My Thoughts on The Return of Eddie Brock as Venom

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Marvel announced earlier today that the original host of Venom and current host of Toxin in the Carnage series by Gerry Conway. Brock will replace current host Lee Price on apparently issue #6, having Price only be venom for a whopping 5 issues.

This new volume comes off the back of a 5-year run of longtime Spider-man supporting cast member Flash Thompson carrying the mantle as Agent Venom and Later Venom: Space Knight. This run redefined the Venom character and made the former villain a real hero, as a both a member of the Secret Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy. This change in the status quo also added a level of diversity to one of the largest icons in the Marvel Universe, since Thompson was a double amputee thanks to his time in Iraq.

Diversity seems like a major goal in Marvel Comics right now seeing as almost all of their major legacy characters have been replaced with younger more diverse people (see Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Spider-Man, Wolverine, etc.), So the decision to replace their diverse character with another "boring straight white male" seems like such a weird decision that doesn't seem to fit with their current editorial mission. However, Marvel is no longer just a publishing house, they're now a multi-media entertainment company. We also know longtime Venom antagonist Spider-Man is getting his first solo Marvel Studios Film this summer, so does this mean that we will see Brock appear in "Homecoming"? Marvel has a long history of returning characters to their status quo right before a major media appearance, So maybe this is something we should expect?

Personally, as a longtime Spider-Man fan, I'm disappointed to see Marvel continue to reference and want to return to the worst era in Spider-history: The Clone Saga. We have now seen Marvel do yet another "epic" clone event which now featured the return of Ben Reily (Also getting his own book), and now even Venom is returning to the state he was at in the 1990's. Does this mean Marvel is out of ideas? They have no idea what to do with Venom (Even though Thompson was only 5 years old and the fanbase had responded really kindly to him) They have to dig up "Lethal Protector"(A story the promotion material for issue #1 had said was "No more!")

This seems to me like even more proof that Marvel knows they don't have to try to sell comics anymore. Being subsidized by Disney means they don't have to work as hard to sell books as DC does. The clear commitment to fans DC is making in it's current Rebirth is made even more obvious by this example of Marvel doing the opposite.

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My Thoughts on The Return of Eddie Brock as Venom

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Marvel announced earlier today that the original host of Venom and current host of Toxin in the Carnage series by Gerry Conway. Brock will replace current host Lee Price on apparently issue #6, having Price only be venom for a whopping 5 issues.

This new volume comes off the back of a 5-year run of longtime Spider-man supporting cast member Flash Thompson carrying the mantle as Agent Venom and Later Venom: Space Knight. This run redefined the Venom character and made the former villain a real hero, as a both a member of the Secret Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy. This change in the status quo also added a level of diversity to one of the largest icons in the Marvel Universe, since Thompson was a double amputee thanks to his time in Iraq.

Diversity seems like a major goal in Marvel Comics right now seeing as almost all of their major legacy characters have been replaced with younger more diverse people (see Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Spider-Man, Wolverine, etc.), So the decision to replace their diverse character with another "boring straight white male" seems like such a weird decision that doesn't seem to fit with their current editorial mission. However, Marvel is no longer just a publishing house, they're now a multi-media entertainment company. We also know longtime Venom antagonist Spider-Man is getting his first solo Marvel Studios Film this summer, so does this mean that we will see Brock appear in "Homecoming"? Marvel has a long history of returning characters to their status quo right before a major media appearance, So maybe this is something we should expect?

Personally, as a longtime Spider-Man fan, I'm disappointed to see Marvel continue to reference and want to return to the worst era in Spider-history: The Clone Saga. We have now seen Marvel do yet another "epic" clone event which now featured the return of Ben Reily (Also getting his own book), and now even Venom is returning to the state he was at in the 1990's. Does this mean Marvel is out of ideas? They have no idea what to do with Venom (Even though Thompson was only 5 years old and the fanbase had responded really kindly to him) They have to dig up "Lethal Protector"(A story the promotion material for issue #1 had said was "No more!")

This seems to me like even nmore proof that Marvel knows they don't have to try to sell comics anymore. Being subsidized by Disney means they don't have to work as hard to sell books as DC does. The clear commitment to fans DC is making in it's current Rebirth is made even more obvious by this example of Marvel doing the opposite.

