20 Strongest Symbiotes Including Venom & Carnage (RANKED)

20 Strongest Symbiotes Including Venom & Carnage (RANKED)

Symbiotes is the name of a fictional alien species appearing in comics books published by Marvel Comics. The actual name of this species is Klyntar, referred to as a “symbiote” because of the symbiotic relationship that the Klyntars establish with their hosts. The Klyntar form a psychic bond with their hosts, creating a symbiotic bond through which a single entity is created. They are also able to slightly alter the personalities of their hosts, influencing their darkest wills and desires while also amplifying their physical and emotional traits and personalities, endowing them with superhuman abilities.

The Symbiotes, as you can see, are very popular characters from Marvel’s fictional universe and that is why we have decided to bring you a list of the 20 strongest Symbiotes in Marvel’s universe, with the two most famous members, Venom and Carnage, of course, included. Enjoy!

20 strongest Symbiotes

20. Venomsaurus Rex

Alter egos (Hosts): None (a Savage Lands Tyrannosaurs Rex)
Debut: Wolverine #70 (February 2009)

The colloquially named Venomsaurus Rex is actually a venomized Tyrannosaurus Rex that appeared during the “Old Man Logan” storyline, when Venom chased Wolverine in the Savage Lands. Initially, it was just Venom who chased Old Man Logan, but soon we saw a venomized Tyrannosaurus Rex, who was seemingly killed in Wolverine #71; at the time, little to nothing was known about the reptile.

The character’s origins were given in the “Old Man Hawkeye” storyline, where it was revealed that Hawkeye himself had a role in the dinosaur symbiote’s creation. In #6 of the series, we see Hawkeye killing a number of Jamie Maddrox clones, only to find himself on the run from the lone survivor of the massacre, who is now associated with Venom had a symbiote.

With the power of the Multiple Man, the symbiote replicated into a dangerous Venom army and went after Clint Barton. They chased him across the country and eventually caught up with him in #5. Defeated and injured, Hawkeye took refuge in Kate Bishop’s safe heaven, but there’s a big problem: the Venoms have followed him there and now threaten everyone living under Kate’s protection.

The fight quickly becomes desperate and to save everyone, Clint sees no choice but to leave the community to make sure he gets the attention of every Venom when he leaves, distracting them from the community. They quickly run after him through the desert and merge into more powerful Venoms.

But Clint, of course, has a plan – he knows there are dinosaurs imported from the Savage Land roaming the desert, and that’s exactly what he’s counting on. He makes as much noise as possible in the hopes of getting the attention of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. The dinosaur quickly eats the symbiote, and we see Venom being devoured within the dinosaur’s mouth, as Hawkeye simply walks away from the scene.

Hawkeye is convinced that this was the end of Venom, but as “Old Man Logan” showed us, he was wrong. Venom probably enjoyed the level of power and control he had when boding with a Tyrannosaurus Rex so he simply stayed with it, hunting and killing people who roam the Savage Lands.

19. Deadpool Venom

Alter egos (Hosts): Wade Wilson (Deadpool)
Debut: Venom/Deadpool: What If? #1 (February 2011)

Earth-90211’s Wade Wilson first appeared in the What If… Iron Man: Demon in Armor, in the story “What If Venom Possessed Deadpool?”. Here, in the 1980s, Deadpool is hired by Galactus to kill the Beyonder. While traveling in his flying limo with the Beyonder, the two are joined by Spider-Man who begs the cosmic entity to free him from the symbiotic costume, but is thrown out of the car.

The symbiote then leaves Peter Parker’s body and binds to Wade’s, transforming him into Venompool. After years of partying, the Beyonder sends Wade back to earth, where he realizes he has engaged the “Recton Expungifier”, the only weapon capable of killing the Beyonder.

After having kidnapped and sold a drunk Tony Stark at A.I.M. ,Venompool decides to change his life and become a true hero, but he is rejected by every supergroup because of his Jheri curls. Although he manages to get rid of the old-fashioned hairstyle, he still feels marginalized and, after taking part in the Secret Wars, he disengages the weapon and prepares to carry out his assignment.

18. Phage

Alter egos (Hosts): Carl Mach, Rico Axelson, Billy
Debut: Venom: Lethal Protector #4 (May 1993)

Phage is a fictional character, a supervillain associated with the character Spider-Man, appearing in stories published by Marvel Comics. He first appears in Venom: Lethal Protector #4. The character was created by David Michelinie and Ron Lim. He is one of the six symbiote “children” of Venom. He is predominantly light brown and has both eyes connected.

Carl Mach is a mercenary who works for a sinister company called “Life Foundation”. A remnant from the Cold War and sought to provide a comfortable life for their wealthy clients after the impending nuclear holocaust. The foundation has to experience life with the Venom symbiote in the hopes of developing superhuman peacekeeping.

Carl is one of five men and women who are chosen as hosts for the forcibly created Venom spawns. In the Venom: Lethal Protector storyline, Phage and his siblings are defeated by Venom and Spider-Man. His symbiote is artificially aged to dust and his body is caught in a massive explosion. The Venom: Separation Anxiety miniseries reveals that Phage and other symbiotes had survived thanks to the efforts of the Life Foundation.

They fight with Eddie Brock, who has been released from prison, and kidnap him in a last ditch effort to communicate with their strange “others”. In #4, Scream kills Phage with a sonic knife, deeming the Symbiotes and any host between them to be evil. The Phage symbiote survives, and he is imprisoned and experienced on La Chapelle in conjunction with his siblings (with the exception of Carnage and Scream).

The symbiotes eventually merge, and bond with a man known as Scott Washington to form Hybrid. After merging with a dog, it returns to its original form by infecting a dysfunctional family. During the invasion of Earth by Knull and his symbiotes, this follower of the dark god fights Scream who will eventually destroy him

17. Riot

Alter egos (Hosts): Trevor Cole, Howard Ogden
Debut: Venom: Lethal Protector #4 (May 1993)

Riot is a fictional character and a supervillain appearing in Marvel’s comic books associated with the Spider-Man character. He first appears in Venom: Lethal Protector #4. The character asw created by David Michelinie and Ron Lim. He is the host of one of the six symbiote “children” of Venom.

Trevor Cole was a mercenary who worked for a sinister company, the “Life Foundation”, which was preparing for the Cold War and sought to provide a comfortable underground life for their wealthy clients after the impending nuclear holocaust. The Foundation experimented with life with the Venom symbiote in hopes of developing superhuman peacekeeping.

