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Karl Fiers was part of a long-lived extremely wealthy and extremely amoral family. Taking work as an assassin for the joy of it more than the money, he adopted a nom de guerre as "the Finisher." While working for the false Red Skull, he murdered CIA agents Richard and Mary Parker and framed them as double agents for the Red Skull.[1] The Finisher has also claimed to have run an academy for shape-shifting sleeper agents known as Chameleons. Fiers' most prized student, Dmitri Smerdyakov, became known as the one and only Chameleon.[2]

Decades following the death of the Parkers, the Finisher had an encounter with their son, Peter Parker, under his vigilante persona of Spider-Man, who was searching for the truth about his parents' deaths. The Finisher launched a set of rockets from his special limo to track and eliminate the web-slinger, but Parker led the projectiles back around towards their launcher. The rockets struck the limo, and Fiers was seemingly killed in the blast.[1] Barely surviving, his connections afforded him the best possible care, also chalking up his recovery to the loyalty and company of the Chameleon.[3]

Years later, the Chameleon was being held at the prison called the Hiding Place when Teresa Parker broke into his cell to enact revenge for the death of her lover, David Albright. The Chameleon tempted Teresa with information on her parents,[4] and introduced her to a holographic projection of the Finisher.[5] After revealing the circumstances of his survival,[3] the Finisher attempted to convince Teresa that she was a Chameleon herself, providing her with different possibilities for her backstory. The Finisher offered to give Teresa definitive answers if she retrieved a future-predicting device named the Clairvoyant for him. Teresa refused, deciding instead to embrace her identity even if she was uncertain about it, and set out to locate the Finisher to avenge Richard and Mary.[2]

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