As we approach Halloween, I always have trouble deciding who I should dress up as and usually default to something easy.
If you have the same issue, then this is the post for you. Marvel has many heroes, but few are as overlooked as the Legion Of Monsters (apart from Flatman and the other Great Lakes Avengers). Skipping over Satana (skimpy outfits aren't my style; they make me look fat) and Ghost Rider (because setting my head on fire for Halloween might be a little drastic), let's start with the Living Mummy and see if we can't find some inspiration from these classic costume ideas.
1. N'Kantu, the Living Mummy
The Living Mummy's story begins in ancient Egypt around three thousand years ago. Egypt enslaved hundreds of Africans belonging to the Swarili tribe. Among them, was N'Kantu, the Swarili chieftain. Leading a gory revolt against the armies of Aram-Set, he personally slayed the Pharaoh with his spear. Afterwards, he entered the temple of Aram-Set where he confronted the royal wizard, Nephrus, who was prepared for N'Kantu's treachery and splashed him with a chemical agent that caused immediate paralysis. Wrapped in linen, and injected with a special fluid to keep him immortal (subsequently giving him various superhuman attributes as well), Nephrus told him he would spend eternity as the Living Mummy. So, what makes N'Kantu a hero?
The Living Mummy has since been approached by the Egyptian Lord of the Underworld, Anubis. Knowing that N'Kantu sought an end to his existence, Anubis agreed to give him a peaceful death, but only after a period of personal servitude. Anubis required the power that comes from human souls to maintain his strength, and assigned N'Kantu the task of bringing him these souls, even if doing so meant committing acts of murder. The Living Mummy agreed to serve Anubis, but vowed that he would only take the souls of evil beings (marvel.wikia).
Werewolf by Night
Jacob Russoff was the elder of two children sired by Gregory Russoff, a Transylvanian baron and scholar. Russoff's ancestor Grigori first brought lycanthropy (turning into a werewolf) upon the family when in 1795 he tried to avenge his wife, Louisa, by staking the vampire-king Vlad Dracula - he was bitten by a female werewolf in Dracula's service. Because his children were born before that event, Grigori's descendants did not immediately become werewolves themselves; however, the curse on the Russoff family only needed a catalyst to trigger it... Laura Russoff married again, to a man named Philip Russell. Jacob Russoff became Jack Russell, and with his sister Lissa was raised in Los Angeles (marvel.wikia).
A classic tale of activating the curse upon turning 18, Jack Russell become a werewolf at night during the full moon (much like his name suggests). Having many run ins with other Marvel heroes, he eventually starts the Legion of Monsters, having fought such enemies as Dracula, Scorpion Queen, and Deadpool (of course).
Morbius the Living Vampire
Dr. Michael Morbius, most notably appearing alongside Spider-Man, suffered from a debilitating blood disease. Developing an experimental treatment involving vampire bats and electroshock, he turned himself into someone who needed to consume blood in order to survive and gained an aversion to sunlight, flight, enhanced strength, speed, and a healing factor (similar to that of a vampire). He was also able to spread his disease to others, turning anyone he bites into a living vampire. Fun fact: his blood helped Dr. Connors (The Lizard) to remain in his human state and and the 6-armed Spider-Man to lose his additional arms.
Another classic tale, this time in the vein of trying to recreate the super soldier serum, Dr. Ted Sallis injected the only existing sample of his serum into himself just before his car crashed into a swamp. The magical energies of the swamp combined with the serum transformed him into the hideous creature later known as the Man-Thing. Interestingly, Man-Thing is already in the MCU, being among the many people with abilities observed by S.H.I.E.L.D. and in the comics was formally married to Ellen Brandt (Iron Man 3).
An alien pursuing a friend's killer across several star systems in the hopes of exacting revenge, he came to Earth where both were trapped underground for a millennium. It is unknown whether he ever successfully satisfied his need for vengeance. Manphibian resurfaced and found himself to be a part of different teams in his life, including the Legion of Monsters and a S.H.I.E.L.D. Special Forces unit named the Howling Commandos (not to be confused with the original Howling Commandos from World War II).
After his death at the hands of Daken, Frank Castle was resurrected by Morbius and the Legion of Monsters as a patchwork Frankenstein-like creature to help them. Being Frank Castle, he refuses twice until finally consenting to battle with them. Definitely one of the strangest additions to the team, FrankenCastle eventually was transformed back into Frank Castle through Bloodstone. I think he'd be a perfectly odd and obscure Halloween costume, am I right?