Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman say goodbye to Venom in issue #200 preview video

Venom #200
(Image credit: Marvel Comics)

Update: Marvel Comics has released a new video highlighting June 16's release of Venom #200, the 'legacy'-renumbered anniversary issue marking the end of creative team Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman's run on the series. 

The video features both a preview of Venom #200 and commentary from Cates and Stegman looking back at their time on the title. 

"Over the years, Cates and Stegman have torn Eddie Brock's life asunder, uncovering long-hidden mysteries behind the nature of symbiotes while exploring Venom's very nature as a Marvel hero," reads Marvel's announcement. "This bold era launched two line-wide events, Absolute Carnage and King in Black, and will leave a lasting impact not only on the character of Venom but on the Marvel Universe as a whole."

"We're gonna end this run the way that we started it - by exploding everything you ever thought that you knew, and setting the stage for something that's truly and honestly going to change Eddie and the Marvel Universe forever," Cates promises in the video.

Check out the video below and also check out what the future holds for Venom later in 2021

Original story follows...

Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman are saying goodbye to Venom after a three-year run with Venom #35, but since #35 doubles as the 200th issue of Venom they are inviting some other creators to the proverbial stage to take part and be with them in their final bow.

The 96-page special has become an anthology, with additional stories planned from writer Philip Kennedy Johnson along with artists Chris Giarrusso, Danilo S. Beyruth, Gerardo Sandoval, Guiu Vilanova, Kev Walker, Mark Bagley, and Ron Lim.

(Image credit: Ryan Stegman/JP Mayer/Frank Martin (Marvel Comics))

Marvel hasn't broken down who's working on what inside the issue, but they've given them extra time to complete it all. Venom #35 (aka Venom #200) was solicited for an April 14 release but has been pushed back a couple of times with it currently pegged at June 16.

96 pages, and the finale of a three-year run for Cates and Stegman? We'll let it pass.

"This is it, Venomaniacs! The landmark 200th issue starring the most sinister symbiote in the Marvel Universe arrives – and after this, NOTHING WILL BE THE SAME!" reads Marvel's description of the issue. "From Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, and a who's who of artists from the issues that tore Eddie Brock's life asunder and brought the KING IN BLACK to Earth, comes the first chapter of the rest of Venom's life. But in Knull's wake, what even remains of the Lethal Protector?"

With the death of Knull, Eddie broke has taken over the mantle of 'King in Black' while the one-time Venom (or Agent Venom as he's sometimes called) Flash Thompson is teased to be resuming that role in the coming weeks.

Eddie and Flash some of the greatest Venom hosts of all time. 

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