For some, the title of the latest Marvel video game adventure, Midnight Suns, came out of left field. For those well-versed in comic book lore, however, it was an obvious allusion to Marvel’s Midnight Sons, one of the spookiest collections of superheroes ever featured on the printed page.
Whenever some sort of supernatural threat to the Marvel Universe occurs, someone will draw together a team of Midnight Sons to address it. Their number is always nine, their bond is a magical one, and they may have been getting together for a lot longer than anyone realizes. In the past, individuals as diverse as Doctor Strange, Wong, and Morbius the Living Vampire have called forth the Midnight Sons - and they almost certainly won’t be the last.
Superheroes can often be a monstrous bunch, but the Midnight Sons stand out from the crowd with several of their members being actual monsters and demons. Sometimes, it’s best to fight hellfire with hellfire.
Who Is He? As the reigning Sorcerer Supreme, if Stephen Strange isn’t the most powerful magic user in the Marvel Universe, he’s certainly the most famous. The former surgeon turned master of the mystic arts is responsible for keeping this reality safe from supernatural threats.
What Does He Bring To The Sons? In addition to his seemingly endless supply of spells and incantations, Strange also brings some serious leadership and organizational skill to the table for the Midnight Sons. He’s usually both in charge and the team’s most powerful member, making him the definitive face of the unofficial squad.
Biggest Midnight Sons Moment: Strange has brought the team together on multiple occasions. He summoned forth the first modern collection of “The Nine” to battle the forces of Lilith - a successful mission against a primordial force. He also got the Midnight Sons together to face the demon Zarathos. On one occasion, the Midnight Sons were even brought together to handle the threat of Strange himself, who had become corrupted by Mephisto.
Who Is He? Wong is often unfairly thought of as Doctor Strange’s sidekick, but he’s much more than that. While he is exceptionally dedicated to his service of the Sorcerer Supreme and the Sanctum Sanctorum, Wong is also an incredibly capable sorcerer in his own right - one of the best in the Marvel Universe, in fact.
What Does He Bring To The Sons? Wong is a warrior-sorcerer, as adept with a spell or a potion as he is with his own well-trained hands. Wong’s knowledge of the mystic arts is equal to that of Strange, but Wong also brings a more levelheaded approach to the magic game, lending the Midnight Sons a more conservative perspective on their missions.
Biggest Midnight Sons Moment: Given Strange’s involvement with the Midnight Sons, it’s no surprise that Wong has frequently been called to be a member of the Nine. However, on one particular occasion, a demonically possessed Strange was the threat in question, and in that instance, Wong took over as the team’s leader, calling forth a new collection of spooky heroes to rescue his friend from damnation.
Who Is He? As Eric Brooks was born, his mother was bitten and transformed by a vampire, leaving young Eric as a daywalking half-vampire with a serious hankering for revenge. He grew up to become Blade the Vampire Hunter, a being with all the strengths and powers of a vampire, but none of the drawbacks.
What Does He Bring To The Sons? Blade has been dedicated to hunting down supernatural threats from a very young age. In fact, it’s basically all he ever does, exchanging the usual trappings and distractions of a superhero for a life spent in the darkest shadows of the Marvel Universe. In other words, he brings experience, ruthlessness, and well-honed deadly capability to the Midnight Sons. He usually also brings his whole vamp-hunting mini-club, the Nightstalkers, with him.
Biggest Midnight Sons Moment: Blade has oft been called to join the Midnight Sons, especially when they’re faced with a vampire uprising - though he doesn’t mind mixing it up a bit and destroying other kinds of monsters on occasion. Once, the mystical Darkhold text turned Blade into “Switchblade,” and the Sons had to come together to fight him, but fortunately, they were able to reverse the curse before it became a permanent affliction.
Who Is He? Jericho Drumm studied medicine in the United States and became a doctor, but returned to his native Haiti when he learned that his brother, a houngan, was dying. Daniel Drumm urged Jericho to take up the voodoo practice, and Jericho flourished, eventually being bound with Daniel’s deceased spirit to complete Brother Voodoo. He later switched to Doctor Voodoo, in recognition of his former career.
What Does He Bring To The Sons? Aside from Doctor Strange, Loki, and (technically) Merlin, Doctor Voodoo is the only living person to have served as the Sorcerer Supreme, so that should stand as a strong testament to his mastery of the mystic arts. While his magic is different from Strange’s, it’s no less powerful - and given its nature, it’s even more suited to dealing with dead and demonic threats, which is perfect for the Midnight Sons.
Biggest Midnight Sons Moment: When Stephen Strange was bested by Mephisto at a Las Vegas blackjack table and got turned into a demon-possessed Ghost Rider for his hubris, Wong didn’t have many options available to him in assembling a Midnight Sons roster to handle the situation. But he did have a former Sorcerer Supreme on call in Drumm, who played a big role in getting Strange de-demonized and Las Vegas back to relative normal.