List of Marvel Comics characters: K
Kang the Conqueror
Karn is a member of the Inheritors from the Spider-Verse storyline, who wanders the Multiverse to slay Spider Totems. He first appeared in Superior Spider-Man #32 (September 2014) and he was created by Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage and Giuseppe Camuncoli.
During the hunt against the Master Weaver, he hesitates to deliver the finishing blow, leading to the death of his mother. As a result, he is condemned to wear a mask by his father Solus and exiled to hunt Spider Totems to earn his place back to the family.
A time-displaced Superior Spider-Man later discovered Karn. Assembling an army of Spider-Men, the Superior Spider-Man and his team ambushed Karn while hunting the Spider-Man of Earth-2818, but despite Karn continued to gain the upper hand, the Spider-Men only escaping when two of Karn's estranged siblings showed up and began fighting. Karn later joins the Spider-Men in their fight against the Inheritors.
Karn realizes that Master Weaver is his future self. He establishes a new team of multiversal spider-heroes called the Warriors of the Great Web, consisting of Mayday Parker, Spider-Ham, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Man India, and Spider-Gwen.
During the "Electroverse saga," an alliance of counterparts of Max Dillon invade Loomworld, damaging the great web while forcing the Web-Warriors to retreat to Earth-803. Karn and an alternate version of Doctor Octopus managed to fix the Web, but tangle it at the same time, causing the Web Warriors to become split between realities. Karn's reconnection of Earth-803 into the web also causes an earthquake that frees the Electros caught by the Web-Warriors.
In Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy , Karn welcomes Kaine, but soon realizes that he no longer has the powers of the Other and is now dying from a carrion virus, and cannot go back to his Earth lest someone catch it. Karn shows Kaine a number of realities with zombie apocalypses caused by this disease, and Kaine decides to visit these realities to find a way to stop it. Kaine tries to keep himself hidden from the Web Warriors while researching, but is caught by Spider-Gwen.
Like the rest of the Inheritors, Karn has the ability to drain the life force from other beings through physical contact. Depending on the power of the individual he drains, his powers and vitality can increase substantially. He also has superhuman strength, speed, reflexes and durability. He has a staff that emits a unique energy signature capable of vaporizing people.[volume & issue needed] As the Master Weaver, Karn threads the Web of Life and Destiny, gaining dominion over various realities. He can open portals at his command or alter realities.
Karn in other media
- Karn appears as a boss character in the video game Spider-Man Unlimited, voiced by Matthew Mercer.
- Karn appears in Marvel: Avengers Alliance as a boss character.
Vasily Karpov was a ruthless Soviet officer who was involved with the Red Room soldiers' training. The character, created by Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark, first appeared in Captain America Vol. 5 #5 (May 2005).
A ruthless but efficient officer in Soviet Russia, Karpov was involved in an operation during World War II with Captain America and the Invaders, in which he helped foil a plot of the Red Skull and Master Man. Afterwards, Karpov adopted Alexi Shostakov as his own to be trained and molded into the Red Guardian for the Soviet Union, and retrieved and reprogrammed Bucky Barnes into the Winter Soldier to be used in numerous Cold War operations. Karpov eventually died around 1988 most likely from natural causes with his primary protégé Aleksander Lukin trained to take his place.
Vasily Karpov in other media
Vasily Karpov appears in Captain America: Civil War (2016), portrayed by Gene Farber. In 1991, he is a Hydra official who oversees the Winter Soldier program at a HYDRA Siberian facility after intercepting a case of Super Soldier Serum and the assassination of Howard Stark and Maria Stark. In the present, Karpov hides in the United States of America but is discovered by Helmut Zemo. Tortured by Zemo, Karpov's partially submerged head is in a sink filling with tap water, refusing to talk as Zemo takes the Winter Soldier program book (conditioned to be completely obedient to anyone who recites certain trigger words). Heavily restrained and unable to lift his head from the water, Karpov drowned in the overflowing sink while saying "Hail Hydra" to Zemo.
