After bonding to the Dark Carnage symbiote, Cletus Kasady pledged allegiance to the dark god Knull and usurped leadership of an ancient symbiote-worshiping cult. To facilitate his hunt for everyone who had ever bonded to a symbiote, Dark Carnage attacked the Underground City and established a Spire manifested from his symbiote at its center. Infecting the populace and several feral animals with offshoots of his symbiote, Dark Carnage then sent them to hunt down former symbiote-hosts.
Travelling to Doverton, Carnage infected Eric Morrell with a piece of his symbiote before sacrificing him to Knull. John Jameson attempted to intervene, but was also infected and turned into a sleeper agent, capturing Misty Knight and imprisoning her in the Ravencroft Institute. Making his way to New York, Dark Carnage began infecting animals and homeless people, establishing a second Spire underneath Grand Street. Using Knull's power, Dark Carnage corrupted the Hybrid symbiote - which seperated into the Agony, Lasher, Phage, and Riot symbiotes - and sent them after Normie Osborn.
When he was finally ready, Dark Carnage attacked Eddie Brock and his son Dylan - who managed to escape when the Venom symbiote rebonded to Eddie. Dark Carnage had Jameson slaughter the guards stationed at the Ravencroft Institute, arranging a trap for Venom and Spider-Man should they try to rescue Norman Osborn. Springing his trap, Cletus broke into Ravencroft and infected the inmates with pieces of his symbiote, turning most of them into a horde of four-armed Carnage Doppelgängers. With his shock troops now ready, Dark Carnage infected Osborn with a piece of his symbiote to turn him back into Carnage. Unleashing his horde across the city, Dark Carnage took Ravencroft as his base of operations, inducted the remaining inmates into the symbiote-worshiping cult, and resurrected Demogoblin using Shriek as a sacrifice.
When Deadpool burnt the institute to the ground, Dark Carnage relocated his base of operations to the Spire under Grand Street. Over the next several hours, Dark Carnage unleashed his army into the city, directing them to devour civilians or infect them with pieces of his symbiote to swell his ranks. Dark Carnage resurrected the Scream symbiote to serve as one of his generals, sending her after Andi Benton. Sending Osborn after Scorpion resulted in Miles Morales being taken over by an offshoot of the Dark Carnage symbiote, turning him into a unique six-armed Carnage Doppelgänger. Man-Wolf, Miles, and Scream broke free of Dark Carnage's control, though Miles succumbed to his symbiote once again. Despite taking over the Maker, Hybrid was seemingly killed by Dylan Brock, Sleeper, and Hawkeye.
Once the heroes had regrouped and established a base of operations at Rex Strickland's warehouse, using a machine to non-lethally extract codices, Dark Carnage infiltrated it disguised as Eddie Brock before summoning his horde to crush those who opposed him and claim the remaining codices. Out of desperation, the Venom symbiote bonded to Bruce Banner and unleashed his Savage Hulk persona, though Dark Carnage defeated him and assimilated the Venom symbiote - apotheosizing into an even more powerful form. Miles was freed from his symbiote by Eddie, who bonded to the codices extracted by the Maker's machine and amalgamated them into a gestalt symbiote.
As Venom battled the apotheosized Dark Carnage, Spider-Man defeated Norman Osborn with help from the demon Kindred; and Dylan seemingly destroyed Osborn's offshoot of the Dark Carnage symbiote. With re-enforcements turning the tide against Dark Carnage's horde, Dark Carnage forced Venom to kill him in order to save Dylan - thereby unleashing Knull from Knyntar. With Dark Carnage's death, his symbiote was absorbed into Venom and the offshoots seemingly perished, freeing their hosts.
Carnage's horde fought mainly with their fangs, claws, and tendrils; using their sheer numbers to overwhelm foes.
- 33 appearance(s) of Carnage's Hive (Earth-616)
- 1 minor appearance(s) of Carnage's Hive (Earth-616)
- 1 mention(s) of Carnage's Hive (Earth-616)
- 4 image(s) of Carnage's Hive (Earth-616)