Guys, I doubt I could fit all of my favorite Marvel Characters into one article. I don't think anyone on this Earth has that kind of patience. But I absolutely love sharing my favorites with other Marvel fans like yourselves. So I decided to extend my list of favorites in My Favorite Marvel Characters of All Time PART 2!
First up, is a character who is the center of the best superhero TV (well, Netflix) series to date. I always though that Daredevil was an interesting character, but honestly, he was never really one of my favorites until.. that's right. The premiere of Netflix's Daredevil. I couldn't imagine a better actor to portray Matt Murdock, than Charlie Cox. He nails the role of lawyer by day, and vigilante by night. Scratch that. Hero by night. The grittiness of the show is what appealed to me most. It was a nice break away from the family friendly set of one liners we see in every other Marvel movie. Don't get it twisted though, I love Marvel. It's just nice to get "real" you know?
The guardian of Hells Kitchen wasn't born blind. He was doused with radioactive chemicals that fell off of a truck during an accident. Unfortunately, the chemicals got into Matty's eyes, making him blind. But of course, there was a silver lining. Despite being discouraged, his father, a boxer named Jack Murdock, supported him every step of the way. Jack was in with some bad people. The kind of people who fixed fights for a living. The bad folks Battlin' Jack was involved with murdered him after he refused to throw a fight.
Thats when our young Matt Murdock was left alone, and sent to an orphanage, where he met Stick who was also blind. Stick was a disgruntled old man, who became Matt's trainer, teaching him how to use his disadvantage as an advantage (stay with me here) and how to hone in on his other senses without becoming overwhelmed. When Matt got older, he attended law school where he met his best friend, Foggy Nelson. As soon as they graduated and began to practice law, they started their own firm, Nelson & Murdock. Little did Foggy know that while Matt wasn't practicing law, he was practicing something entirely different. (Eh, not entirely actually. As a lawyer and as a hero, he served justice to the unjust.)
Even though our hero is blind, his four other senses function with superhuman accuracy, giving him more than an advantage over many of his foes. His developed radar sense is equivalent to echolocation. Impressive? I think so. Not only is DD proficient with his special batons, but he is extremely skilled in several forms of martial arts, combining them all with his insane acrobatic skills, making a unique, and very effective fighting style. All of the above makes him a formidable opponent for any one of his adversaries. The Man Without Fear has earned a permanent spot on my list of favorite Marvel characters of all time.
Behold, Remy LeBeau, one of my favorite mutants. I was first introduced to this ragin' cajun during the run of X-Men: The Animated Series and he's been a character worthy of my favorites list ever since. Not only is he smooth in rough situations, but he has one of the best costumes i've seen an X-man wear. It's pretty sweet, isn't it? Gambit has the ability to control and manipulate kinetic energy, which is as awesome as it sounds. He uses this power to charge playing cards and other objects with kinetic energy, using them as projectile explosives. Which is again, as awesome as it sounds.
Not only is Gambit a skilled card thrower, but he's an accomplished hand-to-hand combatant, and is proficient in the use of his staff. This guy was a thief before tagging along with our team of favorite mutants, The X-Men; which caused a lot of turmoil within the group, considering it was hard for the heroes to gain the trust of a man who was once a criminal. They eventually accepted the fact that Gambit was making an honest effort to redeem himself from his dark past. I also liked his little relationship with the super-powered Rogue. Too bad she's not as cool in the moves as she was in X-Men: TAS! That just makes me sad. But a suave mutant with a sick costume, and the ability to blow a hole in the wall with a playing card.. DEFINITELY deserves to be on nearly every Marvel fans list of favorites. Am i right?
Felicia Hardy, everyone. Now i'm not gonna lie. I didn't want to use a picture of Black Cat that everyone is used to. I wanted to find a more appropriate picture of Spider-Man's one of many love interests. One thing that drew me to the Black Cat, was her back story and how she became one of my favorites. As some of you may know, Felicia is the daughter of a world-renowned cat burglar. (Can you guess where she got her alias from?) A tragic event occurred to one of my favorite Marvel characters that strongly influenced her future as the Black Cat. When she was a freshman at Empire State University, Felicia was date raped by her boyfriend Ryan.
