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Carnage is a living symbiote, it has all of the powers of Venom but lacks the ability to reason or make decisions on its own. Unique to Carnage is its ability to suck a victim dry of its life-force.
Carnage is vulnerable to fire and, presumably to a lesser extent, sonics. Because the symbiote has no human host, it must continue to replenish its energies like a vampire.
Carnage was a product of Dr. Curt Conners' experimentation on Spider-Man's blood. Because it is a perfect strain of human DNA, he believed that it would allow him to find cures to diseases like cancer. Reluctantly, Peter Parker accepted his offer of a partnership and Conners went to work.
Several months later, Dr. Conners spliced together his DNA and Peter's along with the notes of Richard Parker to create a rejuvenating organism (here-on-out known as "Carnage"). After several periods of incubation, Carnage burst out of its incubation containment and killed a security guard. The creature escaped from the lab facility and instantly was drawn towards the Parker residence (because of the memories it retained). Once there, Carnage killed Gwen Stacy and hid near by.
After a confrontation between Parker and Conners escalated outside of the Parker residence, Carnage revealed itself and started to attempt to speak and assaulted Peter when it failed to do so. He chased it across town and watched it suck dry two police officers and transform into what appeared to be his father (except tinted red). The two continued to battle until Peter overpowered it and hurled the symbiote into a pit of some kind of molten substance, destroying it.
Brian Michael Bendis, writer of the arc that Carnage was introduced, went on record to say "Carnage is crap" in an interview with Silver Bullet Comicbooks. However, it is apparent that the character was forced on him by editorial and that is the reason why Carnage was (presumably) killed off only a few issues after he was introduced.
The Ultimate version of this character is not an alternate identity of the regular Marvel character as the Ultimate universe is a distinct reality.
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First Appearance: Ultimate Spider-Man (2000) #61
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Official Handbook of the Ultimate Marvel Universe 2005: The Fantastic Four & Spider-Man (2005)
Ultimate Secrets (2008)
Ultimate Spider-Man (2000)
- 'Carnage: Part 2'#62
- 'Carnage: Part 3'#63
- 'Carnage: Part 4'#64
- 'Carnage: Part 5'#98
- 'Clone Saga: Part 2'#99
- 'Clone Saga: Part 3'#100
- 'Clone Saga: Part 4'#101
- 'Clone Saga: Part 5'#102
- 'Clone Saga: Part 6'
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Ultimate Spider-Man (2005)
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