Jay Asher was born in Arcadia, California on September 30, 1975. He grew up with a family that encouraged him to pursue all of his interests, from playing the guitar to his writing. He attended Cuesta Community College right after graduating from San Luis Obispo High School. It was here where he wrote his first two children’s books for a class called Children’s Literature Appreciation. After high school, he decided he wanted to become an elementary school teacher. He then transferred to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he left his senior year in order to pursue his career as a serious writer. He married Joan Marie on September 7, 2002. Throughout his life he worked in various establishments, including working as a salesman in a shoe store and in libraries and bookstores. Many of his work experiences influenced some aspect of his writing.
On December 27, 2016, the 10th Anniversary Edition of Thirteen Reasons Why was released. In this edition, the book’s original ending is included. The anniversary edition also includes a new introduction from Asher, an essay from Asher, pages from the notebook that Asher used while writing Thirteen Reasons Why, reader reactions and a reading guide
Thirteen Reasons Why is a 2007 young adult novel written by Jay Asher. The book was published by RazorBill, a young adult imprint of Penguin Books. The paperback edition hit #1 on the New York Times best-seller list in July 2011. The book is the basis of the television series 13 Reasons Why, released through Netflix on March 31, 2017.
Clay Jensen, a shy high school student, returns home from school one day to find that he has received a mysterious package in the mail. It contains seven double-sided cassette tapes used by Hannah Baker, a classmate who has recently committed suicide. Each tape details a reason that she killed herself. The tapes were sent to various other people before arriving at Clay’s door.The first person to receive the tapes was Justin. They kissed once after she developed a crush on him. However, Justin told his friends that they did more than just kiss, which earned Hannah the reputation of a slut at school. The second person to receive them was Alex. Alex violated their friendship when he published a “hot or not” list comparing the girls in their class. He awarded Hannah the title of Best Ass, which only escalated her reputation as a slut. He also awarded his ex-girlfriend Jessica the title of Worst Ass, in revenge for her not having sex with him. The third person was Jessica. After being compared to Hannah on the “hot or not” list, Jessica slapped Hannah and ended their friendship. The slap left a scar on Hannah’s cheek…..
Dylan Minnette as Clay Jensen
Katherine Langford as Hannah Baker
Christian Navarro as Tony Padilla
Alisha Boe as Jessica Davis
Brandon Flynn as Justin Foley
Justin Prentice as Bryce Walker
Miles Heizer as Alex Standall
Ross Butler as Zach Dempsey
Devin Druid as Tyler Down
Amy Hargreaves as Lainie Jensen
Derek Luke as Kevin Porter
Kate Walsh as Olivia Baker
Hannah Baker is a fictional character created by American author Jay Asher. She is the subject of his 2007 mystery novel Thirteen Reasons Why, and Netflix’ adaptation of the book, 13 Reasons Why. Hannah is introduced as a sophomore at the fictional Liberty High School, characterized by her struggle adjusting to life in an unsympathetic school environment. She is played by Katherine Langford on the television series.On the final tape Hannah recalls the day of her suicide. She decides to give life “one more try”, and visits Mr. Porter, the school counsellor, and asks for his help. She tells him about the rape, but when she refuses to disclose her rapist’s identity, he tells her that the only option is to “move on” with life. This conversation is related on Hannah’s final recorded tape. She then gives her uniform to Clay at the theatre before going to give the tapes to Tony. Hannah return home, fills her bathtub and uses the razors she stole from her father’s shop to slit her wrists. Hannah dies of blood loss and is found by her mother and father who attempt to save her by calling 911; but they are too late, Hannah is already dead.
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Canadian Army (Devil’s Brigade, 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion).
Canadian Army (Devil’s Brigade)
Canadian Royal Air Force
Eli BardRoman Army
Famine (Lee)Confederate Army
Unified Military Patrol
Imperial Japanese Army
volunteered to enlist as a soldier
Nazi general officer
Soviet KGB intelligen
United States Marine Corps
Franklin John Rock
Steve Rogers (Captain America) World War II
During World War II, Steve Rogers volunteered to receive the experimental Super-Soldier Serum. Enhanced to the pinnacle of human physical potential and armed with an unbreakable shield, he became Captain America. After a failed mission left him encased in ice for decades, he was found and revived by the Avengers. Later joining their ranks and eventually becoming the team’s leader.
