I really love all of your designs and concepts for the Spidey-Verse! Considering how cool your Venom redesigns are, do you have any concepts for how Carnage would look and act?
Here’s what I’ve got for ya:
And here’s how it would go down:
Peter realises the black suit is bad news and cuts ties with it. Hurt by the break-up, the symbiote latches onto Eddie Brock, twisting his mind into both hating Peter and believing he is Peter. The symbiote wrestles for more and more control, until eventually is defeated by Spidey, thus freeing Eddie from its grasp. Yet still, the symbiote manages to crawl away.
Having been yanked away from two of its hosts now, it has become too weak to latch on to a new victim. It’s dying, and more desperate than ever to either kill or return to its original host. But without a mind to manipulate, its delusions begin to internalise. It starts seeing everyone as Peter Parker.
What unleashes on the outside as absolute chaos, on the inside is a broken creature clinging to its last scraps of life and sanity.
Carnage was never quite my cup of tea. I found the prospect of a ‘darker’ version of Venom to be contrived, and Cletus Kasady to be fairly one-dimensional in backstory and motivation.
I wanted this take to have a little more justification in the story, a more natural evolution rather than adding more elements on top (though I doubt my Carnage would ever show up in Makeover-verse canon).
There had always been something that bugged me about Carnage’s original look, and I couldn’t put my finger on it until working on this redesign; he doesn’t have a spider emblem. When compared to Spidey and Venom, I feel like this puts him on a lower tier - makes him look like a lackey/grunt type of enemy rather than the big time. I don’t think I’ve entirely dissolved that vibe in this design, but I did try and imply the spider a bit more.
The hollow, tendrily form was inspired by strangler figs after their host tree has died.