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Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Chthon K'lay wgah'nagl fhtagn!
Iä! Iä! Carnage fhtagn!

Carnage Vol. 2, written by Gerry Conway and with art by Mark Perkins, debuted as part of All-New, All-Different Marvel event, plunging the symbiotic serial killer into territory more familiar to the likes of Doctor Strange.

  • Bio-Armor:
    • Eddie Brock evidently took a leaf from Flash Thompson's costuming department, sculpting the Toxin symbiote into black-and-red body armor.
    • Raze's symbiote mirror's the appearance of Claire Dixon's body armour.
  • Black Speech: The text of the Darkhold and Chthon's dialogue are written in the eldritch language of the Cthulhu Mythos, enabling them to be parsed through a R'lyehian dictionary to provide a rough translation.
    Chthon: Shagg shogg chtenff, y'uln sgn'wahl-og! Y'uln sgn'wahl-og! note 
    Chthon: [to Jubulile] Mnahn'hlirgh kn'a? note 
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  • Brought Down to Normal: In preparation for him becoming Venom again, Eddie Brock gives the Toxin symbiote to Jubulile van Scotter.
  • Bullying a Dragon: The Darkhold cultists and Broodlings of Chthon try to sacrifice Carnage to summon their eldritch god. Carnage returns the favour and succeeds where they failed.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: Carnage Vol. 2 plunges Carnage, Toxin, Man-Wolf, and into Marvel's expy of the Cthulhu Mythos.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Claire Dixon sacrifices herself to save her team from Carnage, invoking this trope when she refuses Eddie's suggestion to use the Darkhold to heal her.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Jubulile does so pretty much literally, using her Darkhold-augmented symbiote to prevent Cthon from crossing over.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Chthon — in contrast to his prior appearances as a black-cloaked grey-skinned humanoid entity — appears as a navy blue expy of Cthulhu, complete with an octopus-head.
  • Expy:
    • In a deviation from his past depictions, Chthon is depicted as an expy of Cthulhu and is referred to as an Old One in addition to an Elder God — which are treated synonymously.
    • The Broodlings of Chthon are a species of Humanoid Abomination created by Chthon, being similar to the Deep Ones from the Cthulhu Mythos in both appearance and modus operandi.
  • Lovecraft Lite: Despite Carnage succeeding in summoning Chthon, the good guys are able to punch him out with minimal losses.
  • Magic Enhancement:
    • After the Darkhold Cult tries to sacrifice Cletus Kasady to resurrect Chthon, the Carnage symbiote is altered and augmented by the eldritch magic of the Darkhold, replacing its weakness to sonics with a weakness to eldritch magic and giving it a modified version of its Asteroids Monster ability.
    • After Jubulile assimilates the Toxin and Raze symbiotes in order to empower her own symbiote, Victoria Montesi uses the Darkhold to infuse her with psychic energy and blast Chthon with a beam of light magic.
  • Not Quite Dead:
    • Claire Dixon was presumed dead after the freighter she was on exploded. After being impaled by Carnage, she makes a comeback in Mike Costa's Venom.
    • Despite apparently being vaporized by Jubulile, Chthon is revealed to have survived in Secret Empire.
  • Psychic Link: As a result of Jubulile van Scotter being infected with a Darkhold-augmented offshoot of the Carnage symbiote, she and Cletus Kasady can sense each others' presence and are forced to relive each others' memories.
  • Power Incontinence: Before he gets the hang of his new mystical powers, Cletus' attempts to infect people with offshoots of his symbiote either kill the subjects outright or turn them into grotesque human-symbiote hybrids. Aside from the Darkhold cultists, Claire Dixon and Jubulile van Scotter are the only successful test subjects.
  • Shout-Out: The chant used to summon Chthon is word-for-word identical to the chant used to summon Cthulhu in the Cthulhu Mythos, substituting "Chthon" for Cthulhu and "K'lay" for R'lyeh.
  • Series Continuity Error:
    • Prior comics had established the Midnight Sons as having been established by Doctor Strange to combat Lilith and the Lilin — being comprised of Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch), a depowered Johnny Blaze, Morbius, Louise Hastings, Victoria Montesi, Sam Buchanan, Blade, Frank Drake, and Hannibal King. Carnage Vol. 2 establishes the organization as being much larger and at least four decades older than previously established.
    • Cletus had taken to referring to the Carnage symbiote with female pronouns after it gave birth to Toxin, but in this series he inexplicably reverts back to referring to it with male pronouns.
    • The Elder Gods are described as being identical to the Great Old Ones of the Cthulhu Mythos, with Chthon in particular being nigh-identical to Cthulhu. However, Cthulhu and the Great Old Ones already exist in the Marvel Universe, being affiliated with Shuma'Gorath and the Many-Angled Ones; and the Elder Gods were previously established as being something completely different.
    • A misprint has Eddie state that Jubulile removed the Toxin symbiote from Claire Dixon, though Claire's symbiote was called Raze.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: The Darkhold, a grimoire written by Aelfric the Mad Monk based on Cthonian scrolls and tablets, plays a significant role in the series' plot.
  • Tragic Monster: Claire Dixon doesn't want to do Cletus's bidding, but being enslaved to his will causes her to undergo a Despair Event Horizon.
  • Uncertain Doom: After Jubulile fries Chthon, her symbiote — which was merged with the Toxin and Raze symbiotes — evaporates into pink mist, leaving it unclear if any of them survived.
  • Vague Age: Yuvraj Singh mentions Victoria Montesi was the same apparent age — her mid to late 30's — when he was a child as she is in the the present day, to Eddie Brock's incredulity.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Chthon callously discards Carnage the moment he's no longer needed, enraging Cletus — who thought he'd be rewarded for his services.


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