Carnage is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, usually depicted as an enemy of Spider-Man and Venom. The character first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #361, and was created by writer David Michelinie and artist Mark Bagley, although the first published artwork of Carnage was penciled by Chris Marrinan. Carnage belongs to a race of amorphous extraterrestrial parasites known as Symbiotes, which form a symbiotic bond with their hosts and give them super-human abilities. The Carnage symbiote is usually depicted as an offspring of Venom that is more powerful than him due to the symbiotes' nature, and is much more sociopathic and sadistic. Like Venom, Carnage has had multiple hosts over the years, but his most infamous one remains his first, serial killer Cletus Kasady, whose personality perfectly matches that of the symbiote. Other hosts include Ben Reilly, Karl Malus, and Norman Osborn.
The character has been substantially adapted from the comics into various forms of media, including films, television series and video games. Cletus Kasady made his cinematic debut in the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters film Venom, portrayed by Woody Harrelson. The character is set to return in the sequel, , where he will become Carnage. In 2009, the Cletus Kasady version of Carnage was ranked as IGN's 90th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.
Publication historyThe Carnage symbiote was derived by writer David Michelinie while Mark Bagley designed the character. The symbiote was perceived to be a darker version of Venom, and was created due to the writers not wanting a replacement for Eddie Brock as Venom. Carnage was in part created due to Venom's immense popularity with fans. The character was originally meant to be named "Chaos" and then "Ravage" before being settled on "Carnage".
Cletus KasadyWhen 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. Kasady and the symbiote would then be a main antagonist in "Maximum Carnage" and Kasady would continually be the most recurring character to use the Carnage symbiote in many publications.
Spider-Carnage (Ben Reilly)The Carnage symbiote eventually transferred itself to Spider-Man—Ben Reilly at the time—when Ben bonded with it in order to prevent it from hurting any innocent people, creating Spider-Carnage. Ben's willpower held out against the symbiote's murderous desires long enough for him to return it to Ravencroft. Reilly subsequently attempted to destroy the symbiote by subjecting himself to a potentially lethal blast of microwaves, but it escaped back to Kasady after the microwaves forced it to separate from him.
Superior Carnage (Karl Malus)After Kasady was lobotomized, he was broken out of prison by the Wizard and Klaw, who intend to recruit him into the Frightful Four and turn him into their own version of Venom. After a failed attempt to control Kasady, Wizard transfers the Symbiote to Dr. Karl Malus. Dr. Malus was enraged and under the influences of the Symbiote tried to kill his teammates, but he was subdued by Klaw and controlled by Wizard, who renames him "Superior Carnage" and equips him with weapons.
The trio are confronted by the Superior Spider-Man and during their battle the Wizard loses his control over Carnage and he is fatally injured once Spider-Man accidentally drops him due to the shock of finding out Wizard read his mind and knows about Otto Octvaius. Carnage, now free, goes on a rampage and starts to kill anyone in front of him. Klaw tries to stop him, but due to his weapon being damaged he fails and realizes that the only way is for the Wizard to take back control. Both Carnage and Klaw make their way outside. Carnage fights the Superior Spider-Man and admits that although he liked using weapons, for him ripping and slashing the bodies is better. Klaw tries to get the Wizard to control Carnage again, but is killed by Carnage and the explosion separates the Symbiote from its host, only to bond with the injured Wizard.
