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Dorothy Walker[edit]

Further reading

Dorothy Walker is a fictional character in Marvel Comics. She was created by Stuart Little and Ruth Atkinson and first appeared in Miss America Magazine #2 (November 1944). She was reintroduced in The Defenders #89 (November 1980) by David Michelinie and Mike Harris as a radical departure from her initial conception.

Dorothy Walker is introduced as Betty Walker, the typical doting mother of Patsy Walker. This existence is revealed to have been a comic book written by Dorothy and loosely inspired by the teenage Patsy's life. Because of this Patsy was cared for by their housekeeper Dolly Donahue. While Dorothy bathes in the success of her comic, Patsy loathes it and their relationship is heavily strained.[1] When she divorces her husband, Joshua, she gets custody of Patsy and her brother Mickey due to her wealth.[2]

Dorothy does not approve of Patsy's marriage to Buzz Baxter and when the two end up divorcing, Dorothy loses contact with her daughter.[3] Years later, Dorothy is stricken with cancer and dies before she is able to see Patsy again.[4] Patsy realizes that despite her mother's sometimes cold attitude towards her, she was doing everything she could to forgive her.[5] Unbeknownst to her, Dorothy attempted to make a deal with the demon Avarrish. In exchange for Patsy's soul, Dorothy would be restored to life without cancer. However, Avarrish fails and Dorothy remains dead.[6]

Dorothy Walker in other media[edit]

Dorothy Walker appears in Jessica Jones, portrayed by Rebecca De Mornay. She is a talent agent and has a much more abusive relationship with her daughter. In the first season episode "AKA I've Got the Blues", Dorothy is shown exploiting her teenage daughter in a Disney Channel-esque show called It's Patsy. She adopts Jessica Jones into their family to make Trish's image more likable. In an effort to stop Dorothy from forcing Trish to vomit, Jessica tosses Dorothy across the room exposing her powers to her.[7] Years later, Dorothy works at Stars & Tykes Talent Agency where her relationship with Trish is much worse than before.[8] She claims to want to 'amend' their relationship when she really wants to exploit Trish's talk show host fame.[9] Nevertheless, she helps Trish and Jessica out by digging up a file on the mysterious IGH.[10] In the second season, Dorothy again impedes on Trish's life, though she approves of her daughter's relationship with ZCN reporter Griffin Sinclair.[11] Later, it is revealed that she helped Griffin set up an elaborate proposal for Trish. When Trish turns him down, Dorothy berates her and Trish finally steps up to her mother and slaps her, telling her that she no longer wants the life that she was molded for.[12] It is revealed that Dorothy was somewhat indirectly responsible for the death of Jessica's boyfriend Stirling. After escaping the IGH clinic, Alisa approaches Dorothy on the streets, claiming to be Jessica's math teacher. The two briefly connect over the difficulty of handling their daughters, and Alisa tells Dorothy where Jessica lives afterwards.[13] When Trish ends up in the hospital due to Dr. Karl Malus's experiments, Dorothy meets with Jessica and admits that she does not blame her for Trish's decisions as they are the only family left. Later, Alisa tries to attack Trish at the hospital, killing Detective Sunday in the process, at which point Dorothy goes back to blaming Jessica, even though she inadvertently revealed Trish's location on the news.[14] She continues watching over Trish, but is called out by Detective Costa, allowing Trish to escape the hospital.[15] In the third season, Trish gets in a conflict with serial killer Gregory Salinger, which leads to Dorothy's torture and death.

Walking Stiletto[edit]

The Walking Stiletto is a robot supervillain created by Stan Lee, John Romita, Sr., and Sal Buscema, first appeared in Captain America #114 (June 1969). Within the context of the stories, the Walking Stiletto is a creation and agent of AIM. When Sharon Carter attacks a group of AIM leaders, they let loose the Stiletto to attack her, but she is saved by Captain America and Rick Jones, who destroy the robot.[16] Many years later, the Walking Stiletto is among the robotic collection of the Reanimator, who unleashes it on Wolverine and Nova. Wolverine eviscerates the Walking Stiletto, rendering it inoperative.[17]

During the "Iron Man 2020" event, Walking Stiletto was seen as a member of the A.I. Army.[18]

Wallflower[edit]

Wallflower
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceNew Mutants, vol. 2 #2 (August 2003)
Created by
In-story information
Alter egoLaurie Collins
SpeciesHuman Mutant
Team affiliations
AbilitiesPheromone manipulation

Wallflower (Laurie Collins) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She is a member of the student body of the Xavier Institute and a member of the New Mutants. After the events of M-Day transpired, she was one of a handful of mutants to keep her powers. She first appeared in New Mutants vol. 2 #2, and died in New X-Men vol. 2 #25.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Laurie is a second-generation mutant. She receives her power from her father, Sean Garrison, who used his ability to manipulate people and get money, fame, and women. Laurie's mother Gail was one of these women. After becoming pregnant with his child, Gail became immune to his power and broke up with him, deciding to raise Laurie alone. Laurie grows up a loner. While on vacation, her powers manifest, causing every boy on the beach to become attracted to her. After she becomes popular, her mother realizes what is going on, and tells Laurie that using her power on people is wrong. As she has no control over it and unwillingly causes people to mirror her own emotions, Laurie gets scared and becomes even more withdrawn than before.[19]

After the Xavier Institute becomes public, Laura is sent there by her mother, and moves to Salem Center to stay near her, so that she could have one person whose reactions she could trust. Although she insists that Laurie live at the school, so that she could make friends, Laurie remains a loner and goes through several roommates in quick succession.[19] Eventually Sofia Mantega is paired with Laurie and, with her power to blow pheromones away, Laurie no longer has to worry about accidentally manipulating her roommate.[20] Under pressure from Sofia, she also begins developing acquaintances with David Alleyne and Kevin Ford. On a visit to meet Sofia's former butler, they are attacked by the Reavers, and Laurie is stabbed through the heart.[21] She is saved by Josh Foley, who uses his power to heal her.[22] Laurie develops an immediate crush on Josh, but before she can pursue it, he falls head-over-heels for Rahne Sinclair.[23] Laurie nonetheless remains smitten with Josh, and the sight of him in mortal danger gives her the emotional fortitude to take conscious control of her powers.[24]

After the mansion is destroyed and rebuilt, she is placed on the official New Mutants squad with Josh, Sofia, David, Surge and Kevin and given the codename Wallflower.[25] When Rahne breaks up with Josh, saying that a relationship with him is inappropriate since she is on the faculty, he begins dating Laurie in order to make Rahne jealous.[26] Eventually Rahne, feeling it would be healthier for Josh to be with Laurie after she sees the two returning from a date, breaks off her relationship with Josh for good. Kevin spies on their conversation and uses the information to break Josh and Laurie up. Laurie is left embittered by the experience, going so far as to use her pheromones to manipulate Prodigy into kissing her at the dance in a successful attempt to make Josh jealous. Sofia realizes what is happening, and the event adds to the fast disintegration of the squad.[27][volume & issue needed]

Thereafter, Sofia pushes all the New Mutants into a camp out for one night on the Xavier Institute grounds. While the initial attempts by Sofia at forcing a resolution come to disaster, a fist-fight between Josh and David leads Laurie to confess to Josh what had happened at the dance. Later she - along with the other New Mutants - overhear him pouring his heart out to Icarus, leading her to forgive him enough to be friends.[28][volume & issue needed] After the events of House of M, where almost the entire mutant population lost their powers, Laurie was one of the few who retained the mutant gene. Panic spread throughout school in the aftermath of the Decimation and, assuming he'd lost his powers too, Kevin reaches out to Laurie, withering away her arm.[29] Shortly after this trauma, Laurie is shot and killed by a sniper working for the Reverend William Stryker.[30] It is later revealed that Stryker had her killed because a vision from the future foretold she would be the one to single-handedly defeat his army.[volume & issue needed]

A long time later, a maniacal scientist uses Laurie's exhumed genetic material (as well as the genetic material of the X-Men's numerous allies and foes) to create Bio-Sentinel weapons housed within cloned bodies.[31]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Wallflower can control emotions through the use of emitted pheromones. Initially she could not control when she released them, and could only match the emotion she felt. Before her death, in her time at Xavier's, she learned to control her powers and could keep her pheromones in check, emit them on command, and could induce a variety of emotional and physical responses, including fear, anger, lust, calmness, happiness and sleep. It was debated by staff writers and X-Men within the comic that if she gained full control of her powers she could apply them to crowd control or putting entire armies to sleep.

