Kraven the Hunter (Marvel)(02 - Alyosha Kravinoff)
Real Name: Alyosha Kravinoff
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Alyosha has superhuman strength, speed, agility, stamina, and healing. His five senses are extraordinarily heightened, and he can speak with animals. When enraged, he may shift into a bestial fury.
Alyosha Kravinoff, a mutant son of the infamous Kraven the Hunter, was - unlike his half-brother Vladimir (the Grim Hunter) - shamefully raised in an African jungle separate from his family and civilization due to his illegitimate birth. After Kraven's suicide Alyosha came to New York to understand the father he barely knew. Dressed as Kraven, Alyosha confronted his Uncle Dmitri (the Chameleon). Believing his abusive half-brother had returned from the dead, the Chameleon revealed to Alyosha much about the dysfunctional Kravinoff family. Kraven’s former lover, Calypso Ezili, did actually return from the dead, and she mistook Alyosha for Kraven. She seduced Alyosha, but afterward he spurned her affections. Later, riding a bull elephant atop Manhattan's rooftops, Alyosha attacked Spider-Man, poisoning him with an hallucinogenic dart, but then set him free. While at the Kravinoff's estate, Alyosha was learning about his father from Spider-Man when Calypso returned with Kraven's tribesmen, setting the home ablaze and killing all but one animal, Gulyadkin the lion. Calypso poisoned Alyosha and Spider-Man and used her hypnotic powers to force the two to fight to the death. Spider-Man resisted and injured Calypso, while Alyosha subdued her with his lion. Despite asking for her forgiveness, Alyosha savagely killed Calypso and all the tribesmen.
He was later contracted to by the Fantastic Four to help capture the enigmatic enormous canid Puppy. Next, he was hired by White Wolf, head of the, deposed Wakandan secret police, to capture the Black Panther. The Black Panther turned the battle around, nearly killing Alyosha. The Sandman later invited Alyosha to join the Sinister Six to hunt Dr. Octopus and Senator Ward, host body for the alien Z'nox. Venom (Eddie Brock), slighted at his lack of inclusion in the Sinister Six, hunted each of the team members. Refusing to be "the hunted", Alyosha managed to trap Venom with fire, but Venom seriously injured him and escaped.
Alyosha then adopted a more relaxed personality - suave, witty, and a ladies’ man. As "Al", he began dating a waitress and aspiring actress named Timber Hughes from an all-villain bar. Al sought to help Timber's career in Hollywood by becoming a director. Despite connections to celebrities, Al's efforts were stonewalled, facing arrogance, greed and corruption within the Hollywood elite. Being forced out of Hollywood by the powerful Rothstein brothers. Al was beaten while Timber was brutally raped. Both Al and Timber enacted vengeance, defeated another half-brother, Ned, and left Hollywood to pursue heroics in New York City. Considering his family history, and personality swings, his mental stability remains in question. He retained his mutant powers after M-Day.
An experiment involving his father's jungle serum in combination with his existing super abilities caused Kravinoff to become mentally unstable. In this state, he created a "zoo" of kidnapped animal-themed superhumans like Tiger Shark, Bushmaster (Quincy Mclver), Mongoose and many more. This hobby was eventually disrupted by the Punisher, who was tracking the Rhino when Alyosha captured him for his zoo. The Punisher freed the captives but Alyosha got away and escaped to the Savage Land.
After a return to New York, the resurrection of his half-brother and battling Spider-Man, Alyosha abandoned the family after a resurrected Sergei killed his stepmother Sasha and Vladimir. Later, Alyosha was killed by his sister Ana.
First Appearance: The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #243
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Black Cat (2010)
#3 Beyond! (2006)
- 'The Trophy Hunters, Part Three'#4
- 'The Trophy Hunters, Part Four'
#1 Black Panther (1998)
- 'The Great Beyond'#2
- 'Second Wind'#3
- 'Dead Man Walking'#4
- 'Everybody Limbo'#6
- 'The Observer Effect'
#6 Captain Marvel (2000)
Fantastic Four (1998)
Free Comic Book Day 2007 (Spider-Man) (2007)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2002)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Paradise X: Xen (2002)
Peter Parker: Spider-Man (1999)
#12 Punisher War Journal (2007)
- 'Another Return of the Sinister Six, Part 2 of 2'#17
- 'Night of the Hunters'
#13 Spider-Girl (2011)
- 'Hunter/Hunted, Part 1'#14
- 'Hunter/Hunted, Part 2'#15
- 'Hunter/Hunted, Part 3'
Spider-Man: Get Kraven (2002)
Spider-Man: Grim Hunt - The Kraven Saga (2010)
Spider-Man: Sweet Charity (2002)
Spider-Man's Tangled Web (2001)
#1 The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
- 'The Coming of the Thousand'#13
- 'Double Shots'#14
- 'The Last Shoot'
The Amazing Spider-Man (1999)
#12 The Amazing Spider-Man (2018)
- 'Another Return of the Sinister Six!'#41
- 'Looking Back / You Can Call Me Al: Part Two'
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
#243 The Ultimates (2002)
- 'Who Am I?'#244
- 'Kravinov's Revenge!'#246
- 'The Legion of Losers!'#248
- 'From the Shadows'#249
- 'Into the Light'#250
- 'Citizen Osborn!'#251
- 'Son of the Hunter!'#252
- 'Son of the Hunter! Part 2'#253
- 'Son of the Hunter! Part 3'
#5 Tigra (2002)
- 'Hulk Does Manhattan'
#3 What If? Spider-Man (2011)
- 'Tigra Deepest Cuts Pt: 3'
#1 Wolverine (1988)
- 'What if Spider-Man Killed Kraven the Hunter?'
#176 X-Factor (2002)
- 'The Logan Files, Epilogue'
X-Men Unlimited (1993)
- 'This One's For You'
Sinister Six (Marvel)(01 - Doctor Octopus's Team)
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