In the Marvel Comic universe, the Venom symbiote used Peter Parker as a host, thus learning Spider-Mans abilities. So when Venom later was hosted by Eddy Brock, they were able to do whatever a spider does - so to speak.

In the game LEGO MARVEL Super Heroes, you can unlock Venom as a playable character. In that game however, Venom has the ability to transform into a Hulk-like figure, similar to the fashion in which Bruce Banner can transform into the Hulk.

Venom transforming into a hulkish figure would imply the venom symbiote inhabiting Bruce Banner at some point.

Which characters did the Venom symbiote infect in the Marvel comic canon? Was Bruce Banner ever host to the Venom symbiote?

Spidey-Venom and Hulk-Venom side by side

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    Venom has inhabited dozens of characters within the various comic (not even to mention the film and TV canons). This stands on the edge of being a "list" question...
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 29, 2015 at 19:34
  • @Richard You are right, I changed the emphasis to Bruce Banner to make it less list-ish. Thanks for the comment! Commented Apr 29, 2015 at 19:36

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Yes, in the What If... comic; "What If the Alien Costume Had Possessed Spider-Man?" we see Venom possessing the Hulk. Note that the outfit worn by Venom/Hulk is basically identical to that seen in the Lego game and could easily have served as the inspiration.

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    Ok... I need to know what happens in that comic.
    – kaine
    Commented May 15, 2015 at 14:33

In the mainstream Marvel continuity (Earth-616), the Venom symbiote has never been bonded to Bruce Banner.

However, in the 2012 Circle of Four storyline, the Venom symbiote was temporarily passed from Flash Thompson to Red Hulk, who was also fused with the Spirit of Vengeance at the time:

Venon/Red Hulk/Ghost Rider

Other continuities

  • In "Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H." (Earth-TRN123), Doctor Octopus created a specially-modified variant of the Venom symbiote, with the intent of creating a "venomized hulk". This variant temporarily possessed Skaar (Hulk's son), She-Hulk, Red Hulk, A-Bomb, and the Hulk himself before being destroyed.
  • The original Venom symbiote possessed Hulk in the Anime Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers
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    Wow. Red Hulk with the powers of the symbiote AND Ghost Rider. Yeah, that's not OP at all.
    – Omegacron
    Commented Apr 30, 2015 at 14:53
  • Hulk was also possessed by a Carnage symbiote in an episode of "Ultimate Spider-Man". Commented Dec 11, 2017 at 21:42

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