So this one'll be simple. Just an introduction into who I am and how I think. What are some of my favorite heroes in the Marvel Universe... and why? To start this off let me just point out that this isn't the strongest heroes or anything like that, this is purely preference, I'm avoiding teams(no Avengers or X-men or Guardians) the individual members are free game though.
Kickin' right of with number 10.
10. Ghost Rider
This one, like one other on this list, has it's roots in my childhood. When I was growing up in Brazil my dad would always bring me back comics, usually Spider-Man or X-men, but one day... amidst all the colorful books, I see a flamingscorched
skull screaming up towards the sky, I must've been taken aback because the image of this character stuck with me and is still just... the most bad ass looking thing ever. But enough about that, let's talk about why he's lasted so long as one of my favorites. Johnny Blaze, a former motorcycle daredevil, who gains his powers by making a deal with the devil. Awesome. Right off the bat, we have a character who doesNOT
fit into the traditional hero mold. It's almost a modern western, the hero doesn't feel he belongs anywhere, he meets kind strangers who only seek to help, and against his better judgement he stays with them only to have them end up dying in terrible, awful, demonic ways. So he's forced to keep moving. Ridin' along the country, never being at peace, never feeling love or a home. The unsung hero or sure. Oh, that and he can take out the Hulk if he felt like it.
9. The Scarlet Spider
NOT BEN REILLY! Everybody and their mothers loves Ben Rielly, even I did as a child. No, I'm talking about the other Parker clone, the failed one, who kept rotting as he lived and who's only way to feel anything was to take others down with him. He's another hero who happens to fall into the mold of a modern western, Kaine was once a monster but after the events of Spider-Island, he wasn't dying. He had a chance, to live his life as he wanted to and not as he felt he needed to. His plan? Get to mexico, drink beers, get laid. He wanted to be by himself, alone so nobody could get hurt by being around him. But he's got that Parker DnA(snickers, DnA. love them) So hero he is. I'm not going to spoil anything but he gets people who care about him and push him to keep being better and better and boy, does this guy's attitude make it difficult but as the series goes on, his armor cracks a bit and you really feel as if you get to know him, and he's hilarious... and violent.
8. Namor, The Sub-Mariner
Now Namor is the only character on this list I don't know that well. He's the King of Atlantis, and 1/3 Human, Mutant, and Atlantean. One of a kind, it makes him stick out to me. He's arrogant, brash, rude, violent, and yet honorable, heroic, noble, and sometimes a very honest guy. One of the Kings of the Marvel, he stands tall, proud even among other heroes. And a member of the Illuminati. I just love it whenever I read a book and this guy shows up, it's a treat. My first real encounter with him was in Ultimate Fantastic Four, where he gets unearthed and it's just too cool. It's movie worthy. As I said, I still haven't read as much as I like of him. I want him to have his own ongoing right now.
7. The Silver Surfer
Ahh, the surfer. i adore this character because there is no other character who embodies an era quite like this guy. He's a 60's hippy, solar sailor who wants peace. Also a bringer of death to unsuspecting planets, but I'm not gonna hold that against him. Somebody who has seen and experienced it all... It's hard for him to feel at ease, he has to help, and I have a strong sense that he lives vicariously. He doesn't show it, but he's a very empathetic being. Almost on the verge of boring with how much he doesn't think of himself. Whenever I feel like I need to change direction, listening to some Tame Impala and reading Silver Surfer definitely helps give you some perspective.
Ah, the God of Thunder, himself. What a flarking bad ass. The only real "Avenger" to make this list. Thor's always stood out to me. You have this group of super people, geniuses and larger than life characters and amidst all of that you have one guy who literally is a god. He talks big, moves big, fights big, and controls the god damn weather. What a beast. Royalty(idk why but i have a thing for superhuman royalty) and one of the few people in the Marvel universe you could point to and actually just say, this guy's here to help. Plus he's just so metal.
5. Adam Warlock
This guy... okay, in order to get why i completely love Adam Warlock you have to understand why Science Fantasy is. Normally you get Sci-Fi(Edge of Tomorrow, Interstellar, Alien, Terminator)
and Fantasy(Lord of the Rings, Disney)
but every now and then you'll get something that belongs to both(John Carter, Marvel Comics, Avatar to an extent, and that's all i got right now)
and I LOVE science fantasy. It's got the crazy outlandish space gizmos and the military style space travel and ships and lazors but then you also get things like gigantic planet eating space dragons, or rare alien minerals that can make your skin purple idk. Anything! That's the point, it's where a writer can let their imagination just take them wherever, damn the logic and Adam Warlock is the epitome of Science Fantasy. He's aGOD DAMN SPACE WIZARD.
He's the type of guy you talk to if you want to know anything. He can use magic from other dimensions or worlds and can access other worlds' versions of himself and can do pretty much just about anything with enough power, and by god, does he have a lot of it. As for his character, he has many different personalities(AKA, whoever's writing him)
whenever he dies and comes back to life he switches, kinda like Drax.
