Characters: Spider-Man: Allies

This page is for all the allies Spider-Man has in his never-ending fight against crime.

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AKA: Andrew Maguire
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #692

"Put the knife down and let the lady go. Sweet. I just said that thing super heroes say!"

  • The Atoner: In the Alpha: Big Time mini-series he really wants to make up for his mistakes. When he believed he killed a mugger by accident he was ready to get arrested and depowered again.
  • Butt Monkey: Without his powers (and the confidence boost that comes with them) he is pretty much this.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: Before he got his powers.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: After his actions as Alpha, no one has a good image of him. The kids at his school think he is a freak and the adults think he is a doofy kid.
  • Instant Expert: During his first appearances it looked like this was the case since he was kicking ass even outshining Thor, but then you realize that all his first fights were against giant monsters and when the time came for him to stop a regular burglar, this trope is subverted.
  • Jerkass: He became the total package after getting his powers. After he lost them, he became more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Jumped at the Call: The day he got powers was his best day ever, although he jumped more because of the fame and noteworthiness rather than his desire to help.
  • Junior Counterpart: He's just like Peter from before his Uncle Ben's death; wishing to exploit his powers for fame and profit.
  • Kid Hero: He's still in high school.
  • Lame Comeback: After recovering his powers, he finds himself struggling with responses to other people.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: He must be related to Tobey Maguire although maybe his parents are more fans of Andrew Garfield.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Like Peter Parker once was.
  • Secret Identity: He didn't have one at the beginning. After getting his powers back, he tries to have one but unfortunately for him, everybody recognizes him and not in a good way.
  • Shoo Out the New Guy: A perfect example (although he does come back later). He's even accused of being a "Poochie" (alternate name for this trope) in-universe.
  • Superpower Lottery: Let's see, flight, energy blasts, nigh-invulnerability, low-level telekinesis, matter manipulation and with enough power to put people in a severe coma at 10%. The only downside being that he can only use one ability at a time.
  • The Scrappy: Both in universe and in real life. He was doomed to become this since the beginning (something his creator Dan Slott kinda expected it seems), first announced as Spider-Man's new sidekick to light the fire of the fandom (who despised the sole idea of Spidey joining the Avengers, let alone getting a sidekick), then wrote him as a complete Jerkass with no redeemable qualities and to top it all, making him a God-Mode Sue who is shown to be stronger than Thor in one fight. Even now when he's getting some better characterization in his mini, people still cry why did he get a mini instead of being thrown at "The Arena".


AKA: Anya Sophia Corazon
Debut: Amazing Fantasy Vol. 2, #1

While not starting out as a member of the Spider-Family, Anya was a member of the mystical part of the Spider Society and usually acted as their hunter. However, a crossover with Spider-Man eventually made her renounce her allegiance and pursue her own path.

She was amongst the Pro-Registration heroes in the Civil War, acting as Ms. Marvel's Tagalong Kid, and while questioning her worst moments, she continued to be on Carol's side, the two helping each other out, despite her father's misgivings. Carol once saved her from the mind control of Puppet Master, solidifying their relations.

Like the rest of the Spider-Family, she wasn't heard from any more until Grim Hunt, where luckily for her, Arana managed to survive the events and helped Spider-Man defeat Kraven. In the aftermath, she was handpicked by Julia Carpenter as the successor of the Arachne suit and becomes Spider-Girl as Julia succeeds the late Madame Web.

For more information on her, please refer to her page.

    Captain George Stacy 

Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #56

"Be good to her—son! Be good—to her—she loves you—so very—much— "

    Captain Jean DeWolff  

Debut: Marvel Team-Up #48

"Did you set a perimeter?!! Did you call in for Emergency Services? No! No?? There's a live crime scene in there and you're busy cuffing the only damn person who's doing the damn job you're supposed to! Go be cops before someone else gets hurt!!!"

