn. With the help of Peter, Harry managed to subdue Sandman with his Goblin arsenal and rescue Mary Jane. Peter then chased Venom inside the building, but was brutally subdued by the villain. In an attempt to kill Peter, Venom impaled and mortally wounded Harry with his own spiked glider, mirroring his father's death.
Peter temporarily trapped Venom in a circle of upright metal pipes, ringing them at a frequency that subdued the Symbiote. As the Symbiote detached from Brock, Parker extracted him from the Symbiote with his webbing. The now-separated Symbiote then began to grow taller and expanded itself. Parker subdued it again by ringing the pipes and then proceeded to throw one of Harry's pumpkin bombs at it in an attempt to annihilate it, but Brock dove back into the Symbiote along with the bomb. Just as the Symbiote began to re-bond with Brock, the bomb exploded, seemingly annihilating both Brock and the Symbiote.
Powers and Abilities
As Venom, Eddie appears to be stronger than Spider-Man.
The Symbiote is weak to intense sound and heat.
- Eddie Brock is portrayed by Topher Grace in Spider-Man 3.
- It is of note that the suit appears slightly different to the comics. Instead of a solid black with a large, white spider at the center, here the suit seems like a distorted mold-replica of Peter's original Spider-Man suit, having a faint, disorganized, webbing pattern on it, as well as not being as large. Also, in the movie, the unmasking process is different, in that it unravels instead of opening up at the mouth and going back. Venom also refers to himself as "I" instead of "We"; however, Venom in the comics originally referred to himself as "I". Unlike in the comics, Venom is thin and without muscle tone.
- A movie of Venom was being produced by Gary Ross, but it is unknown if Topher Grace would have reprised the role or if this Venom would even be from the same universe. Ultimately, the movie was then cancelled due to the reboot of the series. However, Sony confirmed and produced another movie of Venom, aswell as its sequel, starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock.
- Neither Eddie or any other character specifically refers to his symbiotic form as "Venom", however, the credits list him as "Eddie Brock/Venom".
- Eddie does refer to himself as Venom in the novel based on the film, however.
- In the first Sam Rami Spider-Man movie, when talking about getting a photo of Spider-Man for the Bugle, Robbie Robertson says 'Eddie's been at it for weeks'. This was possibly a nod-wink reference to Eddie Brock before this version of the character was conceptualised.
- 5 appearance(s) of Edward Brock Jr. (Earth-96283)
- 1 mention(s) of Edward Brock Jr. (Earth-96283)
- 16 image(s) of Edward Brock Jr. (Earth-96283)
- 2 quotation(s) by or about Edward Brock Jr. (Earth-96283)
Links and References
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