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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. Kravenís 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 ladiesí 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.


First Appearance: The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #243

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Issue Appearances:
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Black Cat (2010)
Beyond! (2006)
Black Panther (1998)
Captain Marvel (2000)
Deadpool (1997)
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)
Punisher War Journal (2007)
Spider-Girl (2011)
Spider-Man: Get Kraven (2002)
Spider-Man: Grim Hunt - The Kraven Saga (2010)
Spider-Man: Sweet Charity (2002)
Spider-Man's Tangled Web (2001)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1999)
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
The Ultimates (2002)
Tigra (2002)
What If? Spider-Man (2011)
Wolverine (1988)
X-Factor (2002)
X-Force (1991)
X-Men Unlimited (1993)

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Sinister Six (Marvel)(01 - Doctor Octopus's Team)

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