Carnage (comics)

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Carnage
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Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearance(cameo):
The Amazing Spider-Man #360 (March 1992)
(full):
The Amazing Spider-Man #361 (April 1992)
Created byDavid Michelinie (writer)
Erik Larsen (artist)
Mark Bagley (artist)
In-story information
Alter egoCletus Kasady
John Jameson
Ben Reilly
Silver Surfer
Tanis Nevies
Karl Malus
Norman Osborn
SpeciesKlyntar
Team affiliationsAstonishing Avengers[1]
PartnershipsShriek
Demogoblin
Doppelganger
Carrion
Notable aliasesSpider-Carnage
Carnage Cosmic
Superior Carnage
Red Goblin
Abilities
  • 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"

Carnage is a fictional character, a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #360.[2] Carnage was created by writer David Michelinie and artists Erik Larsen and Mark Bagley. The character belongs to a race of amorphous extraterrestrial parasites known as the Symbiotes. He is usually depicted as an adversary to Spider-Man, as well as serving as the archenemy of Venom. The symbiote has taken many hosts. The original and most notable host from Earth-616 is Cletus Kasady, a serial killer from the Marvel Universe. Norman Osborn and his grandson Normie Osborn have also used the symbiote and have been referred to as the Red Goblin.

In 2009, Carnage was ranked as IGN's 90th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.[3]

Publication history[edit]

Writer David Michelinie created Carnage because he wanted to make a darker version of Venom,[4] intending to have Venom's human alter ego, Eddie Brock, be killed off in The Amazing Spider-Man #400 and have the symbiote continue to bond with a series of hosts. However, as Brock and Venom's popularity increased, Marvel would not allow him to be killed. Michelinie decided to create a new character: a total psychopath who, unlike Venom, had no sense of morality. The character was originally meant to be named "Chaos"[5] and then "Ravage" before being settled on "Carnage". Carnage's human component, Cletus Kasady, was designed by artist Erik Larsen, who modeled the character after the DC Comics supervillain the Joker.[6] Mark Bagley designed the Carnage symbiote.

Cletus Kasady was introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man #344 and first appears as Carnage in issue #361.[7] He is the main villain in the 1993 "Maximum Carnage" crossover, a 14-part storyline crossover that spanned through all the Spider-Man titles. In 1996, two one-shot comics entirely about Carnage were released, entitled Carnage: Mind Bomb and Carnage: It's A Wonderful Life, both of which expand on his character.

After a 2004 appearance in New Avengers the character was presumed dead and was absent from comics for nearly six years. A 2010–2011 limited series titled Carnage featured the return of the symbiote, where it temporarily found a new female host before reuniting with Kasady.[8] The comic was released as a tie-in to the "Big Time" storyline in The Amazing Spider-Man.[9] This was followed by another five-issue limited series titled Carnage U.S.A. and published 2011–2012. Carnage was next seen in the 2012 "Minimum Carnage" crossover storyline between Scarlet Spider vol. 2, Venom vol. 2, and two one-shots titled Minimum Carnage Alpha and Minimum Carnage Omega. The character crosses over with the Superior Spider-Man in the 2013 five-issue limited series called Superior Carnage written by Kevin Shinick.[10]

In 2015, it was announced that Gerry Conway and Mike Perkins would be launching a new Carnage series, starting in November 2015, as part of Marvel's post-Secret Wars relaunch.[11]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Origin[edit]

When Eddie Brock's Venom symbiote soon returned to be bonded again, allowing Venom to escape prison, the symbiote left its offspring in the cell; due to its alien mindset, the symbiote felt no emotional attachment to its offspring, regarding it as insignificant, and thus never communicated its existence to Brock via their telepathic link. The new symbiote then bonded with Brock’s cellmate Cletus Kasady, transforming him into Carnage.[12] The bond between the Carnage symbiote and Kasady was stronger than the bond between Brock and the Venom symbiote. As a result, Carnage is far more violent, powerful, and deadly than Venom.[13] He escaped prison,[14] and began a series of murders, and at the scene of each crime, wrote "Carnage" on the walls with his own blood. He was found by Spider-Man in Kasady's old orphanage, but Spider-Man proved to be no match for Carnage's powers and uncontrollable rage. In desperation, Spider-Man made a truce with Venom to fight Carnage.[15] The Carnage symbiote was defeated and apparently destroyed with sonic weaponry, but unbeknownst to them the symbiote’s deeper equilibrium with its host helped to save it. After entering Kasady’s body through a small cut, it bonded to his blood (which caused its red coloration).[16]

Venom vs. Carnage[edit]

When a videogame is created starring Carnage, the black symbiote breaks out of confinement by somehow going through the computer monitor. After causing havok at Ravencroft he attacks Venom, who manages to defeat him and return him to Ravencroft Institute.[17]

