Know Your Villains: Carnage | Entertainment Inquirer
Carnage is perhaps one of the most evil supervillains to be unleashed by Marvel comics and soon to hit the big screen. The supervillains you’ve all seen so far after Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be like comparing a bunch of poodles to a pit bull when it comes to this guy. And his hatred for Eddie Brock and Venom is legendary. Yes, I am part of the symbiote also known as Venom, and not of the Eddie Brock host body only.
There is no flawed ideology, no tortured backstory that led Carnage to be what it is today, and no redemptive qualities either, either. Carnage is a supervillain in the truest sense of the word. This immense threat in a supervillain is now lacking in almost all new superhero-based films after 2016. Carnage is a pure villain.
As a pre-teen in the very early 1990s, I still remember one of the first times I saw Carnage and it was in a comic book store. It was one of his first appearances in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man which was on the shelf in the comic book store. At the time, I was already a comic book collector mostly from Marvel Comic Books. The Amazing Spider-Man was one of my favorites to read.
Here is this cool visual of a supervillain with its red and black color scheme, which to me looked so much like a splash of ink splattered. Its design was eye-catching and you’d want to watch it more over time, as there was no other supervillain that looked like it back then, in those years. Since the early ’90s, there have been countless permutations, ripoffs, and spinoffs of the original Carnage comic book character in Marvel.
Now, in 2021, after decades of comic book collectors holding, cherishing, and reading the issues we had to buy back then, we’re thrilled that Carnage is finally making its long-awaited big screen debut in the Venom movie sequel. .
The arrival of Carnage is a long time coming and I think its incarnation and portrayal will be pretty true to the comic book roots of the supervillain. Obviously, the biggest indicator of this is that the name of the host body is that of murderer Cletus Kasady who was the very first person to be under the control of the symbiote.
For the youngest Marvel fans and especially those who have never read the first appearances of Carnage, you are going to be in for a treat. That’s because currently there is no other existing or deceased supervillain who has ever appeared in the MCU like him. When it comes to the worst of the worst, Carnage tops this infamous list of supervillains.
There was no possibility before Carnage would appear in the MCU’s main continuity since he’s not deemed “PG enough”; Carnage would surely have offended and upset any group that wants to make sure the MCU remains healthy, virtually bloodless, and endearing to everyone. That mindset didn’t consider that there is a more mature, smarter, and older group who want to see the most dangerous, calculating, and menacing supervillains outside of Thanos, supervillains who can test the game. courage and resolve of our favorite superheroes.
Why are we limiting ourselves here? The movies are meant to be an escape from reality, not just callbacks to the nonsense, distortion, and madness that plague the society that has spilled over into the movies. This essentially made almost every superhero movie released after 2016 boring, predictable, and lame in terms of the storyline and even the choice of villains.
You want superheroes to be really ‘awesome’, right? Therefore, give people a supervillain like Carnage. Let’s see how far our superheroes will go to stop a villain in the Carnage category.
Now, can the anti-hero villain Venom win against someone like Carnage?
In my opinion, based on what I saw in the official trailer for “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”, the Venom symbiote has already mellowed, become more friendly, and appears to have already completely transited from the side of the good. Normally that would be a welcome change.
However, with Carnage (based on every comic I’ve read that featured it), whenever the superhero or superhero group is too reluctant or hesitant to try and defeat Carnage, the superheroes have virtually no chance of stopping the symbiote in its murderous ways.
Additionally, in the Marvel comics, Carnage would end up forming his own team. In the official Venom movie sequel trailer, I’m sure I’ve spotted one before, but I’m not 100% sure.
Carnage surrounded himself with other demented, psychotic, and murderous supervillains to do whatever he wanted. His team would be five to seven, or with even more supervillains. And if the official trailer is already an indicator, Carnage has started training his team, then Venom would have virtually no chance of stopping the Carnage team on his own. Will this be the case in the Venom movie sequel? Or will this lead to Venom getting some form of help from others? I do not know. We must all wait and see.
In the history of Marvel Comic Books, the creation of the symbiote turns out to be one of the most inventive, creative, and intelligent creations ever made. Why this? There are so many ways to create a storyline with this. There are so many ways to make the symbiote live by moving from one host body to another. This virtually ensures that the longevity of the comic book character is set in stone. I have already lost count of how many host bodies the symbiote has supported.
Basically, the symbiote is an enhanced version of the host body’s personality. In short, if you are a bad person, you become a worse person, and so on. This integral factor is also one of the reasons Eddie Brock, the host body of Venom the Symbiote, is the reason the Symbiote changed their ways.
No “Baby Venoms” or other silly emasculated versions of one of Venom’s greatest anti-heroes. Please don’t ruin the myth of this iconic Marvel comic book character. Let’s not deprive younger Marvel fans of what we older fans consider so special in Venom those early years, and now, in its nemesis, Carnage.
I feel lucky to have been around before when iconic comic book characters, namely Venom and Carnage, started appearing in Marvel comics. There is now a sense of victory for us older fans, as we never imagined that twenty years later an accurate and faithful portrayal of Venom would have its own movie. And now add Carnage which amplifies everything about the Venom movie sequel, “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”, you’ve got a match made in hell.
Venom vs. Carnage. Wow! Now, it’s a rivalry for the ages that all of us comic book collectors have long been waiting to see on the big screen. And every young Marvel fan should see it, too.
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