Who’s that? Is that Spider-Man? Venom? No, it’s Carnage! One might think that they had a pretty uniform template for designing characters in the Spider-Man think tank, and one would probably be right. Although he looks like our favourite spider-esque superhero and supervillain, Carnage is entirely unique as an entity. He’s way more evil than Venom, and Spider-Man can’t even carry out a decent conversation with him. Comic book theorists tend to place his power level higher than both Spider-Man and Venom. This is Carnage, and he spends his time engaging in monstrous activity that serves to honour his namesake.
Like many a psychotic supervillain, the facts about Carnage’s life are mostly shrouded in mystery. He is a symbiote after all, which is a race that has been a major source of mystery in the Marvel universe for decades. Marvel theorists and fanboy hobbyists alike have mashed their brains together in order to dig out a few bits of information about the deadly symbiote. Although there is still much more content to unpack when it comes to the character of Carnage, we have managed to uncover a few trivial tidbits about him that just might surprise you. For instance, you probably know that Carnage loves ripping and slashing his way through innocent civilians’ bodies whenever he gets the chance, but did you know that he also likes chocolate? You probably didn’t, and you probably didn’t know the other 14 facts we have on this list. Read on to find out more about everyone’s favorite red symbiote.
15 Cletus Kasady Was Based On The Joker
Anyone who takes one look at Carnage will instantly recognize that he was designed and conceptualized around the character of Venom. Though their powers and personalities are unique, they are both part of the symbiote race, meaning that they share certain characteristics that go even beyond physicality. However, true fans of Carnage and of the superhero genre in general will note that Carnage’s human counterpart, Cletus Kasady, has a lot in common with the most iconic schizophrenic comic book serial killer of all time, the Joker. It’s not hard to see the similarities between the two characters; mainly that they’re both charmingly amoral and extremely desensitized towards the idea of murdering innocent human beings. Evidently, the Joker’s influence has extended far past the DC comic book pages, into the Marvel universe. Erik Larsen, who created Kasady, has openly admitted that he modelled the character after the Clown Prince of Crime.
14 He Can Fight At His Peak For 24 Hours Without Stopping
Have you ever decided to go out for a light jog around the block after a few months spent without indulging in any physical activity whatsoever? We’ve certainly been there, and you probably have as well. In most of these instances, within 5 minutes of our suburban, totally slow-paced jog around the neighborhood, we find ourselves bent forward, wheezing hot air into the pavement. The fact is that we are but mere human beings, with cardiovascular systems that significantly restrict our physical abilities. Carnage, it turns out, has a much better cardiovascular system than we do. Aside from all of his other powers, he is built with incredible stamina. Carnage can fight at his absolute peak power level for a full 24 hours before any sort of fatigue sets in and impairs his capabilities. If only Carnage can lend us a little bit of his insane stamina, we might actually end up being able to perform a full jogging circuit around our block.
13 He And Venom Might Be Getting Their Own Movie
We know, as soon as we mentioned ‘Venom’ and ‘movie’ in the same sentence, your mind immediately went to flimsy Topher Grace in a black spandex suit, acting evil in the cringiest way on screen. By all means, experience the inevitable disgust at the thought, and when you’re done you can continue reading. Now, while Hollywood has disappointed us several times in the past, we don’t expect that they’ll mess up the portrayal of such an iconic Marvel villain twice in such a short frame of time. There is a Marvel film in the works that focuses on Venom, and we have extremely high hopes for this one, especially since it will apparently include Carnage as well. By portraying both symbiote characters on screen in a way that will please comic book fans, maybe Hollywood can successfully wash the bad taste left in our mouths from the laughable monstrosity that was Spider-Man 3.
12 He Was Tricked By Deadpool
Sneaky, tricky Deadpool… no superhero in fictional existence seems to be safe from Deadpool’s ironic wrath. This, of course, includes Carnage. As monstrous and psychopathic as Carnage is, Deadpool apparently had no qualms of confronting him in a fight. Of course, this resulted in Carnage tearing Deadpool to pieces, but that only resulted in Deadpool merging with the symbiotes Lasher, Riot, Phage, and Agony. Once he fused with them, Deadpool managed to pull a fast one over Shriek by leading her into thinking she murdered Carnage. In his next move, Deadpool forced Shriek to take the form of Deadpool, leading Carnage to wound her in the process. Feeling extremely guilty that he nearly killed Shriek, Carnage turned himself in to the authorities, vowing revenge against the meddlesome Deadpool for pulling a fast one on him. Deadpool, meanwhille, was presumably laughing by himself and smoking a cigarette on his way home.
