Marvel's 2099 setting turns 25 this year, and to celebrate, the publisher has launched a series of one-shots that update some of the line's classic concepts, while also introducing some brand new ideas - such as writer Jody Houser and artists Francesco Mobili and Geraldo Borges' new take on Venom 2099.
While the Lethal Protector had a short-lived 2099 version before, a brave new world calls for a bold new take on the symbiote, and this one will have ties to Alchemax and other classic staples of the 2099 line.
With Venom 2099 #1 due out December 4, Newsarama spoke with Houser about bringing together a new version of the Venom symbiote with a futuristic host.
Newsarama: Jody, Marvel is celebrating 2099's 25th anniversary and you’re helping launch an updated version of the setting. What can you tell us about who Venom 2099 is and how it fits into the overall picture of this event?
Jody Houser: Our take on Venom 2099 is a new take on the character, with deep ties to the larger 2099 universe. Let's just say we'll be seeing Alchemax playing a role in this story.
Nrama: The original Venom 2099 was Kron Stone – a character with direct ties to Spider-Man 2099 and Punisher 2099. How does this version of Venom relate? Is Kron a factor?
Houser: Kron isn't much of a factor in this story. Since this is more of a stand-alone issue, we focused more on the Venom side of things.
Nrama: What kind of role will this Venom play? Are we looking at a lethal protector?
Houser: We will see that side of the symbiote for sure, but also a side we haven't seen as much before.
Nrama: The solicitation for Venom 2099 is ominous – and makes it seem like either the symbiote or its host are part of that equation against their will. What’s Venom up against here?
Houser: Well, I did mention Alchemax...
Nrama: Francesco Mobili and Geraldo Borges are drawing Venom 2099. What makes them the right fit for this story?
Houser: Both Francesco and Geraldo are wonderful at both the crazy alien action and the quiet human moments. And with a story like this, you really need both elements.
Nrama: How has the vision of the 2099 future evolved? What has the modern world brought to the story that you’re exploring here?
Houser: The trick with "older" visions of the future is that they can feel very dated/of their era. But at the same time, we want to stay true to the feel of the original 2099. At the end of the day, it was about honoring the original take on the universe while making it feel modern as well.
Nrama: Bottom line, what can fans expect from Venom 2099?
Houser: At the end of the day, we tried to make this issue an origin story, so I hope new readers will feel welcome!