MARVEL COMICS HEROES & VILLAINS

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Here you’ll find the various heroes and villains of MARVEL Comics; their stories, and links to the comic books and movies we’ve covered on New to Comics. 

HEROES:
Spider-ManDaredevil — Luke CageGhost RiderBladePunisherIron FistMoon Knight — DeadpoolJessica JonesSpider-Man (Morales)Ms Marvel

THE FANTASTIC FOUR 
Mister FantasticInvisible WomanHuman TorchThe ThingAnt-Man

THE AVENGERS 
Captain AmericaGiant-ManThorIron Man —  WaspScarlet Witch & QuicksilverBlack WidowHawkeyeBlack PantherCaptain MarvelVisionFalconWar MachineShe-Hulk

THE X-MEN 
Professor XCyclopsMarvel GirlBeastWolverineStorm

THE DEFENDERS
NamorHulkDoctor StrangeSilver Surfer

THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 
DraxGamoraStar-Lord

OTHERS:
Winter SoldierNick Fury

THE INHUMANS 
Black Bolt

VILLAINS:
Red SkullDoctor DoomLokiMagnetoGreen GoblinGalactusKingpinUltronThanosVenom

THE SINISTER SIX 
Doctor Octopus

HEROES

SPIDER-MAN

Real Name: Peter Benjamin Parker
Affiliation: The Avengers
First Appearance: Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962)

A teenage science prodigy bit by a radioactive spider, Peter Parker initially used his powers (strength, speed, agility, wall-crawling and an intuitive ‘spider-sense’) as a showman.
However, after he neglected his responsibility to stop a criminal, that same criminal killed his Uncle Ben, teaching Peter that he must always use his powers for the good of others. Juggling adventures with caring for his elderly Aunt May, an on-again, off-again relationship with Mary-Jane Watson and trying to hold down a job, Peter strives to take his bad luck in stride to become one of the most prolific heroes in New York, using his years of experience, self-made gadgets and spectacular abilities as the amazing Spider-Man!
Although a horde of villains and hard times plague him at every turn, Peter refuses to give up his web-swinging ways, in the hopes that he can honour his Uncle and live up to the mantra that “With great power, there must also come great responsibility”.

Comics: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: New Ways to Die, Spider-Verse, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN: Power & Responsibility, Learning Curve || AVENGERS VS X-MEN, CIVIL WARFANTASTIC FOUR: Monsters UnleashedHOUSE OF MNEW AVENGERS: Breakout, Revolution, SECRET INVASION, SECRET WARS, SIEGE
Film & TV: Amazing Spider-Man 2, Civil WarHomecomingInfinity WarInto the Spider-Verse, EndgameFar From Home
Video-Games: Spider-Man


DAREDEVIL

Real Name: Matthew Michael Murdock
Affiliation: The Defenders
First Appearance: Daredevil #1 (April 1964)

Even in the early years, Matt Murdock was on the path to becoming an upstanding member of society. His father, Jonathan Murdock – a boxer – was adamant that Matt wouldn’t follow in his footsteps, and pushed him towards a better job, forcing Matthew to study as hard as he could so he could transcend their lowly lifestyle.
However, after saving a blind man from a careening truck full of radioactive waste, Matt himself was blinded will his other senses grew exponentially. This was the start of a long list of tragedies in Matt’s life, as his father was later murdered for refusing to throw a fight.
Now alone, Matt strove to commemorate Jonathan by becoming a lawyer, while also honing his fighting skills under the tutelage of another blind warrior named Stick. Becoming the masked vigilante known as Daredevil, Matt would fight for justice in the courts by day, while avenging those who the system failed at night.

Comics: DAREDEVIL: Born Again || AVENGERS VS X-MEN
Film & TV: N/A
Video-Games: N/A


LUKE CAGE, POWER MAN

Real Name: Carl Lucas
Affiliation:
The Heroes for Hire
First Appearance: Hero for Hire #1 (June 1972)

Gang member Carl Lucas was entrenched in a life of crime from an early age, but after realising how his choices were affecting his family, he decided to turn over a new leaf and go legit. But after his old criminal friend Stryker accused him of stealing his girlfriend, Lucas was arrested for drugs Stryker had planted on him.
While incarcerated, Lucas was signed up to a variant of the super-soldier program. However, the experiment was tampered with by a racist guard who hoped to off Lucas, amping up the power levels and inadvertently granting him superhuman strength and invulnerability. 
Escaping captivity, Lucas returned to Harlem, where he decided to use his powers as a ‘hero for hire’. Now going by the name Luke Cage, he began partnering with his new best friend, the mystical martial arts expert Iron Fist. But eventually, the two would forgo their business, becoming fully-fledged heroes, joining the Avengers and Defenders, while Luke found love in similarly disgruntled hero Jessica Jones, with whom he had a daughter Danielle. Now a legitimate and respected hero, Luke Cage polices the streets while doing his best to provide for his family. 

Comics: AVENGERS VS X-MEN, CIVIL WAR, HOUSE OF M, NEW AVENGERS: Breakout, Revolution, SECRET INVASION, SIEGE
Film & TV: N/A
Video-Games: N/A


GHOST RIDER

Real Name: Jonathan Blaze
Affiliation:
N/A
First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight #5 (August 1972)

Growing up as part of a carnival, Johnny Blaze‘s early life was filled with wonder and excitement, but also, much sorrow. After the loss of his mother and the death of his father, Johnny was adopted by fellow stunt cyclist ‘Crash’ Simpson. Blaze grew very close with the Simpsons, particularly their daughter Roxanne, whom Johnny fell in love with and would later marry. 
Johnny followed in his adoptive father’s footsteps, becoming a daredevil for a time, until his adoptive mother was gravely injured during a stunt, and begged Johnny to give the profession up. 
As a result, a rift began to form between Johnny and Crash, as Crash learned he had cancer, and wished for Johnny to take over his show. Not wanting to lose another parent figure, Johnny turned to the occult and made a deal with the devil known as Mephisto to save Crash’s life. Crash was cured but died immediately afterwards while performing a stunt. 
Johnny, as a result of his occult dealings, bonded with the Spirit of Vengeance. Cursed with a flaming, skeletal form and hellish powers such his hellfire and ‘penance stare’ that causes its victims to feel all the pain they have ever inflicted, Johnny now roams the lands on his motorcycle looking for sinners to punish as the Ghost Rider

Comics: N/A
Film & TV: N/A
Video-Games: N/A


BLADE

Real Name: Eric Brooks
Affiliation: MI-13 
First Appearance: Tomb of Dracula #10 (July 1973)

Born in 1929 London during a tumultuous birth, Eric Brooks’ destiny was forcibly changed when his mother was bitten by a vampire named Deacon Frost during his delivery. This resulted in Brooks becoming half-vampire; gaining all of the dark creatures strengths, yet possessing none of their weaknesses, bar a hunger for blood.
Overcome with hatred for the creatures who stole his mother from him, Brooks began training to become a vampire-hunter, tutored by a man named Jamal Afari. Eventually, Brooks departed from London and began hunting vampires across the globe, before eventually settling in the United States.
Armed to the teeth with swords, stakes, guns and various other weapons, Brooks became infamous amongst the monster community for his brutal efficiency. Over the years, Blade has left few adversaries alive but does have some recurring foes in the form of Morbius and the lord of vampires himself, Dracula. One of the most experienced specialists on the planet, whenever vampires threaten the human world, heroes know there’s only one man to call: the daywalker, Blade.

Comics: N/A
Film & TV: N/A
Video-Games: N/A


PUNISHER

Real Name: Francis Castiglione
Affiliation:
N/A
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #129 (February 1974)

An American soldier born to Sicilian immigrants, Frank Castle became familiar with dealing out death as he rose through the ranks of the United States Military as a decorated marine. Rising to the rank of Captain, Frank learned many different skills in the armed forces, becoming adept at urban and guerilla warfare, and honing his skills as a key sharpshooter. 
Eventually, Frank returned to his home of New York City while on leave, so he could reunite with his wife Maria and their two young children. It was here that Frank enlisted into a new type of war, as after witnessing a mob shooting, his family were killed.  
As the only survivor, the traumatised marine opted not to testify against his family’s assailants, after learning of their connections to the authorities. Instead, Frank armed himself and took the fight to the criminals of New York City as a means of avenging his family. 
Now known as the fearsome Punisher, Frank crosses the line that the superheroes refuse to. Waging a one-man war on crime, Frank willfully takes the lives of any criminal he comes across, despite the fact that his methods will often put him at odds with the city’s various heroes. 

Comics: CIVIL WAR
Film & TV: N/A
Video-Games: N/A


IRON FIST

Real Name: Daniel Thomas Rand-K’ai
Affiliation:
The Heroes for Hire
First Appearance: Marvel Premiere #15 (May 1974)

Desperate to return to the other-dimensional realm of Kun-Lun, wealthy businessman Wendell Rand took his wife Heather, his son Danny and his business partner Harold Meachum to Tibet to find the portal to Kun-Lun that opened once every ten years. 
However, their journey was fraught with danger, and both Wendell and Heather lost their lives. The now-orphaned Danny was recovered by the denizens of Kun-Lun, and taken back through the portal to their hidden city. 
Apprenticed to Lei-Kung, the Thunderer, Danny was tutored in martial arts and became an incredible fighter.
Upon turning nineteen, Danny was encouraged to take the challenge of the Iron Fist and test his skills by fighting Shou-Lao the dragon. In the process, a dragon-shaped scar was imprinted on Danny’s chest, before he finally bested the dragon and plunged his fist into its heart to take on its power. 
Becoming the ‘Immortal Iron Fist’, Danny decided to return to America. After reclaiming his father’s company from Meachum, Danny opted to become a hero, using his martial arts for the good of his community, and also as a ‘Hero for Hire’ alongside his new best friend Luke Cage

Comics: AVENGERS VS X-MEN, CIVIL WAR, NEW AVENGERS: Revolution, SECRET INVASION
Film & TV: N/A
Video-Games: N/A


MOON KNIGHT

Real Name: Marc Spector
Affiliation:
The Avengers
First Appearance: Werewolf by Night #32 (August 1975)

While taking a job watching over an archaeological dig in Egypt, mercenary Marc Spector was betrayed by his fellow merc Raoul Bushman, who planned on looting the site. After killing their client, Dr Alraune, Bushman beat and left Spector for dead in the desert. 
However, as fate would have it, this was not the end for Spector, as the dig had unearthed an ancient temple of the Egyptian Moon God Khonshu. Assisted by his followers, Khonshu granted Spector a second chance at life if he agreed to become his avatar
Revived, Spector took revenge on Bushman and returned to America with Dr Arlaune’s daughter, Marlene Alraune. There, the stress of Spector’s adventures took their toll, causing dissociative identity disorder, as he developed alters such as entrepreneur Steven Grant, cab-driver Jake Lockley. Now, with the aid of Marlene and his friend and personal pilot, Frenchie DuChamp, Spector battles crime as ‘the Fist of Khonshu’ – a brutal white-clad vigilante known as Moon Knight. However, while Spector is sure of his new purpose, others question whether Khonshu even exists, if the ‘Moon God’ is just another figment of Spector’s fractured mind.