Trevor was one of five men and women who were chosen as hosts for the forcibly created Venom spawns. He is defeated by Venom and Spider-Man in the Venom: Lethal Protector storyline. His symbiote is artificially aged to dust, and his body is presumed destroyed in an explosion that destroys the main headquarters of the Foundation of Life.

The symbiote survived and reappeared in the Venom: Separation Anxiety miniseries. His lack of control over the symbiote bound to him made him violent. Trevor and the other hosts set off in search of Venom in order to kidnap him, to ask him how to control their symbiotes. Leslie shows remorse and regret for his actions, just before he is murdered by his “sister” Scream, using a sonic knife.

After Trevor is killed, what remains of his symbiote merges with his symbiote siblings (except Carnage and Scream) and forces a man named Scott Washington to host his fused symbiotes called the Hybrid. After merging with a dog, it returns to its original form by infecting a dysfunctional family. During the invasion of Earth by Knull and his symbiotes, this follower of the Dark God fights Scream who will eventually destroy him.

16. Agony

Alter egos (Hosts): Leslie Gesneria, James Murphy, Tess
Debut: Venom: Lethal Protector #4 (May 1993)

Leslie Gesneria is a fictional character and supervillain, an enemy of the superhero Spider-Man that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. She first appears in Venom: Lethal Protector #4. The character was created by David Michelinie and Ron Lim. She is the host of one of the six symbiote “children” of Venom. This symbiote is predominantly purple in color.

Leslie Gesneria was a mercenary who works for a company called “Life Foundation” which sought to provide a comfortable underground life for their wealthy clients after the impending nuclear holocaust. The Foundation experimented with life with the Venom symbiote in hopes of developing superhuman peacekeeping. Leslie was one of five men and women who were chosen as hosts for the Venom spawns created by force. She is defeated by Venom and Spider-Man in the Venom: Lethal Protector storyline.

This symbiote is artificially aged, and her body is presumed destroyed in an explosion that destroys the main headquarters of the Life Foundation. In the Venom: Separation Anxiety miniseries, the symbiote is revealed to have survived. Leslie mentions that she had wanted to be a heroine, but like the other hosts of the Life Foundation, she was having difficulty controlling her symbiote.

Leslie and the others fought with Eddie Brock, Venom’s secret identity, released from prison and kidnapped him to teach them how to control their symbiotes. Leslie shows remorse and regret for her actions, just before she is murdered by her “sister” Scream, using a sonic knife. After Leslie is killed, what remains of his symbiote merges with his brothers (except Carnage and Toxin) and forces a man named Scott Washington to host his merged symbiotes called: Hybrid.

After merging with a dog, she returns to her original form by infecting a dysfunctional family. During the invasion of Earth by Knull and his symbiotes, this follower of the dark god fights Scream who will eventually destroy her

15. Mania

Alter egos (Hosts): Patricia Robertson, Andi Benton, Lee Price, and others
Debut: Venom #1 (June 2003)

Mania (also known as Venom and Maniac) is a fictional character who appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character debuted in Venom #1 and was created by Daniel Way and Francisco Herrera. The hosts belong to an extraterrestrial race of amorphous alien parasites known as Symbionts and has been hosted by Patricia Robertson, Andrea “Andi” Benton, and Lee Price.

The Mania symbiote was cloned from a piece of the original genetic code of the Symbiote Venom, obtained from the Ararat Corporation to aid Bob’s goal of eliminating all life on Earth. The symbiotic clone, developed in Ararat’s Mesa Verde lab in New Mexico, initially refused to bind to any of the test subjects offered as a host, but instead decided to brutally kill them – not to devour them, but out of sadism and for pure pleasure.

However, when faced with a choice of two potential hosts – a mad old man named Alfonse Poina and an inmate named Eric Moody, who was convicted of murdering six men – the symbiote attacked them both. When Moody managed to fight it off, the symbiote teamed up with Poina and mocked Moody for being raped in prison – memories which it gleaned from him while trying to bond – before raping and killing him implicitly.

After deliberately killing its host by draining its vital fluids, the symbiote (at the time known as Venom) was found ready by Bob and sent to an Ararat Corporation lab in the Canadian Arctic, where Bob removed it after nineteen months from one of the scientists. Shortly thereafter, Patricia Robertson, a U.S. Army lieutenant stationed at a nearby radar station, arrived at the lab, and the Venom symbiote lured her in, posing as an aide.

As Robertson investigated the carnage, the Venom symbiote bonded with one of their sled dogs, Ivan, and was brought back to the base secretly. The Venom symbiote parted ways with the dog and bonded with Harold Saunders, then moved on to Colonel Michael Malone that evening and buried Saunders’ body in the snow, where it was dug up the next day and partially eaten by Ivan.

The Venom symbiote pretended to be Malone until he grabs the survivor Perry alone and then attacks him. When Robertson and Daniel Jackson responded to Perry’s screams, the Venom symbiote attacked them and was about to head over to Robertson when it was attacked by a strange man in a black suit with a cell phone that could trigger lightning.

Jackson’s intervention to protect his commanding officer allowed the Venom symbiote to escape. After draining Malone to death, the Venom symbiote set a trap and ambushed the costume, tearing it to pieces and revealing it was an artificial construct assembled by alien spider-like machines.

After Dark Reign and Spider-Man: Big Time, the Venom symbiote was forcibly removed from the raft by its then-host Mac Gargan, and then linked as a new host to Flash Thompson, who would become the most famous iteration of Anti-Venom; at the time, he taught alternative physical education in Philadelphia. Andrea Benton (a student of Flash Thompson) found herself embroiled in her feud with supervillain Jack O’Lantern, who attempted to kill her with poison gas.

Flash sent what he thought was part of the Venom symbiote to protect her, which ultimately resulted in her bonding with Andrea instead of just protecting her from her impending death. Andi openly accepted the power given to her and used it to get revenge on crime lord Lord Ogre, who was responsible for his father’s death.

His activities as “Mania” drew the attention of occult armor agents Crossbones and Master Mayhem, who harvested signs of the hell Mania wore. Lee Price and a few hired thugs ambushed Andi on patrol and shot her with flamethrowers and a powerful sonic cannon to separate her from the symbiote.

While Andi survived (albeit critically injured), Price took the symbiote for himself and called himself “Maniac”. Lee used the Maniac symbiote to take control of the criminals and set up his own syndicate by forcing parts of the manic symbiote into people’s faces to bend them to his will.

