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Quote1 You don't have to ask, Smythe. Killing the Spider's always been my idea of fun. But after what he did to me--to us--we won't leave enough of him to bury. Quote2


Early Life[]

Former private investigator Mac Gargan was hired by J. Jonah Jameson to find out how Peter Parker was able to get incredible pictures of Spider-Man. Gargan's efforts to locate Peter in order to find out the truth triggered Parker's spider sense, making him easily avoidable every time.[13]


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Becoming the Scorpion

Frustrated, Jameson decided to pay $10,000 to Gargan to be the subject of an experiment. The experiment, created by Dr. Farley Stillwell, a researcher in animal mutation, which endowed the subject with the characteristic of another animal. Unfortunately the process resulted in the loss of Gargan's sanity, and the creation of the super-powered criminal menace known as the Scorpion.[14] Over the years Scorpion fought and was bested by Spider-Man many times. Most of these confrontations were the result of Spider-Man stopping an attempt on the life of Jameson, who Gargan hated even more than Spider-Man.[15] Scorpion attacked Jameson on his wedding day, but failed thanks to Spider-Man.[16]

Captain America[]

Gargan was hired to follow Agent Sharon Carter of S.H.I.E.L.D., but this lead to a confrontation with Captain America and was easily defeated.[17] Teaming up with Mister Hyde they launched a campaign of attacks against S.H.I.E.L.D., including kidnapping Sharon Carter, but Falcon and Cap tracked them down and took them out.[18]

Jewel & Jackal[]

When robbing a laundromat a young wannabe superhero named Jewel crash-landed on his head. This was enough to stun him so he could be apprehended.[19]

Gargan was freed again and asked for help from the Jackal who sent him to Midtown Hospital in which Spider-Man's Aunt May was being cared for. Gargan went to the room but only found Peter and May, not realizing he was Spider-Man. He threatened them to tell him the location of Spider-Man. This angered Peter putting on his costume and ending the Scorpion rampage through the hospital. After his beat-down, Spider-Man forced him to apologize to Aunt May.[20]

Ms. Marvel[]

A.I.M. had upgraded his suit enhancing his tail to expel acid. Gargan attempted to get revenge on the man who had caused the most misery in his life, J Jonah Jameson, but this lead to a confrontation with Ms. Marvel who was working at the Daily Bugle.[21] After being treated by A.I.M. he escaped and sought revenge on Ms. Marvel but even though she was weakened, she was able to defeat the Scorpion.[22]

Masters of Evil[]

Egghead recruited Scorpion into his Masters of Evil, but when Whirlwind jumped the gun and attacked the Avengers early, the Masters were all recaptured. When the Masters reformed, Egghead didn't bother recruiting Scorpion again.[23]

Hammer Industries[]

Justin Hammer had his people improve the weaponry in Scorpion's tail before sending him on a mission. However, Gargan proved too unstable to follow orders and bungled the mission. Hammer sent Blacklash and Rhino to punish Scorpion for botching the job.[24]

Alpha Flight & Tinkerer[]

The forces of Llan the Sorcerer once lured Scorpion into attacking Canada, where he brawled with Alpha Flight.[25]

Gargan had the Tinkerer perform further upgrades on his tail. As the Scorpion, he got in the middle of a fight between Spider-Man and the Spider-Slayers. Gargan inadvertently defeated himself by electro-shocking an amoeboid robot and got caught in the feedback.[26]

In his borderline demented state, Gargan took to living in the sewers for a time.[27]

Roxxon Oil[]

Hiring out to Roxxon Oil, Gargan was given a new tail with heavily upgraded weaponry. Once again, he kidnapped J. Jonah Jameson but was eventually stopped by Spider-Man with the help of Luke Cage and Iron Fist.[28]

Attacking Tricorp[]

Gargan was next recruited by a mysterious corporation who upgraded his tail and armor. He fought Spider-Man while attacking the Tricorp research facility.[29]

Jameson on Trial[]

For some reason, Scorpion went back to using his older costume.[30] He tried to kill Jameson again when JJJ was on trial for defamation against Spider-Man.[31]

