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Quote1.png You are -- as always -- the cause of your own suffering. Quote2.png
-- Kindred src

 

Origins

Kindred kills Stromm at the start of his plans

Formerly a human sent to Hell, the entity known as Kindred became a demon and rapidly climbed through the ranks.

He possesses an intimate familiarity with Peter Parker, affectionately referring to him as "Pete," and also having traumatic fear of Norman Osborn, who terrified Kindred when he was human. This fear of the latter is both as Norman and the Green Goblin– and inspired his demonic form.

When in Hell, the demon began torturing Mysterio, an enemy of Spider-Man's who had previously committed suicide, relentlessly until Beck agreed to serve him.[2]

The demon resurrected Beck to serve as his agent,[3] though Beck eventually forgot about his bargain. The demon was aware of Ero's interest in testing Peter Parker and attempted to use Mysterio to persuade the Spider-Totem to ally with him, though it refused.[4]

During some point, Wilson Fisk's met Kindred in deep catacombs of Paris, begging for him to return his wife Vanessa back to life. Kindred killed Fisk's guards and refused to help.[5]

Preparations

Kindred approached a desperate Mendel Stromm and gave him a Master Mold capable of producing an army of Tri-Sentinels.[6] When Spider-Man traced a Tri-Sentinel squadron to an old hideout of the Life Foundation and found a dying Mendel Stromm, Kindred had Mendel's last utterances be "Guess my name--" before having the Tri-Sentinels iterate the same message as they crashed into the building, destroying themselves along with it.

Having rewired the squadron to obey his orders, Spidey was greatly confused by this disturbing course of events since he never gave them a strike order.[7]

After killing the Kingpin's associates, Kindred proceeded to threaten Fisk to not touch Boomerang's roommates, revealing to him that he possessed Vanessa's soul. All Fisk had to do was cooperate.[8]

Spider-Man's Hidden Nightmare

Kindred appearing before Mysterio's psychiatrist

During Kraven the Hunter's attempt to persuade Spider-Man to kill him, Spider-Man glimpsed visions of Mary Jane on the floor, seemingly dead at Kindred's hand while he stood by helplessly.[9] While Spider-Man fought Kraven, the demon instead watched over Mary Jane in his absence, commenting on her treating one of his centipedes with kindness.[10]

Kindred also resumed tormenting Quentin Beck, manifesting during a prison therapy session that was subsequently cut short. Apologizing for his cruel treatment of Beck, the demon reminded him of their bargain before offering to let him say the demon's true name.

Before Mysterio could do so, the demon sensed Peter Parker dream-scrying these events and killed Beck to avoid Spider-Man prematurely learning his identity. Addressing Peter directly, the demon asked Peter to call him "Kindred" and that he intended to torment Peter for something that he'd done.[2]

Soon after murdering Mysterio, Kindred encountered the psychiatrist, who turned out to be Dr. Ludwig Rinehart -- aka Mysterio in disguise. Mysterio revealed to Kindred that he brainwashed his psychiatrist to believe he was Quentin Beck and made him dress up like him. Kindred then yelled at Beck for telling his psychiatrist his name during his brainwashing, berating Mysterio for continually running from his purpose before handing him a script. He was seen once again talking to Peter stating, "When we do finally stand face to face, I want it to be the right way."

Kindred visiting 'Norman'

No sooner had Kindred left Mysterio alone than he came across the cell of Peter's greatest enemy, Norman Osborn, believing himself to be the serial killer Cletus Kasady. Kindred, knowing Norman could not hear him, reminisced on how he was tempted to kill the madman there and then, but he was content to let Norman rot as a mental wreck of what he once was.[11]

Despite wanting to kill Norman – blaming him for his transformation into a demon – Kindred instead inserted a centipede into Norman's brain to prevent him from killing Spider-Man, saying he would have his revenge when Osborn was himself again.

As Kindred left, Osborn's Cletus Kasady persona called out to him to deliver a message from Norman Osborn's dormant psyche – mocking Kindred for assuming that he regretted anything and saying that he had figured out who Kindred was and was proud to see the human-turned-demon reduced to a vengeful monster as a result of his actions.[12]

Returning to his lair, Kindred examined a wall with framed photos of several spider-related superheroes: Otto, Miles, Jessica, Cindy as Silk, Ben Reilly, and Gwen. He remarked that he wanted to meet "through friends" and that he would see him soon.[13]

After Norman was bonded to the "Carnage" symbiote and transformed into Carnage, Kindred stopped him from killing Spider-Man using the implanted centipede, allowing Spider-Man to get a second wind and defeat him.[12]

Commencement of Plans

The Sin-Eater alive once more

Still bothered by Norman Osborn having claimed to know his true identity, Kindred enacted his next plot against Spider-Man that involved him reviving Sin-Eater,[14] after saving him from his victims' punishment.[15]

Sin-Eater then proceeded to go after Overdrive,[16] the Lethal Legion,[17] and Norman Osborn.[18] After Sin-Eater killed Norman and absorbed his sins, Kindred mocked Stanley for being a hypocrite and caused him to explode into a vortex of demonic energy.

