Garland-born Donny Cates is spitting 'Venom' for Marvel Comics

Donny Cates cannot be stopped, it seems. After picking up Marvel Comics' Doctor Strange and Thanos books, Cates' sights are now set on the longtime Spider-Man rogue -- Venom.

The news, revealed as part of Marvel's announcement Tuesday that it'd be relaunching many of its series for a "Fresh Start" initiative, has Cates joined by veteran artist Ryan Stegman (Inhuman, Incredible Hulk) for this new take on the anti-heroic symbiote.

Cates says his run on the book will continue to focus on Eddie Brock, the original host for Venom -- rather than Flash Thompson, a paraplegic military vet.

"I am thrilled beyond belief to share this with you guys," Cates posted on Facebook. "Anyone who knows me knows how much of a Venom NUT I am. I've been dreaming of this since I was like seven years old..."

The series comes just in time for Venom's 30th anniversary. Created by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane, Venom debuted in 1988's The Amazing Spider-Man #299. The symbiote quickly became a fan-favorite and solo star, coming to blows with Spider-Man on multiple occasions, but also building up a rogues gallery of his own.

This new series will also debut ahead of the Venom film starring Tom Hardy, set for release in October. The Sony-developed film will be seemingly set apart from the Marvel Cinematic Universe take on Spider-Man, and puts Hardy into the role of Eddie Brock.

Watch the trailer for Venom below, and look out for Cates' and Stegman's Venom #1 hitting shops later this year.

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