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Published April 1, 2023

Everything Announced for 'Summer of Symbiotes' at C2E2 2023

Get the scoop on all things symbiotes, including Cullen Bunn and Gerardo Sandoval's new series 'Death of the Venomverse,' launching this August.

Just now at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) 2023, Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and VENOM editor Devin Lewis, along with David Pepose (EXTREME VENOMVERSE), Sabir Pirzada (CULT OF CARNAGE: MISERY), and Zeb Wells (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), revealed what's next for Spidey and the twisted symbiotic family tree of the Marvel Universe! 

Fans can now witness the full scope of SUMMER OF SYMBIOTES, a season’s worth of symbiote sagas to celebrate Venom’s 35th anniversary! The insanity kicks off in May with titles like CULT OF CARNAGE: MISERY, EXTREME VENOMVERSE, CARNAGE REIGNS, and more. Here’s just some of what was revealed about what’s in store for Venom, Carnage, Red Goblin, Misery, and the rest of the Venomverse all summer long!

CULT OF CARNAGE: MISERY #1

CULT OF CARNAGE: MISERY #1 Madness Concept Art by Francesco Mortarino
CULT OF CARNAGE: MISERY #1 Madness Concept Art by Francesco Mortarino

CULT OF CARNAGE: MISERY #1
Written by SABIR PIRZADA
Art by FRANCESCO MORTARINO
Madness Concept Art by FRANCESCO MORTARINO
Cover by SKAN
On Sale 5/3

DEATH AND DESTRUCTION RETURN HOME! Liz Allen is the mother of Normie Osborn, who she is blissfully unaware is the all-new and all-deadly RED GOBLIN! But what Liz DOES know is that the Red Goblin has been active and has been seen VERY close to her home. And after her late husband's father, NORMAN OSBORN (maybe you've heard of him?), gets pulled into the chaos and violence swirling around Normie, Liz has no choice but to use the resources at her disposal as the head of ALCHEMAX to take matters into her own hands and become something the Marvel Universe has NEVER SEEN BEFORE!

CULT OF CARNAGE: MISERY #2

CULT OF CARNAGE: MISERY #2 cover by SKAN

CULT OF CARNAGE: MISERY #2
Written by SABIR PIRZADA 
Art by FRANCESCO MORTARINO 
Cover by SKAN
On Sale 6/21

THE MOTHER OF ALL SYMBIOTE STORIES! The Life Foundation symbiotes, Toxin and the others, have been STOLEN! But by whom? And WHY?! Regardless, it's up to Liz to save the symbiotes before they can fall into the wrong hands—and unleash untold havoc across New York!

CULT OF CARNAGE: MISERY #3

CULT OF CARNAGE: MISERY #3 cover by SKAN

CULT OF CARNAGE: MISERY #3 
Written by SABIR PIRZADA 
Art by FRANCESCO MORTARINO 
Cover by SKAN
On Sale 7/26

It’s a fight against MADNESS in Sabir Pirzada and Francesco Mortarino’s CULT OF CARNAGE: MISERY! The new symbiotic monstrosity called Madness inadvertently forced Liz Allan to bond to the all-new MISERY symbiote, changing both her life and the future of symbitoes! Imbued with all the powers and personalities of the LIFE FOUNDATION SYMBIOTES (and more!), Madness is a symbiotic force unlike any other in the Marvel Universe.

There is nowhere that Liz Allan can go that Madness cannot follow, no one she can ask for help that Madness cannot destroy, and nothing she can do to stop the brutality of its onslaught. Fans can see Madness in all his glory on the cover of CULT OF CARNAGE: MISERY #4.

CULT OF CARNAGE: MISERY #4

 CULT OF CARNAGE: MISERY #4 cover by SKAN

CULT OF CARNAGE: MISERY #4
Written by SABIR PIRZADA
Penciled by FRANCESCO MORTARINO
Cover by SKAN
On Sale 8/30

VENOM #22

VENOM #22 cover by Bryan Hitch

VENOM #22
Written by AL EWING
Art by RAMON F. BACHS
Cover by BRYAN HITCH
On Sale 7/5

Behold a radical transformation of Eddie Brock as Venom in Al Ewing and Ramon F. Bachs’ VENOM #22! For months, Eddie Brock’s consciousness has been displaced in time! You’ve seen what happens when he’s flung himself to the far future of the Marvel Universe—now see what happens when he tries to traverse its past! Face-to-face with the mysterious FLEXO in the past, Venom learns a shocking secret about the role symbiotes playing in Marvel history!