Karthon the Quester
Khonshu first appeared in Moon Knight #1 (November 1980), and is based on the Egyptian lunar god Khonsu. He is a member of the Heliopolitan pantheon and the patron of the superhero Moon Knight. While Khonshu possessed Moon Knight during the hero's time with the West Coast Avengers, Khonshu was often shown as a largely benevolent god who wanted to assist the team. He was at times shown to be conflicted as to whether he should reveal his powers and what was worthy of it. He was able to effortlessly resist being controlled by the mutant The Voice.
Kiber the Cruel
Elric Freedom Whitemane
Son of Gladiator. He shares similar powers as his father, but is very impetuous and hard-headed. As punishment he is sent to Earth to the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning to learn discipline. He is escorted by his personal bodyguard Warbird. During the Avengers Vs. X-Men crossover event, Gladiator comes to Earth to rescue his son but is overwhelmed by the combined Phoenix Force Five. When he heals he returns to Shi'ar with his son, but orders Warbird to stay behind.
Amiko Kobayashi was created by Chris Claremont and John Romita, Jr., and first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #181 (May 1984). Amiko found herself orphaned when she and her mother were caught in a battle between the X-Men and a dragon. Discovering the dying woman and her young daughter, Wolverine promised that the girl would be raised as though she were his own child. In the limited series Wolverine: Soultaker, Amiko discovered that her mother belonged to a family of warriors called the Shosei and now spends time with them trying to improve her martial arts skills, and hoping to make her adoptive father Logan proud of her.
Within the context of the stories, Kobik originated from a S.H.I.E.L.D. project using fragments of Cosmic Cubes. The pieces merge into a single being that adopts the form of a child. Kobik becomes a member of the Thunderbolts.
During her time affiliated with S.H.I.E.L.D., Kobik is involved in the Pleasant Hill project, where supervillains are taken to a pre-created town and brainwashed to act as normal civilians. At the same time, Kobik comes into contact with the Red Skull, the Cube's past experience with the Skull giving her a certain attachment to him. Using his influence on her, the Skull is able to convince her of Hydra being a noble organization. Kobik later makes contact with the elderly Steve Rogers during a stand-off where his life is in danger, and as a consequence of the Skull’s manipulation, she not only reverts him to his youthful state but also rewrites his history so that he has been a Hydra sleeper agent since childhood. As Hydra's "Secret Empire" rises to power — after Hydra Agent Rogers has deposed Red Skull —, Kobik begins to regretfully rewrite Rogers' mind, but it is revealed that the memory of his original, good conscious has remained hidden in her mind. The original Steve Rogers tries to convince Kobik to undo her mistakes, but she believes it is too late and is frightened of Hydra Rogers. Making things worse, in the real world Arnim Zola implants a Cosmic Cube into Rogers' physical body during the Resistance’s hopeful raid on Hydra's main base, led by Sam Wilson. However, the good Rogers manages to get through to her, and eventually they are both saved by Bucky Barnes and Scott Lang, who takes away Hydra Rogers’ ability to use both the Cosmic Cube and Mjolnir, allowing the real Captain America to defeat his mind-altered self. After Hydra Rogers is defeated, Kobik restores the history of the world, although she leaves some aspects intact from the Hydra-created reality.
Korath the Pursuer
The first version was originally a very small island in the Pacific Ocean that was located close to where some nuclear bombing tests were done. The radiation somehow mutated the island's ecosystem into a hive-mind entity. Krakoa was able to capture the original X-Men (then consisting of Cyclops, Angel, Havok, Iceman, Jean Grey and Polaris) and was also responsible for the deaths of a team of young mutants, composed of Petra, Sway, Darwin and Kid Vulcan (the latter two are able to survive, but became trapped inside Krakoa), from a parallel X-Men team led by Moira McTaggart and is also connected with the formation of the new team of X-Men (namely Colossus, Nightcrawler, Storm, Sunfire, Thunderbird, Banshee and Wolverine). The new X-Men team found the original X-Men and by using her powers, Polaris was able to launch Krakoa into outer space. Krakoa was later apparently found and captured for study by the cosmic entity known as The Stranger, as seen when Quasar visited one of his 'laboratory worlds'. Krakoa was eventually freed along with many other specimens and was last seen orbiting around Earth until the energy wave from M-Day and the Collective awakened Vulcan. It is also revealed that before it was shot into outer space, Krakoa released several spores from itself, which later plagued the X-Men (namely Vega Superior, Krakoa II (see below), the Krakoa seen at a construction site on a tropical island, Krakoas from the Hellfire Academy and the Krakoa seen in Sinister's underground city.)
