The ongoing run of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy comic is gearing up for a semi-crossover that’ll take us deep into the home world of Spider-Man baddie Venom. Book your ticket to the Planet of the Symbiotes.
This November, the series will dig into a three-issue arc dubbed “Planet Of The Symbiotes,” which’ll take the motley space heroes to the deadly planet where Venom originated before bonding to Flash Thompson in the current continuity. The arc kicks off with issue #21, for those keeping count.
The mini-arc will be written by Brian Michael Bendis, with art by Valerio Schiti, and find Venom heading back to his home planet with the comic version of the Guardians. It should make for a fun story, and as Bendis noted to MTV, it could only happen in the comics: “At least for now, the legality of copyright and trademark would make certain storylines impossible in the movies. I like doing it for the comics!”
Readers will largely see the story from the perspective of Agent Venom, aka Flash Thompson, and Bendis said they’ll be filling in “additive” parts of Venom’s backstory that have been left largely unexplored. We have to admit, it’s an interesting pitch, and we’re fairly psyched to get a peek at a planet full of symbiotes. As Bendis enthuses:
“I looked it up and I was like no, there’s been a planet we’ve seen taken over by symbiotes, but have we not seen the planet of the symbiotes? I called [Marvel Senior Vice President Of Publishing] Tom Brevoort, I go, could it be that even in the craziness of the ’90s when it was Venom, Venom, Venom every five seconds, that this story has not been told? And he goes, yeah we’ve never been there. And I’m like, now I have to do it! It’s crazy.”
Venom was first introduced back in 1984 as part of an alternate suit for Spidey, until Peter Parker eventually realized that super-suit was actually an alien symbiote. Venom has been a fan-favorite baddie ever since, and Bendis promises they'll be throwing some nods to those initial 1984 stories as they explore the character's genesis within the Marvel universe.
Is this a mystery you’ve been waiting to have unraveled, or do you wish Marvel had left well enough alone?