Secret War[]

Gargan was later among the technologically-based super-villains that were recruited by Lucia von Bardas to attack Nick Fury and a group of heroes who were involved in a Secret War in Latveria a year earlier. The hired mercenaries were each a component of a bomb designed to destroy the city. Fury and his team, however, were able to stop them and arrested them all including the Scorpion.[32]

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As Venom


Later on, Scorpion was recruited by Norman Osborn, informed of Spider-Man's secret identity, and ordered to kidnap Peter's Aunt May if anything should happen to Osborn. In the middle of his task Scorpion was approached by the recently freed Venom Symbiote. Seeking a new host that shared both its hatred of Spider-Man as well as the will and experience of a seasoned criminal, the symbiote bonded with the Scorpion, who initially rejected the offer, but was somehow convinced to accept and become the monstrous new Venom.[33]

After an elaborate plan paid off and the Green Goblin was out of prison, the Goblin led Spider-Man and the Black Cat into a direct confrontation with the newly formed Sinister Twelve, which included the new, more powerful Venom among its ranks. Venom and the Twelve very nearly defeated Spider-Man before the Fantastic Four and a small faction of the Avengers headed by Captain America joined in, leading to the eventual defeat of the Twelve.[34]

In the midst of the battle Osborn escaped, with the full intention to murder Peter's wife, Mary Jane. Spider-Man soon followed only to be stopped by Venom. The two foes continued to battle high above on New York's rooftops. After catching Gargan off balance Spider-Man dropped a condemned building on the new Venom, ending the battle. Venom was arrested and sent to Ryker's Island. He promised Spider-Man he would never reveal his identity, as that was his only leverage against him.[35]

Gargan escaped Ryker's Island. He journeyed to Battleworld along with a ragtag group including the likes of Henry Pym, Gravity, the Hood, and others, in order to enter a contest of champions.[36]


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With the Thunderbolts

Mac Gargan became a member of a sub-group of the Thunderbolts, which had been drafted by the Avengers to hunt down the members of the fugitive Secret Avengers and was run by the Commission on Superhuman Activities. He was outfitted with electrical implants by the government to keep the increasingly bloodthirsty symbiote in check. As a Thunderbolt, he was seen as a hero by the general public and had his own action figures. Gargan displayed his new raw power as Venom in a battle with Jack Flag. After pummeling Flag for a bit, the hero managed to stab Gargan with a piece of Swordsman's blade, but he was protected by his symbiote. Gargan became enraged and succumbed to the symbiote's bloodlust, ferociously attacking Flag, but before he could eat him his electrical implants kicked in and temporarily subdued him, allowing Flag to live.[37]

After the battle, Gargan was visited by Osborn and expressed fear of the control the symbiote possessed over him, yet he had become addicted to the raw unearthly power it brought to him, and could not imagine life without it, similar to a drug addict. Later, during an attack from Steel Spider and Sepulchre, Gargan lost control again, but Moonstone was incapacitated and thus could not co-ordinate control of his electrical implants. Gargan returned to a normal form with no ill effects, but lost control a second time and bit off and devoured Steel Spider's arm during a fight.[38]

When Moonstone began threatening to sic him on unregistered heroes in order to get them to surrender, Gargan complained that the incident with the Steel Spider hadn't been him and that he wasn't a monster. However, Mindwave, Bluestreak, and their crew of psychic heroes allowed themselves to be captured and caused Gargan to have a hallucination of the symbiote berating and threatening to eat him from the inside-out unless he fed it. Gargan snapped, and when Swordsman - manipulated by the psychics into taking up his father's legacy - bombed Thunderbolts mountain, Venom devoured a security team, declaring that "the only way out of Thunderbolts Mountain is when I decide to let you die". Venom went up against the Swordsman, who stabbed Gargan through the chest, using his powers to force the symbiote away from his sword. Gargan was wounded, but still alive due to the symbiote healing him. After healing, Gargan embraced the symbiote's bloodlust and retained his monstrous form, rarely returning to his usual size.[39]

