Supernatural: 5 Marvel Superheroes Sam & Dean Can Beat (& 5 They Can’t)

The Winchester brothers of Supernatural have gone up against their fair share of superpowered beings. From vampires to witches to demons and angels, Sam and Dean are no strangers to overpowered enemies. But what if they went up against the superheroes of Marvel? It’s hard to imagine the boys winning that fight.

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With a G.E.D. and “give ’em hell” attitude and their strong brotherhood, the Winchesters have conquered many foes together. Still, some superheroes could prove their betters given the chance. Here are five Marvel superheroes Sam and Dean can beat, and five they can’t.

10 CAN BEAT: Doctor Strange

Dr. Stephen Strange wields the power of the Mystic Arts. This makes him a master sorcerer that can manipulate time and matter, as well as other planes of existence. But he’s not the first being with such abilities that Sam and Dean have faced.

When up against angels who travel through time or easily blink them out of existence, the Winchesters always came out on top. With magical knowhow of their own and a database of angelic sigils, Sam and Dean could find a way to beat Dr. Strange.


Sam Wilson proved he’s a force to be reckoned with as Captain America’s confidante. Add his technology expertise and skills to the mix and he could be a hard hero to take down. With his wings, he could easily grab a hold of Dean, who hates flying already and take him off into the sky.

Sam Winchester would have a hard time bringing him down for fear of hurting or killing Dean. The Falcon’s drone Redwing also gives him an advantage in combat, making it an even fight between him and the Winchesters.

8 CAN BEAT: Ghost Rider

The mantle of Ghost Rider has been taken on by a handful, but no matter who dons the persona, one thing is always common: the powers come from a demonic force. Demons are Sam and Dean’s bread and butter. They can battle demons in their sleep by this point.

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With an arsenal of holy water, angel blades, and the Latin exorcism memorized, the Winchester brothers could take down Ghost Rider no problem. Besides, as the Ghost Rider already fought being dragged down to Hell, it would make the Winchesters’ job easier.


Sam and Dean have beaten many enemies with superior strength, but the Hulk is on a whole different level. His signature catchphrase is “Hulk smash!” for a reason. The Hulk even rendered Loki immobile, calling him a puny god. What chance would the Winchester brothers stand against him?

If Bruce Banner gets added into the mix, the combination of the Hulk’s size and strength with Dr. Banner’s intelligence would outdo Sam and Dean any day. There’s no winning against a guy that survived gamma radiation and became the grand warrior on Sakaar.

6 CAN BEAT: Blade

A vampire hunter that’s half-vampire himself is nothing new for Sam and Dean. They’ve exterminated plenty of vampire dens. They’ve also gone up against another vampire hunter turned vampire, Gordon Walker. But Blade would not be an easy opponent, as he contains vampiric strength but none of their weaknesses.

However, if Sam and Dean could beat the Alpha vampire, who was also stronger than the average vamp, then they could find a way to beat Blade. Chopping off the head always seems to do the trick.

5 CANNOT BEAT: Scarlet Witch

While Sam and Dean have fought various witches throughout the show’s run, they’ve never gone up against one like Wanda Maximoff. Wanda volunteered alongside her twin brother to be experimented on to gain powers so she could fight to protect her home. That kind of determination and strength would be hard to beat.

Going against someone with that kind of character and the power of chaos magic combined would make her a hard enemy to defeat. With her powers, Scarlet Witch manipulates matter and can even control her opponents’ minds.

4 CAN BEAT: Thor

It seems impossible that the Winchesters could beat the Norse god of Thunder. But Sam has proven worthy of wielding Mjolnir in the episode “What’s Up, Tiger Mommy?” If Sam gets a hold of Thor’s magical hammer, the god of Thunder could be evenly matched.

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With the power of Mjolnir in his hands and his brother Dean by his side, Sam is a worthy opponent for Thor. Add Dean’s penchant for creating a strategy to the mix and the Winchesters stand a chance at beating the beloved superhero.


Tony Stark is one of the smartest Marvel characters. His intelligence allows him to create unparalleled technology and think strategically. Sam and Dean have smarts of their own, but none that can match Iron Man. Tony is such a genius that he is able to outsmart Thanos, the Avengers’ greatest enemy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It would be hard for the Winchester brothers to outdo him in battle. Plus, Tony has the advantage of an AI system that is practically its own superhero character. The Winchesters don’t stand a chance against that.

2 CAN BEAT: Hawkeye

Clint Barton may be an expert marksman and wicked with a crossbow in hand, but at the end of the day, he’s just a man. Without any superpowers, Hawkeye is an equal match for Sam and Dean. He’s also an expert in hand-to-hand combat, but the Winchesters are no stranger to brawling.

If they take away his bow and arrow and corner him, between the two brothers they could take down Barton. Still, Hawkeye wouldn’t make it easy. Sam and Dean would have a hell of a fight.

1 CANNOT BEAT: Captain Marvel

Carol Danvers’ powers are unmatched. She is so powerful that she holds her own against Thanos when he doesn’t have the Infinity Gauntlet. She shoots photon blasts out of her hands and turns herself into a human energy source at will. These powers allow her to fly and provide for powerful attacks.

Considering that Dean is a bit of a womanizer and Carol doesn’t stand for misogyny, she would make toast out of him just for talking to her the wrong way. Super strength and infinite power make her impossible for the Winchesters to beat.

NEXT: Supernatural: 5 DC Superheroes Sam & Dean Could Beat (& 5 They Definitely Could Not)

2020-01-30 01:01:50

Meagan Cahuasqui

10 Disney Princesses Reimagined As Superheroes | ScreenRant

Once upon a time, Disney princess movies required their title characters to look pretty, sing a song, and wait for a handsome prince to save them. These days, the princesses get to save themselves more often than not. They are their own superheroes, as it were.

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Fans have long loved the idea of mashing up two concepts, and Disney’s princesses and the superhero ideal are the perfect match. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like if Snow White was a caped crusader or a princess lineup took the place of the Avengers, fan artists have you covered. There’s a large variety of designs inspired by the two. 

10 Superhero Snow White By DeathByBacon

Deviant Art user DeathByBacon took inspiration from a cosplay group to create sketches of several princesses as superheroes – and give them all a bit of backstory.

Snow White as the step daughter of an evil sorceress who finds a way to help people with her ability to talk to animals sounds just about right. Her original princess gown provides a great framework for her superhero attire.

9 Princesses Of Power: Tiana By Brodiehbrockie

Brodiehbrockie has a series of faux comic book covers on Deviant Art featuring Disney princesses. Taking into account how comic book art styles shift over time, each princess featured is designed with a uniform that would have been in style when her movie was released – or when these faux covers would have been published.

In the case of The Princess And The Frog’s Tiana, she’s a shapeshifter in 2009 with a sleek suit befitting her skills.

