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Extreme Carnage is a 2021 Marvel Comics miniseries launched as a follow-up to Absolute Carnage, Scream: Curse of Carnage, and King In Black.

In the wake of Carnage and Knull's attempts to conquer and/or destroy the Earth, humanity is now acutely aware of how dangerous symbiotes can be. Taking advantage of the growing climate of paranoia and prejudice, Senator Peter Krane, a charismatic but ruthless politician with ambitions of presidency, rallies the xenophobic Friends of Humanity organization to his cause. Alchemax establishes a paramilitary task-force of Guardsmen to hunt down any and all symbiotes — something that poses a problem for Scream (Andi Benton), the newly-resurrected Agent Anti-Venom (Flash Thompson), and the new Toxin (Bren Waters). Worse, Carnage — thought to have been killed once-and-for-all by Venom — endures as a codex within the Symbiote Hive and is plotting a resurgence involving the Life Foundation symbiotes Phage, Lasher, Riot, and Agony.

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The series consists of:
  • Extreme Carnage Alpha by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, with art by Manuel Garcia
  • Extreme Carnage: Scream by Clay McLeod Chapman, with art by Chris Mooneyham
  • Extreme Carnage: Phage by Steve Orlando, with art by Gerardo Sandoval
  • Extreme Carnage: Lasher by Clay McLeod Chapman, with art by Chris Mooneyham
  • Extreme Carnage: Riot by Alyssa Wong, with art by Fran Galan
  • Extreme Carnage: Toxin by Steve Orlando, with art by Gerardo Sandoval
  • Extreme Carnage: Agony by by Alyssa Wong, with art by Fran Galan
  • Extreme Carnage Omega by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, with art by Manuel Garcia

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These comics contain examples of:

