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Appearing in "Carnage Beyond"

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Synopsis for "Carnage Beyond"

Dylan Brock is awakened late one night to find Anne Weying - the Agent Venom of Earth-1051 - standing over him. Saying that she doesn't have much time to explain, Anne states that after Dylan and Eddie left she spent years hoping for her son - the Dylan Brock of Earth-1051 - to awaken from the coma he'd been left in after his connection to Knull was severed. Finally, Anne gave up hope... only to one day discover that the Carnage symbiote had abandoned Cletus Kasady and sought out Dylan's comatose body as its next host. Restoring the powers Dylan had possessed as Codex, Carnage swiftly conquered the world - killing almost everyone and keeping a handful of others - Anne included - alive to torture. Chuckling nastily, "Anne" reveals herself to be Dylan, taken over by the Carnage symbiote and transformed into a monster with a skull-like face, hair-like tendrils and a black dragon emblem on his chest. Carnage lunges at Dylan and mockingly asks if he missed him. Transforming into Venom, Dylan retorts that he didn't and slams Carnage through the wall of Eddie's apartment.

Laughing maniacally as they hit the street below, Carnage sneers that he's been looking forward to a rematch with Venom, sneering that Codex had been weak and held-back by humanity. As they evade his hair-tendrils, the Venom symbiote warns Dylan that Carnage is more powerful than ever due to having bonded with Codex. As Venom lunges at him, Carnage impales him on his hand and laments that he'd been afraid he was too powerful for Venom to make a worthy opponent. Scoffing, Carnage flings Venom aside and infects him with a piece of his symbiote, the Venom symbiote struggling to heal Dylan's wounds and fend it off at the same time. Picking himself up, Dylan tells the Venom symbiote he's got this and furiously says he would've given anything to know his own mother, but that after enduring unbearable loneliness he's had to make do with his adopted family. Countless symbiotes appear and swarm Carnage, ripping the symbiote away from Codex's body as Dylan mourns his death and says he wishes things could've been different for him. Venom's eyespots changing to spirals, Dylan turns to look at the Carnage and says that his Earth-1051 counterpart would never have wanted to kill his own mother if it wasn't for the creature, obliterating the Carnage symbiote before collapsing next to Codex's desiccated corpse; the Venom symbiote telling him to hold still and let it heal him.

Later, Dylan sits next to a comatose Eddie Brock, who is intubated in a hospital bed, and tells him that he could sense Dylan-1051 and Anne's codices being united within the Symbiote Hive-Mind. Shedding tears, Dylan says that Eddie has suffered enough from the return of his cancer, and that he'll always be able to see him again in the Hive.

Appearing in "Skin Deep"

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Synopsis for "Skin Deep"

Walking down a nighttime street, Cletus Kasady thinks to himself that the saying that New York is the city that never sleeps is a lie, and that if anything is sleepless it's him - surrounded by sinners and heathens, and haunted and hunted by monsters only he can see. Spotting a young woman in a red coat and boots, Cletus thinks to himself that the monsters come in many guises but that they're only skin-deep - although only he can see through them. Tailing after the woman, Cletus follows her into an alley only to be blind-sided as she transforms into a red-and-black monster. Pulling out his knife, Cletus stabs her - internally remarking how easy it is to pierce human skin. As the woman bleeds out, the red-and-black creature infesting her latches onto Cletus with tendrils, who recoils in horror and rips off his jacket before running away in terror.

Over the next several days, Cletus kills several other people infested with the red-and-black monster, initially taking satisfaction at being able to hunt them before beginning to question why it is that only he can see them for what they truly are. At his apartment, Cletus stands in front of a mirror and holds his knife to his own throat - adamantly insisting that he can't possibly be contaminated by the infection. Cletus cuts his own throat and realizes too late that he is indeed infected and has unleashed the monster within. As the red-and-black ooze engulfs him, the monster takes over his mind and sneers that it's not an infection but the blood-soaked cure for the disease called life, and that now that it's unleashed it's going to murder the world.