After the outbreak of World War II in Europe, a young HYDRA agent disguised as an American patriot named Steve Rogers attempted to enlist in the U.S. Army but was rejected, due to his skinny, anemic physique, and was classified 4-F. However, he garnered the attention of certain people including scientist Doctor Abraham Erskine who was searching for suitable volunteers/test subjects for a top secret experimental program designed to create an army of Super-Soldiers. As a result of Operation: Rebirth, Steve Rogers gained speed, strength, flexibility, endurance and agility of nearly superhuman levels. These heightened abilities coupled with his unwavering courage and “never say die” attitude eventually made him Captain America, a living legend.On July 4, 1920, Steven Rogers was born to a pair of Irish immigrants. Steve was always a courageous kid as well as a diligent student, but he wasn’t very athletic and he was quiet and introverted, because he was so skinny. His life changed, though, when the Axis forces sweep across Europe starting World War II. Seeing their atrocities on newsreels, Rogers becomes convinced they need to be fought and that the European war would soon pull America into the conflict, inspiring him to enlist in the U.S. armed forces to fight against the Axis forces
The experimental program was called Operation: Rebirth. The plan was to create physically superior soldiers with a new serum dubbed the Super-Soldier Formula. If it worked, it would make ordinary men into super soldiers. They would become perfect physical beings; possessing strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, and recuperative powers that bordered near the upper limits of human evolutionary potential.
After a rigorous process to choose a suitable candidate, Steve Rogers was chosen to be the first man whom the Super Soldier Serum would be administered to. It was Dr. Abraham Erskine who had developed the process, and it was he who administered it to Rogers. Rogers was injected with the Super Soldier Serum and was then bathed in Vita-Rays which activated and stabilized the serum’s chemicals in his system.
Steven Grant Rogers
Avengers Unity Division
Landau, Luckman, and Lake
New York City Police Department
Nomad, The Captain
Enhanced human strength, speed, stamina, durability, agility, reflexes, senses, and mental processing via the super soldier serum
Master martial artist and hand-to-hand combatant
Accelerated healing factor
Master tactician, strategist, and field commander
Wields Vibranium-steel alloy shield
Identity: Publicly known
Occupation: “Top Cop” of America, Avenger, adventurer; former soldier, public works artist, special SHIELD operative, freelance illustrator, police officer, history teacher, sparring partner, WPA artist
Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York City, New York
Education: High school graduate; one year of art school; military basic training; private tutoring in hand-to-hand combat, gymnastics, military strategy, piloting, demolition, and other disciplines
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Steven Rogers (Captain America, ancestor, deceased), Joseph and Sarah Rogers (parents, deceased), unborn son (deceased), Ian Rogers (Nomad, adopted son)
James Howlett AKA Logan AKA Wolverine
Wolverine was drafted into the Canadian army during World War 1. He served as a Canadian paratrooper during World War 2. He was eventually recruited into the CIA and then the Weapon X program. In the movies he is shown serving in the U.S. Army from the Civil War to the Vietnam War.N
…I’m Wolverine. I’m the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn’t very nice.
Wolverine’s life began in Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada, sometime between 1882 and 1885.The mutant who would come to be known simply as “Logan” was born James Howlett, the illegitimate son of Elizabeth Howlett (who was married to John Howlett, owner of a large estate) and the Howletts’ grounds-keeper, Thomas Logan. As a boy, James was notably frail and prone to bouts of allergic attacks. He was largely neglected by his mother, who had been institutionalized for a time following the death of her first son, John Jr.
James spent most of his early years on the Howlett Estate grounds with two playmates that lived at the estate with him: Rose O’Hara, a red-headed Irish girl who was brought in from town to be a companion to young James, and a boy nicknamed “Dog”, Thomas Logan’s son (and James’s half-brother). The children were close friends, but, as they reached adolescence, the abuse inflicted upon Dog warped his mind. Dog made unwanted advances towards Rose, which James reported to his father. In retaliation, Dog killed James’ puppy, leading to the expulsion of Thomas and Dog from the estate.
Thomas, in a drunken stupor and armed with a shotgun, invaded the Howlett Estate with his son and attempted to take his former lover Elizabeth with him. John, Sr. attempted to stop him and Thomas shot him in the head, in cold blood. James had just entered the room when this occurred and his mutation finally manifested: bone claws extended from the backs of his hands and he attacked the intruders with uncharacteristic ferocity, killing Thomas and scarring Dog’s face with three claw marks. Already an emotionally disturbed woman since the death of her first son, Elizabeth, completely unhinged, drove James away and took her life immediately afterward with a blast from Thomas’ gun.