  • Ambiguous Situation: Flash isn't too sure if Peter Krane has been taken over by Carnage, but he's assuming that he has. Agony reveals he's wrong and he figures it out too late: it's his son Arthur.
  • Archnemesis Dad: As established in King In Black: Planet of the Symbiotes #3, Bren Waters' father is a high-ranking member of Alchemax's Guardsmen, who are in charge of hunting down and capturing any aliens — and especially symbiotes — that they encounter. When fighting Andi Benton, he gives the reason that he wants to make the world a safer place for his son... while being completely oblivious to the fact that his son is the host of the Toxin symbiote, having unwittingly tried to capture or kill him in their first encounter. Toxin's tie-in establishes that he's a Punch-Clock Villain, as while he's stern and often distant he does care deeply about his son.
  • Atop a Mountain of Corpses: The main cover for Extreme Carnage Omega shows the "Carnage-Infested" Phage, Riot, Agony, and Lasher symbiotes roaring while perched on a heap of corpses.
  • Badass in Distress: The main cover for Extreme Carnage: Lasher shows the "Carnage-Infested" Lasher capturing Andi Benton — who is without the Scream symbiote. Indeed, Andi is separated from the Scream symbiote after it succumbs to Carnage's control in the second issue, forcing her to kill it, and is subsequently attacked by Phage.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind:
    • In Extreme Carnage Alpha, Carnage is shown dragging Flash Thompson into the Symbiote Hive-Mind in an attempt to infest his Anti-Venom symbiote.
    • In Extreme Carnage: Scream, Carnage drags Andi Benton into the Symbiote Hive-Mind and successfully infests the Scream symbiote until Andi cuts loose with her Hell-Mark.
    • In Extreme Carnage: Toxin, Carnage attempts it again with Toxin to try and subdue his child and get him to submit to Carnage's hive. It fails and Toxin chases him out of their corner of the Symbiote Hive-Mind.
  • Big Bad: The Dark Carnage symbiote, controlled by Cletus Kasady's codex from within the Symbiote Hive-Mind, is the main instigator of the event.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder:
    • After Carnage drags him into the Hive-Mind in an attempt to take over his symbiote, Flash comes to his senses having transformed into Agent Anti-Venom and about to impale his new friend Hank with an arm-blade, reacting in horror at what he almost did before running off.
    • The "Carnage-Infested" Phage sports a pair of Predator-esque wrist-blades on his left arm.
    • The "Carnage-Infested" Riot has a massive red-tipped blade emerging from the back of his right arm.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • The Friends of Humanity, usually an X-Men-centric hate group, have come back into focus. Even Tony Stark points out they used to be jokes before now.
    • In the preview for Extreme Carnage: Scream, Doppelgänger — not seen since Absolute Carnage and a brief cameo in Ruins of Ravencroft — is shown to have been shipped to Alchemax to be experimented on.
  • Canine Companion: Extreme Carnage: Phage shows that following Knull's defeat, Phage — wanting to enjoy the simple life — bonded to a large wolf-like dog named Mitch, who belonged to Buck Cashman. When Carnage puts out his call, Phage is compelled to maul Buck and start eating him alive.
  • Captured Super-Entity:
    • While Iron Man is no longer wearing his Extremis-augmented symbiote-dragon armor from King In Black, which he's dubbed an "Extremebiote", he's keeping it in his lab and is smugly confident about his ability to control it. Flash warns him that treating it as a mere suit of armor could end in disaster, since it's a living creature with a mind and will of its own.
    • Extreme Carnage: Scream establishes that Alchemax has managed to capture a small symbiote-dragon and is performing experiments on it.
  • Continuity Snarl: Extreme Carnage: Scream has Carnage state that Scream is to be the first of his "siblings" to be recruited to his new Hive, and implies the events to be happening more-or-less concurrently with Peter Krane's interview at the end of Extreme Carnage Alpha. Extreme Carnage: Phage shows that the Phage symbiote was actually the first to be recruited weeks before Carnage targeted Scream, and that the events of Extreme Carnage: Scream happened a few weeks after those of Alpha.
  • The Corruption: Despite being reduced to a mere codex in the Symbiote Hive, Cletus Kasady is attempting to make a comeback by creating a Hive of his own, emitting a psionic call that causes other symbiotes to succumb to his will — with them being "Carnage-Infested" as a result. Agent Anti-Venom and Toxin feel the call in Extreme Carnage Alpha and Extreme Carnage: Toxin but are able to reject it, though Scream, Phage, Riot, and Agony aren't so lucky. Lasher wants nothing to do with Carnage, who resorts to manipulating the symbiote's host — an elderly man with dementia — instead.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: While Liz Allan has had numerous morally grey and even black moments as the CEO of Alchemax, in Mike Costa's Venom and Donny Cates' Venom she maintained a relatively amiable relationship with Venom (Eddie Brock) and Agent Anti-Venom (Flash Thompson); even letting Eddie, his son Dylan, and the Sleeper symbiote live at her house in the wake of Absolute Carnage. While Nick Spencer's Spider-Man portrays her as one of the good guys, Extreme Carnage establishes that following the events of King In Black she's green-lit cruel and unethical experiments on captured extraterrestrial and extra-dimensional entities — including former symbiote hosts — and nearly OK'd the Guardsmen being outfitted with lethal ordinance.
  • Corrupt Politician: The new leader of the Friends of Humanity, Senator Peter Krane, is a demagogue who wants to exploit growing anti-extraterrestrial sentiment in the wake of King In Black to become the President of the United States, even if it means deporting the likes of Thor and Hyperion, or inciting a genocide. Even worse, he's seemingly been possessed by Carnage.
  • Discard and Draw: In Extreme Carnage: Scream, Andi kills the Scream symbiote in self-defence when Carnage turns it against her. In Extreme Carnage: Lasher she bonds to a symbiote created by Dr. Steven combining Scream's remains with a sample of Anti-Venom, which dubs itself Silence and possesses a combination of Scream's powers and Anti-Venom's.