14. Lasher

Alter egos (Hosts): Ramon Hernandez, Marcus Simms, Sadie
Debut: Venom: Lethal Protector #4 (May 1993)

Lasher is a fictional character appearing in Spider-Man comic books published by Marvel Comics. He first appears in Venom: Lethal Protector #4. The character was created by David Michelinie and Ron Lim. He is one of the six symbiote “children” of Venom. The name “Lasher” derives from the character’s action figure.

Ramon Hernandez is a mercenary who works for a sinister company called the Life Foundation from the Cold War, which has sought to provide a comfortable life for their wealthy clients after the impending nuclear holocaust. The Foundation attempted to give life using the Venom symbiote in hopes of developing peace-keeping superhumans.

Ramon is one of five men and women who are chosen as hosts for Venom’s forced spawning. Ramon and his “siblings” were defeated by Venom and Spider-Man, his artificially aged symbiote and his alleged body destroyed in a massive explosion.

Later, Ramon and his surviving siblings, they kidnap Eddie Brock out of prison in a last ditch effort to communicate with their strange “others”. Ramon and the men who wish to control their symbiotes in an effort to do good with them. Meanwhile, Ramon and the others are pursued by a high-tech group: vigilantes who also wish to destroy all the symbiotes.

Ramon is killed by Scream (by the time gone mad) with a sonic knife. With the voices in his head, he had come to believe that killing all the symbiotes was the best way to end their evil. Scream also kills other Symbiotes and their hosts.

What remained of the symbiote combined with its siblings (except Carnage and Scream) to form the new anti-hero called Hybrid. Lasher is now linked with a dog called Marcus Simms to fight his “brother” Carnage. After this merger, it returns to its original form by infecting a dysfunctional family. During the invasion of Earth by Knull and his symbiotes, this follower of the dark god fights Scream who will eventually destroy him

13. Bizarnage

Alter egos (Hosts): Johnny Storm
Debut: Spider-Boy #1 (April, 1996)

The horrific crystalline symbiote known as Bizarnage was the disastrous result of Project Cadmus’ attempt to synthetically replicate alien DNA. Tragically, the albino symbiote erupted from his embryo tube birthplace and wreaked havoc throughout Project Cadmus, then fled and cut everything and everyone until Spider-Boy saved the day. He is a character from an alternative Earth and has not appeared on Earth-616.

Project Cadmus lead scientist, Reed “Prof” Richards, infested with “evil” DNA secretly added to his diet by rival scientist Dabney Donovan, has sabotaged Cadmus’ Menagerie, which led to the creation of Bizarnage. Bizarnage took hold of the fantastic member Johnny “Red” Storm’s Challenger and began to rampage at Project Cadmus ‘genetic research facilities, taking Cadmus’ power grid offline.

Fortunately, Spider-Boy arrived on the scene to protect Cadmus’ scientists from the deranged symbiote alien, who was on the hunt for death and destruction. The battle between Bizarnage and Spider-Boy continued at Project Cadmus’ genetic research facilities.

Bizarnage wanted to be Spider-Boy, but argued that (since there can only be one Spider-Boy) he should kill the original superhero and then take his place. After Bizarnage managed to escape Spider-Boy’s web shooter, he attacked Cadmus director Tom Harper (formerly the WWII hero known as Guardian Angel) and tried to transfer it to him so that Bizarnage is the Cadmus “Big Boss” could become.

But before Bizarnage could take hold on Tom Harper, Spider-Boy lured him in by promising him not to budge. Bizarnage took a bite of the hook and parted ways with Johnny “Red” Storm so he could crash into Spider-Boy instead.

As the Bizarnage symbiote glided across the ground to Spider-Boy, the young superhero fired his web launcher at a button that activated the door to one of Cadmus’ energy containment cells. The unsuspecting bizarnage was sucked out the door and locked in the energy containment cell.

12. Scorn

Alter egos (Hosts): Tanis Nevies
Debut: Carnage #1 (December 2010)

Scorn, known as Tanis Nevies, is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Tanis Nevies first appeared in Carnage #1 (December 2010), while the Scorn Symbiote first appeared in Carnage #4 (June 2011).

After Carnage was torn in half by the Sentry outside of Earth’s atmosphere, it is later discovered that the Carnage symbiote survived and returned to Earth, where it was discovered by Michael Hall, the Shriek, and his medic, Dr. Tanis Nevies enlisted Shriek to keep the Carnage symbiote alive in order to harness the properties of the organism to craft limbs and exosuits that react like a symbiote.

Nevies is fitted with one of these prosthetic arms after being attacked by the lookalike who tried to save Shriek. Near the Carnage symbiote, her arm goes wild, forcing her to kill several scientists before the Carnage symbiote forcibly binds to her as the new Carnage.

After the symbiote uses Tanis to break into a Hall Corporation facility, it is discovered that Cletus Kasady is actually alive, preserved by the Carnage symbiote, and repaired by Hall’s prosthetics. Kasady takes over the Carnage symbiote and attempts to escape his captivity, while Spider-Man and Iron Man fight to stop Carnage.

It is then revealed that Carnage was pregnant again and that the costume spawning briefly binds him to Tanis, but she removes him from herself and symbiotic bonds on Shriek before being ripped off by her. Fearing Shriek’s malice, the symbiotic arm then reconnects with Tanis and creates the new hero Scorn, who defeats Shriek and forces him to use his sonorous cry to weaken Carnage, who escapes.

In Carnage, U.S.A., Carnage invaded Doverton, Colorado, and allied with its citizens and the Avengers team (who initially attempted to stop Carnage) to which the government sent the newly-assembled Team Mercury, a special force team enhanced by symbiotes working with Agony and Phage. Riot and Lasher team up with Dr. Tanis Nieves teamed up as Scorn to stop Carnage, but they are outnumbered as Carnage controls the entire city.

The enhanced Special Forces continue to fight, but Carnage sends the controlled Avengers after them when Spider-Man arrives with the town’s pristine inhabitants. Close quarters combat becomes especially fierce when Agent Venom intervenes with sonic shells.

Scorn uses a construction vehicle to transport the two to a device she’s building, revealing that her device is designed to permanently remove the bonds of Carnage and Venom, but the hosts are still inside. After the symbiotes fight with themselves and the Avengers team, the Venom symbiote reunites with Flash Thompson, while Scorn is able to capture and contain the Carnage symbiote.

In Carnage Born, it is revealed that Scorn has been corrupted and started a cult that worships Knull. She and her followers recover the remains of the Creator’s Grendel symbiote, as well as Kasady’s damaged body after the poisoning.

