Set in a dark future where Venom is the only remaining lifeform, one of the featured symbiotes hides an interesting reference to the Evangelion series.

In Venom: the end, readers get a glimpse of a distant future where the symbiote accesses every biological life form through time, in an effort to save it from the rise of artificial super-intelligence. The first step in this process is a symbiote civil war, in which appears a symbiote titled “Bloodbath”, which is clearly inspired by the iconic design of Neon Genesis EvangelionThe Evangelion-01 unit.

Venom: the end is one of those Marvel stories where a character is shown in their final days, usually in some version of a dystopian or apocalyptic future. Venom is no exception, as the immortal symbiote must survive the natural death of its beloved host, Eddie Brock, despite its long-standing attempts to preserve it. Venom has developed an affection for all life forms, so he fights to create it and preserve it from the unstoppable advance of artificial super-intelligences that have become brutal and assimilate the entire universe. Key to this story is the symbiote’s ability to copy and store the DNA of all its hosts inside its infinite “extradimensional network”. Venom’s efforts to preserve life require the cooperation of all symbiotes. But war ensues and, after a battle, he is the only one left standing.


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In the double-page spread showing the “Symbiote War of Unification (Failed)”, the creative team of Venom: the end (written by Adam Warren and drawn by Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz, with colors by Guru-eFX) decided to insert as many unique symbiote designs as possible. One of them, called “Bloodbath”, stands out as it clearly references Eva-01, the Evangelion unit piloted by Shinji Ikari in the cult animated franchise. Neon Genesis Evangelion. The Evas are giant techno-organic humanoid robots, created by the organization NERV to fight against the threat of the Angels, mysterious creatures seeking to destroy humanity. Eva-01 is particularly significant because not only is it the first non-prototype Evangelion unit, but it also houses the soul of Shinji’s mother, Yui Ikari. The symbiote has the same purple and green color scheme, horns, and shoulder pads.

Symbiote inspired by Evangelion from Venom: The End

The Eva units were actually created using DNA samples from the first angel, Adam, and their real, secret purpose is not to protect humanity but to initiate the third impact, a plan to evolve humanity which actually has a lot in common with what the symbiote is trying to do in Venom: the end. The purpose of Third Impact was to achieve Human Instrumentality, the merging of all of humanity into a single life form. This is a key concept in the Evangelion series, as the “division” between human beings is believed to be the cause of loneliness, sadness and pain, all of which would be eradicated once humanity reunites all his consciousness into a collective being. Thanks to its access to its hosts’ DNA, Venom can achieve a similar result. In The end, he uses his ability to replicate time-traveling mutant powers to bond with everyone and everything that has ever lived in the universe. By the end of the story, Venom is a living database of all biological life in the universe. The difference, however, is that these living beings only exist as memories inside the Venom Codex, rather than actual consciousness like in Evangelion’s Human Instrumentality Project.

Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most popular anime of all time, and it’s a milestone in the history of animation. Considering how much the series has influenced popular culture over the past few decades, it’s no surprise that the writers of Venom: the end decided to reference it with a cool easter egg that fans of evangelization surely did not miss.

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