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Kindred[src]

History

Origin

Prior to his death, Harry Osborn devised a cruel plan to torture both his father Norman and his former best friend Peter Parker. With the help of Mendel Stromm, he built a secret laboratory in the Parisian Osborn Manor and genetically-engineered two bodies spliced from Norman and Gwen Stacy's DNA: a boy named Gabriel and a girl named Sarah. They were created to torture Peter, Norman, and Mary Jane Watson by making them believe Gwen had cheated on Peter with Norman and got impregnated by him as a result, with Harry going as far as to hiring Mysterio to hypnotize both Norman and Mary Jane to implant false memories which corroborated that narrative. The twins were raised by an artificial intelligence designed from Harry and Norman's minds, who inherited Harry's revenge plots after he died, to believe that lie as well.[3]

Because of a genetic flaw caused by Norman's enhanced blood, the Stacy twins aged at a rapid rate, resulting in their premature deaths. Taking advantage of that, Mephisto, the Hell-Lord to whom Norman traded Harry's soul for achieving glory, acted through the Osborn A.I. to bring them back to life again and again, forging them in the literal flames of Hell while they were in his realm. He planned to eventually use them as his pawns to claim Spider-Man's soul, thus averting a future he saw in which the hero's daughter with Mary Jane ended his reign of terror once and for all.[2]

Sins Past

Confronting Spider-Man

In the meantime, Sarah and Gabriel, ignorant of the truth about themselves and having aged into adulthood within a few short years, were released into the outside world. There, they were manipulated by either the real Norman or the Osborn A.I. into thinking Peter was their real father and also the man responsible for their mother's death. Sarah's striking resemblance to Gwen caused confusion to Peter when he unmasked her after she tried to kill him. From the combination of clues on a letter they used to draw him out, and the implanted memories Mary Jane had of Gwen's arguing with Norman while Harry was hospitalized, Peter attempted to convince the twins of Norman's lies. While Gabriel refused, Sarah remembered that Peter had dug up Gwen's grave to get a DNA sample, and realized that Norman never even bothered to run his own DNA against theirs, and concluded Norman "knew" that they couldn't be Peter's children. Unfortunately, the police intervened and opened fire on all of them before Spider-Man could deescalate things, and Sarah was shot while her brother fell into the river.[6][2]

Taken to the hospital, Sarah's body refused all blood transfusions until Spider-Man offered his in speculation that his own unusual blood samples would help to stabilize the Goblin serum in her bloodstream. After Sarah regained consciousness, her brother crashed through the hospital window having taken a new Goblin serum to become the Grey Goblin, and dragged Peter out to kill him. In his weakened state, Sarah was able to save Spider-Man by shooting her newly insane brother's Goblin Glider, causing him to crash and lose his memory.[7]

Sins Remembered

Later, Sarah secretly took Gabriel back to Paris, and cared for him at the Osborn estate until the pressure from local drug dealers to repay a debt by her brother became too much and she attempted suicide. Peter was called to Paris by the hospital as her emergency contact. While he was with her, MJ went looking for him at the estate, and inadvertently caused Gabriel to escape in a crazed state. After cutting a deal with Interpol to catch the dealers, Sarah joined the organization to attempt to find her brother.[8]

Kindred

After some time, Sarah and Gabriel died from their genetic instability, with an unknown set number of clones being created subsequently. When the time to hatch his plan came, Mephisto gave the Stacy twins demonic powers and seemingly bonded them to the real Harry's soul and/or the Osborn A.I., granting them access to all of Harry's memories and hatred.[9][10][11]

Once more living on earth, Gabriel and Sarah shared the mantle of "Kindred" and haunted Peter Parker as the damned soul of Harry Osborn, also manipulating Norman's awareness of facts into believing such.[12] During Mysterio's psych review in Ravencroft, Sarah appeared apologetic and allowed him to mutter her real name. However, she apologized again and killed him,[13] before learning it was an escape by Mysterio from Ravencroft. Although angry that he shared Kindred's name, she instead spared him in a plan to give Mary Jane a job in a film.[14] Prior to Dark Carnage's invasion, Sarah visited Norman's cell in Ravencroft to vent, and also implant a parasite that stunned his Carnage-ized form later, helping Peter win in the fight.[9] She ventured into Hell to make Sin-Eater a minion of Kindred's on earth,[15][16] and sent him on a violent campaign,[17] culminating in the cleansing of Norman before Gabriel harvested the combined sins to possess the Order of the Web.[18]

