Venom gets extreme — and an anthology series — in May

‘Extreme Venomverse’ arrives just in time for ‘Death of the Venomverse’ and ‘Summer of Symbiotes,’ as Venom celebrates his 35-year anniversary.

How easy would it be to apply the template of the Spider-Verse to Venom? We’ll find out later this year, as Marvel has announced Extreme Venomverse, an anthology series that will feature various versions of Venom from around the multiverse.

This year is the 35th anniversary of the character, who was created by Todd McFarlane and David Michelinie and had his first, full appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #300. But you have to tip your hat to the creators of Amazing Spider-Man #252 — Roger Stern, Todd DeFalco, Mike Zeck and Ron Frenz — for creating Spider-Man’s black alien costume. And are you familiar with Randy Schueller? He was a comics fan who came up with the idea for putting Spider-Man in a black costume.

As part of the anniversary, Marvel has teased several projects. Summer of Symbiotes was announced at New York Comic Con last year, but with very few details beyond some teaser text:

Sun’s out, tongue’s out! Spinning out of titles like VENOM, CARNAGE, and RED GOBLIN comes a slew of new symbiotic stories. Get ready for the return of old faces, the debut of new symbiote heroes, and exciting shifts for iconic symbiote stars. It’s a season of symbiote insanity!

And then this week on Twitter Marvel teased something called Death of the Venomverse, which seems to have parallels to the “Death of the Spider-Verse” story that Dan Slott and company are doing in Spider-Man:

And now, Extreme Venomverse, which will debut in May. The five-issue miniseries is “in the same spirit” as the recent Edge of Spider-Verse miniseries, according to Marvel.com. The first issue will feature three stories:

  • Ryan North and Paulo Siqueira put “a fresh and exciting spin on a story you may be familiar with…starring Eddie Brock as…SPIDER-MAN?!”
  • Mirka Andolfo “shows you a side of the whole Brock family you NEVER thought you’d see!”
  • And Leonardo Romero, reimagines Venom as a samurai.

Leinil Francis Yu provides the cover:

Look for the first issue on May 10.

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