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Quote1.png Quiet! You want to know who I am, host? Let me show you. I am Knull. Lord of the Abyss. God of the Symbiotes. Quote2.png
--Knull


Appearing in 1st story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Venom Vol 4 #3.

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Synopsis for 1st story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Venom Vol 4 #3.

Trapped within the mental world of the Venom symbiote, Eddie wonders what happened to send the symbiote into a berserk rage. Opening his eyes - which appear black with jagged red spirals for irises and pupils - he recalls that Spider-Man kicked him in the head.

As the berserk Venom, indwelled by the symbiote god, towers over a terrified Miles Morales and leans forward to eat him, Eddie speaks through it and tells Miles to kill him. Miles punches Venom in the face and then grabs his tongue, zapping him with a Venom Blast. Freed from the symbiote god's influence, Eddie apologizes to Miles and thanks him, but Miles attacks Eddie and calls him a monster. As Miles pummels him, Eddie wonders what his beef is and notes that with the symbiote dazed he needs to finish this quickly. Transforming into Venom, he catches Miles' foot and lightly tosses him into a wall, restraining him with webbing. Miles shouts that Venom hurt his mother, and when Venom asks what he means Miles explains that Venom - or something like him - put his father in the hospital and killed his mother. Eddie retracts the symbiote from his face and introduces himself, saying he doesn't know who Miles is and to the best of his knowledge didn't hurt his mother. Noting they have more pressing matters to worry about, Eddie states that if it turns out he did hurt Miles or his mother, they can settle things later. Eddie proposes they team up to stop the symbiote dragon, which Miles reluctantly agrees to - though he insists on taking Venom down afterwards. Venom cuts Miles free, quipping that he's not their first Spider-Man, and then asks if he can use his electric attack again. Miles states that it's called a Venom Blast, noting the irony when Venom complements the name.

As they swing towards the symbiote dragon, Miles states he can release it all at once in a devastating attack that leaves him exhausted. Catching sight of the symbiote dragon, Miles asks what it is and Venom explains that it's an ancient symbiote more powerful than his own, brushing aside Miles insulting him. Venom asks why the Avengers and X-Men aren't intervening, disbelieving Miles when he states that Celestials are falling out of the sky everywhere. Dodging a missile, Miles wonders why they're not having any effect given that flame and sonics were supposed to hurt symbiotes. Venom notes he's not sure and will need to get Miles close enough to tag it with his Venom Blast, Miles not looking forward to the risk of being eaten. Inspired, Venom yanks Miles' webline out of his hand and he falls into the symbiote dragon's mouth. As it swallows and then tries to eat him as well, Venom calls out to Miles to hurry up. Miles unleashes a maximum-power Venom Blast from inside the symbiote dragon's stomach, causing it to collapse and let out a sound that Eddie registers as a thousand voices shrieking in pain and horror. Venom lands and watches as the symbiote dragon unravels, hearing the voices - his own symbiote's among them - roaring, screaming, and singing inside of his head.

A towering masculine humanoid deity with pale skin, white hair, eyes with black sclera and red irises, and long arms tipped with clawed fingers emerges from the symbiote biomass that had once been the dragon; clad in black plate armor with red dragon emblems almost identical to Venom's spider-emblems. Holding the unconscious Miles with one hand, the deity calmly asks if he belongs to Venom and then tosses Miles at Venom's feet. Venom checks on Miles and is relieved to see he's still alive, the symbiote retracting from him in a show of submission to the deity. An attack helicopter aims a spotlight at the figure and Venom and orders them to surrender; but the deity responds by casually reaching out with one hand, an arm forming out of the mass of symbiote biomass behind him, grabbing the helicopter, and crushing it despite Venom demanding he put it down.

Enraged, Eddie lets the symbiote's rage and bloodlust take over, but the deity smiles and states that Venom's berserk form looks beautiful. As Venom slashes at him, the deity instantaneously reforms and condescendingly states that he is merely an avatar and that his true self is far away. Reaching out with one hand, the deity causes the Venom symbiote to explode off Eddie's body. Forming a dome of symbiote biomass around them, the deity ignores Eddie demanding to know who and what he is, telling the Venom symbiote to come to him. As it coils around him to sit in his hands, the deity asks the Venom symbiote - who he calls his child - what it's doing on Earth; noting that the symbiote has been shut out and silenced by its host, leaving it broken inside. As Eddie pleads for the deity not to take the symbiote from him, he ignores him and states that the Venom symbiote has been infected by humanity. As the deity says he will burn that weakness from the Venom symbiote, which shrieks as its eyespots glow yellow and its teeth elongate into fangs. Eddie crawls towards the deity, demanding he stop, and the deity turns and grabs him by the throat. Sprouting a fanged maw and prehensile tongue, the deity introduces himself as Knull, Lord of the Abyss and God of the Symbiotes.

