Ever since superheroes first emerged in the comics in the late 1930s, they have fascinated and delighted readers of all ages. These costumed crime-fighters would battle injustice on a monthly and sometimes weekly basis and fans couldn’t get enough. Throughout the years writers have endeavored to keep their characters fresh and explored new avenues for their adventures and backstories.
This often meant revamping or even rebooting certain characters in hopes of bringing in new readers. In doing so, some original characteristics of our favorite heroes and heroines got lost in the shuffle. Some changes were made and we possibly forgot, after a period of time, what came before. In some cases, it was an ability that subtly changed over the course of years, or maybe an obscure fact that was brought up in one story line and then never addressed again. Yet these facts remain canon and, unless actively retconned, are still a key piece of history in the lives of many of our favorite comic characters.
Some of these facts were common knowledge for a time and you’ll probably shake your head and say, “I remember that!”, while others might take you aback. Nevertheless, I present you with fifteen incredible facts that many most likely never knew, or possibly forgot, about your favorite Marvel characters.
15 The Hulk Was Originally Grey, Not Green
14 The X-Men's Psylocke Was Originally British, Not Japanese
13 Galactus Would've Died On Earth Had It Not Been For Reed Richards
12 Magneto Came Very Close To Killing The Unkillable Wolverine
11 Apocalypse's Blood Can Heal Mutants, But It Is Poisonous To Humans
10 The Mad Titan Thanos Actually Avoids Fighting The Hulk
9 Tony Stark Always Knows Captain America's Next Move In A Fight!
8 Toxin Is More Powerful Than His Parents, Venom And Carnage, Combined!
7 Peter Parker Is Able To Hack Tony Stark's Technology
6 Iron Fist's Chi Punch Is So Powerful, He Once Brought Down A Helicarrier!
5 Wolverine's Healing Factor Allows Him To Regenerate From A Single Drop Of Blood
4 Cyclops' Optic Blasts Are Not Lasers
3 Natasha Romanov, The Black Widow, Is Actually Almost 90 Years Old!
2 The One True Marvel God Is The One-Above-All
1 In The Marvel Universe, Santa Claus Is The World's Most Powerful Known Mutant!
Mutants have popularly been categorized into a classification system based on power levels, with Omega-level mutants being the most powerful. However, one year, on Christmas Eve, Cerebro, the mutant-detecting computer used by the X-Men, detected a mutant whose power registered well above Omega-level. The X-Men sought to investigate in New York’s Rockefeller Center, where they encountered members of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants also seeking to locate the powerful mutant. The two groups fought and then the mysterious mutant appeared: Santa Claus. Quickly, he turned the evil mutants into toy action figures, teleported the X-Men away, and erasing the memories of all involved. Being in good cheer, Santa then gifted the city with a snowfall and went about his merry way.
Sources: marvel.wikia.com, willowprint.com, comicbookrealm.com, marvelvdc.com, influxmagazine.com, goodcomics.comicbookre.com, marvel.com, uncannyxmen.net.
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