- Spider-Man Villains
- Agony aka Leslie
Agony is also known as Screech and
Shriek. She is one of the six symbiote spawns of Venom from the Venom:
Separation Anxiety 4-issue mini-series. She is prominently purple. She
has five symbiote brothers and sisters, including Carnage, and a nephew
Leslie was a mercenary who worked for
a sinister corporation called the Life Foundation. The Foundation was
preparing for the M.A.D. fallout of the Cold War and sought to provide a
comfortable life for their wealthy clients after the impending nuclear
holocaust. The Life Foundation was experimenting with the Venom symbiote
in the hopes of developing superhuman peacekeepers to watch over their
imagined fallout shelter utopia. Leslie was one of two women who were
chosen as hosts for Venom's forcibly-extracted spawn.
defeated by Venom and Spider-Man in
Venom: Lethal Protector, her symbiote artificially aged to dust and her
body apparently destroyed in a massive explosion.
However, the Life Foundation symbiotes survived. Leslie had wanted to be
a hero, but like the other Life Foundation symbiotes was having trouble
controlling her 'other'. This lack of control over the alien inside her
kept resulting in violence. In the miniseries Venom: Separation Anxiety,
Leslie and the others broke Eddie Brock out of prison and kidnapped him
in a last ditch effort to communicate with their alien "others".
Leslie was killed by Scream with a sonic knife. However, before her
death, she showed remorse and regret for her actions.
Leslie before she is killed.What was left of the symbiote combined with
all her sisters and brothers (except Carnage and Scream) to form the new
antihero called Hybrid. His status is unknown.
Agony possesses all the powers the original Venom has, including suit
generated webbing, shape-shifting, super strength and the ability to not
be detected by Spider-Man's "spider-sense". Agony can also use her
metabolism to spit acid, and can absorb chemicals (such as Spider-Man's