Things are going to be getting a little more savage this week on “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors”! Spider-Man swings by the Savage Land where he meets Ka-Zar and his pet “kitty” Zabu. Learn more about Ka-Zar’s origins before he debuts in “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors” and see him in action this Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. ET on Disney XD.
Name: Kevin Plunder/Ka-Zar
First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN #10 (1963)
Powers: What he lacks in superhuman abilities, Ka-Zar makes up for in primal skills like hunting, tracking, and all other survival skills. Being able to stay alive in the Savage Land also requires Ka-Zar have peak physical fitness, strength, and agility.
Origin Story: While Lord Richard Plunder was exploring Antarctica, he stumbled across a tropical forest which would come to be known as the “Savage Land.” The Savage Land was an experiment by the Beyonders to study evolution on Earth, which resulted in many of Earth’s prehistoric creatures still existing in this land, along with new and unheard of species.
Richard was attacked by a group of “Man-Apes,” a species unknown to man that only existed in the Savage Land. Richard didn’t survive the attack and was survived by his infant son who accompanied him, Kevin. When the Man-Apes set their sights on Kevin, a saber-toothed tiger intervened and saved the infant.
This saber-toothed tiger, known as Zabu, took the infant back to the Land of the Mists, a place where the Man-Apes dared not to go. While there, Zabu taught Kevin how to survive as an orphan in the Savage Land. This is where Kevin honed his strength, stamina, and honed his survival skills.
The bond between Kevin and Zabu is one of legend. When word spread of Zabu rescuing this infant, the Man-Apes began referring to the human child as “Ka-Zar,” which translates to “Son of the Tiger.”
The Savage Land has avoided civilization and is generally a place that is visited by heroes and villains alike. Ka-Zar and Zabu are survivors in this dangerous land and are quick to assist any heroes who seek their help. Over the years, Ka-Zar has assisted the X-Men, Mockingbird, Spider-Man and Daredevil.
Don’t forget to tune in to see Ka-Zar and Zabu in action this Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. ET on Disney XD! Keep your eyes on Marvel.com for all the latest on all of your favorite Marvel animated series.