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
Web of Venom: Carnage Born #1.

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Synopsis for 3rd story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Venom: Carnage Born #1.

Several years ago, Louise Kasady lies on her back in a padded room at Ravencroft Institute, screaming as she goes into labor. No doctors come to assist her, and her son - Cletus Kasady - is born with his umbilical cord wrapped around his throat. The newborn Cletus dies nineteen minutes and thirty-eight seconds after his birth, before abruptly resuscitating - his irises black with red spirals instead of pupils. Narrating these events, the leader of the symbiote-worshiping cult states that well into adulthood Cletus claimed to remember this experience; and that after he died he found himself trapped inside a cage made of darkness, which he identified as Hell. The cult leader goes on to state that this experience was what drove Cletus to become a serial killer obsessed with the freedom of unrestrained chaos. The cult leader states that Cletus' second rebirth came when he was imprisoned at Ryker's Island, when a creature of living darkness shattered the walls of his prison cell and left a piece of itself behind; that his union with the Carnage symbiote unwittingly awakened him to his destiny as an agent of the Void.

Standing in a dark room illuminated only by the screens and candles, the cult leader - a woman wearing a purple-and-silver bodysuit under her cloak - addresses a gathering of cultists proclaims that a new age of darkness is coming, stating that many have worn their god's living darkness, but that only Cletus Kasady was chosen by it and that he shall be the agent of their god's revival. Lighting a torch, she sets a section of the floor ablaze in the shape of Knull's dragon emblem. Holding up her torch, the lead cultist illuminates ancient engravings depicting the battle between the Grendel symbiote and Thor Odinson; pieces of the symbiote-dragon falling to Earth, bonding to humans, and being worshiped. Standing before an engraving depicting Knull in his full glory, the head cultist proclaims they serve their god so that they can join him in the Void, together and forever. As the acolytes chant, the woman notes that according to rumor Cletus Kasady - their god's chosen one - is dead. Images appear on screens hidden in the darkness, showing the Sentry ripping Carnage in half; but as an image depicting Carnage's takeover of Doverton, Colerado appears, the priestess proclaims he was reborn a third time. Noting that Carnage died again, she states he was reborn a fourth time and continued serving the interests of the Abyss by reviving Chthon - an image of Carnage summoning the eldritch god appearing. The lead cultist notes that even she is unsure what became of Carnage following that, only that he was stolen from them and said to have died for good - referring to him being consumed by the Poisons.

In a flashback, Poison Carnage floats through space, orbiting the Earth. As gravity takes hold of him and he enters the atmosphere, the Poison's crystalline exoskeleton shatters and the consumed symbiote crumbles away to reveal Cletus Kasady alive and well. The remnants of the original Carnage symbiote in Cletus' body emerge and reform, attempting to use the augmentations bestowed upon it by the Darkhold to shield Cletus from the reentry plasma. Severely burned, Cletus punches an odd spiral-shaped crater into the ground; and as the Carnage symbiote perishes - having sacrificed itself to save him - he desperately reaches after its crumbling remains before succumbing to his own wounds. Declaring this to have been Carnage's most beautiful rebirth yet, the lead cultist states that the severe burns and impact of falling from orbit killed Cletus yet again; and that his body was found by locals and turned over to the authorities, who ID'd him using dental records. From there, the cult attacked the convoy carrying Cletus' body and slaughtered the guards transporting it.

As a pair of cultists carry out a stasis pod containing Cletus' badly-burnt body, the lead cultist produces a vial containing a sample of symbiote biomass, which she states was taken from Project Oversight and belonged to Knull's symbiote-dragon. In addition, the cult's assault team stole the Maker's data and theories on symbiote codexes - the trace remnants of living abyss left in their former hosts' bodies. Holding up the vial, the lead cultist states that the tiny piece of Knull's dragon contained within should enable them to commune with him, and that all they need is an amplifier.

