sym·​bi·​ote | \ˈsim-bē-ˌōt, -ˌbī-\

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Venom: Lethal Protector also pits Venom against other, more vicious symbiotes with less humanity, allowing writers to establish a moral spectrum that ends up casting Venom in a more positive light. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Venom, Spider-Man’s symbiote supervillain, explained," 3 Oct. 2018 The finale of Slott’s run saw longtime Spider-Man supporting character Flash Thompson meet his end at the hands of Norman Osborn, who had merged with the Carnage symbiote to become the Red Goblin. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "A Eulogy for a Fallen Spider-Man Character," 31 May 2018 While Brock is commonly associated with Venom, and having tormented Spider-Man and dealt out lethal protection since 1988, Flash Thompson gained possession of the symbiote suit in 2011’s The Amazing Spider-Man No. 654. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "A Eulogy for a Fallen Spider-Man Character," 31 May 2018 Still wanting to serve his country, he was given the opportunity to bond with the Venom symbiote, whom Brock had been forced to give up. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "A Eulogy for a Fallen Spider-Man Character," 31 May 2018 Brock’s attention is drawn to Doctor Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), the head of the Life Foundation, an organization in the comics that used the symbiotes to create additional Venom-esque creatures., "Tom Hardy's Venom finally revealed in new trailer," 24 Apr. 2018 Tom Hardy unleashed the new trailer for his Marvel Comics film Venom during CinemaCon 2018 Monday night — the first trailer to feature the powerful extraterrestrial symbiote at the center of the story (due out Oct. 5). Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Tom Hardy unleashes 'Venom' trailer that features deadly Venom at last: CinemaCon 2018," 24 Apr. 2018 Drake has developed the Venom symbiote, which fuses with a human host to generate superpowers, through a series of horrifying hybrid experiments — one of which attacks Eddie and sends him down his, uh, venomous path. Aja Romano, Vox, "Watch: the new Venom trailer reveals Tom Hardy’s toothy antihero at last," 24 Apr. 2018 Carnage, as the name suggests, is a much simpler brand of evil symbiote, which attaches itself to a much less conflicted man than Eddie Brock: Cletus Kasady—a deranged serial killer. Tom Philip, GQ, "Woody Harrelson Might Have a Secret Role in Venom," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of symbiote

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for symbiote

French, from Greek symbiōtēs companion, from symbioun to live together

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