Other versions[edit]

House of M[edit]

When the Scarlet Witch changed reality so that mutants were the dominant species, Laurie was a student at the New Mutant Leadership Institute. As Sofia belonged to the Hellions S.H.I.E.L.D training squad, the girls did not have a close friendship, Sofia even stating that she hated Laurie for being a "daddy's girl."[volume & issue needed] Laurie was closer to her father and estranged with her human mother in this reality, as well as being close friends with Mercury, her roommate. Both she and her father were deep cover agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and when Quentin Quire read her mind and discovered the truth she used her pheromone powers to make him suicidal and had him kill himself with his own powers.[volume & issue needed] The New Mutants and Hellions team up to find Surge's father, a wanted terrorist. When the human terrorists reveal the despicable nature of "Project Genesis" to the shocked New Mutants and Hellions, Laurie reveals her true nature and causes the groups to fight one another to the death, claiming that she does not care about the illegal human experimentation, only about finding and bringing in the human terrorists. Mercury, the only one immune to her powers, pleads with Laurie, as a friend, to stop. Laurie refuses, revealing that she always hated Cessily because she could not manipulate her with her pheromones. Given no other choice, Mercury stabs her through the chest, killing her and ending the fight.[volume & issue needed]

Walrus[edit]

Morris Walters[edit]

Morris Walters is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Morris Walters is the father of Jennifer Walters / She-Hulk and the husband of Elaine Walters.[32]

Morris Walters in other media[edit]

War[edit]

Abraham Kieros[edit]

Unnamed man[edit]

Gazer[edit]

War Dog[edit]

War Dog is a name used by several different dogs in Marvel Comics that have bonded with symbiotes. The character, created by Dan Slott, Paulo Siqueira and Ronan Cliquet, first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #654 (April 2011).

Samson[edit]

Samson is a German Shepherd. Samson is General Brad Dodge's pet dog from Washington, D.C. who temporarily bonded with the Venom symbiote to help Flash Thompson against the Spider-King.[34]

Second version[edit]

Another German Shepherd is Mercury Team's dog, trained extensively as a symbiotically enhanced duo with Chief petty officer Marcus Simms as Lasher in Doverton, Colorado.[35] Mercury Team's symbiote soldiers are killed by Cletus Kasady, but the group's mascot survives and helps Deadpool defeat Carnage,[36] by bonding with Phage, Lasher, Agony, and Riot[37] before returning to the government.[38]

Mitch[edit]

Mitch is Bullet's hunting dog who bonds with Phage to participate in a conspiracy alongside his "siblings", led by the Carnage symbiote involving the Friends of Humanity, only to be defeated by Thompson, Silence and Toxin, and taken into Alchemax's custody.[39][40][41][42]

War Dog in other media[edit]

A dog loosely inspired by War Dog appears as an easter egg in Venom (2018) as a Papillion puppy named Gemini. The Venom symbiote bonds with the dog to locate Anne Weying and rescue Eddie Brock.

Grant Ward[edit]

Stewart Ward[edit]

Further reading

Senator Stewart Ward is a fictional character in Marvel Comics. The character, created by Howard Mackie and John Romita Jr., first appears in Peter Parker: Spider-Man (vol. 2) #4.

Ward is a C.I.A. agent named Sentry who, with Seeker (Arthur Stacy) and Ranger, infiltrates HYDRA to destroy their alien experiments. Sentry is actually a double agent and Stacy and Ranger are forced to try and kill him. During the scuffle, Sentry is contaminated with an alien virus, the "Z'Nox", and becomes develops amnesia.[43] Sentry reestablishes himself as Stewart Ward and becomes a successful senator for New York,[44] secretly working to spread the alien virus.[45] Eventually, Spider-Man and Stacy hit him with a pathogen that causes him to explode into an antidote, curing the infected.[46]

Stewart Ward in other media[edit]

A character loosely inspired by Stewart Ward named Christian Ward appears in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., portrayed by Tim DeKay as an adult and Alex Neustaedter as a child. This version is the sadistic older brother of Grant and Thomas Ward and a candidate for the U.S. Senate. In flashbacks depicted in the episode "The Well", Christian tortured his brothers as a boy, which culminated in forcing Grant to torture Thomas.[47] As an adult, Christian entered politics in an attempt to locate and shut down S.H.I.E.L.D.[48] After Phil Coulson meets with Christian, offering him Grant in exchange for his support, Christian publicly reveals Grant's ties to Hydra.[49] However, Grant escapes, ambushes Christian, and forces him to confess to his childhood wrongdoings before meeting with their parents, killing all three off-screen, and planting audio of the confession to frame their deaths as a murder-suicide.[50]

War Machine[edit]

Warbird[edit]

Warlock[edit]

Adam Warlock[edit]

Warpath[edit]

Miles Warren[edit]

Raymond Warren[edit]

Raymond Warren is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962). He is a science teacher of Midtown High School in Queens, New York,[51] and the brother of Professor Miles Warren / Jackal.[52] Warren has a multi-faceted attitude towards Peter Parker / Spider-Man, and is in fact the cause of his top student's early adventures against the Tinkerer,[53] and the Living Brain.[54]

Raymond Warren in other media[edit]

  • Raymond Warren, renamed Aaron Warren, appears in The Spectacular Spider-Man, voiced by Brian George. This version is an East Indian science teacher at Midtown High School.
  • Raymond Warren appears in Spider-Man, voiced by John DiMaggio.[55][56] This version is the uncle of Gwen Stacy / Ghost-Spider and a scientist who specializes in genetics and experiments with mixing animal and human DNA, having turned himself into the Jackal, mastered cloning technology, and created numerous clones of himself in case his identity was ever exposed. In "Osborn Academy", he steals technology even in spite of Spider-Man's interference. He later intervenes in a feud between Herman Schultz and Clayton Cole and steals the pair's Shocker gauntlets and ClashTech, only to be defeated by Spider-Man and forced to flee. In "A Day in the Life", Warren applies for work at Horizon High, but is turned down by Max Modell due to his old experiments at Empire State University. Before he leaves, he exposes Aleksei Sytsevich to a hidden rhinoceros DNA serum. In "Party Animals", Warren applies for Osborn Academy and uses Sytsevich as a bargaining chip. However, Spider-Man defeats the Rhino before confronting Warren who Gwen reverts to his human form before he's arrested. In "Ultimate Spider-Man", Warren hires Spencer Smythe to steal Oscorp's genetically modified spiders while a clone takes his place in prison. In "The Rise of Doc Ock" Pt. 3, Warren uses Sytsevich to transform Osborn Academy's students and staff into additional Rhino monsters while another clone tries to assassinate Norman Osborn by self-destructing. In "The Rise of Doc Ock" Pt. 4, the imprisoned clone self-destructs in front of Spider-Man and the Ultimate Spider-Man while the real Warren conspires with Doctor Octopus. It's later revealed that Warren's secret lab underneath Midtown High School hid his army of Jackal clones intended to be powered by his genetically modified spiders before the lab is destroyed by the Sinister Six. In the five-part episode "Spider-Island", his genetically modified spiders' destruction releases a number of chemicals that mutate New York's population into Man-Spiders. Warren attempts to take advantage of this, but is foiled by the Spider-Men, Harry Osborn and Anya Corazon. In the two-part episode "Generations", Warren uses his cloning technology on goblin sharks and helps the Dark Goblin fight the Spider Team, but is eventually defeated and taken into custody.

Warrior Woman[edit]

Warskrull[edit]

The Warskrulls, also known as the War-Skrulls and the Super-Skrulls, is an alias for characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Each version is part of a genetically-engineered group of Skrulls.

First group[edit]

The first depiction was created by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee, and first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #275 (April 1991). A group infiltrated the Shi'ar Empire.[57] They used a Nexus Amplifier to assume total physical discorporation of their targets, adopting their superpowers and physical appearance. They captured and replaced the Starjammers and key components in government. The Warskrulls pose as the Shi'ar, the Chamberlain, committed murders and even genocide upon various affiliated races to the Shi'ar Empire. A Warskrull impersonated Charles Xavier who took mental control over Lilandra, while two Warskrulls impersonated Wolverine and Psylocke. They were defeated by the combined forces of the X-Men and Deathbird.[58]

H'rpra[edit]

H'rpra was created by Roy Thomas, Dan Thomas, and David Ross, and first appeared in Avengers West Coast #91 (December 1992). She is a War-Skrull who posed as Mockingbird.[59][60]

Pagon[edit]

Criti Noll[edit]

S.H.I.E.L.D. subversive[edit]

A Super-Skrull had worked within S.H.I.E.L.D. The character first appeared with a cameo in Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America #5 (August 2007) and a full appearance in Invincible Iron Man vol. 1 #19 (August 2007), and was created by Jeph Loeb and Christos Cage. The Super-Skrull impersonated Dum Dum Dugan while working alongside Iron Man, Maria Hill and Clay Quartermain involving various matters (such as the Hulk's personal vengeance),[61][62][63] and impersonated Valentina Allegra de Fontaine for covert matters (such as vibranium).[64][65][66] The Super-Skrull destroys the S.W.O.R.D. orbital base, the Peak, for the Skrull armada,[67] and showcases various powers of others to cause further chaos with the Fifty State Initiative before being killed by 3-D Man.[68]

Rl'nnd[edit]

Illuminati subversive[edit]

The Illuminati was impersonated at various times. The character was created by Brian Michael Bendis, Brian Reed and Jim Cheung, and first appeared in World War Hulk #1 (June 2007).

