This spring, the vile symbiote Venom celebrates his 30th anniversary, and events honoring the alien creature are crawling into every corner of the geek universe.
From special comic crossovers and variant covers to collectible statues and nerdy wearable merchandise reflecting your vehement Venom pride, Marvel is reveling in the radical reptilian parasite all year long. The festivities culminate in October with Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer's Venom feature film being unleashed in theaters.
Originally created by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane, the sentient black being first appeared in 1984's The Amazing Spider-Man #252 as an icky extraterrestrial substance that infected Peter Parker. But the creepy character grabbed its first full appearance in 1988's The Amazing Spider-Man #300 after discovering a suitable host to bond with in disgraced reporter Eddie Brock.
To honor this special milestone birthday, our friends at Poster Posse have targeted Venom in an all-star online exhibition of artworks inspired by the slithering, razor-toothed beast. The online art collective and ad agency has rounded up a talented gang of its regular pro artists to deliver some ghastly, venomous interpretations.
"When David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane created Venom back in the late '80s, little did they know that their antihero would become a massive fan favorite," Poster Posse's Don Thompson told SYFY WIRE. "For the next 30 years the slavering symbiote terrorized the Marvel universe with his hideous fangs, oversized eyes, distorted musculature, and disturbing tongue. Given all that, we knew we had to pay tribute to this sentient alien life form's 30th anniversary with some posters from various Poster Posse Pros."
Venom is slated to invade multiplexes on October 5 but has had a rough time getting to the silver screen as a solo outing. Starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, Sony's villainous new superhero flick was stuck for years in the cold confines of development hell and passed around to a wide range of screenwriters and directors.
Many fans had a distinctly sour taste in their mouths after the enigmatic (and kinda boring) first trailer dropped in early February with no footage of the actual insidious symbiote due to CGI work not being completed. This caused the inevitable uproar over the internet, and the fact that this teaser appears just a day after the new Deadpool 2 trailer rolled out didn't help matters much.
The second trailer seemed to satisfy fans, though Sony has a long road to hoe moving forward all the way to its fall release. If the studios' marketing push can tap into that incessant interest in Venom, this intriguing examination of the darker realms of the Marvel Universe might be a sleeper hit as the leaves begin to drop. Metrics are already showing a pronounced attraction to the Hollywood property, and its sophomore preview tallied up 64.3 million views in a 24-hour period, beating out first-day views for the likes of Doctor Strange and Wonder Woman. So there's interest there.
Check out this menacing collection of Poster Posse Venom fan art posters by Orlando Arocena, Ben Mcleod, Andy Fairhurst, Kaz Oomori, Andrew Swainson, Vincent Aseo, Rafal Rola, John Aslarona, and The Dark Inker in the full gallery below, then tell us if you're feeling the effects of Venom fever as the buildup to the film's release continues.