The may have conquered the worldwide box office, but can they conqueror a world wide with Venoms?
Announced Friday via MTV News, in November Brian Bendis and new regular series artist Valerio Schiti start a new three-issue story arc with Guardians of the Galaxy #21 called "Planet of the Symbiotes" or “Planet Venom” for short.
Marvel is billing it as the movie crossover that can only be done in the comic books .. at this moment anyway.
“At least for now, the legality of copyright and trademark would make certain storylines impossible in the movies,” Bendis told MTV News. “I like doing it for the comics!”
The storyline finds new Guardians member Agent Venom leading his teammates to the home planet of the alien symbiote introduced way back in Secret Wars and currently bonded with Flash Thompson. Although Bendis won’t reveal how or why for now.
“When we join with the team of Guardians, they’ve been shattered by their recent abduction and torture by enemies, as well as horrifying revelations from their past,” reads MTV’s description of the story. Agent Venom is separated from the team and something seems to be “very, very wrong” with his symbiote.
Bendis said despite Venom’s frequent use over years this is the first time his origin will be closely explored.
“I looked it up and I was like no, there’s been a planet we’ve seen taken over by symbiotes, but have we not seen the planet of the symbiotes?” Bendis said. “I called [Marvel Senior Vice President Of Publishing] Tom Brevoort, I go, could it be that even in the craziness of the ’90s when it was Venom, Venom, Venom every five seconds, that this story has not been told? And he goes, yeah we’ve never been there. And I’m like, now I have to do it! It’s crazy.”
“It will be a planet full of symbiotes,” editor Mark Marts added. “But beyond that, it’s a lot of mystery. But we will be adding to the symbiote mythology in ways the average reader won’t expect at all.”
The storyline will also draw upon a significant aspect of Bendis’ own life.
“I have a mixed race family and people react to us differently in different parts of the world,” Bendis told MTV. “We went to Japan and there’s a different relation to people with brown skin than there is here in America. Thankfully, my daughters were younger and it didn’t really stick what was going on, but I certainly saw it. Including an old woman walking up to my 3-year-old and yelling ‘negro’ at her.”
According to MTV, Bendis said that he pulled on those experiences to see how characters in the galaxy react to good guy Venom once they see he has the symbiote.
“That kind of stuck with me as a feeling that Flash would have when people point at him and go ‘ew,’ ” Bendis said. “[It] would be startling, and at the same time something he would need to figure out what it meant.”