Venom Was Originally a Woman Who Blamed Her Miscarriage on Spider-Man

The writer who originated the idea of Venom shares the story of his creation.

As all superhero lovers know by now, Venom is the product of the scorned alien symbiote bonding with disgraced reporter Eddie Brock over their mutual hatred for Spider-Man. But did you also know that the original vision for the human side of Venom wasn’t Eddie, but a woman who blamed her tragic losses on Spider-Man?

Though this true origin story isn’t a secret to Venom fans, it recently resurfaced when Venom creator David Michelinie told the story for audiences at Connecticut’s TerrifiCon and was recorded for the John Suintress-hosted comics podcast Word Balloon.

Michelinie’s initial pitch for Venom’s human host was quite different from what eventually became canon. Originally, Venom was going to be a woman who was pregnant and going into labor, so her husband went outside to flag down a cab. But the cab driver was distracted by a nearby battle between Spider-Man and a supervillain, causing the driver to accidentally hit and kill the husband, and the woman had a miscarriage and fell into a coma. Upon waking and realizing what happened to her family, the woman blamed the loss of her husband and baby on Spider-Man. Her hatred for Spider-Man drew the symbiote to her, and so they bonded to become Venom and seek revenge on the web-slinger.

According to Michelinie, this character pitch was rejected by Marvel editor Jim Salicrup. “[Salicrup] didn’t believe, at the time, that fans would really believe a woman standing toe-to-toe with Spider-Man,” Michelinie recalled. Obviously that reasoning is an outdated, sexist relic of the ‘80s, especially when you consider Marvel’s comics are full of imposing female brawlers like She-Hulk, Valkyrie, Captain Marvel, and Titania who could punch Spider-Man into the stratosphere. Salicrup told Michelinie to instead make the character a man, so Michelinie re-envisioned Venom’s host as the muscly Eddie Brock and came up with a new backstory, and then the character was brought to life by artist Todd McFarlane.

While we never got to see the original female version of Venom, Eddie Brock’s ex Anne Weying did at one point bond with the symbiote to become She-Venom. There have also been other female symbiote hosts such as Scream, Mania and Raze, so in a way Michelinie’s original vision eventually did find its way to the printed page thanks to Venom’s immense popularity allowing for the creation of numerous spin-off symbiote characters.

For more on Venom, check out our thoughts on how the movie handled a certain fan-favorite character in the mid-credits scene by watching the video below:

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Joshua is Senior Editor of IGN Comics. If Pokemon, Green Lantern, or Game of Thrones are frequently used words in your vocabulary, you’ll want to follow him on Twitter @JoshuaYehl and IGN.

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