I thought I’d do another comic book post, because those are fun! I’ve decided to list my personal favorite Marvel characters in top ten fashion. The Marvel universe is massive and contains all kinds of amazing characters, so it’s basically impossible to create a list like this without leaving out a ton of notable characters. Regardless, here’s my list! And I promise this won’t just be a long list of Avengers members!
At my number 10 spot I’ve got Ultron. I’m a sci-fi nerd as much as I am a comic book nerd, so I love a good rogue A.I. story. Ultron is easily the coolest and most dangerous example of science gone wrong. Of course a battle between creator and creation ensues.
9. Winter Soldier
The idea of a sidekick gone evil attacking their former mentor is such a cool concept to me. It’s a concept that’s handled so well in the Winter Soldier story line. The once sidekick was robbed of his memory and cybernetically enhanced to be the perfect assassin. He’s the perfect mix of badass and sympathy. He would also eventually take up the Captain America mantle, so bonus points for that.
8. Black Panther
Black Panther is a badass. Plain and simple. He’s almost like Marvel’s Batman, in more ways than one! And he’s tough, as in go toe to toe with the avengers and hold his own, kind of tough. He’s a historically important hero as well. Black Panther was the first mainstream black super hero ever to hit american comics. It’s awesome to see different races and cultures take on a super hero mantle.
I am Groot.
The merc with a mouth. He’s one of those characters you just gotta love. In a world filled with talking Raccoon aliens, men that get angry and green, and Demigods with flowing blonde hair, it’s relieving to see a little tongue in cheek humor. Deadpool is the personification of the goofy side of Marvel, which earns him a spot on my list.
5. Iron Man
In an odd way, Iron Man is one of the most down to earth super heroes there is. Many super heroes are depicted as flawless idols, examples to follow. Iron Man has issues, quite a few of them. He’s depressed, he’s alcoholic, and he’s a jerk. I absolutely adore the idea of a flawed hero, and there’s no doubt Iron Man is that hero.
Arguably one of the most powerful beings in the universe, Thanos is also one of the most evil. He wants nothing less than the end of all things. I’ve often said Thanos is the Darth Vader of the Marvel universe. He’s evil, but he’s so badass you almost don’t even notice, you find yourself somehow rooting for him even when he’s fighting against your most loved heroes…..or is that just me?
I’d say Magneto is easily my favorite villain in the Marvel universe, but he isn’t really a villain is he? Rather than be prosecuted by humanity, Magneto seeks to create a world where mutants can prosper. While his old friend Charles chooses to see humanity through an optimistic eye, Magneto sees only harsh reality. The scariest part? He’s almost always right.
2. Silver Surfer
Surprised? Well you shouldn’t be! Silver Surfer is the ultimate underrated hero. He’s an endless pool of intelligence and power. Not to mention he’s possibly the most genuinely noble character in the entire Marvel universe. I think Galactus said it best: “…The most honorable being I have ever known.” Also, how groovy is that space-board?
He’s been my personal favorite super hero for as long as I can remember. To this day he remains the most relatable super hero ever. When he isn’t wearing the suit, he’s one of us. He struggles with relationships, school work, family issues, and financial issues….. all alongside radioactive lizard men and vampires. This creates a genuine bond with the reader, and is why he’s my 1#.
So what did you think of my list? Surprised? Not surprised? Let me know your top ten!