11 Cletus Kasady Is A Natural Born Killer
What kind of person kills his grandmother by shoving her down a flight of stairs? A natural born killer, of course. That’s exactly what Kasady did, and that’s exactly what he is. Even if Kasady never ended up being turned into Carnage, he would have still been a truly malicious force against the good of the world, since the dude is a blatant homicidal maniac. In fact, he was deemed to be one of the most psychotic murderers ever to be thrown behind bars in Ryker’s Prison. As a child, he would torture the family dog for some form of entertainment, and as an orphaned teenager, he was sent to a help centre for troubled boys. During his time there, Kasady would play around by starting small fires, ultimately leading up to him burning the whole building down. He also killed an administrator at the group home, along with a girl who refused to go on a date with him. Yeah, this guy’s crazy.
10 He Has Incredible Healing Abilities
When we fall down and scrape our knee, the light bruise that we receive tends to stick around for weeks at a time. During that healing period, we can barely bend down on our wounded knee without uttering a mental whimper of discomfort. We could definitely take a genetic note or two from Carnage, whose healing abilities far exceed that of the average human. He is able to quickly regenerate damaged or broken bodily tissues, and can even repair brain tissue. When Venom savagely ripped Carnage’s head off, Carnage simply reattached it as though it were an ordinary Tuesday. His amazing healing capabilities extend to his immune system as well, leading him to be essentially immune to all Earthly diseases. Doctors would probably learn a lot by analyzing a sample of Carnage’s cells, but they’d probably die before they could get their hands on it.
9 He Once Infected An Entire Town In Colorado
The lovely, quaint little town of Doverton, Colorado once made Carnage’s acquaintance in the most unpleasant way possible. Carnage managed to infect the entire town by making his way through the city’s plumbing system. Following that, Captain America, Hawkeye, Thing, and Wolverine were lead by Spider-Man on a mission to stop Carnage. It would seem like our heroes had a good chance here, except Carnage managed to get his infection into every single one of them except Spider-Man. A new team comprised of Venom, Hybrid, Scorn, Anti-Venom, and Toxin were sent in to save the day, along with several army soldiers enhanced with symbiotes. The fight was a long and gruesome one, and eventually ended in Carnage’s defeat, mostly at the hands of Venom. If there’s one thing we learned from this story, it’s to pass all of our water through specialized symbiote filters before drinking it.
8 Spider-Man And Venom Joined Forces To Fight Him
Carnage is in a tier of power above the villains that Spider-Man usually faces. Doctor Octopus and the Green Goblin were only decent training buddies that were there to prepare Spider-Man for his fight against Carnage. Still, even after all that training, Spider-Man got the crap knocked our of him when he encountered Carnage after his first killing marathon. Not knowing where else to turn to, Spider-Man sought the help of Venom, thinking that his brute force and cunning would be enough to help Spidey stop Carnage once and for all. As it turned out, he was hopelessly wrong, since Carnage managed to easily handle the strength of both Spider-Man and Venom. Thankfully, when the unlikely duo gave the battle another shot in round two, they managed to get a victory over old Carnage, throwing him in jail. Of course, this would definitely not turn out to be Carnage’s last killing spree.
7 He Loves Chocolate
If you’re anything like us, then you probably love eating chocolate. There really aren’t many things in the world that are better than chocolate. Well, symbiotes are just like us in that regard. They love to eat chocolate — milk, dark, white, it doesn’t matter, just give them the chocolate. The only thing they love to eat as much as chocolate is the human brain, which we personally don’t include in our diet. Symbiotes require phenethylamine, a certain chemical found in the brain (and chocolate), in order to stay healthy and keep their wits about them. So vessels who find themselves possessed by a symbiote have the choice of either going for a lovely run of chocolate groceries at the convenient store, or eating the brain matter of a poor civilian they see on the street. If you ever happen to catch the symbiote disease, remember that chocolate is your friend, and human brains belong in human skulls.
6 He Is Weak Against High Temperatures And Loud Sounds
Have you ever been in a hot, crammed club, with the dance music being put on full blast on the speakers? You probably have, and you probably revelled in the experience, dancing the night away till your little feet could dance no more. An experience like that probably left you with meaningful memories of a night spent with great friends and awesome music. Well, if Carnage were in the same setting, he would not be dancing for joy — he would most likely be bent over, wailing in total agony. Despite all of his overwhelming powers, Carnage is brutally weak against high temperatures and loud sounds. So, if you happen to be living in Ecuador and are part of a marching band, you’re probably well-equipped to defend your town from Carnage. Of course, he probably wouldn’t be visiting that country by choice, since Carnage is well aware of his weaknesses.