Red Goblin (Norman Osborn)Following the events of Secret Empire, the Carnage symbiote was stolen from an old S.H.I.E.L.D. storehouse by the then-powerless Norman Osborn. He initially found himself overwhelmed by the symbiote's desire for mindless slaughter when he allowed it to merge with him, but he has been able to 'persuade' the symbiote to let him take control of Carnage's powers to show it something other than 'boring' mindless slaughter. Using this combination of powers during the "Go Down Swinging" storyline, Norman is easily able to tear through Human Torch, Clash, Silk, Miles Morales, and Agent Anti-Venom, with the combination of the symbiote and the Goblin serum rendering Carnage immune to its traditional weaknesses, eventually transferring part of the symbiote to his grandson Normie enough to turn him into a miniature version of Red Goblin. The Carnage symbiote is seemingly destroyed by Spider-Man when he hits it with an exploding gas tank, however, because the symbiote was attached to Norman when Peter destroyed it, he wonders what sort of effect that might have had on his old foe's mind. Later as Spider-Man visits Norman in Ravencroft, it's revealed that Norman's mind appears to have been completely fried and now believes that Spider-Man is actually Norman Osborn and he is Cletus Kasady. It's not clear whether or not he's faking it or if he had actually lost his mind. Meanwhile, Harry manages to remove the Carnage symbiote from Normie. Not all of it has gone.
Eddie BrockFollowing the defeat of Cletus Kassady, Carnage and the gestalt symbiotes were absorbed by Eddie Brock who later is given an offer to join the Avengers, but in the middle of his big day Carnage is able to overcome Venom and takes over. Eddie leaves before things get out of hand leaving the Avengers with strange reactions. Eddie gets back home and tries to quiet the Carnage in a way he has done before with Venom, heavy medication. Eddie passes out and has a vision of Knull. This causes Eddie to take off and head towards the island where he long ago had thought he had killed Spider-Man and where he remained until the emergence of Carnage. But Carnage catches on to Eddie's thoughts and causes the plane to crash land. Separated from the Carnage symbiote, Eddie is ready to face it off, but after a narrow escape that cost him his left hand, Eddie was eventually rescued by the Avengers who promptly nuked the island to finally eradicate the symbiotes still on it.
Meanwhile in order to find his father, Dylan discovers a unique ability he has to track and control symbiotes, which he uses to find Eddie and learns a terrible truth: Eddie never left the island at all. Instead, he has been bonded against his will to Carnage.
Using the Venom symbiote, Dylan tries to separate his father from Carnage but only allows the Carnage symbiote to take Dylan to his father's mindscape. There, Dylan is able to finally free himself and Eddie from Carnage's control, but the symbiote survives the ordeal and is able to left the island too by bonding with a shark.
Other hostsThere have been other, shorter term hosts for the symbiote.
John JamesonThough bonded to Kasady's bloodstream the symbiote found a way to ditch its host by travelling through the Ravencroft Institute's water pipes overwhelming Ravencroft's chief, John Jameson. Carnage used him to commit further murders before eventually bonding with Spider-man, who was Ben Reilly at the time.
Carnage Cosmic (Norrin Radd)During a subsequent rampage, the Carnage symbiote briefly attempted to take control of the Silver Surfer, who was visiting Earth at the time to welcome the Fantastic Four after their return to life following the battle with Onslaught. As it turned out, Galactus had consumed a planet that many Symbiotes lived on, and the species had made it a race memory so that each future Symbiote could remember it, as well as the Surfer who had been Galactus's herald at the time. Upon seeing the Silver Surfer, the Carnage Symbiote abandoned Kasady and bonded with the Silver Surfer, becoming the Carnage Cosmic. Spider-Man and the Surfer managed to return the Symbiote to Kasady, who was dying from stomach cancer, and then the Silver Surfer proceeded to seal both host and Symbiote in an unbreakable prison in an attempt to force him to reflect on his sins for eternity.
