Real Name: Cletus Kasady
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #344 (February, 1991) as Cletus Kasady, Amazing Spider-Man #360 (March, 1992) as Carnage
Powers: Superhuman Strength, Speed, and Stamina. Has a resistance to injury and possesses Healing Abilities. Can create weapons that can be detached and thrown as well as weapons that remain attached from the Symbiote. Can also reduce Spider-Man’s “Spider Sense”.
Did you know: Cletus Kasady was actually modeled after DC’s, Joker
A Little History
Cletus Kasady is the living definition of a homicidal maniac who came from a dysfunctional family. Not only did he kill his grandmother by pushing her down the stairs but he tried to kill his mother, and actually successfully killed his dog. Unable to live with her son, his mother then attempted to kill him only to be beaten to the brink of death by his father.
This led Cletus to be sent to and live in the St. Estes Home for Boys where he was abused and ridiculed by his classmates. While there he killed the Disciplinarian Administrator, pushed a girl in front of a moving bus, and burned down the orphanage.
As he aged, he became a serial killer. Eventually, he would be caught and sent to live in Ryker’s Island (a prison). While staying here, he was cellmates with a symbiote-less Eddie Brock.
Eddie’s symbiote, looking to once again bond with him, eventually came looking to free him. During the escape, the symbiote left behind an offspring in the cell. Feeling no emotional attachment to Eddie, the symbiote latched onto a new host, Cletus, and transformed him into Carnage.
Unlike the symbiote hosted by Peter Parker and Eddie Brock, the symbiote hosted by Cletus Kasady entered his bloodstream. This form of hosting created a much stronger and deeper bond.