WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Venom #8 by Donny Cates, Iban Coello, Andres Mossa and Clayton Cowles, in stores now.
In the new Venom series by writer Donny Cates and artists Ryan Stegman and Iban Coello, readers have learned the secret history of the Klyntar, the alien race Eddie Brock's symbiote is a part of. As the layers of the symbiotes' origins in the Marvel Universe have been pulled back, we've learned the race was originally created from the abyss of the cosmos by the dark, haunting creature known as Knull, the self-proclaimed god of the symbiotes.
Though incredibly powerful, Knull is currently being held captive in the middle of the Klyntar's homeworld, a planet that doubles as a giant cage to keep the villainous monster prisoner. However, Knull's reach was still able to reach the Earth through the use of the Grendel, a giant symbiote dragon that has been on Earth for thousands of years. In Venom #6 however, Eddie Brock defeated the Grendel, burning the monstrous symbiote in a furnace, and ending Knull's attack from across the depths of space... or so he thought.
In Venom #7, the last remaining, living sample from the Grendel's symbiote was retrieved from the furnace by Project Oversight, and later stolen by unknown parties. Venom #8 reveals, at least in part, who stole the Grendel sample, and what they intend to do with it: Someone has decided to fuse the symbiote with the body of Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage.
In the closing pages of the issue, we see two hooded figures who are in possession of the Grendel sample. They appear to be part of some sort of cult-like organization devoted to Knull, performing their tasks "in his name." Their goal is to use the sample to bring Knull back in a new vessel, the body of Cletus Kasady, who is kept locked in a biohazard containment unit.
Cletus was last seen in the pages of Venomized #5, where the villain, then bonded with a Poison symbiote, was defeated by Spider-Man and Venom and cast out in the far reaches of space. It's unclear how the Knull cult came into possession of his body, but given that they have the resources to steal from the mysterious Project Oversight, it's not a stretch to believe their reach could extend into space.
Right now, it's difficult to say if the Poison symbiote is still a part of Cletus. Either way, we already know that, like all other symbiote hosts, part of the symbiote remains in the host's body, even after it moves on to another -- a notion that was once again brought up in Venom #8. Therefore, if the cult members fuse the Grendel sample to Kasady and his Carnage symbiote, Knull would be likely able to establish a connection from his cage on Klyntar to Kasady.
Essentially, Carnage is poised to become Knull's new host, with the added powers of the Grendel symbiote. As a result, we could be witnessing the birth of the most frightening symbiote, ever -- Knull, the Grendel and Carnage, all fused into one. As far as monsters go, it might be the most dangerous, most lethal entity ever seen in the Marvel Universe.
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