Comics: N/A
Film & TV: N/A
Video-Games: N/A


DEADPOOL

Real Name: Wade Winston Wilson
Affiliation: The X-Force 
First Appearance: New Mutants #98 (February 1991)

Great at killing, but terrible at following orders, Wade Wilson was regarded as a continual failure. First expelled from the army, then booted from a mercenary group, Wade eventually tried to seek out a better life, falling in love with a young mutant girl called Vanessa and hoping to start afresh.
Instead, Wade discovered he had cancer but was offered an experimental treatment in exchange for his services. In a facility associated with the Weapon X Project, Wilson was experimented on, and given the healing factor of Wolverine. Despite being seemingly unkillable, Wade was left heavily scarred and in continuous pain due to the fact his tumours had also gained the ability to rapidly heal. 
Seemingly driven mad by the whole ordeal, Wade adopted a carefree attitude, falling in love with the embodiment of Death, realising he was a comic book character and dealing out hits while doling out incessant, foul-mouthed banter as Deadpool, the ‘Merc with a Mouth’.

Comics: N/A
Film & TV: X-Men Origins: WolverineDeadpoolDeadpool 2
Video-Games: N/A


JESSICA JONES

Real Name: Jessica Campbell Jones
Affiliation:
Alias Investigations
First Appearance: Alias #1 (November 2001)

Jessica Campbell’s ordinary life in Forest Hills, Queens, became a series of tragedies after her family killed in a car crash with a chemical-carrying military convoy.
Left comatose, Jessica eventually awoke due to the immense amounts of cosmic radiation given off during Galactus’ first encounter with the Fantastic Four and was subsequently discovered she had developed superpowers. Adopted by the Jones family, she returned to school and witnessed her classmate Peter Parker’s alter-ego in action and decided that she too would use her new powers as a hero. 
Unfortunately, her heroic career was shortlived, as under her new guise, Jewel, Jessica encountered the mind-controlling Purple Man, and became his prisoner. Eventually, she escaped after a battle with the Avengers, and after considering continuing on as a vigilante called Knightress, retired from superheroics entirely. 
Now, Jessica works as a private detective at Alias Investigations, as she tries to work through her troubled past. Through her proximity to the superhero community, she has found love with her husband Luke Cage, with whom she now has a superpowered daughter, Danielle

Comics: NEW AVENGERS: Revolution, SECRET INVASION
Film & TV: N/A
Video-Games: N/A


SPIDER-MAN

Real Name: Miles Gonzalo Morales
Affiliation: The Champions
First Appearance: Ultimate Comics Fallout #4 (October 2011)

In another universe, teenager Miles Morales was bitten by a genetically engineered spider accidentally stolen from Norman Osborn by his cat-burglar uncle Aaron Davis a.k.a. The Prowler. Undergoing strange changes, Miles conferred with his best friend Ganke Lee, and the two concluded he had gained, with the addition of invisibility and an energy blastpowers similar to Spider-Man!
However, shunning heroics, Miles instead decided to keep his powers secret and was wracked with guilt after witnessing the death of the original Spider-Man, Peter Parker. Deciding the continue Parker’s legacy, Miles became the all-new ‘Ultimate’ Spider-Man, protecting New York and the World as the new web-slinger.
However, through the machinations of Mysterio, Miles came to meet another Peter Parker, of Earth-616, and later, during a reality breaking crisis, found his friends and family transported to this Peter Parker’s reconstructed world after his own universe was destroyed. Now, in a world full of superheroes, Miles fights the good fight alongside the adult Spider-Man and a growing number of teen Champions.

Comics: MILES MORALES – SPIDER-MAN: Straight Out of Brooklyn || AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: Spider-VerseSECRET WARS
Film & TV: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Video-Games: Spider-Man


MS MARVEL

Real Name: Kamala Khan
Affiliation:
The Champions
First Appearance: Captain Marvel #14 (September 2013)

Kamala Khan grew up idolizing superheroes, Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel), above all. A young Muslim girl of Pakistani-American origin, Kamala was raised in Jersey City alongside her friends Bruno and Nakia, who shared her interests and wouldn’t mock her nerdiness, like her peers and strict parents.
As it would turn out, Kamala’s knowledge of superheroics would come in handy, as she learned she possessed the Inhuman gene when a clash between Black Bolt and Thanos launched a Terrigen cloud across the globe, awakening countless Inhumans all over the Earth. Emerging from her Terrigen cocoon with polymorphic powers – able to change her body into nearly any shape and ’embiggen’ herself to amazing heights sizes – Kamala decided to use her powers to be more like her idol.
Taking on Captain Marvel’s old alias, Ms Marvel, Kamala became the protector of Jersey City, and after a brief stint with the Avengers, began teaming up with likeminded teenage heroes such as Spider-Man and Nova to fight not just supervillains, but true injustice on every level, as she attempts to make the world a better place. 

Comics: N/A
Film & TV: N/A
Video-Games: Avengers


 

 



THE FANTASTIC FOUR

Founding Members: Mr Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch & the Thing
Base of Operations: The Baxter Building, New York City, USA
First Appearance: The Fantastic Four #1 (November 1961)

Determined to explore the unknown, scientist Reed Richards took his girlfriend Susan Storm, his best friend Ben Grimm and Sue’s kid brother Johnny Storm on a trip in his experimental shuttle to explore the stars! However, on their maiden voyage, the group was struck with cosmic rays and plummeted to Earth forever changed.
Reed’s body gained incredible elasticity, Susan could cast force-fields and turn invisible, Johnny could throw fire and set himself aflame, while Ben was transformed into a rock-hided, monstrous ‘Thing’. Though Ben’s new form initially created some animosity amongst the old friends, the four decided to band together as the Fantastic Four; the ‘first family’ of superheroes.
While the team would devote themselves to saving lives from the likes of Reed’s rival Doctor Doom and alien threats such as the Skrulls, they also strive to explore the wonders of the universe, paving the way for a better tomorrow through their scientific discoveries. In time, Reed and Susan would marry and have children, making the Fantastic Four the beginning of the most fantastical family around!

Comics: FANTASTIC FOUR: The Coming of Galactus, Monsters Unleashed, Solve Everything || CIVIL WARSECRET WARS
Film & TV: Fant4stic
Video-Games: N/A



MISTER FANTASTIC

Real Name: Reed Richards
Affiliation:
The Fantastic Four
First Appearance: The Fantastic Four #1 (November 1961)

Gifted with genius from a young age, Reed Richards had gained four degrees by his 18th birthday, and would one day come to be known as the smartest man on the planet.
But it was during his fifth degree that Reed met the various characters that would shape his future. While studying at State University, Reed began a rivalry with fellow genius Victor Von Doom and made firm friends with football star Benjamin Grimm. Through his landlord in Manhattan, he also met his future wife, Susan Storm – the landlord’s niece. 
Some years later, Reed would take these new acquaintances, minus Doom, and with the addition of Sue’s younger brother, on a trip into space, where the four were bombarded by cosmic rays
Crashing back down to Earth, Reed found he now had the power to stretch his limbs great distances, and mould his body into different shapes. Together with the other three members of his crew, Reed formed the Fantastic Four, becoming their leader. However, for all his power, Reed’s greatest asset remains his mind, which he uses to travel through time, space and alternate realities, dreaming up great inventions, and taking part in secret cabals that decide the fates of worlds. 

Comics: AVENGERS: Infinity, Time Runs Out, CIVIL WAR, FANTASTIC FOUR: The Coming of Galactus, Monsters Unleashed, Solve Everything, NEW AVENGERS: Illuminati, Everything Dies, Other Worlds, A Perfect World, SECRET INVASION, SECRET WARS
Film & TV: Fant4stic
Video-Games: N/A


INVISIBLE WOMAN

Real Name: Susan Storm
Affiliation:
The Fantastic Four
First Appearance: The Fantastic Four #1 (November 1961)

As a young woman, Susan Storm thrived; a bright, capable college student with aspirations of being an actor. But at the age of twenty, Sue relinquished any hope of a normal life when she convinced her boyfriend, the scientist Reed Richards, to take her and her teenaged brother Johnny on his test-flight into space. Alongside Reed’s friend and pilot, Ben Grimm, the four were bombarded with cosmic rays and transformed forever. 
Crashing back down to Earth, Susan found she now had the power to turn invisible and project force-fields. With Reed, Johnny and Ben all having also attained new abilities, the four decided to band together as a team – The Fantastic Four – as Sue took on the name The Invisible Woman!
Despite being the most powerful member of the FF, Susan spends just as much time acting as a mother figure as she does battling supervillains and exploring the stars. Alongside breaking up fights between Ben and Johnny, and grounding Reed in reality, she also raises her and Reed’s two children – the powerful mutant Franklin and the genius Valeria

Comics: AVENGERS: Time Runs Out, CIVIL WAR, FANTASTIC FOUR: The Coming of Galactus, Monsters Unleashed
Film & TV: Fant4stic
Video-Games: N/A


HUMAN TORCH

Real Name: Jonathan Lowell Spencer Storm
Affiliation:
The Fantastic Four
First Appearance: The Fantastic Four #1 (November 1961)

The adventurous younger brother of Susan Storm, Johnny Storm was drawn to cars from a young age, despite his mother’s death in a car crash. Becoming quite the mechanic by his teenage years, Johnny joined the crew of Reed Richard‘s experimental spacecraft, alongside his older sister, and Reed’s friend and pilot, Ben Grimm. However, while on their voyage into space, Johnny and his crewmates were bombarded with cosmic rays.
Crashing back to Earth, Johnny realised he had developed pyrokinetic powers, as well as the ability to fly. Naming himself the Human Torch after the World War II hero of the same name, Johnny joined Sue, Reed and Ben in forming the Fantastic Four!
Despite seeming volatile, reckless and overly determined to uphold his lothario status, Johnny has proved himself to be a key member of the team, as he has shown to be full of heart and more thoughtful than he generally lets on. Furthermore, his playful nature and adventures alongside the likes of Spider-Man and other heroes have made him the biggest celebrity of the group. 

Comics: FANTASTIC FOUR: The Coming of Galactus, Monsters Unleashed
Film & TV: Fant4stic
Video-Games: N/A


THING

Real Name: Benjamin Jacob Grimm
Affiliation: 
The Fantastic Four
First Appearance: The Fantastic Four #1 (November 1961)

Ben Grimm came up as a tough young kid on Yancy Street in Manhattan, working his way up through the ranks of the Yancy Street Gang. However, after the death of his parents, Ben was taken in by his kindly uncle and aunt, which led Ben to leave the gang and go legit. Going to high school, Ben became a football star and received a scholarship to attend State University, where he met Reed Richards. The two became firm friends and kept in touch after they graduated. 
From there, Ben joined the airforce, becoming an ace pilot and something of an astronaut. With his newly accumulated skills, Ben agreed to pilot Reed’s experimental ship on a trip to space, where alongside Reed, Sue and Johnny, Ben was bombarded with cosmic rays
However, while the others gained extraordinary powers they could turn on and off, Ben was transformed into a hulking, rock-hided monster. Dubbed ‘the Thing’, Ben reluctantly joined the Fantastic Four with the promise that Reed would one day cure him. Now one of the strongest people on the planet, the Thing uses his strength to help out wherever he can, whether that be with the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, or anyone else in need. 

