Eddie Brock was a New York reporter who gained great fame by
uncovering the identity of a criminal madman known as the Sin Eater. When
Spider-Man caught the real Sin Eater and
proved Brock's story to be false, Brock was disgraced and lost his job.
He soon developed a pathological hatred for Spider-Man, and while visiting
a church one night came upon one who shared his enmity. The symbiotic
costume that Spider-Man had once worn had tried to bond with the adventurer,
and thus Spider-Man rejected it. It too wanted revenge on Spider-Man, and
it and Brock joined to become Venom. The alien costume gave Venom powers
that equalled and in some cases exceeded Spider-Man's own powers, and he
had the ability to negate Spider-Man's spider senses. The two have clashed
frequently and violently, and although they called a brief truce, remain
enemies to this day. Venom is particularly dangerous, because through the
costume he knew Spider-Man's secret identity. He also possesses a warped
sense of justice, prepared to murder to protect the innocent. Whenever
Venom's in town, Spider-Man has to watch his back.