Once implanted, Kasady’s remnants begin to fight for control. She offers herself to Kasady so that he can absorb the remains of Carnage left in her body, but Kasady kills her instead and causes her Codex to revert to Carnage, even though the original Carnage symbiote is actually in Alchemax.

11. Hybrid

Alter egos (Hosts): Scott Washington
Debut: Venom: Along Came A Spider #1 (January 1996)

Hybrid (Scott Washington) is a fictional antihero from the Marvel Universe. Scott Washington first appeared in The New Warriors #21 (March 1992) by writer Fabian Nicieza and artist Mark Bagley. The symbiote first appeared in side stories in the miniseries Venom: Along Came A Spider (1996) by writer Evan Skolnick and artist Patrick Zircher.

Scott Washington was one of the guards charged with guarding and transporting Justice, arrested and convicted in Vault for the murder of his father. Hybrid is the fusion of four of the Life Foundation symbiotes into a single symbiote.

The melted symbiote then sought out Scott Washington, an African-American male who was a guard at the Vault (the prison for supervillains). While keeping the symbiotes imprisoned (Venom, Carnage, etc.), he realized that not all of them were bad or a threat, so he let them go. When his superiors found out that Scott had freed the aliens he was to keep, he was fired.

He returned to Brooklyn, to the gang-run neighborhood in which he grew up. As a result of a stampede during a basketball game with members of the X-Eazy gang, Derek, his brother, was shot dead, and Scott lost the use of his legs. The four symbiotes, after reuniting with Scott, bonded with him, giving him back the ability to walk.

Scott retains great anger as a result of this event, showing great proneness to violence that the symbiotes try to curb rather than encourage him, contrary to the usual behavior of the symbiotes. Since his symbiote was originally four different entities, Scott has to deal with four different voices in his head. Scott got his revenge on the X-Eazy, the gang that had crippled him, drawing the attention of the press, but also of the Jury unit.

He was captured by these self-proclaimed Guardians of Justice, who allegedly executed him just to get his symbiote, but he was rescued by the New Warriors. Scott was a former collaborator of Curtis Elkins (Sentry) and other members of the Jury.

Justice offered him a spot in the group, but Scott declined, citing more important work to be done in his neighborhood of residence. Scott Washington was seen as a “potential recruit” for the Initiative’s program. Eddie Brock has tracked down and murdered Washington, in order to eliminate the “evil” symbionts from Earth.

The four symbiotes that made up Hybrid survived and, with the help of an underground military group, were separated and turned over to the United States government. Later, along with Venom and Toxin, the group decide to use Hybrid to take down Carnage in the Midwest during the 2012 Carnage, U.S.A. miniseries. The separate symbiotes are assigned to four servicemen, each with a different role in apprehending Carnage.

Teaming up with Scorn, the newest host of Carnage’s first limited-series symbiote, they are sent to a town that Carnage controls, with orders to kill their “brother” if necessary. With the help of Venom and the Avengers, the team succeeds in capturing Cletus Cassidy and the Carnage symbiote.

10. Scream

Alter egos (Hosts): Donna Diego, Patricia Robertson, Andi Benton
Debut: Venom: Lethal Protector #4 (May 1993)

Donna Diego, alias Scream is a supervillain appearing in the fictional universe created by Marvel Comics. Created by writer David Michelinie and artist Ron Lim, the fictional character first appeared in the comic book Venom: Lethal Protector # in May 1993. She is one of the six symbiote “children” of the character Venom.

Scream was one of five “Life Foundation” symbiotes that spawned from the eggs of Venom, symbiote #998. She was their official leader. Like the other four hosts, she volunteered for the Life Foundation, a group of scientists working within the United States government, preparing both for the fallout from the mutual destruction ensured by the Cold War and the assurance of a comfortable life to their wealthy clients after the impending nuclear holocaust.

The Foundation was experimenting with the Venom symbiote in hopes of creating what are known as “super cops” able to watch over their imaginary fallout shelter. Donna was forcibly recaptured by the security organization, made up of police, soldiers, and mercenaries. In Scream’s first public appearance, she encountered Spider-Man while terrorizing a mall near Salinas, California. Quickly defeated by the more experienced fighter, Scream escapes in a hovercraft returning to the Life Foundation base.

Spider-Man helped Eddie Brock (who was being held prisoner) escape. Scream and her host are then stopped by Spider-Man and Venom, the latter obtained an accelerated aging device and killed Scream and his other “children”. Venom and Spider-Man escaped after blowing up the Life Foundation headquarters.

Later, The Life Foundation (after rebuilding a new headquarters) invented a rejuvenating device and turned it on on the 5 Symbiotes to reverse the process. Scream brought the others to New York in search of Venom, hoping he would help them learn to control their symbiotes. Venom wanted nothing to do with them and fought Scream. Venom fled, and Scream tried to enlist Scarlet Spider’s help to help him find him.

When he refused, Scream experienced a psychotic break and started an outburst of violence in Times Square. Humiliated by Venom (who tore off pieces of his symbiote) and saved at the last moment by Scarlet Spider, Scream has disappeared. Discouraged, Scream, along with her siblings, freed the powerless Eddie Brock, kidnapped him, and jailed him in a Chicago warehouse.

She once again asked for his help in learning to communicate with the symbiotes. Eddie again refused and tried to kill them all, even though he didn’t have his symbiote to back him up. Eddie escapes. And soon after the Life Foundation symbiotes were murdered, one by one. Scream led them to believe that Eddie Brock was the murderer, when in fact she was the one who killed them.

She had come to the conclusion that all symbiotes are bad, and those who bond with symbiotes deserved to die. It was revealed that she was insane and heard voices long before she became the host to her “other” (suggesting that she was schizophrenic). Eddie managed to reconnect with the Venom symbiote before Scream could kill him.

While he couldn’t stop her from killing each symbiote’s host, Venom was nonetheless able to beat her in a fight yet again and Scream was turned over to authorities. After the Earth Symbiotes invaded in the “Planet of the Symbiotes” story arc, Donna became one of the symbiotes on Earth. Seeking to redeem herself for her crimes, she busied herself with tracking down and helping the surviving Symbiotes.

After her companions began to mysteriously die, Donna followed Xenophage, a huge alien who devours both symbiotes and the brains of their hosts. Donna assisted by Venom managed to kill the beast, but was seriously injured. After his recovery, Scream searched for the hidden Xenophage ship to help him hunt down as many of the surviving Symbiotes as possible.