Bonding with John Jameson[edit]

Though bonded to Kasady's bloodstream the symbiote found a way to ditch its host by travelling through the Ravencroft Institute's water pipes overwhelming Ravencroft's chief, John Jameson. Carnage used him to commit further murders before eventually bonding with Spider-man, who was Ben Reilly at the time.[18]

Spider-Carnage[edit]

It eventually transferred itself to Spider-Man—Ben Reilly at the time—when Ben bonded with it in order to prevent it from hurting any innocent people, creating Spider-Carnage. Ben's willpower held out against the symbiote's murderous desires long enough for him to return it to Ravencroft. Reilly subsequently attempted to destroy the symbiote by subjecting himself to a potentially lethal blast of microwaves, but it escaped back to Kasady after the microwaves forced it to separate from him.[18]

Carnage Cosmic[edit]

During a subsequent rampage, the Carnage symbiote briefly attempted to take control of the Silver Surfer, who was visiting Earth at the time to welcome the Fantastic Four after their return to life following the battle with Onslaught. As it turned out, Galactus had consumed a planet that many Symbiotes lived on, and the species had made it a race memory so that each future Symbiote could remember it, as well as the Surfer who had been Galactus's herald at the time. Upon seeing the Silver Surfer, the Carnage Symbiote abandoned Kasady and bonded with the Silver Surfer, becoming the Carnage Cosmic. Spider-Man and the Surfer managed to return the Symbiote to Kasady, who was dying from stomach cancer, and then the Silver Surfer proceeded to seal both host and Symbiote in an unbreakable prison in an attempt to force him to reflect on his sins for eternity.[19]

Venom Victorious[edit]

Having tracked Kasady to a prison specially designed to hold him, Venom eventually reabsorbs the Carnage symbiote into his own body "for good" by eating it.

Symbiotic Resurrection[edit]

Kasady escaped from prison and was chased by Spider-Man before the two were sucked into the Negative Zone. Spider-Man teams up with a Negative Zone hero named Dusk (comics) while Kasady teamed up with a villain named Blaastar who was bent on destroying the world. While in the Negative Zone, Kasady found another Symbiote who he bonded with, which allowed the few remains of the Carnage symbiote inside of Cletus to absorb it and resurrect itself in the process to once again become Carnage.[20]

Toxin[edit]

Eventually, the Carnage symbiote reproduces, with Kasady implanting a spawn of it into Patrick "Paddy" Mulligan, an Irish-American police officer who was recently married and expecting a child. Mulligan became Toxin—who single-handedly overpowered both Venom and Carnage. Nevertheless, Mulligan remained determined to use his new-found powers for good—learning as much as he can from Spider-Man—while leaving behind his wife and newborn son in order to protect them from danger.[21]

Breakout[edit]

Carnage is one of several supervillains trying to escape from The Raft.[22] Sentry flies Carnage outside the Earth's atmosphere and rips him in two.

Family Feud[edit]

It is later discovered that, although the host was presumably killed, the symbiote survived by becoming dormant and returned to Earth. The Doppelganger and Shriek return, hoping to repair the symbiote.[23] Using the properties of the symbiote, Michael Hall, a competitor of Tony Stark, creates prosthetic limbs and exo-suits which respond in the same ways as a symbiote. One such person, Dr. Tanis Nieves, is outfitted with one of these prosthetic arms after she is caught in an attack by the Doppelganger. When near the symbiote, her arm goes wild and forces her to kill several scientists before the symbiote forcefully bonds to her, becoming the new Carnage.[23] After the symbiote uses Tanis to break into a Hall Corporation facility, it is revealed that Kasady is alive (although both of his legs have been severed), his body preserved by the symbiote and repaired by Hall's prosthetics.[23] Kasady reclaims the symbiote and becomes Carnage once more, attempting to avenge his captivity while Spider-Man and Iron Man struggle to stop him. It is then revealed that Carnage is once again pregnant, and the suit's spawn briefly bonds to Shriek before being torn from her. Scared of Shriek's malice, the symbiote arm then bonds to Tanis, creating a new hero, Scorn, who defeats Shriek and forces her to use her sonic shriek to weaken Carnage for Spider-Man and Iron Man. Carnage, however, escapes with the Doppelganger and swears to make a bloody comeback.[23]

Carnage USA[edit]