Gargan was later ordered by Norman Osborn to hunt down Namor. After shooting him with a Thunderbolts-supplied weapon, Gargan disabled Namor by ripping off his feet-wings. However, the Sub-Mariner managed to render Gargan unconscious and then ripped out the symbiote's tongue, although the symbiote easily made a new one.[40]

New Ways to Die[]

After the events of Brand New Day, Mac Gargan no longer possessed knowledge of Spider-Man's secret identity. Gargan and the Thunderbolts were called back to New York to capture Spider-Man, and while on a search for the wall-crawler, Gargan's symbiote sensed a former host at the F.E.A.S.T. center. Gargan suspected that it was Spider-Man and attacked the place only to find Eddie Brock, the original Venom. The Venom symbiote attempted to leave Gargan to re-bond with Brock, much to Gargan's (and Brock's) dismay. However, upon making contact with Brock, its former host's skin was shown to be caustic to his former symbiote, and a white substance seeped out of his pores covering his body, transforming Brock into Anti-Venom.

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With some help from Spider-Man, Anti-Venom subdued Gargan and nearly destroyed the symbiote using his cleansing touch. Norman Osborn used a sample of the Anti-Venom's symbiote from Mac Gargan and created a poisonous counter to its healing powers by combining the sample with the immune system of Freak. Mac Gargan was injected with the "cure" and was given a new Scorpion battlesuit, which contained the poison, until the symbiote could recover. Anti-Venom tracked down Gargan at Oscorp. After a grueling battle, "Ven-orpion" injected the poison into Anti-Venom and seemingly killed the altered symbiote. He then attempted to kill Brock but the Venom symbiote stopped him, still caring for its former host. The symbiote regained its strength and destroyed the Scorpion suit. Gargan gave up but promised that he would get past this problem and would someday finish Brock.[41]

Secret Invasion[]

Gargan was seen being thrown from Thunderbolts Mountain by "Captain Marvel". Gargan was later seen with the other Thunderbolts in Washington. The Skrulls attempted to trick him into killing normal humans to find out which of them are Skrulls. Osborn attempted to prevent the symbiote from killing anyone by threatening to kill Mac Gargan and promising to help satisfy his "urges" later, only for Gargan to reveal that the threat he appeared to pose to civilians was a ruse in order to draw out a disguised Skrull. Venom played a huge part in fighting the Skrulls, using the symbiote to slash and eat them. He soon joined the Thunderbolts and the remaining heroes for the final battle against the Skrulls. During the battle, he was a force to be reckoned with.[42][43]

Kill Songbird![]

Venom, along with most of the Thunderbolts team, attempted to kill his partner Songbird on the orders of Osborn. Facing Venom, Songbird was defeated and almost eaten by Venom, but escaped with help from the Swordsman.[44]

Dark Avengers[]

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Posing as Spider-Man

Having become head of national security after the Secret Invasion, Osborn recruited Venom for his new team of Avengers, providing new identities to some of his former Thunderbolts. After giving Mac a medication which allowed him greater control of the symbiote, Mac assumed the role of the new Spider-Man on Osborn's Avengers.[2]

During the Dark Avengers first mission against Morgan Le Fay, Venom fell victim to Le Fay's magic, which she used to seize control of him. He was forced to turn against his teammates Ares and Hawkeye (Bullseye). After Morgan was defeated, Hawkeye promised to kill Mac one day for trying to eat him while he was under Morgan's control.[45]

Later, attempting to find out Norman Osborn's plans for his son, the real Spider-Man, with the aid of the Invisible Woman, managed to capture Gargan by using a sonic generator and took his place to infiltrate the Dark Avengers.[46]

Mac greatly enjoyed his new status as a "hero", despite the fact that he was closely monitored and medicated. He developed a habit of maiming the small-time villains he defeated, usually eating a limb, and keeping their loot for himself. To his chagrin, Mac was assigned to New York mayor J. Jonah Jameson, charged with helping the mayor's office reduce crime in the city. Still holding a grudge towards Jameson, Mac set about making his life difficult, dropping a dead stripper in his bed, and engineering a gang war in order to tank Jameson's reputation.[47]

