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.
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