The ship carrying her and the others (including Venom and Wolverine) to another dimension where Scream was nearly killed once again by mutants Dirtnap and Chimera. Upon her successful return to Earth, she disappeared, presumably to continue her search for a few other symbiotes. Investigating the murder of Scott Washington / Hybrid, she is killed while confronting Eddie Brock.

During the invasion of Earth by Knull and his symbiotes, she destroys Agony, Lasher, Phage, and Riot who were attacking a young boy. Afterwards, she fights Demagoblin and then Knull himself.

9. Toxin

Alter egos (Hosts): Patrick Mulligan, Eddie Brock, and others
Debut: Venom/Carnage #2 (October 2004)

Toxin is an antihero, sometimes described as a supervillain, appearing in stories published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Peter Milligan and artist Clayton Crain, the fictional character first appears in the first episode of the comic book miniseries Venom vs. Carnage, published in September 2004. He was then entitled to his own mini-series of six episodes.

Toxin is the third significant Symbiote to appear in the Marvel Universe, the ninth to appear outside of the “Planet of the Symbiotes” saga, and the only one that Spider-Man truly considers an ally, despite some alliances with Venom. The first host of the Toxin symbiote is former NYPD cop Patrick Mulligan. Toxin then bonded with Eddie Brock (Venom) as the second host following the death of Patrick Mulligan.

Toxin is an alien symbiote, the son of Carnage, and grandson of Venom. Symbiotes reproduce asexually, once per individual. He is the 1000th symbiote of his generation to be born this way, Venom being the 998th and Carnage the 999th. Thus, Carnage became aware that he was “pregnant” with a new symbiote, just as Venom had been aware of his own symbiote offspring before. However, even before the birth, he felt only disgust for his future newborn, on the one hand for fear that this new symbiote would become more powerful than him, and on the other disgusted at the mere idea of ​​being pregnant (Carnage being normally a male).

He, therefore, resolved to eliminate his offspring at birth. Conversely, Venom, who quickly learned the news, decided to protect the new symbiote, hoping to take him under his wing and make him a partner. Additionally, he was worried about the risk of Toxin, being the 1000th symbiote of their generation, becoming psychotic.

After unsuccessfully trying to prevent the birth, Carnage gave birth to the new symbiote, dubbed “Toxin” by Venom. Too weak to be able to kill him, he decided to place him in the first host he could find in order to hide it from Venom, until he was strong enough to kill him. Indeed, since being just born, Toxin was still too weak to form a costume around his host like Venom and Carnage already did.

As luck would have it, the first present on the scene was Patrick Mulligan, a married police officer and future worried father of a family. Carnage implanted Toxin in him, and waited until he had regained enough strength to kill him, but Venom’s intervention allowed Mulligan to escape.

At first, Mulligan didn’t understand what had happened to him, until the symbiote grew enough to gain consciousness and be able to form a costume. Carnage’s assaults on Gina, his wife, and Edward, his son, however, quickly made him realize that the symbiote he was carrying represented a danger to his family. He eventually confronted Carnage, and defeated him, but couldn’t bring himself to kill him.

Venom realized that Mulligan would oppose him, and eventually allied himself with Carnage to suppress Toxin and his host. With the help of Spider-Man and the Black Cat, Mulligan manages to defeat them, but, worried about his ability to subdue the symbiote’s murderous instincts, chooses to move away from his wife and newborn son to protect them and leave the police.

8. Carnage

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Alter egos (Hosts): Cletus Kasaday, Ben Reilly, Norman Osborn (see below), Norrin Radd, Normie Osborn, and others
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #359 (February 1992)

Cletus Kasady, alias Carnage is a supervillain appearing in stories published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer David Michelinie and artist Mark Bagley, the fictional character first appeared in the Amazing Spider-Man #361 comic book in April 1992. Carnage belongs to the line of symbiotes. While the first of them, Venom, is seen as the dark and brutal opposite of Spider-Man, Carnage was presented as a much crazier and bloodier version, hence its red color. Unlike Venom – who hates Spider-Man but refuses to attack those he considers innocent, Carnage considers having only one existential function: to kill.

Originally, Cletus Kasady is a serial killer who, although not being twenty years of age, already has a dozen victims on his list. He commits his first murder at age six, killing his grandmother by pushing her down the stairs to check if humans can fly.

He later tortured his mother’s dog. Furious, the latter beat him, which led to her being murdered by her husband. He was then sentenced to death. After that, Cletus was sent to an orphanage, where he soon became the victim of both the students and the caretakers. He later retaliated by murdering the headmaster and burning the orphanage.

In prison, he shared his cell with Eddie Brock, aka Venom. Their relationship was far from good, as Kasady was the very embodiment of what Brock hated. During their captivity, the symbiote found Brock and refused with him, again forming Venom and allowing him to escape.

On escaping, the Venom symbiote gave birth to a “child” (the reproduction of the symbiotes is asexual) which remained and mixed with Kasady’s blood system. This gave birth to a new character, both of them forming Carnage.

Considered the offspring of Venom, Carnage has already killed several innocent people for fun, often in a very barbaric fashion. Spider-Man who was investigating these murders first thought that Venom has returned, but upon finding Carnage, the latter defeated Spider-Man who withdrew from the battle.

Spider-Man tracked down Venom and the two made a deal – Venom would help him track down and defeat Carnage, and Spider-Man would leave Venom alone. The two frenemies then set off in pursuit of Carnage, who kidnapped J. Jonah Jameson.

Spider-Man, with the help of a sonic wave cannon, removed Carnage and Venom’s symbiote. Kasady passes out and Venom fights against Spidey. Since then, Venom and Carnage have often fought on multiple occasions, with a few rare collaborations. Recently, they teamed up temporarily to kill Carnage’s son: Toxin.

During a prison break caused by Electro, many villains escaped and attacked some of the present superheroes. During the fight, Sentry flew into space with Carnage and tore it apart. The symbiote is believed to have been killed, but would, of course, return later on.

7. Venom

Alter egos (Hosts): Eddie Brock, Mac Gargan, Flash Thompson, Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Lee Price, Angelo Fortunato, and others
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #252 (May 1984)

Venom is an antihero appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane, the fictional character first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man # 252 comic book in May 1984. Typically appearing in association with the Spider-Man character, the character is a sentient alien symbiote with an amorphous, liquid-like form, which survives by bonding with a host, usually human.

