Carnage is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics , generally depicted as an enemy of Spider-Man and Venom . The character first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man # 361 (April 1992), and was created by writer David Michelinie and artist Mark Bagley . Carnage belongs to a race of amorphous extraterrestrial parasites known as Symbiotes that form a symbiosis in bonding with their hosts and giving them superhuman abilities. The Carnage symbiote is generally depicted as a descendant of Venom who is more powerful than him due to the nature of symbiotes, and is much more sociopathic and sadistic. Like Venom, Carnage has had multiple hosts over the years, but the most infamous remains the first, the serial killer, Cletus Kasady , whose personality perfectly matches that of the symbiote. Other hosts include Ben Reilly , Karl Malus, and Norman Osborn .

 When the symbiont of Eddie Brock , Venom , soon rejoined again, allowing Venom to escape from prison, the symbiote left their offspring in the cell; Due to its strange mentality, the symbiote did not feel any emotional bond with its offspring, considering it insignificant, and therefore never communicated its existence to Brock through its telepathic link. The new symbiote joined Eddie Brock’s partner, Cletus Kasady , through a cut on his hand, transforming him into Carnage. 6 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.7 Kasady and the symbiote would be a main antagonist in ” Maximum Carnage ” and Kasady would continually be the most recurring character in the use of the Carnage symbiote in many posts.

 

FIRST APPEARANCES

The character first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #361 (Apr 1992), and was created by writer David Michelinie and artist Mark Bagley, although the first published artwork of Carnage was penciled by Chris Marrinan.

POWER and ABILITIES

As Eddie Brock explained, 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 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.

ORIGIN STORY

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 through a cut on his hand, transforming him into Carnage. The bond between the Carnage symbiote and Kasady was stronger than the bond between Brock and the Venom symbiote. Cletus Kasady was also a serial killer and thought of as insane. As a result, Carnage is far more violent, powerful, and deadly than Venom.

ENEMIES & ROGUES

Carnage is an agent of chaos and attacks anyone. He is a rogue to Spider-Man.

ALLIES

He is usually partners with Venom, but also includes himself in smaller organizations like the Carnage Family, Frightful Four, and the Goblin Nation.

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