With the box office success of Venom still on everyone's mind, it's pretty much assured that there will be a sequel. Those who have seen the film and stayed for the mid-credits scene know what will likely be coming in the next Venom film: Carnage. The film version of psychotic criminal Cletus Kasady (played by Woody Harrelson) is introduced speaking with Eddie Brock in prison. He promises that when he gets out, "there will be carnage." In preparation for this eventual appearance of Carnage in a feature film, there are some things that Venom fans should know about Carnage going into it. Carnage may be a symbiote that is born from Venom, but the two of them are vastly different in their abilities and their attitudes.
Carnage was created in 1992 as a darker version of Venom. While he was originally supposed to be a replacement for the character, it was decided that the two symbiotes would exist together. Unlike Venom, Carnage has no moral compass whatsoever. He is the epitome of evil and lives only to torment and hurt people. That makes him a great villain, and when he shows up on the big screen, he is most likely going to be scary. Even Venom knows that Carnage is much stronger than he is. Carnage constantly represents a major threat to Spider-Man and other Marvel heroes. Even though he has been apprehended or stopped multiple times, he always finds a way to come back. These are 20 things any Venom fan should know about Carnage.
20 ABLE TO PUT THOUGHTS IN PEOPLE'S HEADS
Carnage has always been crazy, but no one really knew just how insane and scary he was, even before bonding with a symbiote until the one-shot issue "Carnage: Mind Bomb." In "Mind Bomb," Carnage is tracked down to his hideout in Ravencroft by military psychiatric specialist Matthew Kurtz. In a long interview, we learn a lot about Carnage, including a new ability.
Though Cletus Kasady is separated from his symbiote at the beginning of their talk, the two are quickly reunited. Carnage then takes control of the situation and uses one of his tendrils to drill into Kurtz's brain. It is then that he shows Kurtz his vile thoughts, revealing his "unique" worldview.
19 ABLE TO LAUNCH HIS OWN PROJECTILES
Symbiotes give their hosts a variety of different abilities. While Venom and Carnage both have similar abilities, owing to their previous bonding with Spider-Man, there are things that Carnage can do that Venom cannot. For example, Carnage is able to launch pieces of himself through the air as projectile weapons.
This ability is first demonstrated in Amazing Spider-Man #361. During a fight with Spider-Man, Carnage forms an axe with his hand and throws it through the air. While these projectiles are deadly, they are only temporary, turning to dust after being launched from Carnage's body. This ability gives Carnage an edge in combat over Spider-Man and Venom.
18 ABLE TO TRAVEL THROUGH PHONE LINES
As if living in the same universe as Carnage wouldn't be bad enough, the wild, red symbiote has also demonstrated the ability to attack from afar through a revelatory power demonstrated in the miniseries Venom: Carnage Unleashed. Carnage is able to send his symbiote through the phone lines of a dial-up modem.
Using this ability, Carnage hunts down a gamer who has criticized him as not being the real Carnage. With a tendril extended through the screen, Carnage makes his move, putting an end to his victim. This is the kind of thing that should make anyone glad for high-speed internet. Unless Carnage figures out how to use that too.
17 TOOK CONTROL OF THE AVENGERS
Carnage demonstrated just how devastatingly dangerous he can be in the limited series Carnage USA. In the first issue, Carnage takes over the small town of Doverton in Colorado, infecting the entire population with his symbiote. The Avengers are alerted to the situation and make their way to Doverton. However, things quickly go wrong for the team.
The Avengers (Spider-Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, and Wolverine), with the help of Thing, try to fight Carnage, only for the symbiote to take over everyone except for Spider-Man. It's a truly jolting scene, seeing all of these heroes overcome by the evil symbiote, especially Captain America.
16 TEAMED WITH THE JOKER
Marvel and DC may be polar opposites in the comic world, but that hasn't stopped them from working together on occasion to bring some of their most iconic characters together. That includes heroes and villains, and who better to work together than two of the most dangerous and psychotic villains of all time: Carnage and the Joker?
That's exactly what happens in the 1995 limited series Batman and Spider-Man. Carnage and the Joker find common ground at first, working against their respective foes. However, Carnage's evil and vicious mentality proves to be too much for the Joker, who eventually turns on him after Carnage tries to put an end to Batman.
15 CARNAGE AND CLETUS KASADY ARE ONE
Carnage may have been spawned from the Venom symbiote, but the two of them couldn't be more different. One of the key differences between them is that Venom and Eddie Brock maintain separate personalities, but Cletus Kasady and Carnage are one and the same. This is why Carnage refers to himself in the singular, whereas Venom and Eddie famously speak in the royal "we."
