The Carnage Killer Story: Dissecting The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game story

Rewind to 2014

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Let’s go back to 2014. Before we got Tom Holland as MCU’s Spider-Man, before Sony invested the Venom movies, we had Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. At that time, Sony was investing its time and money on making The Amazing Spider-Man movies. However, the planned projects for this version of Spider-Man fell through which resulted TASM films to end on the second movie without a third film unlike the Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies. While Marvel was busy with Disney and setting up future projects with the Avengers, Sony went through a roller coaster and trying to make a good Spider-Man movie for the fans.

For this article, I am not here to review The Amazing Spider-Man movies or discuss on the failed plans for Sony’s movie plans. I am actually going to talk about the video game adaption of the movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2. If you want to know about my opinions on this game, I will leave the link here so you can read it on your free time. I actually want to talk about the game’s story. With Sony’s recent movie, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, this is a good time to bring up the sadistic villain Carnage and why is he my focus on this Spider-Man article.

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If you grew up with video games and superhero movies, you might remember buying games upon the movie release of superheroes. Before we got original games like the Batman Arkham series or Marvel’s Spider-Man, we lived an era where companies like Marvel and DC would promote their movies by teaming with game companies like Activision or Sega. We had games based on Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies, Iron Man 1 and 2 and even Batman Begins. While these games may not be Game of the Year, they still hold some charm and made us remember how anticipated we were when we wanted to see that *insert comic book movie title*.

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For this article, our main focus will be The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game. It may be based on the 2014 movie, but the team Activision and Beenox had other plans.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Video Game – Who Killed Uncle Ben’s Killer?

While the movie version of TASM 2 focused on Peter and his investigation on learning about his parents disappearance and trying to stop villains from Oscorp, the video game had a different focus. In the game’s version, Peter is trying to find the guy that murdered his Uncle Ben from the first story. However, upon disturbing discovery, Peter finds his uncle’s killer… but as a corpse. It turns out that a serial killer who goes by the name “The Carnage Killer” is on a killing spree and Ben’s killer was his target. Despite having the killer killed instead of taking him to justice, it’s up to Peter to don the mask and find clues on who is the Carnage Killer. While this game does have Electro and Harry Osborn Green Goblin, the game features deadly foes like Kraven the Hunter, Shocker and even Kingpin/Wilson Fisk.

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The Carnage Killer – The Main Antagonist 

After progressing through the story, you find out that the Carnage Killer is none other than Cletus Kasady. With his normal human abilities, he is easily dealt with and put away in jail at Ravencroft. However, with some illegal experimentations with the symbiote, Cletus gets out early but by not good behavior but with the symbiote. With the alien species attached to him, Cletus becomes the deadly villain Carnage. Rather than having Green Goblin as the final threat for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game, instead, we get Carnage as the final boss.

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Carnage: Was he needed in Amazing Spider-Man 2?

While Carnage is most of fan’s favorite Marvel villain, was it necessary to add him to this game’s adaptation to the movie? What makes TASM games interesting is that despite being based on the movie, they are willing to take on a different approach and have their own story while not spoiling too much on the movie’s plot. It was nice to include Carnage in the game since at that time, Carnage has only been featured in Spider-Man original titled games like the PS1 Spider-Man game or Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions; he hasn’t gotten a movie version until recently. While him and the other villains did make the story unique, I feel like these villains could have been implemented on an original Spider-Man story. When not focusing on the movie’s bad guys like trying to include the live action version of Electro and Green Goblin, if a game had these extra villains and the main story, this could have been an interesting Spider-Man story. Imagine a game that does focus on Spider-Man unraveling the mysterious case of the Carnage Killer but without the title “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”. I feel like the plot of the game could strive on its own without needing the movie holding their hands, so to speak. Even in the mobile version of this game included Venom instead of Carnage. The game’s ending even showcased the Chameleon hinting more adventures to come for Spider-Man.

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Conclusion: Was the story still interesting?