    Captain John Jonah Jameson III 

    Cloak and Dagger 

AKA: Tandy Bowen (Dagger) and Tyrone Johnson (Cloak)
Debut: Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #64

Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson, a pair of teenage runaways, are experimented on by the mob, who are trying to create a new drug substitute for heroin. It proves fatal to all they test it on but the pair, who gain superpowers from the event. Tandy can throw daggers of light, which can also purge unhealthy chemicals from a target as well, while Tyrone's powers were originally to suck people into a dark dimension where he would strip them of their light. Together, they battle the drug trade while trying to balance out normal lives.

For more information on them, please refer to their page.


AKA: Matthew Michael Murdoch
Debut: Daredevil #1

Spidey's most frequent team-up, Daredevil has the ultimate in Disability Superpower — he's blind, but his other senses are superhumanly sharp. This is the result of his having been blinded by a radioactive substance whilst rescuing a blind man (oh, the irony) from the path of an oncoming truck. He is also a superb gymnast and martial artist, having been trained from an early age by a mysterious blind sensei called Stick as well as showing him how to control his senses to live normally. His Secret Identity is that of Matt Murdock, attorney-at-law.

For more information on him, please refer to his page.

    Ezekiel Sims 

Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2, #30

"This is the five million dollar question. I'm about to yank your chain like nobody else ever has before, and nobody else ever will again. So listen carefully. Did the radiation enable the spider to give you these powers? Or was the spider trying to give you those powers before the radiation killed it? Which came first? The radiation? Or the power? The chicken or the egg or the power?"

  • Alternate Self: It's revealed that Old Man Spider-Man from Earth-4 is Ezekiel from a universe where Morlun killed Peter. Tragically, this is only revealed after Daemos snaps his neck.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Claims he deduced Spider-Man's identity by hiring PIs - including Felicia Hardy - and then piecing together the scraps of evidence they collected. It's later revealed he knew Peter Parker was Spider-Man right from the start and has been keeping tabs on him throughout his superhero career.
  • Badass Grandpa: Possesses all of Peter's powers at a slightly weaker level - but is in his 50's.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saved Peter from Morlun, nearly at the cost of his own life.
  • Big Good: A minor example: Moments of selfishness aside, Zeke has done a lot of work to organize protect the Spider-Totems of Earth-616 from Morlun and others like him. He preceded Arana's mother as The Hunter of the Spider-Society and founded a number of companies - most notably WebCorps - to act as fronts for it. He has been keeping tabs on the various individuals connected to the Web of Life, such as Peter Parker and Cindy Moon for years.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Mild example. He was a founder of WebCorp, tying both him and Spider-Man in with Araņa. However, he used his powers for personal gain.
  • Doing In the Scientist: Tries to do this by telling Peter that his powers - along with those of other spider-themed superheroes and villains - come from a totemic spider deity called the Great Weaver and a mystic force called the Web of Life instead of radiation. Neither option is mutually exclusive in Peter's case.
  • Harbinger of Impending Doom: Shows up out of the blue telling Peter his powers are supernatural in origin and that he is being hunted by a cannibalistic being with a taste for totemic avatars.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: He saved Peter from Morlun and initially tried to take him into protective custody. When the Gatekeeper decreed that he was unworthy of being a Spider-Totem and had to die, Ezekiel tried to sacrifice Peter to become a true Spider-Totem himself. He had a change of heart at the last moment, leading to...
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices himself to save Peter from the Gatekeeper.
  • The Hunter: He was the Hunter of the Spider-Society from 1982 to 2004, and was succeeded by Arana's mother.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Why he acquired spider powers in the first place, and why he tried to sacrifice Peter.
  • Killed Off for Real: He seemingly reappeared during the Grim Hunt arc telling Spider-Man to warn every spider-themed hero and villain about the Kravinoff family's vendetta, but it was really the Chameleon in disguise tricking Peter into walking into a trap.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After leaving Peter to die, his Spider-Sense synchronizes with Peter's and he realizes that while he wanted to be a hero all his life, he had only used his ill-gained powers illicitly, whereas Peter had used his own powers altruistically, prompting a Heel Realization and a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Not Quite Dead: Seemingly died fighting Morlun, but was later revealed to have survived.
  • The Obi-Wan: Ezekiel is an older mentor who enlightens his younger pupil to the supernatural aspects of his powers and then dies, and is revealed to be a member of an ancient order of warriors possessing similar powers.
  • Power at a Price: Possesses the same powers as Peter, but is slightly weaker (i.e. He can lift 9 tons compared to Peter's 10) due to acquiring them illegitimately. The Great Weaver ultimately deems him unworthy of his powers and manifests as the Gatekeeper to kill him.
  • Properly Paranoid: Built a room designed to hide himself and other totemic beings so that Morlun couldn't find them. He takes Cindy Moon into protective custody when he learns Morlun is looking for her and tries to take Peter Parker in as well.
  • Targeted Human Sacrifice: Turns Peter into one in an attempt to become a legitimate Spider Totem when the Great Weaver decides he has to die..