This is because Carnage and Kasady have such a strong bond. Kasady is such an evil and destructive person that he and the symbiote are able to share a mind. They are so strongly connected that instead of seeing themselves as a parasite and a host, they act as one singular entity.
14 HIS ONLY MOTIVATION IS DESTRUCTION
Readers have seen Venom switch between being a villain and acting as a kind of antihero from time to time. That is again because of Venom and Eddie Brock's distinct personalities working together. Carnage has nowhere near this level of moral ambiguity. He started his life as a violent criminal, and that's still what motivates him.
Carnage only wants to sow discord, to cause destruction, and to hurt people. That's exactly what happens when a symbiote attaches itself to a psychotic criminal. There is no goal for Carnage other than causing harm to others and making them afraid. That's why even the Joker was disgusted with him. There is no "humor" in what Carnage does, only pain.
13 ABLE TO STRETCH TENDRILS UP TO TWO MILES
Like Venom, Carnage has the ability to stretch his symbiote into tendrils that can be used as weapons, pass through phone lines, and even put thoughts in people's heads. However, as demonstrated by his work in Carnage USA, Carnage's tendrils can stretch far beyond the distance that Venom is able to send his. It is estimated that Carnage's tendrils can stretch up to two miles from his body.
Carnage can send his tendrils throughout an entire town, infecting the entire population. This makes Carnage especially dangerous because there would be virtually no place to hide from him. His flexible symbiote tendrils can find anyone anywhere, traveling through wherever they can fit.
12 CAN BE EASILY DEFEATED BY TOXIN
Just as Carnage was born from Venom, another symbiote was also born from Carnage. Carnage was disgusted at the thought of giving birth and tried his best to stop his symbiote spawn from existing. However, despite Carnage's efforts, it sprang forth. Carnage bonded the new symbiote to a policeman named Patrick Mulligan, intending to get rid of it later.
However, this only resulted in the creation of Toxin, a new symbiotic antihero. Toxin and Mulligan have a strange relationship, with the symbiote actually acting like a completely separate personality. Toxin possesses many of the same powers as Venom and Carnage. However, he is stronger than either of them and continued to grow until it and Mulligan were separated.
11 ONCE BONDED WITH JOHN JAMESON...
The Carnage symbiote and Cletus Kasady have an incredibly strong bond, but there have been many times where the two of them have been separated from each other. In Amazing Spider-Man #410, the symbiote bonds with none other than John Jameson, the astronaut son of J. Jonah Jameson. This occurred after Venom had placed Kasady back into Ravencroft after defeating Carnage in Venom #1-4.
Carnage had taken over Jameson while he was Security Chief at Ravencroft. There was some confusion from Ben Reilly (then the current Spider-Man) as to how Carnage could be running around while Kasady was locked away. Ultimately the symbiote left Jameson and bonded with Ben to create Spider-Carnage.
10 ... AND WITH THE SILVER SURFER...
Even Norrin Radd wasn't safe from being taken over by the Carnage symbiote after it had been separated from Cletus Kasady. Even though it was being kept in a protective microwave field, it escaped and bonded with the Silver Surfer in Amazing Spider-Man #430. The resulting combination referred to itself as the "Carnage Cosmic."
This combination occurred after the Silver surfer informed Spider-Man that he had dealt with the symbiotes before but in a far away galaxy. The Surfer is able to maintain some control and tries to destroy the symbiote in space, but eventually takes it back to Kasady and traps both of them in an energy shell.
9 ... AND WITH NORMAN OSBORN
Years later, the Carnage symbiote would find itself combined with yet another new host. In Amazing Spider-Man #795, Norman Osborn decides to bond with the Carnage symbiote in order to regain some of the Green Goblin powers that he had lost over time. However, the symbiote seemingly overpowers Norman's mind until they reach an agreement.
Now calling himself the Red Goblin, Norman, with the Carnage symbiote, goes after Spider-Man and his loved ones. However, Spider-Man is able to make Norman and the Symbiote separate when he convinces Norman that it would not be him getting revenge, but Carnage. By the end of the story, Norman has gone mad, thinking he is Cletus Kasady and Spider-Man is Norman Osborn.
8 CARNAGE IS RED DUE TO KASADY'S BLOOD
One of the most distinguishing features of Carnage is his bright red coloration. He really pops on the page because of it and is a great contrast to Venom's solid black symbiote. However, there is a real reason for Carnage's bright red color, and it's actually a bit grosser than you may think.