This congealed demonic power was plentiful enough that he used it to seize full control of Ghost-Spider, Spider-Girl, Miles Morales, Silk, Spider-Woman, and Madame Web. Attacking Peter through their bodies, Kindred used the Order of the Web to torture Peter before piloting them elsewhere. As Peter recovered by Doctor Strange, Kindred used Silk to attack but was bemused at Strange's identifying him as Sin-Eater, then coercing Peter admit the truth.

As Peter pleaded for mercy on the Spiders, Kindred withdrew his possessed Silk wanting an in person meeting later on. Traveling to the cemetery where Gwen Stacy and her father were buried, Kindred exhumed their corpses and arranged them at a table to wait for Spider-Man to arrive. Meanwhile, a reborn, cleansed Norman claimed to Dr. Ashley Kafka that Kindred was his son Harry Osborn.

Identity revealed.

When Spider-Man finally confronted Kindred, he was shocked that he not only exhumed the bodies of the Stacy's and sat them around a table, he also did the same thing to the corpses of Uncle Ben, Flash Thompson, Ned Leeds, Jean DeWolff, J. Jonah Jameson Sr., and Marla Jameson.[19][20]

Upon meeting Peter at last, Kindred's taunts enraged him to attack, with the demon's power overwhelming Peter's strength from the extensive fatigue he inflicted on the Spider-Man. Kindred then had Peter beaten relentlessly, before showing him the carnage of his friends attacking New York and its citizens. This was Kindred's last thread, as Peter burst into tears, begging he die in exchange for their freedom from the possession.

Finally getting what he wanted, Kindred accepted the offer and freed the spiders, then as Peter was happy at the action, Kindred took the opportunity to hold Peter by his centipedes and snap his neck completely around. Kindred's words to the dying Peter was that they'd face the truth together.[21]

The Big Reveal

While he trapped Peter and made him relive the party that celebrated Harry Osborn's return from Europe, Kindred went to see Normie Osborn; he then returned to the cemetery and resurrected Peter after making him reminisce what he said to Harry during his party.

While Peter didn't want to accept it, Kindred revealed his identity to be Harry Osborn. When Peter refused to accept this, Kindred unmasked himself to the confused Peter, who wondering how Harry could still be a villain when the Harry he'd known for years had grown past his issues.

Kindred repeatedly killed and revived Peter to give him a taste of tortures of Hell, forcing him to watch the Order of the Web fight the Sin-Eater as Mary Jane also entered the cemetery. Now with Peter and the other Spider heroes attending his "dinner," Kindred also welcomed Mary Jane, who used diplomacy and her acting skills to keep him from killing Peter again.

When Mary Jane convinced Kindred to kill her in Peter's place, he was caught off-guard by Norman Osborn - who had been cleansed by the Sin Eater but was pretending to still be evil so as to goad Kindred into attacking him. When Norman pretended to kill Mary Jane, Kindred attacked his father in a rage, springing a trap by Wilson Fisk that sealed him in a prison using Spot's powers.

Even though he was confined in Ravencroft, Kindred's long-term plans were unchanged; quietly watching as Peter developed post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his torture, which was exacerbated by his deeply-rooted hatred towards the now repentant Norman. Despite being imprisoned, Kindred was still able to act through one of his demonic centipedes, which escaped his entrapment and attacked Carlie Cooper when she discovered the identity of an additional corpse among those he had exhumed.[22]

Kindred is amicable but ruthless, torturing Quentin Beck into near-insanity and brutally killing him after giving him permission to say his true name, though he lamented having to do so in order to keep his identity secret.[2] Kindred is fixated on revenge upon Peter Parker for an unspecified truth that Peter has seemed to have forgotten, though he is also strangely affectionate and protective over Mary Jane due to his promise, such as watching over her sleeping while Peter was fighting Kraven the Hunter.[10] He also has a vendetta against Norman Osborn, who made Peter's life a living Hell which by extension ruined his own, and holds him responsible for his transformation into a demon.[23] His time in Hell, plus his sense of blaming Peter and Norman for his damnation, was a subject of manic rage, as when Peter asked what he did that "made himself" become Kindred, he went into a rage and attacked Peter.[24]

