At the age of 19, Rex Strickland served as a soldier in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. When pinned down by a Viet Cong sniper in 1966, Rex chose to sacrifice himself for his squad and was riddled with bullets and burnt by napalm as a result. Awakening in a field hospital, he was approached by S.H.I.E.L.D. and offered the chance to become a super-soldier by bonding to a piece of an ancient alien symbiote they had unearthed.[2]

Rex Strickland (Earth-616) and Tyrannosaurus (Klyntar) (Earth-616) from Web of Venom Ve'Nam Vol 1 1 001

As Tyrannosaurus, under Knull's thrall

Rex - codenamed Tyrannosaurus - and his comrades were dispatched to destroy a Việt Cộng military depot, but quickly lost control of their symbiotes and began devouring anyone they encountered. For four months, Rex and the other Sym-Soldiers would black out only to awaken surrounded by half-eaten corpses, their symbiotes screaming at them in an eldritch language. When a Nick Fury Life-Model Decoy and Logan were dispatched to subdue them, the Tyrannosaurus symbiote separated from Rex and disguised itself as him in an attempt to catch Fury and Logan off-guard. Rex alerted them to the deception and helped fend off his former comrades, even separating Logan from his symbiote when it took him over. When the Nick Fury Life-Model Decoy was about to self-destruct in an attempt to leave no witnesses, the Tyrannosaurus symbiote rebonded to Rex - conveying remorse for its actions - and threw Logan to safety. The symbiote tried to shield Rex from the ensuing explosion, but it was seared off him and he was immolated.[1]

Following Rex's death, the Tyrannosaurus symbiote assumed his identity.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Web of Venom: Ve'Nam #1
  2. 2.0 2.1 Venom Vol 4 #2
  3. Venom Vol 4 #5
  4. Griffin Sheridan, Ryan Stegman (22 June 2019). VENOM BOIZ! w/Donny Cates: Venom (2018) #1 Director’s Commentary. PodBean. Retrieved on 26 June 2019.

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