Heroes

Though a brilliant electronics expert, Scott Lang had made his share of bad decisions. Having served time in prison for burglary, Scott would return to his life of crime in order to save his terminally ill daughter, Cassie. Stealing the Ant-Man suit from Hank Pym, Scott would use the suit to save Dr. Erica Sondheim, the only doctor capable of saving Cassie from her heart condition. Once he... Read More »

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Avengers

T'Challa rules the technologically advanced African kingdom of Wakanda. In addition to having peak human physical abilities, his mystical link to the Panther God grants him superhumanly acute senses and allows him to also wear the ceremonial mantle of the Black Panther. Black Panther must balance his duties as a king with his responsibilities as a hero. This tension occasionally strains his... Read More »

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Avengers

Natasha Romanoff was a young Soviet citizen when her government chose to train her in espionage. During her time in the infamous Red Room Academy, she became the master spy known as the Black Widow. Early in her career, the Black Widow clashed with Iron Man, but her loyalty to her country waned and eventually she switched sides and joined S.H.I.E.L.D. She later joined the Avengers, and has served... Read More »

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X-Men

Hoping to create a powerful mutant he could control, the villainous Mr. Sinister engineered Nathan Summers' birth to Scott (Cyclops) Summers and Madelyne Pryor. But when Nathan became infected with the incurable Techno-Organic Virus, his father sent him into the future for treatment. Nathan lived for decades in the future, becoming a hardened warrior and expert leader. He then returned to the... Read More »

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Avengers

In the early days of World War II, a covert military experiment turned Steve Rogers into America's first super-soldier: Captain America. During the war, Cap served as a symbol of freedom and America's most effective special operative. In the closing days of the war, Captain America disappeared in an explosion over the North Atlantic and was presumed dead. Decades later, his body was discovered... Read More »

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X-Men

Piotr Rasputin grew up on a farm in Russia until Professor Xavier recruited him to join the X-Men. He is a loyal teammate, using his powerful armored form to protect his comrades in battle. His great physical strength conceals his quiet soul as an artist. Piotr has an on-again, off-again romantic relationship with fellow X-Man Kitty Pryde. His sister, Illyana Rasputin, is the mutant sorceress... Read More »

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X-Men

Professor Charles Xavier rescued young Scott Summers from a life as a homeless young orphan, recruiting him to be the first member of his new team: the X-Men. Xavier trained Summers to use his mutant optic blast, as well as to lead the other X-Men in the field. Scott has endured great hardships during his years with the X-Men, from an ongoing rivalry with the savage Wolverine to the seeming death... Read More »

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Marvel Knights

When young Matt Murdock saved a blind pedestrian from a crashing truck, a radioactive isotope spilled onto him from the vehicle. The substance blinded Matt, but he soon found that his other senses were amplified to superhuman levels. He also manifested a "radar sense" that allowed him to visualize his surroundings without relying on sight. As he grew up, Matt received training from the ninja... Read More »

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X-Men

As a test subject in the same Weapon X program that had previously given Wolverine his adamantium claws and skeleton, Wade Wilson received a healing factor that prevented his cancer from killing him. Wade soon escaped the program and became a freelance mercenary using the name Deadpool, working for various criminal organizations. At times he has teamed up with heroes as well, but these attempts... Read More »

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Other

When the injuries he sustained in a horrific accident ruined Stephen Strange's career as a surgeon, he searched the world for a cure. In the mountains of Tibet, he found a mystic named the Ancient One. But instead of being healed, Stephen ended up as the old man's apprentice and learned the secrets of sorcery while gaining humility and wisdom. Eventually, Stephen became the Sorcerer Supreme,... Read More »

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Fantastic Four

Victor von Doom has not lived an easy life. Born in Latveria, Victor's mother was claimed by the demon Mephisto in a mystical deal gone wrong. The loss of his mother would be Victor's key motivating force, driving him to excel in the study of any way to free her from Mephisto's grasp: scientific or mystical. His studies would eventually bring him to New York State University alongside Reed... Read More »

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X-Men

For most of her life, Emma Frost thought only of her own needs and goals, seeing humanity as inferior to her own mutant race. She used her intelligence, charm, and telepathic powers to accumulate great wealth. Soon she joined the mysterious Hellfire Club, a group secretly dedicated to world domination. For years she helped that group gain the political and economic influence it desired, often... Read More »