The character actually appeared long before he became Venom, in the form of Symbiote # 998. He was of a different nature, wishing, instead of killing his host to feed on it, to create a true fusional bond with a single host and to form a single entity with it, a symbiosis in the proper sense instead of parasitism. This character led him to be imprisoned by his own and he found himself transferred to the artificial planet called Battleworld. There, he initially bonded with Spider-Man but when the hero realized that Venom wanted to bond with him permanently, he managed to break the symbiosis.

The first and most famous of the symbiote’s hosts is Eddie Brock, a reporter for the Daily Globe, before it was discovered that he fabricated a false story regarding the identity of the Sin-Eater, a serial killer. The real murderer was Sergeant Stan Carter and, when Spider-Man and Daredevil took him down, Brock was fired for his fake article.

Unable to find a respectable new employer, Eddie is forced to work for magazines with a sulfurous reputation. Faced with his growing fear of cancer, Eddie returns to his former passion for sport, dabbling in weight lifting in order to reduce his stress. As he acquires the stature of an Olympic athlete, his anger and depression linger, eventually leading his wife Anna to divorce him.

Realizing that both his professional and personal lives are ruined, Brock contemplates suicide, before going to the Church of Our Lady of Saints where he prays for forgiveness. The symbiote then bonds with him, feeding on his cancer and thus prolonging his existence, with Eddie Brock willingly accepting the symbiote.

With this union, Brock immediately discovers the true identity of the Spider-Man. In The Amazing Spider-Man #298, the couple form the creature known as Venom. He makes his appearance at the end of issue #299, which continues in the “Venom” story arc.

The name Venom originally applied to the fusion of the symbiote and Brock, but over the years it was also used for subsequent embodiments of the symbiote.

Brock fights Spider-Man multiple times and wins in most showdowns. He follows a personal code of honor that requires him to come to the aid of those he considers innocent (notably Carnage). He also received a certain amount of respect from Spider-Man, which none of the Venoms who follow Brock are entitled to.

Having contracted cancer, Brock separates from the Symbiote and sells it. He has since been cured of his cancer by Mister Negative and bonded with two other symbiotes, later becoming the Anti-Venom and then Toxin. A few years later, Brock reunites with the original symbiote in Venom (vol. 3) #6 and once again becomes Venom, but decides to stay on the right track.

For a short while, he was also associated with the characters Angelo Fortunato, Mac Gargan, and Flash Thompson.

6. Anti-Venom

Alter egos (Hosts): Eddie Brock, Flash Thompson, and others
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #569 (October 2008)

Anti-Venom is a Marvel Comics character created in 2008. He first appears on the pages of Spider-Man during the “New Ways to Die” saga. When Eddie Brock became seriously ill with cancer he decided to get rid of the alien costume he was making Venom with and sell it to the highest bidder; later, thanks to the touch of the philanthropist Martin Li (the supervillain Mister Negativo), he was cured of his illness: when then the alien costume tried to enter into symbiosis with him again, his skin was covered with a white substance composed of hybrid human / alien antibodies transforming it into Anti-Venom, whose sole purpose is to rid the world of Venom and cancer.

Subsequently, in an attempt to heal Spiderman from the radiation emitted into his body by the spider that gave him the powers, he stole a part of him and from that moment, when the two get too close, Spider-Man loses his abilities. While chasing the alien symbiote with the aim of destroying it, Eddie ran into Radioactive Man and Songbird, who tried to suppress it using heat and sound waves; later he waged a battle with the Radioactive Man thinking that he too, with his radiation, would cause cancer to people: Chen is defeated by this encounter and Songbird takes him away before Brock kills him.

To heal Mac Gargan and definitively kill the symbiote, during a battle with the latter Eddie loses his powers due to a poison developed by Norman Osborn thanks to the monster Freak, who develops a poison against the Anti-Venom that comes to him injected by Venom wearing Scorpio armor. When Gargan tries to suppress the Anti-Venom, however, he is stopped by the symbiote, who does not want to kill his former host.

Brock then manages to escape and from that day returns to live in the suburbs of his city with the sole purpose of curing people of cancer. Eddie begins a new life trying to fight crime and heal sick people. As he clashes with a gang to save his drug addict friend, he meets the Punisher and together they wipe out the criminals. Jenna, Eddie’s friend, is however taken hostage; Frank and the Anti-Venom try to save her, but when Castle discovers that her ally is actually ex-criminal Eddie Brock, he shoots him in the head.

Venom gets up as soon as Frank calls Jenna “toxic” with bullets escaping from his body and attacks the Punisher, throwing him away but, as soon as he approaches, Frank recalls the shield hitting the opponent in the back of the head.

Meanwhile, the Mexican gang takes Jenna hostage and their leader provokes the heroes; the two, after some quarrel and an exchange of blows, decide to leave with Henry, Frank’s partner, for the lair of the criminals, with the intention of freeing Jenna on one side and taking the opportunity to kill all the criminals, including Anti-Venom, on the other.

During the journey, Frank will again attempt to kill his partner/enemy while he takes off his mask in view of customs. Once there, the Punisher lets Anti-Venom go into the base, where he is again provoked and surrounded by the Mexican gang, whose boss informs him over the phone that Jenna has been drugged. Sensing that his angel is intoxicated again, Anti-Venom brings out the worst in himself by making a massacre: he kills anyone indiscriminately and returns to the Punisher, who prepares to attack him by equipping himself with the right weapons.

Meanwhile, the Quintas are organizing for a defense. When the attack begins, the two heroes immediately have the advantage over the numerous enemies and, despite the Punisher being wounded due to a miscalculation, they end up almost unscathed: they then free the girls held slaves, including Jenna, and Anti-Venom, as last act of cruelty, he kills the leader of the Quintas, promising the next day to change.

For a moment the Punisher seems to want to shoot Eddie again but then lies, saying that his sniper rifle was missing bullets and he couldn’t kill him, leaving it in doubt whether he considers him a criminal or a hero. During Spider-Island, Anti-Venom uses its antibodies to allow Reed Richards to create a cure for the spider virus: in doing so he will lose his powers and be considered a hero.

5. Red Goblin

Alter egos (Hosts): Norman Osborn
Debut: Amazing Spider-Man #798 (June 2018)

Norman Osborn asked two henchmen to steal the Carnage symbiote. The mercenaries managed to steal the symbiote, and Osborn quickly allied with him to become the new Carnage. Although the symbiote initially asserted its dominance, Osborn gave Carnage a taste of the joys of torture and murder; Osborn decided to use the goblin formula to become a goblin-symbiote hybrid.