One version primarily impersonated Black Bolt,[69][70] and revealed himself to the group during the Skrulls' infiltration of Earth before being killed by Namor.[71]

Another version used the powers of Invisible Woman to capture the latter.[72] The Super-Skrull next showcased the powers of Doctor Strange, Reed Richards, Charles Xavier and Iron Man while among hordes of Super-Skrulls before being killed by Menace.[73]

Pitt'o Nili[edit]

Pitt'o Nili was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Leinil Francis Yu, and first appeared in Secret Invasion #1 (April 2008). He was a War-Skrull who was brainwashed into impersonating Captain America (Steve Rogers) as per Veranke's orders. Nili accompanies a group of Super-Skrulls who were disguised as superheroes that seemed to have escaped on a spaceship.[74] "Captain America" fight Shanna the She-Devil and Ka-Zar before being killed by poisonous darts deadly to Skrulls.[75][76][77]

Siri[edit]

Siri was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Leinil Francis Yu, and first appeared in New Avengers #40 (April 2008). She was a Super-Skrull who impersonated Elektra and possessed the powers of Ghost Rider. Siri tried to replace the former, but gets killed in battle.[78]

Chrell[edit]

Chrell was created by Christopher Yost and Takeshi Miyazawa, and first appeared in Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers #1 (June 2008). He was a Super-Skrull training instructor and commander entrusted by Veranke who (like Kl'rt) possessed the powers of the Fantastic Four. Chrell self-destructs while trying to eliminate the Young Avengers.[79]

X'iv[edit]

X'iv was created by Christopher Yost and Takeshi Miyazawa, and first appeared in Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers #1 (June 2008). She is a Super-Skrull with the powers of Daredevil, Elektra, Cloak and Dagger who was sent by Chrell to assassinate Hulkling who defeats her.[79]

Godkiller[edit]

Godkiller was created by Matt Fraction and Doug Braithwaite, and first appeared in Secret Invasion: Thor #2 (September 2008). She was a Super-Skrull with the powers of Battleaxe, Thundra, Titania and Volcana before being killed by Thor and Beta Ray Bill.[80]

Alternate versions[edit]

An original incarnation named Kreega appears in Marvel Mangaverse.[81]

Warskrull in other media[edit]

Warstar[edit]

First appearanceX-Men #137 (September 1980)
Created byChris Claremont and John Byrne
SpeciesTwo symbiotically linked sentient mechanoids
TeamsImperial Guard
AbilitiesB'nee: electricity generation
C’cil: gigantic, superhuman strength and durability
AliasesB'nee and C'cil

Warstar is a character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character, created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, first appeared in X-Men #137 (September 1980).

A warrior serving in the Royal Elite of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, Warstar is actually two symbiotically linked sentient mechanoids consisting of a small one named B'nee who can generate electricity and a large one named C’cil who is gigantic and immensely strong and durable; B'nee rides on C'cil's back.

Warstar joins in the Imperial Guard's trial by combat with the X-Men to decide the fate of the Phoenix.[82] Warstar is then a traitor who served Lord Samedar, Deathbird, and the Brood in their conspiracy to overthrow Shi'ar Princess-Majestrix Lilandra and battle the X-Men.[83] After defeating the Brood and the renegades, Lilandra resumes her position as the head of the Shi'ar Empire. Despite most of the Imperial Guard having joined with Deathbird against Lilandra, the team members are pardoned for their actions.[84]

Deathbird later assumes control of the Shi'ar empire, On her behalf, Warstar battles Ch'od of the Starjammers;[85] he is defeated, along with the other Imperial Guardsmen, by the X-Men and Starjammers.[86]

During Operation Galactic Storm, Warstar fights Captain America in Arizona in an attempt to abduct Rick Jones.[87] Warstar battles Captain America, Iron Man, and Wonder Man during the Kree-Shi'ar War.[88] Warstar is defeated by Gilgamesh and She-Hulk.[89] Incarcerated at Project Pegasus, Warstar comes into contact with fellow Guardsman Hobgoblin. Their teammates Nightside and Scintilla break into Pegasus and free Warstar and Hobogoblin.[89] Hobgoblin impersonates the Kree geneticist Doctor Minerva, and induces the Kree Captain Atlas to accompany him aboard a Shi’ar ship, where the Kree are outnumbered by the Imperial Guard, who then claim Captain Marvel's Nega-Bands for themselves.[90]

Years later, in the Maximum Security crossover, Warstar and fellow Guardsmen Hussar, Neutron, and Webwing are charged for their complicity in Deathbird's coup and sent to Earth, which has been turned into an intergalactic prison planet.[91] The quartet joins with a rogue, D'Bari, in an attack on several X-Men, but are ultimately defeated. When the Maximum Security storyline resolves, all alien prisoners are removed from Earth,[92] and Warstar, Hussar, and Neutron are later seen among the Imperial Guard again.[93]

Warstar is ripped in half when the Guard fought for their new emperor, Vulcan, against the X-Men and Starjammers, but Warstar survives and is carried away by their fellow Guardsmen.[94]

During the war between Vulcan's regime and the Inhuman-ruled Kree Empire, Warstar is seen menacing Nova Corps Centurions on the Kree planet Kaiphas, but is stopped by Nova Prime Richard Rider. Both B'nee and C'cil are apparently decapitated by the Nova Prime, with B'nee's head completely missing and C'cil's reduced to a smoking mass.[95]

As a mechanoid symbiote, Warstar is difficult to actually kill, and he appears in a number of later Imperial Guard missions, including "Infinity,"[96] the "Trial of Jean Grey,"[97] "Time Runs Out,"[98] and the return of Thanos.[99]

Warstar in other media[edit]

Warcat[edit]

Vince Marcus[edit]

Martin Reyna[edit]

Washout[edit]

Washout
Washout by Georges Jeanty.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceX-Force #129 (August 2002)
Created byPeter Milligan
Duncan Fegredo
In-story information
Alter egoJohn Lopez
SpeciesHuman Mutant
Team affiliationsUnderground
Weapon X
New Mutants
X-Force
Abilities
  • Water manipulation
  • Water transformation

Washout (John Lopez) is a fictional mutant character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in a one-page cameo in X-Force vol. 1 #129 before being given a larger role in the Weapon X series.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Young John was a chronic child bed-wetter, until he discovered that he had the mutant ability to generate a spurt of water from his body on touch. Having no friends and no family, John wanted to try his luck at an audition to join the new media-savvy X-Force team. Taking on the codename Washout, John competed in a contest but was not recruited.[100] Soon after, John was approached by Malcolm Colcord to join the Weapon X project.[101] Accepting the offer, Washout underwent a process that enhanced his mutant ability to the point where Washout had the ability to transform his body into water, project high pressure jets of water from his arms, shape the water into any form, and even manipulate or siphon off the water within another person's body. However, the process had a severe side effect in that Washout's powers now gradually began to dehydrate him.[102] The more frequently he used them, the closer he would come to killing himself. His body was slowing cracking apart. Washout found out about these side effects and joined fellow Weapon X agent Brent Jackson in a conspiracy against the Director. They later started to work with Nathan Summers/Soldier X's Underground movement.[103]

Washout helped the Underground infiltrate the Weapon X compound by temporarily shutting down the power. At the same time, he attacked and attempted to kill the Director. He caused the water within the Director's body to boil, but the side effects from his powers caused Washout to die before he could finish off the Director.[104] Washout's remains were taken by Mister Sinister.[104]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Washout is a hydromorph, able to transform himself into a watery substance that he can release as pressurized sprays, engulf and drown his opponents, harmlessly absorb impacts, or shape all or part of his body into tangible, water-based forms, manipulate other bodies of water, and either explode someone from within or boil & liquidate them using their own body fluids.

Washout in other media[edit]

Wasp[edit]

Janet van Dyne[edit]

Hank Pym[edit]

Hope van Dyne[edit]

Nadia van Dyne[edit]

Waspbunny[edit]

Waspbunny is an anthropomorphic rabbit and animal version of Wasp.

Mayor Waters[edit]

Anna Watson[edit]

Further reading

Anna May Watson is a fictional character, a supporting character of Spider-Man. The character, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #15.[105][106] She is depicted as Mary Jane Watson's aunt, an old friend of May Parker, and a recurring character in various Spider-Man titles. She is depicted as filling the same role of surrogate mother in Mary Jane's life as May does for Peter Parker. For a period of time when May was believed to be dead, she moved in with Peter and Mary Jane. While initially very supportive of her niece's husband, she's suspicious with Peter's long absences and unreliability.[107]

Anna Watson in other media[edit]

Mary Jane Watson[edit]

Mary Jane Waterbuffalo[edit]

Mary Jane Waterbuffalo is an anthropomorphic water buffalo version of Mary Jane Watson.

Mary Jane Watsow[edit]

Mary Jane Watsow is an anthropomorphic crane version of Mary Jane Watson.

