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The Poisons are a species of crystalline extraterrestrials spawned by the Poison Queen. Having spent an unknown amount of time as prey for larger, stronger creatures,[1] they were discovered by an incarnation of Doctor Strange who bonded to a Venom Symbiote,[2] and through that encounter discovered that they could assimilate klyntar and their hosts to become more powerful. Doctor Strange proceeded to recruit an army of Venomized superheroes, antiheroes, and supervillains from across the Multiverse, but most of these recruits were either killed or assimilated.[3]

The Hive's second-in-command, Poison Thanos, dispatched a battalion of Poisons led by a Poisoned incarnation of Doctor Doom in order to crush the Resistance and consume Doctor Strange; intending to use him to summon incarnations of Venom from across the Multiverse, largely being unaware of the existence of other, more powerful symbiotes until the Resistance summoned an incarnation of Carnage.[4] Eventually, the Poisoned villains and heroes present during that conflict, along with numerous unbound Poisons, were killed when the Resistance - with the help of Poison Deadpool - infiltrated their ship to rescue Doctor Strange and rigged it to self-destruct. Poison Deadpool, Carnage, and Venomized Doctor Strange also perished during the explosion, but not before the latter managed to send the Venoms back to their proper realities. However, the Poisoned Doctor Doom escaped and reported back to Poison Thanos. Now aware of the existence of other realities, Poison Thanos declared his intent to assemble an army and conquer the Multiverse.[5]

The Poisons were able to make their way to Earth-616, consuming Marvel Girl. The Hive employed the assistance of Haze Mancer,[6] a symbiote poacher, to locate the symbiote homeworld and raid it, resulting in the destruction of the Agents of the Cosmos and the abduction of every symbiote present at the time of the attack.[7] Arriving on Earth, the Poisons began infecting superpowered individuals with weaponized symbiotes, seeking out the individuals designated as anomalies in order to consume them before they became a threat: Kid Kaiju for his ability to summon monsters, and Carnage for his insatiable bloodlust.[8] The Hive located Cletus Kasady - who had been stripped of the Carnage symbiote - and tricked him into bonding to a new symbiote, consuming him to create Poison Carnage.[9] However, the symbiote-augmented heroes were able to locate the Poisons' ship and attacked it with help from Poison Marvel Girl - Jean Grey having been resisting the Poison Queen's control. To protect her friends, Jean Grey killed Poison Marvel Girl, siphoning the life force absorbed by the Poison Queen to become an entity of psionic energy. Jean subsequently killed the Poison Queen, causing the unbound Poisons to crumble and most of the bound Poisons to implode.[10]

Powers and Abilities

Powers

In their hostless state, Poisons are capable of psychically disguising themselves as their targets' loved ones or innocent bystanders in order to catch them off-guard.[11][2] If a Poison comes into physical contact with a symbiote and its host, it will form a permanent bond with them, consuming the host's body and assimilating their memories, powers, and abilities in the process.[2] The minds of the symbiote and its host will then be silenced so the Poison can take full control,[1] but this process can take some time to be completed.[2] Poisons who have bonded to a host are able to weaponize the assimilated symbiote's biomass, transforming it into tentacles, blades, and other types of weapons.[2] One of the main reasons for them to keep the hosts alive is to use their bodies as nutrient sources while the Poisons complete the bonding process.[12]

Poisons are also capable of some form of inter-dimensional travel, presumably through Doctor Doom or the other consumed magic-users, as the majority of their forces are located in a decimated reality, though a specimen impersonated Daredevil on the world where a Venomized Gwenpool was located in order to ambush and consume her.[11]

Weaknesses

Without a host, Poisons are physically frail and rely on their ability to disguise themselves as a target's loved ones to obtain a host. Once they assimilate a symbiote, they become exponentially stronger, taking on whatever powers the symbiote and its host possessed while discarding their weaknesses;[13] but are unable to consume anyone else, leaving them vulnerable to being killed.[2] As a side-effect of assimilating the host's memories, they may be affected by their emotional attachments, as when Poison Spider-Man was unable to bring himself to kill Spinneret - an alternate incarnation of his wife.[12] If the symbiote's host has multiple personalities or is mentally unstable, the Poison may be unable to fully control them, as was the case with Deadpool, allowing him to infiltrate the Hive as a double-agent.[10] The merged poisons found they are incredibly vulnerable to the touch of the Carnage Symbiote, no matter which incarnation they may be.[1] It was discovered said particular Klyntar wasn't the dangerous element, but the sheer murderous insanity imprinted onto it by the host. Poison Doom saying Casady's touch while clad in any symbiote was as poison to their kind.[14] Both bound and unbound Poisons are vulnerable to Agent Anti-Venom's cleansing touch, which kills them, host and all, instantly.[4] A final weakness of the Poisons was discovered to be the assimilation of potent psionic minds like Jean Grey, who was as much a psychic entity as she was flesh and blood. Because of which The Hive could not fully assimilate her, body nor soul, completely into the collective; making her all the more dangerous as she could hijack their gestalt link to murder them all at once through the Queen.[15]

Miscellaneous

Type of Government: Hive Monarchy (as in Bees and Ants)
Representatives: Numerous hostless Poisons, Poison Rhino, Poison Moon Knight,[3] Poison Hulk, Poison Doctor Octopus, Poison Spider-Man,[2] Poison Sabretooth, Poison Scarlet Witch, Poison Hawkeye, Poison Captain America, Poison Doctor Doom, Poison Green Goblin, Poison Bullseye, Poison Storm, Poison Iron Fist,[12] Poison Deadpool, Poison Ghost Rider, Poison Enchantress, Poison Satana, Poison Sister Grimm,[16] Poison Fin Fang Foom.[17]

Trivia

  • During the planning phase of Venomverse, the role the Poisons were created for was originally going to be given to the Symbiote Slayers from Venomverse writer Cullen Bunn's own Venom run.[18]
  • The Poisons were originally envisioned as the true progenitors of the symbiotes before their final role as the perfect symbiote hosts was decided.[18]

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