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Korath was a soldier of the Kree Empire. During the Kree-Skrull War, he served in the Starforce under the command of Yon-Rogg, and by 1995, he was helping the team battle the dwindling Skrull opposition. Later tasked to acquire the Tesseract for the Kree Empire, Korath failed when he and several of his teammates were bested by Captain Marvel.
By 2014, he became a cybernetically enhanced warrior who had abandoned Starforce and began working as a loyal enforcer for Ronan the Accuser as Korath the Pursuer. Tasked by Thanos to find the Orb, Korath encountered Star-Lord, and later remained loyal to Ronan when he betrayed Thanos. During the Battle of Xandar, Korath faced the Guardians of the Galaxy on the Dark Aster, and was killed by Drax the Destroyer.
In 1995, the Starforce received a mission from the Supreme Intelligence, and were dispatched to Torfa. Korath, along with Carol Danvers, Minn-Erva, Bron-Char, Att-Lass, and Yon-Rogg boarded the Helion to await further instructions and receive details on their mission . As they waited, they talked about the mission, Korath believing it to be a Skrull attack.
Minn-Erva inquired Korath if he ever had an encounter with a Skrull soldier, to which he confirmed this, relating to a time in which he confronted a Skrull who simmed his appearance, noting that it was deeply disturbing. Danvers sarcastically asserted that if he looked more attractive, the encounter would not have been disturbing. Korath looked back at her, maintaining a serious pretense, and claimed that he was not laughing at her joke.
As Vers listened to Korath's admission and personal encounter with the enemy, Att-Lass mentioned that he never displayed any signs of humor and sarcasm, but Korath claimed that he laughed on the inside, and Bron-Char complemented Korath's appearance, stating that he was handsome. After Korath thanked Bron-Char, the team's short banter was ended by the abrupt arrival of Yon-Rogg, who instructed them to stop and proceeded to debrief them on their Kree mission.
Yon-Rogg informed them that their mission was to rescue a Kree spy Soh-Larr, whose cover had been blown on Torfa due to an infestation of Skrulls. As Yon-Rogg mentioned that Soh-Larr's cover was blown in light of the bounty that was issued by Talos, the leader of the Skrulls, Korath was warned that the Kree intelligence would be compromised if Soh-Larr was captured. He then told them of the plan, which would be a stealth operation, not to alert any native Torfan citizens.
They then arrived at Torfa and were released from the ship into the water, where they made their way to the distress signal sent out by Soh-Larr. The mission turned out to be an ambush, as a group of Torfans surrounding them revealed their true Skrull form and attacked. During the fight, Korath used his swords to kill many Skrulls, until they retreated to the Helion by the order of Yon-Rogg. However, the Skrulls managed to capture Vers, a prominent new member of Starforce.
Contacted by Vers
Vers managed to escape Skrull captivity and crash-landed on Earth. She then issued contact with the rest of the team, explaining the events. Yon-Rogg told her to wait and ordered the team to travel to her location. After their contact abruptly ended, Korath speculated that if the Skrulls have captured Vers they have changed her mind about the war, stating that she is compromised, but Yon-Rogg remained confident in her, stating that she is stronger than what Korath thinks.
Contacted by Ronan
Some time later, the Starforce were contacted by Ronan the Accuser, who revealed that the Accusers neutralized the situation on Torfa following the ambush on Torfa. Ronan berated the Starforce for their failure, and demanded from Korath the current location of Carol Danvers, noting that the Skrulls needed to be eliminated. As Korath prepared to say something, Yon-Rogg insisted that they were still searching for her. Ronan threatened the Starforce, and promised that the Accusers would take care if the situation if they didn't.
Having learned that Vers had turned against the Kree and thinking she had the Tesseract, the Starforce, including Korath, began a battle with her at Mar-Vell's Laboratory. Korath tried to use his swords against her, but she broke his sword and defeated him, along with his teammates.
Eventually, Korath volunteered for an experimental Kree weapons programme to genetically and cybernetically enhance himself, and abandoned Starforce. Korath decided to align himself with Thanos, who allowed him to train with Gamora and Nebula, becoming one of the most dangerous and feared warriors in the universe. As the war was ended and the Accusers were demobilized as well, Korath joined Ronan in his revenge quest on Xandar, thus earning the nickname of the Pursuer.
