MARVEL COMICS HEROES & VILLAINS

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:
Captain AmericaThe Fantastic FourGiant-Man & the WaspHulkSpider-Man (Parker)ThorIron ManNick FuryDoctor StrangeThe AvengersThe X-MenScarlet Witch & QuicksilverDaredevilBlack WidowHawkeyeBlack PantherCaptain MarvelVisionFalconLuke CageBladeWolverineWar MachineAnt-ManDeadpoolThe Guardians of the GalaxySpider-Man (Morales)Ms Marvel — 

VILLAINS:
NamorDoctor DoomDoctor OctopusThe Sinister SixKingpinUltronThanosVenom

HEROES

CAPTAIN AMERICA

Real Name: Steven Grant Rogers
Affiliation: The Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D.
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: AVENGERS: Disassembled, Avengers World, Infinity, Time Runs Out, CAPTAIN AMERICA: Not My Captain AmericaCIVIL WAR, DAREDEVIL: Born AgainINFINITY GAUNTLETNEW AVENGERS: Breakout, Everything DiesSPIDER-MAN: Straight Out of BrooklynTHE ULTIMATES: Super-Human
Film & TV: The First AvengerAvengers AssembleThe Winter SoldierCivil War, Infinity War, Endgame.
Video-Games: Avengers


THE FANTASTIC FOUR

Founding Members: Mr Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch & the Thing
Base of Operations: 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, AVENGERS: Time Runs OutCIVIL WAR, INFINITY GAUNTLETNEW AVENGERS: Everything DiesSECRET WARS 
Film & TV: Fant4stic
Video-Games: N/A


 

GIANT-MAN & THE WASP

Real Name: Hank Pym & Janet van Dyne
Affiliation:
The Avengers
First Appearance: Tales to Astonish #27 (January 1962) & Tales to Astonish #44 (June 1963)

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 starting a career as a superhero, Hank shared his serum with a socialite acquaintance Janet van Dyne, and the two became partners as Ant-Man and the Wasp! Alongside their ability to change their size, Pym developed a cybernetic helmet that would allow him to communicate with and control insects, and artificial insectoid wings for him and Janet to add to their arsenals, respectively. 
Together, the two went on various adventures and helped found the superhero team known as The Avengers, with Janet being the one to decide the name.
However, the pair’s ensuing relationship has been a tumultuous one, as Hank’s scientific inventions led to the birth of Ultron – the Avengers most dangerous foe – and the Pym Particles that empowered them proved to make him unstable, cycling through a series of different identities (Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket) and prone to becoming violent towards Janet and others. 
Now, the pair have gone their separate ways, with Hank having fought back his demons, now dedicating himself to training up the heroes of tomorrow at his Avengers Academy, while Janet continues balancing her superhero and fashion designer lives, while also mentoring Hank’s estranged daughter Nadia, the new Wasp. 

Comics: AVENGERS: Disassembled, MIGHTY AVENGERS: The Ultron Initiative
Film & TV: Ant-Man and the Wasp
Video-Games: Avengers [Hank]


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: AVENGERS: Avengers World, InfinityTime Runs OutINFINITY GAUNTLETNEW AVENGERS: A Perfect WorldTHE ULTIMATES: Super-Human
Film & TV: The Incredible HulkAvengers AssembleRagnarok, Infinity War, Endgame
Video-Games: Avengers


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: AVENGERS: Disassembled, Avengers WorldTime Runs OutCIVIL WARINFINITY GAUNTLETNEW AVENGERS: Breakout, SECRET WARS, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN: Power & Responsibility
Film & TV: Amazing Spider-Man 2, Civil WarHomecomingInfinity WarInto the Spider-Verse, EndgameFar From Home
Video-Games: Spider-Man


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: Avengers World, InfinityTime Runs OutINFINITY GAUNTLETTHE ULTIMATES: 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: Extremis, AVENGERS: Disassembled, Avengers WorldInfinity, Time Runs Out, CIVIL WAR, MIGHTY AVENGERS: The Ultron Initiative, NEW AVENGERS: Breakout, Everything Dies, Other Worlds, A Perfect World, THE ULTIMATES: Super-Human
Film & TV: Iron ManIron Man 2Avengers Assemble, Civil WarHomecomingInfinity WarEndgame.
Video-Games: Avengers


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 major 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, INFINITY GAUNTLETTHE 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


