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This article is about the Marvel Comics character Zaran the Weapons Master. For the Marvel Comics Eternal character, see Zarin. For the villages in Iran, see Zaran, Iran.

Zaran is a fictional character, a supervillain that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The codename Zaran has been carried by two characters related to another.

Maximillian Zaran[edit]

Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Master of Kung Fu (2nd series) #77 (June 1979)
Created by Mike Zeck
In-story information
Alter ego Maximillian Zaran
Team affiliations Thunderbolts
Batroc's Brigade
Notable aliases The Weapons Master
Abilities Expert armed/unarmed combatant
Extensive knowledge of weapons

Fictional character biography[edit]

Maximillian Zaran was born in Great Britain. Early in his life, he was an agent of the British Secret Service: MI-6, but soon chose to become a mercenary and assassin. Training himself thoroughly in martial arts and the use of various kinds of weapons, he became known as a super-villain as well. He was first employed by Sarsfield and then Fah Lo Suee, and his first battle against a super-hero was against Shang-Chi, the Master of Kung-Fu, who easily defeated him.[1] He later battled and defeated Shang-Chi.[2] Zaran then joined Batroc's Brigade, and was employed by Obadiah Stane to steal Captain America's shield.[3]

In his next attempt to defeat super-heroes, Zaran joined forces with Razorfist II and Shockwave and fought the West Coast Avengers Hawkeye, Mockingbird, and Iron Man.[4] He battled Hawkeye again alongside Batroc's Brigade.[5]

During the Bloodstone Hunt, Zaran became good friends with fellow mercenary Batroc. Batroc's Brigade was employed by Baron Zemo to acquire the fragments of the Bloodstone, and Zaran fought Captain America and Diamondback but lost once more.[6] The brigade was later hired by Maelstrom to help him build a device that could destroy the universe and battled the Great Lakes Avengers.[7]

Marvel Knights[edit]

Zaran is employed by the Shadow-Hand to steal a chemical elixir from A.I.M. for Shang-Chi's father, a super-villain sometimes known as Fu Manchu. He is then ordered to kill Shang-Chi himself.[8]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Zaran is an athletic man with no superhuman powers. He received British Secret Service training, and has knowledge of all forms of armed and unarmed combat, and extensive knowledge of ancient and modern weapons, including knives, bows, staffs, maces, spears, nunchakus, shuriken, and guns. He wears a leather outfitted with a variety of specialized clips, loops, and pockets for carrying weapons. He usually carries small sais (three pronged daggers) attached to his gauntlets, collar and codpiece, a bo staff/spear/blow gun, and a wide variety of weapons as needed.

Shang-Chi villain[edit]

Zaran II
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Master of Kung Fu: Bleeding Black #1 (1990)
Created by Doug Moench
Paul Gulacy
In-story information
Notable aliases Master of the Staff and Sais
Abilities Possesses various weapons

Fictional character biography[edit]

The second Zaran was trained by the original Zaran to become a mercenary. The second Zaran sought out Shang-Chi in battle but was defeated.[9]

Other versions[edit]

House of M[edit]

In this reality, Zaran is a member of Shang-Chi's Dragons criminal organization, alongside, Mantis, Swordsman and Machete.[10] Zaran is killed by Bullseye after the Dragons are ambushed by the Kingpin's assassins.[11]

In other media[edit]

Zaran appears in the video game Spider-Man and Captain America in Doctor Doom's Revenge (1989).


  1. ^ Master of Kung Fu #77-79
  2. ^ Master of Kung Fu #87
  3. ^ Captain America #302-303
  4. ^ West Coast Avengers #11
  5. ^ Solo Avengers #3
  6. ^ Captain America #357-362
  7. ^ GLA: Misassembled #1-4 (2005)
  8. ^ Master of Kung Fu #1
  9. ^ Master of Kung Fu: Bleeding Black #1 (1990)
  10. ^ House of M: Avengers #2
  11. ^ House of M: Avengers #4

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