    Great Weaver/Master Weaver 

Original/Astral Form
New/True Form

AKA: Karn
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2, #42

"Are you the man who dreamed of being a spider? Or the spider who dreamed of being a man? Are you the one... or are you the Other?"

The totemic spider-deity whose Web of Life and Destiny empowers all the Spider-Totems. It is currently held prisoner by the Inheritors of all Creation, who are using its power to traverse the Multiverse and devour its avatars. The Other, also known as Ero, is either a closely related totemic deity or one of its manifestations.

  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: It has appeared as a bespeckled black man in a suit, a an African shaman... and a giant spider-like monster.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: The caption quote, which it posed to Peter while berating him for neglecting the spider side of himself.
  • Badass in Distress/Captured Super Entity: Its true physical form is held prisoner by the Inheritor Clan, who use its power to travel from universe to universe hunting its totemic avatars. Those must be some tough handcuffs they've stuck on it.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: One of its aspects, the Other, has appeared as a massive spider.
  • Big Good/Bigger Bad: A little bit of both, since without it Peter and the other Spiders might not have gotten their powers, but not all the Spiders are good guys.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: While it may be a godlike entity, it thinks like a spider. As such it isn't adverse to turning Peter or Kaine into monsters should they be in danger of dying.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The Great Weaver was first mentioned in Spider-Man Annual 2001, which featured the Spider Clan.
  • The Chooser of The One:
    • It has totemic avatars in almost every single universe, with most of them being incarnations of Peter Parker. By and far its most famous avatar is the Peter Parker of Earth-616 (and by extension his clones as well). Anya Corazon and Cindy Moon as backup avatars in case Peter dies or turns against it.
    • The Great Weaver eventually deems Ezekiel Sims unworthy of his pilfered spider powers and kills him, though it was willing to let him take Peter's place as a true Spider-Totem.
  • Cool Mask: It wears a strange, gimp-like mask.
  • Cosmic Entity: It is the totemic spider deity worshipped by (most notably) the Spider Society, and whose Web of Life and Destiny empowers its totemic avatars.
  • Cyborg: Its true physical body is a humanoid torso atop a golden robotic body.
  • Decomposite Character: During JMS' run, the Great Weaver was the spider god who weaves the Web of Life and gave Peter his powers and resurrected him with enhanced powers, and Ero was an antagonistic totem that wanted to kill Peter to restore the natural order. Scarlet Spider retconned Ero into being the Spider-Totem who resurrected Peter and later Kaine with enhanced powers. The remaining aspects of the Great Weaver - weaving the Web of Life and giving Spider-Totems their powers - were rebranded as the Master Weaver in Spider-Verse.
  • Deity of Human Origin: Before becoming the most powerful Spider-Totem in existence, he was the Inheritor called Karn.
  • Divine Conflict: Despite being a cosmic entity responsible for empowering every spider-themed hero and villain in the multiverse, it has supernatural enemies that would love to eat it, namely the Inheritor Clan - who succeeded in capturing it and harnessing its power - and Shathra, or usurp it, like the Spider-Queen.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Its astral form is a half-buried vaguely spider-shaped green mass embedded with light-green tentacles. Even Spider-Man - who is not only one of the smartest people in the Marvel Universe, but one of its avatars - couldn't wrap his head around what he was looking at when he accidentally ran into it. It's also manifested in spider-like and humanoid forms. And then there's how it appeared to Spider-Man Noir...
  • Get Out: Booted Spidey back to Earth when he bumped into it in the Astral Plane during the Shade arc.
  • Humanoid Abomination: It appeared to Peter in a dream as a monstrous version of Spider-Man.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: Would have eaten Peter had Ezekiel not sacrificed himself.
  • I Have Many Names: Spider-Man knows it as the Great Weaver, though it also goes by the Master Weaver.
  • Just Eat Him: Ate Shathra, one of its supernatural enemies. She later returned and attacked Kaine.
  • Kill the God: The Superior Spider-Man claws it, leading to A Truce While We Gawk.
    Morlun: That was the Weaver of—of—of—the Web of Life and Destiny. You madman! Do you know what you've done?! All of history! Our future! The nature of reality itself!
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: Ejects Morlun from the Newspaper Comic Spider-Man's world and tells him it was temporally unstable. Morlun buys this, having been completely thrown for a loop by Comic-Book Time.
  • Physical God: He is the entity who weaves the Web of Life and Destiny that holds the Multiverse together. He's worshipped on several worlds, but his physical body is located on Earth-000.
  • Reality Warper: By snapping strands of the Web of Life it can Ret Gone things and people.
  • The Rival: Its wasp equivalent, and related beings like Shathra and the Sisterhood of the Wasp. An annual also had a tribe of its worshippers be ousted from their temple and nearly exterminated by a tribe that worshipped a snake deity (possibly Set).
  • Secret Test of Character: It picked fights with Peter via Ero to test whether he's worthy of its powers.
  • Spider People/Spider Tank: Its lower half is a golden, arachnid-like machine.
  • Sudden Name Change: From the Great Weaver to the Master Weaver.
  • Super Empowering: As its moniker suggests, it is the spider-deity that spins the Web of Life and Destiny, the supernatural force that empowers spider-themed heroes and villains across the multiverse.
  • There Can Be Only One: It sent (or manifested as) the Gatekeeper to assassinate Ezekiel, though it was willing to kill Peter in his place.
  • Top God: Deities like Kwaku Anansi and Ai Apaec are little more than totemic avatars of its power.