When Wolverine and some of the X-Men splintered away from Cyclops' group, it is discovered that Beast has built the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning on top of a "male" spawn of Krakoa. After Quentin Quire manages to reason with him, the Krakoa spawn contacts Rachel Summers who ends up translating for him when Rachel tells Wolverine that the Hellfire Club made Krakoa attack them and that he is a mutant like the X-Men. Rachel discovered that this Krakoa was grown by Hellfire Club member Maximillian von Katzenelnbogen (a descendant of Victor Frankenstein) in his artificial supergarden. When Rachel mentions that Krakoa keeps apologizing and wants to join the X-Men, Wolverine ends up letting Krakoa stay as a part of the school. Not soon after the school began having money difficulties, it is Krakoa who solves the school's problems by growing great quantities of diamonds on the trees he produces.
Kraven the Hunter
Within the context of the stories, Heinz Kruger is a Gestapo agent working for the Nazi Party during World War II tasked with investigating Abraham Erskine and the American supersoldier experiment. He is able to infiltrate the project and pass the formula to his superiors. He attends the experiment on Steve Rogers, crashing through the viewing window and assassinating Erskine after the Super Soldier Serum is administered. He struggles with Rogers before accidentally grasping an electrical wire and being electrocuted.
Heinz Kruger in other media
The character of Heinz Kruger was adapted for the film Captain America: The First Avenger, where he is portrayed by actor Richard Armitage. His role in the film is essentially the same. His death is different in the film as he takes a cyanide pill instead upon Steve Rogers catching up to him. He is also depicted as an agent of Hydra instead of the Gestapo.
Kubik is a Cosmic Cube who first appears in Tales of Suspense #79 (Jul. 1966), and as Kubik in Avengers #289 (Mar. 1988). The concept was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and refined by Ralph Macchio. Kubik (once evolved into humanoid form and now a student of the entity the Shaper of Worlds) returns to Earth when attracted by an anomaly possessing a fraction of its power—revealed to be the robot the Super Adaptoid. The Adaptoid uses its abilities to "copy" Kubik's abilities and banishes the character, intent on creating a race in its own image. The Adaptoid, however, is tricked into shutting down by Captain America. Kubik returns and then removes the sliver of the original Cosmic Cube from the Adaptoid that gave the robot its abilities. Like all Cosmic Cubes, Kubik possesses the ability to manipulate extra-dimensional energy to alter reality to achieve virtually any effect. Upon reaching maturity, a cube takes on humanoid form with its behavior modeled after the individuals who have possessed it. Kubik's chest also displays a holographic representation of a Cosmic Cube.
Shen Kuei, also known as "The Cat", was created by Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy and first appeared in Master of Kung Fu #38-39 (March–April 1976). He is a freelance espionage operative, probably originally from Hong Kong. He has been both enemy and ally of Shang-Chi. He is a master thief whose skill in martial arts equals Shang-Chi's. The meaning of the character's name is both similar and opposite to Shang Chi's name. He is a sort of mirror image, a 'good bad guy' in opposition to Shang Chi's 'bad good guy'. While they share mutual respect, the two always find themselves in opposition. Shen Kuei has no superhuman powers. However, he possesses the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and builds who engages in intensive regular exercise. An extraordinary hand-to-hand combatant, Shen Kuei is one of the greatest living masters of the Oriental martial arts, whose skill rivals that of Shang-Chi.
Marduk Kurios is a demon character created by Gary Friedrich and Herb Trimpe. He first appeared in Marvel Spotlight #13 (January 1974) and was identified as "Satan." He is also presented as the father of the characters Daimon Hellstrom and Satana. Within the context of the stories, Marduk Kurios is a high level demon and ruler of one realm of Hell who has from time to time presented himself as "Satan" or "Lucifer". During the Fear Itself storyline, Marduk Kurios attended the Devil's Advocacy where they talked about the Serpent's actions on Earth. Marduk Kurios taunted Mephisto during this meeting.
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