The Marvel Cinematic Universe has opened the floodgates of Marvel Comics' greatest characters to a wider audience, as people who have never read a comic book can suddenly quote the likes of Spider-Man and Iron Man on the fly. While the movies in and out of the MCU have been a great way to get to know the characters, they are hardly the only representation of the Avengers, Blade, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Inhumans, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or their associated villains.
There are literally thousands of comic books, numerous animated series, and more that delve into the many details surrounding some of the best characters Marvel Comics has created over the years. This list takes a look at those characters who have been widely popularized by the success of the MCU and offers up some detailed information not everyone knows about them.
Take a look at the things you probably didn't know about popular Marvel characters, and if you find something you previously didn't know about your favorite superhero or villain, be sure to give it a vote!
Stan Lee Created Iron Man As A Challenge For Himself
Iron Man, or rather, Tony Stark, isn't a typical superhero. Back when Stan Lee created him in 1963, that was especially true, and it's all due to Stark's personality. He's a staunch capitalist, a weapons designer/seller, and has serious personality problems. He's also an alcoholic and womanizer, so he was hardly the typical superhero back in the '60s.
Instead, Lee wanted to create someone who was antithetical to the typical superhero. He said in an interview:
I think I gave myself a dare. It was the height of the Cold War. The readers, the young readers, if there was one thing they hated, it was war, it was the military... So I got a hero who represented that to the hundredth degree. He was a weapons manufacturer, he was providing weapons for the Army, he was rich, he was an industrialist... I thought it would be fun to take the kind of character that nobody would like, none of our readers would like, and shove him down their throats and make them like him... And he became very popular.
Casting Robert Downey Jr. to play Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe somewhat parallels the character's origins. At the time, Downey wasn't a particularly "liked" actor. He had some serious personal problems, including issues with substance abuse. In the end, he managed to get the fans on his side, a parallel to how the comic book character grew in popularity.Cool fact?
Spider-Man's Clinging Power Has A Ton Of Uses
In the comics, Spider-Man has been shown to use his clinging ability for far more than just wall-crawling. While it's certainly useful in climbing across any surface, he can use it across his entire body. It's one of the ways he manages to keep his mask on at all times. He's literally clinging to it, so people can't simply remove it. When that happens in The Amazing Spider-Man #12, it's only possible because he is sick and not in total control of his powers.
Spidey's been able to use the power offensively as well as defensively, though it isn't the normal Peter Parker who uses it this way. Kaine, a villainous clone of Spider-Man, used the power to burn scars into his targets' faces. The normal Spider-Man of Earth-616 used the same ability in a desperate move against the Green Goblin, severely hurting the villain with the tips of his fingers.
In terms of the power and strength of Spider-Man's clinging ability, there's no force on Earth that can remove something from the tips of his fingers other than his desire to let go. He's been pulled off of buildings by the likes of Colossus and the Hulk, and it wasn't his costume that tore; it was the wall that tore away, each and every time.Cool fact?
Doctor Strange Is Truly On Another Level Compared To The Avengers
Everyone likes to talk about who is the strongest Avenger with a focus on strength, but being able to throw a tank across the world is only one aspect of strength where superpowers are concerned. For Strange, it's all about the strength of his mind and character, and he's ridiculously OP compared to the other members of the Avengers and other characters of the MCU.
In addition to his mystical abilities, Strange has tons of enchanted objects, wands, and mystical weapons capable of all manner of magical maneuvers. His Cloak of Levitation is semi-sentient and capable of fighting for him if the need arises. He can project himself into the Astral Plane for 24 hours at a time, completely separating his consciousness from his body.
He can travel between dimensions, travel through time, alter the thoughts and memories of other people, and he can (and has) fought the Marvel Universe's version of the devil, Mephisto. He's also pushed Dormammu back into his own dimension on multiple occasions, and frankly, the list just goes on and on and on. He can even absorb the power of extra-dimensional beings like Zom to enhance his strength to cosmic levels, which he once used to square off against World Breaker Hulk.Cool fact?
Professor X's Kid Is The Most Powerful Mutants Ever (That's Not A Typo)Photo: Legion / FX
TV audiences have been introduced to David Haller, otherwise known as Legion through his eponymous television series, and the name fits the character well. Haller is the son of Professor X, who is widely believed to be the most powerful telepath in the Marvel Universe. He gave his kid some superpowers via the mutant gene, but it wasn't as nice or as neat as what Charles was gifted with. David's powers are tied to his affliction with dissociative identity disorder, which is a kind of mental illness that is similar to schizophrenia.
He manifests numerous personalities and has been shown to have more than 1,000. Each personality is essentially a unique individual, and every one of them is an Omega-level mutant. In the Marvel Universe, an Omega-level mutant is someone who has abilities that are so incredibly powerful, they could do anything from destroying the world to re-creating all of reality, and David has more than a thousand of them living in his mind.
Over the years, he's been known to alter reality and travel through time. What makes him such a compelling character is that he's not a single person; he's more than 1,000 different mutants all wrapped into one.Cool fact?