Saul Creed, brother of Victor Creed, frees Logan, but after he betrays Logan and Clara Creed to Nathaniel Essex, Logan drowns Creed in Essex’s potion.Logan returns to civilization, residing with the Blackfoot people. Following the death of his Blackfoot lover, Silver Fox, at the hands of Victor Creed, now known as Sabretooth,he is ushered into the Canadian military during World War I. Logan spends time in Madripoor before settling in Japan, where he marries Itsu and has a son, Daken. Logan is unaware of his son for many years.
During World War II, Logan teams up with Captain America and continues a career as a mercenary. He serves with the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion during D-Day, and later with the CIA before being recruited by Team X, a black ops unit.
By 1961, Logan, known as Wolverine now, joined the Weapon X Project, part of the Weapon Plus Program, which had been created to fight the mutant menace. He was then placed on the Black Ops squad run by the CIA, called Team X, with Sabretooth, Silver Fox (who surprisingly appeared to be alive and with no memories of her time with Logan), Maverick, Kestrel, and Mastodon. During this time, Logan and the others received memory implants via staged scenarios, telepathic manipulation by Aldo Ferro, and other technology.Weapon X also duplicated Wolverine’s healing factor and implanted it in Team X, slowing their aging processes.
In 1966, Logan also helped Nick Fury deal with the Sym-Soldiers in Vietnam where he discovered the existence of alien life and was possessed for the first time by a symbiote.
In early 1968,[ Wolverine was called to report in a facility located in Dallas, Texas, where he was shot with Carbonadium bullets, which slowed his healing factor so that Weapon X or Romulus could know how to kill him.The bullets were removed but Logan awoke earlier than expected, and he regained his memories for the first time in years, because they hadn’t been altered yet.Logan tried to keep the secret, and rendezvoused with Team X in Berlin, East Germany. The team retrieved the Carbonadium Synthesizer and Janice Hollenbeck turned out to be a double agent. However, Sabretooth, apparently aware that Wolverine had regained his memories, killed Janice to reinforce Wolverine’s conditioning about innocents dying when he overstepped Romulus’ boundaries. After this event, Logan quit Team X in late 1968.
Place of origin
Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada
Avengers Unity Squad
New Fantastic Four
Enhanced strength, speed, stamina, durability, endurance, agility, reflexes, dexterity, resilience, flexibility, coordination, balance, and reaction time
Superhuman senses, and animal-like attributes
Extended longevity via regenerative healing factor
Retractable adamantium claws
Retractable bone claws
Master hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist
Sabretooth (Victor Creed)
Sabretooth was originally portrayed as a non-powered serial killer but was later written as a mutant possessing bestial superhuman abilities, most notably a rapid healing factor, razor-sharp fangs and claws, and superhuman senses. He is a vicious assassin, responsible for numerous deaths both as a paid mercenary and for his personal pleasure. Accounts as to the origin of his enmity with Wolverine are conflicted. It is known that Wolverine and Sabretooth were participants of the Cold War supersoldier program Weapon X, and that Sabretooth saw Wolverine as competition and therefore antagonized him.
Sabretooth’s real name is believed to be Victor Creed. Sabretooth’s memories have been tampered with by clandestine organizations such as Weapon X and so much of what appears to be his past is not of credible account.The clearest accounts of Victor’s childhood begin with him murdering his brother Luther Creed over a piece of pie. His father then chains him in the basement like an animal and systematically pulls out Victor’s elongated canines, which perennially grow back. Victor begs his mother to let him go, but she does not. Years pass until Victor eventually gnaws off his own hand in order to escape the basement and apparently murders his parents. It is, however, later revealed that Sabretooth only killed his father, and took care of his mother financially, visiting his mother frequently until the woman’s death.
Victor is revealed to have had a brother, Saul, and sister, Clara, who are believed to be the reason for Victor’s ongoing feud with the X-Men’s Wolverine. Saul Creed was a tracker and hunter, while Clara Creed was an animal handler. They helped track down the feral James “Logan” Howlett for a circus. They also helped Logan escape after the man was experimented on by Nathaniel Essex, and the three go on the run. Saul perceives Logan to be stealing Clara, leading to Saul tipping Essex off regarding Logan’s location. In the ensuing chaos, Logan accidentally kills Clara, although her healing factor later revives Clara. Saul, not knowing this, blames Essex for Clara’s death, and the two men seek Essex out, Saul revealing that Clara was his sister. Logan, however, finds out that Saul betrayed them to Essex, and drowns Saul in a potion of Essex’s. Horrified by this, Clara asks Wolverine to never look for her again. Victor was then informed about his brother’s death.