VENOM #23

VENOM #23 cover by Bryan Hitch

VENOM #23
Written by TORUNN GRØNBEKK
Art by KEN LASHLEY
Cover by BRYAN HITCH
On Sale 7/19

Then, Torunn Grønbekk and Ken Lashley create a new vision of TOXIN in VENOM #23! Toxin is the offspring of the most dangerous symbiote in the history of the Marvel Universe: CARNAGE. But while Carnage and Cletus Kasady are separated and both devising machinations and plans of cosmic bloodshed and conquest, what has its progeny been doing? And will Dylan Brock or the Venom symbiote survive when they come face to face with this latest terrifying Toxin?! And Toxin isn’t the only symbiote in this story who’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen! The symbiote family is about to grow a little larger… and what’s coming will change the continuing saga of the symbiotes FOREVER! 

RED GOBLIN #6

RED GOBLIN #6 cover by Björn Barends

RED GOBLIN #6
Written by ALEX PAKNADEL
Art by JAN BAZALDUA
Cover by BJÖRN BARENDS
On Sale 7/12

Alex Paknadel and Jan Bazaldua begin a new arc “Nature Vs. Nuture” in RED GOBLIN #6! CARNAGE REIGNS may be over, but Normie Osborn and the Rascal symbiote’s problems are only just beginning! For weeks, Normie’s pacified the symbiote and managed to keep the rabid killing machine inside it under control. But in this issue, Normie learns that you can’t fight nature…

WEB OF CARNAGE #1

WEB OF CARNAGE #1 cover by Kendrick “kunkka” Lim

WEB OF CARNAGE #1
Written by RAM V & MORE
Art by FRANCESCO MANNA
Cover by KENDRICK “KUNKKA” LIM
On Sale 7/12

CARNAGE SEEKS TO INHERIT THE EARTH in WEB OF CARNAGE, a new series by Ram V, Francesco Manna, and more. In the aftermath of CARNAGE REIGNS, where Cletus Kasady exacted his vengeance on Miles Morales and the Marvel Universe, the Carnage symbiote remains left to its own devices, adrift among the stars. With its purpose renewed, Carnage has scant few hurdles between it and a glorious ascension to the throne of the King in Black…and the first is named Morlun.

DEATH OF THE VENOMVERSE #1

DEATH OF THE VENOMVERSE #1 cover by Björn Barends

DEATH OF THE VENOMVERSE #1 (OF 5)
Written by CULLEN BUNN & DAVID MICHELINIE
Art by GERARDO SANDOVAL
Cover by BJÖRN BARENDS
On Sale 8/2

And finally, the capstone to SUMMER OF SYMBIOTES and spinning out of EXTREME VENOMVERSE comes THE DEATH OF THE VENOMVERSE! Symbiote hotshots Cullen Bunn and Gerardo Sandoval are reuniting to bring the symbiotic ax down on the VENOMVERSE! Carnage has been building his powers up, extracting unique abilities from many villains throughout the Marvel Universe to the point of traversing the Multiverse with a singular goal: KILL ANY AND ALL VENOMS! The limited series will also include a classic tale in the vein of VENOM: LETHAL PROTECTOR by Venom co-creator David Michelinie. All five issues will release in August and will be packed with more symbiote shakeups than you can wrap your head around! 

“It's been far too long since I've written any stories about Venom and company,” Bunn said. “About Eddie, about Flash, about Andi, about Carnage. This story—this completely bonkers epic—feels like the right time to throw my symbiotic hat back in the ring. Returning to a Multiverse full of Venom symbiotes, maybe (but hopefully not) for the last time, I knew I had to do something big. Thus, the title—DEATH OF THE VENOMVERSE--was born. Perhaps that title is a bit of a threat for our favorite symbiotes, but I promise you it is not empty! Get ready for plenty of surprises, some heartbreak, and more symbiotes than you can shake a stick at!”

EDGE OF VENOMVERSE UNLIMITED INFINITY COMIC

EDGE OF VENOMVERSE UNLIMITED INFINITY COMIC cover by Phillip Sevy

EDGE OF VENOMVERSE UNLIMITED INFINITY COMIC
Written by CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN
Art by PHILLIP SEVY, GUSTAVO DUARTE, DAX GORDINE, NATHAN STOCKMAN, & MORE
Cover by PHILLIP SEVY
Available on Marvel Unlimited starting 6/13

The SUMMER OF SYMBIOTES will also infect Marvel Unlimited in the EDGE OF VENOMVERSE UNLIMITED INFINITY COMIC series! A new Venom has been unleashed upon an unsuspecting world in this saga by writer Clay McLeod Chapman and an exciting lineup of artists including Phillip Sevy, Gustavo Duarte, Dax Gordine, and Nathan Stockman. On a freezing, snow-covered night a Holy Man comes to the aid of a mother and father terrified to kiss their little girl goodnight. Will he offer salvation or the ultimate destruction? The series drops on Marvel Unlimited on Tuesday, June 13 and J. Holtham will be writing alternating stories, beginning with a special 4th of July address from President Venom.

EDGE OF VENOMVERSE UNLIMITED INFINITY COMIC New Venom character design sheet

Check out the covers now and stay tuned for more SUMMER OF SYMBIOTES news!

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