Apr 19, 2015

christos gage talks secret wars: spider-island

Sorry folks for the late post.  A couple days ago, Christos Gage (the author of Secret Wars: Spider-Island) talked with CBR about the upcoming arc which features Agent Venom and gives us our first look at the cover of issue 2:

When you pick up with your story, how much time has passed since the Spider-Queen and her subjects took control of Manhattan? What does the island look like now and what is life like for those who remain? 
I don't want to give everything away, but almost all human beings are monstrous human/spider hybrids in thrall to the Queen -- except a small resistance force led by Agent Venom [AKA Flash Thompson], the Vision and Spider-Woman. As for how much time has passed, it's not clear, but probably a few months. 
I understand Flash's band aren't just going up against the transformed civilians of Manhattan, they also have to contend with Man-Spider hybrids of some of the heroes that populated the island. Is that correct? 
It is. They are up against former allies who are now spider-creatues, but with their old powers! Opposing them are Captain Marvel, Spider-Hulk, the Spider-King (formerly Captain America), and more. Flash's movement is dwindling every day. But he has a plan... 
When your story begins Agent Venom is suffering from some guilt and torment over what happened to Spider-Man in his final battle with the Spider-Queen. How does that affect his ability to lead when your story begins? 
It just adds to the burden. Flash has lost men in combat before, but failing to save his hero, Spider-Man, gives him a feeling of failure and a need for redemption that really drives him. He'll do anything to save whats left of humanity. 
As I understand it Spider-Man is missing and presumed dead, but what about characters like Kaine and Eddie Brock who also played significant roles in the original "Spider-Island?" Do they factor into the story you're telling? 
We don't want to be slaves to the original storyline, so people who may not have read it or don't remember it can enjoy this one on its own terms. There is no Eddie Brock, Anti-Venom in this world -- he was the cure in the original story, and there's no cure here! As for Kaine, he's presumably one of the spider monsters. There'll be other differences, too. For example, Carol Danvers is Captain Marvel here, not Ms. Marvel, to avoid confusing readers who think of Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel. 
Earlier you mentioned Flash has a plan and I imagine we'll see him implement it in "Spider-Island." Can you give us any clues as to what he's scheming? 
Flash's desperate plan involves adding to the number of allies he has -- and making enemies into allies! Did I mention Capwolf? And Stegron? No? Well, they're here!

Head on over to CBR for the full interview.

Spider-Island 2 Cover

Spider-Island is part of Marvel's massive Secret Wars event and will be available in July.

Apr 18, 2015

deadpool 45

Deadpool 45

  1. The Aristocrats: Carnage and Agent Venom are in a panel

[Thanks to @Bizarnage for the tip]

Mar 25, 2015

agent venom to appear in secret wars spider-island

Secret Wars is shaping up to be very kind to Venom fans.  Not only do we get appearances by Eddie Brock, Zombie Venom and Hydra Venom, ComicVine announced today that Agent Venom would also be apart of a Secret Wars tie-in!  Christos Gage and Paco Diaz will be revisiting Spider-Island in July:

The Spider-Queen has turned Manhattan into an island of Spider-Madness and Peter Parker has lost
With Spider-Man defeated and captive, does Flash Thompson, A.K.A. VENOM stand a chance?