Wave[edit]

Wave (Pearl Pangan) is a Cebuano superhero appearing in the Marvel Universe. The character was created by writer Greg Pak and artist Leinil Francis Yu as a water-based superhero protecting the Philippines.[108]

Wave made her debut in the limited series War of the Realms, New Agents of Atlas in May 2019 and reprised her role as a member in the follow-on limited series Agents of Atlas (vol. 3). She also appeared in the series Aero teaming up with the title character.[109][110]

Pearl Pangan is a native of Cebu City and had a natural affinity for the water since she was a child. She is recruited for her swimming strength to conduct experiments with a company called Alontek. When Triumph Division raids the site and shuts down the experiments, she discovers she is capable of hydrokinesis (ability to control water).[109] Triumph Division recruits her to protect the Philippines, but later fires her for abandoning her post in the War of the Realms.[111] During the War of the Realms, Wave and the Agents of Atlas battle Sindr, the daughter of Surtur, to prevent her from melting the polar ice caps and turning Asia into New Muspelheim.[112]

Wave in other media[edit]

Kate Waynesboro[edit]

Dr. Katherine "Kate" Waynesboro was created by Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema, and has been primarily a supporting character of the Hulk. She first appeared in The Incredible Hulk (vol. 2) #287.

Bruce Banner hires Waynesboro as a laboratory assistant during a period of time when Banner's rational persona controls the Hulk, and eventually enters into a romantic relationship with him. During a battle with the Abomination, Banner discovers that Waynesboro is also an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., sent as a "minder" to ensure that Banner did not lose control of the Hulk again, which called her actions, including their romance, into question.[116]

The Abomination then kidnaps Waynesboro and offers her as a hostage to a faction of A.I.M. that had recently taken over MODOK's base, where she is subjected to the same process that had created MODOK, dubbing her "Ms. MODOK". MODOK states his intention to take her as a consort, to which she assents. When the Hulk objects, MODOK attacks him and atomizes the Abomination as a demonstration of power. Aghast at MODOK's casual murder, Ms. MODOK turns against him, and MODOK forces her back into the transformation chamber, restoring her to her original state.[117]

Waynesboro quits S.H.I.E.L.D. to continue her personal and professional relationship with Banner, but after his return from the so-called "Secret Wars", it is apparent that Banner is losing control of the Hulk just as S.H.I.E.L.D. feared. Waynesboro returns to S.H.I.E.L.D. to help capture the Hulk,[118] but ultimately leaves, unable to bear witnessing Banner's failing struggle to regain dominance.[119]

Waynseboro is later seen receiving information regarding the Warbound members from their former teammate "King Miek" to find their biggest weaknesses.[120] Three weeks later she is sent to aid fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in capturing the Warbound, but the group kidnap her to help one of their wounded members. She is caught in a plot by the Leader to irradiate the world with gamma rays, working with the Warbound to stop the threat. She gains Warbound member Hiroim's Oldstrong powers when he perishes in battle. She meets with Norman Osborn to get the Warbound pardoned for their crimes during World War Hulk, only to find out that he already has, being "a big believer in the concept of redemption".[121][122]

H.A.M.M.E.R. captures Waynesboro to extract the Oldpower for their own use, but Banner and Skaar assault the facility and rescue her.[123]

Weapon H[edit]

Web-Man[edit]

Web-Man is the evil clone of a Spider-Man with inverted colors created by Doctor Doom.

Wendigo[edit]

Werewolf by Night[edit]

James Wesley[edit]

James Wesley is a minor character in Marvel Comics. The character, created by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli, first appeared in Daredevil #227 (February 1986). He is a faithful assistant of the Kingpin (Wilson Fisk).

He is ordered by the Kingpin to locate Nuke for the sole purpose of causing Hell's Kitchen's destruction.[124] After Daredevil saves Hell's Kitchen, Wesley fears that said events would connect the Kingpin to the authorities.[125] He comes back under his employer when tasked with handling reporter Sarah Dewey's affairs, and is also revealed to double as a criminal lawyer for anyone under his boss's payroll.[126]

James Wesley in other media[edit]

Film[edit]

A character inspired by James Wesley named Wesley Owen Welch appears in Daredevil, portrayed by Leland Orser.

Television[edit]

James Wesley appears in the first season of Daredevil, portrayed by Toby Leonard Moore. This version acts as an intermediary with Fisk's various associates: Leland Owlsley, Nobu Yoshioka, Madame Gao, and the Ranskahov brothers (Anatoly and Vladimir). He has a very close relationship with Fisk, being very loyal and respectful as well as even offering helpful and emotional advice similar to Vanessa Mariana[127] to an extent that Fisk describes him as being "like a son" to him.[128]

Late in the season, Wesley finds out that Karen Page and Ben Urich have spoken to Fisk's mother, Marlene Vistain. As Page now knows too much about Fisk's past activities, Wesley personally kidnaps her and attempts to intimidate her into silence by threatening to have her friends and family killed. When he is distracted by the sound of his phone picking up an incoming call from Fisk, Karen takes advantage of the distraction to grab his gun and shoot him to death.[129] Fisk is devastated by Wesley's death, while Karen is traumatized from taking Wesley's life.[130]

In the third season, Karen reveals details of Wesley's death to Fisk in an attempt to provoke him into attacking her on tape, so the FBI will send him back to prison for violating his parole. The gambit fails, and Fisk subsequently has Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter carry out a retaliatory hit on Karen.[131][128]

Nicodemus West[edit]

Western Kid[edit]

Charlie Weirderman[edit]

Charles Weiderman is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character has appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #515 and created by J. Michael Straczynski, Mike Deodato Jr. and Mark Brooks

As a student at Midtown High School, Charlie was bullied by a group of students led by a teen named Rich, a football player on the school team.

Later, he tried to pull a knife on his tormentors only for the coach to catch him. Peter covered it up by stating that the knife belonged to his Uncle Ben (Ben would later support Peter for defusing a potentially violent situation). When Charlie slashed his tormentors' tires, he fled to the Parker house for protection. Charlie declared innocence and was backed up by Peter's Uncle Ben. After the bullies left, Ben asked Charlie if he actually slashed their tires. When Charlie was afraid to tell the truth, Ben Parker told him never to see Peter again and stated he would've respected Charlie if he admitted to the action.[132]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Through his Vibranium skinsuit, Charlie was endowed with superhuman strength sufficient to lift an SUV and go toe-to-toe with Spider-Man. His skinsuit is fireproof, can absorb impact rendering him virtually invulnerable, and can vibrate at frequencies that allow him to split diamonds and slough off Spider-Man's webbing. A major side effect is that the skinsuit was too early to even be prototyped, and its chemical composition actively and severely affected Charlie's mind, driving him into a murderous rage.

Charlie possesses an intelligent, scientific mind, able to come up with ideas that Peter considered brilliant. Unfortunately, Charlie also had a desire to prove himself to others, resulting in him often rushing through his experiments. Peter states that at that time, Charlie did not have the patience that a scientist requires.

Evangeline Whedon[edit]

Evangeline Whedon
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceX-Treme X-Men #21 (April, 2003)
Created byChris Claremont
Salvador Larroca
In-story information
Alter egoEvangeline "Vange" Whedon
SpeciesHuman Mutant
Team affiliations
AbilitiesAbility to transform into red dragon

Evangeline "Vange" Whedon is a fictional character, a mutant appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Whedon is a lawyer who possesses the mutant ability to transform into a dragon.[133] Her first appearance was in X-Treme X-Men #21.

Vange Whedon is a lawyer and a member of the Mutant Rights Coalition (or Mutant Rights League). Her ability to shapeshift is triggered when she comes in contact with blood. Evangeline used to be a successful prosecutor until others learned that she was a mutant. She was fired instantly and evicted from her apartment the next day. Her fiancé left her with an e-mail and her family disowned her.[134]

When the X-Men Bishop and Sage were being held in police custody, Whedon and the Mutant Rights League staged a protest for their release. While Evangeline was talking to Detective Cardones, a human struck the detective with a brick. The blood from the wound dripped on to Whedon, and caused her to shapeshift involuntarily. She transformed into a beast that resembled a dragon, and was out of control. Sage was able to stop Vange momentarily, while Bishop calmed her down enough to revert to her human form.[135][volume & issue needed]

Evangeline was called to Los Angeles when the X-Men needed legal help. Evangeline succeeded in getting Marie D'Ancanto, an anti-mutant terrorist, given a second chance by the X-Men, under probation and hired her as an assistant. Evangeline also helped the X-Men against a lawyer secretly working for the psychic mutant Elias Bogan.[136][volume & issue needed] X-Men: The 198 Files reveals that she kept her powers after the "Decimation" of the mutant population – the government considers her a 'Significant' national security threat. She currently still acts as the X-Men's lawyer.[volume & issue needed] Later, after the Second Coming crossover, she is seen as Teon's lawyer and defends him in court to keep him from being returned to the custody of his parents.[137]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Vange Whedon is a metamorph, and can transform herself into an enormous winged red dragon. This can be triggered consciously or by the presence of blood. In this form she has all the powers of a dragon, such as fiery breath and tough scales.

In other media[edit]

  • Evangeline Whedon appears in The Gifted, portrayed by Erinn Ruth. This version is the co-founder of the Mutant Underground.

