The Venom suit is actually a living creature, an alien symbiote, which selects its host. Venom has been experiencing some enormous changes in the Marvel Universe with the changes in the War of the Realms event, which has seen Eddie Brock replace his outsider symbiote with another mystical symbiote to battle against Malekith and his attacking powers. While this new symbiote gave Eddie incredible abilities such as creating a Venom Viking armor and even become an enormous Frost Giant killing machine, his original symbiote was no less. Here we will go through 10 things about Venom’s symbiote suit you might not know about:
1) Power Replication
We have seen that most of Venom’s powers are similar to Spider-man, such as wall-crawling, web-swinging, and super-strength. This was mainly because these powers come from the symbiote’s ability to replicate the natural abilities of its previous hosts, which were contained within the symbiote’s genetic memory.
The genetic memory allows the symbiote to replicate the abilities of its previous hosts. Most recently we saw Venom encounter the Grendel symbiote, which allowed Venom to replicate the symbiote dragon’s wings, presumably from its Klyntar genetic memory.
2) Spatial Awareness
The symbiote was able to replicate most of Spider-man’s abilities but could not replicate Spidey’s very own Spider-Sense. Venom did not need this ability because the symbiote has its own unique spatial awareness, which allows the alien to “see” in every direction at once.
The capacity to know about your environmental factors, combined with the telepathic connection with its hosts, prompts practically momentary admonitions and responses for the host. This ability helps keep the Venom symbiote, and its hosts, alive.
3) Adaptive Survival
As a symbiotic creature, one of the main objectives of the Venom suit is to keep its host alive. While the symbiote is at times able to create its own humanoid structure independent of a host, that capacity is short-lived, so the protection of its host body is important.
This has led to the Venom symbiote producing oxygen for survival underwater or in space, or even generating limbs for former host Flash Thompson, who had lost his legs in the war.
The symbiote can effectively disguise its host as anything by altering its shape or appearance, so technically, the ability to camouflage is part of the Venom symbiote’s larger ability to shapeshift. Generally, the ability represents itself in how the symbiote can replicate clothing or produce different costumes for each host, but that ability can be actively used as well.
Most recently Carnage (who shares similar abilities as Venom) used this power to disguise himself as Eddie Brock.
5) Chemical Manipulation
When venom bonds with its host, they become a single being. Originally, the host had control of their symbiote enhanced body, but over the years we have seen the symbiote exert control over its host body through both physical and psychic methods.
The Venom symbiote has at times adjusted the body chemistry of Eddie Brock to serve its own needs. If Eddie is too angry the symbiote might try to calm him down, or even sedate him entirely.
6) Enhanced Healing
The Venom suit has an unbelievable healing factor, as it can reconstitute itself from small amounts after harm from its greatest shortcomings, fire and ultrasonic sound. However, that healing factor likewise reaches out to its hosts, which the symbiote is able to rapidly heal from extreme damage that manages to get through the symbiote’s incredibly durable hide.
This enhanced healing factor goes further than dealing with cuts and bruises, when Eddie Brock discovered he had adrenal cancer, he learned that the symbiote had been keeping cancer at bay for years, though it was not able to fully cure the disease.
7) Asexual Reproduction
There are a large number of symbiotes in the Marvel Universe, scattered around (before Absolute Carnage, at least). All the symbiotes are actually the offspring of the Venom symbiote, which first spawned the symbiote that joined with Cletus Kasady in Amazing Spider-Man #345.
Both the Venom and Carnage symbiotes have produced over the years, though both of them treat their offspring differently. While Venom attempted to raise and nurture his latest offspring which became known as Sleeper, Carnage attempted to kill his first offspring Toxin, fearing it would grow more powerful than Carnage was.
When Agent Venom and its host Flash Tompson joined the Guardians Of The Galaxy, they discovered their origins on the planet Klyntar, which cleansed the Venom symbiote of its previous hosts’ instabilities. This new purified symbiote gave them a new ability to hear the “Voice of the Cosmos,” which directed the Venom symbiote and other Agents of the Cosmos to where they were needed to help in the galaxy. This version of Venom was known as Space Knight.
9) Online Accessibility
In Venom: Carnage Unleashed, we get to an unusual ability exhibited by Venom and Carnage. The story sees the release of a video game based on Carnage, which is played by Carnage, who then uses his symbiote to enter the internet so he can kill the other people playing.
He does this by extruding his symbiote into the computer monitor as a “molecular filament that can travel along with communication cables,” which doesn’t really make sense. Venom was also able to accomplish this same feat using his symbiote to battle Carnage in a virtual world created by a hacker changing their symbiote code into video game graphic code. This ability is quite confusing and does not really make sense.
10) “Pocket” Dimensions
One of the most useful and strangest ability that Venom possesses is its ability to create or access pocket dimensions. When Peter Parker first got the suit on Battleworld in Secret Wars, he discovered that the suit would create “pockets” that allowed him to carry things like his wallet and camera safely inside the symbiote.
This was explained as the suit shunting these items into a literal pocket dimension. This ability hasn’t been explored much by modern writers but stands out as something most fans didn’t know the Venom suit could do.