Everyone knows about the Avengers, X-Men, and Fantastic Four; they are the cream of the crop when it comes to the comic book landscape at large. But what about the truly weird Marvel super-teams? What about the collections of Marvel characters who don't get their own movies and television shows? Don't the comic book D-listers deserve love, too?
We're talking about deep cuts like Les Heroes de Paris and the Skrull Kill Krew here. Forget the Young Avengers... let's talk about the Young Masters. How about Hordeculture, the group of elderly scientists hellbent on wiping out billions of humans in order to save the Earth? And, yes, the Great Lakes Avengers are here, too. Let's dive down a truly goofy rabbit hole of Marvel Comics history.
Vote up the oddball super groups that you can barely believe actually exist.
Who Are They: A villainous super group of jugglers.
How'd They Form: The Death-Throws are the brainchild of Charles Last, AKA the Ringleader. Because when you realize you and your talented juggling friends can commit crimes with a high degree of elaborate hand-eye coordination, you just have to do it. With clever, tossable-item-based names like Oddball, Tenpin, and Knicknack, the Death-Throws really stand out as one of Marvel's most singular groups.
Greatest Moments: Interestingly enough, this bizarre group of villains has gone toe-to-toe with Captain America and Hawkeye, Union Jack, and even Loki. Of course, they lost each and every encounter, but they still got in the game!Weird group?
Skrull Kill Krew
Who Are They: A street-level group dedicated to hunting down Skrulls.
How'd They Form: The initial Skull Kill Krew formed after eating burgers made from Skrull Cows (thank you, Reed Richards). Eating the Skrulls gave these humans something called "Skrullovoria Induced Skrullophobia" and instilled an intense hatred of Skrulls. The tainted meat would eventually end each member of the Krew over time, but they dedicated themselves to slaughtering Skrulls with the life they had left. The second 3-D Man, Delroy Garrett Jr., would eventually join the Skrull Kill Krew during the events of "Secret Invasion."
Greatest Moments: The Skrull Kill Krew had an important role to play during the events of "Secret Invasion," with 3-D Man leading the charge against the hidden, implanted Skrulls in the ongoing 50 State Initiative teams across the United States. There was also that time they went up against Captain America in the mid-'90s.Weird group?
Who Are They: An evil group that came together because... they are all head-based characters?
How'd They Form: The Headmen, who have nothing to do with deceased villain the Headsman, first joined forces in 1975's Defenders #21 after being "ostracized" by "colleagues and society at large." Their leader is Arthur Nagan, AKA Gorilla Man, who put his own head on the body of a gorilla. The rest of the crew consists of Ruby Tuesday, who replaced her head with an orb-like computer; Jerold Morgan, who shrunk his entire skeleton; and Chondu the Mystic, whose head has been removed from his body.
Greatest Moments: Though the Headmen are primarily known as foes of the Defenders, they have also tussled with Spider-Man and She-Hulk over the years. These oft-forgotten weirdos aren't all too notable for any particular reason, but we would be remiss if we didn't mention that their headquarters were oddly located in Oklahoma and Ruby Tuesday's real name is Tuesday Rubinstein... which just might be the best thing about them.Weird group?
Les Heroes de Paris
Who Are They: Marvel's superhero team of France that has only appeared in a single issue.
How'd They Form: It is unknown how they formed, as they've been unused since 2007's Fantastic Four #541, and that issue doesn't mention their origins at all. It is interesting to note how similar some of the members of Les Heroes de Paris are to DC's stable of characters: Comte de Nuit is clearly a play on Batman, Le Vent is an obvious Flash analog, and La Lumière Bleue even looks a lot like the Green Lantern.
Greatest Moments: Their one and only appearance consisted of the group teaming up with the Fantastic Four's Thing to fight L'Empereur du Monde Souterrain's collection of rock monsters, as well as a quick jaunt to thwart a cell of Hydra terrorists. Not too shabby for less than 20 pages of existence in Marvel Comics.Weird group?