Besides the game’s interior aspects like gameplay and graphics, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 did feature an interesting take on Carnage. We were given an interesting twist in regards to Ben’s death and this gave us a chance to explore many villains like facing Kraven and Kingpin. It shows us that Spider-Man had to take risks when facing a killer. Kraven was there to try and push Peter and goes against his moral code of killing and Peter wanted to retain his heroism without slipping into a killer. Carnage’s role of the story revealed that he chose to be a killer and wanted to rid of everything that was against him. When we have someone who is against killing with a murderer, the results are messy. Despite the game’s overall review, what do you think about Carnage in The Amazing Spider-Man 2?

Game News: Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will be darker?

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If you think the upcoming Wolverine game will have a mature setting, Spider-Man 2 will amp up the tone. revealed in This Week in Marvel podcast, Creative Vice President of Marvel Entertainment Bill Rosemann hinted to the fans that the upcoming video game Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will be darker than the previous Spider-Man titles (Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales). He compared the Spider-Man games to the Star Wars movie. He commented that if Spider-Man was like the Star Wars movie, Spider-Man 2 will be dark and similar to Star Wars’ Empire Strikes Back. While the details are vague, we can expect the story and adventure for both Spider-Men to go through story that will be different than the previous titles.

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Marvel news: Disney sues to keep Marvel characters

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Looks like the Marvel characters was not expecting this news and it’s not Thanos. It’s been reported by news site The Hollywood Reporter that Disney is suing Marvel to keep the rights for the Marvel characters.

According to the reports collected, Marvel is planning to reclaim some iconic characters such as Iron Man, Dr. Strange and Spider-Man since some of these characters are the heir of late comic writers Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

According to the site, it is stated : the suits seek declaratory relief that these blockbuster characters are ineligible for copyright termination as works made for hire.

For example, since Spider-Man was created by Steve Ditko, if the lawsuit goes through, Marvel would give up the rights for the character by June 2023 and that means no more movies or animated shows.

source: The Hollywood Reporter

Marvel news: Hawkeye TV series release date and trailer

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We had TV shows such as WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki, now get ready for Hawkeye. Disney and Marvel recently a trailer for the upcoming TV series titled Hawkeye. Focusing on Clint Barton after the events of Endgame, Clint tries to live a simple life with his family for Christmas, but his peace is halted when he must team up with a young archer named Kate Bishop and stop criminals this season. Hawkeye will be exclusively on Disney Plus on November 24th this year.

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Marvel

Marvel Game News: Wolverine and Spider-Man 2

Hello Marvel fans! I know some of you already knows the news of some Marvel video games, but I am here to give you a quick recap. To those who barely finding out or want to talk about it, feel free to chat.

Wolverine and Spider-Man 2

Revealed last week during Sony’s State of Play, Sony released two big news from Insomniac Games. Looks like we might have to wait for 2023 to have these titles, but this will give people time to get a PS5. Insomniac Games announced two new Marvel games. Focusing on a different hero, Insomniac announced of a Wolverine video game. This Wolverine game will be released exclusively for PS5 and it will focus on this clawed mutant in a dark story. So far, there is no gameplay or release date. The next big news is the announcement for the sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man game. Revealed in the trailer, Spider-Man 2 will feature the spider heroes, Peter Parker with an upgraded Advanced Suit with the new and young Miles Morales. Based on the naration of the trailer, fans are predicting that Kraven the Hunter will be in this game. The trailer also revealed that the symbiotic character Venom will be part of the game and Venom will be voiced by Candyman Tony Todd. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will be released in 2023.

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Venom sequel movie moves up the release date!

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Carnage is coming… faster than you think! Are you tired of hearing news about movies getting pushed back into next month or a year? I found some interesting news this week in regards to the next Marvel flick. Besides movies like Black Widow and the recent Shang-Chi movie, Sony has some news for the movie Venom: Let There Be Carnage. In a surprising twist, the Venom sequel movie will be pushed up FORWARD instead of being delayed. Venom 2 new theaterical release will be on October 1st instead of October 15th. Venom: Let There Be Carnage will be released on October 1st in theaters. Fans will be able to experience this movie in 3D, IMAX and other formats. It will be PG-13 and directed by Andy Serkis.

Marvel News: Hawkeye series release date; Avengers Black Panther Expansion news; Black Widow sues Disney?