In the aftermath of his return, Carnage sets off west to Doverton, Colorado.[24] He bonds most of the town to copies of his symbiote. Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hawkeye and the Thing attempt to defeat him but all except Spider-Man are bonded to copies. With the Avengers team compromised and Spider-Man out of communication, they send in another team consisted of symbiote-enhanced special forces. Dr. Tanis Nieves as Scorn goes along with the separated parts of Hybrid which make up Agony, Phage, Riot, and Lasher, but they are heavily outnumbered since Carnage controls the entire town. Captain America breaks free of his hold long enough to make an emergency call for back up to none other than Venom. Flash Thompson in the Venom symbiote sets off to Colorado to kill Carnage. The enhanced special forces keep fighting but Carnage sends the controlled Avengers after them, that was when Spider-Man comes with the unaffected residents of the town. The melee is particularly fierce when Venom intervenes with sonic rounds. Venom is about to kill Carnage with a gun in the mouth but Spider-Man stops him. Before Venom or Carnage can recover, Scorn uses a construction vehicle to carry the two to a device she built. She reveals that her device is meant to permanently remove the bonds from Carnage and Venom, but the hosts are still in there, leaving Kasady alone with a legless Flash Thompson. After the symbiotes fighting with themselves and the Avengers team, Venom finds its way back to Flash Thompson while Scorn is able to capture and contain the Carnage symbiote. The series ends with Kasady being captured and dragged into the back of a prison vehicle.[25]

Minimum Carnage[edit]

Carnage escapes prison yet again with the help of microns. Agent Venom is sent to the prison and discovers Kasady has escaped. Carnage flees to Houston, Texas and causes havoc, attracting the attention of the Scarlet Spider. Carnage takes the scientist Dr. Ketola, an expert in inter-dimensional transportation, as a hostage and escapes into the Microverse.[26] He is defeated by Venom and Scarlet Spider, who use a sonic bomb from the Microverse to temporarily separate Kasady from the symbiote. Scarlet Spider then impales Kasady through the eye, lobotomizing him. Carnage goes into a catatonic state: The symbiote is keeping his body alive, similar to a life-support system, but Kasady's brain and mind are believed to be irreparably damaged, leaving the symbiote in control.[27]

Superior Carnage[edit]

Kasady, now lobotomized, later broken out of prison by the Wizard and Klaw, who intend to recruit him into the Frightful Four and turn him into their own version of Venom. Carnage breaks free from Wizard's control and nearly kills him, but is subdued by Klaw. Taking Carnage into their hideout, Wizard tries to take control of Kasady's mind, but fails due to it being too damaged. Wizard then transfers the Symbiote to Dr. Karl Malus. Dr. Malus was enraged and under the influences of the Symbiote tried to kill his teammates, but he was subdued by Klaw and controlled by Wizard, who renames him "Superior Carnage" and equips him with weapons.[28]

Malus tells Klaw not to be fooled as while he is forced to obey the Wizard, if his control slips the Symbiote will take control and turn against them. After taking all the weapons and starting to move to the city hall, Wizard blows up the hideout with Kasady still inside, seemingly killing him. While storming the city hall, Superior Carnage states that Kasady was a fool who wasted so much time on chaos while there was much more to be accomplished with a little focus. However, when Wizard's control slips for a moment Carnage begins to revert to his original form until Wizard regains himself.[28]

The trio are confronted by the Superior Spider-Man and during their battle the Wizard loses his control over Carnage and he is fatally injured once Spider-Man accidentally drops him due to the shock of finding out Wizard read his mind and knows about Otto Octvaius. Carnage, now free, goes on a rampage and starts to kill anyone in front of him. Klaw tries to stop him, but due to his weapon being damaged he fails and realizes that the only way is for the Wizard to take back control. Both Carnage and Klaw make their way outside. Carnage fights the Superior Spider-Man and admits that although he liked using weapons, for him ripping and slashing the bodies is better. Klaw tries to get the Wizard to control Carnage again, but is killed by Carnage and the explosion separates the Symbiote from its host, only to bond with the injured Wizard. Ultimately, Spider-Man brings out Kasady's body to successfully draw the symbiote into it, which immediately devours Dr. Malus and then prepares to finish off the Wizard. However, Klaw ephemeral spirit focuses his sound manipulation powers one last time for a split second to create a powerful sonic blast that disables Carnage, allowing the symbiote to be recaptured. In the epilogue it is shown that the symbiote has managed to repair the Wizard's and Kasady's brain damage, followed by Kasady writing "CARNAGE RULES" on his cell wall.[28]

A piece of the symbiote (which had died in captivity) escapes containment and sets out in search of Kasady, who is bedridden due to having been stabbed by a fellow prison inmate. A doctor, anticipating that the symbiote will come seeking Kasady, smothers the killer in the infirmary, wanting the alien for himself. When the symbiote breaks into the facility, the doctor offers himself to the creature, but it rejects him, and returns to Kasady after resuscitating him. Carnage proceeds to asphyxiate the doctor, rampage through the prison, and escape.[29]

Deadpool vs. Carnage[edit]

