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Carrion (Marvel)(03 - William Allen)
Real Name: William Allen
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Exposure to the Carrion Virus transformed Allen into a aged, decayed duplicate of Miles Warren with sickly yellow skin and a persistent reek of decomposition. He can teleport over short distances (leaving behind a residue of sulfur), manipulate and rot organic matter, project repelling energy beams, levitate and become intangible. Carrion's touch can ignite fires or kill living beings. He possesses superhuman strength, enabling him to lift up to ten tons, and can also regenerate rapidly (although his body is highly fragile). Carrion is also telepathic; while the two previous Carrions possesses telepathy, Allen's is stronger than theirs. He used a modified version of the Red Dust of Death to create a "zombie virus" which rendered its victims mindless and highly suggestible to Carrion's telepathic commands, and also eventually killed its victims. Allen is a highly gifted scientist, possessing Ph.Ds in biochemistry and microbiology; he also possesses some of Miles Warren's knowledge and memories, which may include his vast expertise in cloning and genetics.

Following the death of the Jackal his corpse was examined by agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Dr. William Allen ignored safety protocols and in the process was infected by a new, stronger version of the Carrion virus, transforming him into the third incarnation of the villain. The most deadly Carrion of all, he exhibited the further ability to use a "zombie plague" to control the minds of others but also found that both Warren and Allen's minds fought for control of the body. As Carrion sought to infect the city with the Red Dust plague, Spider-Man confronted the High Evolutionary who confirmed that he had deliberately sought to distort Warren's achievements by faking the journals and evidence to make it seem that Warren had never achieved true cloning. Spider-Man discovered Warren's old notes which were used to generate a cure, whilst he confronted Carrion. The latter now revealed that the original Carrion had indeed been a clone of Warren, created to incubate a virus to destroy mankind, but that it had been released too early and failed in its mission. Spider-Man subdued the new Carrion who was taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody. The High Evolutionary provided data from Warren's journals that could potentially cure him. Carrion has not been seen since.


First Appearance: Spider-Man: Dead Man's Hand (1997) #1

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Issue Appearances:
Guardians of the Galaxy (2008)
Heroic Age: Villains (2011)
Nightcrawler (2004)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Spider-Man 2005 (2005)
Scarlet Spider (2012)
Secret Avengers (2010)
Spider-Man: Dead Man's Hand (1997)
Superior Spider-Man Team-Up (2013)

Group Affiliation(s):
Masters of Evil (Marvel)
S.H.I.E.L.D. (Marvel)

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