Comics: AVENGERS VS X-MEN, FANTASTIC FOUR: The Coming of Galactus, Monsters Unleashed
Film & TV: Fant4stic
Video-Games: N/A


ANT-MAN II

Real Name: Scott Edward Harris Lang
Affiliation:
The Avengers 
First Appearance: Avengers #181 (March 1979)

A perpetual screw-up, ex-convict Scott Lang was thrust into a whole new world after being employed by Tony Stark. Working at the Avengers Mansion, Scott was able to gain access to some very high profile technology, and after his daughter fell sick, he used his former thieving skills to ‘borrow’ Hank Pym’s superhero gear.
However, this supposed customed criminal had altruistic intentions and used his new shrinking powers to save a kidnapped doctor who could help his daughter recover. Having been aware of the whole ordeal, Pym allowed Scott to keep the suit, and continue adventuring as the new Ant-Man.
A very capable man, Scott’s superhero career has seen him become a prominent member of the Avengers and the Fantastic Four. His daughter, Cassie has followed in his footsteps, becoming a teen hero all her own. However, his predisposition to make the wrong choice means Scott is often in rather questionable positions and in need of (another) second chance.

Comics: IRON MAN: Demon in a Bottle
Film & TV: Civil War, Ant-Man & the WaspEndgame
Video-Games: N/A


 

 



THE AVENGERS

Founding Members: Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man, Wasp & the Hulk
Base of Operations: New York City, USA
First Appearance: The Avengers #1 (September 1963)

In a ploy to defeat his brother, the trickster God Loki hoped to pit Thor against the rampaging behemoth known as the Hulk. However, the two heroes, assisted by Iron ManAnt-Man and the Wasp, instead banded together to defeat Loki and in doing so, formed the Avengers.
Funded by the billionaire alter-ego of Iron Man, Tony Stark, and based out of his New York City mansion, the Avengers are ‘Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ and the world’s premiere super-team. With close ties to the likes of S.H.I.E.L.D.the Fantastic Four, and the majority of the Earth’s heroes, the Avengers have time and again stood up to threats that are terrestrial (such as Ultron), extraterrestrial (such as Thanos), and even foes from out of time (Kang the Conqueror).
Their unity was cemented after the recovery of the long lost World War II super-soldier Captain America, but the Captain would be only the first in a long line of superheroes to join the team, with their roster ever-growing and always prepared to defend the Earth when the call is put out – “Avengers, Assemble!”

Comics: AVENGERS: Disassembled, Avengers World, The Last White Event, Infinity, Adapt Or Die!, Infinite Avengers, Time Runs Out, The Final Host, DARK AVENGERS: Assemble, MIGHTY AVENGERS: The Ultron Initiative, NEW AVENGERS: Breakout, Revolution, ULTIMATES: Super-Human || AVENGERS VS X-MEN, CIVIL WAR, HOUSE OF MINFINITY GAUNTLET, SECRET INVASION, SIEGE
Film & TV: Avengers AssembleCivil WarInfinity WarEndgame.
Video-Games: Avengers



CAPTAIN AMERICA

Real Name: Steven Grant Rogers
Affiliation: The Avengers
First Appearance: Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941)

As it became obvious America was destined to join the war that had consumed the world in the late 1930s, Steve Rogers became determined to do his part for the war effort. Continuously rejected due to his sickly stature, Steve was eventually found by Dr Abraham Erskine, and enlisted into the army under ‘Project: Rebirth’.
Injected with a serum of Erskine’s own design, Steve was transformed into a super-soldier; his body and mind enhanced to the peak of human potential. But tragedy struck, as Erskine was assassinated, leaving Steve the first and only in the proposed wave of super-soldiers. Fighting on the front lines as Captain America alongside his sidekick Bucky Barnes, Steve was eventually lost at sea, and frozen for several decades.
Eventually awakening in the modern era, Captain America returned to the spotlight as a symbol of hope and American power; his new mission – to protect both America and the world, from any and all threats as the leader of the Mighty Avengers!

Comics: CAPTAIN AMERICA: Winter Soldier, The Death of Captain America, Not My Captain America || AVENGERS VS X-MEN, AVENGERS: Disassembled, Avengers World, The Last White Event, Infinity, Adapt or Die!, Infinite Avengers, Time Runs Out, The Final Host, CIVIL WAR, DAREDEVIL: Born Again, INFINITY GAUNTLET, NEW AVENGERS: Breakout, Everything Dies, SIEGE, ULTIMATES: Super-Human
Film & TV: The First AvengerAvengers AssembleThe Winter SoldierCivil War, Infinity War, Endgame.
Video-Games: Avengers


GIANT-MAN

Real Name: Henry Jonathan Pym
Affiliation:
The Avengers
First Appearance: Tales to Astonish #27 (January 1962)

Hank Pym‘s desire to fight injustice came about after his first wife, Maria was murdered. In the years that followed, Pym threw himself into his work – discovering ‘Pym Particles’, and using them to make a formula that could cause a person to shrink or grow in size. After his first application of them left him having to escape an ant-hill, Pym also began to develop a cybernetic helmet that would allow him to communicate with and control insects. 
Becoming Ant-Man, Pym dove into a life of superheroics, and soon fell in love with Janet van Dyne, who joined him on his adventures as the Wasp, and became one of the other founding Avengers!
Despite being the Avengers’ resident scientist and one of the smartest men in the world, Pym has always struggled with not-unwarranted feelings of inadequacy – his ensuing relationship with the Wasp became tumultuous, his scientific creations led to the birth of Ultron – the Avengers most dangerous foe, and the Pym Particles that empower him proved to make him unstable, cycling through a series of different identities and prone to becoming violent. 
But in recent years, Pym has fought back his demons and now dedicates himself to training up the heroes of tomorrow at his Avengers Academy

Comics: AVENGERS VS X-MENAVENGERS: Disassembled, CIVIL WAR, MIGHTY AVENGERS: The Ultron Initiative, SECRET INVASION, ULTIMATES: Super-Human
Film & TV: Ant-Man and the Wasp
Video-Games: Avengers 


THOR, GOD OF THUNDER

Real Name: Thor Odinson
Affiliation: The Avengers
First Appearance: Journey Into Mystery #83 (August 1962)

Before Captain AmericaSpider-Man, or the Fantastic Four – the world had a different type of hero, the mighty Thor! Son of the almighty All-Father Odin and sworn enemy of his own half-brother, Loki, Thor – the Norse ‘God of Thunder’ – hailed from the Golden City of Asgard, and would often come to Earth seeking adventure and glorious combat.
But when his arrogance proved too much, Thor was stripped of his power and his enchanted Uru hammer Mjölnir and cast down to Earth under the mortal guise of the handicapped doctor, Donald Blake.
There, he was forced to learn humility, which he did with the help of his love Jane Foster, and in turn, reclaimed his Godhood and thunder-casting weapon, becoming one of the greatest and most powerful heroes in the universe.

Comics: THOR: Reborn || AVENGERS VS X-MEN, AVENGERS: Avengers World, The Last White Event, Infinity, Adapt or Die!, Infinite Avengers, Time Runs Out, The Final HostINFINITY GAUNTLET, SECRET INVASION, SIEGEULTIMATES: Super-Human
Film & TV: ThorAvengers AssembleThe Dark WorldRagnarokInfinity WarEndgame
Video-Games: Avengers


IRON MAN

Real Name: Anthony Edward Stark
Affiliation: The Avengers
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #39 (March 1963)

Genius. Billionaire. Playboy. Philanthropist. Former weapons designer Tony Stark often found himself at the centre of all heated conflicts across the globe, providing munitions to the military and more covert organisations like S.H.I.E.L.D., alike.
But when that heat proved too extreme, and Stark was mortally wounded and kidnapped by terrorists, he teamed with fellow captive Dr Ho Yinsen and used his genius to build himself a suit of armour that would keep him alive, and allow him to escape captivity.
Returning to the western world a changed man, Tony Stark, aided by his butler Jarvis, his assistant Pepper Potts and his chauffeur Happy Hogan, started continually upgrading his armour, forgoing his former bloody path as an arms dealer, instead, hoping to make the world a better place as the invincible Iron Man.

Comics: IRON MAN: Demon in a Bottle, Extremis || AVENGERS VS X-MEN, AVENGERS: Avengers World, The Last White Event, Infinity, Adapt or Die!, Infinite Avengers, Time Runs Out, The Final Host, CAPTAIN AMERICA: The Death of Captain America, CIVIL WARINFINITY GAUNTLET, MIGHTY AVENGERS: The Ultron Initiative, NEW AVENGERS: Breakout, IlluminatiEverything DiesA Perfect World, SECRET INVASION, SIEGETHOR: RebornULTIMATES: Super-Human 
Film & TV: Iron ManIron Man 2Avengers Assemble, Civil WarHomecomingInfinity WarEndgame.
Video-Games: Avengers


WASP

Real Name: Janet van Dyne
Affiliation:
The Avengers
First Appearance: Tales to Astonish #44 (June 1963)

The young socialite daughter of scientist Vernon van Dyne, Janet van Dyne entered the world of superheroics after her father was murdered by an alien entity. Hoping to avenge her father, Janet enlisted the help of her father’s friend Hank Pym, who shared with her his size-changing serum, and gave her the power to shrink like his alter-ego, Ant-Man.
Further endowed with the added ability to grow insectoid wings and shoot energy bursts, Janet became Hank’s long-time partner, the Wasp, and together the pair helped found the Avengers, alongside Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk. 
Despite seemingly lacking in power compared to her fellow founders, Janet’s natural outgoing nature and confidence mean she never backs down from a threat, no matter how big, and this courage has since led her to become one of the Avengers’ most prominent leaders.
Although her rocky relationship with Hank has since come to an end, Janet continues to fight the good fight and has also taken an active role in mentoring Hank’s estranged daughter Nadia, the new Wasp. 