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X-Men

After rescuing a de-aged Storm from the Shadow King, Gambit was brought back to the X-Mansion where he eventually joined the X-Men. As a mutant, Gambit possesses the ability to convert the potential energy in an object into destructive kinetic energy. Gambit utilizes this power mostly in the form of throwing kinetically charged playing cards which explode on impact, or by super charging his... Read More »

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Marvel Knights

Raised in a carnival by stunt men, Johnny Blaze was born to ride. When his mentor revealed that he was dying of cancer, Blaze made a deal with the demon Mephisto to save the man's life. Blaze's infernal contract bound his soul to the demon Zarathos and cursed him to become the Ghost Rider, a Spirit of Vengeance who rides the night and punishes the wicked. Throughout the years, Blaze has found... Read More »

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Avengers

Inspired by the exploits of Iron Man, circus archer Clint Barton decided to put on a costume and fight crime as the super-hero Hawkeye. At first he was mistaken as a criminal, but Barton eventually gained the trust of the Avengers and has served on that team with distinction many times. In addition to his pinpoint accuracy, Hawkeye relies on a quiver full of gadget arrows with various high-tech... Read More »

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Avengers

Bruce Banner worked as a scientist on the gamma bomb project when he heroically saved a young man from exposure to a nuclear blast. Unfortunately, the exposure to gamma radiation changed Banner's cell structure, causing him to transform into a raging green monster (known as the Hulk) when he became angry. Over the years, the Hulk has acted as hero, villain, or pure destructive force depending on... Read More »

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Fantastic Four

When teenager Johnny Storm joined his sister on a mission to space in Reed Richards' experimental rocket, he had no idea that the exposure to cosmic rays while airborne would grant him the power to burst into flame. As a founding member of the Fantastic Four, Johnny took the name Human Torch in tribute to a World War II hero of the same name. Johnny retains an adventurous (if sometimes rash)... Read More »

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X-Men

One of the original five X-Men, Bobby Drake has been a super hero since he was a teenager. Using his powers of Thermokinesis (the ability to control and project extreme temperature, in Bobby's case, ice) Iceman has been a valuable asset to the heroic community for quite some time. Having served as an X-Man, Defender, member of X-Factor and even a champion, he has put his Omega Level powers to the... Read More »

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Fantastic Four

After accompanying Reed Richards, Benjamin Grimm and her brother Johnny on a trip to space in an experimental rocket that Reed had built, the group was bathed in cosmic rays leading to the development of amazing powers. Sue's powers manifested in the form of light-bending force fields that allow her to turn invisible, protect herself and others, as well as use them as a destructive force to... Read More »

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Avengers

During a visit to the Persian Gulf to show off the latest Stark Industries weaponry, Tony Stark was captured by the enemy and forced to build a new super weapon. Instead (with the assistance of renowned physicist and fellow prisoner Ho Yinsen) Stark crafted the first version of his now-famous powered battle armor. He soon escaped captivity, though Yinsen gave his life to buy Stark the few extra... Read More »

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X-Men

Jean Grey manifested her mutant psychic abilities at an early age, and was subsequently sent to the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters to learn control over her powers. As a founding member of the X-Men, she's spent most of her life as a hero and has the calm confidence of a seasoned pro. When Jean served as an avatar for the Phoenix Force, an immensely powerful entity of death and rebirth, her... Read More »

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X-Men

Cain Marko, stepbrother to Charles Xavier, found the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak while serving as a mercenary in Korea. The strange powers of this gem gifted Cain with immense physical strength and durability, as well as a mystical force field that allows him not only to deflect attacks with ease, but put himself into unstoppable motion. Known as the Juggernaut, Cain has been both villain and hero,... Read More »

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Other

Loki is the Norse god of mischief and evil and the adopted son of Odin All-Father, the ruler of Asgard. He is crafty, clever, and resourceful, using sorcery to achieve his intricate goals. Loki resents the glory and acclaim given to his adoptive brother, Thor, and he strives to place himself on the throne of Asgard. However, on the rare occasions when his goals overlap with Thor or other heroes,... Read More »

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Avengers

While serving prison time for a crime he didn't commit, former gang member Carl Lucas volunteered for an experiment that gave him enhanced strength and unbreakable skin. He promptly used his new abilities to escape prison, returning to his boyhood streets of Harlem. Rather than returning to crime, he took the name Luke Cage and became a mercenary "hero for hire," using his powers to help anyone... Read More »

