9 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Marvel's Hit-Monkey

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Vote up the Hit-Monkey facts you weren't expecting.

Of all the TV shows to come from Marvel's deep bench of characters, a Hit-Monkey series premiering on Hulu on Nov. 1 has to be one of the most unexpected title to emerge from the House of Ideas. Hit-Monkey's first appearance came just over a decade ago, and while the macaque assassin doesn't have the cachet of long-stannding heroes like the Punisher or Elektra, that doesn't make him any less of a force.

There's a reason why Hit-Monkey's origin story is getting its own Marvel TV show. Based on his victories and exploits, Hit-Monkey has a case to be made as one of the most powerful non-powered characters in the Marvel Universe. There's a lot to learn about this unexpected antihero and his blood-soaked path through the Marvel underworld.

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    Hit Monkey Is An Experienced Undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent

    After his dustup with Spider-Man and Deadpool, Hit-Monkey finds himself in a completely different and significantly weirder corner of the Marvel Universe. His underworld actions put him on the wrong end of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s focus, and the spy organization places him in one of their secret holding cells. He gets a chance to pay off his debt and put his skills to use as a member of S.T.A.K.E. (the Special Threat Assessment for Known Extranormalities) under Dum Dum Dugan's command. This project uses monster agents to take on supernatural threats all over the world.

    Hit-Monkey works alongside Dugan and an undead Agent Sitwell, as well as some of the Marvel Universe's weirdest monsters - Manphibian, Man-Thing, Orrgo, Teen Abomination, and Warwolf. Working for the man suits Hit-Monkey pretty well, as he continues to apply his berserker skills in service of S.H.I.E.L.D. indefinitely, infiltrating Deadpool's Mercs for Money and breaking into Dracula's castle.

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    Hit-Monkey Worked With The Evil Captain America After He Overthrew The Government For Hydra

    Hit-Monkey's loyalty to S.H.I.E.L.D. comes back to bite him with the rise of Hydra Supreme Captain America. After Hydra succeeds in rewriting reality so that Steve Rogers becomes a sleeper agent, this evil Captain America leads a full-scale Hydra coup of America. While lots of heroes go underground to free the country, lots of generally noble characters follow along out of trust and loyalty. The agents working for S.T.A.K.E. stick by Cap's side, and Hit-Monkey finds himself tracking down the Secret Warriors working to connect grassroots revolutionaries.

    Perhaps showing his true colors, Hit-Monkey doesn't put up much of a fight to bring in Moon Girl and gets swiftly neutralized by the Inhuman Karnak. If Hit-Monkey's heart was really in it, the Secret Warriors would have gotten a much stiffer contest.

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    Hit-Monkey's Mentor Is A Figment Of His Own Imagination

    After losing his troop and setting out for revenge, Hit-Monkey does have one ally to give him guidance on how to find purpose in the Marvel underworld. Like a deadlier Jiminy Cricket, a ghostly vision of the assassin that brought tragedy into Hit-Monkey's life tells him how to continue his quest for vengeance. The assassin's advice ranges from practical tips on where to find the people responsible for his troop's demise to philosophical musings on how Hit-Monkey's actions will set him on a path from which he can't turn back.

    As Hit-Monkey is pulled deeper into darkness, the assassin reveals something that shakes Hit-Monkey to his core: The ghost is really Hit-Monkey's own subsconsious mind. This realization helps Hit-Monkey accept his new identity as a hitman that specializes in going after other cold-blooded killers. He also continues to see the assassin after this realization - Deadpool even uses his fourth-wall breaking abilities to call attention to this fact in one of their clashes.

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    Hit-Monkey Is A Slayer Of Killers

    After losing his macaque troop, Hit-Monkey is overcome with rage, vengeance, and maybe the slightest bit of nihilism. He takes up arms against the soldiers that mowed down his troop, then sets out to take down the power players behind that act. That journey comes with plenty of collateral damage, and Hit-Monkey comes to realize that revenge will only lead to more tragedy.

    Rather than trap himself in an endless loop of tracking down those who wronged him personally, Hit-Monkey makes it his mission to track down killers. By taking the emotion out of it, Hit-Monkey becomes a true killing machine. Once he decides on a target, he's a relentless force in pursuit - a Terminator in the body of an exotic pet.

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    Hit Monkey Absolutely Despises Deadpool

    Maybe it's Wade Wilson's mercenary reputation or his healing ability or his grating personality, but for whatever reason, Hit-Monkey hates Deadpool with every fiber of his being. During a trip to New York, Hit-Monkey tracks down Deadpool (with some unwitting help from Spider-Man) to try and put Deadpool in the ground for as long as possible. It doesn't stick, but it kicks off a years-long dance in which Hit-Monkey fills Deadpool with as much lead as he can, and Deadpool breaks the fourth wall to ask why this sadistic primate has such a bone to pick with him.

    One might think that would make it impossible for Hit-Monkey and Deadpool to team up, but that's not the case. Hit-Monkey joins Deadpool's Mercs for Money team, though he makes it a point to shoot Deadpool on a daily basis to get out his aggression and to also keep tracking devices in Wilson's body at all times for S.H.I.E.L.D. to keep tabs on him.

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    Hit-Monkey Learned How To Fight From Watching An Assassin Beat Up Snowmen

    Hit-Monkey has a tragic origin story that comes across as a greatest-hits compilation of noir revenge stories. Ostracized by his community? Check. Dead family? Check. Caught up in a ruthless conflict he didn't ask for? Check.

    Hit-Monkey starts his murderous journey when an unnamed assassin literally stumbles into his home. On the run from a double-cross, the assassin flees into the mountains and finds himself rescued by a troop of Japanese macaques - Hit-Monkey's troop, specifically. While the rest of the monkeys nurse the assassin back to health, Hit-Monkey is the one dissident. He keeps an eye on the assassin at all times and quickly picks up combat techniques from watching the assassin hone his own skills.

    After watching the assassin train, Hit-Monkey lashes out at him to get his troop to kick the man out. Hit-Monkey goes too far and the troop kicks him out instead. That tragically ends up saving him when the assassin's enemies track him down and wipe out the macaque troop as well. Mustering up all the rage and combat skills he picked up, Hit-Monkey takes out the hit squad and sets out to track down the people behind his troop's demise.