Much later, Carnage clashed with Deadpool believing it was his own destiny to hunt Carnage.[30] When Carnage tore Deadpool to pieces, Deadpool bonded with the four symbiotes Phage, Riot, Lasher, and Agony.[31] Bonded with the four symbiotes, Deadpool tricked Shriek into thinking she killed Carnage. After that, Deadpool tricked Carnage by forcing Shriek to impersonate Deadpool and Carnage wounded Shriek in the process. Afterwards, Carnage, now broken that he almost killed Shriek, allows himself to be arrested by authorities and placed in an unlocked cell, Carnage vowed revenge against Deadpool for tricking him.[32]

AXIS[edit]

During the AXIS storyline, Magneto starts to recruit villains in order to combat the Red Onslaught. He manages to convince Carnage by saying he'll cause more chaos by becoming a savior and so Carnage agrees. When he sees Deadpool he tells him that they are "going to have words after this".[33]

During the battle with Red Onslaught, Doctor Doom and the Scarlet Witch cast a spell which alters the moralities of almost everyone present, Carnage included. Filled with the irresistible urge to be a hero, Carnage returns to New York and goes around "saving" people, largely oblivious to the fact that he is causing more harm than good.[34] This is proven when Spider-Man finds that Carnage had saved a family from Squid and his gang, the Tentacles.[35] At the same time, a new Sin-Eater is murdering journalists, which unscrupulous reporter Alice Gleason uses to try and boost her popularity by feigning severe distress over the killings. Believing Alice's crocodile tears and convinced that she is a kindhearted and empathic person, Carnage rescues her from Sin-Eater and abducts her with the intent of having Alice teach him how to be "a great hero".[34] However, after Carnage defeats Sin-Eater by overloading his foe with all his old sins, Alice turns on Carnage and convinces the police that he has been attacking her, but the inverted Carnage simply concludes that she is teaching him that a true hero must be alone to protect others and swings away.[36]

Faced with the threat of the morally-inverted Avengers seeking to enforce their power and the inverted X-Men working with Apocalypse to take control of Manhattan, Spider-Man and the aged Steve Rogers are forced to work with Magneto and the "Astonishing Avengers" of Carnage and the other inverted villains.[37] Although unable to destroy the X-Men's gene-bomb, which would have killed all humans in the blast radius, Carnage sacrifices himself to contain the blast with his own symbiote, Spider-Man describing Kasady's sacrifice as the worst man he ever knew doing the most noble thing he'd ever seen.[38] With the crisis concluded, Peter Parker sets out to create a gold-and-rhinestone memorial to Carnage as he promised Kasady he would before his sacrifice. After the heroes and villains are inverted, a videotape is released in which the Astonishing Avengers—with Carnage as their "spokesman"—proclaim themselves to be the "Axis of Evil", taking responsibility for the Avengers' and the X-Men's actions during the inversion at the cost of their own brief time as heroes.[39]

Post-AXIS[edit]

However, Kasady was somehow able to cheat death again, though he lost the lower half of his body in the process, and went to Carefree, Arizona, to pay a visit to a new friend he made during the time he was inverted,[40] a friend he was willing to "help", Sam Alexander aka Nova. Kasady left a message signaling his return in the form of murdering a random bystander whom he had asked where to find the boy as proof that he was reverted to his more natural moral axis.[41]

After learning that Sam's mother works at a local diner, Kasady took her hostage there in order to get his attention, but, tired of waiting, Kasady decided to kill her. Nova arrived before he could do so and took him away from the diner to an empty area in order not to hurt anyone. While fighting, Nova tried to convince him that he wasn't Sam Alexander, but the maniac didn't believe him. After being wounded by the Nova Force, Kasady fled in order to let his symbiote heal him as the police arrived. In the next day, already healed from his burns, Kasady attacked Sam again, this time at his school.[42]

While attacking Sam at school, Carnage saw Nova flying around the area, thus making it impossible for the boy to be Nova (unbeknownst to him, that was Sam's mother wearing his helmet). Enraged, Carnage followed the false Nova, but lost sight of her. He then started to attack innocent people to try to get Nova's attention, which he got. A new battle ensued between them both. Carnage was taken by Nova to the sky and then punched him into the parking lot below, the impact setting off the cars' alarms, dizzying Kasady and his symbiote. Kasady was then thrown by Nova, who had already realized Carnage's weakness to high sounds, into an Anthrax (a heavy metal band which Kasady was a fan of) show nearby. As the symbiote screamed in pain, Kasady fled from there to the road, but was attacked by Nova again. He threw a car at Nova, who caught it midair, and took advantage of it to punch him. Ready to finish off his opponent, Carnage was hit by a truck. He was then tied in metal plates by Nova and left by his symbiote as he revealed he wanted to kill Nova because he wanted to erase any memory of his good deeds, from the time he had his moral axis inverted, from anyone who remembered it. He was left by Sam in Ryker's Island.[43]

