Hello people, long-time lurker, first-time poster. I think (hope) I’ve cracked the Venom duo’s alter egos.
1st one is thanks to you guys, and not a brand new theory, but I’m fully behind Dylan being Codex, and feel most readers are overlooking the obvious - that he is a Symbiote codex incarnated as a human. Someone mentioned the similarities between the unmasked Jonboy variant of #27 and the secret tongue variant cover of #7 (Dylan’s first cameo), and if Codex has control over other symbiotes, I think we’ll have our answer. The cover of #29 suggests the two will interact, so I’m interested to see how it plays out.
2nd one is a personal theory I haven’t seen elsewhere - Virus is the as-yet unnamed Jack O’Lantern from Venom #1 (possibly also Donny & Ryan’s secret secret). Venom absolutely batters him - and scars him, pulling out an eye - and he later shows up in the War of the Realms tie-ins looking for revenge, indicating he feels his fight with Venom is personal. He gets a magical upgrade, just to hunt Venom down, but still sticks to his glider (clearly has a personal preference for it) and gets destroyed once again by Eddie.
He repeatedly whines that he’s a nobody, not even a Jack O’Lantern, and is a serial taker-upper of others’ gear, be it magical artefacts, goblin gliders, and seemingly mech suits, with no unique identity of his own (yet) - but is significant enough to be a recurring thorn in Eddie’s side over the course of Cates’ run, and even stars in Venom’s first ever annual, as he recounts how terrifying his encounter with Venom is.
If Virus is indeed this Hack O’Lantern:tm:, then I figure his first cover appearance is Venom #1 2nd Printing, where he lies in sewer water behind Venom, doing his best Nick Fury impression.
Please let me know what you think (and sorry for the essay!)