If you saw the 2018 Venom movie, you may remember that the post-credits sting was a little puzzling. The scene showed journalist Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) visiting a prison where he meets a murderer played by Woody Harrelson, with a distinctly Ronald McDonald-looking hairstyle. This guy is Cletus Kasady, and hell have a much bigger role in this years Venom 2.
After delivering a genre-savvy serial killer spiel, Kasady tells Eddie Brock that hes going to escape from prison, at which point theres gonna be carnage. Carnage is, of course, his supervillain name in Marvel Comics. So, who is Cletus Carnage Kasady, and what does he have to do with Venom?
Who is Cletus Kasady in Marvel comics?
Cletus Kasady is one of the main villains of the Venom comics, and like Eddie Brock, hes the human host of an alien symbiote. His symbiote is called Carnage, because all the Klyntar aliens sound like they were named after an edgy skateboard brand.
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Kasady and Carnage were created in the early 1990s by artist Erik Larson and writer David Michelinie, who also co-created the Scott Lang version of Ant-Man (ie. Paul Rudd), War Machine, and Venom himself.
The key conceit of the Klyntar symbiotes is that while theyre all bloodthirsty killers, they have different personalities and theyre influenced by their human hosts. Over the course of Marvel canon, Eddie Brock has generally been portrayed as Venoms soulmate, offering a positive influence on Venoms violent nature. By comparison, it was basically a horror story when Peter Parker became Venoms host, because there was absolutely no overlap between a sweet-natured young superhero and a monstrous alien who liked to bite off peoples heads. Like Venom, Carnage has inhabited several human bodies, but Cletus Kasady is his most famous host, a human who was already a serial killer before the symbiote came along.
Kasady was introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man #344 as Eddie Brocks cellmate in Rykers Island supervillain prisonnot to be confused with the real-life Rikers Island. You can clearly see where Erik Larsons character design was influenced by the Joker: