Carnage is one of the most popular Marvel characters associated with Spider-Man. The two have fought each other on numerous occasions. So, how did that fights end up? Who won in fights between Spider-Man and Carnage?
Despite the fact that Spider-Man has been more successful in their encounters, objectively speaking, Carnage is much more powerful than Spider-Man. He also has some additional powers and advantages against Spider-Man, so Carnage would win in a fight against Spider-man.
Speaking of Spider-Man vs. Carnage, there’s still a lot to be said. Throughout the rest of this article, we will look at 10 times the two fought each other in the comics and see how exactly the fight between Spider-Man and Carnage would play out.
Comparing the Powers of Spider-Man and Carnage
How Strong Is Spider-Man?
As for Spider-Man, his most pronounced human abilities are his intelligence and his resourcefulness, but this is all augmented by his superhuman abilities gained from being bitten by a radioactive spider.
Thus, Peter Parker gained a lot of spider-like abilities, such as wall-crawling, the ability to shoot webs from his body, an enhanced immune system and his famous Spider-Sense, used to detect approaching danger.
But, along with that, he has gained superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility and durability, along with a very specific healing factor that is always helpful in his fight against crime.
His strength has been the topic of much debate, since he’s usually perceived as weak (he also has a very slim body type). Yet, Spider-Man can – without any additional enhancements – lift an amazing 10 tons!
This has been proven in comics repeatedly, especially in some stories where he was – with enhancements – able to lift an incredible 130 tons! So, if you were ever doubting Spider-Man’s strength, just remember that he was able to support a building from crashing down on him.
How Strong Is Carnage?
Carnage is often considered to be one of the most powerful symbiotes in the Marvel Universe; his official stats give him higher potency than Venom and slightly lower than Toxin’s.
Carnage possesses superhuman reflexes and wields greater strength than Spider-Man and Venom combined; he can thus lift (or exert a pressure equivalent to) 80 tons. Much like Venom, he can scale any surface, regenerate, and escape Spider-Man’s “spider-sense”. He could also escape Venom’s ability to hunt down other symbiotes and their hosts.
He can change his physical appearance to mimic that of another person. Much like Venom – whose costume is a definite mass once he’s on the host – he can alter and extend his symbiote’s form at will, allowing him to project thread-like tentacles from the whole body (which replace the webs of Spider-Man and Venom), can also pierce other living beings or form symbiote weapons (such as axes or swords).
He is able to see through all parts of his body, the tentacles conveying visual information to Kasady. The latter is also immune to terrestrial diseases, such as cancer, since it is linked to its symbiote.
Like all Symbiotes, Carnage is vulnerable to sonic vibrations and fire. However, he later gained resistance to sonic vibrations.
Before we continue, let us see how the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z (2010) compares the two characters:
Spider-Man Vs. Carnage: Who Would Win?
As far as this clash goes, it is very similar to our comparison between Venom and Spider-Man. Sure, Spider-Man has managed to defeat Carnage in practically all of their encounters, although not without help, mind you, but we cannot shake off the impression that this is merely a consequence of Spider-Man being the hero and Carnage being a sadistic serial killer.
There is nothing in the stories to affirm that Spider-Man is objectively stronger than Carnage.
The numbers (see above), also confirm that and since we have established that Venom is, on a general level, stronger than Spider-Man and Carnage is, by just observing the numbers, even stronger than Venom, the situation becomes quite clear.
Carnage beats Spider-Man in practically all relevant aspects and he also has a lot of supernatural abilities that Spider-Man cannot counter. On top of that, as an offspring of Venom, he also has all the same advantages against Spider-Man that Venom has.
One might argue that Spider-Man could use Carnage’s weaknesses – sound and fire – to his advantage, but Carnage has since become immune to high frequencies, leaving fire as his only weakness. This means that Spider-Man could take one or two battles out of them, but – honestly – not more.
Carnage is simply too powerful for Spider-Man on every level and despite his known weaknesses, Spider-Man could be able to win only a couple of times out of ten battles, which is why we declare Carnage the winner of this comparison.
10 Best Spider-Man Vs. Carnage Fights
Here is a list of the 10 best fights between Spider-Man and Carnage as they have been portrayed in the comic books:
|Amazing Spider-Man #361||1992||Carnage came out as a clear winner in their first-ever meeting, proving that Spider-Man’s powers (alone) were completely incapable of stopping the homicidal symbiote|
|Amazing Spider-Man #363||1992||Spider-Man came out as the winner here, ultimately assisting Venom in defeating Carnage, as Carnage is portrayed as being stronger than Venom in this one|
|Amazing Spider-Man #430-431||1998||Spider-Man was able to defeat Carnage with the help of the Silver Surfer, who also imprisoned Carnage for a long time; as it turned out, Galactus had eaten a planet where Carnage’s ancestors stemmed from, which instilled fear in Carnage|
|Peter Parker: Spider-Man #13||2000||Spider-Man easily defeated a Carnage-less Cletus Kasaday with one single punch, stopping his killing spree; Kasady lost Carnage to Venom but had a breakdown, believing that some of the symbiote remained within and then painted his face red as a symbol|
|Venomized||2018||Spider-Man and Venom managed to come out as the winners here, but just barely, as Carnage was on the brink of killing them both in this narrative which saw Carnage work together with aliens|
|Spired-Man and Batman||1995||Batman managed to defeat Carnage, who had teamed up with the Joker to fight the Dark Knight and Spider-Man; okay, okay, Spider-Man helped, but… he’s Batman, of course he’d win against a silly little symbiote|
|Amazing Spider-Man #794-800||2018||Spider-Man ultimately manages to defeat the Red Goblin, a fusion between Norman Osborn’s Green Goblin and the Carnage Symbiote, who wanted revenge by going after everyone that Spider-Man cares about, even killing some of the characters in the process|
|Carnage U.S.A.||2012||Spider-Man, with the help of Venom, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the non-infected Avengers, ultimately managed to defeat Carnage and his army of symbiote-infected Avengers, who posed a threat to the whole country|
|Ultimate Spider-Man #61-64||2004||Spider-Man managed to kill Ultimate Carnage, who had killed Gwen Stacy, by throwing him into an industrial chimney after a bitter clash; this version of Carnage contained Peter Parker’s DNA in it|
|Maximum Carnage||1993||Spider-Man managed to come out as the winner in this big event, although with the help of Captain America, Black Cat, Nightwatch, Cloak, Dagger, Venom, Iron Fist, Firestar and Morbius; as it turned out, Venom was the only (anti)hero able to beat Carnage, who was at the height of his powers in this storyline|