22 January 2015

The Guardians of the Galaxy Get a New Member With a New Look....Venom

The Guardians of the Galaxy have a new member, premiering in Marvel’s 2014 Free Comic Book Day title, Venom (along with the previously revealed Captain Marvel).

"The Planet of the Symbiotes" finale in Guardians of the Galaxy #23 saw Venom get a new look that returns him to his bulkier origins.

For the past several years, Flash Thompson has been the sleeker, militarized Agent Venom.

Artist Valerio Schiti, who created the new design, told Marvel.com that the idea for a new look came from Guardians writer Brian Michael Bendis.

"I suppose that the main reason for this change is the new readers—at least that’s what Brian Bendis said!" Schiti said. "The new generations of readers have a totally different idea of Venom; most of them don’t even know that once he was a bad guy. In this moment nobody perceives him like a monster, everybody knows that he’s a hero, a good guy with a super cool costume that can do amazing things so why don’t we concentrate on them? Brian noticed that new way of thinking about the character and imagined this totally different version."

"They wanted a modern version of the character: he should be strong and sleek and powerful; a perfect version of the character, with a new set of super powers. Brian showed me a picture of the version of Venom [from Disney Infinity] and said: 'Something like this. Cool. Sleek. Big,'" Schiti said.



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