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Becoming Agony

Gemma Shin was the Deputy Communications Director of Senator Peter Krane, though much to her annoyance she was often treated more like an assistant. Barred from attending an important meeting, Gemma was sent to get some coffee by one of her sexist coworkers and witnessed Knull's Symbiote Invasion. In the aftermath she found herself bonded to the Agony symbiote, and began working with Peter Krane on his Friends of Humanity campaign, eventually being promoted to his chief Communications Director.[2][1]

In human form.

Extreme Carnage

At some point over the following weeks, Gemma and Agony willingly joined Carnage's Hive, making a deal with the psychotic killer in exchange for their help. Gemma went to spy on Hank, who was working undercover for Flash Thompson, but she and Agony decided against reporting him to Krane.[3] At the suggestion of Senator Krane's son Arthur - the only one of her male colleagues to treat her with respect - Gemma went out for a run to relax and clear her thoughts, Gemma was accosted and threatened by a trio of muggers, but transformed into Agony and ate them. After returning to Senator Krane's office the next day, Gemma was openly mocked by her coworkers, but Arthur stood up for her and secretly informed her that he was planning to run in opposition to his father, Gemma agreeing to support him if he did so.

While using some of the would-be muggers' body parts to decorate her house, Gemma was contacted by Carnage and affirmed her and Agony's loyalty to his cause. During the President's memorial for the people killed in the symbiote invasion, Gemma, Agony, and the other symbiotes got ready to assassinate Senator Krane during his speech, watching as Arthur transformed into Carnage and mortally-wounded Hank.[1]

During Peter Krane's anti-aliens speech, Gemma and Lasher's host locked the gates to the arena and prepared to transform. After Arthur killed his father on stage, Agony and the other symbiotes transformed and started to attack the crowd. When the symbiote heroes arrive to help, Lasher expressed concern that they might lose but Agony said that they've already done what they came to do, which was scare the crowd in front of the cameras. Agony then fought Silence, with Gemma's symbiote being enraged when it sensed that Silence's symbiote was made from Scream's remains. When Iron Man attempted to assist the heroes with his Extrembiote armor - a symbiote-dragon mutated by Extremis - Carnage was separated from Arthur but then assimilated the Extrembiote and escaped with Agony while the other symbiotes were captured.

After Arthur Krane took the position of his father as Senator, Gemma and Agony were sent by Carnage to keep an eye on him and ensure he remained loyal to Carnage's cause. Having grown addicted to the power the Carnage symbiote had granted him, Arthur lamented to Gemma that he missed the Carnage symbiote, begging to know if it was going to return to him. Gemma admitted that she doesn't know what Carnage had planned, but asked Arthur if he was willing to prove himself by swearing fealty to Carnage's hive, Arthur kneeling before her and saying he'd do anything Carnage wanted.[4]


Despite the Friends of Humanity's outwardly anti-symbiote policies, as part of Senator Krane's partnership with Mayor Wilson Fisk, Gemma and the Agony symbiote were dispatched to join Fisk's Thunderbolts and take part in his campaign to eliminate all superheroes.[5][6] Helping thwart an attack by the Humanity Liberation Movement terrorist organization on the Met Gala, Gemma and Agony later squabbled with their teammates out of boredom and decided to eat Whiplash when a brawl broke out - only relenting when Fisk threatened to kill them all.[7]



Agony Symbiote: The Agony symbiote gives to its host the following powers:

  • Superhuman Strength
  • Superhuman Durability
  • Superhuman Stamina
  • Superhuman Speed, Agility, and Reflexes
  • Accelerated Healing Factor
  • Wall-Crawling
  • Immunity to Spider-Man's Spider Sense
  • Webbing Generation
  • Camouflage Capabilities
  • Constituent-Matter Generation
  • Metabolic Acid Generation
    • Metabolic Chemical Absorption


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