When a group of villains maimed by Gargan united to attack him, his schemes fell apart, though Mac still came out on top and was hailed by the NYPD as a hero.[47]

The medications used to make him more manageable soon began to cause issues however, as Mac became overly sensitive and eventually unfit for combat duty.[48]

Venom and the Dark Avengers attacked Asgard on Norman Osborn's authority. He battled the Asgardians and the heroes who came to their aid. He soon realized that defeat and bitter retribution was inevitable and chose to enjoy himself by devouring Asgardians. He was soon confronted by Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel who ripped Gargan from his symbiote. Gargan and the Dark Avengers were arrested.[49][50]

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Back as Scorpion

Return as the Scorpion[]

Mac Gargan was sent to the Raft, where the Venom Symbiote was removed by the military. Gargan began to develop health problems without his Scorpion suit or the symbiote to keep the harmful effects of his genetic tampering from endangering his life.[51] A disguised Alistaire Smythe was able to break him out and provide him with a new Scorpion suit that saved his life. Smythe then explained his plans for them to work together with the other Spider-Slayers he had created to get revenge on Mayor Jameson, his friends and family due to the fact they both suffered because of Jameson's past actions. In the following attacks the Slayers were defeated thanks to the intervention of Spider-Man and the New Avengers and both him and Alistaire were arrested, but not before Smythe was able to kill Jameson's wife Marla.[52]

Dying Wish[]

In his last act of revenge, Otto Octavius used a mind-swapping Octobot to change bodies with Spider-Man, leaving Peter Parker in his dying body. As Doctor Octopus, Peter used an Octobot to send a message to Ock's allies to help him escape from the Raft. Scorpion, Hydro-Man and the Trapster heeded the call. Peter broke into the Stark Tower along Scorpion in order to find help in Tony Stark. Spider-Man settled a trap, waiting for them alone in the Tower and started fighting Octopus and his allies, when the Scorpion was about to kill Jameson, who was in a safe room along other friends and relatives of Peter, Otto had a flashback of how much Peter loved his Aunt May, and almost unconsciously, attacked Scorpion in order to protect her. Angered, Otto apparently killed Scorpion by breaking his jaw, the only unprotected part of his body.[53]

Mac was revealed to have survived and was outfitted in a newer armor while an apparatus was made to replace his lower jaw. Along with the Boomerang and Vulture, Mac was incarcerated and treated in the Raft's infirmary. Alistair Smythe's mini Spider-Slayers healed and enhanced them, and the villain later gave them the offer to kill Spider-Man.[54]

Confronting Spider-Man 2099[]

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Battling a different Spider-Man

When the temporally-relocated Miguel O'Hara was roped into accompanying Tiberius Stone to sell Spider-Slayers to a foreign country, while investigating the Spider-Slayers after Stone was captured by local rebels, Miguel encountered the Scorpion, having been hired by Alchemax to further test the Spider-Slayers.[55] Thinking that Miguel was the present Spider-Man in a new costume, the Scorpion attacked him with the aid of the Spider-Slayers, but Miguel managed to defeat him by using his holographic assistant to project the image of the present Spider-Man's costume over the Scorpion, causing the Spider-Slayers to attack him until he managed to turn them off.[10]

A Venomous Reunion[]

Becoming a part-time enforcer for Black Cat's criminal organization, Mac Gargan arranged a meeting with Lee Price, a discharged Army Ranger looking for work. Despite being disturbed by Price's callousness, Gargan hired him as muscle for an arms deal between Black Cat's gang and Tombstone's gang.[56] The deal went badly, but Gargan's suspicions were aroused when Price was the only survivor and reports from spies Black Cat planted in the police force stated that some of the people were killed by something other than gunshots. When Price returned the merchandise the following day Gargan confronted him, and was made even more suspicious after sensing something familiar about Price, and Price referring to him as the Scorpion when Gargan hadn't disclosed his super villain identity.[57] Black Cat dismissed Gargan's suspicions regarding Price; but after Adams, another member of Black Cat's Gang, informed him that Price's apartment had been blown up, Gargan decided to take matters into his own hands.[58] Informed by Adams and Agent Coyle Bagman that Price was Venom,[59] Gargan equipped his Scorpion armor with anti-symbiote weaponry when sent to accompany Price in intimidating a Daily Bugle reporter into dropping his exposé on Black Cat's organization. Gargan intended to kill both Price and the reporter and make it look like they killed each other, but the Venom symbiote emerged to protect its host and the ensuing battle between Venom and the Scorpion was live-streamed and posted online.[60]