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Why Marvel Studios needs the Fantastic Four more than the X-Men

Why people really want the X-Men with the Avengers
Why people really want the X-Men with the Avengers

One of the major, and possibly only, flaws of Marvel studios is that they don't have the rights to many of their famous characters. True, they may have full control over characters like The Hulk and Iron Man, but most of their most beloved characters like Spider-Man and Wolverine are owned by other studios. Recently, however, Sony pictures struck a deal with Marvel to allow them to use the character of Spider-Man in future Marvel films. This of course, opens the door for new possibilities with films like Captain America: Civil War, which previously had characters like Daredevil and Black Panther rumored to take the role played by Spider-Man in the Civil War storyline. This news opened the door for fans to possibly see their favorite X-Men characters to be in an upcoming Avengers film.

Sadly there has been no movement or hashtag or anything to get the Fantastic Four back at Marvel studios which I think is a true shame and leads me to write this article. So kick back and relax while I tell you all the reasons I can think of that the Fantastic Four are more important than the X-Men.

The Fantastic Four Created Marvel

Why do you think everyone cared so much when Marvel cancelled Fantastic Four? Because the FF were the very first characters Stan Lee created for Marvel! It's not because a lot of people read the book because let's be honest, they didn't. This would be like if DC cancelled Action Comics, the series that created superheroes in general.

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Marvel is making movies without the reason they exist, and that is really unfortunate. This is not what Stan Lee retired for People!

Marvel Needs More Smart People

In the MCU, Tony Stark aka Iron Man is the smartest man on the planet. True, you also have Bruce Banner played by Mark Ruffalo and upcoming Hank Pym played by Michael Douglass, but all Banner has actually done is turned into the Hulk and smashed stuff, and Ant-Man will flop so bad that Douglass will never do another Marvel film ever again. So that leaves us with Tony Stark, raging alcoholic, to be the man that solves all the worlds problems and creates Ultron. Tony Stark is actually only the 5th smartest man on the planet, ranking under Mr. Fantastic, Doctor Doom, Bruce Banner, and Hank Pym.

Notice how those first two are both owned by Fox. It's important Marvel realizes that no matter how much merchandise Iron Man sells, he's not the smartest man on the planet. That honor is for Reed Richards. And speaking of Doctor Doom...

Marvel Needs More Good Villains

We have had 10 MCU films so far, and of those films, we have gotten maybe three cool villains. (Those three of course would be Loki, HYDRA, and Ultron). This is a true shame seeing that Marvel actually has a cool roster of villains, but most of them belong to other companies. I would say the top two coolest villains in all of marvel are Doctor Doom and Galactus. Actually, I would even go far enough to say this is the most important reason Marvel should reacquire the rights to the FF. Marvel is clearly building up towards a epic Thanos fight for the Infinity War films, and that's fine. But any Marvel fan knows, That the greatest threat to the Marvel universe is the devourer of worlds himself, Not some Darkseid ripoff with a wimp mitten.

Also, It has become clear that Marvel is expanding into a more cosmic world with their Guardians of the Galaxy films. Unfortunately, we will never get to see Silver Surfer have a conversation with Groot. That is the Guardians film I want to see!! C'mon Marvel!

Fox Doesn't Know What They Are Doing

I think a lot of fans will say this about Fox and Sony but let me say this. Fox should keep the X-Men. iknow I'm going to get a lot of nerd rage for this but I think their track record in recent years has been phenomenal. First Class was great, Days of Futures Past was the best one yet, I've heard nothing negative so far about the Deadpool project or Apocalypse, there's also a Gambit movie that no one's talking about… The point is that I'm willing to forgive Last Stand and Wolverine Origins because of recent work.

His name is Mr.Fantastic why is he frowning?
His name is Mr.Fantastic why is he frowning?

On the other side of the coin, You have what they have done to the Fantastic Four franchise. The two Tim Story films are some of the worst comic book fins ever made, no doubt. Now you have the Josh Trank reboot that just looks awful (and this is after I've seen the trailer). Which follows the age-old cliche of making a bright and cheery franchise dark and miserable.

Marvel has proven themselves to be the masters of making bright and fun Comic book movies, So they should be the ones in charge of making a motion picture about a superhero team with for the most ridiculous powers into a fun movie with a decent adaptation of Doom. They are also a family. That's like their whole thing. What the heck Fox?

So that's a the reasons I can think of. Thanks for reading and be sure to leave a comment because I would love to start a conversation. Live Long and Prosper

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