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.
- This Page: Why Carnage Needs To EAT Every Venom
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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.