Scorn (Tanis Nevies)After Carnage was ripped in half by the Sentry outside the Earth atmosphere it is later discovered that, although the host was presumably killed, the symbiote survived by becoming dormant and returned to Earth, where it was discovered by Michael Hall, a competitor of Tony Stark. He brought Shriek and her doctor, Tanis Nevies, so he could use Shriek to keep the symbiote alive in order of using the properties of the symbiote, to create prosthetic limbs and exo-suits which respond in the same ways as a symbiote. One such person, Dr. Tanis Nieves, is outfitted with one of these prosthetic arms after she is caught in an attack by the Doppelganger, who tried to rescue Shriek. When near the symbiote, her arm goes wild and forces her to kill several scientists before the symbiote forcefully bonds to her, becoming the new Carnage. After the symbiote uses Tanis to break into a Hall Corporation facility, it is revealed that Kasady is alive, his body preserved by the symbiote and repaired by Hall's prosthetics. Kasady reclaims the symbiote and becomes Carnage once more, attempting to avenge his captivity while Spider-Man and Iron Man struggle to stop him. It is then revealed that Carnage was once again pregnant, and the suit's spawn briefly bonds to Tanis, but she removes it from herself and the symbiote bonds to Shriek before being torn from her. Scared of Shriek's malice, the symbiote arm then rebonds to Tanis, creating a new hero, Scorn, who defeats Shriek and forces her to use her sonic shriek to weaken Carnage, but he escapes.
Wizard (Bentley Wittman)Ultimately, Spider-Man brings out Kasady's body to successfully draw the symbiote into it, which immediately devours Dr. Malus and then prepares to finish off the Wizard. However, Klaw ephemeral spirit focuses his sound manipulation powers one last time for a split second to create a powerful sonic blast that disables Carnage, allowing the symbiote to be recaptured. In the epilogue it is shown that the symbiote has managed to repair the Wizard's and Kasady's brain damage.
Carla UngerAfter the symbiote had died in captivity, a sample of the symbiote was being examined by Dr. Carla Unger, until the sample entered into her body. When she went home, the symbiote formed around her and then she with the symbiote killed her abusive husband. After that, the symbiote consumed her and went to other hosts to get back to Kasady. When the symbiote arrived to an injured Kasady, a scientist, who wanted the symbiote for himself tried to kill Kasady, but the symbiote rebonded to Cletus.
Goblin Childe (Normie Osborn)
Powers and abilitiesAs 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. Much like Spider-Man, Kasady has the ability to cling to virtually any surface, and has a version of Spider-Man's spider-sense, as the symbiote can relay information to him from any angle and grants Kasady the ability to "see" in any direction, warning him of incoming threats. He can rapidly crawl, walk, or run across even slick surfaces. The Carnage symbiote has abilities similar to those of Spider-Man as a direct result of the Venom symbiote's first host, Peter Parker, who transferred some of Spider-Man's power into the symbiote.
He is able to regenerate damaged body tissues much faster and more extensively than that of an ordinary human. This has been shown as powerful enough to allow him to regenerate from losing any part of body, from head to feet. However, after being torn in half by the Sentry, he was fitted with artificial legs, but this occurred while he was separated from the symbiote. Kasady is also immune to the effects of all Earthly diseases and infections as long as he remains bonded with the symbiote. Like Venom, the symbiote is vulnerable to sound and heat, and is undetectable to Spider-Man's spider-sense. Unlike Venom, Carnage can launch parts of his symbiote at enemies in the form of solid weapons such as darts, spears, knives, axes, etc., although they disintegrate into dust within ten seconds of leaving Carnage's body. Carnage also has the unique ability to warp his appendages into different arms, legs, and even wings. This is shown on several occasions when Carnage mutates his fingers and arms into what look like large swords.
Kasady has full control over the size, shape, color, texture, and hardness of his symbiote. Like Venom, he can make his symbiote look like normal clothing, or act as "camouflage". With the symbiote bonded to his bloodstream, he can "regenerate" his costume from scratch simply by bleeding. His symbiote has the peculiar ability to block its parent's ability to sense and track it. The symbiote is also able to rapidly adapt to new environments: when Kasady was taken into space by the Sentry, the Carnage symbiote was able to save his life by growing small sacks around his mouth that converted carbon dioxide into oxygen, allowing Kasady to stay alive long enough for him to be recovered.