8 Sailor Sun By Mayorto

Most superhero fans think of mainstream comic book characters like the Avengers or Justice League when they think of heroes. There is, however, a wide variety of superheroes out there in pop culture, like the Sailor Senshi of Sailor Moon

Artist Mayorto took the idea of a team of powerful women and applied it to the Disney princesses. Instead of Sailor Moon, this team is led by Rapunzel as Sailor Sun and filled out by most of the Disney princesses, with only a few missing from the lineup. 

7 Esmeralda As Scarlet Witch By CB Original Design

Artist CB Original Design only has a handful of pieces on Deviant Art from the last few years, but they all combine the idea of Disney princesses with superheroes. In this case, it’s Esmeralda from The Hunchback Of Notre Dame with the power of the Scarlet Witch.

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Both characters have Romani heritage, which is likely what inspired this particular match up. Esmeralda would have no problem using Scarlet Witch’s abilities to improve the lives of the people around her.

6 Ariel The Superhero By Byakko-777

If The Little Mermaid were more like Aquaman instead, this piece of artwork might be the result. Byakko-777 imagines a version of the Disney princess that does more than pine for a prince and adventure.

This version of Ariel gets to keep her legs so she can better act as an emissary for her people to humans on land. She’s also got her own trident, not unlike her father’s, to aid in her abilities.

5 Mulan: Savior Of China By Ariart09

Mulan isn’t technically a princess in her animated movie. She does, however, hold an honorary place in the princess lineup as a result of her films. She’s probably the closest a Disney princess can get to being a superhero already.

The design of Ariart09’s piece takes Mulan out of her animation style and puts her in different warrior garb. Able to channel the spirits of her ancestors, Mulan would be ready to go up against any villain.

4 Disney’s Avengers By PickyPepper

Some fans have already jokingly referenced the Avengers as Disney princesses since Marvel Studios is under the Disney umbrella, but this piece of art makes that a reality.

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Aurora, Megara, Mulan, Belle, Ariel, and Merida each take one of the spots of the original Marvel Cinematic Universe lineup in PickyPepper’s art. Belle certainly has Bruce Banner’s love of learning, and Merida could give Hawkeye a run for his money with her bow skills, so these seem like fitting matchups.

3 Moana The Shark Ranger By AngryZenMaster

Much like the Sailor Senshi, the Sentai, or Power Rangers are a kind of superhero that often get overlooked in discussions of heroes. Not by this artist!

Twitter’s AngryZenMaster brought one of Disney’s youngest heroines into the Power Rangers fold. He made Moana into the Shark Ranger. It seems fitting for a young woman who loved the water so much that she took a hero’s journey across it to embody a shark in this way.

2 Anna And Elsa In The Finger Snap By Shibamura-Prime

Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers have always been as close as brothers, except for during that pesky mind control thing. It makes sense that an artist would depict a pair of sisters in their superhero uniforms then. 

Shibamura-Prime took one of the most iconic moments of Avengers: Infinity War and brought Frozen’s Anna and Elsa into it. Just like Steve’s Captain America, there’s definitely nothing Elsa wouldn’t do to save Anna (Bucky). If Thanos’ snap took Anna away, Frozen would be a whole different movie.

1 Pink Ranger Princess Jasmine By The Imaginative Hobbyist

Naomi Scott brought the Pink Ranger to the screen in a remake of the classic 90s version of Power Rangers. She also brought Princess Jasmine into live action in the Aladdin remake. That’s why it’s a little surprising that there aren’t more artists who have combined the two ideas.

Over on Tumblr, The Imaginative Hobbyist did just that with this piece, placing the animated Jasmine’s facial design into the rebooted Power Rangers helmet. Looks like a perfect fit.

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2020-01-24 01:01:14

Amanda Bruce

10 Superheroes You’ve Never Heard Of… Who Might Still Get A Movie

Marvel has created their empire by doping something unprecedented. They started the MCU by focusing on superheroes that only comic book fans and people who watched cartoons in the ’90s ever heard of. With no access to the X-Men, Spider-Man, and more, Marvel built their franchise on the back of a hero named Iron Man. Now, over a decade later, Iron Man is a huge name, but at the time of the movie, he was just that hero who wore armor.

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Since then, Marvel has proven that they can create stars out of relatively unknown superheroes. Fans flocked to see Guardians of the Galaxy despite most of the mainstream non-comic book reading audience knowing who they were. This year, Marvel will present The Eternals, and likely, the same thing will happen. Here is a look at 10 more Marvel heroes that most people have never heard of that could still get a movie.


First off, there is a Moon Knight show coming to Disney+, so he is getting out there for people to know before he gets the chance for a movie. However, this is a character that was ripe for something — anything — and it took this long to happen. The good news is that Moon Knight is supposed to tie into the upcoming Blade movie, and that is a good thing.

Moon Knight is a former mercenary named Marc Spector. He also has other identities that he uses to gather intel for his missions. However, it caused him to develop a sort of multiple personality disorder that makes him a fascinating character. There is no reason a successful Disney+ show can’t lead to a movie down the line.


A Young Avengers movie has been rumored for a long time now, with many people believing that it could follow the end of the regular Avengers after Avengers: Endgame. With Kate Bishop supposedly popping up in the now-delayed Hawkeye Disney+ show, that added to the speculation.

There was also a chance the WandaVision show could lead to the introduction of Wiccan and Hulkling, and the Loki series might end with the introduction of Kid Loki. All signs are pointing to the Young Avengers, and they deserve their own movie.


The women of Marvel got their massive special moment in the climax of Avengers: Endgame. Since then, Brie Larson has made comments about the women getting their own movie, and that should be A-Force. While the group in Marvel Comics is from another Earth, it could fit in well.

She-Hulk is coming to Disney+, and she could step up with Captain Marvel, Wasp, Valkyrie, and other top women in Marvel to create a fantastic comic book movie. Of course, they would have to deal with online trolls, but Captain Marvel’s box office proved trolls have little real power.


The fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have already met the Nova Corps. While most of them are dead thanks to Thanos, and can’t return post-snap since he killed them physically before heading to Earth, there needs to be someone who can rise up and help bring them back.

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That brings us to the character of Nova. There have been two Nova’s in the comic books that matter — Richard Ryder and Sam Alexander. Honestly, the best idea for a Nova movie would be to bring in both of them. Richard could be a surviving Nova Corps member and Sam, the teenager who takes on the role on Earth.


Amazingly enough, Marvel has wanted to make a movie based on Ka-Zar for a long time. While he remains unknown to most mainstream MCU movie fans, he is one of the oldest superheroes in Marvel Comics. The original Ka-Zar was introduced in Marvel Comics #1 in 1939.

The version people know now has been around since 1965, his first appearance coming in X-Men #10. Ka-Zar is a Tarzan-style character who lives in the Savage Land, where there are dinosaurs still living. He even has a pet Sabretooth named Zabu and a wife in Shanna the She-Devil.