Whiplash[edit]

Mark Scarlotti[edit]

Leeann Foreman[edit]

Unnamed Woman and Man[edit]

Construct[edit]

Anton Vanko[edit]

Female Blacklash[edit]

Whirlwind[edit]

Abraham Whistler[edit]

White Fox[edit]

White Dragon[edit]

White Dragon I[edit]

White Dragon II[edit]

White Dragon III[edit]

White Jennie[edit]

Jennifer "White Jennie" Royce is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Jennifer Royce is the former secretary for Heroes for Hire, the detective agency helmed by Luke Cage and Danny Rand.[138]

After the agency disbanded, she was convicted of the murder of her abusive boyfriend Eugene Mason. She tricked Cage and Rand to help her with her case, which was a front for her criminal activities with Black Mariah.[139][140]

White Rabbit[edit]

White Tiger[edit]

Hector Ayala[edit]

Heroes for Hire[edit]

Kasper Cole[edit]

White Tiger
Kasper Cole as White Tiger. Art by Joe Bennett.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceBlack Panther (vol. 3) #50 (December 2002)
Created byChristopher Priest (writer)
Dan Fraga (artist)
In-story information
Alter egoKevin "Kasper" Cole
Team affiliationsThe Crew
NYPD
Notable aliasesBlack Panther
AbilitiesPeak human physical strength, speed, reflexes and reactions, agility and durability,
Superhuman eyesight,
Night vision

Kevin "Kasper" Cole is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is the third to use the name White Tiger. He has also adopted the moniker of the Black Panther. The character was created by Christopher Priest and Dan Fraga and introduced in Black Panther (vol. 3) #50.

Publication history[edit]

With sales numbers declining on the third volume of Black Panther, the decision was made to retool the series.[141] The original character – T'Challa T'Chaka, the king of Wakanda – would be replaced with a new character impersonating the Black Panther, starting with issue #50 (December 2002).[142] According to writer Christopher Priest, this would be 'some guy who starts this gig, essentially, as a scam, but who evolves over the course of time to embrace and appreciate the rich heritage and culture of the Lord of the Wakandas'.[142]

In issue #50 of the Black Panther, Kevin "Kasper" Cole makes his first appearance. He is an officer in the narcotics division of the New York Police Department's Organized Crime Control Bureau (OCCB), looking to be promoted to homicide detective. He lives with his mother Ruth and his pregnant girlfriend Gwen in a squalid apartment in Harlem. His father "Black" Jack is a former cop that has been imprisoned on the charge of corruption.

The character was pitched by Priest as a 'dark satire of Spider-Man', in line with work he had done on DC Comics' Steel, who functioned similarly as a 'dysfunctional Superman'.[143] The character of Kasper Cole and his friends and family therefore take many cues from Peter Parker and his supporting cast, with Kasper's mother Ruth correlating with Aunt May, his father Jack with Uncle Ben and his girlfriend Gwen with Gwen Stacy.[143] Priest also drew inspiration from the film Training Day, as well as sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.[143]

The first storyline, "Black and White", running in issues #50 to #56, focuses on Kasper's investigation into the ties between his boss Sal Anthony and the criminal 66 Bridges gang. Suspended from the police force, he adopts the mantle of the Black Panther - stealing the costume from his Sergeant Tork, an ally of the Panther - so that he can gather evidence. This brings him into conflict with Nigel "Triage" Blacque (who leads 66 Bridges) and the police department's Internal Affairs. During the course of the investigation, Kasper also comes into contact with the original Black Panther, as well as the Panther's antagonist and half-brother the White Wolf (Hunter). They both attempt to manipulate him to their needs. Christopher Priest has described "Black and White" as being 'about a war between The Black Panther (T'Challa) and the "white panther" (Hunter) over the soul of this young kid'.[142]

Tom DeFalco once taught me that Spider-Man's motivation for being Spider-Man was to patrol the city looking for crimes so he could photograph himself in the act of stopping the crimes and sell the photos to Jameson to raise money to pay his rent which was always late. Kasper's motive is to wear the costume so he won't be recognized by the good guys or the bad guys as he goes about cleaning up his precinct so he can get a promotion to Detective so he can make enough money to marry his pregnant girlfriend and move them all out of Harlem.

—Creator Christopher Priest, 2003[142]

Before the story arc concludes, it is revealed to the reader that 66 Bridges is in fact led by Kasper's father as Kibuka (a plotline that has been left unresolved) and that Triage is his half-brother.[144] Kasper does not succeed in taking down the gang, although he manages to expose a number of crooked cops. He has also struck a deal with his corrupt boss, who will help him take down 66 Bridges if Kasper locates his kidnapped son. This search is key to the final Black Panther story arc, "Ascension" (#59-62).

In order to find the child, Kasper makes a deal with T'Challa's nemesis Erik Killmonger, the then rightful holder of the Black Panther mantle. Given a synthetic version of the herbs that grant the Black Panther his powers, Kasper gains the enhanced skills necessary to locate the child. The arc and the series concludes with Kasper becoming a White Tiger, a sort of acolyte to the Black Panther cult, although he remains in Harlem. Before the final Black Panther arc was finished, Kasper Cole was already designated as one of the feature characters in the short-lived The Crew (2003–2004, 7 issues). He makes his first regular appearance in issue #1 and as the new White Tiger in issue #2. His character provides narration (the only one to do so) for the second, fourth, (part of the) sixth and seventh (the final) issue. In the series, Kasper teams with James Rhodes (War Machine), Danny Vincente (Junta) and Josiah X in taking on Triage and the 66 Bridges Gang. While Kasper's relationship with the other characters is fraught with conflict, they nonetheless manage to defeat Triage.

After the conclusion of The Crew, he is referenced in the Civil War: Battle Damage Report one-shot.[145] During Civil War II, Kasper is shown in attendance at James Rhodes' funeral after he is killed by Thanos.[146] Kasper is later shown retired from the world of superheroics, now focusing on his police career after having been kicked out of his apartment by Gwen. T'Challa convinces him to don the White Tiger suit one last time in order to stop Cardiac and Vanisher, the latter of whom has been smuggling stolen vibranium out of Wakanda. Later, T'Challa unveils a new costume for Kasper and says that he wants to train him properly to become a hero again, not as White Tiger or Black Panther, but in a new identity altogether.[147]

Kevin "Kasper" Cole is depicted as biracial, the child of an African man and a Jewish woman. As a result of the sharp contrast between his light skin and the dark skin of his father, he has been nicknamed Kasper, after Casper the Friendly Ghost. Aspects of his heritage and the colour of his skin are frequently referenced in Black Panther and The Crew. Initially, Kasper Cole was to be modelled after actor Vin Diesel, an idea suggested by artist Oscar Jimenez.[142] Language and culture barriers, as Priest describes it, precluded this suggestion from being properly translated to Jorge Lucas, who ended up as the penciller of the Black Panther title.[142]

Power and abilities[edit]

Kasper Cole was initially non-powered, wearing only the Black Panther's outfit for protection and carrying a pair of 9×19mm pistols[148] (later loaded with non-lethal gel bullets[149]). Later on, after ingesting a synthetic version of the herbs that give the original Black Panther his powers, he possesses peak human physical strength, speed, reflexes and reactions, agility and durability, superhuman eyesight, and night vision.[149]

The suit Kasper wears as the Black Panther and later as the White Tiger is a vibranium microweave body suit capable of dissipating the kinetic and hydrostatic shock damage of bullets or bullet-like objects, essentially making it bullet-proof.[150][151] It also has special vibranium soled boots for scaling vertical surfaces.[150][151] Anti-metal properties of the Antarctic vibranium in his claws and boots will break down any known metal including adamantium.[149] Kasper also carries energy based throwing daggers capable of paralyzing or tagging his enemies.[149] He can track those tagged via an advanced pocket computer (which also has numerous other capabilities), a Kimiyo Card.[149]

Angela del Toro[edit]

Ava Ayala[edit]

White Bear[edit]

White Bear is a polar bear who was experimented by Dr. Nathaniel Essex that was released into the Canadian wilderness. The bear found it difficult to survive and eventually stumbled across Wolverine's wolf pack and killed them all. Wolverine returned and faced off against the bear, and after a vicious battle the white bear was slain.

White Wolf[edit]

Hunter the White Wolf is the name of a fictional character in Marvel Comics. The character, created by Christopher Priest and Mark Texeira, first appeared in Black Panther (vol. 3) #4 (February 1999).[152]

Whiteout[edit]

Debra Whitman[edit]

Whizzer[edit]

Robert Frank[edit]

James Sanders[edit]

Stanley Stewart[edit]

Wiccan[edit]

Wild Child[edit]

Wild Thing[edit]

Wild Thing (Rina Logan) is a mutant character in the alternate future MC2, daughter of Elektra and Wolverine. Created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Lim, the character first appeared in J2 #5 (February 1999).[153] She had her own series for a time, but due to low sales it was canceled after issue #5.

