What Marvel’s Spider-Man 2’s spiral symbiote logo means

Christopher Baggett
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Venom is a central figure in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, but his story and the spiral logo that follows him tease one of Marvel’s most powerful villains.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 has expanded the world of the web-slinger to include space aliens, thanks to the inclusion of Venom. The game incorporates the traditional origin of the villain rather than the more science-based origins of Ultimate Comics.

With that comes some of the body horror aspects of the Marvel Universe. This includes the mechanics behind symbiote possession and the weirder world the Klyntar species bring to storytelling. 

The game also brought in the red spiral logo for Venom and the associated symbiotes. While the logo may seem fairly innocuous, it carries some weighty significance in the grander Marvel universe. 

Note: spoilers for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 to follow. 

What the Symbiote spiral logo means in Marvel Comics

In Marvel, it’s established that the red spiral is the brand of Knull. As the King in Black of the symbiotes, Knull is essentially their god. 

Knull as he appears in Marvel Comics
Knull was a symbiote god who could possess other symbiotes.

The red spiral appears on symbiotes who have been enthralled by Knull. Under his control, the symbiotes become some of the most dangerous entities in the whole of the Marvel Universe

When Knull is bested and Venom becomes the new King in Black, he gives the symbiotes a degree of autonomy back. Without Knull and under Venom’s leadership, the red spiral disappears and is no longer in use. 

What the Symbiote spiral logo means in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

The red spiral symbol in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 appears on the meteorite Venom rode to Earth, but it doesn’t necessarily represent Knull himself. The game’s back half, a retelling of sorts of King in Black, puts Venom in this role

Venom from Marvel's Spider-Man 2
Venom essentially replaces Knull in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, possessing citizens with symbiotes.

However, the spiral does appear on humans possessed by symbiotes controlled by Venom. In this instance, the spiral represents a symbiote that is not bonded with a full symbiote but rather controlled by the enhanced powers of Venom and the meteorite. 

These symbiotes break free when beaten, which speaks to how weak Venom’s control of them is. Some degree of control seems to remain beyond Venom and the meteorite, as these enemies are still on the world map after the main story’s end, but that could also just be a conceit of video games. 

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About The Author

Christopher Baggett started writing about comics on the Internet when he was 14 years old. Since then, he's written professionally for a host of sites, including ComicsBeat, Comic Book Resources, and The HomeWorld. He's most knowledgable about the legacy heroes of the '80s and '90s that he grew up with and believes Wally West is the best Flash - and he'll fight anyone over it. For tips, news, press and more, contact Christopher at christopher.baggett@dexerto.com