In some interpretations, the Carnage symbiote is vampiric, feeding on and thus endangering his victims by only a mere touch. The symbiote has also shown the ability to call parts of itself back to the main symbiote, reintegrating them. It can also send irresistible commands to parts of itself that are in technology; these were used to break the bones of the Iron Rangers when they challenged Carnage while wearing symbiote-enhanced technological exo-suits. Using these last two abilities, Carnage absorbed the five Iron Rangers, grew to an enormous size, and became blue.
Finally, Carnage's powers have always been abnormally enhanced from the maniacal will and insane worldview that Kasady has had from the age of 8 years old. Kasady sees chaos and random, undirected violence as reality, and considers order and virtue to be illusions. He takes an almost artistic pride in his mayhem, likes to leave a trail for others to follow, and is recklessly willing to take on the most dangerous and powerful opponents and victims. On rare occasions, however, he has deliberately spared individuals to serve as witnesses for others: for instance, Joe Robertson's wife Martha during Savage Rebirth. Kasady is essentially taking revenge on the whole world for the torments, both real and imagined, of his childhood.
When the Carnage symbiote was joined with Norman Osborn, the resulting combination was immune to traditional symbiote weaknesses of sound and fire, although Anti-Venom's touch was still dangerous.
ExilesThe Earth-15 psychotic Peter Parker and Carnage combine to become the "Spider", and becomes a member of Weapon X in Exiles. He is killed when Firestar explodes from her powers.little brother, turning him into a miniature version of himself. Spider-Girl uses the sonic blasters of the villain Reverb to destroy all traces of the symbiote.
In a later timeline, samples of the symbiote are used to create Biopreds, living weapons that the government use to try to stop Mayhem, Spider-Girl's part-symbiote clone, who, after killing the real Spider-Girl, became a murderous vigilante, eventually killing the hero American Dream. The Biopreds run wild, however, decimating the world and its defenders. Mayhem, seeing the error of her ways, goes back in time and sacrifices herself to stop her past self from killing Spider-Girl, ensuring the events that led to the Biopreds' creation never occurred.Lizard, and combined with samples from Richard Parker's symbiotic suit research.
When first introduced, the organism was a blob of instinct, with no intelligence or self-awareness, with its only aim to feed on the DNA of others, including Gwen Stacy, to stabilize itself. After feeding on multiple people, Carnage turns into a damaged form of Richard. Carnage and Peter battle to which Peter throws Carnage into a fire factor steel chimney, killing the beast. But before its death, the organism splintered into a replica of Gwen's form.
In Ultimate Spider-Man No. 98 "Gwen" appears to have no memory of her "death" and believes she was in a hospital, from which she has escaped. In issue No. 100, after a raft of revelations, the stress of the situation enrages "Gwen". She transforms into Carnage before leaping out the window. In the next issue, "Richard Parker" claims "Gwen" should not have met Peter at all, and was merely an experiment in stem cell research. This Gwen/Carnage fights with the Fantastic Four, Nick Fury, and the Spider-Slayers drones, until she is knocked unconscious by a beam of light, and taken into custody. In issue No. 113, Norman Osborn as the Green Goblin causes a massive prison break from the Triskelion. An inmate appearing to be 'Gwen' walks out amidst the chaos, disappearing in the shadows. It has been revealed the creature posing as Gwen Stacy is still the original Ultimate Carnage Spider-Man faced earlier in its run. After "devouring" Gwen, this incarnation of Carnage has gone on to mimic her "essence" and now believes itself to be Gwen Stacy.
During the "War of the Symbiotes" storyline, Gwen/Carnage's back story in the Triskelion is revealed. It is shown Gwen has been taking some form of therapy with Tony Stark. However, when the Green Goblin broke out of the Triskelion, Gwen escaped and went to Peter Parker's old house in a confused and terrified state, with Carnage's face on her body. During an exchange between Peter and Gwen, Eddie Brock attempts to attack Aunt May and retake his symbiote. In a rage, Spider-Man engages Eddie on a nearby rooftop. During the fight, Gwen is shown to be able to use her symbiote to fight off Eddie, but Eddie's symbiote reconstitutes itself upon contact with Carnage and absorbs the symbiote, rendering Gwen an ordinary girl.