There are big rumors that Werewolf by Night is coming to either movies or Disney+ as a series. Moon Knight had his first appearance in Marvel Comics when he was hired to capture Werewolf by Night and then turned good when he realized his employers had evil plans.

There is a rumor that the character will be in the Moon Knight show on Disney+ and might be how Moon Knight connects with the Blade movie. Werewolf by Night is Jack Russell — a young man cursed to become a werewolf on his 18th birthday.


Sentry is an interesting character and could make for a unique Marvel movie. Sentry is arguably the most powerful character in the entire Marvel Universe, but he has some serious problems. As Sentry, Robert Reynolds is a hero who has saved the world on several occasions.

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He was also one of the first-ever heroes in the Marvel Universe but made the world forget about him because he wanted to live a normal life. Robert was also an addict and had darkness in him — literally — as his repressed persona was the supervillain, Void.


While the United States has the Avengers, Canada had its own superhero team known as Alpha Flight. In the MCU, The Avengers were put together by S.H.I.E.L.D. and worked with them to protect the world. In Marvel Comics, Alpha Flight is an official government program, and the heroes worked for the government.

When Alpha Flight really took off in comics, it was after they lost their government funding and had to find their own way. Guardian was the leader with a great cast of characters that included Sasquatch, Puck, Shaman, Snowbird, and the siblings Northstar and Aurora.


Marvel’s Kevin Feige has mentioned, on occasion, the desire to make a movie about Namor, the Sub-Mariner. However, Universal held the rights to Namor, even though they never made a movie about or with him in it while holding those rights. Rumor has it that Marvel has regained the rights.

Namor is an underwater hero, the King of Atlantis. However, he is very different from Aquaman. While Aquaman is a hero who lives to protect the world, Namor doesn’t care about anyone but himself and the underwater kingdoms.


Jessica Drew was Spider-Woman. Sony has the rights to Spider-Woman as part of their deal for Spider-Man and his universe, but there is a caveat here. Much like Marvel and Fox could both use Quicksilver in their movies, rumor has it Marvel can use Jessica Drew — as long as they don’t call her Spider-Woman.

Drew is a close friend of Carol Danvers, so she has a way to get into the MCU without much work, and she is a fantastic character on her own, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and a spy, a private investigator, and another great woman to step up in the MCU.

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2020-01-15 01:01:35

Shawn S. Lealos

Marvel’s Youngest Superheroes Are Finally Growing Up

In the history of Marvel Comics, fans can notice a tendency to keep its younger characters from growing up, keeping them teenagers or kids for years, even decades. Part of this has to do with Marvel’s sliding timescale, which ensures its characters only experience ten years of history regardless of how much time passes in the real world.

Because of this, early Marvel characters like Spider-Man and the Human Torch aged from teenagers to early adulthood, but characters introduced more recently remain perpetually young. But more recently, many characters who were kids for years are finally getting a chance to experience adulthood. This trend is also happening in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where younger superheroes are preparing to take the stage in MCU Phase 4, both in films and Disney+ series.

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Let’s take a closer look at some of these more popular characters, see what led to their sudden increase in maturity, and speculate on what this means for their future in the MCU.

Introduced in Uncanny X-Men #129 (1980), Katherine “Kitty” Pryde was a thirteen-and-a-half year old girl who learned she had the mutant ability to phase and walk through solid objects. Filling the role of a “kid sister” to older characters like Storm and Wolverine, Kitty was actually allowed to age as she trained with the X-Men, growing into a fifteen-and-a-half year old by the mid-1980s. Once Kitty turned sixteen, however, her aging stopped. With writers and artists joking that Kitty had celebrated more sweet sixteen birthdays than any other comic book character. This was largely to keep Kitty a relatable figure for younger readers who enjoyed watching her grow up (but never quite reach maturity).

Eventually, however, Kitty’s age became an issue thanks to her attraction to older men. Upon joining the X-Men, Kitty gained an immediate crush on her teammate Piotr Rasputin (aka Colossus) who was likely in his early twenties. While that relationship was basically chaste, Kitty later became romantically involved with worldly secret agent Pete Wisdom when she joined the superhero team Excalibur. To keep these stories from raising uncomfortable questions, Kitty was finally allowed to grow up – attending college (and tending bar) in one comic book storyline and eventually rejoining the X-Men as a teacher and eventually leader.

Today, Kitty is likely in her mid-twenties and her stories emphasize her maturity – by having Kitty get engaged to Colossus and serving as headmistress to one of the X-Men’s schools. Kitty’s rebellious teenage self still gets featured in the comics, however, through stories set in the past (such as the Wolverine: First Class series) and alternate versions of herself (such as her Ultimate Universe counterpart who fell in love with the teenage Peter Parker).

In 1984, Marvel created its first team of preteen superheroes with Power Pack, a comic about four siblings – Alex, Julie, Jack, and Katie Power – who received fantastic powers from a dying alien. As this was the Marvel Universe, the kids found themselves involved in some very dark events – including the Mutant Massacre (where underground mutant communities found themselves being hunted by mutant-hating Marauders). Other storylines dealt with social issues such as drug abuse, runaways, bullying, and homelessness. Nevertheless, the kids remained optimistic and excited by the idea of being superheroes – especially since this meant they got to team-up regularly with the X-Men and Spider-Man.

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Since Power Pack’s primary appeal was to see the Marvel Universe through the eyes of a child, the kids barely aged at all during the comic’s 62-issue run. Even when some of the children guest starred years later in other comic books, they only seemed to age a few years, if at all. In 2005, however, Power Pack was relaunched as several miniseries, each teaming the preteens with a new superhero, which took place in a separate continuity from the mainstream Marvel Universe.

Due to the lack of attention the original Power Pack received, two of its members – 11-year-old leader Alex (Zero-G) and 10-year-old Julie (Lightspeed) – finally grew up when they reappeared in Fantastic Four and Runaways. Alex became a college-age young man (and professor to a new team of young geniuses in Future Foundation). Julie, meanwhile, pursued an acting career, attended college, and came out as bisexual. The other two members, 8-year-old Jack (Mass Master) and 5-year-old Katie (Energizer) have not been featured as much – although Katie recently appeared in Power Pack #63 as a middle schooler.

The son of Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman, Franklin Richards likely has the longest childhood of any character in the Marvel Universe. Born in 1968 in Fantastic Four Annual #6, Franklin managed to grow to early childhood – and then stayed an early preteen for almost fifty years. Some stories did show Franklin (an Omega level mutant) temporarily aging himself to adulthood or being replaced by an alternate future version of himself. Sooner or later, however, the status quo would reassert itself and Franklin would regress to a grade schooler.

Things were even weirder for Franklin’s sister, Valeria. Originally a stillborn child of Reed and Sue’s, Valeria would return years later from an alternate future as an adult to aid her family. During the adventure, she regressed back into her mother’s womb and was born again, becoming Franklin’s younger sister and eventually manifesting her father’s genius-level intellect. While she eventually aged three years (with Franklin staying roughly his same age), Marvel’s sliding time scale seemed to indicate she would stay a pre-adolescent like Franklin, too.