The Carnage symbiote is bonded not just to Kasady's body, but to his bloodstream. It is Kasady's blood that gives Carnage his distinct color. This is thematically important for a character who is as obsessed with violence as Carnage is. It is also distinct from the Venom symbiote which is bonded to Eddie Brock's nervous system.
7 BECAME A ONE TIME HERO
Carnage may be a violent villain who is capable of truly evil acts, but there was one instance where that all changed and Carnage actually became a hero. In the "Axis" storyline, the moralities of several heroes and villains are flipped due to a spell cast by Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch. One of those villains happens to be Carnage.
Carnage is suddenly overcome with the urge to do good. However, his violent tendencies aren't entirely gone, meaning that even when he tries to help, he still does a fair amount of damage. Eventually, Carnage seemingly sacrifices himself by wrapping his body around a bomb and absorbing the explosion.
6 VENOM ATE THE CARNAGE SYMBIOTE
Venom has battled Carnage almost as much as Spider-Man has, so the two symbiotes have a bit of a complicated relationship. At one point, Venom got so tired of dealing with Carnage again and again that he decided to take preemptive action and rid the world of Cletus Kasady's symbiotic alter ego once and for all.
While Kasady was being held in a special prison designed to hold Carnage at bay, Venom broke in and got the drop on him. Due to his sneak attack, Venom was able to separate the Carnage symbiote from Kasady, and he reabsorbed it by eating it. However, that was not the end of Carnage, as there were still traces of the symbiote left in Kasady's blood.
5 FOUGHT DEADPOOL AND LOST
Anyone who goes up against Carnage is going to have a challenge ahead of them, but that kind of thing has never scared off Wade Wilson. Deadpool sees a news report about Carnage attacking people at a diner and decides to go after him. Deadpool tracks the symbiote to Tulsa, where they do battle. Unfortunately, this resulted in Deadpool being ripped apart by Carnage.
Deadpool then rebuilt himself using the symbiotes Phage, Riot, Lasher, and Agony. Using some of his old tricks, Deadpool convinced Shriek to disguise herself and fight against Carnage. Once Carnage realized he had injured Shriek, he turned himself in. He also vowed revenge against Deadpool.
4 HAS AN ADVANCED HEALING FACTOR
Like many other heroes and villains in the Marvel universe, Carnage has a highly advanced healing factor that allows him to recover from almost any injury. He even has the ability to regrow parts of himself that have been lost. This has been demonstrated numerous times when Carnage has been almost mortally wounded in battle.
One of the most recent examples of this ability was when Carnage wrapped himself around a bomb that was set to detonate in order to save the city. Although it appeared that Carnage had been finished off, he came back to life. However, due to the massive explosion, he was unable to quickly regrow the lower half of his body.
3 ABSORBED ALL OF THE IRON RANGERS
Carnage has shown that he has some very powerful abilities, but one that he demonstrated in Carnage Vol. 1 is that the symbiote is able to control small offshoots of itself that can be implanted into other people and even technology. This power is brutally demonstrated when Carnage absorbs the Iron Rangers.
He is able to do this because the Iron Ranger armor is made with small amounts of the Carnage symbiote laced throughout it. Once Carnage manages to absorb all five of the Iron Rangers, he turns himself into a hulking monstrosity that is blue instead of red. While he puts up a respectable fight, he is eventually taken down by Spider-Man and Iron Man.
2 IS A FAN OF THE BAND ANTHRAX
Carnage is a terrible monster, but inside he is still a human -- well, as human as you can describe Cletus Kasady as being. That means that deep down, there are things that Carnage likes other than causing harm to innocent people. One of those things is the heavy metal band Anthrax.
In Nova Vol 5, Carnage manages to find himself in Arizona. He is on the hunt for Nova, whom he met during the Axis storyline. Nova eventually throws Carnage into an Anthrax concert. Kasady seems to be loving the music. However, the sonic disturbances caused by the loudspeakers significantly weaken the Carnage symbiote.
1 ULTIMATE CARNAGE IS MADE OF SPIDER-MAN AND LIZARD'S DNA
In the Ultimate Marvel universe, the origin of Venom is altered so that the symbiote suit was created by Peter Parker and Eddie Brock's fathers. It was originally designed as a cure for cancer but eventually bonded itself to Spider-Man and Eddie Brock, ultimately creating this universe's version of Venom.
Carnage, the second symbiote, was created after Dr. Curt Connors (sometimes known as the Lizard) combined his and Peter's DNA with the original Venom symbiote. This created an almost vampiric creature that needed to feed on DNA. Unlike the original version of Veno, this symbiote did not have a host. It was instead a corrupted version of Richard Parker.