Real Name: Michael Fleet
Identity/Class: Human mutate (supernatural)
Occupation: Cannibal; (formerly) cryptozoologist
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Tamara Fleet
Enemies: Ghost Rider (Dan Ketch/Noble Kale), Hulk (Bruce Banner), Spider-Man (Ben Reilly), Wolverine (James "Logan" Howlett)
Known Relatives: Jonas (brother), Tamara (sister-in-law)
Base of Operations: Currently
(formerly) Central Park, New York
(formerly) the Great White North region of Canada
First Appearance: Marvel Fanfare II#2 (October, 1996)
all Wendigos, this one is covered with white fur, and possesses clawed
hands and feet, a long tail, and fang-like teeth. He possesses
the same superhman abilities as other Wendigos, including Superhuman
Class 75 strength, as well as enhanced speed, stamina and endurance.
History: (Marvel Fanfare II#3 (fb)) - Michael
Fleet was part of a cryptozoological expedition in the Great White
North region of Canada, searching out the legend of the Wendigo.
The group was caught up in a terrible blizzard. With the rest of
his team dead from being buried under the ice, Michael had no choice
but to feed off their bodies to remain alive. This invoked the
curse of the Wendigo, transforming Michael into the creature.
(Marvel Fanfare II#2
(fb)-BTS) - Michael's brother
Jonas, another cryptozoologist, sent another team some time later to
find the creature, under the guise that they were searching for the
legendary sasquatch. This group was massacred by the Wendigo.
(Marvel Fanfaire II#2) - Jonas, his wife Tamara (who
had once been engaged to Michael), and Heather Hudson (Vindicator of
Alpha Flight) arrived with local authorities to clean up the crime
scene. Wolverine, who had been in the area, dropped in to see
what was going on, and realized from stool left behind that this wasn't
a sasquatch, but a wendigo. As he left to track the creature,
Jonas followed. The two arrived near a cave just as the Hulk,
seeking isolation, landed nearby. This caused the Wendigo to
emerge and attack the green behemoth. Wolverine joined in the
fight, and Jonas used technology borrowed from SHIELD to capture the
Wendigo. As he, Tamara (whom he still had not told his suspicions
that the Wendigo was her ex-fiancé), and a drugged Wendigo flew
over New York City, Tamara attempted to kill the beast she believed
murdered her former lover. However, the beast managed to growl
out her name, startling her. The Wendigo then broke free of his
restraints and the ship itself, falling into New York.
(Marvel Fanfare II#3 (fb)-BTS) - The Wendigo made its
way south in the city, from Brooklyn to Central Park.
(Marvel Fanfare II#3) - The Wendigo confronted a
young woman who tried to use mace on it, angering the monster. Before
it could attack her, she was saved by Spider-Man and Ghost Rider, who
had arrived searching for the local killer. While the three
fought, Jonas and Tamara arrived, wounding the creature, sending it
fleeing back into the woods. Jonas briefed Spider-Man on the
situation, leaving out his knowledge that the Wendigo was his
brother. They tracked the monster to the Central Park Zoo, where
it had killed several people there as well. The Wendigo grabbed
Tamara, almost gently, trying to communicate with her. Ghost
Rider arrived to deal his hand of justice to the monster, but
Spider-Man, realizing this was not the way, stopped the Spirit of
Vengeance. Ghost Rider instead used his penance stare on the
creature, and found the truth about the fate of Michael Fleet.
The now-docile beast was taken into custody, with Tamara by his side.
Created by Joe Kelly, Pop Mhan, and Mike Witherby.
For the most part, many Wendigos
only exhibit the ability to speak the name of the curse ("Wen-di-go!"),
but Fleet managed to speak Tamara's name while under the curse.
This is not all that uncommon when a Wendigo with an unusually strong
human presence is in control. Mauvais was able to speak while
under the curse, and Baptiste briefly could shortly after his
transformation. The Yeti, a Wendigo who was controlled through
Weapon PRIME technology, became fairly articulate. In one
divergent reality, Logan was able to keep his own personality and
speeking abilities when he was turned into the creature.
The powers and physical description
of this Wendigo are assumed to be the same as the first four listed
below, all of which shared the same statistics in the Marvel Universe
The Wendigo, Michael Fleet is one of a line of
similarly-inflicted beings, which include,
The Wendigo has no known connection to
Jonas Fleet was a cryptozoologist along with his
brother, Michael. After Michael and his team seemingly perished,
Jonas realized that Michael was the Wendigo that wiped out a search
party looking for the original team. He tagged along with
Wolverine to capture the beast, finally doing so in New York thanks to
the help of Ghost Rider and Spider-Man. Tamara, who had married
Jonas after the loss of Michael, left him, aghast that he hid the
knowledge of the Wendigo's true identity from her.
--Marvel Fanfare II#2, 3
--Marvel Fanfare II#2, 3
Marvel Fanfare II#3, page 6, panel 2 (main image)
Marvel Fanfare II#3, page 20, panel 3 (human form)
Marvel Fanfare II#3, page 12, panel 1 (Jonas)
Marvel Fanfare II#2, page 22, panel 4 (Tamara)
Marvel Fanfare II#2-3 (October-November, 1996)
Last updated: 06/23/05
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