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Calypso was a voodoo priestess, of Haitian descent. She was a psychopathic woman who was associated with Sergei Kravinoff, aka Kraven the Hunter. Calypso seemed to enjoy driving Kraven into fits of rage and furthering his hatred of Spider-Man, which ultimately led to Kraven's suicide.[1]

Calypso increased her powers via the sacrifice of her younger sister. She used her abilities to hold Curt Connors, The Lizard, in her grasp, and the two nearly succeeded in murdering Spider-Man. However, the webslinger managed to best them both, and Calypso was apparently killed.[2]

Calypso next emerged on the streets of Hell's Kitchen, kidnapping Haitian refugees and turning them into zombies, as practice for her plan to resurrect Kraven. When Daredevil confronts her, she manages to temporarily enslave him, until Brother Voodoo advises him how to defeat her. As Daredevil frees the enslaved souls she has accumulated, she deliberately crashes the building down upon herself.[3]

In New Orleans, Calypso kills a voodoo priest and steal one of the Amulets of Damballah which allows her to resurrect and control Simon Garth, the Zombie, though she soon abandons him to his own fate.[4]. This too, seems to have been practice for a long-term plan of resurrecting Kraven.

She next appears in Colorado, seducing a guard at the Vault and then using her magic to break the Lizard out of jail so that she could control him again. But the enraged Lizard slashed her throat open and escaped.[5]

However, Calypso cheated death once again. In her final seconds of life, she was able to transfer her spirit into the magical, voodoo-empowered Amulet of Damballah. Now, tith her spirit able to control the actions of anyone possessing the amulet, Calypso began a long process of reuniting her soul with her body. First she commanded some “mindless servants” to steal her body from the Vault’s morgue and bury it in the supernaturally-infused Cypress Hill cemetery outside New York. While buried, her body slowly healed and regenerated, awaiting her spirit’s return. Then, housed inside the amulet which had been sent to her homeland in Haiti, Calypso’s spirit first possessed an old Haitian refugee, and then Gloria Grant, a New Yorker working for the Daily Bugle who was on a Caribbean cruise. Once she was back in New York, Glory Grant began dressing as Calypso, and enslaved Grant’s cousin Ramon to dig up her own body. She was set to perform the voodoo ceremony when the Simon Garth, the Zombie, also mystically bound to the amulet, attacked her and stole it. But Spider-Man retrieved it and returned it to her, knowing that the only way to save Glory Grant was to allow Calypso to perform the ceremony re-uniting her with her own body. After Grant’s spirit returned to her body, Spider-Man returns the talisman to the rampaging Zombie, finally placating him. Calypso, now reunited with her body, escaped.[6]

It remained Calypso's goal to reunite with Kraven and gain revenge on Spider-Man. Commanding a squad of savages, she attacked Spider-Man and Aloysha Kravinoff, the son of the original Kraven the Hunter, using her magic to force them to fight each other.[7] Spidey and Aloysha fought off her spell, and shared a handshake. Aloysha said that he would hold Calypso at his mansion, so the villainess could tell him about his long-lost father. However, once Spider-Man had left, Aloysha slew her instead.[8]

Though Calypso has not been sighted since, it is always possible that she found a way to cheat death again.

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Calypso was well-versed in the religion and practice of Voodoo. She often used voodoo drums, potions, and charms. Calypso used mind control, resurrection, and poisons.




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