Red Goblin[edit]

Following Hydra's coup of America, the Carnage symbiote was stolen from an old S.H.I.E.L.D. storehouse by the then-powerless Norman Osborn.[44] He initially found himself overwhelmed by the symbiote's desire for mindless slaughter when he allowed it to merge with him,[45] but he has been able to 'persuade' the symbiote to let him take control of Carnage's powers to show it something other than 'boring' mindless slaughter.[46] Using this combination of powers during the "Go Down Swinging" storyline, Norman is easily able to tear through Human Torch, Clash, Silk, Miles Morales, and Agent Anti-Venom, with the combination of the symbiote and the Goblin serum rendering Carnage immune to its traditional weaknesses, eventually transferring part of the symbiote to his grandson Normie enough to turn him into a miniature version of Red Goblin.[47] The Carnage symbiote is seemingly destroyed by Spider-Man when he hits it with an exploding gas tank, however, because the symbiote was attached to Norman when Peter destroyed it, he wonders what sort of effect that might have had on his old foe's mind. Later as Spider-Man visits Norman in Ravencroft, it's revealed that Norman's mind appears to have been completely fried and now believes that Spider-Man is actually Norman Osborn and he is Cletus Kassidy. It's not clear whether or not he's faking it or if he had actually lost his mind. Meanwhile, Harry manages to remove the Carnage symbiote from Normie. Not all of it has gone.[48]

Powers and abilities[edit]

As Eddie Brock explained,[49] the Carnage symbiote was born with abilities even more singular than those of its progenitor—due to the fact that it gestated in an environment alien to it—Earth. The alien symbiote endows Kasady with physical strength greater than that of Spider-Man and Venom combined[49] and shape-shifting abilities, allows him to project a web-like substance from any part of his body including the formation of weapons, and enables him to plant thoughts into a person's head using a symbiote tendril.[50] Much like Spider-Man, Kasady has the ability to cling to virtually any surface, and has a version of Spider-Man's spider-sense, as the symbiote can relay information to him from any angle and grants Kasady the ability to "see" in any direction, warning him of incoming threats.[15][51] He can rapidly crawl, walk, or run across even slick surfaces. The Carnage symbiote has abilities similar to that of Spider-Man as a direct result of the Venom symbiote's first host, Peter Parker, who transferred some of Spider-Man's power into the symbiote.

He is able to regenerate damaged body tissues much faster and more extensively than that of an ordinary human. This has been shown as powerful enough to allow him to regenerate from decapitation.[52][53] However, after being torn in half by the Sentry, he was fitted with artificial legs, but this occurred while he was separated from the symbiote.[23] Kasady is also immune to the effects of all Earthly diseases and infections as long as he remains bonded with the symbiote. Like Venom, the symbiote is vulnerable to sound (to a much smaller degree than Venom) and heat (to a much larger degree than Venom),[54] and is undetectable to Spider-Man's spider-sense. Unlike Venom, Carnage can launch parts of his symbiote at enemies in the form of solid weapons such as darts, spears, knives, axes, etc., although they disintegrate into dust within ten seconds of leaving Carnage's body.[15] Carnage also has the unique ability to warp his appendages into different arms, legs, and even wings. This is shown on several occasions when Carnage mutates his fingers and arms into what look like large swords.

Kasady has full control over the size, shape, color (usually red and black), texture, and hardness of his symbiote (and any part thereof). Like Venom, he can make his symbiote look like normal clothing (which he has done on rare occasion), or act as "camouflage". With the symbiote bonded to his bloodstream, he can "regenerate" his costume from scratch simply by bleeding. His symbiote has the peculiar ability to block its parent's (Venom's) ability to sense and track it.[54] The symbiote is also able to rapidly adapt to new environments: when Kasady was taken into space by the Sentry,[55] the Carnage symbiote was able to save his life by growing small sacks around his mouth that converted carbon dioxide into oxygen, allowing Kasady to stay alive long enough for him to be recovered.[23]

In some interpretations, the Carnage symbiote is vampiric, feeding on and thus endangering his victims by only a mere touch.[55] The symbiote has also shown the ability to call parts of itself back to the main symbiote, reintegrating them. It can also send irresistible commands to parts of itself that are in technology; these were used to break the bones of the Iron Rangers when they challenged Carnage while wearing symbiote-enhanced technological exo-suits. Using these last two abilities, Carnage absorbed the five Iron Rangers, grew to an enormous size, and became blue.[23]

Finally, Carnage's powers have always been abnormally enhanced from the maniacal will and insane worldview that Kasady has had from the age of 8 years old.[56] Kasady sees chaos and random, undirected violence as reality, and considers order and virtue to be illusions.[57] He takes an almost artistic pride in his mayhem,[19] likes to leave a trail for others to follow (usually leaving the phrase "Carnage Rules" written in his own blood), and is recklessly willing to take on the most dangerous and powerful opponents and victims.[57] On rare occasions, however, he has deliberately spared individuals to serve as witnesses for others: for instance, Joe Robertson's wife Martha during Savage Rebirth.[58] Kasady is essentially taking revenge on the whole world for the torments, both real and imagined, of his childhood.[56][59]

When the Carnage symbiote was joined with Norman Osborn, the resulting combination was immune to traditional symbiote weaknesses of sound and fire, although Anti-Venom's touch was still dangerous.