Marvel 1602On Earth-311, Canice Cassidy believed that he was bonded to a demon and formed the universe's version of Sinister Six called Sinister Sextet with Electro, Hobgoblin, Karnov, Magus, and Serpent as its members. The dimension-hopping Web-Warriors who aid dimensions defeated Sinister Sextet, and as they round up their captives, they notice that Electro escaped, unbeknownst to the group, followed them to the Great Web.
- During Spider-Verse, a version of Carnage is seen by Jessica Drew on the Web of Life and Destiny.
- In the second volume of Spider-Verse during Secret Wars, Carnage was one of the mobsters taken down by that universe's Spider-Man and the Web Warriors.
Marvel ZombiesDuring the Secret Wars, when Elsa Bloodstone along with a child were in a world of zombified characters, they run into a zombie Carnage. He was killed when Elsa threw Carnage's head to a zombie Sauron.
''Spider-Man and Batman: Disordered Minds''Bizarro into Bizarnage, an adversary of Spider-Boy who appeared in his only issue.
In other media
- The Carnage symbiote appears in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, with its main hosts being Cletus Kasady, with whom he becomes Carnage, and a clone of Spider-Man from another reality, with whom he becomes Spider-Carnage.
- *Its original host appeared in the episodes "Venom Returns", "Carnage" and "The Haunting of Mary Jane Watson". This version of Cletus Kasady was never shown killing anyone but is still a deranged psychopath with a heavy criminal record. Kasady is captured by the police after planning to explode a bomb over New York. In prison, he shares a cell with Eddie Brock. After the original symbiote goes in their prison and rebonds with Brock, who escapes, Baron Mordo appears in front of Kasady and explains that another symbiote has the same symbiotic powers. When Mordo offers to grant Kasady this powers in exchange for servitude to Dormammu, he accepts and bonds with the new symbiote, turning into Carnage before escaping from prison. Carnage and Venom are given vampiric powers to steal life energy so that Dormammu can escape into this dimension and consume. Carnage later abducts Ashley Kafka, leading Venom to team up with Spider-Man and Iron Man to save her. After the final showdown, Carnage tries to drag Ashley into Dormammu's realm with him, but Eddie sacrifices himself to save Ashley and falls through the portal with Carnage. Carnage, Venom, and Dormammu are ultimately imprisoned in Dormammu's dimension.
- *In the two-part series finale, it is revealed that, in an alternate dimension, Spider-Man was captured and cloned by Miles Warren, before escaping. Believing himself to be the clone and not wanting to interefere with the real Spider-Man's life, Peter Parker then became Ben Reily aka Scarlet Spider, while the clone became Spider-Man. However, Spider-Man eventually learned that he was actually the clone and, driven mad by jealousy, attempted to kill Ben so that he would be the only Peter Parker. The Carnage symbiote then emerged from an interdimensional portal and merged with the Spider-Man clone, becoming Spider-Carnage. Driven insane, he then plotted to destroy the multiverse and nearly succeeded, but the Beyonder and Madame Web were able to rewind time enough to gather multiple versions of Spider-Man to stop him. Upon reaching a dimension with a still-living Ben Parker, he reminds Spider-Carnage about responsibility, prompting Peter to sacrifice himself to destroy Carnage for good by throwing both himself and the symbiote into an interdimensional portal.
- The Cletus Kasady version of Carnage symbiote appears in Spider-Man Unlimited, voiced by Michael Donovan. The Carnage symbiote evolved into a more powerful form, being in full control of its host's body, and is partnered with Venom. It can also change into a somewhat liquid form, has elastic stretching powers instead of webs, and has a very skinny appearance, along with spikes on its body. In the series, Carnage and Venom travel to Counter-Earth to join the Synoptic, a hive mind of symbiotes, and ally themselves with the High Evolutionary while secretly helping the Synoptic grow more powerful in order to infect the planet's population with symbiotes. In the series finale, the two symbiotes manage to unleash the Synoptic upon Counter-Earth, ending the series on a cliffhanger.
