Venom 2 - Why Is Carnage Red? Symbiote Species Explained

The second trailer for Venom: Let There Be Carnage has arrived!

By Kyle Knight

August 2, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic caused massive Hollywood blockbuster movies to be delayed. But, after numerous delays, we’re finally getting closer to the release of Venom: Let There Be Carnage.

With the anticipated sequel set to debut in theatres this fall, a second trailer has been released by Sony to keep our excitement levels at an all-time high. Many fans might have noticed that Carnage, unlike Venom, is the colour red. No, it wasn’t just a design choice so you could see who was winning a fight, there is actually a reason.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Symbiote species and why Carnage is red and not black, like Venom.

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VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE – Official Trailer 2 (HD)

VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE – Official Trailer 2 (HD)

Who Is Carnage?

The character of Carnage originated in the earlier 90s when he made his comic book debut in issue #359 of The Amazing Spider-Man. Carnage is a fictional supervillain who is the archenemy of Venom and enemy of Spider-Man.

Carnage is also part of the Symbiotes, a fictional extraterrestrial species. The most well know symbiote being Venom himself, followed by the red Symbiote, Carnage.

Why Is Carnage Red? Symbiote Species Explained

Many of the Symbiote species have their own unique colours, Anti-Venom is white, Sleeper is green, Scream is Yellow, Venom is Black, and Carnage is red.

But there is a specific reason as to why Carnage is red in Venom: Let There Be Carnage and it relates to his origin story in the comic books.

Eddie Brock (Venom) once shared a prison cell with Cletus Kasady (Carnage), but when Brock’s symbiote returned and re-attached to him it managed to leave its spawn in the cell with Cletus Kasady. The spawn of the Venom symbiote then attached itself to Kasady through his bloodstream. Carnage achieves this by entering Kasady’s body through a cut on his hand.

This is the reason why Carnage appears as the colour red, as he entered through the bloodstream, which is of course red.

However, this is the origin story of Carnage in the marvel comic books. Although the upcoming movie will likely follow the comics closely, the story may differ.

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Kyle Knight

Kyle is a Film and TV graduate from Coventry. He's a PC enthusiast with a not so enthusiastic PC and is all about triple-A titles!

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