Inside Marvel’s Multiverse: 38 More Facts About the Iconic Universe – Part 4

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1Illuminati Gladiators

Illuminati Gladiators

Hulk once implanted the Illuminati members with obedient discs and forced them to fight each other in a makeshift gladiatorial ring in Madison Square Garden.


2. Black Bolt can run at a speed so great he is invisible to human eye. He’s even been able to catch up to Quicksilver with ease.


3. Franklin Richards is the son of Mr. Fantastic and The Invisible Woman. Franklin is an alpha level mutant with the power to manipulate reality. He’s considered one of the most powerful beings in the universe.


4. Before Dr. Strange joined the Avengers, he assembled the team known as The Defenders. The lineup included The Hulk, Namor, and Silver Surfer.


5. Jean Grey has died at least 16 times, a testament to the fact characters never stay dead in comics.


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6Surfer vs Panther

Surfer vs Panther

In a controversial story T’Challa was able to put the Silver Surfer (one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe) into a chokehold. The Surfer actually had difficult time getting out of it.


7. Magneto once nearly killed Wolverine by tearing the adamantium from his body. Logan only survived because Jean Grey telekinetically held him together long enough for his healing factor to work.


8. T’Challa is the primary funder of The Mutantes Sans Frontières; an organization dedicated to the protection of mutant rights. It also funds the X-Men’s activities.


9. Marvel has had multiple characters called Captain Marvel because if they don’t keep publishing a book with that tile, DC will claim the trademark for its character for the same name.


10. Marvel’s Luke Cage, which premiered in 1972 was the first black superhero to have his own comic.


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11Fly-Man (Spider-Man)

Fly-Man (Spider-Man)

Before settling on Spider-Man, Stan Lee considered calling his new hero Fly-Man or Insect-Man.


12. The disco-themed superhero Dazzler was co-created by a record company that wanted to launch her as a real-life act. Once John Romita, Jr. sketch shows that the character could have been black.


13. Daredevil once had an animal sidekick, a seeing-eye dog named Deuce the Devil Dog. Foggy lost the dog in a poker game.


14. Among the people deemed worthy to wield Thor’s Hammer are Captain America, Black Widow, Storm, Conan the Barbarian, Superman, Wonder Woman, and even Loki, usually under peculiar circumstances.


15. Godzilla, Transformers, Conan the Barbarian and Fu Manchu have all been part of Marvel Universe, until their license agreements lapsed.


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16Man-Thing & Swamp Thing

Man-Thing & Swamp Thing

Marvel’s Man-Thing and DC’s Swamp Thing debuted within weeks of each other back in 1971. Man-Thing co-creator Gerry Conway and Swamp Thing co-creator Len Wein were roommates at the time.


17. In the Marvel Universe, Damage Control is the group responsible for rebuilding New York City between the fight scenes, so that everything looks normal again in time for the next fight.


18. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby appeared in comics at the wedding of Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman, but weren’t let into the ceremony because they didn’t have invitations.


19. Groot was originally an alien invader, ‘The Monarch of Planet X’, who was defeated by termites.


20. The shapeshifter Mystique is the mother of Nightcrawler, but writer Chris Claremont previously intended her to be his father.


21Captain's Shield

Captain's Shield

Captain America’s shield is round because his original shield was thought too similar to the costume of a rival publisher’s superhero, The Shield.


22. Marvel’s X-Men and DC’s Doom Patrol, both teams of outcasts with strange powers led by a wheelchair-bound mastermind, debuted within three months of each other. The Doom Patrol were first.


23. Captain America co-creator Joe Simon claims in his autobiography that he got the inspiration for the Red Skull from the cherry on top of a hot fudge sundae.


24. Many of Marvel’s Asgardians are based on Norse mythology, but the Warriors Three Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg are based on Errol Flynn, Charles Bronson, and Shakespeare’s Falstaff.


25. DC and Marvel share the trademark to the phrase ‘Super-Hero.’

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