- The Carnage symbiote was originally slated to appear in the third season of the The Spectacular Spider-Man, but it was never produced. Cletus Kasady however, does make a cameo appearance in the Ravencroft Institute during a therapy session with other patients.
- The Carnage symbiote appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series, voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, and by Fred Tatasciore. The first version is a mutated form of the Venom symbiote. In its self-titled episode "Carnage", the original version is created when the Green Goblin injects Peter Parker with a symbiote sample to be a perfect Venom, but Peter's spider cells makes an unstable organism that has a spiked tongue, makes screeching noises and can cause spikes to protrude from all over his body. Carnage utlimately leaves Peter's body and is re-absorbed by Harry Osborn. The second version appears in Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister Six as a completely different creature. It is the focus of "The Symbiote Saga" three-parter as a weaponized symbiote for HYDRA. Created by Michael Morbius, the Carnage symbiote envelops Doctor Octopus as a host after Morbius is injected with Doc Ock's vampire bat serum, eventually being separated by Spider-Man and Flash Thompson. Upon gaining its own sentience as a hostless symbiote, Carnage fights with Spider-Man and Agent Venom which results in a symbiote bomb to spread to possesses multiple hosts until the Anti-Venom symbiote ultimately neutralizes Carnage's swarm. However, Carnage's regenerates in a giant form that turned in a hive that Spider-Man, Agent Venom, and Patrioteer fought through in order to find the Carnage Queen in the center. Following Mary Jane's separation from the symbiote, Carnage is defeated for good, although some of the symbiote remained inside Mary Jane, who later uses it to become the superheroine Spider-Woman.
- The Carnage symbiote appears in the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series. In this version, Carnage is an original Klyntar rather than Venom's offspring, and was captured and weaponized by Thanos, along with most of the Klyntar. Carnage appears in the episodes "Back in the New York Groove" and "Drive My Carnage", where Thanos hides it inside an asteroid that is retrieved by the Guardians of the Galaxy prior to his arrival on Earth. While Thanos is defeated by the Guardians and Spider-Man and captured, Carnage escapes from the asteriod, left in the Avengers' care, and releases Thanos, before bonding with him. The Carnage-possessed Thanos then fights the Guardians and Spider-Man, who briefly bonds with the Venom symbiote to stand a better chance against him, and is ultimately defeated after Carnage is turned into a solid form and presumably destroyed in the process.
- The Carnage symbiote is alluded in the live-action series Jessica Jones; Karl Malus wears a pair of red glasses, which is a reference to Superior Carnage.
- Woody Harrelson portayed Cletus Kasady in a post-credits scene of the 2018 film Venom, set in the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters, which foreshadowed his transformation into Carnage. He is set to reprise his role in the sequel, , scheduled for release in the United States on June 25, 2021, wherein Kasady will become Carnage.
- The Cletus Kasady version of Carnage was a boss character in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, ', ', ', and '.
- The Cletus Kasady version of Carnage appears in the 2000 Spider-Man video game, voiced Dee Bradley Baker. He helps Doctor Octopus with his plan to infest New York with symbiotes, which are cloned from the Carnage symbiote. Carnage serves as the game's penultimate boss and is fought immediately after defeating Doc Ock. After Spider-Man defeats Carnage using sonics, the symbiote attaches to Doctor Octopus instead, turning him into Monster Ock, who serves as the game's final boss. After Monster Ock is defeated, the symbiote separates from Doctor Octopus.