After Norman took the Goblin Formula, he kidnapped J Jonah Jameson and started hunting down Spider-Man. Osborn rigged some stolen tritium to explode and carried it in a bag, attacked the Daily Bugle headquarters as Green Goblin, and told Peter to get Spider-Man. When Spider-Man finally arrived, he and the Goblin got into a fight when the Bugle’s staff were evacuated.

Pushed aside, Osborn watched as Spider-Man wrapped the bomb in a strap and was caught in the explosion that followed; impaled on a beam and several broken glass, Osborn pretended to by dying, revealing that he knew who Spider-Man was under the mask. Revealing that he had bonded with the Carnage symbiote, Osborn transformed into a monstrous figure he called the Red Goblin, causing Spider-Man to flee in fear.

Osborn incapacitated Peter and gave him an ultimatum: give up being Spider-Man and live in peace, or watch the Red Goblin slowly and painfully kill all of his loved ones, one by one. When Spider-Man agreed to the terms, the Red Goblin triumphantly left, unaware that he intended to continue fighting as Peter Parker.

Despite Peter’s fears that Norman might target his friends and family, the Red Goblin’s next target was actually his own family. The Red Goblin was then attacked by a combined attack from Human Torch, Clash, Silk, and Spider-Man; however, due to the increased potency given to the Carnage Symbiote by the Goblin Formula, the Red Goblin easily repelled their attacks and defeated all four in a matter of moments.

Anti-Venom soon arrived and his symbiotic powers took Osborn by surprise, but he turned the tide by forcing the Anti-Venom Agent to make a difficult choice: defeat him or rescue his mortally wounded friends. The Anti-Venom agent chose the latter, but paid for it when the Red Goblin knocked him down while saving the last of his friends.

The Red Goblin then reunited with his family, who had tried to escape in the mess, and revealed his true target: his grandson Normie Osborn, whom he later infected with a piece of the Carnage symbiote. The Red Goblin’s next stop was Alchemax to destroy the synthetic Anti-Venom stored there. By sending Normie, now called Goblin Childe, to attack Spider-Man’s Aunt May, the Red Goblin traveled to Stark Tower to kill Mary Jane Watson.

However, the Red Goblin was attacked by Venom, who had been sent forward by Jameson to ensure their safety. Spider-Man also came to help, but the Red Goblin still managed to repel his attack and run away to help Normie. When he arrived, he found Normie fighting the Superior Octopus, who had vowed to protect May at all costs. Even the arrival of a Jameson-controlled Spider-Slayer wasn’t enough to stop the Red Goblin, who severely injured Octavius ​​and immobilized the Spider-Slayer before escaping with Normie.

Norman and his grandson then confronted Liz and Harry at Alchemax to force them to turn the business over to Normie; Liz and Harry, however, retaliated with an army of Humanitrons, Harry attacking his father with an old Goblin Glider and pumpkin bombs. The Red Goblin was then impaled by Harry’s Goblin Glider. Now furious, he chased Spider-Man through town.

However, he was thwarted by Agent Anti-Venom, who devised the plan and incapacitated the needles to save Osborn’s victim. Angry that his victory was stolen from him, the Red Goblin brutally beat and electrocuted the weakened Flash Thompson; although an enraged venomous Spider-Man struck Osborn and walked through a building, Flash succumbed to his injuries and died.

Norman then crashed into Times Square, where he decided that the best way to get to Spider-Man was to simply kill indiscriminately and started shooting Carnage bombs in all directions. As Spider-Man was distracted by the carnage and his attempts to save civilians, the Red Goblin held him and began to strangle him; however, Spider-Man stated that the credit for his death would go entirely to the Carnage symbiote, targeting Norman’s giant ego.

In fact, the Red Goblin then angrily dumped the symbiote, insisting that all he needed to kill Spider-Man was himself. Spider-Man, who had rejected the Venom symbiote, then went on a par with the Green Goblin and came out victorious. However, when Norman desperately tried to reconnect with Carnage’s symbiote, Spider-Man burned him down and the mental backlash destroyed Norman’s mind, filling in the gaps in Cletus’ personality.

Later, interviewed by Spider-Man at Ravencroft Asylum, Osborn, brain damaged, told him that he believed Spider-Man was Norman Osborn and that he himself was Cletus Kasady.

4. Grendel

Alter egos (Hosts): Various
Debut: Supernatural Thrillers #3 (April 1973)

The Symbiote Dragon, later known as Grendel, was created billions of years ago by Knüll with a Crimson Symbiote Dragon that manifested itself from the blood of Knul. Sent into the cosmos, the two symbiotic dragons raged in the cosmos for billions of years, slaughtering the pantheons of the gods and driving the inhabitants of countless civilizations mad before devouring them.

In the 6th century A.D., the two symbiotic dragons came to earth and built a cave in a cave behind a waterfall in Denmark. They embarked on a campaign of massacre to subjugate the planet, razing entire cities and greedily devouring all the wildlife and people they encountered.

Shortly after their arrival on earth, a cannibal cult formed around them, which worshiped the symbiotic dragons and erected grotesque monuments in their honor. Confused with the monstrous dark elf named Grendel, the black symbiote dragon, which was remotely controlled by Knull, began to besiege Heorot Hall.

Attacked by the Asgardian thunder god Thor Odinson, Grendel attempted to slaughter him, but was struck by Thor’s divine lightning and trapped in a glacier for centuries; this was based on the legend of Beowulf slaying a dragon. Old Norse carvings depicting this battle were made by the symbiont cult and show that parts of Grendels’ living abyss fell to earth after his defeat and connected with human hosts, familiarizing the cult with the knowledge of Knull and the symbiotes.

In 1965, the frozen body of Grendel was discovered by S.H.I.E.L.D., who unearthed it and extracted samples from its living abyss for study. Soon after S.H.I.E.L.D., under the direction of the US government to create a replacement for Captain America, launched the Sym Soldier program, a super soldier program under the direction of Nick Fury.

As S.H.I.E.L.D. immediately started looking for a way to kill Grendel the dragon symbiote and subjected him to excruciating experiences. However, they failed, and these efforts only sent their angry ramifications unleashed in Vietnam. After its offshoots were removed, the Sym-Soldier program was deemed a failure and was discontinued, with the dragon Grendel held in captivity in a distant S.H.I.E.L.D. facility.

