During the Vietnam War, S.H.I.E.L.D. excavated the body of a primordial symbiote. As part of a series of clandestine supersoldier programs intended to replace the MIA Captain America, samples of its biomass were extracted and bonded to a group of wounded soldiers. These symbiote-augmented super-soldiers were sent on black ops missions, but the primordial symbiote was indwelled by a malevolent entity that possessed the ability to control symbiotes and send them into feral rampages. Despite some initial success, the Sym-Soldiers quickly succumbed to their symbiotes' bloodlust, went insane, and began devouring Việt Cộng and American soldiers alike. S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury subsequently declared the Sym-Soldiers a liability and contacted Logan to assist him in hunting them down. They were joined by Rex Strickland, whose symbiote had separated from him; but Fury subsequently attempted to kill Logan and Strickland by detonating a Life Model Decoy so as to not leave any witnesses. Strickland was killed, but his symbiote survived and impersonated him, becoming an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.; while the other Sym-Soldiers were cryogenically frozen.
Decades later, when the Venom symbiote was stripped from Mac Gargan, the U.S. Army rebooted the Sym-Soldier Program as Project Rebirth 2.0; resulting in Corporal Flash Thompson becoming the black ops supersoldier known as Agent Venom. Agent Venom carried out several missions intended to combat the Crime Master's criminal syndicate, but went AWOL after being made and having his loved ones threatened. Following the Spider-Island incident, Project Rebirth 2.0 was shut down by Captain America. However, the US government and military, inspired by Agent Venom's initial success, continued to pursue the use of symbiote super-soldiers.
General Brandon Duggan established PROJECT LIQUID with the intent of forming a team comprised of weaponized symbiotes. To this end, the Agony, Lasher, Phage, and Riot symbiotes were recovered from Hybrid's corpse and bonded to new military-trained hosts; and Scorn was recruited and given training to improve her symbiote's unique technopathic abilities. However, Duggan was unable to recruit Toxin or Anti-Venom - the former having been killed by Blackheart, who took the Toxin symbiote for his own purposes; and the latter having given up the Anti-Venom symbiote to cure the Spider-Virus. Agent Venom, Mercury Team, and Scorn were deployed to subdue Carnage and successfully defeated him, with a sample of the Carnage symbiote being obtained by Scorn. However, the human members of Mercury Team were eventually hunted down and slaughtered by Carnage, with the symbiotes bonding to the team's German Shepherd war-dog and going AWOL.
The FBI established the Symbiote Task Force with the intent of capturing or killing Carnage; and forcibly recruited Toxin (Eddie Brock), who was assigned Agent Claire Dixon as a handler. Brock sacrificed the Toxin symbiote to stop Carnage from summoning an eldritch god, and became the de facto leader of the task force after Dixon's death. However, Brock went AWOL after re-bonding to the Venom symbiote, which the FBI had separated from Flash Thompson in an effort to reclaim it. Dixon, resurrected by the eldritch magic of the Darkhold, resumed leadership of the Symbiote Task Force and attempted to capture Venom so that his symbiote and its soon-to-be-born spawn could be used as military assets once more.
Following the collapse of S.H.I.E.L.D., the cryogenically-frozen symbiote supersoldiers and the primordial symbiote were being transported to a black box site to be terminated when the convoy was attacked by Venom - acting on behalf of Rex Strickland's symbiote, who wished to rescue its brethren. However, the supersoldiers' symbiotes were taken over by the malevolent entity and killed their hosts before being absorbed by the primordial symbiote they had originated from.
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Links and References
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Amazing Spider-Man #654
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Wolverine & Captain America: Weapon Plus #1
- ↑ Venom Vol 4 #2
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Web of Venom: Ve'Nam #1
- ↑ Venom Vol 4 #5
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Venom Vol 4 #1
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Venom Vol 2 #1-5
- ↑ Venom Vol 2 #10
- ↑ Venom Vol 2 #15
- ↑ Carnage, U.S.A. #1-2
- ↑ Deadpool vs. Carnage #3-4
- ↑ Carnage Vol 2 #1
- ↑ Carnage Vol 2 #15-16
- ↑ Venom Vol 3 #5-6
- ↑ Venom #150
- ↑ Venom #164-165