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X-Men

Utilizing his control over all electromagnetism, Magneto has used his powers for many purposes: leader of the Brotherhood, terrorist, and even X-Man. Once a close friend of Professor Charles Xavier, Magneto took a more extreme path against prejudice and used his powers to prove mutantkind's superiority by any means necessary. Not an unreasonable man by any means, Magneto has been known to work on... Read More »

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Marvel Knights

While working as a mercenary in Egypt, Marc Spector stumbled upon an archaeological dig site where he had an altercation with his fellow mercenary, Raoul Bushman. This fight resulted in him dying near a statue of the Egyptian God of Vengeance, Khonshu. Khonshu in turn raised Spector from the dead as his Blade of Vengeance and gave him the power to defeat his former accomplice, Bushman. Upon his... Read More »

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Fantastic Four

A member of the Fantastic Four, Reed Richards received the powers of amazing elasticity after being bathed in cosmic rays. He uses his ability to stretch his body seemingly infinite lengths to form giant fists, shrug off attacks, and form various shapes to traverse the environment. In addition to his super powers, he also possesses incredible intellect, capable of creating and wielding amazing... Read More »

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Avengers

When former Air Force pilot Carol Danvers was caught in the explosion of an alien Kree device, her genetic structure was radically reshaped. Boasting powers of flight, super-strength, and energy manipulation, she became the super hero Ms. Marvel. Carol soon joined the Avengers, and despite some personal challenges she has served as a stalwart member of that team several times over the years.

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X-Men

Estranged son of the evil mutant Mystique, Kurt Wagner was raised by a fortune teller and grew up as part of a travelling circus in Germany. Using his unique physique and agility, he performed as the star acrobat for years until finally attempting escape. During this escape, Nightcrawler teleported for the first time, an event that lead to him being rescued from an angry mob by Professor Charles... Read More »

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Other

As a teenager, Richard Rider was chosen at random by the alien Rhomann Dey, last surviving Centurion of the planet Xandar's elite Nova Corps, to inherit his power and succeed him in the rank of Nova Prime following the destruction of his world by the intergalactic pirate Zorr. Rider gained great strength, invulnerability, the power to fly, and a uniform with a sealed life support system, but... Read More »

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X-Men

Sister of Captain Britain, Betsy Braddock is the psychic X-Man known as Psylocke. Originally just a telepath, Betsy ended up switching bodies with a deadly assassin that allowed her to become the psychic ninja she is today. Psylocke uses her telekinetic powers to manifest a "Psi-Knife" and her trained ninja skills to slip into the shadows and cut enemies down with her martial arts and katana... Read More »

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Marvel Knights

A picnic in the park turned to tragedy when Frank Castle's family was shot by mobsters. The only survivor of the brutal execution, Castle decided to avenge his family by taking the law into his own hands. Castle's extensive military training and total lack of remorse make him an extremely efficient vigilante. Armed with military-grade weaponry, Castle is prepared to continue his bloody work... Read More »

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Rocket Raccoon is a space-faring adventurer whose small size and adorable features belie his unparalleled bravery and loyal soul. He hails from the bizarre planet Halfworld, which is occupied by a variety of sentient animals. Rocket uses his brilliant tactical mind, excellent marksmanship, and very large guns against a variety of interstellar threats. He often works with—and sometimes leads—the... Read More »

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X-Men

Anna Marie grew up a rebellious child, leading to her running away from home as a teenager (and the birth of her nickname “Rogue”). Upon her first kiss with a young boy, Rogue’s latent mutant ability to absorb life energy activated, nearly killing him. Deeply troubled, she eventually fell in with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. After battling the Avengers and absorbing the powers and life force... Read More »

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Avengers

Born to a mutant father, imbued with sorcerous potential by a demon trapped in Wundagore Mountain, and raised by her adoptive gypsy parents, Wanda Maximoff's life was full of intrigue long before she became aware of her powers. The Scarlet Witch began her career fighting the X-Men as a member of her father Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. But she became disillusioned with villainy, instead... Read More »

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Avengers

Seriously wounded after a gangland shooting, attorney Jennifer Walters received an emergency blood transfusion from her cousin, Bruce Banner, aka The Incredible Hulk! Transformed by the blood transfusion, Walters received a milder version of her cousin’s powers. She was large, green, and impossibly strong, but she still retained her intellect and personality. Choosing to spend all her time as The... Read More »

In order to save his planet Zenn-La from being consumed by the cosmic being known as Galactus, Norrin Radd agreed to become Galactus' herald, surfing the skyways to find planets for his master to consume (and letting the population know of their impending doom.) After meeting the the human Alicia Masters, Silver Surfer realized that his role as Galactus' herald was inhumane and assisted the... Read More »

