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So that’s why Venom slobbers so much.

Eddie Brock’s abilities are continuing to evolve as Marvel’s Venom series kicks off a new storyline.

Warning: this article contains spoilers for Venom #7!

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This new series has already left a profound impact on Eddie Brock and his symbiote alter ego, revealing the truth about the origin of the symbiotes and introducing some brand new powers for Venom (including some nifty dragon wings). The changes keep coming in issue #7, though not necessarily for the better.

As the series begins its second storyline, Eddie is captured and being interrogated by a mysterious enemy with a vested interest in the Venom symbiote. It;s not long before we learn the identity of this villain – The Maker (better known as the Reed Richards of the Ultimate Universe).

Art by Iban Coello. (Marvel Comics)

Art by Iban Coello. (Marvel Comics)

Ever the nerd, Reed makes it clear that he knows the symbiote better than Eddie. He even reveals the real reason the symbiote is oozing green slime from its jaws. It’s not just for intimidation; the green slime is actually a biological agent that dissolves whatever objects or body parts Venom swallows. Reed also informs Eddie that the symbiote has been wiping his mind in order to eliminate traumatic memories. In fact, Eddie has lost the last five weeks of his life, including short-lived trip home where he learned his father has moved on and started a new family.

At this point in the story, Eddie believes that the symbiote has been destroyed following their confrontation with the Grendel. Reed reveals that this isn’t quite true. The symbiote is still bonded with Eddie and capable of responding to threats on an instinctual level. However, its consciousness appears to be gone.

Art by Iban Coello. (Marvel Comics)

Art by Iban Coello. (Marvel Comics)

However, Reed appears to have a plan for rectifying that problem. He wants to turn to the one person who bonded with the Venom symbiote more deeply than Eddie Brock – Flash Thompson. There’s just one hitch. Flash recently died fighting the Red Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man. Does this mean Flash is due for a resurrection soon?

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our review of Venom #7. And let us know in the comments below what you think of these new revelations about Venom’s powers.

Jesse is a mild-mannered writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter, or Kicksplode on MyIGN.





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