- The Ultimate Marvel iteration of the Carnage symbiote appears as the penultimate boss in the Ultimate Spider-Man video game. Unlike his Ultimate Marvel counterpart, however, this version requires a host to survive rather than being an entity of its own, and was created by Trask Industries using a sample of the Venom symbiote. After Adrian Toomes injects Peter Parker with this makeshift sample of the symbiote, he transforms into Carnage and breaks free, going on a rampage throughout the Trask Building, until he is defeated by Venom, who aborbs the symbiote from Peter's body.
- The Cletus Kasady version of Carnage appears as a playable character in ' voiced by Fred Tatasciore. He is exclusive to the PlayStation Portable version of the game, but is still alluded at the end of all versions, when Nick Fury decides to call the study of the meteor shards responsible for the game's events "Project Carnage".
- The Ultimate Marvel iteration of Carnage appears as a villain in the final Ultimate segment in ', voiced again by Fred Tatasciore. Derived from Spider-Man's DNA and the Venom symbiote, Carnage is an entity of its own, without a host, similar to the Ultimate Marvel comics. Carnage has been captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. and brought to the Triskelion along with a fragment from the Tablet of Order and Chaos, but S.H.I.E.L.D. foolishly making experiments on Carnage with the fragment behind Nick Fury’s back allowed the symbiote to absorb it, which increased his powers to new levels. After escaping from his containment, Carnage used his new powers to drain the life from numerous S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, which then reanimated into his mindless zombie minions. After receiving an emergency call about what has happened, Spider-Man arrives at the Triskellion, which is now under Carnage's control and swarming with zombie agents, and pursues Carnage throughout the base's burning ruins, along the way dealing with the villain's numerous spawns and Spider-Slayers armed with flamethrowers. Cornering Carnage in his nest, which is located on the Triskelion's highest floor, Spider-Man fights him and his spawns with help from several reprogrammed Spider-Slayers and finally defeats the symbiote, leaving it pinned under rubble, while he claims the tablet fragment. During the credits, Carnage is shown posing for pictures in prison.
- The Cletus Kasady version of Carnage appears as the final boss in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, voiced by David Agranov. This version of the Carnage symbiote, code-named "Venom", was created by Oscorp using nanites as a regenerating body armor, and was initially meant to cure Norman Osborn's illness. After Kasady is defeated by Spider-Man, he is sent to Ravencroft, whereupon he is injected with the symbiote as part of an experiment funded by the Kingpin and overseen by the Chameleon. Kasady eventually learns how to control the symbiote and breaks free, infecting others with his symbiote. When Spider-Man comes to investigate, he rescues "Menken", who informs him of the symbiote's weaknesses to fire and sonics. Using this, Spider-Man is able to defeat Kasady when he and the symbiote fully bond, becoming Carnage, and remove the symbiote from his body, leading to his re-incarceration.
- The Carnage symbiote was a playable character in the Spider-Man Unlimited mobile game via various hosts, most notably Cletus Kasady as Carnage, and Ben Reilly as Spider-Carnage. Carnage also served as a boss in the "Symbiote Dimension" limited time event.
- The Carnage symbiote appears as a playable character in various Marvel related games via its most notable host Cletus Kasady, including ', Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Marvel Super Hero Squad Online, ', Marvel Puzzle Quest ', Marvel Strike Force and Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2. He also appears as a boss in ' and a team-up character in Marvel Heroes 2015.
- * The Cletus Kasady version of Carnage appears as a playable character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2. In the game's story, when Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, Spider-Gwen, and Spider-Man 2099 break into Alchemax, they are attacked by scientists infected by Carnage and Venom's symbiotes. Later, Green Goblin 2099 uses a shard of the Nexus of All Realities to fuse Venom and Carnage into a new creature, dubbed "Carnom" by Spider-Man, who is being controlled by the Goblin himself. Carnom is defeated by the heroes, who free him from the Goblin's control. As the heroes claim the shard, Carnom starts chasing after Goblin 2099 in retaliation for his abuse. Carnom is also a playable character in the game.