10 Darkest Animated Spider-Man Moments

9. Venom Dies A Hero - Spider-Man: The Animated Series

Spider Man The Animated Series
Marvel Entertainment Group

Although he's had something of a rebranding in recent years, throughout the 90s and 2000s cartoons, Venom was nothing less than one of the worst villains Spider-Man had ever faced. Monstrous, petty, and thoroughly deluded. However, never let it be said that the 90s animated series wasn't willing to call fair fair, and give Eddie Brock one last shot at redemption.

During an episode where Carnage and Dormammu of all characters teamed up to take out Spidey, Spider-Man, Iron Man and Venom teamed up in turn to take the duo down. When all was said and done, Eddie Brock elected to sacrifice himself to save the world by throwing himself into a portal to god only knows where.

It was one of the first times people had been made witness to the deeper layers of Venom, which the comics had been introducing at the same time, but its appearance in the animated series for a much wider audience made it feel all the more real a possibility, rather than a comic writer's flight of fancy.

And of course, the last time we see Venom, one of the major characters of the entire series, fall into an inky black abyss from which there is no return, is a pretty metal way for a character to bite it.

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