Marvel has ran for a long time. Over the years, we have seen some surprising faces appear in the comics that normally aren’t associated with Spidey, Cap, and the bunch.
in 1977, Godzilla, King of the monsters debuted. The Avengers faced off against the giant, fire breathing lizard. Hank Pym attempted to use a shrinking gas on the beast, but it only worked temporarily. SHIELD even deployed a “Godzilla Squad” to contain the beast. Eventually, the Avengers and locals of Japan forced the monster back in the ocean. He has been spotted a few times on deserted islands, but remains for the most part nonthreatening.
I’ll be honest, I am writing this article so I can share Marvel’s Godzilla with the world. If we’re being strictly technical, that means that Godzilla, which comes out today, is actually featuring a character from Marvel comics. I don’t think he’d fit well into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
That’s right. The Doctor himself had an entire Doctor Who comic series, from 1979 to 1998. For almost twenty years, he, his companions, and the TARDIS have explored the Universe, encountering the Daleks and the Cybermen, among other familiar faces. He has also run into other Marvel heroes, such as the X-men and the Fantastic Four. I wouldn’t expect Peter Capaldi to show up in the Avengers: Age of Ultron, however. Now that I think about it, Ultron does look just a little like the Cybermen, doesn’t he?
Frankenstein’s Monster and Dracula
These Universal Monsters, originally by Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker, spent a lot of time in Marvel Comics actually. These characters were introduced in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.
Marvel has an extensive vampire culture in the comics, including characters such as Blade or Morbius. Dracula was something of an all-powerful version, often battling Blade. He even graced the big screen in Blade: Trinity, renamed Drake.
Frankenstein’s Monster has not been quite as lucky on the big screen. Most of the story of “Frank” is long before Captain America or the Avengers. His story was told mostly in the 1890’s. Despite being the second most portrayed character in history (second only to Sherlock Holmes), none of those movies have been Marvel Movies.
So there we have it. Many people don’t realize that these characters have been a part of the Marvel Universe.
But really, Godzilla was a Marvel character. The movie even features the actors for Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch. Come on! Let’s have Iron Man swoop in an blast the big lizard!
Anyways, I doubt we’ll see many more of these incarnations in Marvel movies, but hey, only time will tell.