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: After the Scream symbiote succumbs to Carnage's influence in Extreme Carnage: Scream, Andi unleashes the demonic flames of the Hell-Mark on it, begging it not to make her destroy it. Unfortunately, Scream doesn't listen — accusing Andi of betraying and lying to it — and tries to kill her, forcing Andi to immolate it with hellfire.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: It may have been kidding, but the Carnage symbiote seems horrified when Andi Benton attacks the Scream symbiote with hellfire in Extreme Carnage: Scream.
    Carnage: What the hell're you doing? You can't do that to your symbiote —
  • Evil Counterpart: Cletus was imbued with Knull's power during Absolute Carnage, which — even posthumously — lets him serve as a dark counterpart to Eddie Brock's post-King In Black status quo.
  • Evil Overlooker: On the primary covers of Extreme Carnage Alpha and Extreme Carnage Omega, Carnage is shown looming over the other characters present.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: In Agony, Flash is more than certain that Carnage and the Life Foundation symbiotes are gunning for the President, believing that they're going to attack during the dedication to the victims of Knull's invasion. But, when no one attacks as the President's leaving, Flash realizes he's gotten it all wrong: the President isn't the target and Peter Krane isn't Carnage's new host — Krane is the target and the host is his son, Andrew!
  • Lower-Deck Episode: While Carnage is the primary antagonist, his nemesis Venom is conspicuously absent from the miniseries' list of titles. Instead, the spotlight is being given to fan-favorite — but still relatively obscure — characters Agent Anti-Venom (Flash Thompson), Scream (Andi Benton), Toxin and its new host Bren Waters, and the other four Life Foundation symbiotes.
  • Mistaken Identity: In Alpha, an airport driver mistakes the Alchemax arms-dealer who Carnage has taken over for the man he was sent to escort. Carnage plays along and then eats him when they're alone.
  • Monkey Morality Pose: Gemma Shin, Agony's host, has three sets of severed heads on her mantle with hands arranged in a "hear no evil", "see no evil", "speak no evil" poses.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After Andi Benton blasts the Scream symbiote with the full power of the Hell-Mark to prevent it from killing her, she collapses in despair upon realizing she can no longer hear its voice in her head and begs it not to be dead as it sloughs off of her.
  • No-Sell: While Carnage seemingly does cause the Lasher symbiote to go on a homicidal rampage, it bluntly ignores Carnage ordering it to meet up with him in Washing D.C., which surprises Carnage, who has to resort to manipulating Lasher's host, William, to get Lasher to D.C.
  • Not Quite Dead:
    • Despite seemingly having been devoured by symbiote-sharks in Carnage: Black, White & Blood #2, a piece of the Dark Carnage symbiote survived and reconstituted itself by going on a feeding frenzy.
    • Invoked in Extreme Carnage: Phage, where Dr. Steven tells Andi he'll resuscitate the Scream symbiote after she immolated it at the end of Extreme Carnage: Scream, although Extreme Carnage: Lasher reveals that he wasn't able to resurrect the symbiote itself so much as splice its remains with a sample of Anti-Venom to create a new symbiote called Silence.
  • Private Military Contractors: In the wake of Knull's invasion, Alchemax — who has been eyeballing exploiting symbiotes for fun and profit since the days of Mike Costa's Venom — has established a squad of Guardsmen with standing orders to capture and/or kill symbiotes and other aliens regardless of whether they're good or evil — as seen in King In Black: Planet of the Symbiotes #3 and Venom Vol. 4 #35. The covers for Extreme Carnage: Riot, Extreme Carnage: Toxin, and Extreme Carnage: Agony show these Guardsmen fighting Toxin and the Carnage-Infested symbiotes.
  • The Quisling: The Agony symbiote's new host, Gemma Shin, is willingly working with Carnage, and is portrayed as being a vile killer in her own right, taking things like the heads, limbs, and bones of the people that she kills and eats as Creepy Souvenirs.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant:
    • Alpha shows that the Friends of Humanity are back in business and have changed their primary target from mutants to aliens, with their new leader Peter Krane planning to fan the flames of anti-alien sentiment to become the president.
    • Phage's new (and unwilling) host — at least for a couple of issues — was the minor Daredevil foe Bullet (Buck Cashman).
  • Series Continuity Error: In Toxin, Carnage refers to the Life Foundation symbiotes as Toxin's 'siblings'. They aren't, they're his cousins at best — they're Carnage's siblings.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Carnage tries to corrupt Toxin in Extreme Carnage: Toxin, Toxin refuses to willingly join Carnage's hive and fights back when Carnage attempts to force him to submit, being one of the only symbiotes other than Agent Anti-Venom to shake off Carnage's will via a Battle in the Center of the Mind.
  • Token Good Teammate: Doctor Steven sees himself as being this for Alchemax, as he is just about the only one of its employees who actually sees its test subjects as living beings and not just specimens.
  • To Serve Man:
    • For the first time, Carnage is outright shown eating people — devouring a Somali warlord and his retinue of mercenaries, the crew of an airplane, and an airport driver.
    • In Extreme Carnage: Phage, Phage is shown living up to its name by partially devouring Buck Cashman — whose hunting dog it had bonded to after King in Black — before bonding to his dying body, and also makes several Eating the Enemy threats when fighting Andi Benton.
    • In Agony, we see that even she's gone this far, eating and dissolving a bunch of crooks and taking what's left as trophies.
  • Transformation of the Possessed: As illustrated by the design covers and most of the main covers, the heads and torsos of the "Carnage-Infested" versions of the Scream, Phage, Lasher, Riot, and Agony symbiotes are Carnage's customary blood-red with black vein-like tendrils to represent him having taken them over.
  • Villainous Glutton: The Phage symbiote has decided to take its name to heart, and now is almost constantly making food and eating-related threats.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In Extreme Carnage: Scream, Andi lambastes Scream for so easily succumbing to Carnage's influence, while Carnage of all people berates Andi for attacking the Scream symbiote with hellfire.

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