    Human Torch 

AKA: Jonathan Lowell Spencer Storm
Debut: Fantastic Four #1

One of Spider-Man's longtime friends. See his character page for tropes on him.

    Madame Web 

AKA: Cassandra Webb
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #210

"You are much too bright to be asking such stupid questions."

  • Blind Seer: She's blind, but she has precognition and a number of other psychic powers to compensate.
  • The Cassandra: It's even in her name! Spider-Man initially dismissed her psychic powers as a hoax until she revealed she knew his secret identity.
  • Complete Immortality: She was supposedly granted this by the Circle of Five, but all it did was temporarily restore her health and youth.
  • Easy Amnesia: After being attacked by the Juggernaut she is left with amnesia.
  • Killed Off for Real: During Grim Hunt she is murdered by Sasha Kravinoff after mocking her failure to resurrect Kraven properly. She transfers her powers to Julia Carpenter before dying, though.
  • Disability Superpower: She's blind and crippled to the point of needing to be on life-support, but possesses clairvoyance and a number of other psychic powers.

    Molten Man 

AKA: Mark Raxton
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #28

Molten Man: Hi. I'm Mark Raxton, Liz Osborn's step-brother.
Ben Urich: You're—you're the Molten Man!
Molten Man: Yeah, that too.

Mark Raxton wanted to get rich. Working hard, he developed a special liquid metal alloy, but his partner, Spencer Smythe, wanted it to be tested more. In a brief scuffle, the container holding the alloy broke, spilling the liquid over Raxton. Instead of poisoning him, his skin absorbed the alloy, making Raxton strong enough to buckle a car hood. While he started off as a criminal, he eventually accepted his transformation, and even reconciled with his sister Liz Allen.

