Real Name: Maximillian Coolridge
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The Shroud possesses the mystical ability to summon the absolute darkness of the Darkforce Dimension by opening a mystical portal into the Darkforce Dimension and drawing its thick, inky atmosphere in various quantities into Earth's dimension. This darkness is not simply the absence of light, but the negation of it. No illumination can penetrate it. It is unknown how much of this darkness the Shroud can summon at once. He can blanket a small auditorium in darkness within several seconds. The darkness he projects does not fill a volume instantly: it is possible to see its hazy boundary move like thick, black smoke in the air. There appears to be no limit to the length of time the Shroud can maintain the darkness. However, if the Shroud is rendered unconscious the darkness seems to be naturally drawn through the portal from whence it came.
The Shroud has control over the darkness so as to create hazy-edged, featureless black shapes with it, the complexity of which is limited only by his imagination. For example, he once created two tiny discs that covered Captain America’s eyes to prevent Dansen Macabre from hypnotizing Captain America. These discs were so small that they were indistinguishable from the pupils of his eyes. He frequently forms the darkness into his own shadow in order to serve as a decoy. Unlike Darkstar's Darkforce, the darkness possesses no mass, and unlike Cloak, the Shroud is unable to travel into and out of the dimension from which he draws his darkness.
The Shroud possesses a mystical sense of perception enabling him to "see" even through his own mantle of darkness. This mystical sense gives him psychic impressions of his environment within a radius of about 100 feet of him. Not unlike Daredevil, the Shroud can receive non-visual sensory impressions through solid objects. Thus, he can perceive people and objects in the room next to him with the ease that he can perceive the contents of the room he is in.
The Shroud is an Olympic level athlete with extensive training in several fields of Oriental martial arts, and is adept at acrobatics and infiltration.
At the age of 10, the child who would grow up to become The Shroud saw his parents gunned down right before his eyes. He decided to dedicate his life to fighting crime. Upon graduation from college, he joined the mysterious temple called "Cult of Kali", where he studied various styles of martial arts. After seven years of intense training, he graduated from that temple. During the celebration ceremony, he was branded with the "Kiss of Kali," a red-hot iron. Following a period of intense pain and hospitalization, he realized that his eyesight had been replaced by a mystic extrasensory perception. Traveling back to America, he adopted the identity of Shroud.
His first appearance as a hero was in Latveria, where he was seen fighting Dr. Doom. Shroud wanted to kill Doom for his crimes against humanity, and even came close to it when Doom had teamed-up with the Red Skull. The two villains were too strong for Shroud to handle alone. He was shot by a ray built by the villains, which sent Shroud into outer space. He was rescued by Captain America. Captain America brought Shroud back to Earth, but because of his time in space, Shroud became insane and it took him quite a while to recover.
After this recovery, Shroud discovered that he was able to tap into the Darkforce dimension. He went undercover in Los Angeles and built a reputation as a criminal so he could destroy their world from within. This led him to create the group known as the Night Shift. Behind the scenes, Shroud made a deal with the West Coast Avengers not to interfere with his activities underground, but during a battle, Shroud went missing and the Night Shift battled the Avengers, causing a strain between the groups. When Shroud returned to action, it was revealed that he had spent some time with his family, though no actual names of that family have ever been revealed. Shroud made few appearance in the years following.
When the Superhero Registration Act was proposed by the United States, Shroud refused to accept the proposal to give up his secret identity, and sided against heroes such as Ms. Marvel and Iron Man. He is also in a romantic relationship with Julia Carpenter, the second Spider-Woman, now known as Arachne. With Julia's help, Shroud managed to escape from Riker's Island, injuring a number of S.H.I.E.L.D agents in the process. The two of them planned to flee to Canada with Julia's daughter Rachel, but Wonder Man and Ms. Marvel captured the Shroud and Julia the following issue. He is broken out to join Captain America's anti-registration army and takes part in the final battle.
First Appearance: Super-Villain Team-Up (1975) #5
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update (2007)
Captain America (1968)
#330 Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)
- 'Night Shift'#331
- 'Soldier, Soldier'
#2 Deadpool (2013)
- 'The Devil and the Darkness: Part One'#3
- 'The Devil and the Darkness: Part Two'#4
- 'Shadow's End'#13
- 'Eyes Everywhere'#14
- 'Pride Before the Fall'#15
- 'Darkness Falls'#16#17#18
#45 Doctor Strange (1974)
- 'The Death Of Deadpool'
Fantastic Four Roast (1982)
#1 Heroes For Hire (2011)
- 'When Titans Chuckle!'
#9 Heroic Age: Heroes (2010)
- 'Fear Itself'#10
- 'Everything To Lose'#11
- 'SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR'
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
#54 Marvel Comics Presents (2007)
- 'Long and Winding Road/The Moon is a Harsh Mistress/Confrontation/The Dark Light of Kali'#87
- 'Three Scents/Sacrifice/If This Is Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium/To Touch The Darkness'
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Marvel Preview (1975)
Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions (1982)
#1 Marvel Super-Heroes (1990)
- 'A Gathering of Heroes! Chapter 1'
Marvel Team-Up (1972)
#93 Ms. Marvel (2006)
- 'Rags to Riches!'#94
- 'Darkness, Darkness...'
#6 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'Battle Lines: Part 1'#7
- 'Battle Lines: Part 2'#8
- 'Battle Lines: Part 3'
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A To Z Update (2010)
Shadowland: Blood on the Streets (2010)
#1 Shadowland: Bullseye (2010)
- 'Crime and Punishment'#2
- 'On the Edge'#3
- 'Prey Drive'#4
- 'Shadows Fall'
Solo Avengers (1987)
Spider-Island: Heroes for Hire (2011)
#13 Super-Villain Team-Up (1975)
- 'Suddenly... the Shroud!'#14
- 'Cults and Robbers'#15
- 'Death Cult!'#50
#5 The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
- '...And Be A Villain!'#6
- 'Who is...The Shroud?'#8
- 'Pawns of Attuma!'#10
- 'The Sign of the Skull!'#11
- 'My Ally, My Enemy!'#12
Annual 15 The Avengers (1963)
- 'Spider-Man: Threat or Menace?'#672
- 'Spider-Island Part 6: Boss Battle'#673
- 'Spider-Island Epilogue: The Naked City '
#240 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'The Ghost of Jessica Drew!'#241
- 'Dark Angel!'#276
HC The New Warriors (1990)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
Annual 03 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'The Unbearable Darkness of Being'#33
- 'Forces of Darkness, Forces of Light'#34
- 'Breaking the Back of Love'
#10 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'S: From Shi'Ar to Sub-Mariner'
#11 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Richard Rider to Sidewinder'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Update '89 (1989)
#5 The Shroud (1994)
- 'Marauders to Power Princess'
#1 The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
- 'The Deadly Past, Part 1'#2
- 'The Deadly Past, Part 2: Death Sting!'#3
- 'The Deadly Past, Part 3, Goddess of Death'#4
- 'The Deadly Past, Part 4, Two Million Ways to Die!'
The Supernaturals (1998)
#4 West Coast Avengers (1984)
- 'It's The Supernaturals vs. Giant Monsters of another era!'
#1 West Coast Avengers (1985)
- 'Avengers Assemble!'#3
- 'Taking Care of Business!'#4
- 'Dead Run!'#40
- 'And Now the... Night Shift!'
Heroes For Hire 2.0
Priests of Kali
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