In an early tale, Logan lives in a small Blackfoot community. One day, Sabretooth tracks him down in Canada, and seemingly murders his one-time teammate’s lover Silver Fox on Logan’s birthday, after Silver Fox rejects him. In this tale, it is indicated that Logan did not have particularly strong feelings for Silver Fox, and that the murder was simply the last straw in a series of grievances he held against Sabretooth. Creed eventually adopts a tradition of tracking Logan down on his foe’s birthday with the intention of fighting.
Creed is recruited into a top secret CIA covert ops unit known as Team X, with allies John Wraith (Kestrel), Logan (Wolverine), Silver Fox (whose death was a hoax), and David North (Maverick). On one mission, the psychopathic Sabretooth kills a crucial scientist during a battle against Russian supersoldier Omega Red, causing Team X to break up.
During this period he fathers a son, Graydon Creed, with the mutant shapeshifter Mystique, who is undercover in the guise of a spy named Leni Zauber. Graydon grows up to found Friends of Humanity, an anti-mutant organization, and while running for President is assassinated by Mystique from an alternate future.
After the disbanding of Team X, Logan and Victor meet up again, as friends, when Logan learns of anti-mutant forces within the government. Victor and Logan form a team of rebel mutants, and Victor falls in love with a mutant named Holo. Eventually, Creed grows tired of the fighting and wants to leave with Holo, but she has already decided against it. In the final conflict, Holo is mortally wounded. Creed blames Logan for her death.
Next, Sabretooth is recruited by the Weapon X program, but it is unknown what, if any, enhancements he receives. As part of the program, his memories are tampered with by the psychic mutant Aldo Ferro, also known as Psi-Borg.
In 1968, Creed (using the alias Sabretooth) works as a mercenary assassin in Saigon. An individual called the “White Devil”, involved in the disappearance of soldiers and locals, contacts Sabretooth and offers to employ him as one of his own enforcers. Sabretooth accepts
Sam Wilson (Falcon)
Sam Wilson is a former Air Force Pararescue Jumper, which made him a great candidate for the superhero with a tendency to jump into the middle of a combat situation to ice evildoers and save lives.
Samuel Thomas Wilson was born in Harlem, New York City, to Paul Wilson, a prominent minister, and Darlene Wilson. Wilson has a happy childhood and finds he has a natural affinity for birds. He takes up training pigeons, and has the largest pigeon coop in Harlem.In his teens, however, encounters with racism leave him jaded. When he is 16, Wilson refuses to join the church, believing his deeply religious parents to be ignorant for their faith. To his surprise, rather than put up a fight, his parents provide him with books on different religions and comparative theology. The next night, however, Sam’s father is killed trying to break up a neighborhood fight (originally Paul was said to have been killed when Sam was 9 years old). Two years later, his mother is shot and killed by a mugger one block from their apartment. Consumed by grief and “angry at the world” Sam turns his back on his past as a respected community volunteer. He moves to Los Angeles and creates a new persona: “Snap” Wilson, a professional criminal and gang member.
While Snap is on his way to “a big score in Rio de Janeiro”, his plane crashes on Exile Island (years later, he would say “I actually loved this place quite a bit. It’s where I met my two best friends,” referring to Captain America and Redwing). The once-peaceful island had been taken over by the Exiles, a group of would-be world conquerors who had collaborated with the Nazi supervillain the Red Skull during World War II. They had been betrayed by the Red Skull and were forced to remain in hiding on the island, enslaving the natives. Wilson finds and befriends Redwing, a falcon with which he feels a remarkably strong bond.
As part of a plot against Captain America, the Red Skull uses the Cosmic Cube, a creation that allows its user to alter reality, to mentally fuse Wilson with Redwing, creating a “super-normal mental link” that would, with time and concentration, give Wilson broad powers over all birds.Next, the Skull uses the Cube to rewrite the past and erase the years Wilson had spent angrily living as Snap Wilson. In this new history, Wilson was an upright and cheerful social worker who is eventually lured to the Exiles’ island and organizes the natives to fight for their freedom. Steve Rogers (Captain America) befriends him there and convinces Wilson to adopt a persona to inspire the natives in their rebellion. The two create the costumed persona the Falcon and train together extensively before attacking and defeating the Exiles and the Red Skull. The Falcon becomes Captain America’s regular partner in crime-fighting,and briefly even takes on the Captain America costume and identity when Rogers is believed to have been killed.
