Stuart's Top 5 Marvel of the Marvel Universe
Top 5 Marvel Characters:
Wolverine: Awesome suit, awesome powers, awesome character. That is a great combination. The fact that every X title or Avengers title seems to try and incorporate him somehow, whether it be from the movies or in the comics says alot. I love his attitude, I love his tenacity, and he has been the key character in some of the best Marvel stories ever written.
Captain America: Again, another no brainer. Like Superman, I like his set of values, his inner strength, his leadership and courage. The fact that people from other galaxies will follow this man speaks to his greatness. I can see him being the last man standing. He is not afraid to die and is not afraid to face the most powerful of beings even when he has no chance.
Black Panther: A patriot, an honorable man, a king. This is a character I was not aware of a few years ago and I’m thankful that Jonathan Hickman has given him so much depth in his New Avengers run. He seems to be a man of few words, of great humility and character. I want this guy on my side, and I want him in an Avengers movie!
Iron Man: This is a character that I could have cared less about until Robert Downey Jr came onto the scene and became Iron Man. I like all the tech that he as, love the suit. I love his witty banter. I like him much more in a team setting. I don’t feel that his comics or his villains are my favorite, and I have to be honest and say I did not support him at all during Civil War.
Black Widow: This is, once again, a recent add for me. I’ve been reading Phil Noto’s run (the artist, naturally) and it has been nothing short of amazing. She is a deadly assassin with a very shady past, yet she is welcomed into the Avengers. Her opening scene in Avengers was classic, though I’m not a fan of the actress.
BONUS PICK- Hawkeye: I would be remised not to add this dude. I couldn’t stand this character, disliked him in the movies, but then along came Matt Fraction. His depiction of Hawkeye is everything I could want in a comic. Hawkeye is extremely witty and clever and can get out of any situation it seems, despite his face constantly getting beat in.
Top 5 Marvel Villains:
Magneto: Perhaps the king of villains, I enjoy his dichotomy. He is a very evil person, but at the same time he is loyal to his followers and fights for the cause of mutants. His relationship with Charles is something I could read or watch in the movies all day long. I like his background and how he did not let what happened to him define him. He could have disappeared in those camps, but instead he rose up. Now he became evil of course, but still. Gotta love the tenacity!
Thanos: This guy is literally pure evil. Nothing redeeming at all. I do wish he had a cooler suit but its alright. He is SUCH a powerful character, even without the infinity gauntlet. He is so powerful that it seems that no one person can ever take him on. I cannot wait to see what he does to the Avengers in their forthcoming movies!
Loki: Who doesn’t love Loki? Now I’m speaking of Loki from the movies here. He makes being bad feel so good. A trickster, a liar, a killer, yet I still think he is great! It seems like people cannot get enough of Loki. I just hope they don’t overdo it with him.
Venom: The one Spider-Man villain that I actually like. I love the all black suit, I love what the symbiote does to the characters. I love how huge and twisted he looks in the comics, with that huge mouth protruding and the symbiote flailing this way and that. Extremely powerful, extremely dangerous, extremely awesome.
Dark Phoenix: I have to be specific and say I like the Phoenix Force that inhabits Jean Grey. Talk about power. She puts nearly any character to shame when she is going crazy. She is literally capable of destroying planets, billions of people. I love the questions her character brings up. I like the idea that even though she is terrible with this power, she is still loved by the X-Men. They would do anything to save her, even if it means killing her.
Top 5 Least Favorite Characters:
Namor: What a jerk. What a silly suit. What else is there to say?
Dr Strange: Again with the silly costume and mustache. Seems like a relic of the 70’s. I am not a fan of the weird mysticism he has going on. Ugh.
Carnage: 90’s excess at its best. Why do we need ANOTHER symbiote? No redeeming qualities at all, just a silly character.
Galactus: I’m big on costumes, obviously, and this has to be one of the worst. It also points to a problem characters often have in that, depending on the writer, his powers vary too greatly for me. Why doesn’t he just stay planet size and then nothing could stop him?
The Watcher: Why does he exist? Read Earth X and tell me he is a great character. I bet you can’t even finish that comic. He can’t involve himself in the affairs of mortals. I wish he couldn’t be involved in the comics either.