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Abandoned Love: Black Cat’s Short Memory When It Comes to Venom and Carnage

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Abandoned Love: Black Cat’s Short Memory When It Comes to Venom and Carnage

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without explaining that the previous story was retconned away. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Based on a suggestion from reader John C., we look at how Black Cat had a bizarrely short memory when it came to Venom and Carnage…

Black Cat first encountered Venom in Amazing Spider-Man #316 (by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane). It did not go well for her…

You have to love the extra bit where she finds out Spider-Man’s married for the first time at that moment. Ouch.

So anyhow, a few years later, during Maximum Carnage (specifically Spider-Man #35, by Howard Mackie, Tom Lyle and Scott Hanna), Venom offers to team-up with Spider-Man to take down Carnage and his crew. Black Cat tries to convince Spider-Man that he has to do it…

He initially wavers, but she ends up joining up with Venom herself…

(Spider-Man eventually joined in)

Black Cat fights alongside Spider-Man and Venom against Carnage for the rest of the storyline.

And yet…in 2004’s Venom vs. Carnage…well, go to the next page and see what’s what…

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