Eddie Brock
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Real Name Eddie Brock
Alternate Identity Venom
Powers and Abilities None (When with Symbiote Suit: Alien Suit, superhuman strength, nullifies Spider-Sense)
Team Affiliations The Daily Bugle
Synobtic
Allies Norman Osborn
Spencer Smythe
Alistair Smythe
Baron Mordo
Dormammu
Carnage
Curt Connors
Spider-Man
Iron Man
Family and Friends Ashley Kafka (Love Interest)
For Eddie Brock's alter ego, see Venom.

Eddie Brock is a former reporter for The Daily Bugle and Peter Parker's archenemy. He becomes the malicious supervillain Venom when combined with the Venom Symbiote.

Biography

As a journalist

Brock started out as a journalist for The Daily Bugle. He was quite rude and did not get along well with many of his coworkers (including Peter Parker).

When Dr. Curt Connors was mutated by a freak accident and became the Lizard, J. Jonah Jameson tasked his reporters to get photos to publish in the newspaper. After following Spider-Man to the Connors' residence, Brock was attacked by the Lizard, but Spider-Man was able to subdue the creature. After the Lizard had vanished, Spider-Man talked to Margaret Connors and Brock garnered up as much evidence as possible. He fled the scene, hoping that the story would win him a Pulitzer Prize, but Spider-Man trapped him and destroyed his evidence. The next day, Brock brought Jameson to Connors' house, promising him that the Lizard was there. However, the door was answered by Connors (Spider-Man had helped change him back to normal), much to Jameson's anger.

Brock later teamed up with Norman Osborn and Spencer Smythe in an attempt to humiliate and unmask Spider-Man. They planned to have Black Widow Spider-Slayer abduct Spider-Man, take him back to OsCorp Industries and unmask him on live television. However, the Black Widow accidentally kidnapped Flash Thompson instead (he was wearing a Spider-Man costume at the time). A furious Jameson forced Brock to leave the Bugle immediately.

Shortly afterwards, Brock attempted to get a job at another newspaper company. The publisher initially refused to hire Brock due to his past mishaps, but Brock was able to convince him that he could do a good job. However, the company's headquarters were later attacked and destroyed by Tarantula. Tarantula tried to assassinate Brock, but Spider-Man saved him from death. The newspaper publisher angrily blamed Brock for the destruction of his company and fired him, further fueling Brock's hatred for Spider-Man.

When a space shuttle crashed on the George Washington Bridge and the Rhino stole the Promethium X inside, Brock got some pictures of Spider-Man. He offered Jameson pictures of Spider-Man stealing from the shuttle if he could get his old job back. Jameson agreed and put a large price on Spider-Man's head. However, he later learned that the Rhino was the real thief and fired Brock from the Bugle once again.

After losing his job, Brock discovered that he had been evicted from his apartment. He was enraged and swore revenge on Spider-Man for all that had happened to him. At that very moment, Shocker arrived and confronted Brock. Shocker had been sent by Kingpin to collect the photos that Brock had taken of the Rhino. However, Spider-Man arrived and distracted Shocker long enough for Brock to get away.

When Spider-Man set out to rescue Jameson's son (who had been kidnapped by Shocker), Brock saw the two together and believed that they were plotting against him. Brock followed them to a church and witnessed Spider-Man battling Shocker. He grabbed a mace and tried to use it to kill Spider-Man, but Shocker spotted him and went after him instead. Brock later confronted Spider-Man in the bell tower, but Spider-Man quickly took him down. When Spider-Man used the bell to separate himself from the alien symbiote, it found its way to Brock and the two merged with each other. Because the symbiote had previously merged with Spider-Man, Brock was able to tell that he was really Peter Parker and swore revenge.

As Venom

Poison to Spider-Man.

When Shocker and Rhino planned to kill Spider-Man, Brock (now calling himself Venom) appeared and overpowered them both. Venom told Spider-Man all about his newfound identify as an indestructible supervillain and escaped with the intention of wreaking havoc on New York City.

Venom swings off and Spider-Man follows but is attacked from behind by Venom. Spider-Man realizes that Venom never set off his Spider-Sense. Venom tells Spider-Man that his webbing is stronger than his and that he is no longer Eddie Brock, they are Venom. Venom tells him that Spider-Man will see him everywhere he looks, even in his nightmares, then swings off.

Dr. Curt Connors tells Spider-Man that because the symbiote first tried to bond with him it must have figured out a way to block his Spider-Sense. Spider-Man uses a receipt for exercise equipment found in Eddie's old apartment in order to find where Eddie is now.

Teasing Peter Parker

As Peter changes into Spider-Man he spots Eddie clinging to the side of a building watching him. Venom wonders what people would do if they knew who Spider-Man was, especially J. Jonah Jameson. The two battle on a nearby roof but Venom eventually disappears. Venom taunts Spider-Man with the thoughts of going after Aunt May Parker or Mary Jane Watson.

