Characters : Carrion II

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Attributes
Eyes

Yellow.

Features

Rather yellow and cadaverous looking. Wears tattered shroud, when he isn't wearing his spiffy new brown outfit.

Height

5'10"

Weight

175 pounds.

Powers
Abilities

Telepathic (until he says he isn't), can levitate (until he says the ground repels him because he is dead or something like that).

Equipment

Shoulder bag.

Limitations

Can't decide if he's a Miles Warren clone or a virus-infected college student. Then can't decide who is mother is.

Powers

Deadly touch, body repels organic matter, can alter his density.

Strength Level

Super-human. Many times normal.

Weapons

Red dust.

Summary
Citizenship

USA.

Created By
Current Occupation

Ravencroft Inmate.

Dual Identity

Known to Ravencroft Institute.

Education

Undergraduate degree. Never finished graduate program.

Former Bases

ESU, Manhattan, Queens, upstate New York.

Former Groups

Maximum Carnage.

Former Occupation

Empire State University Science Graduate Student.

Known Allies

Hobgoblin (Jason Macendale), Carnage, Shriek, Doppelganger, Demogoblin.

Known Confidants

Hobgoblin, Shriek, Beatrice McBride.

Known Relatives

Beatrice McBride (mother, originally called "Martha"), Shriek (surrogate mother), Carnage (surrogate father), Demogoblin and Doppelganger (surrogate brothers).

Legal Status

Incarcerated in Ravencroft Institute.

Major Enemies

Spider-Man, Venom, Black Cat, Cloak and Dagger, Firestar, Captain America, Nightwatch, Iron Fist, Deathlok, NYPD Extreme Emergency Team, Morbius.

Marital Status

Single.

Place of Birth

Astoria, Queens.

Real Name

Malcolm McBride (sometimes spelled MacBride).

Usual Bases

Ravencroft Institute.

Background

Malcolm McBride was an Empire State University science graduate student. He applied for a research grant that went to Peter Parker. Resentful, feeling that his rival is not a serious student, Malcolm follows Peter into the bowels of ESU's science building, to the wrecked secret lab used by the Jackal and the original Carrion. Peter is searching for the truth of the clones and comes away with a research journal written by the Jackal. Malcolm finds a test tube containing a glowing green liquid.

Back at his dorm, Malcolm studies the liquid and determines that it is a virus that "was created by recombinant DNA technology". It also grows rapidly when exposed to air, slips off the microscope slide and attacks Malcolm in his face and eyes. This exposure turns Malcolm into Carrion, not only giving him the knowledge of Spider-Man's identity but also garbing him in Carrion's rags and shoulder bag containing the deadly red dust.

Initially Malcolm is so absorbed by the virus that he thinks of himself as a clone of Prof. Miles Warren created to avenge Gwen Stacy's death. Carrion displays a variety of powers from levitation to telepathy to altering his density but he also believes that Miles Warren is still alive. When Spider- Man leads him to Warren's grave, Carrion is so startled that the web-slinger defeats him easily and has him shipped off to the prison known as the Vault.

On his way back to the Vault from a court appearance (THAT I'd have liked to have seen), Carrion is freed by the Hobgoblin, Jason Macendale in his demonic phase. The two villains establish a base in the New York sewer system and Carrion reveals that he can't read minds after all and that his red dust is merely freeze-dried acid crystals. (Plus, he seems to have forgotten Spider- Man's secret identity.) He also remembers enough of being Malcolm to go to Astoria, Queens (later referred to as "Briarwood" but switched back to Astoria again) to seek out his mother (first named "Martha", later called "Beatrice"). Spider-Man intervenes but he is, in turn, ambushed by Hobgoblin. The two villains drag the web-slinger down into the sewers.

While Hobgoblin goes to Hammerhead to try to get money for killing Spider-Man, the web-spinner taunts Carrion into accidentally releasing him. Later, when Hobgoblin returns, the battle moves above ground. Hobby tries to kill Martha McBride and Mary Jane, who has tracked Martha down, only to be stopped by Carrion who is protecting his mother. A pumpkin bomb ignites the gas from a broken sewer line and both villains go up in flames and fall back into the sewer system.

Neither one dies, of course. Carrion rises from the sewers in Manhattan during Maximum Carnage, drawn by the death and destruction wrought by Carnage, Shriek, Doppelganger, and Demogoblin. He hangs out with the group, buying into Shriek's claim that she is his surrogate mother and fighting Deathlok, Cloak, Morbius and other heroes. The Maximum Carnage gang is finally stopped by the Alpha Magni-Illuminizor, a machine that fires waves of "positive" energy. The flow of "inner light" from this device is so great that it seems to eradicate the Carrion virus from Malcolm McBride, restoring him to normal.

But the virus isn't dead, just dormant. Though apparently normal, Malcolm is placed in Ravencroft Institute where he is treated by Dr. Ashley Kafka. She makes the mistake of showing Malcolm to Shriek who, thinking of Carrion as her son, breaks free, abducts Malcolm and uses her negative powers to re- invigorate the virus and turn Malcolm back into Carrion. Eventually, in an emotional tug-of-war between Shriek and Beatrice McBride, Malcolm is driven to despair and tries to turn the deadly Carrion touch on himself. In a rare moment of compassion, Shriek uses her powers to draw the Carrion virus out of Malcolm and into herself.

Though cured, Malcolm remains an inmate at Ravencroft. In the trial of Spider- Man led by the mysterious Traveller, Malcolm is a witness for the prosecution. The jury is made up of many of Spider-Man's enemies. He reveals that he became Carrion because of his jealousy of Peter Parker. Spider-Man is then unmasked by Carnage to show that he IS Peter Parker. Malcolm is transformed into Carrion again by Traveller when Parker is found guilty of creating so many super criminals. Carrion, Carnage, Shriek, Vermin and Chameleon are only stopped by Kaine after the jury calls for the death penalty. Malcolm's memory of Peter Parker as Spider-Man is wiped out by Traveller along with the memories of all the other participants.

Though now cured of the Carrion virus for good, Malcolm McBride remains so scarred by the experience that he still resides at Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane.

Appears In...

Apr 1989 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #149
  First Appearance.
Mar 1990 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #162
  Teams up with Hobgoblin.
Apr 1990 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #163
  Blows up real good.
Jun 1993 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #201
  Returns from the Sewers.
Jul 1993 App: Web of Spider-Man #102
Jul 1993 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #379
  Joins Maximum Carnage.
Jul 1993 App: Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #36
Jul 1993 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #202
Aug 1993 App: Web of Spider-Man #103
Aug 1993 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #380
Aug 1993 App: Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #37
Aug 1993 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #203
  "Cured" by Alpha Magni-Illuminizor.
Jun 1994 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #390
Jul 1994 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #391
  Becomes Carrion again.
Aug 1994 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #392
Sep 1994 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #393
  Cured by Shriek.
Jul 1995 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #403

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