Death Adder


Real Name: Theodore Scott

Identity/Class: Human mutate

Occupation: Mercenary

Group Membership: Assassins Guild (Bella Donna Boudreaux, Assassin, Black Mamba/Tanya Sealy, Boomerang/Fred Myers, Bushwacker/Carl Burbank, Black Mamba/Tanya Sealy, Crossbones/Brock Rumlow, K.I.A., Lord Deathstrike, Scorpia/Elaine Coll, many others); formerly Serpent Society (aka Serpent Solutions) (Anaconda, Asp, Black Mamba, Black Racer, Boomslang, Bushmaster/Quincy McIver, Coachwhip, Copperhead/Davis Lawfers, Cottonmouth/Burchell Clemens, Eel/Edward Lavell, Fer-de-Lance, King Cobra, Princess Python, Puff Adder, Rattler, Rock Python, Sidewinder/Gregory Bryan, Viper/Jordan Dixon);
   formerly Army of Evil, Thunderbolts Army

Affiliations: Assassins Guild, Baron Zemo (Helmut Zemo), Leviathan (especially Orion/Viktor Uvarov), Mr. Negative

Enemies: Anole, Cape Crow, Captain America/Falcon (Sam Wilson), Deadpool (Jack, "Wade Wilson"), Elektra, Nick Fury Jr., Matchmaker, Nighthawk (Kyle Richmond simulacrum), Nova Corps (Fraktur), Rockslide, Kento Roe, Taskmaster

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: San Francisco, USA

First Appearance: (pictured) Civil War Files #1 (2006); (actual) Nova IV#19 (January, 2009)

Powers/Abilities: Unrevealed; presumably similar to those of the original Death Adder

Death Adder History:

(All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update#2) - Death Adder is speculated as presumably having gotten their powers from the Serpent Society's stolen Roxxon/Brand equipment.

(Civil War Files#1) - A listing of the members of the "Thunderbolts Army" includes "The Serpent Society - King Cobra (Klaus Voorhees), Death Adder (real identity unknown), Bushmaster (Quincy McIver), & Rattler (Gustav Krueger): Four of the infamous mercenaries have signed on with the Thunderbolts, among them a new incarnation of the long-dead Death Adder. After years of taking jobs for cash, these four will likely become restless without promise of reward."

(Avengers: Initiative#1 - BTS) - Death Adder is included in the cover crowd scene (upper far left).

(Nova IV#19) - The new Death Adder joined members of the Serpent Society in taking hostages at a compound in Danzig, Ohio, caught up in the frenzy of the recent Skrull invasion. Members of the Nova Corps arrived to quickly defeat them and Death Adder was punched out by the Centurion Fraktur.

(X-Men: To Serve and Protect#2/1) - Mr. Negative hired the Serpent Society to eliminate two new vigilantes (Anole and Rockslide, both disguised), who were soon confronted King Cobra, Bushmaster, Rattler, Anaconda and Death Adder.

(X-Men: To Serve and Protect#3/1) - Anole and Rockslide's unusual fighting styles kept the Serpent Society members at bay until Mr. Negative intervened and "turned" Rockslide to his will.

(X-Men: To Serve and Protect#4/1) - Anole dodged the possessed Rockslide's hits, jumping amongst the Serpent Society members so that they would be hit instead of him, with Ananconda one of the first to be hit. Mr. Negative ended his possession of Rockslide and a smoke grenade covered the escape of Mr. Negative and the Serpent Society group.

(Battle Scars#3 (fb) - BTS) - Orion hired the Serpent Society to capture Marcus Johnson (Nick Fury Jr.) alive because Orion wanted his blood to regain his youth.

(Battle Scars#3) - Anaconda, Bushmaster, Cottonmouth, Death Adder and Rattler hunted down Johnson and found him alongside Taskmaster.

(Battle Scars#4) - Johnson and Taskmaster fought the Society members. They escaped them when Deadpool entered the fray to save or rather capture Johnson himself.

(Elektra III#6 (fb) - BTS) - The Assassins Guild hired the Serpent Society to hunt down Elektra, Matchmaker, Cape Crow and Kento Roe.

(Elektra III#6) - The Serpent Society (Sidewinder, Anaconda, Black Mamba, Death Adder) found their targets in the Himalayas at the Quiet Refuge, a long-forgotten Inhuman memorial, nearby the former location of Attilan. They concentrated their attacks on Elektra to lure the others to Cape Crow's hideout where Lady Bullseye was already waiting to slay him. Sidewinder ordered Death Adder to go after Kento, but Elektra defended the boy from him, stabbing Death Adder in the thigh with her sai and knocking him unconscious. Elektra followed her allies to Cape Crow's hideout after after all Serpents were defeated.