Other versions[edit]

Exiles[edit]

The Earth-15 psychotic Peter Parker and Carnage combine to become the "Spider", and becomes a member of Weapon X in Exiles.[60]

MC2[edit]

In the MC2 future timeline, Carnage bonds with Spider-Girl's friend, Moose Mansfied.[61] He also infects Spider-Girl's little brother, turning him into a miniature version of himself. Spider-Girl uses the sonic blasters of the villain Reverb to destroy all traces of the symbiote.

In a later timeline, samples of the symbiote are used to create "Biopreds", living weapons that the government use to try to stop Mayhem, Spider-Girl's part-symbiote clone, who, after killing the real Spider-Girl, became a murderous vigilante, eventually killing the hero American Dream. The Biopreds run wild, however, decimating the world and its defenders. Mayhem, seeing the error of her ways, goes back in time and sacrifices herself to stop her past self from killing Spider-Girl, ensuring the events that led to the Biopreds' creation never occurred.[62]

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

The Ultimate Marvel version of Carnage is a self-regenerating vampiric organism. This version is created from DNA samples of both Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and the Lizard, and combined with samples from Richard Parker's symbiotic suit research. When first introduced, the organism was a blob of instinct, with no intelligence or self-awareness, with its only aim to feed on the DNA of others, including Gwen Stacy, to stabilize itself. After feeding on multiple people, Carnage turns into a damaged form of Richard. Carnage and Peter battle to which Peter throws Carnage into a fire factor steel chimney, killing the beast. But before its death, the organism splintered into a replica of Gwen's form.[63][64]

Venomverse[edit]

When Venom and Eddie Brock from Prime Earth were recruited into a war between lethal protectors from across the multiverse and the symbiote-eating Poisons, the Venoms from the multiverse were on the ropes until Eddie had the bright idea to recruit the psychopath Carnage to their side. They summoned a Carnage that hailed from a world where he had succeeded in killing Venom, and while he was volatile at first, engaging in battle with the Resistance, when he realized he had the opportunity to fight "a buncha messed-up super-heroes" he decided to join the Venoms.[65] For some reason, Carnage was immune to the Poisons, and he helped tip the scales in their favor as one last ditch suicide run and was left for dead alongside Poison Deadpool, and was seemingly killed when the Hive's ship was destroyed, after the heroes were sent back to their respective dimensions.[66]

Intercompany crossover[edit]

Spider-Man and Batman: Disordered Minds[edit]

Amalgam Comics[edit]

