Sony might only have the rights to one major character, but that hasn’t stopped it from aggressively expanding its Spider-universe. In addition to a number of sequels, the studio already announced Sinister Six and Venom, two spinoffs that will take the franchise into a dark territory. If producers are making room for Venom’s sadistic cousin, Cletus Kasady, could they possibly bring more symbiote-powerhouses to life? You may assume the titular character will be Eddie Brock, the first to take on the mantle, but it could be Mac Gargan, who originally annoyed Spidey as Scorpion. Gargan poses a bigger threat than his predecessor, as the criminal possesses no moral code. And there’s Toxin, who, unlike his bloodthirsty relatives, maintains the ethics he had as a cop. With Carnage most likely slated to appear, it wouldn’t be hard to foreshadow the birth of Toxin. After his symbiote bonded with Gargan, Brock underwent treatment for cancer; that changed when Gargan came back into his life, bringing a homesick symbiote with him. Brock’s body, which was mystically cured, rejected the symbiote, but he was mutated into Anti-Venom, who can sense sickness in others and heal them. If Brock pops up in a sequel as Venom, he could become Anti-Venom in the solo film if the titular role goes to someone like Flash Thompson, the current wielder of the symbiote in comics. After he lost his legs while serving overseas, the government grafted the symbiote onto him in order to create a super-soldier. Who wouldn’t see a movie in which Venom carries heavy-duty machine guns? Finally, the newest addition to the family is Andi Benton, who owes the existence of her alter-ego to Thompson. When a gangster, Lord Ogre, tried to use her as a way to get to Venom, Thompson shared a portion of his symbiote with the girl to protect her. The symbiote bonded to Benton with unexpected readiness, transforming her into Mania, who can be a potential Black Widow to Venom’s Captain America.
VENOM, by Ceasar Muyuela.
Who would you like to see as Venom?