Following the event, her grief and shame turned into rage, which she began to channel into her training in various styles of martial arts, and acrobatics. Despite her being robbed of her vengeance after Rob died in a drunk driving accident, she eventually followed in her fathers footsteps. She set out to steal from others after learning safe cracking, lock picking, and other techniques that came in handy to thieves like herself. That's when she donned her costume, and adopted the name Black Cat. On her first night out as the Cat, she attempted to break her father out of prison before he died; that's when she met Spider-Man. Unfortunately, her father ended up passing away, motivating Felicia to become New York's premiere cat burglar. Aside from her criminal activity, she was known to patrol with Spider-Man from time to time, as they fell deep in love.
Their love life was exciting because they didn't know who each other were for a short while. I guess I love this character because one of my favorites loved her. Makes sense, right? I'd say so! Black Cat is as tough as nails, she gets done what needs to be done, and she is extremely independent. She handles her biz, and I love her for that. That's why she's one of my favorites Marvel characters of all time.
Alright guys, let me just start by saying Taskmaster is AWESOME. Let me tone it down... Taskmaster is awesome. Tony Masters has the ability to mimic the physical movements of anyone he witnesses. Throw a couple punches at him, and he's already aware of your fighting style. It all began when he was a child. After watching a show on TV about a cowboy, Tony found himself able to mimic the sophisticated rope tricks he just watched the cowboy perform. The doctors concluded that he had photographic memory, (or photographic reflexes) which Tony used for his own personal gain. After High School, he had thoughts about being a crime fighter, but instead decided to be a criminal; figured that line of work would be more interesting.
He then began to study the fighting techniques of an assorted group of costumed heroes and villains. Masters began to use those techniques to commit grand larcenies, while being a rookie and not considering the dangers that came with his new life of crime. With all of his stolen capital, he established a center for training aspiring criminals to turn into something bigger. Tony's goal was to become a supplier for criminal organizations around the world.
After designing a costume, this tough guy took the name Taskmaster and began to train large numbers of thugs in criminal academies he was able to locate all across the US. Not only is he good at mimicking fighting techniques, but he can mimic voices, is an exceptional martial artist, a skilled swordsman, and an accurate marksman. Originally known as a villain, Taskmaster has even trained people involved with the US Government. Some of his outstanding students, include such characters as Crossbones, Cutthroat, Diamondback, Spider-Woman, and more. Pretty impressive, huh? As soon as i found out what this guy could do, he instantly became one of my favorite characters. How couldn't he? The guy can mimic your fighting style, just by seeing you in action! That's insane!
A hero that deserves a spot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as a spot on my list of favorites.. The Golden Guardian, Sentry. Robert Reynolds was a high school student, who ingested a serum designed to be 100,000 times stronger than the original serum that was given to Cap. After trumping over his school bully that tormented him for years, Reynolds sewed together a costume, and just like that, made his debut as the heroic SENTRY. Do you guys know how much of a positive impact he's had on the Marvel Universe? Peter Parker's photograph of the Sentry had earned him the Pulitzer Prize, as well as fame. He helped Angel overcome his fear of falling. The Hulk referred to him as "Golden Man" and under his influence, Hulk had become a force for good, redeeming his violent actions and gaining the adoration of the public. Sentry was even best pals with FF leader, Reed Richards. Sentry was known as Richards equal. What a life Mr. Reynolds had. Until the coming of The Void.
"When I use my powers of a million exploding suns -- I unleash a blackness across the world. He comes and attacks the world every time I try to save it. That is his purpose. It killed my wife. I killed my wife. It killed -- it keeps coming and coming."
This Golden Guardian's blissful life was tragically and aggressively interrupted by the black and destructive force, that has the power to destroy the world, and potentially the entire universe. The Void was the dark aspect of the hero himself. He fought a constant inner battle to keep the monster at bay. It caused him to kill those close to him, drive Hulk to a rampage, and kill a million people in Manhattan. He has also killed many famous characters in the Marvel Universe. A moment of silence for our fallen heroes.
