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Appearing in "No Survivors"

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  • Blake Bellman (Only appearance; dies)[1]

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Synopsis for "No Survivors"

At the Magpie Club, a performance by heavy metal band Brain Flayer is turned into a bloodbath when Carnage attacks, sneering that he used to be the group's number-one fan as he impales the lead guitarist. Only the band's sound engineer, Blake Bellman, survives by playing dead as Carnage heaps the corpses of the audience members on top of him until Spider-Man arrives. Later, Bellman is interviewed by Daily Bugle reporter Ben Urich and explains that Spider-Man used the sound system to weaken Carnage's symbiote, allowing the Human Torch to subdue him with fireballs. Urich remarks that Bellman - who has been spattered by blood but is otherwise uninjured -- was lucky to have survived, agreeing to keep his name out of the press, and Bellman says he intends to treasure every remaining day of his life.

At his apartment, Bellman reads Urich's article and is alarmed by Cletus Kasady snarling that he never leaves any survivors, just people who don't realize they're already dead. Coughing violently, Bellman spots some blood on his hand and is terrified when he sees some of the droplets have formed into the shape of Carnage's face. Going to the hospital for an ultrasound scan, Bellman asks his doctor if the scan revealed anything abnormal and is assured that he is in perfect health, only to panic as he sees Carnage's face in the monitor. The doctor doesn't see anything, however, and advises Bellman to seek therapy

At a counsellor's office, Bellman's therapist says it sounds like he's suffering from survivor's guilt -- an explanation that makes more sense than his paranoia that pieces of an alien entity are inside his body. Bellman agrees, but a possible hallucination of the Carnage symbiote whispers in his ear that any other explanation sounds crazy. A month passes, and Bellman succumbs to his paranoia and begins hallucinating that the Carnage symbiote is speaking to him, mocking him as he researches symbiotes and their weaknesses. Rigging up a large sound system, Bellman blares Brain Flayer's music in an attempt to exploit the symbiotes' weakness to sonics, the Carnage symbiote begging him to stop and screaming in pain before falling silent. Bellman's neighbors pound on the door to his apartment demanding he turn off the music, only for the building's fuse to blow out. As Bellman lies on the floor in the dark, the Carnage symbiote mocks his failure to kill it. Spotting a post-it note with "FIRE!" written on it, Bellman burns the apartment down. Having evacuated as many people as he could, Spider-Man spots Ben Urich interviewing one of the residents and laments not being able to save Bellman - who committed suicide by diving back into the flames.

At Ravencroft, Ben Urich interviews Cletus Kasady, asking how he got Bellman to kill himself. Laughing, Kasady says he has no idea who Urich is talking about, which makes it even better.

Appearing in "Sea of Blood"

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  • The Carnage (First appearance) (Destroyed)
  • The Venom (First appearance)

Synopsis for "Sea of Blood"

The dreaded pirate ship Carnage, captained by Cletus Kasady, sails across a blood-red sea. Captain Kasady lashes the navigator, Ozzie Osborne, to death; Quartermaster Miles Warren noting that the crew liked Osborne. Captain Kasady notes that Osborne was a good navigator but that they no longer have need for his services, sneering that Warren and the other crew should pray he doesn't find the same of them. Arriving at their destination, Captain Kasady leads his crew to shore and watches with his first mate and lover Frances Barrison as they dig a pit in the sand. Frances asks if the treasure they're after is worth the trouble it's caused them, and Captain Kasady says it's worth every star in the sky. The crew unearth a chest and Captain Kasady opens it to reveal a crimson amorphous creature. Hearing a gun cock, Captain Kasady turns to see Frances aiming her flintlock at his head. As Frances says the crew decided to mutiny due to his wanton cruelty, Captain Kasady grins and says he expected as much from Ganger before scornfully impaling Frances through the neck with a red-and-black blade formed from the amorphous creature, which bonds to him. As his crew flees in terror, Captain Kasady slaughters them using his symbiote.

