Marvel’s New Carnage is Killing EVERY Venom
Warning: SPOILERS For Web of Venom
If you thought Carnage and Venom were just Spider-Man's problem, you need to catch up. Because the new version of Carnage is on a mission to kill every version of Venom that Marvel has ever had - as in, kill everyone who has bonded with the symbiote at some point in history. Deadpool. Wolverine. Rocket Raccoon. EVERYONE.
The original Carnage was everything Marvel fans would expect from a symbiote-powered serial killer cannibal. But in the current comic universe, Cletus Kasady has consumed the ancient God of Symbiotes himself ... and become the most powerful Carnage ever seen. And now that Eddie Brock has realized Carnage's plan, we know it isn't just Cletus coming for him. It's the first wave of a symbiote army... one that won't stop until every symbiote host, past and present, is brought kicking and screaming before the new, Cosmic Carnage.
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How Carnage Became a Symbiote God
It's hard to think of a more nightmarish villain than Carnage, but writer Donny Cates has given him a major upgrade in the current world of Venom comics. That evolution came as part of the larger changes to Venom mythology, after revealing that symbiotes like Venom aren't actually an alien race at all. Instead, they are creatures born of the living void--the abyss that existed before life was breathed into the universe. In case fans missed it, that abyss was ruled by Knull, the elder God of Symbiotes whose will and essence is spread throughout every symbiote ever born.
A deity like that can easily earn a cult of followers, believers that the abyss is what came first, and to which all life will return. It was that cult that recovered the corpse of Cletus Kasady in Web of Venom: Carnage Born, preparing him as a vessel for Knull. The plan made sense: no symbiote and host were ever more perfectly fused than Carnage, meaning the small sample of Knull's own symbiote injected into the corpse should have let the cultists speak to their God. Of course, the cultists didn't count on Carnage doing... well, what Carnage does best.
Carnage is Going To Eat Every Venom Host
Once Carnage shouted loudly enough over Knull's voice to take control of Cletus Kasady's broken brain (not really a fair fight), the supervillain realized its now godlike powers. And the cultists were all too willing to tell Carnage what their research had discovered. As it turns out, every single time a symbiote merges with a host, it leaves behind a trace of itself to spread the symbiote hive mind. And those small pieces, if eaten and returned to their source, will make Carnage even stronger, and able to fight and consume Knull all over again.
The cultists had planned to serve Knull in a search for the other symbiote traces on Earth, regaining his power one piece at a time. But as Carnage Born ends with the villain looking at a board filled with every face, of every person the Venom symbiote has ever marked... It's obvious they're now serving Carnage. And no surprise, it's Venom's current host Eddie Brock who Carnage is coming for first.
But even for Cletus Kasady, this is a big job. So how better to use his new powers to solve it than creating a new army... in the most disturbing way possible.
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Carnage's Army of Symbiote Brain Worms
Cletus Kasady evolving to a godlike form of Carnage and starting a hunt to eat every Venom sure sounds like major news in the Marvel Universe. The kind of thing that would obviously erupt onto the Avengers' radar, not just that of Spider-Man or Eddie Brock. And crazed as Cletus may be, he obviously knows that, too - which is why he's remaining underground for the time being. And we mean that literally, since he seems to have retraced Venom's own footsteps by heading into the sewers of San Francisco. Except where Eddie Brock befriended the homeless community that lived underground, Carnage has turned them into waves of mind-controlled slaves.
We've spared readers the most disgusting panels from Web of Venom: Unleashed, showing how Carnage is exercising a new symbiote superpower. Never one for elegance, Carnage sends a tendril up his victims' nose, takes a bite into their brain, and leaves a symbiote worm behind to steer them towards their target. With only the intelligence to repeat their target's name over and over, they prove surprisingly effective. So it's a good thing that Eddie Brock has a symbiote of his own to rely on for early warning.
The bad news? Even on a good day, Eddie Brock would be scared to learn that Carnage is coming for him. And these are anything but good days for Eddie Brock.
Eddie Brock & Venom: Marvel's Only Hope?
Over the course of Web of Venom: Unleashed, the Venom symbiote's sense of smell is triggered by the slightest wiff of Carnage. And with good reason, since the pairing of Cletus and Carnage has been a brutal foe for Venom in the best circumstances. A point made perfectly clear by the symbiote itself, when a sniff of Carnage's trail instantly conjures the image of the villain tearing Eddie Brock and Venom apart with its bare hands. As if that weren't bad enough news for Eddie - who doesn't yet realize the true size and scope of Carnage's attack - his other half may have tipped the villain off early. After removing the symbiote brain worms from Carnage's scouts, the Venom symbiote decides to repeat the task with everyone of them it encounters Which means the steaming pile of blood-red brain worms it deposits in front of Eddie are hard to misinterpret.
If it had been just one, Eddie Brock would know that not only is Carnage alive again, but he's looking for Venom. But dozens of brain worms, seeking out dozens of former Venom hosts? That's the kind of mission Eddie has NOT been preparing for. And let's be honest: Venom may be a hit at Movie theaters, but among the rest of Marvel's heroes and villains whom Carnage also plans to eat whole, he's not exactly popular. So as the issue ends with Eddie crumpled on the ground in fear, knowing Carnage is coming to kill him in a way he has never faced before... fans are left in suspense as well.
We don't know when Carnage will unveil his next attack, or which former host of the Venom symbiote is the next to be swallowed whole. But even more dangerous than the powers of a god, Donny Cates and his team have given Carnage a reason. And for a symbiote supervillain who eviscerates and eats just for the fun of it, that should be worth the wait.
Web of Venom: Unleashed #1 is available now from Marvel Comics.