3. Zzzxx

Alter egos (Hosts): Raza Longknife, Charles Xavier
Debut: X-Men: Kingbreaker #2 (March, 2009)

Zzxxx, later known as Zzxz, was a completely unique symbiotic mutation discovered by the Shi’ar, who managed to capture it for themselves. Their Emperor D’Ken became interested in the symbiote, but before he had a chance to study it, he was killed by the Vulcans.

Considered to be one of the five most dangerous criminals ever captured by the Shi’ar Empire, Zzxxx was chosen by the Vulcans to serve in their new Imperial Guard and was linked to an anonymous Shi’ar soldier, whose identity was never revealed.

Zzxxx briefly encountered Lilandra Neramani during a fight with the Starjammers and attempted to bond with her but was pushed back. In a rematch against the Starjammers, Zzxxx’s host was killed and the symbiote was transferred to Raza Longknife.

All the Praetorians were captured by Nova Prime on Kree-Lar and imprisoned on Nu-Xandar (Ego) for their war crimes against their prisoners in the Nova Corps. Meanwhile, Richard asked the remaining members of the Nova Corps, as well as the Worldmind supercomputer, to search for ways to separate Zzxxx from Raza without killing her.

When Ego regained control of himself, Zzxz and Raza were transferred to Zan Philo’s Resolute Duty corps ship. Zzxxx was successfully separated from Raza and later started during battle in rejection against the corrupt Charles Xavier of the Cancerverse. Since this Xavier was essentially a giant brain, the symbiote immediately began to devour him. Its subsequent fate is unknown at the time.

2. Knull

Alter egos (Hosts): None
Debut: Venom #3 (August 2018)

Knull is a fictional supervillain from the Marvel fictional universe, usually appearing in association with Venom and Carnage. The character is portrayed as an evil deity, who created the weapon known as All-Black the Necrosword and the alien races known as Klyntar and Exolons. The character then took on a larger role in the Marvel Universe.

Knull is a primordial deity who emerged after the destruction of the sixth iteration of the cosmos and was originally content to drift through the endless void until the Celestials arrived and began to create the seventh iteration of the Marvel Universe. Awakened by the “Light of Creation” and outraged by the theft of his kingdom of darkness, Knull retaliated by creating All-Black the Necrosword and killing one of the Celestials.

Seeing this, the other Celestials banished Knull and his severed head deeper into the Void. He then used the head to forge the symbiote and combine it with the cosmic energies of the head, which would become Knowhere. In doing so, he unwittingly gave the symbiotes their weaknesses to sonic attacks and fire.

He created a symbiote armor and, along with All-Black, began killing the other deities, until he crash-landed on an unnamed planet where Gorr stole All-Black from Knull, who was out of order. Knull eventually awoke to find he could bind his living abyss to “lesser creatures” and control their new form as ships. He created an army of Symbiotes with himself at the center of the Hive Spirit and used them to spread throughout the universe, establishing the Symbiote Hive and killing Light and Creation in the process.

He continued to kill gods while enslaving other people he spared by using his abyss. At one point, he was approached by the time-displaced Silver Surfer, who had been weakened after the Surfer created a small star in order to free a world from Knull’s control. After a brief fight, Knull managed to bind a symbiote to the Surfer, but the latter was saved by Ego, the Living Planet.

When Knull reached the Surfer, he attempted to defeat him and re-infect the Surfer with his abyss, but the Surfer, who had gathered the energy from the cosmos, created a star that was sufficient to defeat Knull. When a dragon-like symbiote arrived on medieval Earth to claim the planet as part of the hive of the symbiotes, Thor came to the aid of the Viking villagers and defeated the dragon, which the villagers called “Grendel”, causing the connection between Knull and the symbiote hive to break.

Symbiotes scattered throughout the universe, now free from Knull’s control, began to bond with benevolent hosts and discover the Divine Light. The symbiotes rebelled against their god and trapped him inside an artificial planet made up of billions of symbiotes, which they called Klyntar, “cage” in their language.

After thousands of years, S.H.I.E.L.D. discovered the body of Grendel and linked the pieces of the dragon to soldiers in order to create super soldiers to fight in the Vietnam War. This procedure was called Sym-Soldier. This awakened Knull, allowing him to take control of the Sym-Soldiers who became corrupted before being captured by Nick Fury and Logan, except for one of them, named Rex, who escaped Knull’s control.

Years later, Eddie Brock (Venom) unknowingly frees the dragon, and after a battle with Eddie and Spider-Man, the dragon sets out to find Rex in order to free Knull. However, Venom merged with Rex and ended up trapping the Grendel in a blast furnace, incinerating him along with Rex.

The Maker and Project Oversight subsequently retrieve the Grendel Codex from the Furnace. In Carnage Born, after Scorn joins a cult revering Knull, they steal Grendel’s codex and the deceased body of Cletus, and after implanting the codex inside Cletus, the Carnage symbiote codex is absorbed by Grendel, making Grendel a god.

After contact with Knull, Cletus decides to free Knull by collecting all the codices of all hosts who have bonded at some point to symbiotes in order to overwhelm the hive mind of the symbiotes and disperse the Klyntar. After Cletus reunited with Doppelganger and Shriek, they reformed the cult dedicated to Knull and returned to Doverton, Colorado, where they obtained the codices of the citizens and animals that were infected with Carnage during Carnage, U.S.A.

1. All-Black

Alter egos (Hosts): Various
Debut: Thor: God of Thunder #2 (January 2013)

All-Black, initially born as the Necrosword, was the first symbiote ever created from the shadow of the evil deity Knüll and softened with the divine power of a slain celestial head. It was shaped like a sword from living darkness and reacts to intense negative emotions, often leading its user to commit divine atrocities.

After removing the All-Black away from Knull, the alien Gorr is corrupted by the dark symbiote and continues the “butchering of the Gods” started by Knull and becomes Gorr, the God Butcher. After Gorr’s plan to kill all gods in the universe fails, Thor Odinsn, Thor, and King Thor kill him and throw the All-Black Necrosword into a black hole.

Then in the King Thor timeline, King Thor uses it to stop Galactus from consuming the earth. But the All-Black connects to an injured Galactus who becomes Galactus the World Butcher, a demonic symbiote who threatens to destroy everything. When Ego the Living Planet arrives, the All-Black goes to Ego and transforms him into Ego the Necroplanet, who then eats Galactus.

Then the ego is destroyed by this timeline’s Loki, disguised as a worm. Loki takes the All-Black Necrosword and becomes Loki, the All-Butcher.

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