Avengers: Infinity War delivers a metric ton of Marvel characters, and the inevitable merger between Disney and Fox promises to dredge up even more of them. With so many new additions, it's hard to believe that there are still a litany of Marvel characters that will never get movies.
Some of the weirdest Marvel characters like Groot, Batroc the Leaper, and Howard the Duck have already graced the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that still leaves a long list of lesser-known Marvel characters waiting for their chance at the big time.
There's no shortage of weird comic book characters out there, but Marvel Comics seems to have a special affinity for creating them. Perhaps it's because the modern generation of Marvel writers can't seem to stop referencing the company's bizarre history, grafting on cameos for characters like Hellcow and Doctor Bong, just for the fun of it.
Hellcow was once a prized dairy cow named Bessie, minding her own business in 17th century Switzerland. Then Dracula drained her blood and turned her into an undead heifer.
Hellcow is now immortal, but must live with an insatiable thirst for mammalian blood of all sorts. At one point, it seems like Hellcow has been killed by Howard the Duck, her primary rival, but she rises once again to go on adventures with Deadpool. Hellcow only hangs with the best of the best.
It should go without saying that a Hellcow appearance in the MCU would be an udder disaster.
The trickster god Loki, a notorious lover of reptile and amphibian-related pranks, pulled the ultimate gag on his brother Thor by turning him into a frog. While Thor is hopping around Central Park, he meets another victim of a froggy transformation: Simon Walterson, a former football star now known as Puddlegulp.
Thor and Puddlegulp go to war with some rats, and Thor leaves a sliver of Mjölnir behind when he turns back into a god. Puddlegulp is able to lift the sliver, granting him the power of Throg, Frog of Thunder! Throg mostly hangs around Central Park, protecting his fellow lily pad lovers, but he’s been known to aid Thor in battle whenever the situation calls for it.
Swarm is the sort of character whose oddness can be understood even with the most bare-bones description: he’s a sentient swarm of Nazi bees. Swarm was once known as Fritz von Meyer, a regular, human Nazi who escaped justice after World War II by fleeing to South America to study bees.
Von Meyer comes across a nest of hyper-intelligent bees that have been mutated by a meteor. They kill him, but not before his consciousness is disseminated across their hive mind. Thus, Swarm, the mass of fascist bees, was born. He tends to only show up in comics when writers feel like taking a shot at some low-hanging fruit.
There’s something very comic-booky about taking an ordinary word and turning it into a codename by spelling it wrong. Maggott’s real name, Japheth, is nearly as strange, and his mutant abilities are even stranger.
Maggott’s digestive system has been replaced by two sentient “maggots,” which can leave his body to seek out nourishment before returning to him. Not only is this power extremely gross, it also qualifies him for the list of “most useless powers of all time.” For the record, the maggots have names, and they’re Eany and Meany.