Quote1 Shut up, Batroc! If I'm going to die I want to do so without your stupid prattling in my ear! Quote2
-- Zaran src

Early Life

Maximillian Zaran was born in United Kingdom. Early in his life, he was an agent of the British Secret Service: MI6, but soon chose to become a mercenary and assassin. Training himself thoroughly in martial arts and the use of various kinds of weapons, he became known as a super-villain as well.[2]


His first battle against a super-hero was against Shang-Chi, the Master of Kung-Fu, who easily defeated him. He later battled and defeated Shang-Chi.[3]

Batroc Brigade

He joined the Batroc's Brigade along with Batroc and Machete to steal Captain America's shield.[4]

West Coast Avengers

He teamed with Razor-Fist and Shockwave to attack the Avengers West Coast on behalf of the S.H.I.E.L.D.; Deltite.[5]

Trick Shot then hired Batroc and his Brigade to take out the Avenger; Hawkeye. [6]

The Architect

Architect offered big money to the first assassin that could kill him. [7]


Albino disguised as a computer programmer in Virtual War Themes, she asked Hawkeye for help needed help protecting a computer virus capable of creating chaos throughout the world from falling into the wrong hands. Hawkeye escorted her to her place of business and was attacked by Batroc's Brigade. Hawkeye managed to defeat Batroc's Brigade and found a mask with Augusta Seger's face on it.[8]

Bloodstone Hunt

Maximillian Zaran (Earth-616) from Wolverine Vol 2 158 0001


During the legendary Bloodstone Hunt, Zaran became good friends with fellow mercenary Batroc and joined Batroc's Brigade and fought Captain America but lost once more. From then on Zaran was mostly seen alongside Batroc, fighting heroes such as Nomad.[9][10]


At one point in his life, Zaran also trained another fellow assassin and allowed him to use his codename in battle. He later participated in the hunt for the X-Men thief known as Gambit, where he was apprehended by local police officers.[11][12]

Marvel Knights

Maximillian Zaran (Earth-616) from Wolverine Vol 2 158 0002

Zaran would return to battle a loose collection of superheroes involving Dagger, Black Widow, Daredevil and Shang-Chi. He was initially shown stealing a chemical agent from A.I.M. for Shang-Chi's father, a super-villain sometimes known as Fu Manchu. He was then ordered to kill Shang-Chi himself.[13]

Great Lakes Avengers

Grasshopper comes across Batrocs Brigade breaking into the building and decided to try and stop them. They rush to aid Grasshopper with the robbery and ask him to join the team, Grasshopper accepts shortly before Zaran throws a dagger at his head. [14]They try to stop the Brigade with little results.[15][16]


Later, Zaran traveled to England as part of terrorist group R.A.I.D.'s attack against the city of London. Zaran and Machete were tasked with assassinating the Houses of Parliament, but they were stopped by an ad hoc group of superheroes led by Union Jack.[17]

Civil War / Initiative

Escaping jail and facing the Thunderbolts, Zaran was forced to join said super-hero group during the Civil War event.[18] Zaran has been identified as one of the 142 registered superheroes who are part of the Initiative program.[19]

One Night In Madripoor

Batroc's Brigade attacked a technology expo in Madripoor. But Iron Man and Cap are there to stop them.[20]


Weapons Master: Zaran is a master of ancient and modern weapons including knives, bows, staves, maces, spears, nunchaku, shuriken, and guns.

Master Martial Artist

Expert Marksman

Strength level

Zaran possesses strength of man of his age, height, and build who engages in intensive regular exercise. Zaran is strong enough to lift about twice his bodyweight and can press lift approximately 470 lbs.


Zaran wears gauntlets and a collar piece studded with small sais.

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