Chirstos Gage on SPIDER-ISLAND
COMIC VINE: What can you tell us about this SPIDER-ISLAND story?
CHRISTOS GAGE: It takes place in a Manhattan where the Spider-Queen (villain of the original Spider-Island story) triumphed. She rules an island of people her Spider-Virus turned into huge mutant man-spiders, with her Spider-King (a transformed Captain America) by her side. Pretty much every human being in her kingdom is a spider-monster, loyal to her...except a stubborn resistance force of uninfected, led by Flash Thompson, a.k.a. Agent Venom. Flash is tormented by his failure in the final, decisive battle of New York's champions against the Queen, in which he was unable to save his hero, Spider-Man, who was lost in the fight and is presumed dead. Though the Venom symbiote is vulnerable to the Queen's sonic powers, Flash is determined to redeem himself, or die trying. And he has a plan...a way to turn old allies from pawns of the Queen into free-thinking beings. But in this world, there's no cure for the Spider-Virus. It's too late. The only option is to transform the subjects into something else...and that's how Capwolf, Lizard Hulk and other bizarre twists on familiar characters come into the story! 
CV: How does it compare to the recent Spider-Island story? Does it continue or veer off from a certain point?
CG: More "veers off", and in my head, I know where. But we want this story to be completely accessible to people who haven't read the original, or may not remember it too well. So all you really need to know is the good guys lost, and almost everyone in Manhattan has been turned into a half-human, half-spider, completely loyal to the Queen! 
CV: When did you come up with the idea for this story, back during the original or when you were getting ready to jump into this one?
CG: When Nick [Lowe] approached me about doing this one. I know what some of the other Secret Wars stories are about, and the common thread they have is a lack of limits. You can go nuts and let your imagination run wild. It reminded me of the old-school WHAT IF? tales. Accordingly, it was pretty logical to start from a place where the good guys lost and the Queen runs Spider-Island...but as for where it goes from there, I just threw off the shackles. 
CV: What's the tone of the story?
CG: There's definitely a post-apocalyptic feel to it...that came about naturally, since 99% of New Yorkers have been turned into giant spiders. But I also didn't want it to be super-depressingly dark. Spider-Man stories, to me, have an element of hope to them, and I wanted to preserve that. Hopefully there is also a tone of, "I can't believe they did that!" So, although it's been ages since I watched them, maybe a feel of such classic movies as Escape From New York and The Warriors...where you're in an environment where everyone is out to get you. 
CV: Will other characters besides Flash Thompson get a chance to jump in the spotlight?
CG: Yes! Some you've seen before in other settings, like Capwolf. Others are new twists on classic characters, like the Lizard Hulk. And there'll be a few who remain in their familiar state. Plus one very important figure we won't see until later. 
CV: Were you given any restrictions or characters you couldn’t use for the story? 
Nope. I mean, uncharacteristically for me, I didn't try to put Devil Dinosaur in it, but that can only mean I got to do something else equally nutty. The great thing about Secret Wars is that you can do almost anything. As the advance images show, just because one title is using Venom or the Hulk or Captain America doesn't mean there can't be a different version of those characters in ours. That's the fun of it! 
CV: Does the Spider-Queen have the same motivation in this story? Is Jackal around?
CG: Spider-Queen's motivation remains the same: to transform and completely control every denizen of Spider-Island, and kill any she can't rule. She is very close to reaching her goal. As for the Jackal, in the original story, the Spider-Queen appeared to kill the Jackal when she no longer found him useful, and that is the status quo here. But readers know he survived in the original tale. So anything's possible. 
CV: If Spider-Island became a reality in your neighborhood, how would you cope with it?
CG: Mobilize a band of hardy survivors and...who am I kidding. I'd be the first to go.

Are you excited to have Agent Venom lead the revolt in Spider-Island?  I wonder if Anti-Venom will factor into this story....

[Thanks to everyone who sent in a tip!]

superior venom in spider-man unlimited mobile game

Superior Venom
Marvel talks about the upcoming updates to the mobile game 'Spider-Man Unlimited', which features the first symbiote in the game - Superior Venom, in an interview on Marvel.com:

Marvel.com: We’ll cover them more in-depth as they debut, but which new Spideys will be getting introduced?
Tatiana Nahai: So many great ones! The update initiates with Superior Venom, [from] when Superior Spider-Man got taken over by the Symbiote, and he is by far one of my favorite Spider-Men we’ve released! Also coming up for Spider-Verse is Dr. Aikman Spider-Man and Spider-Ben (Uncle Ben Spider-Man), both created exclusively for Spider-Verse! But in addition to that, we have other Spider-Men who will be announced later, plus a Community Vote where players can vote for their favorite dimensional Spider-Men! Every Spider-Men released in this update will have playable debuts: the first time they’ve ever been released in a game!

'Spider-Man Unlimited' is a free download and is for Android and iPhone.

Mar 24, 2015

eddie brock will be hyrda venom in hail hydra series

Hyrda Venom
Eddie Brock will be featured in yet another Secret Wars cross-over series!  In an interview with Comicbook.com, HAIL HYDRA's author Rick Remender talked a little bit about the upcoming series:

With that in mind, I can only imagine you’re having a ton of fun re-imagining some heroes and villains to fit the story. Can you give us an idea on who we might see?
Absolutely. It’s essentially things like, what would Arnim Zola be in this world? What would Tony Stark be in this world? What would Eddie Brock be in this World? We're playing off of that and building this Hydra world and then dropping in a "fish out of water" with Ian Rogers, Nomad. What’s cool about Ian is that he drifted from one dimension to the next in the main Captain America series, and now he's drifting into this dimension. It kind of gives meaning to the name "Nomad," because he really is drifting from one place to another. That's what made him the right choice for the story.

Do you have a favorite Hydra member that you've been itching to write, and now finally have the chance to bring to life? 
Yeah, but it's more about taking some of the other characters and their histories and dipping them in the Hydra pool. The one that I'm most excited about right now is Eddie Brock as Hydra Venom. He's all white with the green Hydra on his chest. The symbiote took to the Hydra symbolism the same way that it picked up on the spider symbolism when it bonded with Peter. So now, you've got Eddie Brock stomping around with the Hydra symbiote and there's a lot of fun stuff to do with that. I don't want to give too much of it away, but obviously there's a fun version of the Hydra/Avengers that I'll play with.

Below is the cover for issue 1:

Are you ready for Hyrda Venom!!!!

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