Kraken (Marvel Comics)

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Kraken is a name or title shared among several characters in Marvel Comics. While the original Kraken is the creature of the same name, the rest have been people who have used the name as their persona. The creature and one of the characters has appeared in other media.

Publication history[edit]

The first Kraken made multiple appearances in Marvel continuity, including The Avengers #27 (April 1966, Marvel Comics),[1] Tales to Astonish #93 and Sub-Mariner #27 (July 1970),[2] before returning years later in the second issue of the limited series Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America (#1 - 5, June-Aug. 2007).,[3] and in The New Invaders #4 from April 2014.

A Kraken appeared in the short story "When Strikes The Kraken!" in Kull The Destroyer #17 (Oct. 1976),[4] and was reprinted in Chronicles of Kull 2: The Hell Beneath Atlantis and Other Stories.[5] Another Kraken (a gigantic squid) debuted in the black and white Bizarre Adventures #26 (May 1981).[6][7]

A creature called The Black Kraken debuted in the short story "Red Shadows and Black Kraken!" (based on the 1968 fantasy novel Conan of the Isles written by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter featuring Robert E. Howard's hero Conan the Barbarian. The story is republished in the graphic novel Conan of the Isles.[8]) in Conan The Barbarian Annual #7 (1982).[9]

Another version of the Kraken (four-armed and reptilian in appearance) debuted in Marvel Comics Presents #121 (Jan. 1993). It returned in Marvel Action Hour featuring the Fantastic Four #2-4 (Dec. 1994-Feb. 1995) and in the one shot title Namora #1 (Aug. 2010); it would later be featured in the video game Marvel Ultimate Alliance.[10] A Kraken (a horned squid creature) appeared in the 2009 one-shot comic Sub-Mariner Comics: 70th Anniversary Special.,[11] while another (a house sized crab/octopus hybrid) appeared in Fantomex Max issues #2 and #3.[12] This Kraken was modified into a remote controlled cyborg to protect an underwater base of a brilliant scientist. Another Kraken (serpent-like in appearance) appeared in Jean-Grey #3.[13] in 2017.

Two additional versions possessed ties to Greek mythology. The first served the Olympian Gods and debuted in the one shot Chaos War: God Squad #1 (Feb. 2011)[14] before returning in Incredible Hulk #622 (April 2011).[15] The second Kraken appeared in the four-part limited series Wolverine/Hercules: Myths, Monsters & Mutants. Spirited away by the god Poseidon after a defeat by Greek hero Perseus, the creature is revived in modern times by King Eurystheus to battle the heroes Hercules and Wolverine.[16]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Sea monsters[edit]

Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceTales to Astonish #93 (July 1967)
Created byRoy Thomas
Dan Adkins

The original Kraken is based on the mythical creature of the same name. Within the Marvel Universe, it is established that the creature can be called upon through the use of the Proteus Horn.

During the Hyborian Age following the Great Cataclysm. One black Kraken lurked near the Barachan Islands. Sailing nearby while investigating the massive kidnappings, Conan the Barbarian was attacked by the Black Kraken. Conan was able to use his axe to slash one of the Black Kraken's eyes which caused it to drop Conan. The Black Kraken's other eye is then slashed by Conan enough to blind it as it disappears underwater.[17]

The creature has been called upon by Commander Kraken to fight Namor on one occasion.[18]

The creature at one point went up against Wolverine and Hercules.[19]

Daniel Whitehall[edit]

Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceSecret Warriors #11 (Feb 2010)
Created byBrian Michael Bendis
Jonathan Hickman
Stefano Caselli
In-story information
Alter egoDaniel Whitehall
Team affiliationsZodiac
Great Wheel

Daniel Whitehall is a British Intelligence agent who was part of The Great Wheel of the Zodiac, collaborating with other major agents such as Nick Fury, Dum Dum Dugan and Baron Strucker. They were later betrayed by two other agents Viktor Uvarov and Vasili Dassaiev.[20] Whitehall then continued as Kraken, a dangerous Hydra operative who for years remained a mystery. Many S.H.I.E.L.D. agents lost their lives trying to unearth information regarding the Kraken with little to no success. He also trained many of the most well known Hydra agents including Viper.[21] Whitehall continued to aid up and coming meta humans such as Tomi Shishido by giving him the God Killer Sword turning him into Gorgon as well as transforming an unknown Hydra agent into the Inhuman parasite Hive.[22]

Whitehall later came to Strucker to inform him that he was dying and that he was retiring as the Kraken.[23]

While waiting to die in a London hospital, Jake Fury visited him and revealed that he knew everything. He took Whitehall's Kraken armor and then killed him.[24]

Jake Fury[edit]

Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearance(as Jake Fury): Strange Tales #159 (Aug 1967)
(as Kraken): Secret Warriors #1 (Mar 2011)
Created by(Jake): Jim Steranko
In-story information
Alter egoJacob "Jake" Fury
Team affiliationsZodiac
Great Wheel
Notable aliasesFlip Mason, Count Julio Scarlotti, Nick Fury