Spider-Man saw the fight online and came to stop it just in time to save Gargan from being cannibalized by Venom, who threw Gargan in Spider-Man's direction. Spider-Man was able to catch and save Gargan, who in turn shielded him from a car Venom threw at them. Coating his tail in flames and lunging at Venom, Gargan expressed the intent of taking the symbiote for himself. Due to Spider-Man's interference, Venom managed to escape while Gargan and Spider-Man argued, Gargan blaming Spider-Man for Venom's escape, saying he could have chased Venom if Spider-Man hadn't been "screwing around" saving civilians.[59] Some time later, Gargan learned that the symbiote was in possession of Eddie Brock and attacked him intending to kill the symbiote for everything it made him do when he was bonded to it. Eddie was able to exploit Gargan's fear of it by sending it into his armor. After the symbiote destroyed his Scorpion armor from within, Gargan was knocked out by Eddie.[61]

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Repossessed by a symbiote

Venom Inc.[]

When Lee Price, in possession of the Mania symbiote and calling himself Maniac, invaded Black Cat's Club to overthrow her, Gargan and her other minions were infected by his symbiote, becoming part of his Inklings. The piece of the Maniac symbiote reactivated traces of the Venom symbiote within Gargan, transforming him into a monstrous form identical to his appearance as "Ven-orpion".[12] Gargan was eventually freed from Maniac's control by the new Anti-Venom, Flash Thompson, who cleansed him despite his pleas to keep the symbiote.[62]

Symbiote Task Force[]

Gargan later made a deal with the U.S. Government to be pulled out of prison and join their Symbiote Task Force as the host of the Venom symbiote's new spawn. After Agent Claire Dixon captured Venom to secure the spawn, Gargan attempted to knock Eddie out but was stopped by Spider-Woman, who rescued Eddie due to the symbiote having earlier convinced her that its spawn would only grow to be good if Brock helped raise it. An unhinged Scorpion then followed Venom to Alchemax Tower, where the symbiote was giving birth with Dr. Steve's assistance, and tried to claim the spawn; however, Claire Dixon intervened and knocked him out with an electrical shock before he could cause any more damage. He was subsequently sent back to jail.[63] Breaking out of prison and reclaiming his old armor, Gargan was present at the Bar with No Name and disparaged the new Jack O'Lantern, Black Cat, and other supervillains' tales of having fought Venom during his supervillain and Lethal Protector days.[64]

Kraven's Great Hunt[]

Gargan teamed up with the son of Frederick Foswell to get revenge on J. Jonah Jameson and Spider-Man once more. While Foswell Jr. was arrested, Gargan managed to escape, but was then captured by Taskmaster and Black Ant, who were hired by Kraven the Hunter to capture animal-themed superhumans for a "Great Hunt".[65] He was paired up with Vulture, Tarantula, Stegron, King Cobra, and Rhino as the Savage Six.[66] When all the animal-themed superhumans were brought to Central Park, including Spider-Man, Gargan assumed Spider-Man had something to do with it and attacked him before they were all attacked by Kraven's Hunterbots.[67] After the Great Hunt ended, Gargan was imprisoned with the rest of the Savage Six.[68] Gargan, along with the Savage Six, later went after "Cage McKnight", who was making a movie featuring them.[69]

Absolute Carnage[]

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Working at the Ravencroft Institute

