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Kaine (Marvel)
Real Name: Kaine Parker
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Kaine's powers are a super-enhanced version of Spider-Man's. His Spider Sense is so advanced that he can see flashes of the future.

Kaine was the first of the Jackal's experiments in cloning that did not immediately degenerate into raw genetic waste. He was a clone of Peter Parker, the original Spider-Man. After some time, however, slow genetic deterioration became apparent. The Jackal became disgusted by yet another failure and planned to kill his creation, forcing the rejected clone to flee. The clone came to call himself Kaine and eventually adopted a costume that slowed his deterioration and hid his skin, but reproduced the web-like scars that run all over his body. Even as his DNA deteriorated, Kaine grew taller and stronger than the original Spider-Man.

Unable to live a normal life because of his disfigured features, Kaine's anger grew with his strength. Most of all he hated Scarlet Spider whom he, like the Jackal, believed to be the original Spider-Man, and thus the reason for his tormented existence. Believing Peter to be a successful clone, Kaine took it upon himself to ensure that Peter led the charmed life denied the Jackal's other experiments. This ambition eventually led Kaine to murder the Grim Hunter and Dr. Octopus (Otto Octavius).

Kaine followed Ben around the world, working occasionally as a high-priced assassin. In Salt Lake City, three years after leaving New York, Kaine killed Detective Louise Kennedy, the only person who ever made Kaine feel loved, after learning that she was in league with the local mob. Ben was spotted at the scene shortly after, and Kennedy's partner, Detective Jacob Raven, eventually tracked Reilly's fingerprints back to the original Peter Parker in New York City and arrested Peter. Peter was exonerated only after he threatened to make his secret identity known and Kaine confessed to the crime in another effort to preserve Peter's happiness. After Ben was "revealed" to be the original Spider-Man, Kaine escaped from police custody but was killed by Spidercide, a shape-shifting clone of Spider-Man. The Jackal put Kaine's body in a clone regeneration pod, where it was revived some time later.

Still attempting to crush Reilly's spirit, Kaine used Elizabeth Tyne (who was living under the assumed name of Janine Godbe after shooting her abusive father), the love of Ben's life since they had met in Salt Lake City. Threatening to expose her to the police, Kaine ordered Janine to fake her own suicide and leave Ben as he wandered America. After Ben took the role of Spider-Man, Kaine lured Janine back to New York and attempted to kill himself and them. Their love inspired him to relent, and both Kaine and Janine surrendered to the police.
Kaine later escaped from prison and was last seen in Greece. His current whereabouts are unknown.


First Appearance: Web of Spider-Man (1985) #119

Other Identities:
Scarlet Spider (Marvel)(05 - Kaine Parker)
Tarantula (Marvel)(07 - Kaine Parker)

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Issue Appearances:
101 Ways to End the Clone Saga (1997)
Amazing Spider-Girl (2006)
Amazing Spider-Man Family (2008)
Amazing Spider-Man: Grim Hunt - Hunting The Hunter (2010)
Astonishing X-Men/Amazing Spider-Man: The Gauntlet Sketchbook (2009)
Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider (2017)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)
Darkdevil (2000)
Heroic Age: Villains (2011)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Spider-Man 2005 (2005)
Scarlet Spider (2012)
Scarlet Spider Unlimited (1995)
Spectacular Spider-Girl (2010)
Spider-Girl (1998)
Spider-Girl: The End! (2010)
Spider-Island (2015)
Spider-Man (1990)
Spider-Man [GER] (1997)
Spider-Man Unlimited (1993)
Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus (1995)
Spider-Man: Grim Hunt - The Kraven Saga (2010)
Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage (1995)
Spider-Man: Redemption (1996)
Spider-Man: The Clone Journal (1995)
Spider-Man: The Clone Saga (2009)
Spider-Man: The Jackal Files (1995)
Spider-Man: The Lost Years (1995)
Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal (1997)
Spider-Man: The Parker Years (1995)
Superior Spider-Man Team-Up (2013)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2014)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2015)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
The Sensational Spider-Man (1996)
The Spectacular Spider-Girl (2009)
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
Thunderbolts (1997)
Web of Spider-Man (1985)
Web of Spider-Man (2009)
What If? Spider-Man (2011)

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