In an interview with Gizmodo, the developers of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 showcased their utmost commitment to their potential Carnage storyline, ensuring a faithful portrayal of the character and its narrative.
io9: Usually with Venom, Carnage doesn’t take too long to follow behind him. But it was surprising to see him set up through side missions [via the Flame quest chain] rather than the main story.
Arfmann: Like we were saying early on, we knew that we wanted to tell a great Venom story. Anything that would distract from that wasn’t on brand, but at the same time, we’re huge fans of Carnage and Cletus Kasady. We didn’t want to shortchange that story by not giving it full service. At least in this game, we got to introduce our version of Cletus and also do some work on the relationship between Peter and Yuri Watanabe, who’s now become Wraith. If we’re gonna dive into that Carnage storyline, we want to make sure to really give it everything that it deserves.”
Carnage, first introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man #361 in 1992, is a result of the symbiotic bond between serial killer Cletus Kasady and Venom’s offspring. Known for his chaotic and sadistic nature, Carnage has left a trail of destruction in his wake. In Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Cletus takes on the persona of “The Flame” and may potentially return in a DLC expansion.
Carnage has also appeared in notable video games like Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage, Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, offering players thrilling battles against this formidable adversary. Given the teams interesting take on Venom, it’ll be quite a ride to see what new twists they add to their version of Carnage.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 launched on October 20, 2023, exclusively for the PlayStation 5. The game has garnered critical reception and has earned Metacritic score of 91. Also, it is considered to be one of the greatest superhero games ever made. If you loved the game or can’t wait to get your hands on it, try a few more great Spider-Man titles that were released before this masterpiece.