Real Name: Inapplicable

Identity/Class: Terrestrial insect hive mutate

Occupation: Servant of Macrothrax

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: The Bug Lords, Macrothrax, Tusk, Vespa

Enemies: Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Black Cat (Felicia Hardy), Chudley, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Stinger (Cassie Lang), Swarm (Fritz von Meyer)

Known Relatives: Inapplicable

Aliases: "The Silkworm Ghoul," "the Thing That is Silkworms"

Base of Operations: Mobile throughout Earth

First Appearance: Ant-Man II#1 (April, 2020)

Powers/Abilities: Thread existed as a humanoid shape comprised of thousands of mutated silkworms given a semblance of hive intelligence. Due to its nature as a composite being, Thread could manipulate the silkworms of its form to reshape parts of its body, such as reorganizing silkworms to elongate its arms or concentrating silkworms in one part of its body to act as a battering ram.

The silkworms composing Thread's form were also extremely sticky and a large amount focusing in one area could trap enemies.

Height: Variable
Weight: Variable
Eyes: Red
Hair: None

History: (Ant-Man II#2 (fb)) - A group of silkworms were mutated, causing them to develop unnatural intelligence and organizational skills. Aware of the mutated insect hives developing around the world, insect master Macrothrax kidnapped Swarm, who had himself been mutated into a humanoid composed of a mutated hive of bees, and forced Swarm to use a ray to gift the mutated hives with humanoid shapes. Taking the name Thread, the assembled hive of silkworms unfortunately had no humanity to help temper the insects and Thread, as well as similar mutates Tusk and Vespa, began to see Swarm as an impure abomination to their kind. Following a failed attempt to kill Swarm, Thread, Vespa and Tusk hunted Swarm across the world.

(Ant-Man II#1) - Thread, Vespa and Tusk arrived in Florida to confront Swarm, who had just been defeated by Ant-Man.

(Ant-Man II#2) - When Thread, Vespa and Tusk announced that they had come for Swarm, Ant-Man defended Swarm, prompting Thread to attack Ant-Man and demand he turn Swarm over to them. Ant-Man quickly shrunk out of range and ran for it, prompting Thread, Vespa and Tusk to pursue, but Ant-Man enlarged a bee to block the exit as he escaped with Swarm. Eventually, Thread managed to pierce the bee's body and escape with its allies, only to bow as Macrothrax made his own presence known. Macrothrax commended Thread on clearing their path and Thread responded by announced "All hail Macrothrax!" Macrothrax then investigated the corpse of the large bee and learned of Ant-Man's involvement in the bee's enlargement and Ant-Man's defense of humanity. Intriguing at Ant-Man's size-changing abilities, Macrothrax nonetheless ordered Thread, Vespa and Tusk to devour Ant-Man. When Ant-Man escaped with Swarm, Thread accompanied Macrothrax in later capturing and torturing Ant-Man's enlarged ant ally Chudley for information about Ant-Man's size-changing abilities.

(Ant-Man II#3) - Thread was with Macrothrax, Tusk and Vespa when an insect messenger arrived from Macrothrax's Bug Lords. After Macrothrax was given the message, Thread questioned whether the Bug Lords were angry and when Vespa questioned if the Bug Lords had orders, Macrothrax revealed that he had orders of his own. Thread was then sent beneath New York's Madison Square Garden to confront Ant-Man, Spider-Man, Black Cat and Stinger, who were investigating the corpse of Black Cat's former teammate Humbug. Upon hearing the heroes insulting the Bug Lords who had transformed Humbug, Thread accused the heroes of blasphemy and attacked, insisting they would choke for their crimes. Questioning whether Thread actually worked for the Bug Lords, Ant-Man demanded to know where Macrothrax was and Thread revealed that Macrothrax had plans that the heroes would never see. Thread then trapped Stinger's hand in a group of his silkworms before focusing its attack on Ant-Man, who proved unable to communicate with the mutated silkworms. Upon seeing Ant-Man nearly choked to death by Thread, Stinger activated her newly-improved helmet and ordered the silkworms making up Thread's body to stop, dispersing the silkworms in Thread's body and causing its humanoid shape to collapse. As his body fell apart, Thread begged the silkworms that made up his body not to leave before seemingly perishing.

Comments: Created by Zeb Wells and Dylan Burnett.

While Thread did seem to die, it wouldn't be the first time a character was resurrected by reconstituting itself (Sandman, Hydro-Man, etc. etc.) so I see no reason why Thread couldn't be brought back in the future if need be.

Profile by Proto-Man.

Thread has no known connections to:

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Ant-Man II#1, p20, pan1 (Thread, main)
Ant-Man II#2, p2, pan3 (Thread, headshot)
Ant-Man II#3, p17, pan4-5 (Thread's apparent death)

Ant-Man II#1 (April, 2020) - Zeb Wells (writer), Dylan Burnett (art), Darren Shan (editor)
Ant-Man II#2 (April, 2020) - Zeb Wells (writer), Dylan Burnett (art), Darren Shan (editor)
Ant-Man II#3 (May, 2020) - Zeb Wells (writer), Dylan Burnett (art), Darren Shan (editor)

First Posted: 09/22/2020
Last updated: 09/22/2020

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