The lead cultist pours the sample of the Grendel symbiote into Cletus' stasis pod and he resuscitates as it begins to bond to him, struggling and screaming in protest. The lead cultist watches gleefully as the stasis pod ruptures to reveal a massive black monster with distorted red dragon emblems on its chest and back, red vein-like markings on its arms and legs, and a red spiral on its face. The Grendel laughs maniacally as the cultists chant "Forever! Together!", but suddenly doubles over in pain and snarls at them to shut up. As the Grendel thrashes and claws at its head, exposing Cletus' screaming face, one of the acolytes asks what's happening and the lead cultist replies that Knull and Cletus are connected and fighting for dominance. As the Grendel symbiote covers Cletus and roars, the lead cultist steps forward and disrobes to reveal herself as Scorn, stating she can help make him complete - as she contains a codex of the Carnage symbiote from when she was bonded to it. Calling Cletus the dark carnage of Knull made flesh, Tanis laments that she is merely his scorn. As several cultists carry a surgical bed and equipment into the room, Scorn offers to undergo a risky operation to extract her Carnage codex and make him whole. The Grendel instead grabs Scorn and rips her spinal column out, devouring it. The Grendel symbiote assimilates the Carnage symbiote's codex, severing its link to Knull and granting Cletus control. As the Grendel symbiote adopts the appearance of his old symbiote, the reborn Carnage states that he had no clue what Scorn had been talking about, but that she was right and he wants more. Grabbing a cultist, Carnage exclaims that he'd had a vision of Knull conquering the universe and wants to talk to the dark god again, demanding to know how. As Carnage hungrily licks his face, the cultist explains that they theorize if Carnage absorbs enough codexes, then Knull's symbiote will be complete and awaken him, enabling him to break free from his prison. Agreeing to this plan, Carnage asks where the codexes are, and the cultist explains that they're within the bodies of everyone who's ever bonded to a symbiote. Killing the cultist, Carnage turns to see images of the dozens of people - living and dead - who have bonded to a symbiote, remarking that he'd better get to work.

Appearing in "Venom Island: Conclusion"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Venom Vol 4 #25.

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Synopsis for "Venom Island: Conclusion"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Venom Vol 4 #25.

Sitting before the Avengers at their base, Eddie Brock says that he knows they are asking themselves what everyone - even his own son - asks about him: is Venom a good guy or a bad guy? Eddie admits that the question is a fair one given that he and the Venom symbiote have operated on both sides of the law so many times even they can't keep track. Sighing, he further admits that he doesn't have an answer, and decides to go back to the beginning. Stating that he first called himself "Venom" after bonding to the symbiote because he'd thought it sounded cool, Eddie is disgusted that he'd once thought killing Spider-Man was the right thing to do; adding that if he thought he was being a hero during his villain days then even now he can't trust himself to rightly answer where Venom's allegiances lie. Eddie admits that he wants people to see him as a hero and look at him the way they do at Spider-Man, before questioning if he's even a good enough person to be a good guy. Despite his self-doubts, Eddie states that he's trying every day to be a better person.

Going off on a tangent, Eddie states that the last few years have been rough for him. First he lost his job at the Fact Sheet due to the symbiote backsliding into its bloodthirsty state, then he teamed up with the teenaged Spider-Man to fight a primordial symbiote-dragon and went toe-to-toe with an avatar of the God of the Symbiotes. Eddie states that he won at the cost of the Venom symbiote's consciousness and had found himself facing his worst fear - being alone. Captured by the Maker, he had learned that sections of his memories were lies inserted by the symbiote and parted ways with it; though in the process he learned he had a son, Dylan. Smiling, Eddie notes that Dylan sees him as a hero even though he's not the best father. Returning to his recap, Eddie recounts being dragged into the War of the Realms and bonded to a magical replica of the Venom symbiote. Noting that he doesn't need to remind them of Cletus Kasady's resurrection and attack on Manhattan, Eddie states that the fallout of that is what he wants to talk to the Avengers about. Saying he's getting ahead of himself, Eddie states that he hasn't been entirely truthful to them but that he wants to thank them for giving him a chance.

In a flashback to the Isla de Huesos, Eddie - bonded to and controlled by the reborn Carnage symbiote - battles the Venom symbiote, which is being remote-piloted by Dylan and transformed into a Tyrannosaurus rex. As Carnage morphs his arms into blades and lunges, Venom smashes Carnage with its tail. Dylan attempts to communicate with his dad through the Symbiote Hive-Mind, worrying that he won't be able to hold the Venom symbiote's form for much longer. As the Venom symbiote attempts to devour him, Carnage incredulously asks if this is a joke before forcing the symbiote dinosaur's jaws open and stabbing tendrils down its throat.

