The Venom symbiote has been a constant part of the Spider-Man story for a long time. It’s had many hosts, it’s black and white patterns are inspired and shared with many Spider-Men and Spider-Women. But it’s never been quite like this.
Eugene “Flash” Thompson, as Agent Venom, joined the Guardians of the Galaxy in hopes of finding out more information about his alien partner. Eventually, prolonged time in deep space started affecting the symbiote and it started acting paranoid, and even violent. It finally took over several members of the Guardians’ crew and directed their ship to an unknown region of space, finally landing on an uncharted planet.
This planet turned out to be the original birth place of the symbiote race. Once Flash, once again in possession of the symbiote, realized the symbiote was being called here by its race, he chose to merge with them believing he would finally get the answers he so desired. After several moments, he emerged reborn.
The alien symbiotes were able to communicate to the Guardians that all the symbiotes the universe has known so far have been a corrupted faction of their race, the Klyntar, that in truth desires to make the universe better. Once back on the homeworld, the Venom symbiote was able to be cleansed of its corruption and purified, giving it new powers. The Klyntar proclaim that Flash’s symbiosis is now a perfect one, and presumably, the Venom symbiote won’t lash out in vicious anger anymore.
Since this process, this “Agent of the Cosmos” has demonstrated abilities such as forming the symbiote into large crystalline looking structures, as well as form sharp implements like blades, which, so far, only other symbiote offspring have been able to do. He can even survive in the vacuum of space now. Whether or not that is the extent of his new powers remains to be seen.
Flash is the star of a new solo comic series called Venom Space Knight.
During the Spider-Island side story of the 2015 Secret Wars comics, the Spider-Queen managed to succeed in taking over New York City, and transformed the vast majority of the citizens, and heroes, into spider people.
One of the few people who avoided being changed and taken over is Flash Thompson as Agent Venom, thanks to his symbiote protecting him. Flash ends up assembling a series of artifacts and serums that could further transform other heroes (werewolves, vampires, lizard people) so that the Spider-Queen couldn’t control them.
As Agent Venom, Flash is hugely susceptible to the weaknesses of his symbiote, one of the main ones being sonics. This is a huge problem considering the Spider-Queen has a hugely powerful sonic scream.
Luckily, after rescuing Spider-Man, he tells Flash about the Sonic Proof suit he had made, but never used himself. Flash puts it on under his symbiote, and when the Spider-Queen later blasts him with her scream, the symbiote is able to peel away from the brunt of it and Flash is able to continue the mission and save the day.
Flash Thompson has had a few alternate reality versions of himself as Spider-Man, but in the regular 616 Marvel reality, Flash’s desire to be a hero like his idol Spider-Man lead him to join the US military. He became a good solider, but only raised to the rank of corporal. During a mission during the Iraq War, Flash was caught in an explosion while saving his partner, which resulted in the loss of both his legs at the knees.
Flash later became a candidate for Project Rebirth 2.0 which saw him receive the Venom symbiote which had come into the possession of the US government. Part of the project made sure the symbiote would be removed from Flash within a certain time span to make sure it didn’t bond to him, but during a mission in the Savage Land, the mission ran long, resulting in a permanent bond being formed.
As Agent Venom, Flash is able to use the symbiote to reform his missing legs, and his preference for military gear causes the symbiote to form what looks like tactical armour such as shoulder pads and a bullet proof vest, among other items. While the symbiote has taken on the look of chitinous insect armour, it still acts the same way it would normally, providing no additional protection over its own natural abilities.
Despite having the Venom symbiote, Flash still relies on his military training, and primarily uses guns when going on the offense. What Flash does excel at in the use of the symbiote is using it to hold additional weapons, such as holding grenades in reserve under its surface, or even equipping, using, and firing extra firearms.
The one downside that Flash faces as Agent Venom is keeping his temper in check. He has sedatives that keep the symbiote docile, but after they wear off, if Flash lets his temper get out of control, the symbiote will begin to take over. When this happens, the look of the symbiote changes back to its traditional, toothy appearance.
Right off the bat I want to mention that the full costume for The Spider has a mask. In fact the full costume looks no different than the standard Spider-Man costume you’re used to seeing, except the man behind the mask is Flash Thompson. Just wanted to make it clear that he didn’t go mask-less, as the above picture might make you think.
So basically, on Earth-958, Flash was the one that got bitten by the radioactive spider, instead of Peter Parker. However, unlike on Earth-78127 where Flash became the hero Captain Spider, in this reality Flash decided to turn to crime, using his new spider super powers to get away with robberies.
Let’s dive back into some “What If…” stories again, shall we? In this one, Peter Parker’s high school bully Flash Thompson is bitten by the radioactive spider and given super powers instead of Peter. Before he realizes he even has super powers, Flash ends up going in the ring with the wrestler Crusher Hogan to try and last 3 minutes to win $100. Not having any idea he now has super strength, he ends up killing Crusher Hogan, and flees when the police arrive. It is during his escape that he realizes he can climb walls and has super agility and reflexes.
Realizing everyone will know “Flash Thompson” as a killer, and feeling guilty for killing an innocent man, Flash makes a costume and calls himself Captain Spider to go out and battle crime
in an attempt to atone. He manages to stop the Chameleon and the Tinkerer, but when he goes up against the Vulture, the Vulture carries him up into the sky and drops him to the streets below. Seeing as Flash was never a very smart student, or an inventor of any kind, he never invented the web shooters like Peter Parker did, and so had no way to stop his fall. RIP Captain Spider.
Somehow, Captain Spider also appears in the Spider-Verse story among many other spiders in the Spider-Army. As if it were simply meant to be, Captain Spider dies yet again, this time at the hands of the Inheritors.