MARCUS CORVINUS (UNDERWORLD)
Marcus Corvinus was a member of the Corvinus Clan, the progenitor of the entire Vampire species, as well as a Vampire Elder. He was the main antagonist of Underworld: Evolution, along with his twin brother William Corvinus, the first Werewolf. He is one of the sons of Alexander Corvinus.
Born at some point in the mid to late 5th century, Marcus was one of the three known sons of Alexander Corvinus and his wife Helena, and the identical twin brother of William. Like his twin brother, Marcus inherited the Corvinus Strain in its active form, which had previously transformed his father into the first Immortal. Marcus shared a strong bond with his twin brother, whom he was closer to than anyone.
According to the prologue in the Rise of the Lycans novelization, both twins, overconfident due to the knowledge of the fact that they were both immortal, would go out riding at night, with the belief that nothing could hurt them. One such night, while the twins were riding through the paths of the dark forests of the Carpathian Mountains, they were beset by a huge, black furred rabid grey wolf, lunging out at them from the shadows of the trees. The wolf first attacked Marcus, who was unable to defend himself due to his panicking horse. William jumped in front of it and was able to kill the wolf with his sword, but not before it bit his wrist through his chain mail in its death throes. Marcus took his twin to a nearby inn to have his wounds seen to, but as the night wore on, William became seriously ill, developing a high fever, and was racked by convulsions. The Corvinus Strain present in William’s body reacted in an immune response with the rabies virus and the wolf’s DNA deposited by the wolf’s bite, causing it to mutate, changing William’s entire physical composition. Before the night was through, William had become the first Werewolf.
While William was bitten by a wolf and became the first Werewolf, Marcus was later, for still unknown circumstances, bitten by a rabid bat, mutating his Corvinus Strain with the bat DNA, resulting in his transformation into the first Vampire and the progenitor of the entire Vampire species.
William soon went on to ravage the countryside of Hungary, infecting the populace with his highly infectious lycanthropy virus. In order to combat the growing Werewolf threat, Marcus approached Viktor, a dying warlord, to borrow his military genius and army in exchange for immortality. Viktor accepted and became one of the Vampire Elders. Marcus also personally infected Amelia, as she was a Vampire Elder of similar age to Marcus and Viktor. With his army turned immortal, Viktor launched the Vampire-Werewolf War.
About 800 years later, in 1202 A.D., Viktor led a charge into a Hungarian village which William had previously passed through. Instead of finding only William, they found an entire village of newly turned Werewolves. Viktor’s army (now the Death Dealers), including Amelia, subdued and severely injured William. Marcus pleaded for his brother’s life, but he was betrayed by Amelia and Viktor, who meant to lock William away for life. Viktor, thinking that if any of the Corvinus brothers were killed, the Immortal bloodline would eventually die (a lie told by Marcus), locked William far away from the reach of Marcus. Marcus then swore vengeance against Viktor and all those loyal to him, but was able to do little, as the Death Dealers were loyal to Viktor alone.
As the army became the first Vampire Coven, the Chain was implemented, a system where only one Elder ruled while the other two slumbered in hibernation. Viktor, with the aid of Amelia and the Vampire Council, undercut Marcus’s power at every turn, ensuring he would never have the strength to free his brother. Thus Viktor remained the true leader of the Vampires, going as far as to allow himself to be referred to as the “oldest and strongest” of them.
Marcus claimed that he enjoyed the company of Andreas Tanis, the official historian of the Coven, most likely because Tanis knew that Marcus was indeed the original Vampire.
According to the prologue for the Rise of the Lycans novelization, Marcus, like his twin brother, was a careless and over-confident youth due to the knowledge of his immortality. As a by-product of their identical Corvinus Strain, Marcus shared a bond with his twin brother that their father could never see. When separated, the twins could sense each other’s presence when they came within close proximity to one another. As such, they each shared a strong bond of loyalty to each other, closer than to anyone else, even other members of their family. Their bond was as such that Marcus alone was safe from William’s aggression, following William becoming the first Werewolf, and even after centuries of captivity and starvation.
