Marvel has partnered with Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) to collaborate on an upcoming arc of Venom: Space Knight. Series writer Robbie Thompson is consulting with WWP spokesperson Dan Nevins, who like series lead Flash Thompson is a double amputee. The arc will begin with January 27's Venom: Space Knight #3.
“Working with Wounded Warrior Project has been an invaluable part of the process of writing Venom: Space Knight,” said Thompson. “Dan Nevins' insight was inspiring, generous and deeply moving, allowing us to create a more realistic character and story for the book. I'm forever grateful for their ongoing help and guidance."
In this upcoming storyarc, Flash Thompson will leave his Venom symbiote suit to acquire prosthetic legs. In comic books, Thompson lost his legs while serving a tour of duty in Iraq. The storyarc will feature the Iraqi war veteran dealing with the mental and physical adjustments as he goes through the rehabilitation process.
“Marvel’s team has put so much time and consideration into the development of the Flash Thompson character as he faces this physical and emotional battle that many combat veterans have faced and are facing right now,” said Nevins. “While the story itself is clearly sci-fi/fantasy, this storyline will bring awareness to the very real struggle of the obvious and not-so-obvious challenges in having lost limbs in combat, and to ultimately showcase the fortitude and resilience of the warriors Flash Thompson represents.”
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