Unmasking herself to Mary Jane

With Gabriel's capture,[19] Sarah continued the mission and abducted Carlie Cooper before she could reveal the real Harry Osborn's corpse to Mary Jane[20], imprisoning her alongside Harry's clone.[21] Later, she moved on to guide Otto Octavius from afar in reassembling the original Sinister Six[22]. As the Sinister War began, Sarah had Mysterio abduct Mary Jane and reveal her brainwashing with false memories as part of Harry's posthumous plot. Sarah then revealed her true face before explaining the cloning experiment that created her, the connection to their "previous" encounter, and how Peter was to be punished.[23] After Peter was portaled to Paris, their battle culminated in a final confrontation where, despite their best efforts, the Kindreds were ultimately unable to break Peter's spirit as Mephisto wanted and the demon dismissed them. With Mephisto no longer keeping them genetically stable, their rapid-aging disease returned, and Sarah died with her brother beside Peter.[5]

Powers and Abilities

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Powers

Demon Physiology: As Kindred, Sarah was the form of a demon primarily associated with centipedes, gnats, and other forms of insects which associate with the grave. To which she could spawn at will anywhere along with other pestilence, in the presence of whomever holds his attention: such as the case of Quentin Beck, having revealed her true name to his psychiatrist.[24]

  • Resurrection: Kindred can resurrect people, as she did with Mysterio,[25] and Sin-Eater.[16]
  • Entomancy: Kindred can remotely control bugs and pests, such as when she sent a centipede to enter the head of Norman Osborn while at Ravencroft.[26] In other instances, centipedes are used as 'bugs' (fly-on-the-wall monitor or surveillance tool).[24]
  • 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.[27]
  • Teleportation: Kindred is seemingly able to teleport or project his presence wherever she wishes.[28] She was even able to free Mac Gargan from his imprisonment on another Earth.
  • Empowerment: Kindred greatly empowered the Sin-Eater for his quest.[29]
  • Superhuman Strength: As a demon, Kindred was shown to be superhumanly strong, easily beating Spider-Man during their final encounter.[5]

Abilities

Fighting Skills: Sarah had some training in hand to hand combat before attempting to kill Peter Parker,[30] and presumably had more after joining Interpol.

Weaknesses

Unusual Blood Type: Her body is incapable of accepting blood transfusions from normal humans.[7]

Rapid-Aging Disease: Sarah aged at a much faster rate than humans (physically aging about 2-3 years in one chronological year). Spider-Man's blood was capable of keeping it at bay for some time.[7][3] The demonic powers gifted by Mephisto were also capable of doing that.[5]

Notes

  • Sins Past writer J. Michael Straczynski originally intended for Peter to be the father of Gabriel and Sarah. However, the editors were against the idea, because having two adult children would have made Peter seem old, so it was decided for Norman to be the father instead.[31]
  • In Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 5) #74, the Kindred twins are differentiated by the color of their jacket. Sarah wears a purple jacket whereas Gabriel wears a brown jacket. For the archivist purposes of the Marvel Database, this differential will be used to set apart Sarah and Gabriel from each other to determine which twin was acting as Kindred at any given time before the revelation that there were two of them.
  • In Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 5) #73, Sarah and Gabriel are portrayed as empty vessels for their creator (either the Harry Osborn A.I. or Mephisto), with Sarah referring to herself in third person and telling Mary Jane Watson that she "is gone." However, Sarah and Gabriel act as themselves in the following issue. They also appear to be unaware of the Osborn A.I. or Mephisto's influence, and believe themselves to be the real children of Norman Osborn and Gwen Stacy.

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