Every comic fan knows Eddie Brock's version of Venom - but the symbiote's first host is now tied to Captain Marvel's origin story. And just as both heroes are preparing for their solo movie debuts!
Before we get to the Captain Marvel connection, let's stick with Venom. Because long before Eddie Brock, the symbiote joined with another cosmic champion - set to be introduced in the Venom: First Host comic series. Believe it or not, Marvel fans, but there's a good chance that in the new Marvel canon, Venom was a soldier in the Kree-Skrull War.
That's the implication given in the early solicits for the First Host story, spread across five issues releasing weekly from the end of August through September 2018. The biggest twists and turns are still being kept under wraps, along with the ways, if any, this story will be linked to the new ongoing Venom comic (also making the Symbiotes' role in history far bigger than anyone knew).
What we do know for sure is that Eddie Brock is destined to meet a Kree soldier by the name of Tel-Kar. A soldier who claims he bondesdwith the symbiote before anyone else... making him the very first Venom.
The first artwork for Mike Costa and Mark Bagley's Venom: First Host #2 lends credence to the claim, apparently depicting Tel-Kar as he appeared when merged with the symbiote. Not the most exciting vision of Venom that fans will have seen before, but then, a Venom's design is in the eye of the host and symbiote, we suppose. There's no shortage of threats, as the synopses for the series paint a picture of alien invasion on Earth, which brings Tel-Kar to the planet in the first place.
What happens next, and learning how and why the symbiote and its first Kree his were separated, are mysteries fans will need to read for themselves. But in the meantime, fans can also revel in the twist itself: that the symbiote (known on its homeworld as one of the Klyntar species) is now woven into the larger history of the Kree Empire - and by extension, the larger military conflict between their people and the Skrulls, their mortal enemies.
So what if the movie versions are owned by two different studios?
Marvel has already been sprinkling clues and hints of the Kree-Skrull War in Infinity War and elsewhere, but it's Captain Marvel where they will take center stage. The Kree-Skrull War is the entire reason why Carol Danvers gets her Captain Marvel powers at all, and with her origin story being changed for the movie, that chain of events will become more direct, not less. So even if fans are left dreaming that someday they will see Venom in Marvel movies, the comics are helping to bridge the gap.
Just how important the symbiote and its first host were to the Kree-Skrull War, and how much the conflict is to blame for the spread of the symbiotes is anyone's guess. Until Venom: First Host begins in August, at least.
Venom: First Host #1 will be released on August 29 from Marvel Comics.