In Extreme Carnage, the deranged symbiote has been slowly putting together the pieces of a dangerous master plan that is now coming together.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Extreme Carnage: Agony, on sale now from Marvel Comics.
Extreme Carnage has followed the titular villain’s rise from the depths of the ocean to the top of the American political landscape. Carnage has wormed his way into the hearts and minds of America’s general public, whipping up anti-symbiote sentiment in the process. Now that he has an army on both sides of the fight, it looks like the time has come for his master plan to be put into action, and it may already be too late for Marvel’s heroes to do anything about Carnage’s impending bloody coup.
Meanwhile, in Extreme Carnage: Agony #1 (by Alyssa Wong, Fran Galan, Danilo S. Beyruth, Jim Campbell, and VC’s Cory Petit), the situation has intensified for Flash Thompson and Andrea Benton. Try as they might to put the pieces of Carnage’s plan together, the heroes are at a loss for exactly what their nemesis is planning. Thankfully, Flash has a man on the inside of Senator Krane’s campaign keeping track of the movements of the man they suspect of being Carnage’s latest host. Flash’s friend Hank isn’t aware of the details, but he does know that Krane will be holding an opposition rally during the president’s dedication of a new memorial to the lives lost during Knull’s invasion. And this is the perfect place for Carnage to take the reins of the country.
It appears that Carnage is planning to assassinate the president during the rally. If he is successful the fallout would likely propel Krane to the Oval Office on a platform of anti-alien sentiment. Much of the general public is already afraid of another symbiote attack, and recent instances of them being uncovered hiding in plain sight haven’t quelled those fears. All of this has produced the kind of turmoil that is ripe for exploitation, something Senator Krane was doing long before Carnage came along to help stoke the fire.
This already grim picture only gets even worse for the heroes when Andi reaches out into the Void to listen in on what is being planned by the evil symbiote. It doesn’t take long for her to recognize Carnage’s twisted whispers, and upon getting close to enough to listen in she discovers that the rest of the Life Foundation symbiotes have been recruited into his mad plans. Even worse, the evil symbiotes are aware of and anticipating the pending arrival of the heroes.
Flash, Andi, and young Bren will certainly be able to make it to the memorial site long before the next day’s rally take place, but that doesn’t guarantee they will be there in time to prevent Carnage from seeing his plans through. Every day that the heroes have been hunting him, Carnage has been courting every ally he can to gain every conceivable advantage.
Not only does the deranged symbiote have dedicated followers on both sides of the aisle, but Carnage also has inside knowledge that his pursuers lack. Flash and his companions are now in danger of walking into the middle of another symbiote war that they have no chance of stopping.
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