Anne Weying (She-Venom)

Finally we got our first look at Venom… in a teaser that couldn’t possibly be more underwhelming. Maybe they could have just waited a bit more at Sony before releasing it, as the way it looks it can be a trailer for simply anything. Anyway, we do get a pic at some new character, starting from Anne Weying, portrayed in the movie by Michelle Williams. In the film, Anne is Eddie Brock‘s ex-wife… and that’s pretty much everything we know about her so far. One thing’s for sure, however: there are very little chances we’ll get to see also her temporary, but memorable She-Venom persona…

Born and raised in New York City, Anne Weying (sometimes spelled “Ann“) enrolled in Empire State University to study law. It was during her time in college that she met Eddie Brock, a brilliant and ambitious student in journalism. The two fell in love and started a relationship, and when Anne became a lawyer and Eddie became a reporter they got married. Life together didn’t turn out to be as beautiful as the two of them had pictured: Eddie was always hellbent on going through any single case he followed for the Daily Bugle, growing obsessed by his job, and there was simply no place for Anne in his life. As Brock’s anxiety grew, Anne found it impossible to stay by his side, and when he lost his job (his reason of life) due to a false lead he had been pursuing on the serial killer Sin-Eater, he definitively broke to pieces. Unable to reach for him, she eventually divorced him: albeit the man still loved her, she didn’t believe he knew how to do it. She continued with her work and became very good at it, but news from her ex-husband kept haunting her, especially after he had become the wanted criminal Venom. When Venom kidnapped two people Spider-Man believed to be his deceased parents, Richard and Mary Parker, the hero came to her to obtain information on Eddie: Anne told him about the traumas Brock had suffered from his abusive and violent father, and even of the great stress that had broken him after losing his job, but while she was helping Spider-Man to picture a profile of Venom she took the resolve to stop him by her own, believing she was the only one able to reach him. She followed Spider-Man to an amusement park, where the trap was set for the hero, and she stepped in to bring Eddie back to reason… but she was involved in a battle between Venom, Spider-Man and the Wild Pack. She was nearly killed, and saved only by the combined effort of Eddie and Spidey: following this, Venom accepted to stipulate a truce with his nemesis.

Despite the moment they shared, Anne’s relationship with Eddie didn’t rekindle, and the two kept living apart. Anne however had obtained something relevant, as Venom stopped being a criminal devoted to hunting down and killing Spider-Man, and became a superhero himself… well, sort of, as he was more a brutal and murderous vigilante than anything else. Anne found herself always involved in his adventures, if only because she was the last connection he had to his sanity. Venom’s new “mission” led him to cross paths once again with the Sin-Eater, only this time it was a copycat, Michael Engelschwert: as soon as the new Sin-Eater learnt of the connection between Venom and Anne, he threatened her directly, and when Eddie tried to intervene, he shot her. Desperately trying to save her, Eddie brought the woman to his underground lair, where he ordered the Symbiote to bond with her and heal her. In that moment, a couple of small-time crooks, Big Brown and Junior, attacked a defenseless Eddie. To protect his host, the Symbiote awakened Anne, who now possessed all its powers: as She-Venom, she attacked the two intruders, and mauled them right before her ex-husband. Scared of what Anne had become, Eddie called the Symbiote back. Healed, the woman was shocked to see the dismembered corpses laying on the ground, and she blamed the Symbiote for forcing her to do it… but Eddie told her that the alien didn’t make anybody do anything they didn’t want to, thus implying a deeper moral complicity in the woman. Not much time later, as Annie was trying to leave the horrific experience behind her, she was arrested by NYPD under false pretense, wanting to set a trap for Venom. Anne called Eddie, and made him promise not to come to rescue her… but if Eddie didn’t come, the Symbiote did, sent through the phone lines (a trick he had learnt from Carnage). She-Venom once again, now Anne was more than able to save herself… hoping that she could restrain her own blood-lust and not slaughter all the cops in the process.

Anne Weying is a brilliant woman and a professional lawyer, smart and caring… albeit with quite a dark side she hides even from herself. As She-Venom, she possesses all the powers of the original: superhuman strength, speed and agility, near-invulnerability but for fire and sound, sharp fangs and claws, the ability to control every single part of the Symbiote in tendrils, tentacles and the likes, and the ability to bypass Spider-Man’s Spider Sense. A woman who believed to know perfectly who she is, Anne Weying will soon find out, in the attempt to free her ex-husband from the monster within him, that she may be very well even more a monster than he has ever been…

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