While attempting to rob an armored bank car, Gargan was attacked by another Spider-Man - Miles Morales. Their battle was interrupted by a horde of symbiote-doppelgängers sent by Cletus Kasady - who had been reanimated and bonded to a deific symbiote - to rip out his spine, which still contained traces of his symbiotes. Agreeing to a temporary truce, Gargan recognized the monsters as former Ravencroft inmates and fought to kill despite Spider-Man's admonitions. As Scorpion tried to flee, Venom arrived and threw him back into the fray - telling him to help save the young Spider-Man. Gargan was grabbed by the symbiote-infected Norman Osborn, who attempted to rip out his spine before being stopped by Spider-Man. Gargan asked Venom to save Miles, but they were too late as he was taken over by an offshoot of the new Carnage symbiote.[70][71] Left a paraplegic, Gargan was later granted a job by the cured Norman Osborn at the Ravencroft Institute and outfitted with a high-tech wheelchair similar to the one formerly used by Alistaire Smythe.[72]

Virus and Symbiote Scorpion[]

Blaming Venom for having ruined his life,[73] Gargan spent all of his money on buying an old suit of War Machine Armor, vibro-shock gauntlets,[74] an old Goblin Glider and Pumpkin Bombs, sonic emitters, and other weaponry from Tinkerer.[75] Jury-rigging the suit for the sole purpose of killing Venom, Gargan painted it in mockery of his nemesis and dubbed his new persona "Virus".

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As Virus

As Virus, Gargan ambushed Eddie and managed to separate him from the Venom symbiote, all the while berating him for having ruined his life and vowing to make him suffer for it. Gargan nearly succeeded in killing Eddie by crushing his ribcage, but the Venom symbiote rescued its host and damaged Gargan's armor. Forced to retreat using his Goblin Glider,[73] Gargan repaired his armor and followed Venom and Eddie's half-symbiote son Dylan Brock to a heavily-fortified warehouse owned by the Maker - an amoral incarnation of Reed Richards from Earth-1610.

Gargan fought his way through the Maker's defenses and attacked Venom once more, almost revealing his identity when Venom demanded to know who he was and why he was attacking him. Gargan's wanton lobbing of Pumpkin Bombs destabilized the Maker's interdimensional portal machine, and when Venom and Dylan were sucked through Gargan willingly followed - vowing to hunt Venom down no matter where he went.[76]

Gargan's armor allowed him to withstand the rigors of interdimensional travel, and by happenstance he arrived in the same universe that Venom and Dylan had - Earth-1051, a version of Earth that had been conquered by symbiotes. Gargan immediately attacked Venom, whose symbiote connected to the symbiote hive-mind - unlocking new powers like the ability to manifest an arm-cannon capable of firing powerful energy beams. Despite his armor being damaged, Gargan continued to pursue Venom; earning the ire of the Avengers, who were in the process of trying to arrest Venom for his part in the fight.

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Bonded to Earth-1051's Scorpion symbiote

While Venom took advantage of the distraction to escape with Dylan, Gargan unsuccessfully attempted to talk his way out of a fight. Overwhelmed by the Avengers, Gargan offered to surrender and be turned over to the police, but Captain America prepared to execute him instead. Angered by the loss of his quarry, Gargan attacked Captain America with his sonic emitters, revealing him to be a symbiote in humanoid form. Before Gargan could process what was occurring, he was brutally beaten by the Avengers and taken before their master, Codex.[74] Stripped of his armor and interrogated by Codex, Gargan told him everything and was bonded to a new symbiote, returning to his former identity of the Scorpion.[75] Gargan was able to track down the rebel group opposing Codex and attacked them. Fortunately, Venom was to stun Gargan long enough for Dylan to destroy his new symbiote. At first, Venom wanted to kill him, but Gargan explained to Eddie how he had ruined his life and Eddie decided to spare him in exchange for Gargan leading them to Codex.[77]

Gargan led the Resistance to the Hive's base of operations, sneaking away while Venom engaged Codex and reclaiming his restored Virus Armor. Refusing to be sent back to prison upon returning to Earth-616, Gargan attempted to attack Venom but was shut down by Mister Fantastic, who exploited a critical flaw in the Virus Armor to destroy it with an electromagnetic pulse. Following this, Gargan was imprisoned on Earth-1051.[4]

