Venom fans can look forward to an entire season of drooling, terrifying toothy horror later this year, with the Spider-Man and the Venomverse panel at C2E2 revealing more information about everyone’s new favorite time of year: the Summer of Symbiotes!
Summer of Symbiotes is the umbrella title given to a number of projects celebrating the 35th anniversary of the first appearance of Venom, kicking off with May’s Cult of Carnage: Misery, Extreme Venomverse, and Carnage Reigns. Panelists including Venom editor Devin Lewis, Marvel editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski, and creators Zen Wells (Amazing Spider-Man), Sabir Pirzada (Cult of Carnage: Misery), and David Pepose (Extreme Venomverse) revealed plans for a number of titles spinning out of the Venom mythology.
Under discussion were new titles such as Web of Carnage — a new series by Ram V, Francesco Manna and others spinning out of the finale of the Carnage Reigns storyline, with the Carnage symbiote adrift in space and with a new mission: claiming the throne of the King in Black — and Cult of Carnage: Misery, by Sabir Pirzada and Francesco Mortarino, in which Liz Allen has bonded to a symbiote of her own, even as she’s haunted by a new creature called Madness, as well as the Edge of Venomverse Unlimited Infinity Comic, launching in June from writers Clay McLeod Chapman and J. Holtham, with a lineup of artists including Phillip Sevy, Gustavo Duarte, and more.
All of this is leading up to the big event of the year: Death of the Venomverse, from Cullen Bunn and Geraldo Sandoval, running weekly through August, in which Carnage has an all-new mission: kill each and every Venom possible.
“It's been far too long since I've written any stories about Venom and company,” Bunn said in a statement about the new series, which will also feature a back-up strip from Venom co-creator David Michelinie. “This story — this completely bonkers epic —feels like the right time to throw my symbiotic hat back in the ring. Returning to a multiverse full of Venom symbiotes, maybe (but hopefully not) for the last time, I knew I had to do something big. Thus, the title — Death of the Venomverse — was born. Perhaps that title is a bit of a threat for our favorite symbiotes, but I promise you it is not empty! Get ready for plenty of surprises, some heartbreak, and more symbiotes than you can shake a stick at!”
Cult of Carnage: Misery launches in May, with Web of Carnage following in July, and Death of the Venomverse #1 hitting stands August 2.
If this seems like a lot of symbiotes for one season, just remember the old saying: “Sun’s out, overgrown tongue’s out.” (Okay, I’m sorry for that almost pun. Check out the gallery of preview images from the panel as an apology.)
Check out Popverse’s coverage from Chicago’s C2E2 right here.