Place of Birth
HYDRA; formerly Zodiac (Great Wheel)
None; however, upon donning the Kraken's helmet, the wearer's body becomes covered in
armor of a magic/advanced technology which protects the wearer from physical attacks and psychic intrusion. It also grants superhuman strength and allows the wearer to
project energy blasts.
Whitehall was a master manipulator, and could speak some Japanese.
At one point, the time-traveling Leonardo da Vinci gathered several prominent leaders in the intelligence community to create the Zodiac (Great Wheel)
in 1961. Along with Daniel Whitehall, some of the others members included Nick Fury, Jacob Fury, Dum Dum Dugan, John Garrett, and Baron von Strucker. Da Vinci's arrangement was simple--in return for cooperating on
a few missions for him, he would give all of them the means
to win their own secret wars. In addition, to protect their anonymity, each member
was given a codename based on the Zodiac. Daniel Whitehall was given the codename "Leo." Each of the Great Wheel's missions involved acquiring strange technology. On one mission, Whitehall was teamed with other Zodiac members (Vasili Dassiev, Shoji Soma, and John Garrett) to salvage the power source from a crashed Brood vessel in Egypt. In fact, it was there that Whitehall revealed his "Kraken" power armor (which he had stolen from the original Kraken) in order to fight off a swarm of Brood drones. However, the team was betrayed by Dassiev and Viktor Uvarov for the acquired technology--their alliance would become the organization known as "Leviathan."
They even attempted to kill the rest of the Great Wheel; however, Whitehall used his Kraken armor to protect himself and fled with Baron von Strucker. (To learn about the above highlighted characters and/or race, just click on their
names. Note: Beware of a revealing outfit worn by one on Nick Fury's bio
page. Also, Daniel Whitehall during his time with the Great Wheel is shown in the third picture posted above.)
Along with Baron von Strucker, Daniel Whitehall--now known as the Kraken--was a key figure
in creating HYDRA. However, unlike Strucker, Kraken preferred to orchestrate things from behind the scenes, choosing not to make himself
widely known. His self-appointed mission was to help people "become what they are meant to be"--which ususually ended in dangerous results. (Click on the highlighted name above to learn more about HYDRA.)
For decades, he was responsible for developing HYDRA's best assets. This involved a lot of human trafficking,
theft, and murder. He was even the head of a school that trained nearly a hundred orphaned
girls into human weapons. Kraken took the most promising young girl, Ophelia Sarkissian, and molded her into "Madame Hydra." Kraken was also the one that discovered a young Tomi Shishido (aka future Gorgon) in Japan and presented the boy with the Godkiller sword. Later, Kraken was involved in the creation of genetically-engineered
mind-controlling parasites. They conducted an experiment with the parasites on one HYDRA recruit that led to the creation of a creature known as the "Hive." Then after creating all this in the name of HYDRA, he found out he was dying. Therefore, Kraken
met with his old friend Strucker at his home on Hydra Island one last time and shared the news of
his fatal illness. (To learn about the characters and/or place, just click on their highlighted names above.)
A few years later, Whitehall found himself dying in a hospital bed when Jacob Fury came to visit him one day. Fury had previously been to Whitehall's London home, where he found Whitehall's journals and the Kraken helmet; thus, learning of Whitehall's entire true evil history. With all that, Jacob made it known that he intended to impersonate
Whitehall as "Kraken." Therefore, Fury donned the helmet which grew down his body, covering his in the Kraken's armor. Then, Fury helped Whitehall "become the man you
are meant to be" by cutting off his life support; thus, killing him.
There isn't anything there, but here is the Marvel.com bio link for Kraken, http://marvel.com/universe/Kraken.
In the TV series, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a General Reinhardt appears in a flashback of World War II. This same man is referred to as Dr. Whitehall in modern day; however, he appears to be the same age as he was in WWII. How did this happened? How is he still alive? Why the name change? Only time will tell. (Also, both versions of the character are shown in the second picture posted above: WWII version--top--and modern day version--bottom.)