Marvel has announced Venomverse, an upcoming Venom-centric fall crossover by former Venom writer Cullen Bunn, which will spin out of the previously solicited Edge of Venomverse miniseries. Along with the announcement of what Nerdist calls the Venom "event," Marvel has released Clayton Crain-drawn teaser art for the event which features dozens of alternate versions of Venom. No artist for Venomverse has been named.
The image recalls a similar piece of promo art for Spider-Verse, the similar multi-reality Spider-Man crossover from several years ago. Unlike Spider-Verse, however, Bunn says that the story is much more focused on horror and action.
“There are definitely some horrific moments in this series, not just the gross-out or the jump scare. I think there’s some real emotional horror aspects to this story. The threat they’re dealing with has some pretty strong horror chops. For me, just because we’re dealing with the symbiotes in general, there’s a heavy science fiction element to this story. It’s heavily rooted in some sci-fi horror inspiration.”
Along with the Venomied heroes, Venomverse will also introduce the concept of "Poisons," an entirely new element of the Venom mythos described as "nature's answer to the Symbiotes." The Poisons are based on designs by Ed McGuinness, including the Poison Hulk seen here.
“The story that Cullen’s managed to craft here is absolutely terrific," said editor Devin Lewis. "As much as it’s about the symbiotes and the Poisons, it’s also about identity and trust. Cullen’s managed to make this an epic story in scope and an intimate story in regards to character.”
Venomverse will also "Venomize" numerous Marvel heroes, including Punisher, Wolverine, Black Panther, Gwenpool, and more. The initial Edge of Venomverse series will focus on more "Venomized" characters, as will Venomverse: War Stories, an anthology title which features a Venomized Punisher issue from another Venom alum, Declan Shalvey.
The story begins in Edge of Venomverse #1, on shelves June 28. Venomverse #1 is scheduled for September 6.