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The Owl (Marvel)
Real Name: Leland Owlsley
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Has a mutant ability to glide over short distances, acute hearing, can rotate his head 180 degrees, eyes can move independantly from each other, which allows him a greater sense of vision.

Leland Owlsley was once a successful financial investor, nicknamed "The Owl of Wall Street" for his financial wisdom, until his criminal connections were exposed by the IRS. After this event he abandoned his profession and became a professional criminal and eventually a formidable crimelord. Though he later got a serum which gave him the ability to fly and slowly mutated him further, he was primarily a criminal mastermind and used his shrewd tactical intellect as a weapon more than his other abilities. He has used his powers in attempts to eliminate Daredevil. He has no criminal record outside of minor misdemeanors despite his once vast criminal enterprise.

Over the years the Owl has become less and less human as a result of bizarre experiments he has subjected himself to in efforts to improve his natural ability to glide and repair damage to his spine that rendered him a paraplegic. The Owl once needed to use an exoskeleton to walk but has since recovered from this injury. The Owl was revealed to be a mutant many years after his first altercations with Daredevil.

Although the Owl was Daredevil's arch-nemesis for much of his early career, he is no longer as prominent as some of Daredevil's other enemies, primarily the Kingpin and Bullseye. Recently, the Owl has started to re-establish his presence in the criminal underworld with the absence of the Kingpin. He began to enlarge his criminal empire by refining Mutant Growth Hormone from his own genetic material, though Daredevil was able to get him arrested. During the Acts of Vengeance, Owl was one of the villains who attacked Alpha Flight. He was also seen attacking the Fantastic Four with other villains.

More recently so, he managed to manipulate behind the scenes and get the Kingpin arrested for a past murder when it looked like Fisk was going to make a deal with the FBI. As the Kingpin sauntered into his jail cell, the Owl taunted him with "Payback's a bitch."

The deal in question involved Matt Murdock being arrested for being Daredevil. When Foggy Nelson, representing Murdock in court, visited him in jail, he was apparently killed by the other prisoners. The Owl later taunted Murdock about this, and Murdock, who had become unhinged due to his friend's death, brutally beat the Owl. (Unbeknownst to the two of them, Foggy was alive at the time and in witness protection.)

Later, the Owl escaped prison and stole Deathlok from S.H.I.E.L.D. in hopes of selling him off to the highest bidder to other supervillains. Unfortunately, he did not ask permission of the self-established 'kingpin of supervillains', The Hood, and the Hood subsequently stole Deathlok from the Owl. The Owl was apparently shot to death by the Hood, but it remains to be seen whether the Owl truly died during the acquisition of Deathlok.


First Appearance: Daredevil (1964) #3

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Issue Appearances:
Age of Ultron (2013)
Alpha Flight (1983)
Avengers: The Initiative (2007)
Daredevil (1964)
Daredevil (1998)
Daredevil (2014)
Daredevil By Ed Brubaker Saga (2008)
Daredevil: End of Days (2012)
Daredevil: Season One (2012)
Daredevil: Yellow (2001)
Daredevil/Spider-Man (2001)
Fantastic Four (1961)
Giant-Size Creatures (1974)
Giant-Size Marvel Triple Action (1975)
Hawkeye (2012)
Heroic Age: Villains (2011)
Marvel Chillers (1975)
Marvel Knights Spider-Man (2004)
Marvel Knights: Spider-Man (2013)
Marvel Milestones: Ghost Rider, Black Widow & Iceman (2005)
Marvel Team-Up (1972)
New Avengers (2005)
New X-Men (2004)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Daredevil 2004 (2004)
Point One (2012)
Spider-Man (2007)
Superior Spider-Man (2013)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
The Astonishing Spider-Man (2007)
The Cat (1972)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Pulse (2004)
The Sensational Spider-Man (2006)
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
The Superior Foes of Spider-Man (2013)
Uncanny Avengers [II] (2015)
Underworld (2006)
What If? (1977)
What The--?! (1988)

Video Game Appearances:
Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1995)

Group Affiliation(s):
Gang of Four
The Owl's Gang

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