Carnage vs Venom
Symbiotes, mysterious and shapeless alien beings from a distant planet, are prominent characters in the Marvel Universe. After Venom’s first appearance it has reproduced a number of times, and the most infamous of it’s children, Carnage, sparked an iconic rivalry with its parent.
Venom has passed through a number of hosts, the most notable of which include Eddie Brock, Flash Thompson, and even Peter Parker.
Eddie Brock had the longest run with the black symbiote, and is generally recognized as the “real Venom.” Using the alien’s power to vastly augment his strength, speed, and agility, he was both villain and anti-hero due to Venom’s twisted sense of justice. Venom is also capable of wall-crawling, “web” swinging, and using it’s liquid-like form as a weapon by creating tendrils used for both using as weapons and even wielding weaponry.
When Flash Thompson became venom, he combined his military training with Venom’s abilities to become one of the most effective vigilantes. Flash’s legs were severed during his time in Iraq, and using Venom as a pair of legs showed that the two worked in tandem better than any other pairing. Flash’s sense of justice also paralleled with Venom’s, and the two have proven to be an effective team using an assortment of firearms and grenades. But as effective and experienced as Venom may be, the pair will always have a disadvantage against their rival.
Enter: Carnage. Bonded with Cletus Kasady, a violent and psychotic murderer, Carnage lives up to its name by being one of Marvel’s most dangerous villains. Much like its parent Venom, Carnage augments its host’s physical abilities immensely, but with an advantage: every symbiote child is born more powerful than its parent. Not only is Carnage much stronger and faster than Venom, but it’s powerset is also enhanced. Like Venom, it can create tendrils from its body, but Carnage can also shape and harden them into bladed weapons, taking its lethal capabilities to a whole new level.
Eddie Brock is known to be the host who has unleashed Venom’s full potential. At peak, his strength was close to 70 tons, and his level of experience with the symbiote was an apparent edge against Cletus’ “rabid dog” style, but his experience just doesn’t outweigh Carnage’s distinct advantages in strength, durability, and lethality. Carnage would not hesitate to cut down his parent and has more than enough stopping power to do so.
Flash however, in his Agent Venom persona, is a whole new animal. His military training, focused attitude, and firepower bonded with Venom would make even Cletus Kasady a little uneasy. And having tangled with this foe before, Agent Venom is always prepared to Carnage down by taking advantage of the symbiotes’ two weaknesses: extreme sound and extreme heat. Flash has shown to take on Carnage with sonic emitters and flame weaponry, proving once and for all that brains can outmatch brawn.
Venom(Flash Thompson): 7/10