ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at
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Now, when I say G.I. Joe, I'm guessing you're probably think about Channing Tatum, The Rock, and some seriously ridiculous action scenes - or, if you're a little more old-school, awesome '80s action figures, Snake Eyes, and the classic animated TV series.

You might even stop for a second and remember the awesome comic-book series from the '80s and early '90s, written by Larry Hama, and published by Marvel comics. Because, y'know, it was awesome.

What you probably don't sit and think about, though, is just how different the G.I. Joe series almost was, and how its modern origins, way back in 1982, almost changed the modern movie-going landscape as we know it.

The reason?

G.I. Joe Was Almost Part of the Marvel Universe

Yup, that Marvel Universe.
Yup, that Marvel Universe.

Now, when I say part of the Marvel Universe, I don't mean in the sense that the comics were published by Marvel for over a decade, and therefore probably qualify as being part of some strange alternate universe or another.

What I mean is - the G.I. Joe characters were almost part of the regular, mainstream, Avengers-filled Marvel universe.

And, better yet...

They Were Going to be Led By Nick Fury's Son

Yup, that Nick Fury.
Yup, that Nick Fury.

So much so, in fact, that they were actually originally set to be called Fury Force.

Or, rather, the comic-book series' creator, Larry Hama, was working on an idea for a comic called Fury Force in the early '80s - which, as it happens, would have seen Fury Jr. leading a strike force of elite soldiers, much like his father had done in World War 2 with the Howling Commandos, all as part of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Marvel didn't immediately go for the idea, but when the company agreed to work with Hasbro on a comic to accompany a rebooted G.I. Joe TV series and toy range in 1982, Hama saw the potential for his original idea to be realized. He pitched his vision of a team of elite, patriotic heroes, with an inspirational team leader, and Hasbro loved it.

And so, Sgt. Fury, seen below in early concept art by Hama...

...became Col. Hawk, while his team became Scarlett, Snake Eyes, and the rest of the beloved gang.

What about the villains, though? Well...

COBRA was Originally...HYDRA

Yup, that Hydra.
Yup, that Hydra.

That's right - the team were originally going to be so much a part of the Marvel Universe that the iconic, clandestine villainy of COBRA was originally set to be the equally iconic and clandestine villainy of HYDRA.

Who, it's worth noting, are now one of the main villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having taken center stage in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

All of which means...

In Another Reality, We Could be Watching a Marvel Studios G.I. Joe Movie

Nope, not that one.
Nope, not that one.

Or, rather, a Marvel-made Fury Force, with a young Nick Fury Jr. leading his youthful team into various conflicts around the world, trying to take down HYDRA.

So, basically Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. then. Except with Nick Fury Jr., and a presumably much larger budget.

Which...actually sounds pretty awesome. Plus, Adrianne Palicki's already in both of them...Lady 'Mockingbird' Jaye, anyone?

Yup. That works.
Yup. That works.

The big question, though: What do you guys think?


Would you have liked to see G.I. Joe be part of the regular Marvel Universe?

via Comics Alliance


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