Anti-Venom (Marvel)(01 - Eddie Brock)
Real Name: Edward Charles Alan 'Eddie' Brock
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Anti-Venom has all the abilities and powers of Venom, plus the ability to "cleanse" human bodies of foreign influences, such as symbiotes, people's super powers, sickness, and drugs. He also lacks the main weaknesses of the symbiote race, as extreme heat and sonic waves no longer have any effect on him (the Anti-Venom shows an extremely high resistence to heat when the Radioactive Man forces him to stay exposed to a nuclear bomb explosion heat). Anti-Venom also cuts out all of Spider-Man's powers if they get too close to each other.
No known weaknesses
While praying at a church, Brock is discovered by philanthropist Martin Li who is secretly Mister Negative. After Matt Murdock proves in a court of law that Brock was not responsible for his actions while bonded to the symbiote and has the charges dropped, Li gets Brock a job in his soup kitchen. A touch from Mr. Negative completely cures Eddie's cancer and the remnants of the Venom symbiote within his body bond to his white-blood-cells. Upon being assaulted by Mac Gargan, the Venom symbiote attempts to leave Gargan to bond with Brock again. However, Brock's skin is caustic to his former symbiote, and as a white substance seeps out of his pores covering his body, Brock becomes Anti-Venom (also known as White-Venom). He engages Venom in a fight, and after receiving some help from Spider-Man, cures Gargan from the symbiote, but also feels some remnants of the symbiote inside Peter's blood and begins "curing" him as well, but also ends up sucking the radiation from Spider-Man's blood, something that may depower him.
Later, Thunderbolts guards arrive to take the disabled Gargan to the ship while Songbird and Radioactive Man battle Spider-Man and Anti-Venom. During the battle, Anti-Venom almost cures Radioactive Man of his powers, but is saved by Songbird. After the fight, Anti-Venom sneaks on the Thunderbolts ship and steals back Peter Parker's camera, looted by Norman Osborn in a bid to reverse engineer the tracing system allowing the camera to zero on Spider-Man's chest. He is able to help Peter escape Osborn's tracer, and forewarn him about his next move, in a show of friendship and good-will. It also appears he no longer knows Spider-man's identity, remarking that he wasted a lot of time being angry at Peter Parker, when Spider-man has been taking his "own" pictures.
Anti-Venom then leads Spider-Man to Oscorp and the two split up. Brock disguises himself as Spider-Man to distract the other Thunderbolts while Spider-Man goes after Osborn. After webbing Songbird and Radioactive Man to a wall, Anti-Venom faces Gargan, who is now wearing a new Scorpion battle-suit to protect his recovering symbiote. After a grueling battle, Gargan, as Scorpion, hits Anti-Venom with his stinger and injects a poisonous formula that seemingly destroys Brock's suit. Gargan advances to kill Brock but is met with resistance by his Venom symbiote. The symbiote gains strength and breaks though Gargan's battlesuit, refusing to let Gargan kill Brock. Gargan explains that the suit still loves Brock too much and gives up, but he promises Brock that he will get past this problem and someday finish him off, to which Brock replies: "Not if I kill you first." Unbeknownst to Gargan, Brock's Anti-Venom suit reforms. Now a fugitive for helping Spider-Man and fighting the Thunderbolts, Brock is back on the streets, planning to continue his former vigilante antihero career with seemingly increased religious emphasis as The Anti-Venom.
After curing a girl of a heroin addiction, Eddie finds himself fighting Mister Negative's Inner Demons (who are using the same "cure" Mac Gargan had used to try to kill him with). Upon defeating them, Brock is the first person to find out that Martin Li is Mister Negative. Discovering the man he idolized is also a supervillain causes a breakdown for Eddie, both making him question his faith and lament that no one will believe the truth he knows, because he is a monster.
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #569
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Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Anti-Venom - New Ways To Live (2009)
#1 Amazing Spider-Man: Extra! (2008)
- 'New Ways To Live'#2
- 'New Ways To Live'#3
- 'New Ways To Live'
Free Comic Book Day 2011 (Spider-Man) (2011)
Hämähäkkimies / Spider-Man (1980)
Heroic Age: Heroes (2010)
Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works (2012)
New Avengers (2010)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Spider-Island: The Amazing Spider-Girl (2011)
#3 Spider-Man - Gratis Comic Tag (2012)
- 'The Devil You Don't...'
Spider-Man: Brand New Day Yearbook (2009)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
The Astonishing Spider-Man (2009)
#14 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'Venom Versus Anti-Venom!'#15
- 'Spidey Vs. Bullseye!'#16
- 'Wrath of the Goblin'#75#76
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"It's Anti-Venom, actually. I go after the city's cancer."
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