So now you might be thinking "How could you be in favor of such a destructive force?! Are you mad?!?!" No, not at all. Sentry is one of the most powerful beings, if not the most powerful being in the Universe of Marvels (see what I did there?) and aside from his destruction, he has brought so much good to the lives a few of my other favorite characters. He is the Superman of the Marvel Uni... no.. no. He is the Sentry.
Ah, señor Deadpool. Welcome to the party. HEY, Mr. writer man, it's Wade! Wade Wilson! Wait, what's going on? You can't... I just did! Wait... what were you gonna say? Was it about chimichangas? Nevermind, i don't wanna hear it. You know what i love? Pancakes. Pancakes and.. pancakes. Do you have any pancakes? Stop saying pancakes. I see i'm on your list of favorites! WOOHOO! You know I once killed everyone in the Marvel Universe, right? Stop talking. Yeah. I did. That was me. Deadpool.
Pretty sweet snapshot, huh? Spidey took it for me. We're pals. No you're not. Yeah, best pals actually. Uh.. that's cool, but.. Hey I wasn't done talking! Sheesh, could this guy be any more rude? I have the floor now! Or the page.. hehe. I wanna talk about how bad@#$ I am! Hey... what the f*%#? What's up with the symbols?! They're censoring you. Ahh to hell with it. Anyways where was I? Chimichangas.. Spider-Man..? Wait! NO! I was gonna tell you guys how bad@#$ I am! Long story short, my history depends on what the writer or reader prefers.. Weren't you apart of the Weapon X project, resulting in your amazing abilities? Oh you mean my sweet looks and good charm? He's talking about your powers. Well hey, you're the writer, i'll just go with whatever sounds cool.
What I DO know, is that I heal crazy super fast. Like Wolverine. Man, does that guy have an anger issue. Actually, make that issues, if you count every single comic book he's ever made an appearance in. HA! That wasn't funny. You know, I'm kind of an improviser. Even that skull faced Taskmaster couldn't master this guys fighting style. I'M TOO CHAOTIC! Speaking of chaotic, you guys know the Hulk right? Yeah, he crushed my head once. Like a melon. It's like i can't die!! That's too bad. Besides me being able to bounce back from death, which is no biggie, I'm a frikken boss! Dude i'm a master with a sword, my hands, my guns, and a spatula. My pancakes are THE BEST. Yeah, yeah, hold your applause. I know I'm awesome.
Well I was barely able to get a word in there.. jeez that guy talks a lot. But I guess everything he said pretty much sums up why he's one of my all time favorite characters in the Marvel Universe.
Victor Von Doom. Isn't that a sweet name? Victor was born to a tribe of Latverian Romani people under the rule of an unnamed nobleman Baron. Victors mother Cynthia, was murdered by the hands of Mephisto while he was young. Dooms father Werner was leader of the tribe, and a well known medicine man who had to keep his late wife's sorceress life quiet in order to protect Victor from suffering the same fate. A short while after Victor's mothers death, the Baron's wife grew incurably ill from cancer, and Werner was called to heal her. When she failed to resist the illness, Werner was labeled as a murderer, and Baron called for his death.
Werner escaped with young Victor, when Werner died from exposure on the mountain side, holding his son in his last moments, giving him his own garments to keep the future super villain warm. Victor survived and returned to the Romani camp where he came across his mothers occult instruments, and swore revenge on the Baron. Victor grew into an extremely ambitious and brilliant man, combining sorcery and technology to create extravagant devices to keep Baron's men at bay, while protecting the Roma people. His exploits attracted the dean of Empire State University. Offered the chance to study in the United States, Doom ended up leaving his homeland and his love Laveria, behind.
In the states, is where he met Reed Richards, who was meant to be his roommate; but Doom disliked him, requesting to room with someone else. Lol. Imagine that, he never liked Reed in the first place. Even if Dr. Doom isn't one of your favorites, you at least gotta have some respect for the guy. He's an extremely accomplished scientist and sorcerer, a skilled hand-to-hand combatant, has genius level intellect, being one of the most intelligent beings in the Marvel Universe. Doom is also capable of energy projection, manipulating electricity, and can summon demonic creatures. This guy even stole the powers of the infamous Silver Surfer! He is a very powerful, and seriously intimidating dude.
