The inevitable happens in Venom #5, by Mike Costa and Gerardo Sandoval, when the symbiote and its host get into a knock-down drag-out fight with the guy the symbiote has never forgiven for rejecting it, the Spider-Man known as Peter Parker. And Marvel is observing the event throughout the month of March with Venomized Variant covers that depict the heroes of the Marvel Universe overtaken by the Venom symbiote.

You can catch a peek below at four of those covers. The Thanos cover by Rob Guillory features the Mad Titan in possession of both the Venom suit and the Infinity Gems, standing atop the battered bodies of his enemies. All-New Wolverine by Francesco Mattina depicts a truly frightening Venomized Laura Kinney. Elizabeth Torque's Black Panther gives us a bestial Venom-infected T'Challa. And a delightful Unbeatable Squirrel Girl cover by Kate Leth has Tippy-Toe wearing the symbiote while Squirrel Girl sleeps peacefully and unaware.

Here's the complete list of Venomized Variants:

1.  ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #18 by Francesco Mattina

2.  AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25 by Dave Johnson


4.  AVENGERS #5 by David Marquez

5.  BLACK PANTHER #12 by Elizabeth Torque


7.  CHAMPIONS #6 by Mike Deodato

8.  DEADPOOL #28 by David Lopez

9.  DOCTOR STRANGE #18 by Tess Fowler

10.  GAMORA #4 by Stephanie Hans

11. GHOST RIDER #5 by Dustin Weaver

12. HULK #4 by Emmanuela Lupacchino

13. INHUMANS PRIME #1 by Ryan Stegman

14. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #5 by Rick Leonardi

15. KINGPIN #2 by Clayton Crain

16. MAN-THING #1 by Stephanie Hans

17. THE MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #3 by Clayton Crain

18. OCCUPY AVENGERS #5 by Paolo Siquera

19.   OLD MAN LOGAN #19 by Gustavo Duarte

20.   SPIDER-GWEN #18 by Sophie Campbell

21.   SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #15 by Dave Williams

22.   THANOS #5 by Rob Guillory

23.   THE TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #17 by Mike Choi


25.   THE UNBELIEVABLE GWENPOOL #13 by Yasmine Putri

26.   X-MEN PRIME #1 by Kris Anka

THANOS #5 Venomized Variant by Rob Guillory
THANOS #5 Venomized Variant by Rob Guillory
ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #18 Venomized Variant by Francesco Mattina
ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #18 Venomized Variant by Francesco Mattina
BLACK PANTHER #12 Venomized Variant by Elizabeth Torque
BLACK PANTHER #12 Venomized Variant by Elizabeth Torque
THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #18 Venomized Variant by Kate Leth
THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #18 Venomized Variant by Kate Leth


Here's the official word from Marvel:

The month of March. Spring is in the air. Flowers are blooming. And Venom is taking over! That’s right True Believer, the sinister symbiote made his big return in the pages of Mike Costa and Gerardo Sandoval’s hit Venom series. But that was just the beginning! Marvel’s celebrating all things Venom in the month of March with a big issue and an even bigger variant program. It all kicks off with the can’t-miss VENOM #5, as the new host comes face-to-face with the symbiote’s greatest nemesis – the Amazing Spider-Man! Plus, a shocking return that will have fans everywhere talking!

“Mike and Gerardo have a lot up their sleeves and they’re just getting started,” says Associate Editor Devin Lewis. “Each issue ramps up the stakes, and March’s VENOM #5 is the biggest one yet. With a knock-down, drag-out fight with the one-and-only Spider-Man and a cliffhanger that’s definitely going to turn lots of heads.”

Then, witness the Avengers, Black Panther, Deadpool, the X-Men and more as they bond with the symbiote for a series of VENOMIZED VARIANTS coming to your favorite Marvel titles!

“One of the coolest things about Venom is getting to see the symbiote bond with other Marvel characters. Well, we’re taking that idea and dialing it up to eleven this March,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “Some of our top heroes are about to get a symbiote makeover, courtesy of the best artists in the business. Each of these mega-talented artists let their imaginations run wild, producing some truly fun (and frightening!) variant covers.”


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