Comics: AVENGERS: Disassembled, MIGHTY AVENGERS: The Ultron Initiative, SECRET INVASION, ULTIMATES: Super-Human
Film & TV: Ant-Man and the Wasp
Video-Games: N/A


SCARLET WITCH

Real Name: Wanda Maximoff
Affiliation:
The Avengers
First Appearance: X-Men #4 (March 1964)

Believed to be the mutant children of Romany couple Django and Marya Maximoff, Wanda and her older brother Pietro were abducted at a young age by the scientist known as the High Evolutionary to awaken their powers.
While Pietro gained superhuman speed, Wanda gained the power to manipulate probability and even reality itself, through her ‘Hex Bolts’ and tap into a demonic force known as ‘chaos magic’.
When their powers became evident, they were inducted into the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants by another man who believed himself to be their true father, the mutant terrorist known as Magneto.
After a few bouts with the X-Men, the pair renounced their villainy and joined the Avengers, who were looking for temporary replacements for some of their founding members. As Avengers, Wanda and her brother found a new purpose, and Wanda even found love in the form of the synthezoid Vision, with whom she, for a time, willed children into existence. Now a free agent, Wanda struggles to control her immense powers and their devastating potential, while also using them for the betterment of humanity. 

Comics: SCARLET WITCH: Witches’ Road || AVENGERS VS X-MEN, AVENGERS: Disassembled, HOUSE OF MINFINITY GAUNTLET
Film & TV: Civil War, Infinity WarEndgame
Video-Games: N/A


QUICKSILVER

Real Name: Pietro Django Maximoff
Affiliation:
The Avengers
First Appearance: X-Men #4 (March 1964)

Believed to be the mutant children of Romany couple Django and Marya Maximoff, Pietro and his younger sister Wanda were abducted at a young age by the scientist known as the High Evolutionary to awaken their powers.
While Wanda gained the power to manipulate probability and even reality itself, Pietro gained superhuman speed, becoming one of the fastest people on the planet. 
When their powers became evident, they were inducted into the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants by another man who believed himself to be their true father, the mutant terrorist known as Magneto.
After a few bouts with the X-Men, the pair renounced their villainy and joined the Avengers, who were looking for temporary replacements for some of their founding members. As Avengers, Pietro and his sister found a new purpose, but while Wanda was generally accepted by their heroic companions, Pietro’s ability to move so much faster than everyone else made him irritable and standoffish. Over the years, Quicksilver has made a lot of mistakes and a lot of enemies, but in spite of his arrogant nature, still tries to do the right thing (even if it is sometimes only for his own selfish reasons). 

Comics: AVENGERS VS X-MENAVENGERS: Disassembled, HOUSE OF M
Film & TV: X-Men: Days of Future Past
Video-Games: N/A


BLACK WIDOW

Real Name: Natalia Alianovna Romanova
Affiliation: The Avengers 
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #52 (April 1964)

In the early 1900s, the young Natasha Romanoff was taken to a covert operation called the ‘Red Room’. Here, the young girl would spend her childhood being brainwashed by the KGB, and trained to become a merciless killer by Russian operatives like the Winter Soldier.
In this ‘Red Room’, Natasha had her biology enhanced, making her stronger and faster than the average human, while also extending her lifespan. Graduating from the ‘Red Room’ as one of their top agents, Natasha joined the KGB and was later assigned to infiltrate and bring down Stark Industries, which of course led her to clash with the American superhero Iron Man.
Black Widow’s continued clashes with Iron Man would lead her to team up with a partner in crime; an archer named Hawkeye – whose love would lead her to fight off her brainwashing, and defect to the U.S.A. There, she was hired by Nick Fury as an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., forging romantic entanglements with heroes such as Iron Man and Daredevil, as well as long-lasting friendships with heroes such as Captain America and Wolverine. However, for all her good intentions, her dark past his never far behind.

Comics: BLACK WIDOW: S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Most Wanted || AVENGERS VS X-MEN, AVENGERS: Avengers World, The Last White Event, Infinity, Infinite Avengers, Time Runs Out, CAPTAIN AMERICA: The Death of Captain AmericaINFINITY GAUNTLET, MIGHTY AVENGERS: The Ultron Initiative, SECRET INVASION
Film & TV: Iron Man 2Avengers AssembleWinter SoldierCivil WarInfinity WarEndgame.
Video-Games: Avengers


HAWKEYE

Real Name: Clinton Francis Barton
Affiliation: The Avengers
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #57 (September 1964)

After the death of their parents, Clint Barton and his brother Barney Barton ran away from their new foster home to experience a happier life by joining a travelling circus. There, Clint apprenticed under two ‘acts’ known as the Swordsman and Trick Shot.
After discovering both men to be criminals, Clint also fell into a life of crime as Trick Shot’s brief partner, and later became the new partner of Black Widow. After clashing with Iron Man numerous times, Clint hoped to turn over a new leaf, and defected to the Avengers, confessing his crimes and asking for redemption.
Armed with numerous trick arrows, unmatched skill in archery and a rebellious and determined nature, Clint became the stalwart Avenger Hawkeye. In later years, he would form strong bonds with his teammates, experience a doomed marriage to Mockingbird, and become a mentor figure to the younger Hawkeye, Kate Bishop.

Comics: HAWKEYE: My Life As a Weapon || AVENGERS VS X-MEN, AVENGERS: Disassembled, Avengers World, The Last White Event, InfinityInfinite Avengers, Time Runs OutHOUSE OF MINFINITY GAUNTLET, NEW AVENGERS: Revolution, SECRET INVASION, SIEGE
Film & TV: ThorAvengers Assemble, Civil WarEndgame
Video-Games: N/A


BLACK PANTHER

Real Name: T’Challa
Affiliation: The Avengers
First Appearance: Fantastic Four #52 (July 1966)

Hidden away in Africa lies the isolationist nation of Wakanda. Kissed by a meteor filled with Vibranium, Wakanda became the only source for the valuable, durable metal, and used this gift to become one of the most technologically advanced nations on Earth.
At their head sits their King, the Black Panther, and after the murder of the reigning King T’Chaka by the outsider Ulysses Klaw, that mantle was passed down to his son and heir, T’Challa. Having consumed the heart-shaped herb, T’Challa is forever linked to the Panther Goddess Bast who grants him a superhuman physique.
Now, as the Black Panther, T’Challa is usually prepared for any threat. His resources vast and his Kingdom nigh-impenetrable, T’Challa has always harboured a strong distrust for those from the outside world, but after a chance encounter with the Fantastic Four, the Black Panther has made efforts to open both himself and his nation up to the world, revealing their hidden glory and becoming one of the most popular superheroes on the planet.

Comics: AVENGERS VS X-MEN, AVENGERS: DisassembledInfinity, Time Runs Out, The Final HostNEW AVENGERS: Illuminati, Everything DiesOther Worlds, A Perfect WorldSECRET WARS
Film & TV: Civil WarBlack PantherInfinity WarEndgame
Video-Games: N/A


CAPTAIN MARVEL

Real Name: Carol Susan Jane Danvers
Affiliation: The Avengers 
First Appearance: Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (March 1968)

A headstrong go-getter from a young age, Carol Danvers always dreamed of flying among the stars. Her drive compelled her to advance quickly, and despite the men around her putting her down, she went on to become a successful Air Force pilot, before transferring to work in Intelligence.
After she accepted a promotion to Head of Security at NASA she became deeply immersed in the adventures of the alien Kree hero Captain Mar-Vell. During one of Mar-Vell’s battles with his nemesis Yon-Rogg, Carol was caught in the blast of an exploding ‘Kree Wishing Machine’ called the Psyche-Magnatron, which imbued her with explosive energy manipulating powers.
With these new powers, she became Ms Marvel, a powerhouse hero whose refusal to ever back down has taken her down a rough path that has brought her into conflict her fellow superheroes (such as Iron Man in the second Superhuman ‘Civil War’, and the X-Men), alcoholism and identity crises. But after becoming the new Captain Marvel, she takes it all in stride as she hopes to prove herself as ‘Earth’s Mightiest Hero’.

Comics: CAPTAIN MARVEL: In Pursuit of Flight || AVENGERS: Disassembled, Avengers World, The Last White Event, Infinity, Adapt or Die!, Time Runs Out, The Final Host, HOUSE OF M, MIGHTY AVENGERS: The Ultron Initiative, SECRET INVASION, SECRET WARS, SIEGE
Film & TV: Captain Marvel, Endgame
Video-Games: N/A


VISION

Real Name: ‘Vision’ 
Affiliation:
The Avengers
First Appearance: Avengers #57 (October 1968)

A somewhat unique being, the Vision is an android created by the Avengers foe Ultron as his ‘son’, in the hopes of using him to bring the team to ruin. 
Replete with amazing powers such as immense strength, density altering and the ability to project energy absorbed from the sun through a jewel on his forehead, the Vision is one of the more powerful beings the Avengers have encountered on Earth. 
However, when it came to fighting the Avengers, Vision rebelled against his programming, and joined Earth’s Mightiest Heroes against his ‘father’/creator, renouncing evil and becoming a superhero. 
A stalwart Avenger, Vision quickly became a respected member of the team, and despite his artificial mind and body, soon fell in love with fellow Avenger the Scarlet Witch. 
Their romance would eventually end in tragedy, but such setbacks have not stopped Vision from trying to experience life to the full, as he has created his own family in much the same way as Ultron created him, and now tries to balance some semblance of a normal life while also saving the world. 

Comics: VISION: Little Worse Than A Man, Little Better Than A Beast || AVENGERS: Disassembled, CIVIL WAR, INFINITY GAUNTLET
Film & TV: Civil War, Infinity War
Video-Games: N/A


FALCON

Real Name: Samuel Thomas Wilson
Affiliation:
The Avengers
First Appearance: Captain America #117 (September 1969)

One of the first modern-day African-American superheroes, Samuel Wilson‘s life was forever changed when he crash-landed on a remote island in the Caribbean. Unbeknownst to him, this was the location of Captain America and the Red Skull‘s latest battle, and the Skull used his Cosmic Cube to manipulate Sam into doing his bidding.
Giving him the power to communicate with birds such as his pet falcon Redwing, the Skull pitted Wilson against Captain America, who managed to free him from his brainwashing. Together, the pair defeated the Skull and returned to the United States, where Sam became Cap’s new partner, utilising a flight suit created by the Black Panther to become the high-flying Falcon!
A trusted member of the Avengers and dedicated social worker, Sam has worked to better the world in any way he can, including, for a time, taking on the mantle of Captain America while Steve Rogers was depowered.

