The SPUMC has developed into one of the most promising villain universes put there. It really felt like Sony was trying to do something new with this franchise. But the after-credits scene has put Venom on a collision course with Spider-Man. We all knew it was inevitable but the timing of the event is curious. Makes us wonder how long have the two companies been in cahoots. However, today we want to talk about how the origin of Carnage has been changed from the comics. Particularly speaking about the new movie iteration of the character.
As things stand we have come to a point where Carnage lived in the live-action seven for all of 97 minutes. In this time Cletus was introduced, he was infected by Venom, transformed into Carnage, fell in love with Shriek, and was defeated by Brok. This is a lot to fit in a single movie not to mention the original backstory of Carnage in the comics was way longer and it was structured way more effectively. But here the origin of Carnage was rushed. It seems that Andy Serkis substituted character development with action.
This is not advisable in movies where characters are as interesting as Venom. Take Deadpool for example, the movie knows it is self-indulgent and the fans love that factor. The same should have been the approach with Venom, but Serkis went the marvel action route, minus the emphasis on characters. This did give Venom a segway into the MCU with the MCU vibe, but it utterly ruined the potential of Harrelson’s Carnage. Read on to find out what the movie changed from The comics.
The Origin Of Carnage
The comic origin of Carnage was way longer and better established. It was a complex arc where every act had meaning and every panel told its own story. That is the kind of thing that builds bonds between characters. The story’s purpose is to make sure that the audience understands character motivations. Origin of Carnage in the comics does a good job of this unlike Venom: Let There Be Carnage. The comic origins start from before Cletus Kasady is ever introduced to the audience.
In fact, they start all the way back when Venom loses a fight to Styx. Presumed dead after the fight, the Venom symbiote detaches from Eddie Brok and goes off somewhere. Subsequently, Eddie is taken to Ryker’s and incarcerated there for some time. He is locked up with Kasady as his cellmate. The heroic nature of Eddie clashes with the villainous demeanor of Kasady and this is how the pair ends up at odds. Eddie and Kasady continuously tussle with each other over and over again.
They develop a hatred for each other. Venom finally breaks into Ryker’s in his symbiote form and fuses with Eddie once again. Together again, Venom escapes its captors. But the most interesting part is that Venom leaves a symbiote spawn behind. This spawn fuses with Kasady via a cut on his hand and forms the beast called Carnage. Both the symbiote and Kasady ah an insatiable need for murder. So they set their eyes on their common enemy, Venom. Kasady wants to torture Eddie and Carnage wants to punish Venom for abandoning him.
Let There Be Carnage
Both Carnage and Kasady have an inseparable bond in the comics. Much like Eddie and Venom. Although the pair have been split up before after hard-fought battles they have never been killed or separated for long. One way or the other Carnage finds his way back to Kasady and they always reunite with renewed vigor. Carnage is also severely depowered in the movies. He is set out as a rampaging machine but his true power from the comics never comes out in the movies.
The red symbiote has destroyed nth Spider-Man and Venom simultaneously in the comics before. He is capable of wreaking havoc on an entire team of heroes. It is often his obsessive mind that is his downfall. Kasady also loves Carnage the most in the comics, even more than Shriek. But this has been reversed in the movie which is also very strange. These changes make Carnage less of a villain and more a character that Eddie Brok can save. We did not expect this when we read “Let There Be Carnage”.
What do you think of our analysis? Does it make sense? Or is it just too far-fetched? Maybe it is too complicated? Does it seem rather vague? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and keep watching this space for everything Marvel, DC, and Hollywood. Excelsior!!!