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Symbiote invasion

An invasion of symbiote monsters on New York City.

The Symbiotes are a race of parasitic alien beings featured in the Marvel Comics. They are goo-like creatures that attach themselves to a living host and feed off the negative energy (hate, greed, pride, etc) they make to grow stronger.


The first appearance of the symbiote was in Marvel's Secret Wars comic line, in which the alien suit bonded to Spider-Man, granting him greater power. After awhile, Spider-Man learned that the suit was alive and taking over his life, so he had it removed a few times, as it kept coming back to him.

Symbiote movie

The alien symbiote as it appears in Spider-Man 3.

Eventually the symbiote found another host: frustrated, angry newspaper reporter Eddie Brock. The symbiote bonded with him, and together they became the super-villain known as Venom, who had the same powers as Spider-Man, but stronger. Because the symbiote and Spider-Man were allies for so long, Spider-Man spider sense never registers Venom as a threat, making him even more dangerous. The symbiote-infected human always referred to themselves in the plural first person, saying "We" instead of "I".

Symbiote Eddie Brock

Eddie Brock bonding with the symbiote to become Venom.

Once, when Brock was separated from the symbiote and sent to prison, it returned and broke him free, making them Venom again. Brock inmate, the psychotic serial killer Cletus Cassidy, involuntarily bonded with some of the symbiote's spawn, and they became one of Spider-Man's most dangerous foes ever: Carnage. Carnage was even more powerful than Spider-Man and Venom put together, showing that the symbiote sapped power from each host and gave it to its offspring.

The symbiote's two main weaknesses are sound vibrations, and extreme heat.

Other characters in the Marvel universe have become infected with the symbiote as well, including Deadpool, Scorpion, and Wolverine.

It has recently been revealed that the Venom Symbiote was in fact a diseased member of a race known as the Klyntar. After returning to its homeworld during his time with the Guardians of the Galaxy, part of a 'hero exchange program' while serving with the Avengers, Eugene "Flash" Thompson has now had the symbiote 'cured', unlocking new abilities and knowledge.

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