Warning: SPOILERS for Venom: The End
Marvel’s The End comic one shots explore potential final chapters for a variety of different characters in the Marvel Universe, imagining what it would be like if characters could actually have ends, deaths, and closing arcs (instead of essentially never dying, with only temporary changes to their status quo). In Venom: The End, fans get to see the Venom symbiote make its last stand, all while desperately trying to protect its favorite host, Eddie Brock.
At present, Venom (and Eddie) are at war with Carnage, but their relationship has certainly had its ups and downs over the years. While the Venom symbiote has moved onto other hosts such as Mac Gargan or Flash Thompson, it always finds its way back to Brock. Eddie has always seemed to be the symbiote’s favorite, and Venom: The End confirms it… with Eddie Brock earning the distinction of being the last living human in the future, thanks to the symbiote’s efforts.
Venom: The End is written by Adam Warren with art by Jeffrey Cruz, and the closing chapter they craft for Venom is a wild one. In the distant future, rogue A.I are taking over and assimilating large portions of bio-organic life, intent on eventually assimilating and taking over all of existence. The Venom symbiote, who needs a bio-life host to bond with to keep on living, obviously doesn’t want that to happen. He ends up going to war with the A.I. forces, creating his own symbiotically bonded bio-life army to combat them. But before then, it’s a fear of being alone that fuels the symbiote.
In Venom: The End, readers learn that the Venom symbiote does everything it can to prolong Eddie Brock’s life and keep their bond alive. Through Venom, Eddie lives well past old age. When any of his organs failed, the symbiote would replace them with Venomized equivalents. When the neurons in Brock’s brain go dead, Venom replaces them too. What follows is tragic and horrific all at the same time: Brock’s own memories become a warped and venomized hodge podge, the retention of his very personality and soul being harder and harder for the symbiote to maintain.
Eventually, after prolonging Brock’s life for centuries and eons, Venom finally lets Eddie go. The symbiote removes the Venomized life support system it had created, leaving barely a husk behind. With that, Eddie Brock, the last human alive, finally dies. Venom then goes on to fight the rogue A.I armies in the most crazy way possible, using the powers of previous super powered hosts in order to multiply himself and travel through time in order to bond with every living thing on earth all throughout the timeline in order to fight the inevitable techno horde.
While the hyperextension of Brock’s life is horrific in its own right, there is a twinge of sadness and endearment to it. After all, it’s not just any human life Venom is trying to prolong. It’s the one that’s been with him the most, and with which it formed its strongest connection. Venom’s struggle to keep him alive isn’t just about its own survival, its also about preserving its most beloved companion and friend. While the issue does continue to the symbiote’s war against the A.I. fiends, and even Venom’s own sacrifice, this final farewell to Eddie Brock is a moment no fan will forget. Readers can find the full credits and plot synopsis below:
- VENOM: THE END #1
- Release Date: January 15th, 2020
- Written by: Adam Warren
- Art by: Chamba
- Cover by: Rahzzah
- THE FINAL VENOM STORY! The alien symbiote who bonded with Eddie Brock has been through a lot… but not nearly as much as he has coming. In a tale that literally spans over a trillion years, Venom travels the length of space and time as the last defender of life in the universe!
Venom: The End is on comic book store shelves now.
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