Sinister War[]

At some point Gargan returned to Earth-616, joining up again with the Savage Six to gain revenge on Cage McKnight by attacking his film premiere.[1]


As a private investigator, Mac was skilled enough to garner the attention of J. Jonah Jameson, even if he was a little greedy. After his transformation into the Scorpion though, most of his previous personality went out the window due to the mutagenic process reshaping his mind, and what was left was continually influenced by all the predatory instinct of a scorpion. Depending on the writer though, this insanity varied from extreme to barely noticeable, such as in Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #9. At some points, Gargan's mental state worsened to the point he believed himself to be trapped in his suit,[78] and he developed an intense hatred towards J. Jonah Jameson - who he blamed for turning him into a monster.[21][78]

After bonding with the Venom symbiote, Mac was initially in-control of himself,[3] but over time began to struggle against the symbiote's bloodlust - going berserk at the slightest provocation and expressing both fear of the alien and disbelief that he'd lived as long as he had without it.[79] After biting off and eating the Steel Spider's arm under the symbiote's influence,[80] Gargan was initially disgusted and protested Songbird using this as a scare tactic to get unregistered superheroes to surrender.[81] During Bluestreak III's psychic attack on the Thunderbolts, Gargan suffered a hallucination of the symbiote threatening and berating him, causing him to snap and fully succumb to its ravenous bloodlust.[82] Following this, Gargan embraced the symbiote's darkness and became a cannibal with a macabre and sadistic sense of humour.[47] However, as a result of the drug he was dosed with to keep the Venom symbiote under control, Gargan began having episodes of uncharacteristic timidness that hindered his effectiveness in combat.[83][48]

After being removed from the symbiote, his violent personality receded and he appeared to return to his more rational mind from before he became Venom; such that he was able to obtain a position as Black Cat's top enforcer in her organization as well as employment as a member of Alchemax's security force. Gargan outwardly displayed a phobia of the Venom symbiote and expressed the desire to kill it,[61] going so far as to destroy his high-tech Scorpion suit to prevent it from rebonding to him; but this was belied by his attempt to reclaim it from Lee Price,[84] his delight at having his symbiote powers restored by Maniac,[12] and by him joining the FBI's Symbiote Task Force solely to bond to Venom's latest spawn.[63] Breaking out of prison and reclaiming his armor, Gargan was present at a supervillain bar and disparaged the new Jack O'Lantern, Black Cat, and other supervillains' tales of having fought Venom during his supervillain and Lethal Protector days. However, Gargan's bravado proved false as Venom attacked and threatened to eat him.[64]

After being paralyzed by Carnage, Gargan - paralleling Eddie Brock's early attitude towards Spider-Man - became hellbent on getting revenge against Venom, who he blamed for ruining his life and leaving him dependent on his suit of armor for survival. While Eddie and the Venom symbiote were the primary targets of his rage, Gargan was not above endangering civilians or threatening Venom's son Dylan in order to antagonize Eddie; and when about to be executed by Captain America quipped that he had always wanted to kill an Avenger.[73][74]


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Scorpion/Human Hybrid Physiology: As the Scorpion, MacDonald Gargan possesses all the powers of a scorpion. When he acquired the Venom symbiote, he retained some of his scorpion-like powers, and was granted the additional powers of the Venom symbiote, granting him several abilities similar to Spider-Man. Due to the removal of the symbiote and destruction of his upgraded suit, Gargan now has been reduced to his original Scorpion power. His powers are:

