A lot of hoopla and whoop-de-doo has been made by Marvel about how Marvel Legacy will change the comic book industry, but until now, the publisher hasn’t offered much evidence that this would be the case. However, breaking with tradition, Marvel sent artist Mark Bagley to talk about Venom with Entertainment Weekly rather than writer Mike Costa. Normally, artists are lucky if Marvel even mentions their name on teasers or in press releases (unless their name is TBD or TBA). For once, truly, the industry has been shaken to its core and will never be the same again.
As Venom, which was already fortunate to regain its legacy numbering before Marvel Legacy, the book will begin the Lethal Protector story that will see Venom going against villains like Kraven. In the interview, Bagley talked about making Venom’s tongue into a mood ring:
Venom’s more exaggerated look, the huge muscles, massive fanged jaws, and that amazing tongue, really evolved over the years from artist to artist. With the Legacy stories I think Marvel really wanted to rein that in quite a bit. Bring Eddie Brock/Venom back to his roots, so to speak. But the tongue and more monstrous aspects of his look aren’t gone for good. Instead, they are going to be used thematically as more of a visual cue to reflect the symbiote’s mental state.
Venom #155 hits stores in October.