Marvel Comics has decided to give Philadelphia a new hero, namely, Venom. The character used to be represented as an anti-hero in Spiderman, but writer Cullen Bunn and editor Tom Brennan have bigger plans for him in the future, says Deadline.
Philadelphia is probably the only big city in America that doesn’t have its own superhero. This is why Marvel Comics’ writer Cullen Bunn and editor Tom Brennan have decided to give Venom, the villain from Spiderman, a new location and possibly, new roles. The character with big teeth and long tongue could become Philadelphia’s superhero fighting for good causes after a series of modifications.
Marvel Comics thinks Philly could become just as popular as Los Angeles and New York if real-life streets and buildings from the city are reproduced in their fictional world. For that, they will turn Eugene “Flash” Thompson, Peter Parker’s school rival, into a better person.
Flash lost his legs in the Iraq war, so he takes control of Venom to become a good soldier and continue to work as a spy for the U.S. government. It is alcoholism that turns him into a bad person and, implicitly, into a villain, but Flash is determined to change. The superhero heads to Philadelphia for a fresh start. The change of scenery gives him the possibility to meet new people, such as, tabloid journalist Katy Kiernan and his new love interest, the Asgardian Valkyrie. Venom’s new adventure in Philadelphia will start on December 19, in the 28th number of Marvel’s magazine.
Writer Cullen Bunn took his inspiration for his new comic strip during the time he spent in the City of Brotherly Love. He further explained reporters that he was deeply impressed by the city and the people who live in it, so he wanted to offer them a superhero. Bunn will do his best to preserve the real aspect of the city as much as possible, even though there will be some fictional elements that will be introduced in the comic strip, as well.