Carnage was also used in DC and Marvel's Amalgam Comics, where he was amalgamated with Bizarro into Bizarnage, an adversary of Spider-Boy who appeared in his only issue.[67][68]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • The Carnage symbiote appeared in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, with Cletus Kasady voiced by Scott Cleverdon and Spider-Carnage voiced by Christopher Daniel Barnes. This original depiction appeared in the episodes "Venom Returns", "Carnage" and "The Haunting of Mary Jane Watson". In the series finale, the Carnage symbiote bonds with an alternate version of Spider-Man to be Spider-Carnage, thus Spider-Men from different dimensions undertake a mission to stop the omnicidal supervillain.
  • The Cletus Kasady version of Carnage appeared in Spider-Man Unlimited, voiced by Michael Donovan.[69]
  • The Carnage symbiote was originally slated to appear if The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series had been renewed for a third season.[70]
  • Two variants of the Carnage symbiote appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon series,[71][72] voiced by Dee Bradley Baker (in "Carnage" and "Symbiote Saga" [Pt. 1]),[73] and by Fred Tatasciore (in "Symbiote Saga" [Pt. 2 and Pt. 3]).[74] The first version is a mutated form of the Venom symbiote that makes screeching noises, has a spikey tongue, and can turn his body spiky. In his self-titled episode "Carnage", the original form is created when the Green Goblin injects Peter Parker with a symbiote sample to be a perfect Venom but Peter's spider cells makes the organism unstable and imperfect. With Peter as his host, Carnage is sent by the Goblin to eliminate Spider-Man; the Goblin, while approving of this new 'son', didn't know Spider-Man and Peter are the same individual. Carnage attacks Nick Fury and the S.H.I.E.L.D. Trainees, fighting through Spider-Man's allies but stops when Harry Osborn absorbs the symbiote to free Peter while Venom's form returns which leaves Carnage inactive. The second iteration later appears in Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister Six as a completely different creature.[75] The organism is the main focus in the three-part "Symbiote Saga" as a weaponized armor for HYDRA. This version is created by Michael Morbius from a symbiote sample forcibly taken from Agent Venom. After being injected with Doctor Octopus's vampire bat DNA serum, Morbius retaliates by throwing the new symbiote on Doc Ock. Spider-Man and Flash Thompson then fight Carnage-Ock until Spider-Man uses a sound device, resulting in separation which also neutralized its host's nanites. Carnage then turns into his familiar form with a red-and-black hybrid look with black teeth, speaking and acting on its own, no longer needing a host to cause chaos. Carnage fights with Spider-Man and then Agent Venom, tricking the two young heroes into exploding himself so that the civilians below can become infected by the symbiote's fragments. The fragmented symbiote possess every civilian in Manhattan (including J. Jonah Jameson, the Hulk and Shriek). Spider-Man works with Captain America and S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy to fight Carnage-Hulk and various other hosts as the Carnage-possessed civilians causes Anti-Venom's reawakening from Oscorp. While Mary Jane Watson (via Midtown High) uses Daily Bugle Communications' network to help innocent civilians, Spider-Man manages to gets Anti-Venom atop Carnage's 'heart' where Harry sacrifices the Anti-Venom symbiote to undo Carnage's control over everyone. However, Carnage reassembles into a giant creature that Spider-Man and Agent Venom fight, resulting in the creature enveloping Midtown High. Now a hive in Midtown High, Carnage's forms (miniature versions, Spider-like creatures and wasps-like creatures) are fought by Spider-Man, Agent Venom and the Patrioteer fight before having a deadly encounter with the Carnage Queen (voiced by Tara Strong[76]). Morbius and Crossbones plan to use deactivated HYDRA missiles confiscated by S.H.I.E.L.D. below Midtown High to send symbiote drones to every city in the world. After Crossbones's escape and Morbius's defeat, Mary Jane overcomes Carnage's control and Flash deactivates the symbiote missiles. "The Spider-Slayers" revealed Mary Jane embraces the Carnage symbiote within and assumes the Spider-Woman identity (referenced as Spider-MJ) thanks to Dr. Connors's experiment which help control the organism completely.
  • The Carnage symbiote appears in the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series.[77] This version is created by Thanos during an experiment with the symbiotes, genetically modified to be obedient to the Titan and enable to control all other symbiotes and their hosts. In the episodes "Back in the New York Groove" and "Drive My Carnage", the Carnage symbiote freed Thanos after Thanos gets buried under Manhattan and bonded with the Titan to commence spreading itself across the city before Carnage is destroyed by the Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man.

Film[edit]

  • Cletus Kasady appears in a post-credits scene of the 2018 film Venom, played by Woody Harrelson.[78][79] In the scene, Kasady is visited by Eddie Brock for an interview in prison, and Kasady proclaims, “When I get outta here,and I will,there's gonna be Carnage”. Harrelson has stated since then that Kasady will be having a major role in the film's sequel, having been unable to read its script until signing for the first film.[80]

Video games[edit]