  • The Brute: When his temper gets the better of him.
  • Genius Bruiser: He has both science smarts and superhuman strength
    • Unskilled, but Strong: For all his smarts he is not a very good fighter. He once tried to throw a punch and a kick at the same time.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Went from being a Jerkass Anti-hero/villain to accepting his change and apologizing to Liz.
  • Jerkass: Gave a lot of crap to Liz back in the day. He got better at least.
  • Kung-Fu Proof Mook: Spider-Man's webs did not stick to him.
  • Made of Iron: Literally.

    Morbius the Living Vampire 

AKA: Doctor Michael Morbius
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #101

"I am not a vampire. I am not a super villain. I am not a super hero."

Michael Morbius, also known as "The Living Vampire", was a Nobel Prize-winning scientist suffering from a fatal blood disease. In hopes of curing this illness he treated himself with fluids distilled from vampire bats and, as a last chance, tried shock-treatment as a way to electrically create blood cells. This "cured" him by transforming him into a vampiric being that lusts after blood as a way to counter the disease. He also gained several other vampiric attributes, such as white skin, fangs, an allergy to sunlight (since he isn't undead, sunlight won't kill him outright, but his lack of melanin leads to quick burns), Super Strength, a Healing Factor, and hollow bones which give him the capability of flight. Later he gains more supernatural abilities like hypnosis.

Because of his need to drink blood from living victims (stored blood contains too much anticoagulants for his body to handle, or the need to kill stays even after the physical need is satisfied) Morbius wallows in guilt and tries to find both an alternative substance to blood and a way to cure himself — without much success. At best he has been able to change back into a human for some periods of time, but either has soon reverted back or retained the need to drink blood.

Despite all this, he's generally willing to help or at least unwilling to harm people he sees as innocent or has a closer relationship with.

For more information on him, please refer to his page.


AKA: Hobie Brown
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #78

"Anyway, the first time the Prowler struck, I was just a know-nuthin' kid—I was hardly wet behind the ears—which is why Spider-Man was able to beat me. But I learned a lot since then. I'm older, stronger, smarter. And what's more—I've got a real mission."

Hobie wanted to be noticed for his genius after feeling stuck as a window washer. He invented several gadgets to make the work easier, but his boss wouldn't listen to his ideas. Modifying the look, the outfit for cleaning windows eventually became a costume that Hobie dubbed the Prowler. While at first torn up about whether the Prowler would be a hero or villain, Hobie thought he'd compromise by having the Prowler steal, while Hobie Brown returned the goods later. However, when stopped by Spider-Man, Hobbie realized that the life of a villain wasn't for him, and soon became the wall-crawler's steadfast ally.


AKA: Thomas Fireheart
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #256

"When the tribe call—Puma must answer!"

    Silver Sable 

AKA: Silver Sablinova
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #265

Paladin: I still can't believe your doing this as a freebie!
Silver Sable: My father started the Wild Pack to rid the world of Nazi war criminals. I swore to uphold his dream of a free world.

A well-known female mercenary, she's been both an ally and a foe to the webslinger. Joining the Wild Pack at the age of seventeen, Silver Sable served as second-in-command until the death of her father, Ernst Sablinova. Based in Symkaria, a tiny country sharing a border with Latveria, the Wild Pack began offering its services internationally under Silver Sable's leadership. Eventually gaining approval from the Symkaria government, the Wild Pack would become one of the country's largest economic contributors.

For more information on her, please refer to her page.

