When Aleksei gave up the identity of the Rhino to live an honest life with his wife Oksana his role is filled by another, unknown individual. This new individual makes his presence known when he arrives to kill his predecessor. Wielding a battle axe, this new Rhino was thwarted by the unexpected arrival of Spider-Man. The new Rhino eventually decides to spare Aleksei as he considers him an old broken man.
Some time later the new Rhino makes another attempt on Aleksei only to kill Oksana instead. His love murdered, Aleksei dones his Rhino costume and seeks vengeance. The two fight and Aleksei defeats his successor. Despite begging for his life, Aleksei kills the new Rhino.