Saturday, August 06, 2011
The only thing worse than a lame villain is a copy of good one. Honestly - Carnage may be a fan favorite, but give me a break here. The character, so derivative of Venom as to be utterly ridiculous, is evil beyond redemption, but please. According to Wikipedia, the story behind the characters creation is:
Writer David Michelinie created Carnage to be a darker version of Venom intending to have Venom's human alter ego, Eddie Brock, be killed off in Amazing Spider-Man #400 and have the symbiote continue to bond with a series of hosts. However, as Brock and Venom's popularity increased, Marvel would not allow him to be killed. Michelinie decided to create a new character; a total psychopath who unlike Venom had no sense of honor.
UH-HUH. Wanna know what I think? I'm a lazy blogger so I got no evidence for this, but have you ever noticed the similarities between Venom and Todd MacFarlane's Spawn? The symbiote costume for Spidey did not originate with MacFarlane, but Venom, when Spidey decided to leave the costume behind, did. I'm gonna bet you Venom got tied up in litigation between MacFarlane and Marvel, and hence Carnage was born.