Jacob "Jake" Fury was born in New York City. As a young man, he came to resent his brother Nick Fury.[25] As the original Scorpio, he operated as a spy, terrorist, and criminal. Using his secret identity as Scorpio, he first battled Nick at a Las Vegas S.H.I.E.L.D. base.[26] He again battled his brother in Manhattan, then disguised himself as Nick Fury to infiltrate the New York S.H.I.E.L.D. base, although his real identity was then discovered by his brother.[27] Nick Fury later went undercover as Scorpio, and took his brother's place in the Zodiac, who battled the Avengers.[28] Disguised as Jacque LaPoint, he played a minor role in the Zodiac's attempt to kill all Manhattan residents born under the sign of Gemini (save for Zodiac's Gemini).[29] He attempted to kidnap Kyle Richmond, and battled the Defenders.[30] Scorpio constructed a set of android Zodiac members to serve him, in his base at Belleville, New Jersey. However, his plan was thwarted by the Defenders, and he committed suicide through self-inflicted gunshot wound in despair.[31]

In the final arc of the Secret Warriors series, it was revealed that Jake's death and much of his villainy was all part of a long-game plan of Nick Fury's. He remained underground and discovered the journals of Daniel Whitehall, the previous Kraken, and tracked him down to London. He took the costume and killed Whitehall and planted the seeds that would destroy Hydra and Leviathan from the inside.[24] As his final mission, he delivered a letter to Daisy Johnson revealing everything and disappeared.[32]

Secret Empire[edit]

Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceCaptain America: Steve Rogers #14 (May 2017)
Created byNick Spencer
Jesus Saiz
In-story information
Alter egoUnknown
Team affiliationsHYDRA

A third member of Hydra, also identifying himself as Kraken, was inducted by Elisa Sinclair, the new Madame Hydra and the former lover of Whitehall.[33]

Even with Hydra having taken over the United States during the "Secret Empire" storyline, this version had trouble trusting Steve Rogers, who had just come out as a Hydra agent.[34] He later encountered the Punisher who sided with Hydra. Punisher managed a holographic transmission between Kraken and Hydra Supreme Steve Rogers.[35]

Kraken joined Gorgon, Hive, and Viper in invading New Tian to retrieve the Cosmic Cube from Emma Frost.[36][37] Kraken and rest of Hydra were defeated by the Underground as the real Captain America defeated his Hydra Supreme counterpart.[38]

Powers and abilities[edit]

The Kraken armor worn by Daniel Whitehall enhances the wearer's strength and durability. The helmet also affects the wearer's mind as if they were getting a new personality.

In other media[edit]


  • Daniel Whitehall appears on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, portrayed by Reed Diamond.[39] This version is a German Hydra scientist named Werner Reinhardt who briefly worked with the Nazis in WWII by conducting horrible experiments on Inhumans to study a device called the Obelisk. After the Red Skull's defeat, he is captured by Peggy Carter and her team and imprisoned for his crimes.[40] He was kept in a prison called the Rat and due to his horrifying experiments was set to remain there for the rest of his life. During this time, he had encountered a younger Gideon Malick and his brother Nathaniel who informed them about his father's dedication to Hive. Years later, he was pardoned by Alexander Pierce and resumed work. He experimented on the Inhuman Jiaying, who had not aged since the last time Whitehall saw her, and removed her organs and placed them in him so he could be rejuvenated.[41] The episode "Rise and Shine" showed a flashback where Daniel Whitehall was a guest teacher at the Hydra Academy that a younger General Hale and Baron Strucker attended. During graduation, Daniel tells Hale that she has been selected to raise a future leader of Hydra by going through an insemination.[42] In modern day, Whitehall continued to work for Hydra with a new type of brainwashing called the "Faustus Method" and used it on S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Kara Palamas.[43] Whitehall comes in contact with Phil Coulson and his team in his search for the Obelisk, but suddenly finds himself teaming up with Calvin Zabo, who is in possession of it, seemingly unaware that he is the husband of Jiaying.[44] After many encounters with S.H.I.E.L.D., Whitehall has one of his agents, Grant Ward, kidnap agent Skye after learning that she is in fact Calvin's daughter Daisy and planned on torturing her much as he did to Jiaying. Calvin prepares to take his revenge on Whitehall, but the latter is shot dead by Coulson before he could fulfill it.[45]
  • The sea monster version of Kraken appears in Ultimate Spider-Man in the episode "Return to the Spider-Verse Part 2".[46] This version is a giant squid that resides in an alternate cartoon pirate reality. When Spider-Man, Kid Arachnid, and Web Beard get caught by pirate versions of Howard the Duck, Rocket Raccoon, and Cosmo the Spacedog who had mutinied against Web Beard, they planned to have them walk the plank off the Groot Pirate Ship in order to feed them to the Kraken. When the Kraken got angered upon getting hit in the eye with the debris, it attacked the Groot Pirate Ship. Spider-Man and Kid Arachnid persuaded Web Beard and the mutineers to settle their differences and help to fight the Kraken. Once that was done, they all tie up the Kraken enough for it to swim out to sea.

Video games[edit]

The Kraken appears as a boss in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. Unlike most depictions of the Kraken in fiction, this one is a tall, green, four-armed, fish man type of creature (a lá Clash of the Titans). While in Atlantis, Loki in the form of Mandarin unleashed the Kraken on the heroes. The Kraken was defeated by the heroes as it sunk back into its lair.


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