Comics: AVENGERS: Disassembled, Avengers World, Time Runs Out, CAPTAIN AMERICA: Winter Soldier, The Death of Captain AmericaNot My Captain AmericaCIVIL WAR
Film & TV: The Winter Soldier, Civil War, Infinity War, Endgame
Video-Games: N/A


WAR MACHINE

Real Name: James Rupert Rhoades
Affiliation:
The Avengers
First Appearance: Iron Man #118 (January 1979)

A lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, ‘Rhodey’ was one of the first to witness the superhero Iron Man in action when he found Tony Stark in a live combat zone following Stark’s escape from captivity with the help of his newly created armour. After helping Stark defeat enemy soldiers in the region, the two became firm friends, and Rhodey left the military to take on a job in Stark’s employ. 
Sometime later, Rhodey was forced to take on a new role when Stark’s alcoholism left him unable to run his company and fight injustice. Becoming the new Iron Man, Rhodey fought alongside the Avengers and did his best to support Stark during this troubling time. 
Eventually, Stark returned to the role of Iron Man and designed a new suit of armour – one touting more heavy artillery – for Rhodey. Stepping out from Stark’s shadow, Rhodey became his own hero, War Machine, a heavily armed ‘Iron Man 2.0’, who now balances superheroics with supporting his former military allies

Comics: AVENGERS: Time Runs OutIRON MAN: Demon in a Bottle 
Film & TV: Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Civil War, Infinity War, Endgame
Video-Games: N/A


SHE-HULK

Real Name: Jennifer Susan Walters
Affiliation:
The Avengers
First Appearance: Savage She-Hulk #1 (February 1980)

The shy Jennifer Walters took an unconventional journey to gaining confidence after she was gunned down by mobsters due to their grievances with her sheriff father. Having lost a lot of blood, her cousin, Bruce Banner was forced to step in for a transfusion
However, Bruce’s irradiated blood not only saved Jen’s life but also bestowed upon her to transform into a green-hued, confident, fun-loving Amazonian-esque version of herself – the Sensational She-Hulk!
Under extreme duress, Jennifer’s hulking persona has been known to turn savage, but for the most part, Jen has control of her alter-ego, able to transform at will – and unlike her cousin, actually preferring to spend most of her time as She-Hulk, who lives life to the fullest.
Now, in her day job, this imposing figure fights for justice in the courtroom as a top lawyer and on the streets as a superhero and member of both the Avengers and the Fantastic Four!

Comics: AVENGERS: DisassembledTime Runs OutThe Final HostHOUSE OF MINFINITY GAUNTLET
Film & TV: N/A
Video-Games: N/A


 

 



THE X-MEN

Founding Members: Professor X, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman & Angel
Base of Operations: The Island Nation of Krakoa
First Appearance: The X-Men #1 (September 1963)

Born with extraordinary powers that make them hated and feared by the general public, mutants are the next stage in human evolution. In the hopes of fostering peace between Mutant-kind and their lesser evolved cousins, Professor Charles Xavier founded Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters, where he could protect the younger members of his species, train them to use their powers, and send them out to conduct peace-keeping missions as his taskforce of X-Men.
Although initially his school only harboured five students, future-leader Cyclops, telepath Jean Grey, furry scientist Beast, winged Angel and ice-controlling Iceman, in time it would grow to be home to hundreds of new mutants. With heroes like the weather-controlling Storm and clawed killer Wolverine amongst them, they in-turn would bulk up the ranks of the X-Men, transforming them from a bunch of school children to a sovereign nation.
However, while Xavier has often envisioned a world where humans and mutants can live in harmony, others, like his old friend, the metal-controlling Magneto, do not share his optimism, and thus the X-Men must often protect humanity from their own kind. However, whenever a threat arises that threatens all mutant-kind, they will not hesitate to enlist those they once fought against in the name of the greater good.

Comics: ASTONISHING X-MEN: Gifted, DangerTorn, Unstoppable, UNCANNY X-MEN: The Dark Phoenix Saga || AVENGERS VS X-MEN, HOUSE OF M
Film & TV: X-MenX2The Last StandFirst ClassDays of Future PastNew Mutants
Video-Games: N/A



PROFESSOR X

Real Name: Charles Francis Xavier
Affiliation:
The X-Men
First Appearance: X-Men #1 (September 1963)

Around the age of ten, Charles Xavier began to realise he had psychic powers. As he grew older, Charles learned to control these powers to an amazing degree, being able to read the thoughts of others, manipulate people’s minds and project his own thoughts, among a host other incredible abilities.
On top of his powers, Charles also possessed a genius intellect, accumulating various degrees at various universities. At one such university, Charles met a woman called Moira MacTaggart, who would prove to be the love of his life. Together, the pair discussed genetic mutation in-depth and fantasized about a world where humans and mutants could live together in harmony. 
Over the next few years, Xavier travelled the world, learning more about mutants. In time, he met a man called Erik Lehnsherr, a fellow mutant with whom he would become firm friends. However, his travels led to an accident, in which Charles lost the use of his legs. 
Wheel-chairbound, Charles returned to the USA and began to put his ideas for his ideal world into action, founding a school for mutant youngsters, where he could teach them to better harness their powers and integrate them into society. In the years that followed, Charles’ dream has expanded dramatically, as his team of X-Men have developed from a group of superheroes to a nation. 

Comics: ASTONISHING X-MEN: Danger, AVENGERS VS X-MEN, HOUSE OF MNEW AVENGERS: IlluminatiUNCANNY X-MEN: The Dark Phoenix Saga
Film & TV: X-Men, X2, The Last Stand, Origins: Wolverine, First Class, Days of Future PastLogan
Video-Games: N/A


CYCLOPS

Real Name: Scott Summers
Affiliation:
The X-Men
First Appearance: X-Men #1 (September 1963)

When Scott Summers and his younger brother Alex were young, their family was involved in a plane crash. The ensuing crash left the boys without their parents and simultaneously awakened Scott’s mutant power to project energy from his eyes. However, when he and Alex parachuted to safety, Scott suffered a head injury that caused him to permanently lose control of his powers. 
Eventually, Scott was found by Charles Xavier, who sought to help him control his powers, and provided him with a ruby-quartz visor, that would hold back the energy, only allowing it to be released at the press of a button. With that, Scott was inducted into Charles’ X-Men, where he met the future love of his life, Jean Grey, and soon ascended to the role of field leader
Scott’s time as leader of the X-Men would develop him into an expert strategist, as he travelled down the rocky road on the path towards mutant-human equality. Over the years, he has lost many people, including, for a time, his wife. But Scott has always pushed forward, ever the stoic leader, developing the respect of much of the mutant population, including a rivalry with the mutant Wolverine, and a romance with the former mutant villain Emma Frost

Comics: ASTONISHING X-MEN: Gifted, DangerTorn, Unstoppable, AVENGERS VS X-MEN, AVENGERS: Time Runs Out, HOUSE OF M, SECRET WARS, UNCANNY X-MEN: The Dark Phoenix Saga
Film & TV: X-Men, X2, The Last Stand, Origins: WolverineDays of Future Past
Video-Games: N/A


MARVEL GIRL

Real Name: Jean Elaine Grey
Affiliation:
The X-Men
First Appearance: X-Men #1 (September 1963)

After experiencing a traumatic event in her youth, the deeply depressed young girl Jean Grey was recommended to a man named Charles Xavier. Xavier, secretly a mutant psychic, revealed to Jean that she too was a mutant – with the powers of telepathy and telekinesis
In time, Jean was welcomed into Charles’ school for gifted youngsters, becoming the first of what would be many students. Alongside the likes of Scott Summers, Hank McCoy, Bobby Drake and Warren Worthington, Jean became a founding member of Charles’ X-Men; a team of mutants who would operate out of the school with the goal of protecting both the human and mutant races from danger.
Jean fell in love with Scott, and eventually, the two would be wed. However, their marriage would not be without its troubles, as Jean also fell for the mutant Wolverine, with whom Scott would fight for her affection. However, a greater threat to her and Scott’s relationship would prove to be her role as the host of the cosmic Phoenix Force, a fiery being of unknowable power that eventually pushed Jean to evil, and in turn, to her death. 
However, with the Phoenix being a force of death and resurrection, Jean has since returned, fighting past her demons and now continues to fight for the good of mutant-kind. 

Comics: UNCANNY X-MEN: The Dark Phoenix Saga
Film & TV: X-Men, X2, The Last StandThe Wolverine, Days of Future Past
Video-Games: N/A


BEAST

Real Name: Henry Phillip McCoy
Affiliation:
The X-Men
First Appearance: X-Men #1 (September 1963)

One of the first X-Men, Hank McCoy was an unusual case in that his mutant abilities were evident from birth. Blessed with great intelligence, but cursed with a bulky, simian-esque physique, Hank was found by Professor X after he was kicked out of his regular school due to his mutations. 
Using his keen mind, Hank completed his doctorate and graduated from the X-Men, venturing out into the world and becoming a scientist. Studying the cause of mutation, Hank soon discovered a way to activate new powers for a short period of time. However, when one of his co-workers tried to steal his work, Hank drank the serum, and mutated further, growing fur and becoming more bestial in appearance. 
Now further burdened with features that matched his pseudonym, Hank embraced his role as a superhero, joining teams such as the Avengers and later the Defenders. Eventually, however, Hank realised his place was with his people and now acts as one of the senior members of the X-Men and their resident scientist. 

Comics: ASTONISHING X-MEN: Gifted, DangerTorn, Unstoppable, AVENGERS VS X-MEN, AVENGERS: DisassembledInfinityTime Runs OutNEW AVENGERS: Everything Dies, Other Worlds, A Perfect World, UNCANNY X-MEN: The Dark Phoenix Saga
Film & TV: The Last Stand, First Class, Days of Future Past
Video-Games: N/A


WOLVERINE

Real Name: James Howlett
Affiliation: The X-Men
First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #181 (November 1974)

Heir to the wealthy Jonathan and Elizabeth Howlett, James was born in Canada in the 1880s to a life of luxury. After allegations of an affair between Elizabeth and the groundskeeper Thomas, James’ manifested the mutant abilities of a healing factor, heightened senses, animalistic tendencies and retractable bone claws which he used to kill his true father.
Fleeing into the night, James took on the name ‘Logan’ and began using his new skills and instincts in many roles – soldier, mercenary, criminal, spy and samurai – over the next century. 
Eventually, he was abducted by the Weapon X Project, who bonded the unbreakable metal adamantium to his bones, and wiped his memory, turning him into the perfect killing machine. In time, Logan would escape and try and form a new life, finding a heroic path as a member of the X-Men, and even regaining his lost memories. However, with such a long, blood-soaked life behind him, the Wolverine is never short on enemies, such as his merciless animalistic rival Sabretooth.

Comics: ASTONISHING X-MEN: Gifted, DangerTorn, Unstoppable, AVENGERS VS X-MEN, FANTASTIC FOUR: Monsters Unleashed, HOUSE OF M, NEW AVENGERS: Breakout, Revolution, SECRET INVASION, UNCANNY X-MEN: The Dark Phoenix Saga
Film & TV: X-Men, X2, The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Wolverine, Days of Future Past, Logan.
Video-Games: N/A


STORM

Real Name: Ororo Munroe
Affiliation:
The X-Men
First Appearance: Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May 1975)

Orphaned at a young age when her Kenyan mother and American father were killed in a plane crash, Ororo Munroe was forced to fend for herself on the streets of Egypt.
From there, she began an extraordinary journey, as she joined a gang of street urchins, becoming an adept thief. Travelling across Africa, she began the voyage to her mother’s ancestral home, and while traversing the desert, discovered her mutant ability to control the weather
Now able to bring rain to the parched plains of Africa, Ororo was worshipped as a goddess and romanced the prince of Wakanda and future Black Panther T’Challa, with whom she would share a rocky marriage many years later. 
In time, Ororo was summoned by Professor Charles Xavier, a man who discovered her mutant status after she tried to pick his pocket in Cairo many years before. United with others of her kind, Ororo joined the likes of Wolverine, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Thunderbird and Banshee as the New X-Men, and from that day on became a stalwart member of the team.  