Greetings Marvel fans, I bring you exciting news!

Hawkeye series

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It has been announced that the upcoming Disney Plus series Hawkeye has a release date. The Hawkeye series will be launched on Disney Plus on November 24th. Hawkeye actor Jeremy Renner will reprise as Hawkeye/Clint Barton and Hailee Steinfeld will be Kate Bishop.

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Marvel’s Avengers Black Panther

In case you need a reason to play Marvel’s Avengers, this news will persuade you. According to the Twitter account, Marvel’s Avengers will be launching the next expansion DLC of Black Panther soon. Marvel’s Avengers Expansion: Black Panther – War for Wakanda will be launched in all platforms on August 17th. There will be a War Table premiere the day before in which players will get the inside scoop of the new DLC.

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Black Widow

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Never expected to see Black Widow to take on Mickey Mouse.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Black Widow actress Scarlett Johansson is filing a lewsuit against the Walt Disney Co. She filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday (7/28) stating that her contract was breeched due to the simultaneous release of the movie Black Widow. Black Widow was released in both Disney Plus and in theaters on July 9th. According to the suit, Scarlett Johansson had an agreement with Disney’s Marvel Entertainment that the movie Black Widow would get an exclusive theatrical release and her salary would be based on the opening office performance.

“Disney intentionally induced Marvel’s breach of the agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel,” the suit said.

“This will surely not be the last case where Hollywood talent stands up to Disney and makes it clear that, whatever the company may pretend, it has a legal obligation to honor its contracts,” said John Berlinski, an attorney at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP who represents Ms. Johansson.

While deciding to put the movie on Disney Plus, the movie was projected to gross more than $50 million dollars. The movie on launched made over $80 million, but then shortly started to decline by 67%. Based on the overall articles, Scarlett Johansson didn’t like how Disney wanted to launch the movie while the economy was trying to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of Disney’s decision to launch the movie, Ms. Johansson blames Disney for the poor sales Black Widow made during launch.

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ICYMI: Loki season 2 confirmed!

Marvel's Loki series will premiere on Disney Plus on June 11th - The Verge

In case you missed it last week, Disney Plus just released the last episode of Loki on Wednesday. To those who stayed after the show, you are greeted with some exciting news. To those who don’t have Disney Plus, here is what is happening. It’s been announced by Marvel Studios that the series Loki will be receiving a season 2. Without spoiling the story, the last episode ended with a cliffhanger.

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Marvel.com

Marvel news: “Marvel What If…?” stream date

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Great news Marvel fans! If you couldn’t get enough Marvel Studio shows and movies, check out this piece of news I found this weekend. It’s been announced online that Marvel’s next MCU TV series “What If…?” is coming to Disney Plus on August 11th. In this series, watch as as your favorite characters in a different what if story that you wouldn’t see in the movies. In the trailer, we see characters like Peggy Carter becoming the Captain America, Marvel heroes becoming zombies, T’Challa becomes the Star Lord and Killmonger saving Tony Stark. New episodes begin on Wednesdays.

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Marvel

Marvel Game news: Guardians of the Galaxy; Avengers Black Panther DLC trailer

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In case you missed the Square Enix event during E3 2021, Marvel has unvield some video game news. One is a brand new game and the other is DLC for the game Marvel’s Avengers.

Teamed up Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics, Marvel announced the brand new video game Guardians of the Galaxy. In this single player game, players can play as the leader Star Lord (a.k.a. Peter Quill) and lead the team to protect galaxy. The game will be released on October 26th, 2021. The game will be available for PS4/5, Xbox One and Series S|X, and PC. According to the official Twitter, it also planned to be released for Switch as well, but the game will be called  Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Cloud Edition. According to the official site, the cloud version will be played like the other platforms, but this one needs high speed internet and it will be available on the eShop.

If you been playing Marvel’s Avengers, I hope you are ready to play as this fierce king this summer. Black Panther will be joining the game along with his expanded story. The DLC expansion will be called Marvel’s Avengers Expansion: Black Panther – War for Wakanda. Black Panther must fight Klaw who wants to steal the valuable Vibranium and take over Wakanda. The DLC will be released on August 2021 and will be free.

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