Marvel turns 75 this fall! And September marks their big story arc event Death of Wolverine. Whether you’re a longtime reader of the comics or a casual fan of the shared cinematic universe, Marvel is undoubtedly firing on all cylinders right now. To celebrate Marvel’s 75th Anniversary, Entropy invited our resident Marvel aficionados and some of our favorite industry artists & writers to share with our readers their all-time cherished Marvel characters. Who’s your favorite?
wouldja believe SILVER SURFER?
Under careful consideration…Mystique.
I don’t have a single thing on my bookshelf that was published by Marvel, but I’m a big fan of their recent films in the Avengers universe. The tone is just spot on: self-parody mixed with high action/adventure. My favorite film in the line is probably Thor, because Chris Hemsworth absolutely nails it as the Prince Valiant-type Mr. Perfect (he is a god, after all) in the scene-stealing fish-out-of-water scenes.
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Carol Danvers. But I’m hardly impartial.
Kate Bishop, aka Hawkeye. Only because she’s so darn relatable.
The Punisher always resonated with me because he presented an every-man turned vigilante in more realistic tones. He wasn’t a mutant like much of his Marvel companions, nor did he have the seemingly bottomless wallet of Bruce Wayne. His power if anything was his complete dedication to his cause, and an unwavering stubbornness that typically exhibited itself with an unrelenting brutality.
And while I’ve always had an affinity for super heroes, The Punisher embodied what vigilantism truly is, and it definitely isn’t the formalized and principled organization seen in the X-Men or Marvel’s many other caped crusaders. The Punisher ultimately does what these character’s won’t, he kills, tortures, and otherwise uses the same criminal methods employed by those he hunts.
Black Widow (Richard K Morgan incarnation).
We are Groot.
I’ve read a lot of Marvel comics over the years, but I’ve got to say that Kelly Sue Deconnick’s current iteration of Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers, is superb. Deconnick is deconstructing tropes of superhero masculinity and gender disparity in a way that I haven’t seen in a Big Publisher comic book in quite a while.
I have to say Spidey, but only because all my favorite X-women compete for second…Rogue, Kitty, Storm!
Hmm gotta be Iceman!
Wow, hmm. You know, it actually might be Wolverine, which is sort of ironic.
G. Willow Wilson
Storm! My very first fictional role model. Used to pretend I was her and “fly” around the playground in 5th grade.