Our lives just wouldn't be the same without pets. Luckily, our gang of superheroes agree! Sometimes, pets become very iconic to the character, and as you'll see with many of these superheroes, a lot of them are just plain weird and a source of endless jokes. A few of these pets are super-powered, others are just interesting, but no matter the creature, each one has affected the comic book stories of these legends.
Possibly one of the coolest things about these pets' owners: All ten of the superheroes in this article either have been in a movie recently, will be in a movie soon, or have been considered for a movie role in recent years. Without further ado, 10 of Marvel & DC's iconic comic superhero pets!
#1: Wonder Woman's pet Kanga: Jumpa
On Wonder Woman's island, the Amazons rode giant alien kangaroos called Kangas. The amazons basically used them like the colonials did horses: for sport, entertainment, and to help with work around the island. Wonder Woman's was named Jumpa. I don't know exactly what I'd think if I crashed my ship on an island of nothing but girls who rode giant kangaroos...
I hope we can rule out seeing Jumpa in [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870)?!
#2: The Falcon's Falcon: Redwing
Redwing was telepathically bonded to the Falcon by the Red Skull using the infinity gem. Redwing and the Falcon can see through each other's eyes, and the Falcon can give him a command in English that Redwing can understand. This bird may just look like a winged accomplice, but he's a bit more to the Falcon!
During the development of [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973), there were talks as to if the Falcon would have Redwing with him. Simply attach some high-tech cameras to Redwing, and he might have been just as useful in the movie. Redwing also became a member of the Pet Avengers!
#3: Thor's Pet Frog: Throg
Can I just say this has to be one of the coolest and funniest pets ever? The frog started off as a man who wanted to contact the spirit world to speak to his dead wife. After finding a gypsy who could do such a trick, he spoke to her, but when the gypsy realized he couldn't pay his fees, she turned him into a frog. And no, true love's kiss won't break this curse! After assisting Thor as a frog, Throg became somewhat of an animal assistant to Thor and joined the Pet Avengers.
#4: Batman's Pet Dog: Ace
Yes, Bat-hound is real. Ace was actually owned by a man that Batman was searching for due to the fact that some criminals had kidnapped him. His owner was rescued, and Batman's secret identity Bruce Wayne returned the dog to him, however the owner later took up a job and he could no longer take care of Ace, so Bruce took Ace back and he became a regular crime-fighting partner with Batman and Robin.
#5: Spider-Man's Pet Dog: Ms. Lion
Ms. Lion is technically Aunt May's dog, however Peter Parker lived with Aunt May for quite some time, making him somewhat of a family pet. Wait, did I say "him?" Yes, yes I did! Ms. Lion is actually a male, despite the name of 'miss'. And even though he had absolutely no powers or real strengths, he actually became a founding member of the Pet Avengers.
#6: Superman's Pet Dog: Krypto
Krypto was similar to the monkey test subjects sent into outer space during the space race: a test subject for the safety of humans who would attempt after. Superman's father sent Krypto to Earth as a test subject before sending his son, who would later become Superman. Krypto's rocket got knocked off course and would later finally find it's way to Earth. Krypto has actually had his own TV show, and is possibly the most famous superhero pet in comics!
#7: Kitty Pryde's Dragon: Lockheed
The X-Men have found plenty of reasons to journey into space over the years. When Kitty Pryde discovered a purple alien dragon on one of the journeys that remarkably resembled a fairytale she had told, she named it after the character in the fairytale: Lockheed, the character in the fairytale having been named after the type of jet the X-Men use as transportation. Lockheed actually became a founding member of the British superhero team Excalibur in later years.
#8: Ka-Zar's Sabertooth Tiger: Zabu
After Ka-Zar's father died in the Savage Land, a land in Antarctica harvesting creatures that didn't genetically evolve in a zone kept warm by alien technology long since abandoned, Zabu, a sabertooth tiger, took Ka-Zar in as if one of its own cubs and raised Ka-Zar as it's own. Ka-Zar was named one of the 12 Marvel Characters that has recently been in development for a movie. If that's the case, Zabu would end up being a main character, possibly similar to the tiger in [Life of Pi](movie:5529).
#9: Aquaman's Pet Seahorse: Storm
Storm was the name of an over-sized domesticated seahorse that lived in the underwater continent of Atlantis. Aquaman developed a close telepathic relationship with Storm and employed him as his personal mount. Aqualad rode atop a younger, more playful seahorse named Imp.
~The Aquaman Wiki
Though Storm from a comic book standpoint may be the source of endless joking, in an actual movie, with some high-detailed CGI, this creature will look cooler than any sea monster you've ever seen.
#10: Black Bolt's Pet: Lockjaw
Lockjaw somewhat is and isn't a pet, however since he's somewhat of a leader in the Pet Avengers, I think it's safe to call him a pet. Believe it or not, both his master, Black Bolt, and himself are the same species: Inhuman. Lockjaw is part of the Inhuman Royal Family with Black Bolt, and he is in charge of teleporting the royal family on their royal affairs. There really is no limit to how far he can teleport, having even the power to teleport from Earth to the Moon.
Did you think Marvel movies were the only way Marvel hid easter eggs? As you can see above, easter eggs like a "The Thing" chew-toy are often hidden throughout the comics too, as Marvel Comics has been doing for years.