Now this is where this list is going to get really comic booky, and it's always the friggin' X-Men who do it too. Cyclops, oh boy. Where to begin... I used to hate this guy. I mean REALLY hate this guy. He was a more boring Captain America, lame ass leader type, who had a decently cool power but never did anything... Then came the Phoenix Force. This dude gets possessed with essentially the essence of his dead wife(not really but he's gotta feel that way) and he remakes the world and murders Charles Xavier, his father pretty much, in front of everyone. The Avengers take him out after that but he breaks out of prison and basically says, y'know Magneto was right the whole time, let's do this, and begins a revolution, taking in new mutants popping up around the world because of the Phoenix's return. Shield and the Avengers are after this guy and he's evading them and taking charge and is COMPLETELY mentally unstable because of the guilt of killing his father figure, fighting all his friends, who hate him, on a day to day basis, and having a shitty love life... I mean what a complete and utter turn around for this character. You take the boy scout and make him a villain(sort of). and to add to that emotional duress... a younger version of his dead wife AND his old friends AND himself all get brought into his timeline... ENTER
This is the second half of my number 4. This is a Cyclops from the past, before he went all Che Guevara, brought forth and thrust into our timeline so that older Cyclops could see how far he's fallen since his glory days. Needless to say, shit's hit the fan. Mass panic, everyone's freakin' the flark out and this guy just wants to be a better person than who he turned out to be and be in love with his girlfriend(kinda?) Anyways, you can follow his stuff through All-New X-Men and he's great in that, but when he goes into space and finds out his dad's alive and decides to go with him that's when this character goes from alright to fan-flarking-tastic. It's just the best coming of age tale I've read in comics, and I read Ultimate Spider-Man.
3. The Man Called Nova!
Let's hear it for one of my main men, Nova. The Human Rocket. This guy is aDragon Ball Z
character realized within the Marvel universe. He's got incredible strength, insane amount of speed, and can shoot energy blasts from his hands. Imagine a Green Lantern corps. but instead of being able to make anything you wanted, you were Goku. Now imagine that everybody else in that corps dies except for you and all their power pours into you making you one of the most powerful things in the Marvel universe. That's who Richard Rider is. well that's who he became, he used to be a wise crackin' teen just like our famous Web-Slinger but... that was before the war... The Annihilation Wave. It tore through our galaxy and killed upwards of 9 billion people and he was on the front lines the entire time. It's insane, go read Annihilation, if you have no access to it, come over. I'll let anybody read this. It's that good. I don't want to say too much else because half the joy is just seeing this guy stick to his guns, he's lost and seen to much to have second guesses now. He's assured, confident, strong, and able to win the love of that terrifying woman Gamora. So... dude's got balls, to say the least. This guy isn't Nova anymore, unfortunately. But there's a new kid, Sam Alexander who now where's the helmet. He's not on par with Rider but he's a character full of potential who could really go somewhere. Marvel if you're reading this please make an ongoing where Sam Alexander and the young Scott Summers grow up together becoming the two best spacefarers from earth.
My boy. He's been my favorite for years, never leaving my top 3, not once. You ask someone who the most human super hero is, you're probably going to hear Spider-Man as the answer more often than not. The dude is your every man, your average joe. Peter Parker, going out of his way to help people all the time and being funny and friendly about it. But at the same time a dude who can see the brink and fight like there's no tomorrow. I love him. Him and Mary Jane especially. Read JMS's Amazing Spider-Man run and you'll get it if you don't already do. This guy is just.. he's THE Super Hero. Swingin' around from crime to crime and always ready to do his thing. Everybody knows him and everybody loves him and that's a real testament to how real he is as a character. Gotta love Spidey.
1. Black Bolt
The King, Ruler of The Inhumans, Blackagar Boltagon. The most powerful character you've never heard of. His voice is so powerful he's had to train since birth not to make a sound. Not a sigh, a moan, or a whisper. But if you do happen to get into an argument with him, you better hope he has nothing to say because a single whisper from this guy can resonate and vibrate a mountain into oblivion.
Yeah. That's him taking on an entire armada just by screaming. This dude can beat pretty much any Earth hero you can think of individually. Even the Hulk, and to those that argue World War Hulk, you're wrong. That's a Skrull. So he can't talk... how does he lead a kingdom?! He and his wife share a psychic connection and she does all the talking, expressing his will through her commanding voice and demeanor. When this guy gets involved you know it's the end game. A valid battle strategy he and his people use is for his armies to retreat, tricking the enemy that surrender is inevitable only for them to see Black Bolt standing in the middle of the battle field with only seconds to ponder why he's over there before you get shattered and torn into a million pieces by this guy's insane voice.. and being a singer myself I just can't help but think he's the coolest Marvel character that ever existed. We'll see him in a movie one day... One day soon.... only complaint is that his birth name is stupid, Blackagar Boltagon? Really? Black Bolt itself is rad, it's just his name seems lazy. lol oh well.
Anyways, that's my list. I'll being doing villains soon and much more after that! Stay tuned!