In the aftermath of Marvel’s 2015 Secret Wars event, however, both Franklin and Valeria spent years outside of normal continuity rebuilding the multiverse. When they returned in the new Fantastic Four comic book, both had become teenagers, with Franklin taking on the codename Powerhouse and Valeria calling herself Brainstorm.

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In Avengers: Endgame, Scott Lang (aka Ant-Man) emerges from the Quantum Realm only to find that five years have gone by, and his ten-year-old daughter Cassie is now a teenager. Fortunately, in the comics, Scott didn’t have to be absent for all of those years as Cassie is one of the few kid characters to grow normally (by comic book standards). Appearing first as a young child with a heart condition (which motivated Scott to steal the Ant-Man suit and save the doctor who could cure her), Cassie appeared intermittently in guest appearances – initially as a preteen until she suddenly appeared in her teens with the ability to grow to giant size and became the hero Stature in Young Avengers.

Cassie also grew up in the alternate future depicted in Marvel’s MC2 imprint (which also featured “Mayday” Parker (aka Spider-Girl), the teenage daughter of Spider-Man. In this universe, she took on the identity of the shrinking hero Stinger, a name her mainstream counterpart has also adopted (and one the MCU Cassie may also take on in Ant-Man 3). Much like her MCU version, Cassie did most of her growing up offscreen, making it easier for comic book creators to not lock her in at a certain age.

This trend of allowing young heroes to age up may continue in future MCU movies, as mainstays like Iron Man or Captain America move on, leaving open spaces for new heroes to carry on in their place. Considering how the MCU has influenced depictions of comic book heroes, this may carry over to Marvel Comics as well, as more heroes who have enjoyed a perpetual childhood finally get a chance to explore stories about their teenage years and adulthood.

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2019-12-14 10:12:23

Michael Jung

The Best New MARVEL Superheroes of The Last Decade | Screen Rant

The Marvel Universe is always growing and expanding, and as a result, every year sees a bevy of new heroes and villains. Naturally, the giant comics publisher hopes that every one of them will be a success, but the fact remains that some have a massive cultural impact while others don’t. When writer G. Willow Wilson launched Ms. Marvel, she had a three-issue exit strategy – and was delighted when she didn’t need it.

The last 10 years have seen Marvel shake up their comic book universe radically, usually through the use of so-called Legacy Heroes. These are superheroes who are inspired by the example of another hero, and so choose to embody the same kind of ideals. Usually young and idealistic, they include the likes of Viv Vision, Nadia Pym’s Wasp, Jane Foster’s Thor, Miles Morales’ Spider-Man, and of course Kamala Khan herself.

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So here’s our guide to the best new superheroes of the last decade. Some of them are well-known, others less so, but all are well worth knowing about.

First up is Rebecca Ryker, the sometimes-hero sometimes-villain who’s typically known as Death Locket. Rebecca was just an ordinary girl, and she thought she hailed from an ordinary family – right up until the moment a Deathlok killed her mom in front of her eyes and left her body broken. It turned out Rebecca’s father was a major figure in the Deathlok program, and that he’d been targeted by assassins from the future. Becca’s father, Harlan Ryker, used his expertise in cybernetics to give his daughter a shot at life as one of his Deathlok test-subjects.

Unfortunately, she caught the attention of the assassin Arcade, who kidnapped her for an insane Murderworld competition in which he pitched super-powered kids against one another. Becca chose the codename “Death Locket,” and she found herself going down a dark path for a while, even joining the Young Masters of Evil. She finally switched back to the side of good during the War of the Realms.

Gwen Poole grew up in a universe just like ours and was absolutely obsessed with Marvel Comics. Somehow, in a crazy twist of fate, she got dragged through the Multiverse and emerged in the Marvel universe, and ever since she’s been attempting to blaze her own trail. Gwenpool uses her breaking-the-fourth-wall knowledge to guide her through her adventures, and can frequently second-guess plot twists because she’s so familiar with all the traditional tropes. Hilariously, she even possesses the ability to jump into the white space between panels, using it to escape threats. She’s basically Deadpool dialed up to 11, but with a twist.

Jeanne Foucalt is a fascinating character, a shades-of-grey superhero with the ability to perfectly mimic anything she sees. The powerset is very similar to Taskmaster, and in fact Finesse suspects he may secretly be her father. Finesse was recruited into the Avengers Academy, and she proved to be one of the most fascinating characters, struggling with social situations but always demonstrating ruthless skill. Finesse has always prioritized the acquisition of knowledge over human interaction, and as a result, she struggles to avoid crossing moral boundaries. This proved to be a real problem, as she briefly blackmailed Quicksilver after she deduced some of his lies, and later betrayed her friendship with X-23.

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Cindy Moon was introduced during the “Original Sin” event when Peter Parker learned the spider that bit him had granted super-powers to another person as well. Cindy had been found by the wealthy Ezekiel, who feared her existence in this timeline would lead to an interdimensional attack, and as a result, she’d been kept under house arrest in one of Ezekiel’s skyscrapers for decades. Spider-Man broke her out, and she swiftly took up the codename “Silk” after her greater natural web-powers.

There was just one complicating factor; Cindy Moon and Peter Parker swiftly realized their bodies produced pheromones that meant they struggled to keep their hands off one another. Silk has become one of the more fascinating heroes of the decade, as she dedicates herself to learning the truth of what happened to her family all these years. There are some reports Sony is considering a Silk movie as part of their Spider-Man spinoff universe or that she could appear in the Spider-Verse film sequel.

One of the most powerful Avengers Academy students, Hazmat’s origin story is similar to Rogue’s of the X-Men; one day she was making out with her boyfriend when he suddenly collapsed. Intensive study revealed that Hazmat’s powers had triggered, releasing a burst of devastating radiation. Unfortunately for Hazmat, her abilities had developed at a time when Norman Osborn was in charge of SHIELD, and as a result, she soon found herself in SHIELD custody and subjected to experiments to boost her powers.

Osborn left Hazmat trapped within a containment suit, her body permanently releasing lethal radiation that would kill almost anyone she got close to. Hazmat has had a tough life, with her relationship with fellow Avengers Academy student Mettle brought to an abrupt end when he was murdered by Arcade. She’s recently gained a degree of control over her abilities, allowing her to live outside the containment suit, and currently works with Captain Marvel.

Gabrielle Kinney is a young clone of X-23, and she rejoices in the rather hilarious entertaining codename of “Honey Badger.” Irrepressible and overwhelmingly cute, Honey Badger was essentially adopted by X-23, who acts as a mother figure for the child. Gabrielle possesses all the traditional Wolverine powers, although her claws are bone rather than metal, and she keeps a pet wolverine called Jonathan. Honey Badger is currently sadly absent from Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men relaunch, but hopefully, it won’t be long before she turns up again.

Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie was an absolute stand-out character in Thor: Ragnarok, even if Marvel Studios did chicken out from confirming her as a lesbian by cutting a brief scene. Marvel Comics wasted precious little time introducing this version of Valkyrie into the MCU, with the interdimensional team known as the Exiles crossing her path in an alternate dimension. She’s stuck around and is sure to be developed further down the line.

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Brian Bendis’ All-New X-Men saw the original five X-Men plucked out of the timestream and brought to the present-day Marvel Universe. There, they essentially evolved into completely different versions of the characters, living in the shadows of their future selves, and ANXM Cyclops was one of the most interesting. He was horrified to learn that his future self appeared to have become a mutant revolutionary, and struggled to work out how to deal with his horrific destiny.

Scott Summers evolved in a fascinating direction, traveling off into space with his father Corsair for his own ongoing, and then spending as much time with the Champions as with the X-Men. Frankly, he was a better fit for the Champions, and the dynamic between Cyclops and Kamala Khan was a particularly touching one. Marvel made a mistake sending the All-New X-Men back to their own time.

The first new Ghost Rider on this list, Robbie Reyes, is a Mexican-American who drives a car rather than the traditional bike. Robbie’s design is quite fascinating, because his head is more like a burning helmet than the typical flaming skull, and in fact, he was initially tied to the spirit of his dead Uncle Eli rather than Zarathos, the Spirit of Vengeance. Reyes is generally viewed as one of the most successful characters of the last decade, to the extent that Marvel Television introduced an MCU version in Agents of SHIELD season 4, played by Gabriel Luna. He’s currently one of the most powerful members of the Avengers, even holding his own against cosmic threats like the Celestials.

From one Ghost Rider to another – and probably the craziest to date! Created by Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw, Cosmic Ghost Rider originates from a timeline where Thanos conquered the universe. In this twisted future, Frank Castle was the last human to survive Thanos’ wrath on Earth, and he struck a deal with Mephisto and became the latest host of the Spirit of Vengeance. Driven mad with loneliness, when Galactus came to Earth Castle offered his services as a Herald. So: In short, the Cosmic Ghost Rider has the morality of the Punisher, he’s possessed by the Spirit of Vengeance, and he wields the Power Cosmic to boot. Can we say overpowered?

Another of the central characters in the All-New X-Men, like Cyclops Jean found herself horrified by her destiny – especially when she learned about the Phoenix Force. That set Jean on a very different path, as she experimented with her powers and unlocked abilities that Charles Xavier seemed to have buried within her mind long ago. In the end, Jean’s story inevitably drew the attention of the Phoenix Force itself, and she found herself its target as it attempted to kill her. Incredibly, she managed to take control of the entire Phoenix, and force it to resurrect her. Again, it was something of a shame when Marvel sent Jean back to her own time; she was every bit as cool a superhero as her older self.

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Another strange one, the Superior Spider-Man was created when a dying Doctor Octopus transferred his mind into Peter Parker’s body. The brush with Spider-Man’s mind led Octavius to recognize the truth of power and responsibility, and he decided to be a better Spider-Man than Peter had ever been. Of course, Octavius’ best efforts were fundamentally flawed, because he approached superheroism with the same kind of ego he’d previously shown when trying to conquer the world. Superior Spider-Man was controversial at the time – writer Dan Slott got death threats – but he’s now viewed as an unforgettable, classic character.

Jason Aaron’s popular and critically acclaimed Thor run led to one of the biggest shake-ups in the Thunder God’s status quo. Thor Odinson was briefly rendered unworthy to wield Mjolnir, and it fell to Jane Foster to heft the hammer and claim the mantle of Thor as the Nine Realms raged in war. The reason for Jane’s worthiness was absolutely heartwrenching; she was dying of cancer, and every time she transformed, it reversed the effect of her chemotherapy. Being Thor was literally killing Jane, but that wouldn’t stop her, because she understood that the Earth needed a Thor to defend it. Jane was so popular a character that she’s being adapted for the big screen, with Natalie Portman reprising Jane Foster and picking up a restored Mjolnir in Thor: Love and Thunder.

Most successful superheroes have a massive marketing campaign behind them, but Spider-Gwen pretty much marketed herself. Writer Jason Latour and artist Robbi Rodriguez designed Spider-Gwen as an alt-reality spider-powered hero in the “Spider-Verse” event, and she was supposed to only appear in a one-shot. Then Rodriguez’s stunning design was posted on social media, and it went viral. Sometimes known as Ghost Spider, this hero is still starring in her own superb ongoings, and has made her way to the big screen in the animated Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.

From one star of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse to another. Marvel had discussed the idea of a black Spider-Man back in 2008, when Barack Obama became president of the United States, but it took a few years for those ideas to become a reality. Miles hails from the Ultimate Universe, a parallel dimension where Peter Parker died while still a teenager. Also bitten by a genetically modified spider, Miles dedicated himself to following in Peter’s footsteps. 2015’s Secret Wars event saw Miles transplanted into the mainstream Marvel Universe, and he remains a popular hero. Miles’ profile has been increased significantly after the award-winning success of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, and the future looks bright for this wall-crawler.

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But the top slot here simply has to go to Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel. A teenage Pakistani American from New Jersey, Kamala’s Inhuman gene was triggered when the Terrigen Mists were released into Earth’s atmosphere. Essentially a superhero fangirl, Kamala took up the codename “Ms. Marvel” in honor of her hero Carol Danvers, and dedicated herself to protecting her city. She’s a modern Peter Parker, designed as an everywoman hero, and she’s proven to be an absolute hit. In the comics, Kamala blazed the trail for a whole wave of legacy heroes, who followed in her footsteps with varying degrees of success. Kamala is soon to make her appearance in the MCU as well, starring in her own Disney+ TV series and then moving on into the movies.

More: How Do ‘Ms. Marvel’ Kamala Khan’s Powers REALLY Work?

2019-12-13 01:12:21

Thomas Bacon

The Boys Season 2 Trailer Teases Bloody, Violent Superheroes

At CCXP Sao Paulo, Amazon unveiled a teaser trailer for Season 2 of The Boys. It’s been just five months since The Boys Season 1 released on the Amazon Prime Video streaming service, but since the show was such an enormous success, with data/analytics proving it’s more successful than any Marvel or Netflix show, Amazon has fast-tracked Season 2.

The Boys is based off a comic book series of the same name written by Garth Ennis, who also wrote Preacher. In 2017, Amazon acquired exclusive rights to The Boys and ordered a series immediately. It didn’t take long for The Boys to take off internally at Amazon, with reports that some executives were so thrilled with the show that they renewed it before The Boys Season 1 even premiered. When The Boys did premiere in July 2019, it received largely positive reviews in due to its strong cast (Karl Urban, Anthony Starr, Erin Moriarty), well-regarded directors (Eric Kripke, Dan Trachtenberg) and the show’s strong, distinct style.