Kindred is also shown to be devoted to keeping promises, but especially if his revenge is furthered. One instance was with Quentin Beck, helping him realize a film passion project in exchange for keeping Mary Jane away from Peter as he wore him down.[2][25] However, he can prove hypocritical, such as with helping Sin-Eater "finishing" his work only on Earth to temporarily kill him again after his cleansing Norman.[15][26] Another hypocrisy is his promise to protect and "save" Mary Jane from Peter, but prioritized killing her as it would've irrevocably destroyed Peter despite of his own reluctance out of caring for her.[24]

Paradoxically, while emotionally turbulent and triggered by his hate for Peter and Norman, he shows incredible patience with forethought and guile. After his original plan of meeting Peter in the tomb completed and was imprisoned, he was gleeful to see Peter off-balance with post-traumatic stress and beating the repentant Norman in part of his plan to destroy themselves. Another was having one of his two centipede extensions off-site to escape his capture and attack Carlie Cooper before she could reveal the identity of an additional body he left behind at the tomb.[27]

Powers

Demon Physiology: Formerly a human,[2] Kindred has become a demon primarily associated with centipedes, which he can spawn at will along with other pestilence.[10]

  • Resurrection: Kindred can resurrect people, as he did with Mysterio and Sin-Eater.[3][14]
  • Entomancy: Kindred can remotely control bugs and pests, such as when he sent a centipede to enter the head of Norman Osborn while at Ravencroft.[12] In other instances, centipedes are used as 'bugs' (fly-on-the-wall monitor or surveillance tool).[10]
  • Dream Projection: Kindred is able to manipulate the dreams of people, making them dream about events that were happening while they were sleeping, and directly talk to them through their dreams.[28]
  • Teleportation: Kindred is seemingly able to teleport or project his presence wherever he wishes.[29]
  • Possession: Kindred is able to take possession of individuals.[26]
  • Empowerment: Kindred greatly empowered the Sin-Eater for his quest.[30]
  • Superhuman Strength: As a demon, Kindred has been shown to be superhumanly strong, easily defeating Spider-Man during their first encounter.[21]
  • Invulnerability: Kindred is shown to be invulnerable, as Spider-Man punched through his chest and shot web through his face, neither of which did anything to slow him down.[21][24]

Abilities

  • Demonic Awareness: By way of his servants and those under his gaze, such as Mysterio and Peter Parker, Kindred is able keep tabs on their actions. One such instance was when Mysterio told Kindred's name to a therapist.[26][2]
  • Master manipulator: Shown to patiently be wearing down Spider-Man's psyche during events with Kraven's hunt, Mary Jane's career return, and Sin-Eater's campaign.[10][13][31]

Strength level

  • Physical Strength: Capable of ripping steel doors off walls and killing mortals in seconds.[2]


Equipment

Two demonic centipedes, each the length of his person.[13] These massive arthropods are capable of such feats as uprooting gravestones and unearthing caskets with ease.[26]

Weapons

Kindred summons pestilence, such as centipedes, rats, worms, roaches, and other small critters to demolish people,[8] structures, and foundations.[29] These can spawn from anywhere, including from the inside of a person's body.[2] He also uses the two large centipedes that cling to him like tentacle extensions of his body, such as for opening doors, caressing surfaces, or for bludgeoning heads.[13]

  • Kindred's nickname could be based off the phrase "kindred spirits", defined as "a person whose interests or attitudes are similar to one's own," though it more likely pertains to his relationship with Peter Parker before becoming a demon.
  • Kindred's preparation to fight Spider-Man was compared to pro wrestler Ric Flair using his "Black Scorpion" persona to ruin the career of his rival, the Sting.[32]
  • Ryan Ottley's concept art for Kindred depicts him with hair coming out of his bandages and armed with barbed wires which seems to function as Spider-Man's webbing.[33]

Discover and Discuss

Footnotes

  1. Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #14
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #24
  3. 3.0 3.1 Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #12
  4. Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #13
  5. Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #58
  6. Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #4
  7. Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #5
  8. 8.0 8.1 Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #7
  9. Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #17
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #23
  11. Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #30
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #31
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #25
  14. 14.0 14.1 Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #37
  15. 15.0 15.1 Amazing Spider-Man: Sins Rising Prelude #1
  16. Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #39
  17. Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #41
  18. Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #48
  19. Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #50-51
  20. Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #50.LR
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #52
  22. Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 5) #53-57
  23. Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #30-31
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #55
  25. Amazing Mary Jane Vol 1
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #50
  27. Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 5) #56-57
  28. Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #25-44
  29. 29.0 29.1 Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #1
  30. Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #46-49
  31. Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #49
  32. Lederer, Donnie (October 14, 2020). Kindred Spirits: Who Is Affected by Spider-Man’s Latest Foe?. Marvel.com. Retrieved on October 18, 2020.
  33. Cavalluzzi, Andrew (25 November 2020). Spider-Man Artist Ryan Ottley Shares Early Kindred Designs. CBR. Retrieved on 21 December 2020.



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