Personal Info:
Real Name: Eddie Brock
Also Known As:
Place Of Birth: San Francisco
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol.1 569
Known Associates:
Group Affiliation: Former member of the Sinister Six IV
Base Of Operations: New York City
Grudges: Spider-Man
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Enhanced Abilities: Anti-Venomís strength, endurance, reflexes and durability are all enhanced to super human levels.
Invulnerability: Anti-Venom has degree of invulnerability to physical and energy attacks.
Webbing: Anti-Venom can fire parts of the symbiote like webbing from his wrists. he uses the webbing to make swing lines, ensnare opponents and fashion shields.
Wall-Crawling: Anti-Venom can adhere to vertical and upside down surfaces.
Blending: Anti-Venom can change itís appearance to mimic any other garment.
Immunity - Spider Sense: Anti-Venom is completely immune to Spider-Manís danger sense. He never triggers the sense when he fights Spider-Man.
Healing Factor: Anti-Venom is capable of healing injuries at a faster rate than normal human healing allows.
Caustic Touch: Anti-Venom has a caustic touch able to break the bonds between other symbiotes and their host, and the supernatural ability to "cleanse" human bodies from foreign influences and mutations.
As a child, Edward Allan Charles Brock was raised in a Roman Catholic household in San Francisco. His father was cold and unloving towards his son because he blamed him for his wife's death during childbirth. Eddie constantly attempted to obtain his father's approval, though even after excelling in school, he only received half-hearted encouragements. Though exceptional in athletics, Brock switched his major in college to journalism after reading an article on the Watergate scandal. Upon graduating, he moved to New York City and obtained a job at the Daily Globe. He proved himself to be highly talented, though even this did not get his father's approval. He eventually married Anne Weying, who was attracted by his wit and gentility.
Eddie had been a successful columnist for the newly revived Daily Globe until he began writing a series of articles about the "Sin-Eater murders". A bogus offender had confessed to Brock about committing the murders. While protecting the "murdererís" identity under the First Amendment, Brock wrote a series of stories in the Globe detailing his dialogue with the supposed killer, until mounting pressure from the authorities forced him to write an exclusive revealing the murderer's name. Although that edition of the paper sold out immediately, Spider-Man soon revealed the true identity of the Sin-Eater to be Detective Stan Carter, making Brock a laughingstock among his fellow journalists. Fired from the Daily Globe, he was forced to write venomous drivel for scandal newspapers. Brock blamed his predicament on Spider-Man.
Soon after, Brock began an intense physical workout program hoping to reduce the stress his life had become. However, such physical exertions only increased his violent obsession with Spider-Man. Although his body had been honed to near-perfection, Brockís mind was reduced to an all-consuming vessel of hatred, causing his wife Anne to divorce him.
At this time Spider-Man had gained an alien costume during the Beyonderís Secret Wars. Upon learning that the costume was really a living alien symbiote, a parasite trying to graft itself permanently to him, he used the bells of Our Lady of Saints Church to separate the alien from his body.
With both his professional and personal life shattered, Brock contemplated suicide and went to Our Lady of Saints Church where he prayed to God for forgiveness, unaware that the symbiote Spider-Man had discarded was waiting for him. It was this fierce emotion that attracted the empathic parasite. In order to survive, the alien costume had to feed off the nearest and greatest source of emotion. The symbiote joined mentally and physically with Brock, whose emotions overwhelmed the already confused alien. The dominant thought on both their minds was that of Spider-Man. But Brockís sheer hatred for the crime fighter twisted the symbioteís feelings to a similar extent. In effect, Brockís emotions drove the symbiote insane, just as their bonding may have driven Brock over the edge. Brock soon discovered that the costume gave him all the powers of Spider-Man, and more. It also added bulk to his already large frame and increased his strength to superhuman levels. Calling himself "Venom," Brock directed the costume to sprout a hideous grin and plotted his revenge.
As Venom Brock spent years of his life tormenting Spider-Man trying to destroy him, always to ultimately end in failure. After an extended period of inactivity, Brock resurfaced with cancer, the only thing keeping him alive was the symbiote. Brock had a religious awakening and decided against permanently merging with the symbiote. and instead choose to sell the symbiote to crime lord Don Fortunato, intending to donate the $100 million he received to charity before dying. The Don gave the symbiote to his son, Angelo, in hopes that Angelo would finally become a man on his own. The symbiote eventually left Angelo to die in mid-air. The symbiote then passed on to the Scorpion Mac Gargan. Brock attempted suicide upon learning of Angeloís death, but survived only to succumb to his dark side again and attempt to murder May Parker. After failing in this endeavour he again attempted suicide only to be saved by Spider-Man.
While again praying at a church Brock was discovered by the philanthropist Martin Li, secretly Mr. Negative. After Matt Murdock proved in a court of law that Brock wasnít responsible for his actions while bonded to the symbiote all charges against him are dropped and Li gave Brock a job in his soup kitchen.
A touch from Mr. Negative completely cures Eddie's cancer and the remnants of the Venom symbiote within his body bond to his white-blood-cells. Upon being assaulted by Mac Gargan, the current 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, Brock's skin had a caustic effect on his former symbiote, and a white substance seeped out of his pores covering his body, Brock had become Anti-Venom.