Maximum Carnage

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"Maximum Carnage"
Spider-Man Maximum Carnage.jpg
Cover of Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage  (2005), trade paperback collected edition
PublisherMarvel Comics
Publication dateMay – August 1993
The Amazing Spider-Man #378-380
Spider-Man #35-37
The Spectacular Spider-Man #201-203
Spider-Man Unlimited #1-2
Web of Spider-Man #101-103
Main character(s)Spider-Man
Cloak and Dagger
Creative team
Writer(s)Tom DeFalco
J.M. DeMatteis
Terry Kavanagh
David Michelinie
Maximum CarnageISBN 0-7851-0987-0

"Maximum Carnage" is a 14-part comic book crossover published in Marvel Comics' Spider-Man family of titles in 1993. It featured Spider-Man, Venom, and a host of other superheroes teaming up to face Venom's murderous offspring Carnage and his team of supervillains.


Since the alien symbiote to which he was bonded was destroyed during his capture,[1] Cletus Kasady is presumed powerless and jailed at Ravencroft Asylum. However, the symbiote mutated his blood prior to its destruction, enabling Kasady to generate a copy of the symbiote and break out. During his escape, Kasady—again calling himself Carnage—frees fellow inmate Shriek.

Over the course of their ensuing killing spree through New York City, they recruit Doppelganger, Demogoblin, and Carrion. Carnage dubs himself their "father", but in fact they all despise Carnage and stay with the group out of devotion to Shriek. As the death toll increases, Spider-Man, Venom, Captain America, the Black Cat, Nightwatch, Cloak and Dagger, Iron Fist, Deathlok, Morbius the Living Vampire, and Firestar all join the cause of stopping them, but the heroes are polarized between Venom's desire to stop Carnage at all costs and Spider-Man's refusal to use violent methods, and Spider-Man ultimately abandons Venom to Carnage's mercies. In addition, Shriek uses her psychic powers to turn the populace of New York City into a bloodthirsty rabble, allowing the killers to continue their rampage with impunity.

Carnage finally turns on the rest of his gang, and, in the ensuing battle, Shriek is distracted from using her psychic power. Taking advantage of the lull, the heroes acquire a device from Rand Corporation which projects feelings of love and hope into the villains, overwhelming them. Carnage flees, faking his death by covering a victim in a mock symbiote costume, and the others are captured. Once the heroes are dispersed, Carnage ambushes Venom. The device has left Carnage frantic and confused, and Venom pounds him relentlessly before tackling him into an electrical generator. Carnage is knocked senseless and left to be incarcerated.


Original printing[edit]

Part 1: Spider-Man Unlimited #1

Part 2: Web of Spider-Man #101

Part 3: The Amazing Spider-Man #378

Part 4: Spider-Man #35

Part 5: The Spectacular Spider-Man #201

Part 6: Web of Spider-Man #102

Part 7: The Amazing Spider-Man #379

Part 8: Spider-Man #36

Part 9: The Spectacular Spider-Man #202

Part 10: Web of Spider-Man #103

Part 11: The Amazing Spider-Man #380

Part 12: Spider-Man #37

Part 13: The Spectacular Spider-Man #203

Part 14: Spider-Man Unlimited #2

Collected editions[edit]

This arc was collected as a trade paperback in September 1994 (ISBN 0-7851-0038-5), another edition was released in January 2005 (ISBN 0-7851-0987-0). A new edition was released in January 2020.[citation needed]

In other media[edit]

Video games[edit]


  • The wizard mode of Zen Studios' virtual pinball adaptation of the Marvel Comics character Venom is named after the comic book storyline, representing Spider-Man, Venom, Captain America, Deathlok and Dagger's efforts to defeat Carnage.[2][3][4][5]


  • An action figure line was released by Toy Biz to capitalize on the crossover's success. The line featured Spider-Man, Venom, and Carnage.[6]

Theme park[edit]

  • During Halloween Horror Nights 12 at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure, Marvel Super Hero Island was converted into a scarezone based on the story arc, and a full haunted house called Maximum Carnage was created. In this version, Carnage has killed all of the Marvel Superheroes that came after him, resulting in criminal gangs running the streets. Certain items gave the island the appearance that famous superheroes fought (and lost) on the scenery, resulting in their death.


  1. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #363
  2. ^ Zen Studios (9 December 2014). "Venom Pinball trailer". YouTube. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  3. ^ Zen Studios (December 9, 2014). Zen Pinball 2 - Marvel Pinball: Heavy Hitters Pack (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U). Level/area: Venom Pinball Table - Maximum Carnage (prelude). Venom: "Are you thinking what we're thinking, wall-crawler?" Spider-Man: Okay, I'm in, Eddy. Let's take down Kasady together. Just one rule: No killing!"
  4. ^ Zen Studios (December 9, 2014). Zen Pinball 2 - Marvel Pinball: Heavy Hitters Pack (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U). Level/area: Venom Pinball Table - Maximum Carnage (intro). Carnage: "I am the ultimate insanity! I AM CARNAGE!"
  5. ^ Zen Studios (December 9, 2014). Zen Pinball 2 - Marvel Pinball: Heavy Hitters Pack (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U). Level/area: Venom Pinball Table - Maximum Carnage (phase 2). Spider-Man: "We need all hands on deck! Captain America, Dagger and Deathlok, just in time!"
  6. ^ [1]

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