Comics: ASTONISHING X-MEN: Unstoppable, AVENGERS VS X-MEN, UNCANNY X-MEN: The Dark Phoenix Saga
Film & TV: X-Men, X2, The Last Stand, Days of Future Past
Video-Games: N/A


 

 



THE DEFENDERS

Founding Members: Doctor Strange, Namor & the Hulk
Base of Operations: The Sanctum Sanctorum, New York City, USA
First Appearance: Marvel Feature #1 (July 1971)

When faced with a threat too great for even his astonishing mystical powers, Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Stephen Strange manipulated the aquatic king known as Namor the Sub-Mariner into aiding him. Joined by the raging behemoth known as the Incredible Hulk, these ‘heroes’ managed to save Earth from the ‘Undying Ones’, and later from the evil scientist known as Yandroth, and in the process became ‘the Defenders’!
However, this trio had little in common bar their immense dislike of one another, and the team was quickly disbanded, with Namor and the Hulk declaring they would never work together again. However, through a mixture of fate and Doctor Strange’s manipulations, the Defenders were brought together time and again to save reality from threats only their immense powers could handle. Their iconic grouping was cemented with the addition of the cosmic-powered alien Silver Surfer, and while the group has since had many members, such as ValkyrieNighthawk and Beast, the universe always has a way of pulling the original foursome back together, whether they like it or not. 

Comics: N/A
Film & TV: N/A
Video-Games: N/A



NAMOR, THE SUB-MARINER

Real Name: Namor McKenzie
Affiliation: The Defenders 
First Appearance: Marvel Comics #1 (October 1939)

One of the first modern-day superheroes, Namor was the son of lost American explorer Leonard McKenzie and the Atlantean Princess Fen, born in 1915. After his father was cast out of Atlantis, Namor was raised in the lost underwater city as the future prince and grew weary of the surface-dwellers. Some decades later, Namor’s wariness drew him to the surface when Nazis threatened the safety of Atlantis, forcing him to join forces with other heroes such as Captain AmericaBucky and the original Human Torch to form the Invaders and help win World War II. However, Namor’s time on the surface was tumultuous, and after the war, he became a derelict amnesiac, squatting in New York until he was discovered by the new Human Torch of the Fantastic Four, and returned to the water, restoring him to his true self. Blessed with a mixture of Atlantean physiology and mutant powers that allowed him to live underwater, fly and demonstrate superhuman strength, Namor has since been both an ally to the surface world, as well as an enemy; stepping in whenever the Earth is in danger, but otherwise spending his time protecting his homeland against any and all who may threaten it.

Comics: AVENGERS VS X-MEN, AVENGERS: DisassembledInfinity, Time Runs Out, DARK AVENGERS: AssembleINFINITY GAUNTLET, IRON MAN: Demon in a Bottle, NEW AVENGERS: IlluminatiEverything Dies, Other Worlds, A Perfect WorldSECRET WARS
Film & TV: N/A
Video-Games: N/A


HULK

Real Name: Robert Bruce Banner
Affiliation: The Defenders
First Appearance: Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962)

Dr Robert Bruce Banner was one of the world’s foremost experts on nuclear physics, and his vast knowledge and prowess in his field taking him into the employ of the United States military, in the hopes he would gain funding for his other, more humanitarian projects, in turn.
There, Banner was stationed under Airforce General Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross, who had him work on an experimental Gamma Bomb. During this time, Bruce met and fell in love with Ross’ daughter, Betty Ross, starting a relationship that would endure despite Bruce’s dark future.
When the day came about to test his new bomb, Banner was horrified to see a young man, Rick Jones, had broken onto the testing grounds. Sacrificing himself to save Rick, Banner rushed onto the grounds and pushed Rick into cover, but was caught in the explosion. His cells irradiated by the Gamma radiation, Bruce was cursed with a monstrous, dim-witted alter-ego with God-like strength; becoming an anti-hero of sorts, ‘the strongest one there is’… the ‘Incredible’ Hulk!

Comics: IMMORTAL HULK: Or Is He Both?, The Green Door || AVENGERS VS X-MEN, AVENGERS: Avengers World, The Last White Event, Infinity, Adapt or Die!, Time Runs Out, FANTASTIC FOUR: Monsters UnleashedINFINITY GAUNTLET, NEW AVENGERS: A Perfect WorldULTIMATES: Super-Human
Film & TV: The Incredible HulkAvengers AssembleRagnarok, Infinity War, Endgame
Video-Games: Avengers


DOCTOR STRANGE

Real Name: Stephen Vincent Strange
Affiliation: The Defenders
First Appearance: Strange Tales #110 (July 1963)

Once one of the most preeminent surgeons on the planet, Doctor Stephen Strange lived a life of luxury; one afforded to him by cherry-picking only the richest clients to bestow his healing talents upon.
However, his life was forever changed when the egotistical doctor was caught in a devastating car crash that completely ruined his hands. Now unable to perform surgery, Strange began desperately searching for a way to restore himself to his former glory, and his search leads him to a great mystic called the Ancient One.
This Sorcerer Supreme refuses to heal Strange’s hands but does offer to teach him the mystic arts instead. Strange reluctantly accepts after learning the Ancient One’s other pupil, Baron Mordo, plans to kill his master and curses Strange not to reveal his treachery. Driven by this surprisingly altruistic desire to stop Mordo, Strange grows to become one of the wisest and most powerful sorcerers on the planet. Returning to the United States, Strange took up residence in his Sanctum Sanctorum in Greenwich Village, where, along with his loyal friend and personal assistant Wong, he protects reality from the insanity of monsters and demons such as DormammuNightmare and Shuma-Gorath.

Comics: DR STRANGE: Triumph & Torment || AVENGERS VS X-MEN, AVENGERS: Disassembled, Infinity, Time Runs Out, The Final Host, HOUSE OF M, INFINITY GAUNTLETNEW AVENGERS: Illuminati, Revolution, Everything Dies, Other Worlds, A Perfect WorldSECRET WARS
Film & TV: Doctor StrangeRagnarokInfinity WarEndgame
Video-Games: N/A


SILVER SURFER

Real Name: Norrin Radd
Affiliation:
The Defenders
First Appearance: Fantastic Four #48 (March 1966)

Born on the planet Zenn-La, a Utopia lacking crime, disease, hunger and poverty, Norrin Radd was encouraged by his father to pursue knowledge and discovery above all else and not flounder in the hedonistic ways of their fellow Zann-Lavians. 
As such, when a monstrous spaceship entered Zenn-La’s atmosphere, Norrin volunteered to discover what it was this alien presence wanted. Jetting up to the ship – Taa II – Norrin came face-to-face with Galactus, the devourer of worlds, who planned to destroy Zenn-La so that he could feast. 
Hoping to save his world, Norrin pleaded with Galactus to spare the planet and offered to help the devourer find other worlds to sate his hunger instead. Galactus agreed and imbued Norrin with a portion of his power cosmic – coating him in a silvery shell and granting him a flying board, on which Norrin could surf the spaceways. 
As Galactus’ herald, Norrin became the Silver Surfer – an omen of the end of days, as he travelled across the cosmos for decades seeking out worlds for his master to consume so that Zenn-La might live. Eventually, however, Norrin was convinced to reconnect with his morality on the planet Earth during an encounter with the Fantastic Four and turned against Galactus. Now, Norrin takes on the role of hero to make up for the countless lives he led Galactus to feast on.

Comics: FANTASTIC FOUR: The Coming of GalactusINFINITY GAUNTLET
Film & TV: N/A
Video-Games: N/A


 

 



THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Founding Members: Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Adam Warlock & Quasar
Base of Operations: Knowhere Space-Station
First Appearance: Annihilation: Conquest #6 (April 2008)

In the wake of a universe-wide attack by the cosmic despot known as Annihilus, former Avengers foe and the robotic creation of Hank PymUltron, stepped up to make his move. With the universe in chaos and the intergalactic police force known as the Nova Corp destroyed, the safety of the Galaxy was left in the hands of a band of criminals, led by the washed-up space-faring hero Peter Quill, better known as Star-Lord.
He and his team of criminals managed to prevail against the robotic would-be conqueror, and in the wake of his attempted takeover, Quill decided to round up a band of ‘heroes’ to make sure a similar fate could never befall the galaxy again. But instead of heroes, Quill found himself united with the daughter of Thanos and deadliest woman in the Galaxy, Gamora, the brutish ‘destroyer’ Drax, trigger-happy mercenary Rocket Raccoon, a sapling of the monstrous Groot, the enigmatic spell-caster Adam Warlock, and the reluctant ‘protector of the Universe’ and daughter of the original Captain MarvelQuasar.
Though their number would change as the years went by, this crew of scoundrels time and again find themselves at the centre of intergalactic disasters, struggling to hold back the tide – at least, when they’re not up to no good.

Comics: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: Legacy || AVENGERS: Time Runs Out
Film & TV: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Infinity WarEndgame
Video-Games: N/A



DRAX, THE DESTROYER

Real Name: Arthur Sampson Douglas
Affiliation:
The Guardians of the Galaxy
First Appearance: Iron Man #55 (February 1973)

Arthur Douglas lived a normal life. He had a wife and child. Worked a job as a real estate agent. He enjoyed jazz and playing the saxophone. Then, one day, while driving his family home, he and his family were slaughtered in an attack by Thanos, the Mad Titan.
Across the galaxy, Thanos’ father deemed his latest act was a step too far, and with the help of his own godlike father, the Eternal known as Mentor used his great cosmic powers to bring Arthur back to life in a new, sturdier alien body. Now reborn as Drax the Destroyer, Arthur’s memories of his old life were wiped away and replaced with an all-consuming hatred of Thanos. 
For years, Drax would attempt to thwart Thanos’ plans at every turn, but fell short of ending Thanos’ life. Until finally, in the lead up to the Annihilation wars, Drax was killed, and subsequently reborn in a newer, more agile body with a more cunning mind and a penchant for bladed weapons. Now, Drax’s is able to put the various skills he has learned over the years to use as a master of various different fighting styles, which he utilizes as a member of Peter Quill’s Guardians of the Galaxy. 

Comics: AVENGERS: Time Runs OutGUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: Legacy
Film & TV: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Infinity WarEndgame
Video-Games: N/A


GAMORA

Real Name: Gamora Zen Whoberi Ben Titan
Affiliation:
The Guardians of the Galaxy
First Appearance: Strange Tales #180 (June 1975)

After the Zen Whoberis race was slaughtered by the Universal Church of Truth and their leader Magus, the sole survivor – a now orphaned child named Gamora – was recovered by the despotic conqueror known as Thanos the Mad Titan, who offered her revenge against her races’ destroyer. 
Under Thanos’ care, Gamora was cybernetically enhanced and trained to become an adept killer, quickly earning the title of the ‘Deadliest Woman in the Galaxy’. However, after encountering an enlightening being known as Adam Warlock, whom Magus was the evil version of from an alternate future, Gamora came to question her ‘father’s obsession with death and turned against him. 
Travelling the galaxy with Warlock, Gamora began to reforge her image, transforming from the relentless killer of her younger years into something of a reluctant hero. After fighting in the Annihilation wars, Gamora was enlisted by Peter Quill to join his Guardians of the Galaxy. Now, the ‘deadliest woman in the galaxy’ uses her skills in death-dealing to help keep the peace, and bring down anyone who threatens innocent lives. 