5 He Once Saved The Human Race
From observing Carnage’s despicable acts in the comics, one would think that this character is completely devoid of all sense of humanity. Well, for the most part, that is correct. However, in one freak occurrence, Carnage demonstrated the greatest act of human kindness by absorbing the explosion of a bomb that was set to kill nearly everyone on the planet. In Axis, Carnage’s personality was twisted from a spell performed by Doctor Doom and Scarlet Witch, giving him the intention to become a hero. After a set of fantastic humanitarian deeds in New York, Carnage joins a group of heroes (which includes Spider-Man) in fighting another group of heroes whose personalities were also inverted by the spell. At the end of the battle, Carnage furled his symbiote around a globally devastating bomb that was set to destroy all those on the planet who were not mutants. Great going, Carnage.
4 The Superior Carnage
What do you call a Carnage in possession of weapons? Superior Carnage, of course. Weren’t you reading this entry’s title? As it turns out, Cletus Kasady is not the only one to be possessed by the symbiote. With the assistance of Wizard and Claw, the disease of Carnage was passed on to Dr. Karl Malus in Superior Carnage, after Cletus Kasady was lobotomized by Scarlet Spider, who impaled him through the eye (yikes). This new, superior Carnage possessed a much more level head than the Carnage that we all know and fear. And, of course, this one had weapons. Eventually, the symbiote broke free of Malus, and went on a classic killing spree before fighting Superior Spider-Man. During the fight, Carnage stated that he enjoyed using weapons, but nothing is quite like the joy of ripping and slashing bodies apart by hand. Yeesh. Eventually, the symbiote ended up healing Casady, and Carnage would be primed to rip and slash another day.
3 Carnage And Casady Are The Same Entity
While Eddie Brock carries the symbiote of Venom around like a sort of suit, Kasady has Carnage running through his very bloodstream, making it nearly impossible to separate the two. In terms of mentality, there has never been a more suitable match made in heaven than when Kasady met Carnage. Both of them are complete psychopathic murderers, and if one of them suggests a killing spree, the other will one-up them by suggesting a genocide. This dynamic is not seen between Brock and Venom; while both of them share the opinion that Spider-Man is a bastard who should be killed, Venom’s excessive bloodthirsty ambitions are often silenced by Brock, who is a few shades more morally balanced than Kasady. Meanwhile, Kasady and Carnage agree on absolutely everything. They are one and the same, and there’s no better way for them to spend their time than ripping and slashing their way through innocent civilians.
2 His Name Was Going To Be Chaos
Carnage seems like a pretty general noun to use as a supervillain name. Sure, it definitely conveys the point of the character to a satisfying degree, but it’s still a touch all-serving for our tastes. However, since we’re well acquainted with the image and mythos that back the name, we never find ourselves questioning the name Carnage when we see him ripping and slashing through clueless pedestrians. The name seems to go with his ghastly face and flaky physique. Interestingly enough, another general purpose name was passed around in the writing room when conceptualizing the character: Chaos. Of course, Carnage dishes out his fair share of chaos every now and then, but that’s no reason to name him after the thing. Say what you will about the name Carnage, but we’re certainly glad he wasn’t named Chaos, since that’s a few shades lamer than what we know him as now.
1 He Once Teamed Up With The Joker
Given how closely Cletus Kasady resembles the Joker as a character, it was only a matter of time before the comic book gods decided to pair the two together in an epic Marvel-DC crossover. In Spider-Man and Batman: Disordered Minds #1, Carnage and The Joker meet during a psychiatric test for a chip that is meant to cure homicidal instincts. Since the two were considered to possess the most twisted minds in humanity, they were perfect candidates for the test. The symbiote within Kasady renders the chip defunct, and Kasady neutralizes the Joker’s chip when they meet in the hospital. They form a brief alliance, but their friendship is quickly shattered once they start arguing over the best way to murder people. Carnage prefers to kill his victims up close so he can watch them die, while the Joker thinks this is an amateur’s method, preferring to form elaborate schemes that cause unique mass murders from afar. So it goes.
Sources: Deadpool vs. Carnage Vol. 1 #4, Superior Carnage #1-5, Spider-Man and Batman: Disordered Minds #1