In his mindscape, Eddie is trapped inside a cage formed from the Carnage symbiote. When Dylan appears, Eddie initially dismisses him as another vision conjured by the Carnage symbiote, but Dylan assures Eddie it's really him. When Eddie asks how this is possible, Dylan admits he's been hiding that he has powers which first activated when he was trying to protect Normie Osborn from the Carnage-ized Norman Osborn. Dylan apologizes for not telling Eddie sooner, but states that he was afraid and still is. As Eddie comforts Dylan, Carnage snarls that he can hear them; manifesting a massive axe and driving it into the Venom symbiote's head. As Dylan reels in pain, the Carnage symbiote manifests inside Eddie's mindscape as Cletus Kasady and mockingly greets Dylan before shoving him inside the cage.

At the Allan residence, Dylan is abruptly ejected from the portal of living abyss he'd made from Norman Osborn's offshoot of the Carnage symbiote and falls off the roof. Assuming its humanoid form, Sleeper dives after him and catches him despite the agonizing pain being in contact with Dylan causes it; demanding that he sever his connection to the Symbiote Hive. Dylan refuses, while in Eddie's mindscape Carnage becomes incensed by Eddie "playing favorites" and in the real world uses its axe to hack at the Venom symbiote - Dylan feeling every blow. As the offshoot of the Carnage symbiote begins bonding to Dylan and spreading up his arm - to Sleeper's alarm - Eddie encourages Dylan to keep fighting, saying that he's been where his son is but that he can't give in to the darkness, and that as long as he's alive Dylan will never be alone. His eyes glowing red, Dylan rips the Carnage symbiote offshoot from his arm and destroys it, simultaneously blasting the main body of the Carnage symbiote off of Eddie.

As Dylan severs his connection to the Symbiote Hive-Mind, the Venom symbiote returns to its amorphous state and rebonds to Eddie, asking if he's OK and apologizing for not being able to do anything. Brushing off its warning that Dylan could be dangerous, Eddie asks the Venom symbiote if it can regrow his left hand, but it says that the damage is too severe and that the best it can do is form a prosthesis. Transforming the symbiote into a Hawaiian shirt and shorts, Eddie wonders how he's going to get home - Dylan asking Sleeper the same question halfway across the world.

In the present day, Eddie tells the Avengers that Dylan got Liz Allan to use her connections to contact them. Stating that while he and Dylan are still struggling to figure things out, his son taught him that it's important to come clean and face up to things you've done wrong; saying that he's going to tell them about Knull before it's too late. Iron Man asks who that is and is surprised when Thor reacts in horror and encourages his allies to listen carefully to what Eddie has to say. Captain Marvel flirts with Eddie, saying she's happy to see he's grown his beard back; and is chastised by She-Hulk. Captain America tells Eddie to continue, and Eddie states that it gets worse: his symbiote can sense a plethora of catastrophes - interconnected like a web - are about to rain down on them, some threats from within and some from without, some old and some new. Among these visions are a mysterious man donning a suit of War Machine Armor painted to look like Venom, a Celestial similar in appearance to Ziran the Tester being engulfed by living abyss, the Maker bonding to the Venom symbiote of Earth-1610 and activating his interdimensional portal, Wraith battling a symbiote-dragon, and a mysterious warrior clad in black-and-red powered armor reminiscent of Knull's. Eddie tells the Avengers that he has no idea why they decided to trust him, but that come what may he's willing to fight alongside them and face the end of the world together.

On the Isla de Huesos, the Carnage symbiote - which survived Dylan's attempt to destroy it - dives into the ocean and takes on the form of a shark, swimming out to sea.

Solicit Synopsis

Knull, god of the symbiotes, will haunt your nightmares as we celebrate the legacy of the House of Ideas with MARVEL TALES! This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories and highlights some of Marvel’s most impressive talent from the past eight decades. First, superstar creators Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman introduce Knull in crucial chapters of their sensational reinvention of the Venom mythos! In VENOM (2018) #3-4, Venom and Miles Morales stand in the way of a symbiote dragon terrorizing Manhattan — but what connects it to Knull? In VENOM: CARNAGE BORN, from Cates and Danilo Beyruth, a deadly cult resurrects the serial killer Carnage as an agent of Knull! And legendary artist Mark Bagley illustrates Venom’s fight for survival in VENOM (2018) #25, setting the stage for Knull’s imminent arrival in the epic KING IN BLACK!

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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