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What If Venom Had Possessed the Punisher? - The Punisher

What If Venom Had Possessed the Punisher?

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What If the Venom Had Possessed the Punisher? is another interesting tale from Marvel’s What If  series. This story is thankfully a little less dark than some of the other Punisher what ifs. The comic opens with the Punisher in Our Lady of Saints church, his head down in what appears to be prayer. However, Spiderman had just swung by moments ago, and the Punisher is contemplating all their past interactions, not preying. The symbiote that Spiderman has abandoned senses the Punisher’s feriosity and bonds with him.

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Punishing symbiote style

The Punisher is perplexed by the symbiote and has Microchip attempt to analyze it. The Punisher, not one to wait for results, gives it a test run. After realizing that it can produce bullets,  in addition to webbing, Frank goes a little trigger happy. The symbiote soon starts to take over and forces the Punisher to kill Microchip.

He is then drawn by the symbiote to attack Spiderman. Spiderman is nearly killed before the Punisher regains control and forces the symbiote to stop. Frank’s control is clearly tenuous; so, Spiderman limps away to seek out the Fantastic Four’s aid, who give him a sonic disrupter. Meanwhile, the Punisher has fought and killed Tombstone and is heading for the Kingpin.

Daredevil and Typhoid Mary try to intervene but to no avail, as the Frank Castle symbiote combo makes quick work of the Kingpin. After killing Kingpin, the Punisher is directed to tangle with Spiderman once again at Our Lady of Saints. This time, Daredevil, Spiderman and Moon Knight are waiting to intercept him. Despite a rather valiant effort, they are tossed aside like rag dolls.

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A victorious Punisher

Spiderman, in a last ditch effort, shoots the Punisher with the Fantastic Four’s sonic disrupter. The symbiote has completed bonded with Frank, but the blast gives the Punisher the mental assist he needed. A battle inside Frank’s mind rages with the Punisher emerging victorious. The Punisher has succeeded in taming the symbiote to make it his newest weapon.

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