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The teaser trailer for The Boys Season 2 is here, and it’s got more blood and “supes” than ever before. Although initially revealed at CCXP, it’s now available to watch online via YouTube. You’ll notice much of the cast from Season 1 has returned, such as Homelander, Starlight, and Huey and the boys, but there are also new faces as well. Giancarlo Esposito’s character, Mr. Edgar, also seems to have a much larger role. One confirmed character who doesn’t make an appearance in the teaser is Stormfront, a former Nazi youth who may be just as evil as Homelander.

The trailer begins with a blurry superhero descending down towards the camera. As he comes into focus, it’s revealed to be Homelander, bloody and bruised, returning to the locale where Season 1 ended. About 20 seconds in, Butcher’s dog Terror is finally shown. Then, the trailer cuts between Butcher drinking a glass of whiskey and Homelander drinking a bottle of milk. From there, absolute chaos ensues. The Boys Season 1 was widely know for its graphic content and gruesome violence, and judging by Season 2’s teaser, it doesn’t seem like the show is going to concede any of those qualities which made it stand out.

There’s plenty of content for The Boys to draw upon, with dozens and dozens of existing comics in existence. It’s also nice to see Amazon get behind a show that isn’t afraid to address sensitive, timely pertinent issues. For example, the show was praised for the ways in which it dealt with sexual assault. It’s not known exactly how close The Boys will follow the comics in the coming seasons, but judging by the Season 2 trailer, it’s sure to be a bloody, rollicking ride.

Next: The Boys Season 2 Should Avoid A Boring Comic Twist

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2019-12-05 03:12:36

Chris Heckmann

10 “Loner” Superheroes Who Totally Rely On Other People

If there’s a cooler trope than the “lone wolf vigilante”, we’ve yet to see it – which explains why superhero comics are jam-packed with solitary crimefighters. Yet many of these supposed “solo acts” aren’t quite the independent agents they claim to be. Instead, they depend on support from their wider network of spandex-clad allies when it’s time to fight the good fight.

This doesn’t mean they’ve gone soft – on the contrary, most of these guys remain just as gruff and aloof as ever. It’s just that even the most self-sufficient costumed adventurers need help from time to time. Don’t believe us? Then check out this list of 10 “Loner” Superheroes Who Totally Rely On Other People, which features some of the most famous outsiders in the business!

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10 Batman

Over his 80-year history, Batman has cultivated a reputation as the ultimate “lone avenger” superhero, which is a huge part of the Dark Knight’s appeal… but it’s also total baloney. Ever since Robin arrived on the scene in 1940 – only a year after Batman’s own debut – the Caped Crusader has depended on the ever-expanding “Bat-family” of supporting characters.

Over the years, this network has included fellow vigilantes like Batgirl and Nightwing, older right-hand men like Alfred and Lucius Fox, and law enforcement officers like Jim Gordon and Renee Montoya. Then there’s Batman’s decades-long bromance with Superman and his membership of teams like the Justice League, Outsiders and Batman Incorporated – hardly what you’d expect from a loner!

9 The Hulk

For a guy who claims he just wants to be left alone, the Hulk sure is a sociable cat. Right from the get-go, the Jade Giant was accompanied almost everywhere by Rick Jones, and it was thanks to the plucky teenager that Hulk’s early rampages were kept (relatively) contained.

But it’s not like Rick is the Green Goliath’s only friend. Far from it, in fact – not only was Hulk a founding member of the Avengers, he got in on the ground floor when the Defenders first formed, too. It’s not just supergroups that Hulk has joined forces with, either; during the Planet Hulk storyline, he headed up a band of outlaw gladiators that snowballed into a planet-wide revolution!

8 Wolverine

In fairness to Wolverine, he has spend decent stretches of his lengthy career on his lonesome, whether that be aimlessly roaming the wilderness or pursuing targets as a mercenary. Yet Logan’s appreciation for “alone time” pales in comparison to his willingness to sign-on with just about any superhero team that will take him.

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Seriously: dude has been an X-Man and an Avenger, filled-in for the Fantastic Four, and undertaken stints with both Alpha Flight and X-Force. Wolverine has also proven eager to buddy up with practically every other superhero (and more than a few villains) when the situation calls for it…

7 Grifter

Casual comics fans probably won’t be familiar with Grifter, the gun-toting special forces soldier-turned-superhero from the Wildstorm corner of the DC Universe. Suffice it to say, Cole Cash’s traumatic backstory – think military experimentation, brainwashing, and general cloak and dagger skulduggery – has left him somewhat disinclined to partake in group crimefighting activities.

But this isolationist streak isn’t as inflexible as it first appears. After all, Grifter is an original member of the WildC.A.T.S., was a major player at Team 7 and even became the first man inducted into the women-only outfit, Coda! On top of all this, there’s also his readiness to partner-up with fellow Wildstorm native Midnighter seemingly every other week.

6 Namor

Although Prince Namor has the entire Atlantean army at his beck and call, he generally prefers to fight his own fights – which is handy, as few superheroes or villains can stand working with him. At the same time, considering the Sub-Mariner is confident in (and downright arrogant about) his own martial prowess, he rarely asks for help, anyway.

Yet there have several instances over the course of Namor’s lengthy lifespan where he’s been forced to swallow his pride and play nice with others to achieve his goals. Indeed, Namor’s experience with superhero teams dates back to WWII group the Invaders, and in the years since, he’s also been part teams such as the Avengers, the Defenders, the Illuminati, the X-Men, the Cabal and many, many more.

5 Rorschach

Of all the reclusive figures on this list, Rorschach is arguably the loneliest. After all, he’s got no family or friends in his civilian life, while almost all of Watchmen’s wider superhero fraternity has written him off as a creepy nutjob. However, despite all evidence to the contrary, Rorschach is nevertheless somebody who relies heavily on others.

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Think about it: a sizeable chunk of Rorschach’s early career was spent in partnership with the second Nite-Owl – alongside whom he nearly joined the aborted Crimebusters supergroup. And while he returned to flying solo after Nite-Owl retired, the duo ultimately reunited to investigate the “Mask Killer” mystery – and only after Nite-Owl helps Rorschach bust out of prison!

4 Moon Knight

Often referred to as the Marvel Universe’s answer to Batman, Moon Knight is likewise a staunchly independent operator who nonetheless can’t seem to say no to a team-up. To be honest, his penchant for buddying up with other superheroes is a tad surprising – we’d have thought that he’d have all the company he needs, suffering from multiple personality disorder as he does!

Jokes aside, though, Moon Knight really is more of a team player than his public image would suggest. So far, his name has appeared on the line-up sheet for several superhero squads since he debuted in 1975, including three Avengers teams (West Coast, Secret and, er…vanilla), the Defenders, Heroes for Hire and the Marvel Knights – not bad for a recluse.