Appearing in "The End of Humanity"

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  • Fen (Only appearance; dies)[1]
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Synopsis for "The End of Humanity"

Thousands of years after an apocalyptic event that stained the sky crimson and reduced human civilization to ruins, a young man named Caden treks through the wreckage of Manhattan alongside fellow survivors Fen, Dell, and Milla. Coming across the ruins of Avengers Tower, they venture inside; Caden thinking to himself that according to legend millions of people used to live in the city with billions living worldwide, something he scoffs at since he hasn't known more than 20 people, most of whom are dead. Coming across a red cabinet, Caden opens it to see it's empty save for a vial of red-and-black ooze. Picking up the vial, Caden thinks to himself that the rules dictate they share everything they find, but that for some reason he wants to keep this discovery for himself. Fen - clad in a suit of Spider-Armor - asks if he found anything, and Caden quickly tucks the vial away and lies that he didn't.

Later, over a meager meal, Dell shows the others a metal shield with a star emblem that he'd found, the others questioning its effectiveness as a weapon. Fen apologizes for not having found any armor for Caden, remaking they might come across some as they head north before suggesting they turn in early for the night. Caden thinks to himself that it's rare they're able to find any food that's not dangerous to eat, and when they do Dell and Milla just horde it for themselves like they did the first suits of armor they found. With Fen having found his own suit, Caden is the only one left without protection - though Dell is in-charge and quick to enforce his rules with his fists.

The next day, Caden sits outside examining the vial and thinking to himself that Dell claims that up north it's not nightmarishly hot and the skies are blue instead of red, and there's more than enough food to ensure that nobody goes to sleep hungry. Curiously opening the vial, Caden reacts in horror as the red-and-black ooze inside extends tendrils that latch onto him, a sinister voice speaking in his mind and telling him the pain will only last for a moment until they're bonded. The red-and-black ooze covering the left side of his head and upper body, Caden stares down at his now-clawed hand and asks what the entity is. Ignoring him as they walk back into the ruins, the entity - Carnage - says it's been asleep for a long time and is famished. Transforming Caden's left arm into a blade, Carnage decapitates a sleeping Fen - to Caden's horror. As Carnage ravenously devours Fen's corpse, saying it needs sustenance to regain its full strength, Milla awakens just in time to be impaled by a flurry of bladed tendrils. Now fully covering Caden's body, Carnage ignores his pleas to stop only to be bashed from behind by Dell - who furiously demands to know what Caden's doing. As Caden stammers an apology, Carnage tells him not to apologize. Wrapping tendrils around Dell's throat, Carnage notes that he's dressed like Iron Man and wielding Captain America's shield - meaning Tony Stark and Steve Rogers are likely long dead. Scolding Dell for not giving Caden any armor, Carnage mockingly assures Dell that it will protect Caden from now on before chomping down on his head and vertically ripping his body in half.

As Carnage walks through a snowy forest, Caden remarks that he no longer feels bad about killing and eating Fen, Milla, and Dell - rationalizing that they would have died sooner than later anyway, and that he owes Carnage his life. Caden remarks that he and Carnage had continued north and discovered Dell had been right after all, Carnage salivating as they gaze upon a fortified safe camp, and Caden remarking that there's more than enough food inside to ensure they don't go to sleep on an empty stomach for a long time.

Solicit Synopsis

THE DEAD END!

These past several months, a cavalcade of creators have lent the most sinister of their sensibilities to the symbiote corner of the Marvel Universe, and the final epic installment of CARNAGE: BLACK, WHITE & BLOOD is no exception! THIS ISSUE sees the return of two superstars who are no strangers to symbiote business — DECLAN SHALVEY AND RYAN STEGMAN!

Notes

  • Ryan Stegman stated on Twitter that he believes "Carnage Beyond" is not canon. Whether this a personal belief or a comment on an editorial position has yet been clarified.
  • In "Carnage Beyond", Dylan is erroneously presented as still having his symbiote-manipulation powers, which Venom (Vol. 4) #35 establishes he lost when Eddie ripped the living abyss from him in King in Black #5, and is also drawn with spider emblems rather than the dragon emblems he's shown with in Venom (Vol. 4) #35.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
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