Some time later, Admiral Brock's ship, the Venom, comes across the Carnage - which has been festooned with the corpses of its former crew -- reanimated by the crimson symbiote. Ordering his crew to battle stations, Admiral Brock opens fire on the Carnage -- Captain Kasady casually catching a cannonball just before it hits him in the face. Attacking the Venom with crimson tendrils, Captain Kasady infects a rat with an offshoot of his symbiote and launches it at Admiral Brock's first mate Jameson. As the rat bites into his throat and the symbiote starts to take over him, Admiral Brock draws a sabre and decapitates Jameson. Extending black tendrils, Admiral Brock launches himself onto the Carnage and orders his crew to bombard the enemy ship with pitch. Landing on the Carnage's deck, Admiral Brock orders Captain Kasady to surrender. Mockingly greeting his former commanding officer, Captain Kasady sneers that Admiral Brock lost the right to boss him around after dismissing him from his service; Admiral Brock retorting that not putting him down like the mad dog he is was a mistake he won't make twice. Admiral Brock's own jet-black symbiote engulfs him and the two fight, Captain Kasady mockingly says that Admiral Brock won't survive this fight. Saying he wasn't planning on it, Admiral Brock lights a match and drops it into a pitch barrel that Captain Kasady slashed open during their fight. As Captain Kasady recoils in horror, the Carnage explodes and sinks to the bottom of the ocean.

Years later, the wreckage of the Carnage sits at the bottom of the ocean, the skeleton of Captain Kasady clutching a small wooden chest. As crimson tendrils emerge from the chest and coil around the bones of its fingers, an eerie red glow lights up the skull's eye socket.

Appearing in "The Convention"

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  • Cult of Carnage (First appearance)

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Synopsis for "The Convention"

At San Diego Comic Con, a cosplayer dressed as Carnage stands in line along with people dressed as other Marvel Comics characters. Some men cosplaying as various Spider-Men and a woman cosplaying as Ghost-Spider admire his costume and ask if he's willing to get a picture with him - saying they're trying to get photos with all the Venoms and Carnages. The Carnage cosplayer agrees, and after the group leaves is approached by a man in a hooded robe and a mask with a spiral emblem on it - who tells the Carnage cosplayer to follow him. The spiral-masked man says they didn't come to Comic Con to take pictures, confusing the Carnage cosplayer.

Saying the Cult of Carnage answers to a higher calling, the spiral-masked man leads the Carnage cosplayer down some stairs to a room where three other Carnage cosplayers and several other masked and robed people wait, brandishing knives. As the spiral-masked man says that if he survives he can join their ranks, the Carnage cosplayer mocks the elaborate set up and jokingly asks if they're planning to summon Knull. The spiral-masked cultist says that Knull is advanced material and that they intend to start simple, advancing on the Carnage cosplayer with the other cultists. As the cultists brandish their knives, the Carnage cosplayer protests that the spiral-masked cultist said he could join the Cult of Carnage, and the cultists say that giving his body and soul to summon the real Carnage is the highest honor any member can wish for. The Cult of Carnage stab the Carnage cosplayer repeatedly with their knives, to the horror of the other Carnage cosplayers. As the cultists pray to Carnage, the seemingly dead Carnage cosplayer reveals himself to have been the real Carnage all along. Complementing the cosplayers' costumes, Carnage mocks the cultists' belief that they summoned him - sneering that he was there all along and they didn't even notice. Slaughtering the cultists, Carnage grouses that it's a good thing they didn't summon Knull, disgustedly calling them an embarrassment. Picking up a candlestick as a souvenir, Carnage once again complements the cosplayers' costumes before disguising himself once again and rejoining the crowd outside - wondering where he can get some decent food.

Solicit Synopsis

Take a walk down memory lane with SPIDER-MAN scribe DAN SLOTT and SAVAGE AVENGERS illustrator GREG SMALLWOOD – as they unleash a tale of psychological terror against the backdrop of MAXIMUM CARNAGE that’ll have you seeing red!

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
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