Comics: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: Legacy
Film & TV: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Infinity WarEndgame
Video-Games: N/A


STAR-LORD

Real Name: Peter Jason Quill
Affiliation:
The Guardians of the Galaxy
First Appearance: Marvel Preview #4 (January 1976)

Peter Quill decided his destiny lay among the stars after his mother was killed by two alien Badoon who sought revenge for sleights against them by Peter’s own alien father, J’Son of Spartax.  
Determined to avenge his mother’s death, Peter began pursuing a career as an astronaut. Taking a job at NASA as a mechanic, Peter began secretly training in flight simulators. Stealing a recovered space-craft, Peter fled Earth. Out of his depth, he soon found himself stranded, only to be recovered by the space-pirate Yondu. In Peter, Yondu saw a kindred spirit and allowed him to join his crew and experience life among the stars.
Eventually, Peter decided to set out on his own, becoming ‘Star-Lord’ and going on adventures across the cosmos. However, his travels landed him in jail and ultimately drafted in the successive intergalactic ‘Annihilation’ wars against Annihilus and Ultron. In the wake of these galaxy-spanning conflicts, Peter decided to put together a team of fellow heroes and former criminals looking for a second chance, who could preemptively put an end to these conflicts before they began. Now Star-Lord is the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy, doing his best to keep the universe in one piece while trying to wrangle the unsavoury characters that permeate his life. 

Comics: AVENGERS: Time Runs OutGUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: Legacy, SECRET WARS
Film & TV: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Infinity WarEndgame
Video-Games: N/A


 

 

 

 

OTHERS

WINTER SOLDIER

Real Name: James Buchanan Barnes
Affiliation:
N/A
First Appearance: Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941)

As the United States of America prepared to join the Second World War, thousands of young American men enlisted to do their part for the good of the world. Among them was Steve Rogers, a sickly young man who would become the test subject for ‘Project: Rebirth’, and would subsequently be transformed into the heroic Captain America
But Rogers would not be alone in his colourful war-based adventures and was soon introduced to ‘Bucky’ Barnes, an orphaned army brat who would be his new partner – a symbol of the American Youth fighting back against the Nazi menace. 
Yet, despite Bucky’s jovial appearance, in truth, he was highly trained in stealth, combat and assassination, willing to do the jobs too dirty for the Captain. And so, when he and Rogers were believed killed by an explosion above the English channel, Bucky was found and revived by Russian intelligence, who reprogrammed him to be their prize assassin. Although Bucky eventually escaped their control, the blood on his hands from decades of assassinations cannot be washed away. Now, Bucky Barnes is a Ghost, striking from the shadows in the guise his captors gave him – the Winter Soldier

Comics: CAPTAIN AMERICA: Winter Soldier, The Death of Captain America, SECRET INVASION, SIEGE
Film & TV: Captain America: The First Avenger, Winter Soldier, Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Endgame
Video-Games: N/A


NICK FURY

Real Name: Nicholas Joseph Fury Sr. 
Affiliation:
S.H.I.E.L.D.
First Appearance: Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1 (May 1963)

America’s former ‘Top Cop’, Nick Fury was a World War II veteran whose extensive injuries during the war put him on track to becoming one of the most infamous peacekeepers in history. A piece of shrapnel to the eye led to Fury donning his signature eyepatch while being caught in the blast of a land-mine led to him being used as a test subject for a serum known as the ‘Infinity Formula’. 
The formula healed the wounds Fury sustained from the landmine, and also extended his life, allowing Fury to retain his relative youth well into the modern-day. After some time in the CIA, Fury was appointed the second director of the world peacekeeping task force known as S.H.I.E.L.D. 
Under his direction, S.H.I.E.L.D. became a significant presence in international conflicts, utilising impressive technology such as the flying Helicarriers and robotic life-model-decoys, while also studying and developing relationships with superheroes such as The Avengers. 
In more recent years, Fury has been replaced as S.H.I.E.L.D’s director, but still keeps his eye on the various conflicts that threaten the globe. 

Comics: AVENGERS: DisassembledTime Runs Out, CAPTAIN AMERICA: Winter SoldierThe Death of Captain America, INFINITY GAUNTLETSECRET INVASION, SIEGETHE ULTIMATES: Super-Human
Film & TV: Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Avengers Assemble, Winter Soldier, Infinity War, Captain Marvel, Endgame, Far From Home
Video-Games: Avengers


 

 



THE INHUMANS

Ruling Members: Black Bolt, Medusa, Crystal, Karnak, Gorgon, Triton & Lockjaw
Base of Operations: Attilan
First Appearance: Fantastic Four #45 (December 1965)

Created millions of years ago by the scientists of the Kree Empirethe Inhumans were an experiment that grew to be so much more. Initially intended to unlock the problems with the Kree’s own evolutionary stagnation, these early humans were transformed into genetically superior Inhumans, who were granted powers by exposure to a mist secreted from Terrigen Crystals.
For years, the Inhumans thrived in their own hidden society – the base of their power being the Inhuman City of Attilan. But after being discovered by the explorers known as the Fantastic Four, the Inhumans begun to take their place amongst the superhuman community, led by their silent king, Black Bolt, whose voice could destroy all around him, his prehensile haired queen Medusa, Medusa’s element manipulating sister Crystal, the martial artist Karnak, the amphibious Triton, the hoofed Gorgon and their teleporting dog Lockjaw.
Over the years, their race has faced threats from both inside their insular society, such as Black Bolt’s mischievous brother Maximus, and out, such as when the Mad Titan Thanos attacked their city, forcing Black Bolt to unleash the Terrigen mists across the Earth, allowing countless new Inhumans to rise up and leading his family into a new age of Inhumanity.

Comics: AVENGERS: InfinityFANTASTIC FOUR: The Coming of Galactus, NEW AVENGERS: Other Worlds
Film & TV: N/A
Video-Games: Avengers



BLACK BOLT

Real Name: Blackagar Boltagon
Affiliation:
The Inhumans
First Appearance: Fantastic Four #45 (December 1965)

The silent king of the Inhumans, Blackagar Boltagon – the son of two of Attilan’s top geneticists – was exposed to the Terrigen mists that grant Inhumans their powers while he was still an embryo. As a result, Black Bolt’s was granted abilities far beyond his kind, showing greater strength, speed than his brethren, as well as the ability to fly and a voice with such destructive capability that even his mere whispers could shatter whole buildings.  
Despite being cut off from society until he learned to control his powers and given a special suit to allow him to harness the immense energy that resided within him, Black Bolt was eventually forced to take on the role of Inhuman leader when his parents passed away. As King, Black Bolt married the Inhuman Medusa, with whom he found a way to communicate without talking so that she could be his voice. 
Eventually, the Inhuman’s existence was discovered by the Fantastic Four, forcing Black Bolt and his followers to begin interacting with humanity unlike they ever had before. In this new period of change, Black Bolt’s tumultuous rule has seen attacks from his mad brother Maximus, revolts and attacks by humanity, but throughout it all, Black Bolt has remained a stoic leader and spread Terrigen across the planet to usher in a new age of Inhumanity. 

Comics: AVENGERS: Infinity, Time Runs Out, NEW AVENGERS: Illuminati, Everything Dies, Other Worlds, A Perfect World
Film & TV: N/A
Video-Games: N/A


 

 

 

VILLAINS

RED SKULL

Real Name: Johann Shmidt
Affiliation:
Hydra
First Appearance: Captain America Comics #7 (October 1941)

An orphaned young boy from a broken background, Johann Shmidt spent his early years either as a beggar on the streets or in prison for theft. In time, his salvation would arrive when the Nationalist Socialist Party came to power in Germany, and through pure chance, Shmidt came to meet its leader, Adolf Hitler
Shmidt quickly became enamoured with the ideals Hitler spouted and was taken under the dictator’s wing. Under Hitler’s direction, Shmidt was finally allowed to let the hate and anger that had bubbled inside of him all of these years be free, enacting the will of the Nazi Party as Hitler’s fearsome right-hand man: the Red Skull
But as the world descended into war, the Skull would meet his match in the American super-soldier Captain America. The pair became bitter rivals who clashed repeatedly during the course of the war. When Hitler was defeated, the Skull began searching for new ways to gain power independent of the Nazi Party, such as through artefacts like the Cosmic Cube. His hunger for power is matched only by his knack for evading death itself, making him a true threat to world peace.

Comics: CAPTAIN AMERICA: Winter SoldierThe Death of Captain America
Film & TV: Captain America: The First AvengerAvengers: Infinity WarEndgame
Video-Games: N/A


DOCTOR DOOM

Real Name: Victor Von Doom
Affiliation:
N/A
First Appearance: Fantastic Four #5 (July 1962)

Born in a Romani camp to a witch, Cynthia von Doom and her folk doctor husband Werner, Victor always straddled the worlds of science and magic. After the death of his parents, Victor devoted himself to studying both disciplines. 
Moving to the USA, Victor enrolled in university, where he met Reed Richards and Ben Grimm. They instantly grew to dislike one another, and so, when Reed pointed out some flaws in Victor’s blueprints for a machine he was building, Victor ignored him – and his resulting failure left Victor scarred. 
Expelled from the university, Victor held Reed accountable for his new hardships and absconded to Tibet, where a conclave of monks helped him forge a suit of armour to hide his deformed visage. 
Returning to his home country of Latveria, Victor used all he had learned in his travels across the globe to dethrone the current ruler and declare himself king. 
As the ruler of a nation and one of the smartest men in the world, Victor is now also one of the most powerful. His quest for greater power and world domination have often put him on a collision course with the likes of Reed and his Fantastic Four, as well as the Avengers, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Doctor Strange and the governments of the world. He is the world’s greatest villain, but also, when the need arises, has the potential to be its greatest saviour.  

