Appearing in "Toxic Kisses"
- Beck Underwood (First appearance)
- Abby Rubin (First appearance)
- Mercury Virus (First appearance)
- Scarmore Inc.
Synopsis for "Toxic Kisses"
As Eddie Brock sleeps, he is haunted by a nightmare where he is tormented by a voice, which mocks his belief that he and the Venom symbiote are mutual partners, telling him to embrace the Realm of Insanity and allow himself to bond with even more entities. Brock wakes up when someone ranting about pollution on the street is being attacked. Changing into Venom, Eddie climbs up to the surface from the sewers to save the man from getting beaten. He saves the man, a rescue that is witnessed by Beck Underwood, a public defender that is an ally of the underground citizens that Venom protects. The person who Venom rescued is Abby Rubin who was part of the Scaremore Mercury Project. She has been seeking out other Scaremore employees to be part of a class-action lawsuit against Scaremore because their project was making people sick. Rubin explains that the Mercury Project attempted to bond a virus with mercury, giving it an amoebic will but causing those infected to lose their sanity. Scaremore shut down the project and has been trying to silence people involved. Hearing all of this, Venom offers his help, and Beck accepts him. Eager to please this lawyer, Venom takes the two attackers to get information from them.
At the Scaremore Industries building, Charles Evans orders his assistant, Mr. Darby, to do whatever it takes to cover up the Mercury Project before it turns into a public relations nightmare. However, Evans wants plausible deniability and sends Mr. Darby away. Darby puts in a call to Black Tom Cassidy, asking him to hire the Juggernaut to participate in a kidnapping. Meanwhile, Eddie gives Beck a tour of the Underground City and tells her how he became their protector.[Continuity 1] Underwood notices that Brock is very articulate and learns that he used to be a reporter.[Continuity 2] Beck admits that his symbiote kind of scares her and asks if it isn't influencing him, but Eddie assures her that he has a symbiotic relationship with his other. When she moves to kiss Eddie, she is horrified when the symbiote touches her with a tendril. As Eddie apologizes, they are interrupted by Abby Rubin, who tells them that one of the other plaintiffs in Beck's case has dropped out and that he was calling from the hospital. Brock wants to do something, but both Abby and Beck tell him that there's not much his powers can do against a criminal corporation who can hurt people and remain immune from the law.
That night, Eddie Brock has a nightmare as he sleeps. In it, the same creature from the night before tells Eddie to reject Beck and bond with it. Meanwhile, in other parts of the city, employees of Scaremonre Industries are dumping toxic chemicals from the factory into various waterways and parks. The next day, Beck Underwood and Eddie Brock plan the next stage of her legal strategy. Later that day, Charles Evans and his sister hold a press conference about their business holdings. It's there that a process server delivers a summons for him to appear in court. Furious, Evans tells his assistant Darby to do something about the lawyer. At Beck's law office, Cain Marko arrives to deal with her. Eddie tries to stop Marko, but he is pushed aside. When Eddie turns into Venom, Cain Marko reveals that he is actually the Juggernaut. The pair come to blows, but despite his superhuman strength, Venom is no match for the Juggernaut. When Juggernaut smashes Venom into the street, it breaks - sending both falling into the sewers. Sensing Venom's presence, the sentient virus created by the Mercury Project calls out to him, distracting him and enabling the Juggernaut to hurl him into a pool of contaminated water containing the virus. Watching Venom sink, the Juggernaut is satisfied that his foe is dead and leaves him to drown in the water. However, as Venom sinks to the bottom, the virus calls out to him, asking him to bond with it.