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Avengers

When he was bitten by a radioactive spider, high-school student Peter Parker gained a suite of powers reminiscent of a spider, including agility, wall-crawling, and the ability to sense danger (his trademark "spider-sense"). When Peter learned that his beloved Uncle Ben had been murdered by a thief that Peter himself had selfishly allowed to escape, he realized that with his new powers also came... Read More »

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Other

You'd think that young Doreen Green's mutant power was Super-Adorability, but her abilities go far beyond simple cuteness. Her semi-prehensile tail allows her to display amazing feats of agility...well, yeah, that tail IS pretty adorable. How about the empathic bond she shares with squirrels? That's a good power! But, yeah, it's also kind of adorable. Okay! Those enlarged incisors on her pouty... Read More »

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Guardians of the Galaxy

The son of an Earth woman and the Emperor of Spartax, Peter Quill has spent most of his life living in the stars. Peter took up his father’s Element Gun and traveled the galaxy as the Star-Lord - galactic hero and pilot of a sentient vessel known as “Ship”. After a traumatic incident involving Galactus’ herald The Fallen One, Peter gave up the mantle of Star-Lord (and was imprisoned in the Kyln)... Read More »

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X-Men

Over the course of her life, Ororo Munroe has been trained as a juvenile thief, worshiped as a goddess, and hated as a mutant. Since Charles Xavier enlisted her to join the X-Men, Storm has grown as a warrior and as a leader. Her control over the climate has been honed through constant training and numerous battles, and her arsenal of elemental powers, from shattering lightning strikes to... Read More »

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Other

Taskmaster possesses "photographic reflexes", an ability that allows him to replicate any actions he has seen, as well as recall them from memory. He has used these skills as a combat instructor for hundreds of supervillains, henchmen, and private miliy companies. In order to clear his criminal record, he started working with the U.S. government as a combat instructor and currently serves as a... Read More »

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Fantastic Four

When Reed Richards finished his experimental starship and wanted to take it on an unsanctioned test flight, his college buddy (and former USAF pilot) Ben Grimm agreed to fly it. Together with Richards' girlfriend Sue Storm and her brother Johnny, Ben and Reed launched into space, where they were exposed to unprecedented levels of cosmic radiation. The radiation triggered mutagenic changes in each... Read More »

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Avengers

Thor is the Norse god of thunder and the son of Odin All-Father, ruler of Asgard. He wields the mystic hammer Mjolnir, which allows him to fly and fire bolts of lightning. Thor was a founding member of the Avengers and frequently battles as one of their number. At times, Thor has used the secret identity of Donald Blake to walk among mortals, but he always returns to the halls of Asgard to hoist... Read More »

Though he started as a photographer for the Daily Bugle, Eddie Brock's life took a drastic turn when he was overtaken by the alien symbiote (which was previously bonded with Peter Parker himself). Calling himself Venom, Eddie had one purpose: destroy Spider-Man at any cost for costing him his job. Having become content with not obliterating Spider-Man, Venom has since served on the side of angels... Read More »

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Avengers

Though originally designed to destroy the Avengers, the Vision would invariably become one of the team’s strongest members. Created by Ultron, Vision was unleashed on the Avengers in order to lure them into a trap. Inspired by their plight, the synthezoid would reject his programming and join the superheroes in their quest to protect the world from threats like those of his “father.” Marrying his... Read More »

Originally the teenage sidekick of Captain America, Bucky Barnes was thrust into a life of torture and black ops work after being caught in an explosion caused by Baron Zemo. Post-explosion, Bucky was captured by a secret organization in Russia that used cryogenic freezing and advanced mind-wiping techniques to use him as an assassin whenever he was needed for decades. It was not until battling... Read More »

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X-Men

The man called Logan had already lived a long and violent life when he was kidnapped from his black ops team by a secret government program called Weapon X. In a high-tech lab deep in the Canadian Rockies, scientists bonded the unbreakable metal adamantium to Logan's bones, relying on his mutant healing factor to keep the experiment from killing him. But Logan escaped the Weapon X program, and... Read More »

Cloned from Wolverine's DNA and raised in a lab, Laura Kinney was trained from birth to use her claws, enhanced senses, and innocent appearance to become the perfect assassin. Escaping the captivity of the lab, Laura lived on the streets until being taken in by the X-Men. Emotionally stunted, she is slowly coming to grips with her murderous past while trying to be a better human in the present.... Read More »