Comics: DOCTOR DOOM: Triumph & Torment || AVENGERS: Time Runs OutDARK AVENGERS: AssembleFANTASTIC FOUR: Solve EverythingINFINITY GAUNTLETNEW AVENGERS: Everything Dies, SECRET WARS
Film & TV: Fant4stic
Video-Games: N/A


LOKI

Real Name: Loki Laufeyson
Affiliation:
N/A
First Appearance: Journey Into Mystery #85 (October 1962)

The future God of Mischief, the uncharacteristically small (for a giant) Loki Laufeyson was born to the king of the Frost Giants, Laufey, and his bride Farbauti. However, when Laufey was slain in battle by his Asgardian rival, the All-Father Odin, Loki was taken into the conqueror’s care. 
Raised alongside Odin’s own son, Thor, Loki quickly grew to be jealous of his much-loved ‘brother’ and the Asgardian populace in general, who valued strength and battle above all else, in contrast to Loki’s pursuit of intellect and cunning. Subsequently, he began honing his skills in trickery, deceit and magic to sabotage the heir to the Asgardian throne. 
Despite Thor’s love for his adoptive brother, the two soon became bitter rivals, as Thor was consistently lauded as a hero, while Loki was dubbed a villain. The pair fought countless times over the centuries, and eventually, when Thor was cast down to Earth by his father to learn humility, Loki followed him, sensing greater opportunities than ever to wreak havoc. Now, Loki’s pursuit of power and chaos has made him a foe of not only Thor but the other heroes of Earth as well. But deep down, there is still some good in the trickster God’s heart, and he will occasionally slip in to the role of ‘hero’ when it serves his plans. 

Comics: AVENGERS: The Final Host, DARK AVENGERS AssembleSIEGETHOR: Reborn
Film & TV: ThorAvengers AssembleThe Dark WorldRagnarokInfinity WarEndgame
Video-Games: Avengers


DOCTOR OCTOPUS

Real Name: Otto Gunther Octavius
Affiliation: The Sinister Six
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #3 (July 1963)

A brilliant scientist, Otto Octavius used his scientific prowess to become a master in both atomic physics and mechanics. Combining these skills, Otto created a set of four mechanical tentacles, resistant to radiation and able to function to an incredibly precise degree, to aid him in his nuclear experiments.
However, during an accident at his laboratory, Octavius was caught in an explosion that fused his artificial appendages to his body, corrupting his mind and driving him to a life of crime. However, his criminal activities attracted the attention of Spider-Man, and the two quickly became sworn enemies, as Octavius proved to be a dark reflection of what Spider-Man could have been had he not benefitted from the love of his friends and family.
As the founder and leader of the Sinister Six, Doctor Octopus has plagued Spider-Man on many occasions and is considered by some to be Spider-Man’s greatest foe. In recent years, Octavius even managed to outdo all of his peers by swapping minds with the wall-crawler and dubbing himself the ‘Superior Spider-Man’, before eventually being forced to return to his old body.  

Comics: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: Spider-Verse
Film & TV: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Video-Games: Spider-Man


MAGNETO

Real Name: Max Eisenhardt
Affiliation:
The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
First Appearance: X-Men #1 (September 1963)

Due to his Jewish heritage, Max Eisenhardt was taken to Auschwitz during his teenage years and subjected to the horrors of the Holocaust, learning the extent humanity would go to rid itself of something it did not understand. 
After escaping with his partner Magda, Max took on a new name, one that shared her surname – Erik Lehnsherr. The pair moved around Europe, eventually settling in Ukraine. It was here that Erik discovered his mutant powers of magnetism, and was once again taught the same harsh lesson about humanity when fearful law enforcement agents attacked him while he tried to use his powers to save his daughter from a fire. 
It was at this point that Erik met and befriended fellow mutant Charles Xavier. Due to their backgrounds, the pair had diametrically opposed views on how the mutant race should interact with humanity and would debate this endlessly. In time, Erik’s more hardline views would lead him to form the Brotherhood, a militant group of mutants who shared his idea that humanity should be subjugated for mutants to thrive. But his old friend Xavier had a similar idea, creating the peace-keeping X-Men who opposed Erik, now known by his mutant name Magneto. While still friends, the two became locked in an ongoing battle over the future of mutant-kind, and although they have time and again joined forces, Erik still remembers the ugly reality of humanity’s true nature.

Comics: AVENGERS VS X-MEN, AVENGERS: Disassembled, HOUSE OF M
Film & TV: X-Men, X2, The Last Stand, First Class, Days of Future Past
Video-Games: N/A


GREEN GOBLIN

Real Name: Norman Virgil Osborn
Affiliation:
The ‘Dark’ Avengers
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #14 (July 1964)

A celebrated businessman with an insatiable hunger for greater wealth and power, Norman Osborn‘s downward spiral began when he discovered the notes for a power-granting formula created by his old business partner Mendell Stromm
The formula granted Norman enhanced physical abilities, but also fractured his mind, slowly driving him insane. Taking on a new ‘Goblin’ persona, Norman strove to become not only a business magnate, but also a crime-lord, and utilizing his genius in weapons design, created an extensive arsenal of blades and explosives, as well as a flying ‘glider’ to help him traverse the city. 
However, his plans were foiled by Spider-Man, with whom he quickly became obsessed
Thanks to his genius and ruthlessness, he has had many successes, including the murder of Spider-Man’s old girlfriend Gwen Stacy, and his meteoric rise to power as the head of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s replacement agency, H.A.M.M.E.R.
Yet Osborn still struggles to balance his pursuit of power with his desire to terrorize the wall-crawler, and his crippling mental issues will often prove to be his undoing. 

Comics: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: New Ways to Die, DARK AVENGERS: Assemble, SECRET INVASION, SIEGEULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN: Power & Responsibility
Film & TV: Amazing Spider-Man 2, Into the Spider-Verse
Video-Games: Spider-Man


GALACTUS, DEVOURER OF WORLDS

Real Name: Galan
Affiliation:
N/A
First Appearance: Fantastic Four #48 (March 1966)

As the universe neared its end, a crew of scientists from the advanced civilization of Ta journeyed to find a way to save their world, but found there was no escaping the end. All around them, planets and stars were snuffed out, and the scientists died one by one until only Galan remained – the last survivor of the universe
But this would not be the end, as the sentience of the universe bonded with Galan, transforming him as the everything ended around him and was born anew. Now sole witness to the Big Bang, Galan was reborn as a godlike being known as Galactus! As his new form gestated, the new universe spiralled into life around him, as new stars and planets and galaxies were born. 
Eventually, Galactus’ metamorphosis came to an end, and his immense hunger for energy began. Discovering the only thing that would sate hiM was to feast on the energy of entire planets, Galactus was forced to dull his sympathy for the inhabitants of this new universe and consume their worlds. In time, Galactus empowered mortals to become his heralds, scouting out worlds rich in energy for him to absorb. Their presence now brings fear across the cosmos, as people know that the arrival of a herald means Galactus and death are not far behind. 

Comics: FANTASTIC FOUR: The Coming of Galactus, NEW AVENGERS: Everything Dies
Film & TV: N/A
Video-Games: N/A


KINGPIN

Real Name: Wilson Grant Fisk
Affiliation: N/A
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #50 (July 1967)

Starting out in life as a poor, obese child, Wilson Fisk was always destined for a life of crime. Teaching himself to fight and building muscle mass on top of his already sizeable physique to fight back against his bullies, Fisk soon found himself in a job as a bodyguard. From there, he was employed by the crime-lord Don Rigoletto and used his cunning and incredible strength to rise through the ranks. Through his criminal enterprises, Fisk developed a sizeable wealth, which he put into legitimate businesses, allowing him to have a public persona alongside his secret dealings as the up-and-coming Kingpin of Crime. With his wife Vanessa Mariana at his side, Kingpin slowly took over all of New York, dominating the underworld and the public sector alike. His crimes would bring him into conflict with superheroes such as Spider-Man and Daredevil, but due to his many connections, any charges levelled against him rarely stick.

Comics: DAREDEVIL: Born AgainHAWKEYE: My Life as a WeaponULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN: Learning Curve
Film & TV: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Video-Games: Spider-Man


ULTRON

Real Name: Ultron
Affiliation:
The Lethal Legion
First Appearance: Avengers #54 (July 1968)

After joining the Avengers, Hank Pym, the size-changing scientist superhero formerly known as Ant-Man, began experimenting with artificial intelligence and robotics, and in the process, created a strange unit dubbed Ultron-1. 
Ultron quickly became sentient and began to develop an Oedipus complex, learning to hate his creator and becoming fascinated with his ‘mother’ Janet van Dyne. In time, his hatred began to extend to the Avengers and humanity as a whole, and so Ultron began upgrading himself in the hopes that he could one day wipe them out. 
Escaping out into the world, Ultron began enacting plan after plan to bring down the Avengers. In the same way he was ‘fathered’ by Pym, Ultron also created his own ‘son’, the android known as the Vision, and a ‘wife’, Jocasta, both of whom eventually turned against him and sided with the Avengers. As he continually upgrades his body after every defeat, Ultron has become one of the most dangerous villains the Avengers have ever faced, having wiped out countries, started intergalactic wars and left his creator with an overwhelming sense of guilt and humiliation.

Comics: AVENGERS: Disassembled, Infinite Avengers, MIGHTY AVENGERS: The Ultron Initiative
Film & TV: N/A
Video-Games: N/A


THANOS, THE MAD TITAN

Real Name: Thanos
Affiliation: The Black Order
First Appearance: The Invincible Iron Man #55 (February 1973)

Born into the Eternals, Thanos was one of a race of Godlike beings that hailed from Titan, one of the moons of Saturn. However, unlike his godlike seeming brethren, Thanos was born with a deviant gene, giving him a look so monstrous that his own mother was driven insane at the sight of him. Alienated from his people, Thanos gave himself to the pursuit of knowledge and power, sharing his findings and psychopathic tendencies only with a mysterious young girl he had befriended. In time, Thanos would learn that that girl was the embodiment of Death, and became enamoured with Death’s personification, devoting his extreme acts of violence to her, in the hopes that one day she would return his affections. Destroying the society from whence he came, Thanos has since set out into the stars in pursuit of artefacts like the Infinity Gauntlet and the Cosmic Cube, enacting slaughter on a universal scale all to please his one true love. Now known as the Mad Titan, Thanos is feared by every being in the cosmos that know his name and is considered one of the most dangerous beings in existence.

Comics: AVENGERS: Infinity, Time Runs OutINFINITY GAUNTLETSECRET WARS
Film & TV:
Avengers AssembleInfinity WarEndgame.
Video-Games: N/A


VENOM

Real Name: Edward Charles Allan Brock
Affiliation: N/A
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #299 (April 1988)

After being transported into space to fight for the Beyonder‘s amusement on the far off BattleworldSpider-Man returned to Earth adorned in a new, sleek black alien costume. However, after discovering the costume’s intent to bond with him, Spider-Man tore it off. Vengeful, this symbiote found a new host in the form of disgruntled reporter Eddie Brock, who also had a festering hatred of both Spider-Man and his alter-ego, rival photographer Peter Parker. Now gifted with all the symbiotes abilities, as well as the knowledge and powers it had adapted from Spider-Man, Eddie became a monstrous slathering man-beast out for revenge. Despite being stronger and more dangerous than Spider-Man, Eddie could never find a way to defeat him, and eventually gave up their quest for vengeance in favour of using his powers for good. In time, the symbiote passed on to various other hosts but in the end, it always returns to Eddie Brock, and together, they are Venom.

Comics: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: New Ways to Die
Film & TV: Venom
Video-Games: N/A