For a short period of time, Wild Thing is a member of a superhero team composed of herself, Magneta, and Daze, but she quits when Magneta becomes villainous.[volume & issue needed] When Loki kidnaps several of Earth's heroes (including her father), Wild Thing's enhanced senses are pivotal in finding them.[volume & issue needed]

Rina possesses many of her father's mutant abilities, including accelerated healing and superhuman senses, strength, reflexes and endurance. She also has a set of "Psi-Claws", created from psychokinetic energy, which, although they appear similar to her father's adamantium claws, usually inflict damage on a mental rather than a physical level. However, if she concentrates hard enough, her claws can actually slice through steel and stone. Her fighting skills are impressive, as her parents have trained her in martial arts. Her skills are sufficient to enable her to engage J2 in hand-to-hand combat and hold her own, despite the advantages his much greater strength provides him.[volume & issue needed]

Alex Wilder[edit]

Geoffrey and Catherine Wilder[edit]

Wildside[edit]

Wildstreak[edit]

Jason Wilkes[edit]

Will o' the Wisp[edit]

Riri Williams[edit]

Verity Willis[edit]

Verity Willis is a doctor with the power to always know if she is being lied to that develops a great friendship with Loki.[154]

Verity Willis in other media[edit]

Willow[edit]

Willow is a fictional mutant character created by Marvel Comics for their Marvel 2099 run X-Nation 2099. This short-lived series only lasted six issues before ending. Willow can perfectly mimic the shape of other beings, although her facial markings remain prevalent.

In the year 2099, a young girl named Winter Frost gets a job at a local amusement park, Million Palms Amusement Park, which is actually presided over by a king and a queen. One day Queen Perigrine disappears, and her body is found at the bottom of the Tunnel of Love. King Avian becomes suspicious of everyone and requires genetic scans of all incoming tourists before they can enter. Anyone with genetic anomalies is imprisoned in an underground labyrinth and subjected to many tests and acts of torture.[volume & issue needed]

Winter is discovered to be a mutant and is imprisoned. Among the other inmates is a tormented girl named Willow. The two girls became friends, but Willow os taken away by Avian. Winter tries to escape to save her friend, but is discovered. For her actions she is sentenced to public execution. When she is taken to be executed, she sees the missing queen, who is revealed to be Willow using her shapeshifter abilities. Willow orchestrates her and Winter's escape from the facility.[volume & issue needed]

The pair arrive at Halo City, the home of X-Nation, and join the group. They move into a home for indigent children which is maintained by the 'Sisterhood of the Howling Commandos'. Cerebra, one of the members of the current X-Men, assists the Commandos in teaching the children. The group spends downtime at 'milk' bars, as a new process had been invented to give dairy products narcotic qualities.[volume & issue needed]

Some time later, Avian decides to mount a mission to recapture Willow in a bid to be the first to find the fabled Mutant Messiah. He attacks the children and captures Willow. Wanting to rescue their friend, X-Nation decides to infiltrate the Million Palms facility and save her. However, their fledgling efforts end in their capture and subsequent torture. Willow is able to escape and, is able to help liberate her friends by impersonating Avian.

Upon their return home they find that Halo City has been blown up by the Atlantean army, and the city is being flooded due to the Phalanx melting the polar ice caps.[volume & issue needed] The entire Sisterhood has been killed in a battle that took many Atlantean lives. Exodus awakes from another century-long slumber and tries to make X-Nation his Acolytes. They refuse and are subsequently beaten. The entire group realize Exodus is not to be trusted when he refuses to help save the human population of Halo City. Those who survive are teleported away by Mademoiselle Strange.[volume & issue needed]

They travel to the Savage Land, along with many other humans and mutants, as it is now the last inhabitable place on earth. They do what they can to begin to form a society there. Willow, along with Nostromo, Bloodhawk, La Lunatica, communications expert Jade Ryuteki, Mr. Hodge and a scientist named Mr. Winn form part of an exploration team into the jungles. Along the way they stumble upon an alien space craft and become trapped inside of it. Willow shapeshifts into one of the previous alien owners of the ship to allow them to escape, but she becomes trapped in that form. With the alien mind taking over, La Lunatica slams her into the water to protect the rest of the group. Nostromo dives in after her and succeeds in subduing her feral persona and returning her to normal, but he does not resurface. Luna dives after him, but only finds a strange cocoon at the bottom. Nostromo "hatches" in full Phalanx form and some of President Doom's operatives arrive to bring the boy to Doom. Mr. Winn turns out to be Phalanx and slays all of Doom's men. The heroes end up the last people standing as Winn teleports away with Nostromo.[volume & issue needed]

They escape back to the 'Last Refuge'. Willow, transformed into a green flying creature, tries to smooth relations with the mutant hating Hodge, as both had lost a friend with the betrayal of Mr. Winn. On the outskirts of the city, the expedition is confronted with another Phalanx warrior, threatening to assimilate them all.[volume & issue needed]

Later, Willow is among the human/mutant coalition shown trying to rebuild the Savage Land settlement. She is the one who realizes that Uproar, who had become lost when kidnapped along with Wulff, has been missing for some time.[volume & issue needed]

Jim Wilson[edit]

Paul and Darlene Wilson[edit]

Paul Wilson and Darlene Wilson are fictional characters appearing in Marvel Comics. Both characters first appeared in Captain America #277 (October 1982), and created by J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Zeck. They are the parents of Sam Wilson / Falcon and Sarah Wilson. Paul was a minister while Darlene was supportive to different religions and comparative theology. However, Paul is killed trying to break up a neighborhood fight,[156][157][158] and later Darlene is shot and killed by a mugger.[156]

Alternate versions of Paul Wilson[edit]

Abraham "Abe" Wilson in the 1996 "Heroes Reborn" universe has fought alongside Captain America during World War II, but is later killed by Master Man's army.[159]

Darlene Wilson in other media[edit]

Sarah Wilson[edit]

Sarah Wilson is a fictional character appearing in Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in Captain America #134 (February 1971), and created by J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Zeck. She is the sister of Sam Wilson / Falcon. Sarah is shown as supportive of her brother's personal problems as she went though similar things as well.[161][162][163][164]

Sarah Wilson in other media[edit]

Wind Dancer[edit]

Windshear[edit]

Windshear (Colin Ashworth Hume) is a mutant superhero and member of Alpha Flight. Created by Fabian Nicieza and Michael Bair, the character first appeared in Alpha Flight #87 (April 1991).[166] He has the ability to project "hard-air" molecules, which he can use to create constructs, release as concussive force, and propel himself in flight. He was born in Canada, but grew up in Britain.

Hume was hired by Roxxon Oil Corp and given a battlesuit that allowed him to control his powers more thoroughly. When he was unable to defeat a machine-creature at Roxxon's Denver Energy Research station, the company called in Box and Diamond Lil.[167] The trio and Forge discovered James MacDonald Hudson at the machine's core.[168] Hume, upset about Roxxon's practices, quit the company and returned to Canada with the members of Alpha Flight, and was soon accepted onto the team, first on a probationary basis and later as a full member.[169][170] He was later appointed the Chief Administrator of Alpha Flight.[171] He was one of the superheroes who vanished during the Infinity Gauntlet saga when Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet's power to sacrifice half of the population of the universe to Death.[172] He appears in Infinity Crusade as one of the Goddess' mind-controlled lackeys.[173]

Eventually, the Canadian government disbands Department H and the Flight programs, and Hume returns to England.[volume & issue needed] Hume set up a curio shop to sell "hard air" constructs. When the Thunderbolts were investigating a series of murders committed with bullets created out of hard air, they investigated Hume and learned of Roxxon's connection.[volume & issue needed]

He is among those depowered by M-Day,[174] but continues to fight crime in Toronto under the alias Chinook.[175]

Wing[edit]

Colleen Wing[edit]

Wyatt Wingfoot[edit]

Winter Soldier[edit]

Norah Winters[edit]

Norah Winters is a fictional supporting character of Spider-Man. Created by Joe Kelly and Chris Bachalo, the character first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #575. She is a reporter for the Daily Bugle. She has worked with Peter Parker on numerous occasions.[176][177] She's romantically involved with Randy Robertson for a time,[178] but the latter breaks up with her when she puts her career above anything else, staying on the sidelines to film Randy fighting the Hobgoblin when she had access to a bag of the Goblin's pumpkin bombs. She soon starts dating Phil Urich,[179] who was secretly the Hobgoblin and had plotted her and Randy's breakup.[179] When Phil's villain identity is revealed in a television broadcast, she gets fired from her position.[180]

Wipeout[edit]

Pete Wisdom[edit]

Romany Wisdom[edit]

Romany Wisdom
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearancePryde and Wisdom #2
(October 1996)
Created byWarren Ellis (writer)
Terry Dodson (artist)
In-story information
Supporting character ofPete Wisdom