    Spider-Man 2099 

AKA: Miguel O'Hara
Debut: Spider-Man 2099 #1

  • Animal Motifs: Spiders, natch.
  • Cassandra Truth: When Miguel tries to tell his mother that he's actually Spider-Man (whom she idolizes), she laughs it off as a pathetic attempt to get her attention.
  • Child Prodigy: Smart enough to be transferred to the Alchemax School for Gifted Youngsters.
  • The Chosen One: The Thorites of 2099 call Spider-Man the "Herald of Thor", who is prophesied to save the world. Turns out he really was The Chosen One, and was the third person to wield Thor's hammer.
  • Drugs Are Bad: When Miguel wanted to quit Alchemax, his boss secretly gets him addicted to illegal drugs as a retention technique. Miguel's attempt to shake the addiction leads to the accident that grants him his powers.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In a deliberate inversion from Peter Parker, Spider-Man tends to speak tersely while in costume, and saves his snarking for his civilian identity.
  • Freak Lab Accident: He acquired spider-powers while trying to purge his system of a highly addictive drug.
  • Generation Xerox: Subverted; creator Peter David deliberately based much of Miguel's personality by setting his traits as opposite those of Peter Parker's.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's as fast and strong as Peter, and is a skilled geneticist.
  • Jerkass: Before the accident that gave him his powers, Miguel was an unabashed self-centered egotistical jerk who belittled almost everyone else he knew.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: He goes up against the Superior Spider-Man in the Necessary Evil arc, and is Trapped in the Past in its aftermath.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Miguel secretly discovers that his father is Alchemax CEO Tyler Stone.
  • Oh, Crap: When Miguel finds himself face-to-face with Morlun, he almost wets himself in terror. When he notices Morlun is having the same reaction, he realizes the super villain is afraid to set foot in the 616 universe and decides to ask Peter Parker why.
  • Revenge: Miguel's original motivation was to get revenge on Alchemax CEO Tyler Stone for accidentally getting him addicted to Rapture.
  • Super Reflexes: Instead of Spider-Sense, Miguel has enhanced perceptions that happen to tune in very quickly to what's pertinent, such as an immediate danger or a general plot point. It's still limited by what he is focused on, and he can still be caught flat-footed.
  • The Unfavorite: Miguel's younger brother Gabriel is clearly their mother's favorite, largely due to Miguel's Jerkass behavior.
  • Thoroughly Mistaken Identity: Mac Gargan is convinced he's Peter Parker in a new costume, and naturally tries to kill him.
  • Wall Crawl: Miguel uses his claws to climb walls.
  • Wolverine Claws: Miguel acquires retractable talons on his fingers and toes. Not only does this allow him to Wall Crawl, but he also uses them as a slashing attack.

    Steel Spider 

AKA: Oliver Osnick
Debut: Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #72

"Stop this crime! Desist at once, or face the terrible wrath of—the Steel Spider!"

A chubby young nerd who idolized Dr. Octopus and built his own set of octopus tentacles. After meeting Spider-Man, he idolized Spidey instead and redesigned himself as "Spider-Lad", Spider-Man's sidekick. After being turned down by Spider-Man, he's had an off-again off-again career as the Steel Spider, in a metal exo-suit equipped with Spider-like abilities.

    Toxin I 

AKA: Patrick Mulligan
Debut: Venom/Carnage #1

I do know where I am headed. I know only that I cannot take the ones I love most with me. I have within me a creature called Toxin. I will try to use it for good. I have left my old life behind. Now, I must model myself on Spider-Man. I must learn to control what I have. Whatever happens, whatever monsters come my way, I must never forget who I am, where I come from. I must do the right thing.

Patrick "Pat" Mulligan was an NYPD police officer who had the misfortune of running across the supervillain Carnage, who had just spawned a baby symbiote. Too weak to kill them, Carnage bonded the infant symbiote to Patrick and left, intending to kill them once he regained his strength. When the symbiote matured, Venom named it Toxin, but when he realized that not only was it more powerful than both himself and Carnage combined but that it was unlikely to aid him in his crusade against Spider-Man, he joined with Carnage in trying to kill it. Pat accepted his bond with the symbiote and joined forces with Spider-Man and Black Cat in defeating them, and on a number of other occasions, leaving his family behind in order to tame the symbiote, eventually succeeding after stopping himself from killing Razorfist, who had killed Pat's father. Pat made a deal with the infantile symbiote: in exchange for complete control of its powers, it could take over his body for two hours a day, provided it didn't commit crimes. Pat was listed as one of the Civil War Initiative's potential recruits, but was ultimately beaten to death in a gutter by Blackheart, who stole the symbiote. Crime Master later re-stole the symbiote and bonded it to Eddie Brock, who was initially taken over by the symbiote but later tamed it himself and used it to return to his Lethal Protector lifestyle.

For more information on him, please refer to the Carnage characters page.