Venom II

 In: Characters
 Posted: 2005
 Staff: Nick D (E-Mail)
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As Venom, Fortunato like his predecessor has a beast like jaw, teeth, and tongue which are really part of the alien costume.






120 lbs


Venom also possesses the ability to adhere to most sufaces. Venom can animate any part of his costume and can fire a web-like substance from his hands. Because the symbiote was previously attached to Peter, it knows how to shield itself from Spider-Man's spider-sense.


The symbiote is extremely sensitive to sonic and thermal attacks. Despite the powers the symbiote granted Fortunato, his combat skills ultimately proved ineffectual against Spider-man. This can perhaps be accounted to his inherent lack of self-esteem and belief that others will always be disappointed in him.


Angelo's powers stem from his symbiotic relationship with the alien that serves as his costume. The symbiote can mimic any type of clothing whatsoever, as well as blending Venom in his surroundings, rendering him invisible. The symbiote has augmented all of Brock's physical abilities to superhuman levels equal to, and in some cases greater than, Spider-Man's.

Strength Level:

Weaker than Venom, due to Angelo's slight stature and lack of inherent strength.


United States of America

Created By:

Mark Millar, Terry Dodson, Tom Defalco, Ron Frenz, Brett Breeding

Current Occupation:


Dual Identity:

Known to Spider-Man



Former Bases:

New York City

Former Groups:

Fortunato crime family.

Former Occupation:

Son of rich mobster/Mad killer bent on proving his worth.

Known Confidants:

Don Fortunato (father), Eddie Brock

Known Relatives:

Don Fortunato (father), Jimmy Six (brother)

Legal Status:

No known criminal record

Major Enemies:


Marital Status:


Place of Birth:

New York City

Real Name:

Angelo Fortunato

Usual Bases:

New York City



In “The Hunger,” it was revealed that Eddie Brock was dying from cancer. (Spectacular Spider-Man (vol. 2) #4) Brock had made peace with the situation and decided to accept his fate without the help of the symbiote which had served as a life supporting device.

Brock set up an auction in which the winner would gain ownership of the symbiote and the money would be donated to a Catholic charity. After rich mobster Don Fortunato purchased the symbiote for one hundred million dollars, his son Angelo Fortunato took on the role of the new Venom and set out to prove his worth. Eddie asked if Angelo really wanted this and his father insisted that he did. Angelo said he was a loser to the guys and girls ignored him. He wanted to change that. After bonding to the alien, he attacked Peter during his ten year high school reunion, Angelo easily killed several of his old classmates, including Seymour O'Reilly. (Marvel Knights Spider-Man (vol. 1) #7)

During the fight, Angelo briefly thought he had killed Spider-Man, having punched through his body. It turned out that the man he killed was an imposter, who was trying to cash in on a bounty advertised by J. Jonah Jameson. The death infuriated Spider-Man and he went after Venom. Following defeat he fled from Spider-Man and while in mid leap from a rooftop the symbiote abandoned it's new host as punishment for Fortunato's lack of resolve.

During the conflict Spider-Man had run out of web-fluid in one of his web-shooters and was unable to catch Angelo in time. The would-be villain crashed to the ground and was killed instantly. His father watched from the street, proud that his son died a man. The symbiote left Angelo to bond with Mac Gargan, who became Venom III. (Marvel Knights Spider-Man (vol. 1) #8)

Image Gallery


Cover Date Appearance Information
Dec 2004 App: Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #7
  First appearance in costume
Jan 2005 App: Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #8
  Death of Venom II

Thanks To

 Some of the above information is extracted from the various versions of the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe and the more recent Marvel Encyclopaedias.

 In: Characters
 Posted: 2005
 Staff: Nick D (E-Mail)