Phage (comics)


Phage (comics)

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character_name=Phage
real_name=Carl Mach
publisher=Marvel Comics
debut= #4
creators=David Michelinie
Ron Lim
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aliases=
powers= Super strength, speed, agility and endurance. Symbiote allows all of Venoms's powers. Symbiote can be used to attack and can form blade weapons.|

Phage is a fictional character, a supervillain from the Spider-Man comic books. He is one of six symbiote spawns of Venom. He is predominantly orange and has two connected eyes.

Fictional character biography

Carl Mach is a mercenary who worked for a sinister corporation called the "Life Foundation". The Foundation was preparing for the M.A.D. fallout of the Cold War and sought to provide a comfortable life for their wealthy clients after the impending nuclear holocaust. The Life Foundation was experimenting with the Venom symbiote in the hopes of developing superhuman peacekeepers to watch over their imagined fallout shelter utopia. Carl is one of three men who are chosen as hosts for Venom's forcibly-extracted spawn.

In the storyline "Venom: Lethal Protector", Phage and his "siblings" are defeated by Venom and Spider-Man. His symbiote is artificially aged to dust and his body is caught in a massive explosion.

The miniseries "Venom: Separation Anxiety" reveals that Phage and the other symbiotes had survived due to efforts by the Life Foundation. They break Eddie Brock out of prison and kidnap him in a last ditch effort to communicate with their alien "others". In issue 4, Scream kills Carl with a sonic knife, believing that the symbiotes and any who host them are evil.

Phage survives, and is imprisoned and experimented upon in The Vault along with its siblings (with the exception of Carnage and Scream). The symbiotes eventually merge together, and bond with a man known as Scott Washington to form Hybrid.

Powers and abilities

Phage possesses all the powers the original Venom has, including suit-generated webbing, shape-shifting, superstrength and the ability to be undetected by Spider-Man's "spider-sense". His primary method of attack is forming his symbiotic suit into long serrated blades and slashing or stabbing his opponents. He can also cloak himself for a brief period of time, similar to Venom and Toxin.

In other media

Video games

Phage is one of the six symbiote bosses in the video game "". He appears in a brown color and fights the player with blades for hands.


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