Venom is too strong for Spider-Man.

Venom ties of Spider-Man and hangs him over the side for all the public to see. Jameson and Robbie Robertson see the two. Then Venom rips off Spider-Man's mask and drops it down below. Jameson realizes this could be his one chance to identify the wallcrawler and grabs a Television Camera to try to zoom in on him. Venom taunts the wallcrawler with promises to keep Mary Jane company when he is gone. Jameson is unable to focus on Spider-Man since he keeps moving. Spider-Man eventually grabs a broken fan and cuts Venom's webbing and flees. Spider-Man uses a nearby flag to provide a temporary mask.

Venom beats Peter to the Movie Theater and meets up with Mary Jane Watson first. Peter shoves Eddie away and drags Mary Jane away. Peter explains that Brock is a weirdo. Venom follows them but disappears before Mary Jane can see him. Peter sees another vision of Venom and runs into the subway with Eddie close behind but Eddie does not make it.

Venom follows Peter to his home and just as he did with Mary Jane Eddie acts extremely nice to Aunt May so she thinks he is a good boy. Peter takes Eddie outside where he transforms into Venom and pushes over a tree onto Peter. Peter realizes that Venom will never stop torturing him and he needs to fight back.

Separation

Road Rage!

Venom returns to his new place only to find that Spider-Man decorated one wall with articles about Eddie being fired in disgrace. Spider-Man leads him on a chase and eventually heads into the subway. The two jump onto the train but Venom gets knocked off. Venom steals a truck and makes it back onto the train.

Separation Anxiety

Unbeknownst to Venom, Spider-Man has been leading him to the new shuttle launch site. The first in the New York City Area and the same one named after John Jameson. Spider-Man climbs up the scaffolding with Venom following closely. Spider-Man eagerly awaits the activation of the engines, hoping that it doesn't fry him along with Venom. The engines do start and the symbiote falls off of Venom. Spider-Man webs up the symbiote and attaches it to the rocket as it blasts off into space.

Launch Control finds Spider-Man and the unconscious Eddie Brock going down in the elevator. When the military arrives they only find Eddie. The military checks the perimeters but Spider-Man has hitched a ride on the roof of one of the HUMVEEs and jumps over the fence. Spider-Man congratulates himself for beating the most relentless and unforgiving villain he ever faced.

Imprisoned

While separated Eddie is put into the Ravencroft Asylum for the Criminally Insane under the care of Dr. Ashley Kafka, who Eddie begins to fall for. Eddie tells her that he only wanted to help people, fight for the innocent, which is why he became a journalist. Then the alien symbiote gave him the power to do anything but first he had to destroy Spider-Man for all that he did to both Brock and the symbiote. But Kafka tells Brock that the symbiote was only a stress-induced delusion. Kafka ends their session when Cletus Kasady arrives and is put in the cell next to Brock's. Kasady "flirts" with Kafka causing he and Brock to get into an argument.

Reformation

While in space aboard the John Jameson Space Probe, the symbiote reproduces and creates another symbiote.

Deep beneath the ground Dormammu calls for his assistant, Baron Mordo. Dormammu tells Mordo that the symbiote is back and it is time for Eddie Brock to play his part. Using his astral form Mordo comes to Brock to tell him that Dormammu can give him back the symbiote. Kasady overhears and begs Mordo to give him the symbiote and he'll do whatever Dormammu wants him to. Brock agrees and Dormammu tells Mordo that the last piece of the puzzle is at Stark Enterprises.

Reunited, and it Feels so Good

Back in his cell, Brock gets a visit from a young woman he doesn't recognize but "they" recognize him. The Venom symbiote suddenly comes off her and back onto Brock, forming the vicious Venom once again. Kafka arrives and realizes that Brock was telling the truth all along. Kasady watches as Venom escapes and says that he deserves the symbiote even though he the symbiote was already taken.

Dormammu tells Venom that only Brock's rage and frustration could make Venom, that he is unique. Dormammu tells him that Mordo got into the controls for the John Jameson Space Probe in Stark Enterprises and guided it back to Earth. Now Venom must get something very important for Dormammu.

Revenge

Notice how both landed in the same position

At Stark Enterprises the test begins and the Interdimensional Portal opens. However, Peter's Spider-Sense goes off and the portal begins to malfunction. Peter sees some security footage of Venom attacking Stark Enterprises. Venom enters the presentation room and James Rhodes tries to stop him but without success. Spider-Man arrives but Venom quickly overpowers him.

Venom is about to destroy Spider-Man when War Machine knocks him away. Venom begins fighting both heroes. Mordo worries that Venom will be too occupied with Spider-Man and War Machine to grab the probe that makes the interdimensional portals. Dormammu reassures him that he leaves nothing to chance. The Venom symbiote reproduced and there is now another symbiote in need of a host.

