Karl Malus was a bio-geneticist at IGH who was responsible for saving the lives of Alisa and Jessica Jones. Taking special care of Alisa, Malus helped her control her new power and unpredictable rage, eventually marrying her. When Malus' work was uncovered by Trish Walker, he was hunted down by Jessica who learned of Alisa's survival. Before Malus could escape, Walker kidnapped him and forced him to perform his procedure on her to gain powers, with Malus' choosing to destroy his own lab and himself when the experiment appeared to fail and caused her severe injuries.
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Treating Eric Ambrose
- "This is my son, Eric. He was born with severe craniofacial dysostosis, a genetic disorder. He wasn't expected to live past age five. I met Karl at university. He had made some incredible breakthroughs, but his techniques were years away from being approved. Eric didn't have that kind of time."
"So you paid Karl to experiment on your son?"
"I would have given him every penny I had. Karl risked his entire career to save my boy."
- ―Justis Ambrose and Jessica Jones
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Work with IGH
Testing Alisa Jones
Malus was given patients Jessica Jones and Alisa Jones after the Jones family crashed. During the first seventeen days, he performed operations on the mother and daughter. After discharging Jessica, he oversaw operations and experiments on Alisa, seeing as her body was heavily scorched.
Shutting Down IGH
Taking a trip alongside a beach, Malus informed Alisa Jones that he was shutting down IGH, as tensions between Leslie Hansen and Miklos Kozlov had driven his project in jeopardy. Despite Jones expressing concern that she was not ready to be released, Malus reminded her that he would continue to seek resolution to her disassociative episodes.
Hunted by Jessica Jones
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- "I wanted to save people. I did save people."
- ―Karl Malus to Trish Walker
Karl was, at heart, a decent but misguided man driven by a desire to make the world a better place. Though he did genuinely care for those he treated, his operations often produced unforeseen consequences for his patients, himself and others.
- Master Physician: Karl Malus is an extremely talented doctor, with a great knowledge of human anatomy, allowing him to perform dangerous experiments on Alisa Jones without completely harming her.
- Master Scientist: Malus attended and graduated a university in genetics. Utilizing his knowledge, he began experimenting with gene editing. After the birth of Justis Ambrose's first son Eric, Malus succeeded in editing the genes responsible for the facial deformity and extended Eric's life expectency. Establishing IGH, he performed other life-changing experiments on injured victims. However, his successes gifted his patients with powers.
- Syringe: Malus utilized needle syringes filled with fluid anaesthesia, often to subdue Alisa Jones during her dissociative anger episodes. At one point, he used one after Jessica Jones punches Alisa upon the confession that she had killed Stirling Adams.
- Alisa Jones † - Former Patient and Wife
- Jessica Jones - Former Patient, Stepdaughter and Situational Enemy
- Justis Ambrose - Friend and Benefactor
|Appearances of Karl Malus|
In chronological order:
- In the comics, Dr. Karlin "Karl" Malus is a mad scientist fascinated with superhumans. He later takes on the alias of Carnage after obtaining a symbiote of the same name.
- Karl Malus is shown to be a fan of Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead and The Doors through the T-shirts he wears.