He doesn't even need his Doombots and all of the extra security he keeps on retainer. It's just so intriguing that he has all that backup when he doesn't need it. It mostly serves as just a distraction, which pays off more than a couple of hired henchman with guns. I hope he is done justice in the upcoming FF movie. Two more moths guys. Two more months until I get to see one of my favorite Marvel characters come alive on the big screen... again.
I'd say this metal clad Russian is in my Top 5 of favorite mutants, ever. Sadly, he didn't have a huge part to play in any of the X-movies. But fortunately, we're likely set to see a good deal of Piotr Rasputin in the upcoming... AND HIGHLY ANTICIPATED movie, DEADPOOL, starring youuuurss truly.... Deadpool. That's me. Dude, c'mon your turn was over awhile ago! Sheeeesh. Anyways, Rasputin has quite an interesting past. He was born on a farm in Siberia, where he lived with his mother, father, and sister, His older brother was a Soviet cosmonaut who had apparently died in a rocket accident. Apparently eh? Hmmmm...
Piotr's extraordinary abilities where demonstrated at a young age, when he was saving his sister from a runaway tractor. Don't laugh, they lived on a farm. Immediately after, Piotr was contacted by the leader of the mutants (the good ones at least) Professor X! Piotr was apart of the second generation of X-Men formed by the professor, to save the first generation from the living island Krakoa. Agreeing to leave his homeland, Rasputin left for the United States with Professor X. Xavier then gave his new Russian friend the name "Colossus". After the battle was won, Colossus stayed in the U.S. to fight another day with the new X-Men.
How could you not think Colossus is awesome? He can convert his entire body into an organic steel, giving him superhuman strength, durability, and stamina, inches added to his height, and a x2 added to his body weight. While in his armored state, Colossus has no need for food, water, or even air. He can survive without it. Clearly he can withstand large impacts, large caliber bullets, electricity, and certain magical attacks, having a high resistance to injury. But he's not just a big chunk of metal. Colossus is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant having been trained by Cyclops and Wolverine. He is also trained in sword fighting and acrobatics, thanks to Nightcrawler. Can you imagine this guy flying around the room, before kicking your head in? I wouldn't want to. But he's one heck of a mutant, and one heck of a hero.
Frank Castle. A man with who could think of a thousand ways to kill you. A master of martial arts, military and stealth tactics, demolition, infiltration, guerrilla warfare, and a wide variety of weapons. Castle's time in the military really payed off. Not only was he a military man, but was qualified to become a Navy Seal. Because of his heroics, he was decorated with various medals, including a Purple Heart. Before he joined the military, he actually wanted to become a Catholic priest, but changed his mind because he couldn't forgive those who committed evil. That's not hard to believe. Frank was back from a tour in Vietnam, when his wife and child were killed during a picnic in Central Park, after witnessing an execution carried out by the Mafia.
Frank survived and despite being able to identify the shooters, was given no help from the police, who were tied in deeply with the Mafia. He felt that he had to take matters into his own hands by giving those criminals the only punishment he saw fit; physical destruction. Shortly after the tragedy, Castle flaunted a skull on the front of his armor, and exacted revenge. He began to wage a one man war against crime, giving himself the name Punisher.
Look at this guy. Get to know about this guy. He's one of the baddest there is. He's tough, he's mean, he's smart, he's one step ahead, and guys. He waged a one man war against the mafia. Dude is an expert at being one baaad son of a gun. Can't wait to see another one of my favorites brought to the screen... again. What a joy. Ohh, what a joy.
There you have it folks. Didn't fall asleep on me, did ya? (; Good, because if you're reading this, you probably got all the way through the list of My Favorite Marvel Characters of All Time PART 2. Stay tuned for Part 3. Please share your thoughts in the comments below, I always love hearing your guys' thoughts! & as always, thanks for reading.