Scott Washington as Hybrid. Artwork of the cover of Venom vol 4 #18 (September 2019).
Art by Patrick Zircher and Brian Reber.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceas Scott Washington: The New Warriors #21 (March 1992)
as Hybrid: Venom: Along Came a Spider #1 (Jan. 1996)
Created byScott Washington
Fabian Nicieza (writer)
Mark Bagley (penciller)
Evan Skolnick (writer)
Patrick Zircher (penciller)
In-story information
Alter egoScott Washington
Team affiliationsThe New Warriors
The Guardsmen
AbilitiesAlien symbiote grants:
  • All powers of the predecessor's first human host, Spider-Man
  • Limited shapeshifting and camouflage
  • Symbiote's autonomous defense capabilities
  • Undetectable by Spider-Man's "Spider-sense

Hybrid (Scott Washington) is a fictional anti-hero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Scott Washington first appeared in The New Warriors #21 (March 1992) by writer Fabian Nicieza and penciller Mark Bagley. The Hybrid symbiote first appeared in Venom: Along Came a Spider #1 (Jan. 1996) by writer Evan Skolnick and penciller Patrick Zircher.

Publication history

Created by writer Fabian Nicieza and penciller Mark Bagley, Scott Washington appears in The New Warriors #21 (March 1992), #25-26 and #36. In 1996, he is the main character Hybrid in the back-up stories in two miniseries Venom: Along Came a Spider and Venom: The Hunted, all written by Evan Skolnick.

In 2007, he is mentioned in Civil War: Battle Damage Report #1. Hybrid is also mentioned at the conclusion of the first issue of Carnage U.S.A. (2011), along with Venom, Anti-Venom, Toxin, and Scorn, as being the next option to stop Carnage's rampage in the Mid-west after the Avengers are defeated.[1][2]

He has an entry in All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #5 - 'Gorgon to Jury' (2006) and an entry in The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z HC vol. 05 - 'Guardsmen to Jackal (Warren)' (2008).

Fictional character biography

Scott Washington was an African-American Guardsman involved in guarding and transporting Justice who had been arrested and sentenced to the Vault prison for supervillains.[3]

The Hybrid symbiote is an amalgamation of four symbiotes (Riot, Phage, Lasher and Agony) into a single symbiote entity. The fused symbiote then sought out Washington in the Vault's lab facility. While guarding the symbiotes, Scott realized that they were not evil, not a threat, and the experiments were causing the organism terrible pain, so he let it go.[4] When his superiors discovered that Scott had released the aliens he was supposed to guard, Scott was fired. He returned to the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, the gang-torn neighborhood in which he grew up. Following a basketball court scuffle with the Eazy X gang, Scott and his brother Derek were shot: Derek was killed while Scott became crippled, losing the use of his legs.[5]

The Hybrid symbiote afterwards located and bonded with Scott, which resulted in Scott regaining the ability to walk,[5] and more since Scott has a lot of anger, so often the symbiotes hold him back from acts of violence, not the other way around. Since the Hybrid symbiote was originally four different entities, Scott has to contend with four different voices/personalities in his head besides his own. As Hybrid, Scott got revenge on the Eazy Xs gang that had crippled him.[6] Hybrid began to get a lot of press attention. While most of Hybrid's publicity was positive, The Jury's attention got drawn anyway. Despite Scott and Curtis Elkins (Sentry) being former co-workers, Hybrid would've been executed by these self-appointed guardians of justice just for being a symbiote host but was rescued by the New Warriors. Justice offered membership in the group but Scott declined, citing more important work to do in his home neighborhood.[7]

Scott Washington was considered as a "potential recruit" for the Initiative program.[8]

Scott is hunted down and murdered by Eddie Brock as part of a goal to eliminate the symbiotes' "evil" from Earth.[9] The Hybrid symbiote is later separated into the four symbiotes by a clandestine military group to be used by the U.S. Government.[10]

Powers and abilities

Like Spider-Man and the Venom symbiote, Hybrid has wall-crawling and web-slinging abilities, and can form pseudopodia or tendrils to create snares and bladed weapons. Hybrid also has the ability to camouflage, such as its ability to mimic clothes on the person it has bonded with. It also has a border-line warning sense and can "see" through symbiote itself. Hybrid can also detach a piece of itself to send messages to allies, and can change shape to form a membrane that allows it to glide through the air. The Hybrid symbiote can also absorb various materials and chemicals, such as Spider-Man's synthetic webbing.

Like the Venom and Carnage symbiotes, the Hybrid symbiote has superhuman strength and speed. With Scott Washington as its host, he regained his ability to walk which he had lost during a gang fight. After Washington's death and being forcibly separated, the symbiotes became catatonic and no longer retain sentience.[volume & issue needed]

In other media

Hybrid appears initially as a boss and later as an unlockable character in the Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance.[11]


  1. ^ Carnage U.S.A. #1
  2. ^ Carnage U.S.A., Marvel.com
  3. ^ The New Warriors #21
  4. ^ Evan Skolnick (w), Patrick Zircher (p), Greg Adams (i), "First Touch", Venom: Along Came a Spider #1
  5. ^ a b Evan Skolnick (w), Patrick Zircher (p), Greg Adams (i), "Fusion", Venom: Along Came a Spider #2
  6. ^ Venom: Along Came a Spider #3-4
  7. ^ Venom: The Hunted #1-3
  8. ^ Anthony Flamini, Ronald Byrd (w), Scott Kolins (p), Scott Kolins (i). Civil War: Battle Damage Report, no. 1 (March 2007). Marvel Comics.
  9. ^ Venom vol. 2 #15
  10. ^ Carnage U.S.A. #2-5
  11. ^ "Avengers Alliance Guide". Avengers Alliance Guide. N.p., 22 May 2014. Web. 26 May 2014. <http://www.avengersallianceguide.com/>