Encounter with Star-Lord
Having made a deal with Ronan the Accuser to assist in his own quest for revenge, Thanos sent Korath to work under the Kree for a time. Under the orders of Ronan, Korath led a platoon of Sakaarans to take Nebula and Gamora to Praxius IX when a lead for the Orb appeared there. The lead turned out to be false, and the party left empty-handed. Following up another lead, Korath traveled to Morag to investigate another possible location of the Orb.
While hunting for the Orb on Morag, Korath found that Peter Quill had already located and successfully stolen the Orb. Korath and his soldiers took him hostage while Quill attempted to talk his way out of the situation by first claiming he was unaware of what he had found, although Korath noted that he was in fact clearly a member of the Ravagers. Quill then tried claiming to be a legendary outlaw going by the name Star-Lord, who Korath had never heard of.
Tired of his foolishness, Korath refused to listen and ordered his squad of Sakaarans to take Quill and the Orb back to Ronan for questioning onboard the Dark Aster. However, Quill managed to escape by shooting Korath in the chest with his Quad Blasters and killing his Sakaaran soldiers with a Plasma Sphere. Korath survived due to his own enhanced skin and body armor and attempted to kill his attacker by shooting back at him.
Quill escaped through the hole in the wall and Korath gave chase across the surface of the planet. Quill was just able to get to his ship by using a Gravity Mine to incapacitate Korath's soldiers. While Quill attempted to start his ship, Korath ordered all of his men to build a cannon. By the time the cannon was ready, Quill used his ship to escape back to Xandar as Korath tried and failed to shoot him out of the sky, as he watched furiously as Quill flew away.
Korath returned to the Dark Aster and informed Ronan, Gamora and Nebula of events on Morag and of the outlaw Star-Lord, who his sources had informed him was planning to sell the Orb to Broker on Xandar. Ronan ordered Gamora to travel to Xandar and retrieve the Orb from Quill when he attempted to sell it to Broker, while Korath remained behind and continued to command Ronan's army, being deemed unworthy to find the Orb.
Having successfully retaken the Orb from the traitorous Gamora, Korath was present when Ronan the Accuser presented his prize to the Mad Titan, with Korath holding it up for Thanos to see. However, Ronan decided to betray Thanos and keep the Orb's power to himself, despite Korath warning that Thanos was too powerful to dare challenge.
The Orb's power caused explosions on the Dark Aster as Ronan consumed the power into his Cosmi-Rod and told Thanos that after he had destroyed Xandar, he would kill the Mad Titan himself. Korath was disturbed by this due to how extremely powerful Thanos is, and questioned his master's decision as he believed that Thanos was the most powerful being in the universe. However, Ronan reassured him that with the Orb's power, Thanos would not pose a threat.
During the Battle of Xandar in which Ronan the Accuser's forces had attempted to finally exact their revenge against the Xandarians, the Dark Aster was then attacked by the combined forces of the Yondu Ravager Clan and the Nova Corps. Korath led his unit of Sakaaran soldiers in defending the Dark Aster, as they matched through the ship, they encountered Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer and Groot who had boarded the ship with the intention of killing Ronan and stopping his attack.
A fight ensued between Korath's forces and the Guardians of the Galaxy, in which Korath personally fought Star-Lord, seeking revenge for their earlier battle. Korath soon easily over-powered his human foe and mocked his attempts to kill Ronan and reclaim the Orb. As Quill was thrown across space, Korath stood over him and noted that he would ensure none of them would ever make it to Ronan's location as he and their men would kill them all first.
Their fight was interrupted when Drax the Destroyer defended Quill and attacked Korath. Korath briefly gained the upper hand, but the tables were turned and Korath was pinned against a wall by the incredibly powerful Drax. He then proceeded to finally kill Korath, as he tore out a cybernetic part of his head while reciting his attempt at a metaphor while Korath's body spasmed from the electric shocks and he dropped to the ground dead.
Korath was a ruthless and unexpressive individual who would stop at nothing in obtaining his objective. He was loyal to Ronan the Accuser and Thanos, who he referred as "the most powerful being in the universe." Fully aware of what Thanos is capable, Korath tried to reason with Ronan about the consequences of claiming the Power Stone for himself. Ronan, however, assured him that with the Stone in his possession, Thanos would no longer be a threat. Korath retained his loyalty to Ronan and continued to follow his leader until their respective deaths in the Battle of Xandar.
