The event which will have connections to almost every Venom and Carnage story up until now has officially begun. Starting Wednesday, Marvel’s summer crossover Absolute Carnage has hit the store. Speaking with ComicBook, Absolute Carnage author Donny Cates broke down the relationship between Spider-Man and Venom at the beginning of their new adventure, which will lead the pair in fighting against a resurrected Cletus Kasady and the dangerous symbiote god, Knull.
“Yeah I mean, complicated is the word, right? They’ve been through everything together at this point,” Cates said. “Enemies, allies, friends even….maybe? They share a bond that is incredibly complex and one that I don’t either of them could actually pin down or explain. I think of them like estranged brothers. Not super close, but begrudgingly tied to one another. They’ll be there for each other if the other needs help, but they won’t be happy about it.”
Since the symbiote’s first appearance in Marvel’s Secret Wars storyline in 1984, Peter Parker’s relationship with the Klyntar who would later become known as Venom has always been complicated. In spite of his grudge towards Spider-Man, though, Venom has never refused to side with Spidey in case of extreme necessity. Even against his own spawn.
This is not the first time Venom and Spidey have teamed up to fight against the symbiote known as Carnage. In the 1993 event Maximum Carnage, Carnage recruited a team of fellow maniacs to go against pretty much everyone in the Marvel Universe. Carnage has always been a serious threat for the unconventional team since it is more powerful than both Spider-Man and Venom combined.
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