3 Swamp Thing

As you might expect from a hulking plant elemental, Swamp Thing largely eschews human interaction beyond the company of his partner Abby Arcane. Instead, he prefers to chill out in the bayous of Louisiana, which makes sense: unlike most heroes, Swamp Thing’s focus is on protecting the environment, something he is uniquely equipped to do.

But even anthropomorphic vegetable creatures need support from time to time, and as such, Swamp Thing has engaged with the DC Universe’s superhero community on numerous occasions. Whether it’s fighting alongside fellow conservationist Animal Man or magical conman John Constantine, or even moonlighting with Justice League Dark, Swamp Thing isn’t averse to team-ups…just so long as the end result is good for the planet.

2 Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange’s duties as Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme mean that his life is an inherently solitary one. After all, as the foremost Master of the Mystic Arts in the Marvel Universe, the otherworldly opponents he faces are threats that only he is equipped to deal with. So even though the good doctor would no doubt love to share his workload with his fellow superheroes, this isn’t typically a luxury afforded to him.

That said, in those rare instances where he does require the aid of others, Strange gladly seeks it out. Aside from recruiting individual crimefighters like Spider-Man as needed, Strange has been a full-blown, card-carrying member of the Avengers, the Defenders, and the Illuminati, and has a strong association with other colorful clubs like the Order and the Midnight Sons. Let’s not forget Wong, either – the Sorcerer Supreme’s self-described “chef, housekeeper, martial arts instructor, mystical guardian, and insatiable adventurer” – without whom Strange would be completely lost!

1 Punisher

The poster child for superhero loners, the Punisher is the very definition of the term “one-man army”, as he’s more than content to wage war against the underworld without back-up. The flipside is also true: Frank Castle’s ultra-violent approach to vigilantism means that most clean-cut superheroes want nothing to do with him, either.

Yet a born soldier like Frank knows the value of reinforcements, which is why he’s forged unlikely partnerships with Spider-Man, Nightcrawler, and Daredevil (among others) over the years. He’s also briefly been a Defender, an Avenger, a Thunderbolt and a Hero for Hire. What’s more, Frank has recruited longer-term allies like tech genius Microchip, and even befriended – as much as a guy like Frank can befriend anyone – his civilian neighbors while living incognito in a New York apartment block.

NEXT: 10 Marvel Comics You Need To Read Before MCU Phase 4

2019-09-13 05:09:10

Leon Miller

Young Justice: Outsiders’ Ending Teases Legion Of Superheroes For Season 4

The Young Justice season 3 finale teased the appearance of the Legion of Superheroes in season 4. There is some irony that the first superhero team made entirely of teenagers in comic book history should be based in the far future and it is also fitting that they should be brought into an animated series that is devoted to profiling the young heroes of the DC Comics universe.

Young Justice: Outsiders episode 26, “Nevermore”, ended with a private party at Bibbo’s Diner in Metropolis. The founding members of The Team and their loved ones were waited upon by a blonde woman, whose hair was pulled back in a pony tail and whose face remained hidden. The final shot of the episode was a close-up on the woman’s hand as she refilled Miss Martian’s coffee mug, revealing her to be wearing one of the signature flight rings of the Legion of Superheroes.

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Nothing has been said yet regarding the story of Young Justice season 4 and why the 31st century Legion of Superheroes might feel the need to send at least one of their members back in time to the 21st century. Given the difficulties and dangers involved in traveling through time in the DC Universe, it seems unlikely that the blonde woman has traveled alone or that she was just infiltrating the party to see the legends of her era on a day off. Indeed, there is a good chance that the lion’s share of Legionaries may have traveled to the past to avert some great disaster.

The Legion Of Superheroes Explained

The Legion of Superheroes first appeared in Adventure Comics #247 in April 1958. It was here that a teenage Superboy was first confronted by Lightning Boy, Saturn Girl, and Cosmic Boy, who claimed they had come from the future to see if Superboy, who was a legend in their time, was worthy of joining their team. After running through a series of contests against the other Legionaires and proving unable to win a single one, Superboy expressed his disappointment to the trio of teen heroes. The amused Legionnaires revealed that he had already been unanimously voted into the Legion of Superheroes and that they had just run Superboy through the same friendly hazing ritual of rigged contests they arranged for all their new recruits.

While they were originally meant to appear in a single one-off story, the concept of the Legion of Superheroes resonated with readers and inspired a considerable amount of fan mail asking for more stories featuring them. The team returned nearly two years later to guest-star in another Superboy story in Adventure Comics #267 and began to appear in a regular monthly feature, starting with Adventure Comics #300 in September 1962. Eventually, the Legion of Superheroes all but took over the Adventure Comics anthology, with the adventures of Superboy and the Legion coming to focus on just the Legion.

The precise details behind the Legion of Superheroes’ structure and their reality would be fleshed out during this time. Based on Earth, the Legion was revealed to be one peacekeeping force among many protecting the United Planets, alongside the Science Police. The leadership of the Legion rotated on a regular basis through all its members and they had a unique rule in which every member of the Legion had to have at least one superpower that no other Legion member had. However, this rule seemed to be ignored in the case of those heroes like Superboy, who had multiple superpowers shared across the Legion’s membership.

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The Legion of Superheroes’ Core Members

While the membership of the Legion of Superheroes has changed several times over the years as the team has been rebooted and modernized, a certain core membership has remained constant as the heart of the team. The three original Legionaries from the team’s first appearance – the magnetic Cosmic Boy, electricity-manipulating Lightning Lad, and psychic Saturn Girl – are usually portrayed as the founders of the team. This was the case in the 1994 Legion of Superheroes reboot, where the three teenagers separately stumbled across an attempt to assassinate industrialist R.J. Brande and used their powers to protect Brande and capture his attempted murderers. An impressed Brande sponsored the Legion financially and pushed to have them recognized as a legitimate law-enforcement organization by the United Planets.

After the trio stopped a terrorist attack on a United Planets meeting, young people from around the galaxy flocked to join the Legion of Superheroes. These included the super-intelligent Brainiac-5, the precognitive Dream Girl, the shape-shifting Chameleon Boy, the self-cloning Triplicate Girl, the super-sized Colossal Boy, and the size-changing Shrinking Violet. Depending upon which version of the Legion was currently canon, their membership has also included XS, the super-fast granddaughter of Barry Allen (aka The Flash) and Spark, the twin sister of Lightning Lad, who also used the codename Light Lass when her powers became altered to give her the power to manipulate gravity.

Why The Legion in Young Justice Season 4 Is Important

If the Legion of Superheroes has seen fit to travel back to the 21st century, it can only be for the most dire of reasons. The technology to travel through time in the 31st century was devised by Brainiac-5 and the typically humorless Brainy (as his few friends call him) would never allow his life’s work to be used for anything less than the end of the world as they knew it. Even ignoring the problems that might be caused by accidentally altering the past, it is, from Brainy’s point of view, a frivolous use of his technology to take a vacation in the past.

