The upcoming Spider-Man 2 The video game has already garnered a lot of hype, largely because it builds on what made its predecessors so great. Part of that success has been its reverent yet imaginative take on Spider-Man’s rogues gallery, which has fans excited to see how Insomniac Games handles Venom. The San Diego Comic-Con 2023 panel for Spider-Man 2 The panel had plenty of teasing for the symbiotic villain, which inevitably highlighted a huge missed opportunity.
To date there has never been a solo poison game, largely due to his association as a Spider-Man major villain. However, Venom is increasingly becoming an anti-hero, using deadly force to protect the innocent and developing an expansive mythology of his own. This source material and development offers a lot of potential for a video game that could highlight different aspects of Venom’s story. Although he will soon be an important part of it Spider-Man 2 As an antagonist, Insomniac or maybe another developer could easily turn Venom into a video game protagonist.
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Most Marvel games make Venom the enemy rather than the protagonist
Venom’s first foray into the world of video games was Spider-Man vs The Kingpin, in which he began his career largely as a non-playable boss character. Of course, this was the Eddie Brock incarnation of the character, who at the time was the only Venom host featured in the comics. Of course, given the character’s popularity in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Venom often appeared in digital form. In some games of this era, players could even slip into the role of Venom. The best example of this was the vs. Series of Capcom fighting games in which Venom’s move set was similar to Spider-Man’s. The game reflected the changes already made to Venom in the comics, including his long tongue, his desire for revenge, and his slightly more “heroic” disposition.
Later video games would also feature a playable Venom Ultimate Spider-Man (in which the modernized Ultimate Universe version of Venom appeared as the antagonist and secondary protagonist). Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects and the youngest Marvel’s Midnight Suns Venom was also included as a playable character. However, these games were ensemble adventures, forcing Venom to share the spotlight with either Spider-Man or the Marvel Universe at large. There isn’t a game that really gets into Venom’s mind yet. Spider-Man 2 clearly introduces a very different take on Venom, but another game could do justice to Marvel’s most iconic version.
The Eddie Brock Venom would fit nicely into Insomniac’s Spider-Man
Even though the Insomniac Universe currently handles Venom differently, there’s always the possibility that Eddie Brock could become Venom’s new host in a future story. It’s already been proven that Eddie exists in this universe, which is why it’s so surprising that he doesn’t seem to play a major role Spider-Man 2 Storyline (where Peter has the symbiote). Still, fans are used to seeing differing views on how Eddie Brock becomes Venom. The Sony poison Movies showed this relationship without Spider-Man being involved. With that precedent, maybe the best candidate for the next insomniac Spiderman Spinoff isn’t a new game featuring the Webslinger, but one based on Eddie Brock’s Venom.
This preliminary poison The game would likely have a similar shape to the previous one Spiderman Video games by Insomniac Games, albeit with a few twists. On the one hand, Venom’s gameplay and attacks would likely be stronger, not to mention more monstrous and brutal, as players fly symbiote slime and tentacles around to pummel opponents. A good idea (if the game focuses on Eddie) would be to change the location from New York to San Francisco. This is where Venom went in the comics when he became the “Lethal Protector” and is also where the character’s adventures in the Sony Spider-Man universe take place. This move would give the game a fresh start and a change of scenery compared to New York, and help give Venom its own distinct identity. Of course, there would also be the problem of villains, since many of Venom’s enemies are identical to Spider-Man in some ways.
Given the size of Spider-Man’s villain gallery and the many symbiote variants there are, Venom has plenty of worthy foes to face off against in his own game. Arguably the biggest and baddest villain in Venom’s world is Knull, the god of symbiotes. As popular as he has become, a poison The game shouldn’t jump to him. Instead, said game should slowly hint at Knull’s existence for a future adventure, making Venom’s first solo escapade more down-to-earth. The Life Foundation and their symbiotes would work best as antagonists, perhaps with the murderous Cletus Kasady/Carnage as the final boss. This all depends on Eddie being Venom’s host in the future, but there’s another interesting option.
Flash Thompson’s Agent Venom could turn the insomnia formula on its head
Another prominent Venom host was Flash Thompson, Peter Parker’s former classmate. This incarnation was dubbed “Agent Venom” because the symbiote took on a military-uniform-inspired appearance upon bonding with Thompson. Flash Thompson had previously lost his legs in combat, but bonding to the Venom symbiote allowed the former high school athlete to regain use of his legs. In addition to his own powers as a symbiote host, Agent Venom also wielded firearms and other such weapons, distinguishing him from other depictions of Venom. Flash favored alternate methods of combat due to the risk that the symbiote would take over him completely if he remained bonded to him for too long.
A Agent Venom The video game would allow for gameplay not just copying Insomniac’s other Spiderman games. Instead, it would combine classic Spider-Man gameplay elements with stealth and gunplay, as Flash Thompson often used the Venom symbiote for espionage purposes. A Agent Venom The game could even work as an M-rated title, showing a darker and more insidious side of Insomniac’s Marvel Universe with brutality and heaviness that Spider-Man just isn’t suited to. Most importantly, it continues the Insomniac Universe theme of involving main characters, but with a twist. Since Eddie isn’t the only one to become Lethal Protector, Flash Thompson is an equally interesting candidate. Considering how popular Venom has become thanks to the movies, comics, and all the hype surrounding his next confirmed video game appearance, a Solo poison The video game could be a real hit.