Venom: A Metaphor for Addiction

The illness narrative of the Venom symbiote was able to truly develop in the time it spent bonded to Eddie Brock, the first to adopt the ‘Venom’ moniker. Brock provides a wealth of information to dissect in this context. Brock has been plagued with a severe anxiety disorder since childhood. Brock’s mother died in childbirth, and his father never quite forgave him for it, though he was not at fault. It is revealed in VENOM: DARK ORIGIN that as a child, Brock would steal the belongings of other children, and return the “lost” items to gain the approval of his peers. Amidst the biggest failure of his young career as a journalist, Brock learned that he had adrenal cancer. It was shortly after this that he encountered the symbiote.