Romany Wisdom is a fictional supporting character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She first appeared in Pryde and Wisdom #2 (October 1996), and was created by Warren Ellis and Terry Dodson.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Romany Wisdom is the sister to X-Men ally Pete Wisdom, and a former agent of the Royal Metropolitan Police's Department of Unusual Death (Department F.66).[181] Born in England, nothing is known about Romany's childhood after her mother is killed, as she had cut ties with her family. Following those years, Romany meets and falls in love with Joseph Chapman, aka the third Union Jack. They break up under vague circumstances, but remain friends. She continues to help Jack during his super-hero adventures, whenever her expertise is needed. She is an obsessed history fanatic, and knows much about ancient cultures, even such secret races as vampires.[182]

In order to make headway in a murder investigation, Pete is forced to contact his estranged family - visiting his borderline-senile father, Harold, to get a professional profiling on the killer, and his sister, Romany, who can translate the symbols on the bodies. With Romany's help, they determine that the murderer believes himself to be Cain, son of Adam, and is composing a letter directly to God on the corpses he has left behind, asking for forgiveness and to be allowed admittance into heaven. Ascertaining the killer's identity as John Gideon, a deranged officer from Department F.66, they track him down just as he makes contact with Amanda Jardine... and just after Harold Wisdom had taken it upon himself to hunt down Gideon.[183]

Later, Romany is revealed to have been transformed into the cyborg head of a secret global conspiracy, which in her words is "so high up that they may as well be the right hand of God", which conducts clandestine experiments with human beings using alien technology in order to create parts to build a techno-organic world engine.[184] She has yet to be seen since then, and is presumed to have died after her brother's particular incarnation of X-Force destroyed the entire facility in England, though she has stated that no matter what happened, "the work would always continue".

Witchfire[edit]

Witchfire (Ananym) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is depicted as a former superhero, now supervillain, and magician. She was a former member of Gamma Flight and was eventually recruited into Beta Flight. She is the daughter of X-Men villain Belasco.

Wither[edit]

Wither
Wither
Art by Paco Medina
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceNew Mutants (vol. 2) #3 (September 2003)
Created byNunzio DeFilippis
Christina Weir
Keron Grant
In-story information
Alter egoKevin Ford
SpeciesHuman Mutant
Team affiliationsHellions training squad
New Mutants training squad
Xavier Institute
PartnershipsSelene
AbilitiesDisintegration

Wither (Kevin Ford) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is a mutant as well as a member of the student body at the Xavier Institute, a member of the Hellions training squad, and a supervillain as a part of Selene's Coven.

Fictional character biography[edit]

When Kevin Ford's powers first manifested, he panicked. His father tried to calm him down, but Kevin's power reduced him to dust. A talented artist, Kevin lives in a scrap yard and turns unwanted scrap into beautiful art. He is found by Danielle Moonstar and brought to the Xavier Institute,[185] where he begins to develop friendships with Laurie Collins, David Alleyne, and Sofia Mantega.[186] When Donald Pierce attacks them and impales Laurie, Kevin lashes out and uses his power on Pierce. To stop him from killing Pierce, Moonstar shows him his worst fear - using his power on an innocent person. Frightened by the physiological pleasure he experienced when using his power on Pierce, he leaves the institute.[187]

Some months later Emma Frost persuades him to return, and he joins the New Mutants squad under the codename Wither. Clashing with Elixir, the current object of Laurie's affections, Mercury of the Hellions reaches out to him, having developed a crush on him.[188] He is arrested by the FBI for killing his father. While the Hellions try to rescue him, the New Mutants stop them, fearing the consequences of involving the Institute in a fight with the FBI. Kevin sees this as a betrayal, and he switches to the Hellions squad.[189] He discovers Elixir's former relationship with Wolfsbane and reveals it to the school, successfully ending Josh's relationship with Laurie.[190]

Kevin spends some time vacationing with the Hellion squad. They get caught up with the powerful 'Kingmaker' who grants people their wishes in return for favors later. Kevin spends some time without his powers due to drugs supplied by their new ally. However, once the Hellions discover the favor is stealing a biological weapon, they rebel. Kevin loses access to the drugs. He uses his powers to destroy the weapon.[191] After M-Day, Kevin believes he has lost his powers like most of the mutant population. When he touches Laurie's hand, however, it withers. After a session in David Alleyne's Danger Cave, Kevin overhears Julian Keller referring to him as "dangerous." Kevin again runs away from the institute, unaware that Julian also wanted to help him.[192]

Kevin goes to Mutant Town, and lives in the company of Selene, in disguise as an old lady. After seeing Selene shot by the police, he kills two policemen in a rage. Wither and Selene embrace as Kevin accepts Selene's offer to be her "king" as they fade away, presumably to Selene's dimension.[193] Wither lives a life of luxury with Selene, but he still has feelings for Laurie and because of this is still reluctant to use his powers. Using illusions of Elixir and Laurie, Selene is able to get him to renounce these inhibitions.[194]

Wither is among Selene's Inner Circle, dispatched to retrieve Selene's mystical knife from the X-Men. During the resulting fight, he is distracted by Dust, her transient form proving difficult for him to affect. However, when Onyxx attacks, Wither uses his powers to disintegrate his rocky form, killing him instantly.[volume & issue needed] During a quarrel with Eli Bard, Wither transforms, revealing that Selene has used her powers to make him an immortal vampire, much like Bard. Bard is killed immediately after their argument by Selene herself. Elixir and Wither face against one another. Wither accuses Elixir of failing to save Wallflower. This causes him to switch from his Gold Healing form to his Black Death form, which overwhelms Wither's destructive power. Elixir reluctantly kills him, completely disintegrating his body.[195]

Years later, Wither resurfaced in the newly founded mutant nation of Krakoa, having been presumably reborn by the hand of The Five, a group of mutants capable of combining their powers into a process of resurrection, brought together by Charles Xavier as part of his plans for mutant ascension. He was seen talking to Bevatron with his old Hellions Squad, living on the Akademos Habitat.[196]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Wither decays, and eventually disintegrates, organic matter by touch—a power which is involuntary. With extended contact he would reduce almost anything—or anyone—organic to dust. As a result of his power, he is only able to wear clothing made of synthetic textiles. This power is even more difficult to deal with due to Kevin's self-styled interpretation that his ability wants him to use it. It has a "hunger", which gives Kevin a desire to use it, though this could just be a psychological aspect of his power. He is also sometimes shown to see things in their decayed form, such as live pigeons appearing to be decayed through his eyes. He had the ability to put out fire with his bare hands in a few issues. During the Necrosha crossover Wither was somehow able to disintegrate and kill Onyxx, despite his granite skin.[197] During a later confrontation with Eli Bard, Wither shows also that he now can turn himself to a vampire-like being, due to Selene's manipulation.[198]

Other versions[edit]

House of M[edit]

Wither works alongside Elixir as an interrogator for S.H.I.E.L.D. Wither uses his power to decay a part of his victim nearly to death, at which point Elixir steps in and uses his power to heal the victim. The process is apparently extremely painful. Wither also wears a containment suit, although Elixir comments that he doesn't need it and only wears it for psychological effect.[volume & issue needed]

X-Men: The End[edit]

Wither saves Joanna Cargill from a Warskrull posing as Genesis. After he kills the Warskrull, he hopes Dani can forgive him for using his powers to kill. He is killed in the explosion of the X-Men's mansion.[volume & issue needed]

Witness[edit]

Wizard[edit]

Wiz Kid[edit]

W'Kabi[edit]

W'Kabi is a fictional character appearing in Marvel Comics. The character, created by Roy Thomas, first appeared in Avengers #62. He is a Wakandan and King T'Challa's loyal second-in-command.[199] He and Zuri are killed by Morlun trying to protect T'Challa, and are later buried next to each other.[200]

W'Kabi in other media[edit]

  • W'Kabi appears in Black Panther (2010), voiced by Phil Morris.[citation needed]
  • W'Kabi appears in Black Panther (2017), portrayed by Daniel Kaluuya.[201] This version is T'Challa's best friend, Okoye's husband,[202] and the chief of the Border Tribe, who utilize trained armored rhinoceroses as shock cavalry. Additionally, Ulysses Klaue had killed his parents decades earlier while stealing vibranium. W'Kabi loses faith in T'Challa when he fails to capture Klaue, and supports Erik Killmonger when he subsequently usurps the throne. During the final battle, Okoye confronts W'Kabi when he tries to trample M'Baku with an armored white rhinoceros, saying she values Wakanda more than their love. Not wanting to die by Okoye's hands or take her life, W'Kabi and his tribe surrender.

Wolf Cub[edit]

Wolf Cub (Nicholas Gleason) is a fictional character and mutant created by Brian K. Vaughan and Lee Ferguson, and first appeared in Chamber #1.

Gleason possesses a permanent werewolf-like form that imbues him with enhanced senses, strength, speed, agility, reflexes, coordination, balance and endurance. Additionally, Gleason possesses razor-sharp claws and fangs, a full-body coat of fur, and pointed ears.