(Captain America: Sam Wilson#4) - Death Adder was at a meeting of Serpent Solutions, the rebranded Serpent Society, in a conference room with Captain America (Sam Wilson) as captive. Captain America, who had temporarily been turned into a wolf/human hybrid, had just been captured by Serpent Solutions members Black Racer, Copperhead, Cottonmouth and Diamondback.

(Captain America: Sam Wilson#5 - BTS) - Death Adder was present when Viper (Dixon) monologued to Captain America (Wilson) about how Wilson was destroying America and Serpent Solutions' businesses. Viper ended the monologue by shoving Cap, who had been paralyzed by Asp and was bound to a chair, out a window. He was saved from certain death by the new Falcon (Torres), who was then confronted by Serpent Solutions (excluding Death Adder).

(Captain America: Steve Rogers#13) - Death Adder was present when Baron Zemo asked Serpent Solutions to join his Army of Evil.

(Deadpool: Assassin#5 (fb) - BTS) - Death Adder joined the New Orleans-based Assassins Guild.

(Deadpool: Assassin#5) - Deadpool and his friends from the Hellhouse attacked the Assassins Guild headquarter. During the battle Bella Donna was aided by her hired assassins Assassin, Black Mamba, Boomerang, Crossbones, Death Adder, K.I.A., Lord Deathstrike and Scorpia. Death Adder was hit in the head by Deadpool with a throwing star and died at the start of the battle.

(Avengers VIII#55) - One day the members of Serpent Solutions (Anaconda, Asp, Black Mamba, Bushmaster, Coachwhip, Copperhead, Cottonmouth, Death Adder, Fer-de-Lance, King Cobra, Princess Python, Puff Adder, Rattler, Rock Python, Slither, Viper) fell under the influence of Mephisto and went from floor to floor in the building their offices were located and murdered everyone. With dozens of sacrifices stacked up Serpent Solutions prayed to Mephisto to open a portal to Hell for them. Nighthawk (a Kyle Richmond simulacrum created by Mephisto) took them all down single-handedly.


   This second Death Adder was originally included in the script for the crowd scene at the end of Thunderbolts #104, but did not end up appearing there. As a result of that script, D.A. was listed in Civil War Files, and subsequently appeared on the cover of Avengers: Initiative #1 (and even then only in the preview version, as the printed version ended up covering them under the letter "A" in "Avengers"!). Death Adder also got name-dropped in the King Cobra entry in All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update #2 (2007). The character finally first appeared in the January 2009 Nova IV#19.

   Looking at the Nova art used as the main image here, I give decent odds that this new Death Adder is female, though its far from clear. Certainly has a slight build.
--I have to disagree. The original Death Adders was portrayed as being near-freakishly skinny (most of the time, anyway) as well. The illusion of a "chest" in the above image is just from the way the character is turned, not actual female breasts - Madison Carter

   Death Adder's powers are presumably patterned after the original Death Adder.

He received a real name in the Serpent Society entry in OHOTMU A-Z HC#10.

Profile by SQUEAK

DEATH ADDER should not be confused with

images: (without ads)
Nova IV#19, pg 6, panel 1 (main)
Civil War Files#1, pg 40 (labeled headshot inset)

Civil War Files#1 (2006) - Anthony Flamini (head writer), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
Avengers: Initiative#1 (May, 2007) - Jim Cheung (cover artist)
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update#2 (2007) - Mark O'English (entry writer), Jeff Youngquist and Jennifer Grunwald (editors)
Nova IV#19 (January, 2009) - Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (writers), Wellington Alves, Geraldo Borges (pencilers), Scott Hanna, Nelson Pereira (inkers), Bill Rosemann (editor)
X-Men: To Serve and Protect#2/1-4/1 (February-April, 2011) - Chris Yost (writer), Derec Donovan (art), Nick Lowe (editor)
Battle Scars#3 (March, 2012) - Chris Yost, Cullen Bunn & Matt Fraction (story), Chris Yost (script), Scot Eaton (pencils), Andrew Hennessy (inks), Tom Brennan (editor)
Battle Scars#4 (April, 2012) - Chris Yost, Cullen Bunn & Matt Fraction (story), Chris Yost (script), Scot Eaton (pencils), Andrew Hennessy (inks), Tom Brennan & Alejandro Arbona (editor)
Elektra III#6 (2014) - W. Haden Blackman (writer), Alex Sanchez (artist), Sana Amanat (editor)
Captain America: Sam Wilson#4-5 (February-March, 2016) - Nick Spencer (writer), Paul Renaud (artist), Tom Brevoort, Katie Kubert (editors)
Captain America: Steve Rogers#13 (May, 2017) - Nick Spencer (writer), Ro Stein & Ted Brandt (artists), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Deadpool: Assassin#5 (October, 2018) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), John Dell & JP Mayer (inks), Devin Lewis (editor)
Avengers VIII#55 (June, 2022) - Jason Aaron (writer), Javier Garrón & David Curiel (artists), Tom Brevoort (editor)

First Posted: 06/13/2007
Last updated: 03/12/2023

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