  • Carnage (Cletus Kasady) is a boss character in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (1992), Spider-Man/X-Men: Arcade's Revenge, The Amazing Spider-Man: Lethal Foes, and Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage and its sequel Venom/Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety.
  • Carnage (Cletus Kasady) is the final boss in the 2000 Spider-Man video game, voiced by Dee Bradley Baker. After Spider-Man defeats Carnage, the symbiote leaves Kasady and attaches itself to Doc Ock, turning into the Monster-Ock. It destroys much of the underwater base when chasing Spider-Man. When the base explodes, the symbiote protects Doc Ock from harm before detaching itself and retreating back into the collapsing facility.
  • The Ultimate Marvel iteration of Carnage appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man video game. This version are micro-symbiotes injected into Peter Parker by Adrian Toomes. The organism breaks free and fights Venom. After being defeated, Venom absorbs the Carnage symbiote into himself, giving Venom complete control over the suit.
  • Carnage (Cletus Kasady) is a playable character in the PSP version of Spider-Man: Friend or Foe, voiced by Fred Tatasciore.
  • Carnage (Cletus Kasady) is a playable character in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, voiced again by Fred Tatasciore.[citation needed] The character is featured on Vicarious Visions (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, later also PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC) versions of the game, and originally available for download and is the first downloadable content character outside of the six characters to be featured in an updated version for the PS3 and Xbox 360.[81] The DLC pack was at first removed but became available once more until December 2010.[citation needed] The DLC also includes an extra mission where the player fights Carnage after fighting several other bosses from the game.[citation needed]
  • The Ultimate Marvel iteration of Carnage appears as a villain in the final Ultimate segment in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions,[82] voiced again by Fred Tatasciore.[citation needed] Derived from Spider-Man's DNA and the Venom symbiote, Carnage has been captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. and brought to the Triskelion, along with a fragment from the Tablet of Order and Chaos. S.H.I.E.L.D. began experimenting on Carnage and the fragment, combining them in hopes of creating a new kind of energy. Carnage absorbs the fragment and escapes containment, draining everyone coming across of energy and using the power of the tablet to reanimate them as mindless zombies (which slowly mutate into symbiote creatures like himself). Spider-Man pursues Carnage throughout the burning ruins of the Triskelion, dealing with the villain's spawn and Spider-Slayers armed with flamethrowers (which identify Spider-Man as a threat due to his use of the symbiote-based Black Suit). Cornering his target on the highest floor of the Triskelion and gaining the assistance of some reprogrammed Spider-Slayers, Spider-Man defeats Carnage and retrieves the final fragment, leaving the creature pinned under rubble. During the credits, Carnage is shown posing for pictures in prison.
  • Carnage (Cletus Kasady) appears in Lego Marvel Super Heroes,[83] as a playable character, voiced by Dave Boat.[citation needed]
  • Carnage (Cletus Kasady) appears in the 2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game, voiced by David Agranov.
  • Carnage (Cletus Kasady) has been announced to appear as a boss in the Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance.[citation needed]
  • Carnage (Cletus Kasady) appears as a playable character in Marvel Super Hero Squad Online, voiced by David Sobolov.[citation needed]
  • Carnage (Cletus Kasady) appears as a team-up character in the online MMOARPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Action Role-playing Game) Marvel Heroes 2015, with Dee Bradley Baker reprising his role from 2000's Spider-Man game and the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon series.[84]
  • Carnage (Cletus Kasady) appears as a playable character in Marvel: Future Fight.[citation needed]
  • Carnage (Cletus Kasady) is a playable character in the match-three mobile game Marvel Puzzle Quest. He was added to the game in June 2015.[85]
  • Both Cletus Kassady's incarnation of Carnage, and Ben Reilly's Spider-Carnage appear as playable characters in the mobile game Spider-Man Unlimited.[citation needed] Kassady is also a boss in the Symbiote Dimensions event.
  • Carnage (Cletus Kasady) appears as a playable character in Marvel: Contest of Champions.[86]
  • Carnage (Cletus Kasady) appears as a playable character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2.[87] When Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, Spider-Gwen, and Spider-Man 2099 break into Alchemax, they start to fight scientists who have become possessed by the Symbiotes of both Carnage and Venom. Later, Green Goblin 2099 uses one shard of the Nexus of All Realities to fuse the Venom symbiote and the Carnage symbiote into a new creature, dubbed "Carnom" by Spider-Man, who is being controlled by the Goblin himself. Carnom fights and is defeated by the heroes. As they claim the shard, Carnom start chasing after Goblin 2099 in retaliation for its abuse.[88] Carnom is also one of the playable characters of the game as well.[89] A bonus mission narrated by Gwenpool had Carnage and Venom working together to escape from Dr. Curt Connors at Oscorp.

Attractions[edit]

During the 2002 Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure featured a haunted maze entitled "Maximum Carnage". The maze was designed to be a trip through Carnage's hideout and contained all his henchmen and the bloody remains of various Marvel superheroes. The house was located at Marvel Super Hero Island under the scarezone "Island Under Siege". Carnage also was the icon chosen to represent that specific island for the event, as he killed all of the superheroes and took over the "island", allowing criminals, gangbangers, and villains to roam free with no regards to law and order. The event's main icon, "The Caretaker", chose him based on his disregard for life and desire to see total chaos.[90][91]

Music[edit]

The song "Carnage Rules" by Green Jellÿ, which is featured as the first song on their album 333, is written about the character and is used as the theme song for the Maximum Carnage video game.[citation needed]

Theater[edit]

Carnage (Cletus Kasady) appears in the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark musical as a member of the Sinister Six and is played by Collin Baja.[92]

Collected solo series[edit]

Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
Carnage Vol. 1: The One That Got Away Carnage Issues# 1-5, All-New, All-Different Point One #1 (Carnage story) May 10, 2016 978-0785196341
Carnage Vol. 2: World Tour Carnage Issues# 6-10 November 8, 2016 978-0785196358
Carnage Vol. 3: What Dwells Beneath Carnage Issues# 11-16 May 9, 2017 978-1302902964

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