Putting aside the issue of what specific disaster might send the Legion of Superheroes back to the past, the scene at the end of Young Justice‘s season 3 finale also raises the question of who the mystery waitress is. The smart money suggests that it is Saturn Girl, because she is a blonde who frequently wore her hair in a pony tail. Plus, her telepathic powers would give her the best chance out of all the Legionnaires of blending into a strange time without being noticed. It is also worth noting that Saturn Girl has been lost in the past before, in the comics, most recently in the Doomsday Clock miniseries.

Another possibility is that it is Supergirl, who has yet to be introduced into the reality of Young Justice. Is it possible that Superman’s cousin is still out in space somewhere, destined to be discovered in the time of the Legion of Superheroes? Or will Kara Zor-El appear at some point in the not-so-distant future, traveling forward in time to join the Legion before the heroes of the modern day meet her for the first time? Anything is possible in a place like the DC Universe, where the possibilities are as infinite as the Earths.

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2019-09-01 02:09:36

Matt Morrison

10 Superheroes You Forgot Had Movies Before They Joined The MCU

Over the past decade, Marvel has been the leading company when it comes to superhero flicks. They kick-started the Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2008 with Iron Man, but since then have released dozens of movies with different Marvel characters.

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The MCU has made these characters more popular than they already were, but some of them had gotten movies prior to being a part of the MCU. With many of these characters being created in the ‘60s, it wasn’t long before the superheroes were given live-action movies and TV shows. Here are 10 Superheros You Forgot Had Movies Before They Joined The MCU.

10 Captain America

Chris Evans is most known today for his role as Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, but he wasn’t the first actor to wield the shield. Captain America is one of the oldest heroes on this list, with Joe Simon and Jack Kirby creating the character back in 1941.

Three years later, the character was given a serial with Dick Purcell playing Cap, but the character also got TV movies in 1979 (starring Reb Brown) and in 1990 (starring Matt Salinger). Despite the character being a popular superhero, neither of the TV movies were well received.

9 The Punisher

While Jon Bernthal portrayed Frank Castle for two seasons of Netflix’s The Punisher before it was canceled, a handful of other actors played the character before him. The first time the Punisher graced the big screen was back in 1989 with Dolph Lundgren in the role of the infamous vigilante, but the film received mostly negative reviews.

Thomas Jane then took on the role in the 2004 film The Punisher, before being replaced by Ray Stevenson for Punisher: War Zone. None of these three films got very good reviews, but most people agree that Bernthal and the creative team at Netflix did the character justice.

8 Howard The Duck

When most people think of superheroes and comic books, usually they don’t think of an anthropomorphic duck named Howard. Despite being unlike most superheroes, Howard the Duck is a Marvel character that got his own film in 1986. The film was directed by Willard Huyck and starred Ed Gale as Howard, with Lea Thompson and Tim Robbins.

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The film was widely panned by fans and critics, but the character has appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Howard first appeared during the end credits scene for Guardians of the Galaxy but also made appearances in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Avengers: Endgame.

7 Daredevil

Daredevil was created back in 1964 by Stan Lee and Bill Everett. The character was first played by Rex Smith in the 1989 TV film The Trial of the Incredible Hulk. That being said, Ben Affleck is more notorious for his role of Daredevil. Upon its release in 2003, Daredevil got negative reviews.

Despite the film being criticized, many people would agree that the darker director’s cut of the film is what really should have been theatrically released. Ben Affleck was given another shot at a superhero role when he was cast as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Daredevil was redeemed when Charlie Cox took on the role for Netflix’s Daredevil.

6 Ghost Rider

Ghost Rider joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he became a character on the fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The character was played by Gabriel Luna, who will also be starring in a solo Ghost Rider TV show on Hulu in 2020. Before that, however, Nicolas Cage was the face of Ghost Rider.

Cage appeared in two Ghost Rider films while Sony Pictures still owned the rights to the character. The 2007 film received negative reviews, but the sequel, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, got even poorer reviews. Eventually, Ghost Rider could get his own film in the MCU, but for now, the character is sticking to the small screen.

5 Doctor Strange

Doctor Stephen Strange was first mentioned in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: The Winter Soldier when Agent Jasper Sitwell mentions him in passing. A few years later, the character got his solo film with Benedict Cumberbatch playing the Sorcerer Supreme.

Strange has been an instrumental part of the battle against Thanos, but before that, he went up against Morgan le Fay in the 1978 TV movie Dr. Strange. The movie was directed and written by Philip DeGuere with Peter Hooten starring as Strange. The film was made in hopes of giving the character a TV series, but the film faced negative reviews and low ratings, meaning a TV show was out of the question.

4 The Hulk

Mark Ruffalo has yet to get a solo movie in the MCU, but Edward Norton brought the character to the MCU in The Incredible Hulk. Before that, though, Eric Bana starred in Ang Lee’s Hulk. The film got mixed reviews, but the live-action TV series that aired from 1978 to 1982 got much better reviews.

The series spawned several TV movies, most notably The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, which starred Bill Bixby as Bruce Banner and Lou Ferrigno as the Incredible Hulk. The film not only included Daredevil but also marked Stan Lee’s first appearance in a Marvel movie.

3 Elektra

Despite Ben Affleck’s Daredevil getting negative reviews, the film did well enough at the box office to warrant a spin-off featuring the character Elektra. Elektra Natchios, played by Jennifer Garner, had a big role in Daredevil, making her an obvious choice for a spin-off.

The 2005 film sees Elektra being resurrected by Stick before protecting a family from The Hand. Most people didn’t enjoy the film, which was made clear by its poor box office performance. Thankfully, Elektra was redeemed when Élodie Yung played the character in Netflix’s Daredevil starting in season 2. The actress later reprised the role for The Defenders in 2017.

2 Spider-Man

Comic book fans were ecstatic when they found out that Spider-Man was finally going to be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Holland was cast in the role, first appearing in Captain America: Civil War before getting his own solo films Spider-Man: Homecoming and the recently-released Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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Spider-Man had gotten several films prior to him joining the MCU, including Sam Raimi’s three Spider-Man films starring Tobey Maguire and Marc Webb’s two Amazing Spider-Man films with Andrew Garfield. Long before those, however, Nicholas Hammond played Peter Parker in the 90-minute Spider-Man TV movie. The film acts as a pilot to CBS’ The Amazing Spider-Man TV series, which ran for two seasons from 1977 to 1979.

1 Nick Fury

Samuel L. Jackson’s character Nick Fury has played a huge part in tying together the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever since his appearance in the post-credits scene of Iron Man. Before that, though, another famous actor took on the role. In 1998, David Hasselhoff played Nick Fury for the TV movie Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The film sees Fury come out of retirement to help the government defeat HYDRA, who plans on attacking Manhattan. The movie was meant to be a pilot for a new TV series featuring the Marvel character, but since the film got poor reviews, the series was never picked up.

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2019-07-12 01:07:03

Christopher Fiduccia

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