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: AVENGERS: Disassembled, Infinity, Time Runs OutINFINITY GAUNTLET,  NEW AVENGERS: Everything DiesOther Worlds, A Perfect WorldSECRET WARS 
Film & TV: Doctor StrangeRagnarokInfinity WarEndgame
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 WorldInfinity, Time Runs OutCIVIL WARINFINITY GAUNTLETMIGHTY AVENGERS: The Ultron Initiative, NEW AVENGERS: Breakout, THE ULTIMATES: Super-Human
Film & TV: Avengers AssembleCivil WarInfinity WarEndgame.
Video-Games: Avengers


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: N/A
Film & TV: X-MenX2The Last StandFirst ClassDays of Future PastNew Mutants
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: AVENGERS: Disassembled
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: Disassembled
Film & TV: X-Men: Days of Future Past
Video-Games: N/A


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 AgainNEW AVENGERS: Breakout 
Film & TV: N/A
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: Avengers World, InfinityInfinite AvengersTime Runs OutMIGHTY AVENGERS: The Ultron Initiative
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: Disassembled, Avengers World, Infinity, Time Runs Out,
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: Disassembled, Infinity, Time Runs OutCIVIL WARNEW AVENGERS: Everything DiesOther WorldsA 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, Infinity, Time Runs OutCIVIL WARMIGHTY AVENGERS: The Ultron Initiative, SECRET WARS 
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: AVENGERS: Disassembled, 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: CAPTAIN AMERICA: Not My Captain America, AVENGERS: Disassembled, Avengers World, InfinityTime Runs Out, CIVIL WAR
Film & TV: The Winter Soldier, Civil War, Infinity War, Endgame
Video-Games: N/A


LUKE CAGE, POWER MAN

Real Name: Carl Lucas
Affiliation:
The Avengers
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: Time Runs OutCIVIL WAR, NEW AVENGERS: Breakout
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


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: AVENGERS: Avengers WorldNEW AVENGERS: Breakout
Film & TV: X-Men, X2, The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Wolverine, Days of Future Past, Logan.
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 Out
Film & TV: Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Civil War, Infinity War, Endgame
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: AVENGERS: Disassembled
Film & TV: Civil War, Ant-Man & the WaspEndgame
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


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: Infinity, Time Runs Out, SECRET WARS 
Film & TV: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Infinity WarEndgame
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: SPIDER-MAN: Straight Out of Brooklyn, AVENGERS: Time Runs OutSECRET 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


 

 


VILLAINS

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: Disassembled, Infinity, Time Runs OutNEW AVENGERS: Everything DiesOther WorldsA Perfect WorldSECRET WARS 
Film & TV: N/A
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: AVENGERS: Time Runs Out, INFINITY GAUNTLET, NEW AVENGERS: Everything Dies, SECRET WARS
Film & TV: Fant4stic
Video-Games: N/A


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: N/A
Film & TV: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Video-Games: Spider-Man


THE SINISTER SIX

Founding Members: Doctor Octopus, Kraven, Electro, Vulture, Sandman & Mysterio 
Base of Operations: N/A
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (October 1964)

After several defeats at the hands of Spider-Man, the fearsome criminal Doctor Octopus decided that he would need help if he was going to actually defeat his arch-enemy. Thus, he contacted the various other villains Spider-Man had defeated since his debut, and brought together the likes of Vulture, Kraven, Sandman, Electro and Mysterio to be his ‘Sinister Six’. 
Together, the sextet put the wall-crawler through a gauntlet, in order to save those they believed to be close to him. Their plan failed, but the idea lived on. 
Over the years, many members of Spider-Man’s rogues gallery have come together as the Sinister Six, from the founding members to other heavy hitters like Green Goblin and Venom. In their ongoing effort to rid the world of the wall-crawler so that they may finally enact their actual plans, their number has grown, with membership sometimes swelling to twelve members at a time. Although they have yet to take down Spider-Man for good, there are enough criminals out there who hate him that the Sinister Six will never be short on numbers. 

Comics: N/A
Film & TV: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Video-Games: Spider-Man


THE 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 Again
Film & TV: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Video-Games: N/A


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: DisassembledInfinite AvengersMIGHTY 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 OutNEW AVENGERS: Other Worlds, INFINITY GAUNTLET, SECRET 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: N/A
Film & TV: Venom
Video-Games: N/A