Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human mutate (distant past)
Group Membership: Formerly various packs of
Enemies: The Rider (Ghost), various
packs of early humans
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Earth circa 1,000,000 B.C.
(presumably in the North American region)
First Appearance: Avengers VII#7 (November,
Powers/Abilities: As an early human, the man who would become Wendigo had way above average intelligence for a human of his evolutionary standing.
As the clawed giant Wendigo, the man possessed
superhuman strength that grew with each human he devoured. In addition,
each human he devoured also extended his lifespan.
He could sense mystic properties in others and had a
superhuman sense of smell. He also possessed superhuman regenerative
powers, allowing him to survive being impaled with seemingly no
Eyes: (as human): Unrevealed; (as Wendigo): White
Hair: (in both forms): White
History: (Avengers VII#7) - Circa 1,000,000 B.C, the man who would later be called Wendigo developed intelligence and emerged from a pack of early humans that were fearful of anything outside their cave. When his pack was slaughtered by a hungry creature, the man found himself transformed into the white-furred creature called Wendigo and ventured out in the arctic north, traveling to various other packs, learning that others possessed intelligence like his own and slaughtering them. He eventually came across a pack housing an intelligent child and soon became the pack's leader by defeating some of the other less intelligent humans. Realizing that a child seemed fearful of him, the man spoke with the child and informed him about intelligent others he had met in his travels, claiming that the intelligent were the rightful masters of the world. The young child soon asked what would become of the less intelligent and the man explained that helped the intelligent become what they were meant to be by dying. The child soon asked what had originally happened to the man's tribe and, as he revealed that something stronger and more hungry found them, he transformed into the giant Wendigo and began slaughtering the child's pack. The young boy rushed to defend his tribe but Wendigo snatched him and dubbed the boy Ghost, exclaiming that if the boy wished to learn the man's name, he would have to come find him. Wendigo then departed Ghost's cave and Ghost subsequently set out to find the man. When Ghost collapsed in the snow, the demon Mephisto (in the form of a snake) tempted Ghost, promising vengeance on Wendigo and Ghost accepted.
Five years later, the man was traveling through the
snow when he smelled the scent of the young boy he once encountered.
Proclaiming that it was about time Ghost found him, the man was
surprised when Ghost appeared as a spirit of vengeance but when the
Rider (as Ghost now called himself) demanded the man's name and any
other possessions, the man transformed into Wendigo. Announcing that he
would tell the Rider his name as the last thing the Rider would ever
know, Wendigo howled the words "Wen-Di-Go!" and attacked the Rider.
Sensing that the Rider fed on souls, Wendigo asked the Rider which of
the two were truly a monster. When the fight was brought to Wendigo's
den, the Rider asked how many Wendigo had fed on and Wendigo announced
that he became more powerful the more he devoured. The Rider responded
by hurling the bones of those eaten into Wendigo before pinning Wendigo
with a chain made of bones. As the Rider condemned Wendigo's actions,
Wendigo broke free of the chain and proclaimed that there would always
be a Wendigo but his statements were cut short when the Rider's fiery
mammoth impaled Wendigo with her tusk. Wendigo quickly recovered and
ripped the tusk from the mammoth before shoving the mammoth off a
cliff. Following the mammoth into the abyss, Wendigo yelled that he
would survive the fall and asked if the Rider would survive what came
Comments: Created by Jason Aaron, Sara Pichelli and Elisabetta D'Amico.
Presumably the monster who slaughtered this Wendigo's tribe was an earlier Wendigo and the man likely inherited the Wendigo curse from the man who slaughtered his tribe but it was not outright stated as such.
It was never stated if the man's higher intelligence
was due to status as an early mutant. The story seemed to stress the
intelligence being an evolutionary trait (as others existed like him)
but I'm thinking that humans capable of his level of speech and thought
were not around in any more circa 1,000,000 B.C.
Regardless of whether or not this Wendigo actually survived his cliff fall, his curse obviously lived on into the modern day.
Wendigo's height and weight were impossible to
approximate, as he was not seen next to any character whose height and
weight had been officially determined. In addition, his eye color in
human form was impossible to determine as the art never clearly showed
Profile by Proto-Man.
Wendigo has no known connections to:
images: (without ads)
Avengers VII#7, p14, pan1 (Wendigo, main image)
Avengers VII#7, p4, pan2 (Wendigo in human form, headshot)
Avengers VII#7, p11, pan4 (Wendigo in human form)
Avengers VII#7 (November, 2018) - Jason Aaron (writer), Sara Pichelli (pencils, inks), Elisabetta D'Amico (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First Posted: 01/18/2020
Last updated: 01/18/2020
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