  • Superhuman Strength: Mac Gargan possesses extreme superhuman strength. He was originally able to lift 15 tons but after upgrades is currently able to lift approximately 20 tons[85], and as such, can easily overpower humans, lift extremely heavy objects, uproot trees and use them as weapons. On several occasions, he has proven capable of even overpowering Spider-Man himself.
  • Superhuman Speed: Gargan can run and exercise at superhuman speeds. His overall body equilibrium is also heightened, although he isn't nearly as fast as speedsters. He's been shown to outrun vehicles.
  • Superhuman Stamina: Gargan's musculature generates considerably less fatigue toxins during physical activity than an ordinary human's. He can exert himself at peak capacity for several hours before fatigue begins to impair him.
  • Superhuman Durability: Gargan has superhuman durability. The Scorpion suit was capable of shielding Gargan from bullets from small-arms weapons firing conventional ammunition. He's also able to survive heavy impacts and blunt force trauma without sustaining injury.[85]
  • Superhuman Agility: Gargan's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of even the finest human athlete.
  • Superhuman Reflexes: Gargan's reflexes are similarly enhanced and are superior to those of the finest human athlete.
  • Wallcrawling: Though he typically punches holes in walls to use as hand-and-footholds, Gargan is capable of adhering to solid surfaces much like Spider-Man.


Investigative Prowess: Before he became the Scorpion or the third Venom, MacDonald Gargan was a detective with some investigative skills.

Formidable Opponent: Gargan's powers make him a formidable combatant, even though he has had little formal training.


Genetic Defects: Due to his genetic mutation being unstable, without his Scorpion suit or the Venom symbiote to stabilize it, Gargan would die.

Additional Attributes

Paralysis: After having his spine damaged by Carnage, Gargan was left unable to feel or move his legs.[70]



Scorpion's Suit: As the Scorpion, Mac Gargan wears a full-body battle suit, which has undergone several major revisions in his long criminal career. These were always courtesy of third party suppliers - since Gargan himself possesses no aptitude for engineering. Dr. Farley Stillwell created his original suit, with funding provided by J. Jonah Jameson. Later versions were provided by Justin Hammer, and other large corporations and governments seeking to maximize the lethality of their hired assassin. The most recent design consisted of an inner woven Kevlar layer, covered with a thick layer of insulation/padding, and topped with a high-tech composite armor plating, making him impervious to small firearms.

  • Electro-Mechanical Tail: The Scorpion's battle suit was originally equipped with a superhumanly powerful tail that he could whip at speeds up to over 90 miles per hour. The tail varied in length with each design - from an original 4' version, up to 20' in other implementations. His tail before gaining the Venom symbiote was approximately 10' in length. His tail was powered by a self-contained power pack mounted on the back of his battle suit. The tail was connected via a cybernetic link to the fine muscles of his spinal column when he dons his suit, enabling him to direct the tail by involuntary nerve impulses and activated by his mental commands. Internally, the tail possessed a blunt tip and consisted of a series of separated circular plates connected by a matrix of steel cables. Solenoids contract the cables and manipulate the tail, allowing it to whip at speeds of over 150 feet per second. The tail was also armored, and subsequent versions were tipped with a spike, making it deadly in combat. He had mastered the use of his tail to the point that he could use it as both a bludgeon, projectile launcher, or as a fifth limb (he had also upgraded its flexibility several times, making it much more efficient in combat). By coiling his tail behind him and using it as a spring, the Scorpion could propel himself over thirty feet into the air. Over the years, he had modified and enhanced it countless times, acquiring upgrades from the likes of Justin Hammer and the Tinkerer, who equipped it with a poisonous barb with venom installed or a form of hypnogen, electrical blasts (he could also channel electricity through it to shock anyone who tried to grab him by the tail or short-circuit electrical equipment), laser blasts, acid blasts, and mace gas. Gargan destroyed his upgraded suit when the Venom symbiote pretended to try to rebond to him,[61] and subsequently returned to his original costume.[91]
  • Transparent Membrane: When the Scorpion was employed by Justin Hammer, Mac Gargan's eye holes were covered by a transparent membrane rigged to dissolve Spider-Man's webbing, should Spider-Man try to blind him as he did in past battles. It is unclear if his later costumes retained this.
  • Pincers: The Scorpion's gloves on his costume granted him miniature pincers on each hand that enabled him to literally rip through Spider-Man's webbing.


  • While part of H.A.M.M.E.R., Gargan was granted Security Clearance Level 5.[95]
  • Gargan was said by Caprice to have had very weak mental defenses.[96]


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