Toxin managed to defeat Carnage in a fight, but this was expected considering Carnage always feared that Toxin would be more powerful than him.
WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Extreme Carnage: Toxin, available now from Marvel.
The symbiotes are a race that grow and change with every new generation. That is the general rule when they procreate in the Marvel Universe. Venom spawned Carnage, who was stronger than him, and Carnage spawned Toxin, who proved that he was stronger than him in a no holds barred fight in the void of their minds in Extreme Carnage: Toxin #1, by Steve Orlando, Gerardo Sandoval, Danilo S. BeyruthVictor Nava, Chris Sotomayor, VC’s Cory Petit.
This was a major achievement for Toxin, who had been dealing with doubts about his self-worth. However, this fight was ultimately the confirmation of a long-held prediction about how strong Toxin would become and his place within the pecking order of the symbiotes.
Even though Carnage demeaned Toxin throughout the entire fight, his child’s victory only confirmed a long-held belief about how symbiote powers grow with successive generations. Toxin first appeared in Venom vs. Carnage #2 by Peter Milligan and Clayton Crain. But before he was born, Carnage’s “pregnancy” was a cause of concern to both Carnage and Venom. The two had entirely different reasons for being worried about the birth of this new symbiote though.
Toxin would be the 1000th symbiote to be born of their specific line. Carnage was afraid that this genetic position would make his child more powerful than him and as a result, Carnage hated Toxin before he was even born. Venom had a different reason for being concerned. He worried that Toxin, like his father, would become psychotic and violent once it was born into the world. Bot were in agreement though; Toxin had the potential to become the most dangerous symbiote in existence.
However, there have been some questions as to the symbiotes power scale as of late. Well, Toxin was considered the most dangerous of their kind until Knull was brought into the picture, but with his defeat, Toxin is now uniquely positioned to make more of a name for himself. This is evident in that Toxin seems more resistant to the vulnerabilities that he shares with Carnage and can also emulate the psychotic symbiote’s abilities to an even greater extent.
These strengths were on full display during their fight in the void, where, even when Carnage believed he had the upper hand, Toxin managed to use what little of himself remained to overwhelm Carnage and retake control of the void. This is an especially impressive feat considering Carnage had been psychically corrupting many of his offspring up until that point.
While Venom’s elevation to the King in Black has turned him into a veritable symbiote god, Toxin is still the most powerful naturally occurring symbiote on Earth from a genetic standpoint, even compared to the other symbiotes of his family. Carnage has more than one child after all, and he has more family through Venom. Because of the way symbiote genetics work, Toxin is still stronger than Venom’s new children, like Sleeper.
As the thousandth member of his line, Toxin seemed to be especially important to both Venom and Carnage, implying that perhaps Toxin’s status makes him the genetic recipient of built-up power.
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