After William was bitten, Marcus’s motivations for capturing his brother was both to protect William and any of his future victims, as well as to relieve his intense survivor’s guilt. While Marcus could not deny that his brother posed an enormous threat to both human and Vampire kind alike, he remained steadfast in the delusion that he could bring his brother in from his bloodlust. So certain was Marcus of this, that he truly believed that he and William could rule the Vampire Coven together.
Viktor, however, knew that Marcus’s continuous sympathy for William was no more than a foolish dream. Viktor and Amelia’s more realistic approach to William’s condition would come to cause friction between the three Elders, and would eventually erupt into Marcus’s loss of power on the night of his brother’s capture. This pivotal moment would forever change Marcus, causing him to gradually lose his sanity over the centuries as he stewed in hatred and vengeful thoughts for his fellow Elders and their Coven.
By the time of the events of the present day, Marcus had gone far down the path of insanity, expressing the belief that it was the destiny of himself and his family to rule, planning to create a new Immortal race “in the image of their maker[s]”, and with himself as their new “god”. He is now sadistic, taking pleasure in biting victims just for the sheer pleasure of drinking their blood, aside from gaining information. His most despicable act was the slaying of his own father, which he did out of spite. Unlike Viktor, who expressed sorrow for his execution of Sonja, Marcus showed no remorse for harming or killing his own family members.
While Marcus was once sympathetic to the plight of the human and Vampire races at the mercy of the scores of the Werewolves packs roaming the countryside, the eight centuries spent wallowing in his hatred for Viktor and Amelia left Marcus so wound up in his thirst for vengeance and eventual madness that he no longer has any empathy for the suffering of others, particularly when they stand in the way of his goals. By the time of his death, Marcus can be seen as a violent and narcissistic sociopath.
Powers & Abilities
Because Marcus was the first Vampire, his powers were superior to that of the rest of his kind, including even Viktor and Amelia. His transformation into a Hybrid greatly enhanced his already-formidable powers and granted him the ability to transform into a humanoid bat-like creature. He had enough control over his transformation that he could turn only his hand into a claw as well as his wings, and could presumably change other parts of his body and was even able to talk while transformed.
Due to his age, he was also a skillful hand-to-hand combatant and likely versed in weapons use, at least those of the medieval kind, such as swords, as he is seen using one to attack his father.
- Superhuman Strength: As the first of his kind, Marcus possessed physical strength which surpasses that of any other Vampire, including Viktor and Amelia. After his transformation into a Hybrid, his formidable strength was further enhanced, as shown when he lifts a massive, solid stone door to reach William, pulling down a helicopter from mid air using one of its cables and overpowering other Hybrids, such as Michael and Selene, on various occasions.
- Superhuman Endurance: Marcus was able to endure multiple injuries, including being partially crushed by a small truck, sustained multiple gunshots at point-blank range, having one of his hands destroyed by a helicopter blade, having one of his wing talons broken, being stabbed through the brain by said talon (though it did stun him) and is only killed when Selene pushes him against the same helicopter blades, thus tearing apart his body.
- Superhuman senses: In addition to the powerful senses Marcus possesses as the first Vampire, he also has a strong bond with his twin brother William that he was able to sense his presence in proximity to the village he had single handedly destroyed.
- Superhuman Healing: Marcus had a very potent healing factor, given his age and status, which was only further enhanced after becoming a Hybrid. He was able to recover from various severe injuries due to being partially crushed by a truck in only a few hours
- Superhuman Speed: As a Vampire Elder and later Hybrid, Marcus could move, fight and fly at great speeds that only a few could react to.
- Blood Sorting: Like all Elders, Marcus could read a person’s memories by drinking their blood.
- Flight: Due to him being a Vampire/Lycan Hybrid, Marcus developed a pair of bat-like wings that can deploy and retract into his back. The tips of his wings were also extremely sharp and can be used as weapons to impale or slash opponents.