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My Favorite Symbiotes Are Coming Back!

There’s a whole bunch of stuff going on with Venom and Carnage in comics these days, and I’m not reading any of it. My interest in these characters only goes so far, and I’m not particularly interested in whatever weird new retcons are being established. Marvel retcons the origin of the symbiotes over and over again and I just don’t care about their origins.

Whatever the case may be, there’s a big Carnage-themed event coming to Marvel this summer, and it’s going to bring back Scream and the Separation Anxiety symbiotes!

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Scream needs to fight Medusa

Scream is my favorite of the Marvel symbiotes. Venom and Carnage are great and all, but there was just something about the awesome look of the first female symbiote that stuck with me back in the 90s. I’ve got the action figure, I thought she should have been the villain in the Venom movie; Scream is really cool.

So it was a shame that she was unceremoniously killed a couple years back as part of yet another Venom/symbiote revival.

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Apparently she’s going to get better…

Well now she’s coming back for a 3-part tie-in to this Absolute Carnage event, written by Cullen Bunn and drawn by Gerardo Sandoval. That’s pretty neat. Considering how many times Cletus Kasady has come back from the dead, I wonder if they’ll bring Scream’s original host, Donna Diego. I’ll grant you that she’s barely a character, but as a comic book fan, I love what I love.

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The twirly face thing is part of the new retcon

Along with Scream, the other four symbiotes from Separation Anxiety are also getting their own one-shot tie-in, from Clay McLeod Chapman and Brian Level. I love these symbiotes as well, though I mostly liked it when they combined to create the totally 90s-inspired Hybrid. Since then, those symbiotes have been part of a military strike team, then they came together again onto a dog, which was part of a Deadpool comic.

Now they’re back on their own again for this event!

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Look everybody, it’s the star of the Venom movie: Riot! Which one is Riot? Please, like you even need to ask. 

So we’ll see how it goes! I honestly think this is going to be another one of those Big Event comics from Marvel wherein I only read a couple of the tie-ins and not the event itself. I just don’t care what new retcon they’ve given Carnage.

Also, what’s with Marvel constantly resurrecting the 90s these days? Age of Apocalypse becomes Age of X-Man? Maximum Carnage becomes Absolute Carnage? Either that or just straight-up stealing ideas from DC Comics…

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Honestly, Venom Was OK

Venom was a huge success and made a ton of money! So not only are we going to get a sequel, we’re also going to get a bunch of unconnected movies like Morbius and Kraven. Because Sony Pictures doesn’t understand that it was Venom himself that sold the movie, not their movie-making techniques. Nobody gives a crap about Morbius.

Honest Trailers nails some of the major complaints about Venom. But it’s like shooting fish in a barrel.

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6 Thoughts on Venom

Venom is kind of a hit! The symbiote superhero film broke the October box office record, pulling in a respectable $80 million. Not bad, considering the headache this film has been to get to the theaters. But credit where credit is due, this film might have legs. I thought it was pretty good.

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Movie Rating: 6/10 – Pretty Good.

Obviously, I’d prefer if Venom was given over to Marvel Studios and got to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel can do no wrong. Sony Pictures can definitely do wrong. I had low expectations for the film, and had long ago severed any hope I had for total comic book accuracy. With that in mind, I had an OK time and can legitimately say I enjoyed the film. It’s not a good movie, with a ton of flaws, but it was an ultimately watchable Venom movie. Good for them!

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6 Weirdest Symbiotes, Who Don’t Deserve Movies

At long last, the Venom movie comes out this week, so the Internet is flooded with Venom-related articles and bric-a-brac. I’ve often thought that I should make my blog more search engine-friendly, because otherwise I’m just whining out into the void. So in an effort to be even a tiny bit worthwhile, let’s do a listicle about Venom and other symbiotes!

I probably should have put the word ‘Venom’ in the headline…That’s how that works, right?

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The yellow makes him cool

For those who don’t know, Venom is a comic book super-villain whose “costume” is actually a living alien called a ‘symbiote’. It bonds with the human host and, together, they’re a freaky-deaky alien anti-hero. Marvel Comics is currently going through all manner of big Venom stories in connection with the movie, including the reveal of yet another new symbiote offspring, seen in the picture above.

In fact, Marvel has a really crazy history of random symbiote spin-offs and offsprings. And a lot of them are pretty damn dumb, hence the list that you’re all reading today. Enjoy!

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Venom + Flubber = Internet Comedy

This was a funny video I stumbled upon the other day, and I’d say it’s worth all of the chuckles. Just all of them. Built by the Nerdist. Stay all the way until the end, where it really comes together.

Good old Internet. When it comes to weird comedy, you almost never let me down!

Still no telling how the Venom movie is going to be…

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