Back at Stark Enterprises, Spider-Man tells War Machine that Venom reacts to sound. War Machine has the perfect thing and it works until Carnage arrives and disables it. Carnage reveals to Spider-Man his former identity. Carnage and Venom team up to stop Spider-Man and War Machine until Dr. Kafka arrives and distracts Venom. Carnage defeats both the heroes and is about to destroy the wallcrawler. Carnage is about to off Spider-Man when Venom stops him because he wants the webslinger for himself. The two begin fighting when Baron Mordo appears to stop them. Carnage grabs the interdimensional probe and the two escape.

After bringing the probe to Mordo Venom and Carnage restart their fight. Dormammu stops the fight and tells the two that he in order to enter their world they need an equal amount of life energy to put in his world to replace him. Venom refuses and leaves. Dormammu lets him since Carnage will be sufficient for this new assignment.

At the Parker home, Aunt May is once again worried about Peter as she is every time he's out late. Eddie Brock arrives looking for Peter and Aunt May tells him Peter's at The Daily Bugle. Mary Jane Watson confronts him as he leaves knowing that Brock is not Peter's friend. Brock leaves by telling her that "they" remembers why Peter loves her.

Changing Sides

Venom’s Bear Hug

At J3 Jameson is yelling at Tony Stark for having "incompetent" security. Stark says it's because they don't like yellow journalism. Dr. Kafka tells them that the symbiotes are not freaks but normal human beings with a disease. Unbeknownst to them Venom arrives on the room and enters the building. Venom enters the room attacking Jameson and webbing up Peter Parker. Dr. Kafka gets Eddie to reveal himself and Peter is able to get away. Eddie struggles to overcome his "other half" when he sees Spider-Man and looses control. Venom overpowers Spider-Man and while Iron Man saves him he is unable to stop Venom. Eddie struggles for control and takes Dr. Kafka and leaves.

Iron Man and Spider-Man are searching the city for Venom when Madame Web takes him and shows what is going on with the villain. Eddie, now in control, tells Dr. Kafka that the symbiote went mad when he spared Spider-Man and sees her as a threat to it. Eddie loves her and she loves the man under the alien costume and knows someone who can separate the two. Kafka takes Eddie to see Dr. Connors who, after analyzing the piece that Spider-Man left, believes he can separate Venom using heat and sonics. Dr. Connors is successful and puts the symbiote into a container using sporadic sonic and heat blasts to keep it contained.

Spider-Man remembers Madame Web's words and realizes that Venom knows where Baron Mordo would be and goes off to see Eddie. Iron Man and Spider-Man arrive at the ESU Science Hall and ask Eddie for help. Eddie feels he needs to rebond with the symbiote in order to do anything but Dr. Connors warns him that he'll never survive another separation. Eddie feigns submission and breaks the container becoming Venom once more. Eddie gains control of the symbiote and tells Spider-Man that they're partners, for now.

The urn is now full and the portal is open. Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Venom arrive before Carnage can release the urn into the portal. Carnage distracts Venom with Dr. Kafka and opens the urn releasing Dormammu. Knowing how drastically overpowered the three heroes are Spider-Man hatches a plan requiring that Venom and Iron Man hold off the three villains without him.

Sacrifice

Good-Bye Venom

Spider-Man reverses the polarity of the probe and sucks Dormammu back to where he came from. As Dormammu gets sucked back the life energy he took is released into each person, such as Detective Terri Lee and Dr. Kafka. Dr. Kafka awakes and thanks Eddie for saving her, but now the symbiote is taking over again and becomes Venom. Dormammu fully reenters the portal but Spider-Man is unable to shut down the probe. Dormammu created some kind of link between he and Carnage that won't break therefore keeping the portal open. Venom throws Carnage into the portal but Carnage quickly grabs Dr. Kafka. Venom saves her by sacrificing himself to stop Carnage.

Counter-Earth

Venom Unlimited

At some point, both Venom and Carnage escape Dormammu's dimension and teamed up. The two also gain new abilities and the desire to control everyone. Eventually, Venom and Carnage board John Jameson's shuttle to Counter-Earth despite Spider-Man's efforts. While there, the two attempt to take over Counter-Earth with an invasion of symbiotes. Spider-Man then travels to Counter-Earth and joins a band of freedom fighters to fight the High Evolutionary, along with the occasional battle with Venom and Carnage. At one point during their time on Counter-Earth, Eddie is separated from the symbiote and Spider-Man is forced to reunite the two.

Background

Eddie Brock was voiced by Hank Azaria in Spider-Man and Brian Drummond in Spider-Man Unlimited.

Eddie Brock is one of the points that creates a disconnect between Spider-Man and Spider-Man Unlimited. In "The Alien Costume, Part Three" Venom is separated and Eddie is sent to Ravencroft. However, in "One is the Loneliest Number" it is stated that Venom is captured, together, and is imprisoned by S.H.I.E.L.D. How this is explained within the Marvel Animated Universe is unknown.

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