After the deaths of his parents, Gleason is targeted by anti-mutant assassins. He is rescued by X-Men members Chamber and Cyclops, and subsequently enrolled at the Xavier Institute.[volume & issue needed][203] After accidentally injuring Havok, he runs away from the Institute and is invited to join a group called Dominant Species by Maximus Lobo. He declines, and later rejoins the school.[204]

He is placed on the Paragons training squad, along with fellow students Match, Trance, Preview, DJ, and Pixie. After the squad loses their original advisor, Wolfsbane, they are assigned a new mentor, Magma.[volume & issue needed] In the wake of House of M, the student population of the school is dramatically reduced, causing the squad system to be dissolved and the remaining students to be merged into one group. Gleason is one of a handful of students to retain their mutant abilities.[volume & issue needed][205]

Wolf Cub, along with Anole, Loa, Pixie, Rockslide, and Match, are told a frightening "ghost story" by their fellow student Blindfold. This is later revealed to not be a story, but rather a vision of things past and of things to come. The students are transported to the dimension Limbo and attacked by a mob of demons.[volume & issue needed][206]

Wolf Cub is recruited to the Young X-Men after Cyclops intervenes in his attempts to kill Maximus Lobo, former leader of the Dominant Species and an M-Day casualty, as revenge for his manipulation of Nicholas.[207] The team is given orders to take down the original New Mutants, who have gone rogue, and ordered to kill them if necessary. When Cyclops is revealed to actually be Donald Pierce in disguise, Nicholas is shaken by his own indiscretion when following orders and his willingness to kill Magma during their confrontation. The Young X-Men and the New Mutants engage Donald Pierce, and Wolf Cub is fatally wounded; his final words are a request that the team not kill Pierce in revenge.[208]

When the X-Men made Krakoa a mutant paradise, Wolf Cub was among the revived mutants living there.[209]

Wolf Spider[edit]

Wolf Spider is an alias used by minor characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Wolf Spiders[edit]

The Wolf Spiders, created by Butch Guice and Ed Brubaker, and first appeared in Captain America #617 (June 2011), are a special ops team trained by the Red Room.

The first candidate was Niko Constantin, an assassin who is imprisoned in a gulag (alongside Boris Bullski and Unicorn) where he's the sadistic leader of his own gang and sold out Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier to Andre Rostov.[210]

The Wolf Spiders later act as the Red Widow's enforcers, trying to assassinate White Widow but are stopped by Black Widow.[211] The Wolf Spiders are also defeated by Captain America and Iron Man as well as the Winter Hulk during a conspiracy to eliminate Namor.[212]

Spider individual[edit]

An unidentified multiverse individual, created by Dan Slott and Olivier Coipel, and first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 3) #11 (December 2014), is a Spider-type superhero with werewolf features. He is killed by Karn of the Inheritors.[213]

Wolf Spider in other media[edit]

Wolfsbane[edit]

Wolverine[edit]

Wolverine-Bug[edit]

Wolverine-Bug is an anthropomorphic insect and member of the X-Bugs from Earth-8311.

Wonder Man[edit]

Wong[edit]

Wong-Chu[edit]

Jimmy Woo[edit]

Woodgod[edit]

Woodgod is a genetically engineered sentient life-form resembling a satyr.[218] He was created using cloning techniques by combining human and animal DNA.

Warren Worthington[edit]

Warren Worthington II is a fictional character appearing in American comic books within Marvel Comics. The character, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, first appeared in X-Men vol. 1 #14 (September 1965). He is the father of Warren Worthington III / Angel / Archangel and the CEO of Worthington Industries.

Warren Worthington in other media[edit]

Wraith[edit]

Brian DeWolff[edit]

Hector Rendoza[edit]

Zak-Del[edit]

Yuri Watanabe[edit]

Wrecker[edit]

Leiko Wu[edit]

Further reading

Leiko Wu is a fictional character appearing in Marvel Comics. The character, created by Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy, first appeared in Master of Kung Fu #33 (October 1975).

Leiko Wu is a Chinese-British MI-6 agent. Upon joining, she entered a romantic relationship with Clive Reston, but she left him for Simon Bretnor, who later became the villain Mordillo.[219] She soon joined back up with Reston along with his new allies Black Jack Tarr and Shang-Chi, the latter of whom she developed feelings for. Together, they defeated Mordillo.[220] She continued to go on several missions with Shang-Chi and Reston which would usually cause awkward tension among them.[221] Wu would also help Shang-Chi defeat his father, Fu Manchu, on a couple of occasions.[222][223][224]

Sometime after her relationship with Shang-Chi ended, Leiko is murdered by Razor Fist while working undercover in the triads for MI-6. Leiko's murder prompts Shang-Chi to return to London, where he reunites with Tarr and his former enemy Skull Crusher, who alleges that Leiko planned to defect MI-6 for him. When Razor Fist's employer is revealed to be White Dragon, Skull-Crusher's rival triad clan leader, Shang-Chi and Skull-Crusher arrive at White Dragon's estate, but are captured by Shang-Chi's brother Midnight Sun, White Dragon's master. Midnight Sun decapitates White Dragon and Skull-Crusher for the Mao Shan Pai ritual, which requires the heads of the triad leaders. Instead of granting him the powers that the ritual would grant him, the spell instead resurrects Leiko due to Skull-Crusher secretly making her the leader of his clan before her death. Leiko uses her newfound powers to main Razor Fist and summons the spirits of the dead triad leaders to drag Midnight Sun back to their realm. Shang-Chi is unable to bring his former lover back to her normal self and she flees when Tarr arrives at the estate with backup. Leiko is later seen taking a photo that Shang-Chi leaves behind at her grave of the two of them.[225]

Leiko eventually resumes her duties with MI-6. When MI-6 discovers that Zheng Zu's (Fu Manchu's real identity) organization is active again, Leiko visits Shang-Chi at his new residence in San Francisco to warn him, only for the two to be attacked by unknown assailants. The two are rescued by Shang-Chi's previously unknown half-siblings, Brother Sabre and Sister Dagger, who reveal that Shang-Chi has been chosen by Zheng Zu's spirit as the new Supreme Commander of the Five Weapons Society, the true name of their father's organization. Sabre and Dagger request Shang-Chi's help in overthrowing Sister Hammer, the illegitimate leader of the Society and his long-lost full sister, Shi-Hua, who sent the assassins to kill her brother in order to consolidate her rule.[226] Leiko flies Shang-Chi back to London, where the House of the Deadly Staff and Sister Hammer are located. Despite Leiko's offer to help, Shang-Chi insists on confronting his sister alone.[227]

Leiko provides Shang-Chi with information via phone call regarding a map leading to his uncle Zheng Yi's grave and attempts to prevent an MI5-led raid on the House of the Deadly Staff; the leading officer ignores her warnings and leads an assault, only for him and his forces to be massacred by Shi-Hua and her henchmen.[228] When Shi-Hua and her jiangshi army attack London, Lekio and MI-6 help defend the city with Shang-Chi and his siblings. After the army is defeated and Shi-Hua is subdued, Leiko attempts to shoot her in the head, but the bullet is caught by Shang-Chi, who allows his sister to flee.[229]

While Shang-Chi is still in London, Leiko approaches him on behalf of MI-6 and asks him to steal the mystical Equinox Blade from the British Museum before it could be auctioned off due to the danger the sword poses. Leiko guides Shang-Chi via earpiece through the museum's security systems, but he encounters Lady Deathstrike,[230] who had just stolen the blade and used its power to steal the souls of the museum's guards. After a prolonged struggle and with Leiko's help, Shang-Chi knocks Deathstrike out of a window and destroys the blade, freeing the souls it consumed to return to its victims. For his trouble, Leiko treats Shang-Chi to gelato.[231]

Leiko and Shang-Chi spend holiday together in Seoul, where they witness several gas bombs detonate across the city, turning victims into trees. After helping Shang-Chi and White Fox rescue civilians from a gas explosion, Leiko receives a broadcast of similar explosions happening in major cities worldwide. The three track the origin of one of the diffusors to an A.I.M. laboratory in London, where they encounter scientist Jessa Chen, who claims she and other scientists are being forced against their will to create the bioweapon, named the Gelsemium Molecule. Leiko takes Chen to safety while Shang-Chi and White Fox fight A.I.M. guards. While they are alone, Chen reveals herself as Doctor Gelsemium, the true mastermind behind the Gelsemium Molecule and uses her tree-like physiology to restrain Leiko before exposing her to a Molecule sample. Gelsemium takes Leiko to another laboratory in the Pacific Northwest, where Leiko begins transforming into a tree. Shang-Chi and White Fox find Leiko through her tracker and fight Gelsemium. Leiko is able to free herself and uses her own tree physiology to free Gelsemium's test subjects and fight her. After Gelsemium is defeated, Leiko is cured with an antidote which later supplied to Gelsemium's victims around the world.[232]

Powers and abilities[edit]

She possesses supernatural powers since her resurrection and knows martial arts, espionage, and firearms.

Alternate versions of Leiko Wu[edit]

Leiko Wu exists in the Ultimate Marvel Universe. She is hired by Shang-Chi's father to hire other people to bring him back to China alive, and develops an interest in Shang-Chi after he stops some men who stole her bags.[233]

Wundarr the Aquarian[edit]

Wysper[edit]

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