Powers and Abilities
- Kree Physiology/Bionic Enhancement: As a Kree, Korath possessed all of the various superhuman attributes common among his people, such as superhuman strength, durability, agility, and an efficient healing factor. He also had a robotic part on his head, but it was ripped out by Drax the Destroyer.
- Superhuman Strength: Korath had the strength that rivaled that of Drax the Destroyer thanks to his Kree physiology and his cybernetic augmentations. He could jump from great heights and land in a crouched manner unfazed, with the ground beneath him being left with a crater marking where he landed. His blows could hurl a grown humanoid several feet across the air at great speed. However, Drax was able to overpower and pin him against a wall, leaving him helpless before Drax ripped off a cybernetic part of his head, killing him.
- Superhuman Durability: Korath's body was much more resistant to physical damage than the body of a normal human being. He was durable enough to withstand Vers' blows and photons blasts, and later be thrown through the air with a lethal shot of Quad Blasters of Star-Lord and only be stunned by these attacks. However, removing the cybernetic parts of his head could kill him instantly, as Drax killed him doing it.
- Superhuman Agility: Korath was able to fight Drax and dodge his attacks, before being subdued. He was also very agile while using his twin swords in combat against Vers.
- Superhuman Stamina: Korath can fight for extended periods of time. He valiantly fought Vers for a while. He also fought Drax the Destroyer for a long time without getting tired.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Korath possesses great reflexes, which is common among Kree. When fighting Drax the Destroyer, he dodged two straight knife throws at his head.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: As with all Kree, Korath possessed a healing factor which allowed him to recover from injuries in a much shorter time span than humans.
- Expert Combatant: Korath, having trained throughout his life in combat with fighters such as Gamora and Nebula, was a highly trained armed and unarmed combatant. He was skilled enough to defeat Star-Lord with relative ease and initially managed to overcome Drax the Destroyer for a while, during his fight, before the latter killed him.
- Sword Mastery: As a member of the Starforce, Korath used two energy swords as his way of fighting in battle. He was able to defeat several Skrulls and fight against Vers for a while, before being subdued. While training with Gamora and Nebula, Korath used a sword with great skill.
- Expert Marksman: Korath used a Necroblaster in battle, being armed with it in an attempt to stop Star-Lord from escaping on Morag.
- Multilingualism: Korath was well versed in the native languages of several species, including Sakaar's and Humans.
- Kree Energy Swords: Korath was armed with a pair of Kree energy swords that can be charged with blue energy that enabled them to easily slice through metal like butter.
- N20-75 Disrupter Rifle: Korath used this weapon during his fight with Star-Lord on Morag, when attempting to bring him to Ronan the Accuser.
- Cosmi-Rod: Korath briefly held Ronan's main weapon during his talk with Thanos, as Korath handed the weapon back to Ronan to successfully absorb the strength of the Power Stone.
- Starforce Uniform: While a member of Starforce, Korath possessed a uniform of Kree origin to use on his missions. These uniforms have built-in universal translators that allow their wearers to understand the language of anyone they interact with and be able to speak their language back to them. The uniforms also contain a device capable of analyzing and identifying any object placed within it on the uniform's sleeve. The uniform's color scheme can also be customized to suit the user's preferences via a device located on the uniform's sleeve, though Korath himself never had any reason to do this. It also includes a collapsible helmet that can fit around the wearer's head. The helmet can generate its own atmosphere and allows the wearer to breathe in the vacuum of space, as well as underwater, where it will give off a blue glow to provide light.
- Helion: During missions with the Starforce, Korath was transported on this ship with his teammates.
- Necrocraft: Korath and his team of Sakaarans used a Necrocraft to fly over to Morag with the aim of finding the Orb to bring back to Ronan.
- In the comics, Korath-Thak was a Kree cyber-geneticist, and the founder of a project to develop cybernetic warriors for the Kree militia. He was also one of the members of the Starforce and the former leader of the Pursuer Corps.
Behind the Scenes
- Korath's early designs included blue skin, but painting Djimon Hounsou's skin was scrapped during production.
- Aaron Toney, Karanja Yorke, Kofi Yiadom, Khalid Ghajji, and Eric Watson were stunt doubles for Djimon Hounsou in the role of Korath the Pursuer.