Later, again as the Falcon, Wilson receives help from the Black Panther, who creates a harness for Wilson, allowing him to fly.When Rogers briefly abandons his Captain America identity, others attempt to take up the mantle, including a young man named Roscoe whom the Falcon mentors. When the Red Skull eventually kills Roscoe, Rogers again becomes Captain America.
Soon afterward, the Red Skull reveals the Falcon’s true past as Snap Wilson, and unsuccessfully attempts to use the Cosmic Cube to make the Falcon kill Captain America. Now aware of his past but deciding to continue as a hero, the Falcon is eventually named head of the Super Agents at the espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D..
US government superhero liaison Henry Peter Gyrich then recruits Wilson, one of the few active black superheroes, to fill a mandated racial quota for the venerable team the Avengers. Resentful of being a “token”, the Falcon quits at the first opportunity. He debuts a new costume when he fights the supervillain Taskmaster.
Samuel Thomas “Sam” Wilson
“Defenders for a Day”
Heroes for Hire
Avengers Unity Squad
“Snap” Wilson, Falcon, Blackwing, Blackbird, Captain America
Expert bird trainer
Skilled hand-to-hand combatant, martial artist, aerialist, and acrobat
Flight via wing harness
Proficient tactician and strategist
Empathic and telepathic link with all birds
Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel)
Major Carol Danvers is a trained military intelligence officer and erstwhile spy. She’s one of the most distinguished officers in the superhero universe and a graduate of the Air Force Academy, where Nick Fury recruited her for the CIA.
After encountering the Kree hero Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers was accidentally subjected to otherworldly radiation that transformed her into a superhuman warrior. Calling herself Ms. Marvel, she established herself as one of the most powerful and prominent heroes, both as a solo heroine and as a member of the Avengers. She has now adopted the mantle of Captain Marvel for herself.
She was already an ace fighter pilot, a former officer in the U.S. Air Force, and a former CIA agent when she was hired as the head of security of NASA headquarters at Cape Canaveral. One of Carol’s co-workers at NASA was a Dr. Phillip Lawson, who was secretly the alien Kree super-agent named Mar-Vell.
When a dormant Kree Sentry robot that NASA had been studying activated and went berserk, Mar-Vell defeated the rampaging robot and saved Carol’s life in the process, with the press dubbing the mysterious new superhero ” Captain Marvel.” Carol became drawn to Mar-Vell and a romance developed between the two. A Kree enemy of Mar-Vell’s named Yon-Rogg soon learned of the relationship and kidnapped Carol as bait to lure Mar-Vell into a trap. When Mar-Vell came to the rescue, Yon-Rogg deployed forbidden Kree technology called the Psyche-Magnitron in an attempt to destroy his enemy. During the battle the Psyche-Magnitron, which had the power to turn thoughts into reality, exploded and Captain Marvel shielded Carol from its radiation with his own body, causing Carol to absorb much of his own genetic template. Carol’s wish to stand with Mar-Vell as an equal rather than a helpless victim completed the process, and her DNA became a perfect synthesis of Kree and human genes.
After Carol recovered from the explosion, she had gained superhuman powers much like those of Captain Marvel and her alter-ego even wore a costume patterned after that of the Kree hero. She became known as Ms. Marvel, and soon established herself as a powerful superhero in her own right.
Carol Danvers was born in Boston, Massachusetts, as the only girl among three children. Despite the fact that Carol was extremely bright and capable, more so than either of her brothers, her chauvinistic father refused to pay for her to attend college, preferring to spend the money on his sons instead. He insisted that Carol merely find a good husband to take care of her, a sexist notion that the fiercely independent Carol refused to accept.
Carol had always loved the idea of flying, and after she graduated from high school she decided to defy her father’s wishes and joined the United States Air Force. She excelled in the Air Force, her skill as a jet fighter pilot so remarkable that her colleagues nicknamed her “Ace,” and she quickly rose to the rank of Colonel.
Carol’s exemplary performance in the Air Force brought her to the attention of the Central Intelligence Agency, who actively recruited her and trained her to become an elite field agent. As an agent of the CIA, Carol often teamed up with fellow agent Michael Rossi, and the two became romantically involved. She also teamed up with a Canadian agent named Logan (before he became Wolverine) and the two became good friends, saving each others lives during several dangerous missions, and it was even implied that they may have become more than friends at some point.
On one of her most important CIA missions, Carol had to infiltrate Soviet airspace alongside Logan and an American test pilot named Ben Grimm (before he became the Thing and a member of the Fantastic Four). The mission almost failed when they were intercepted by Soviet forces (led by the Black Widow) and forced to the ground. With a good amount of luck, the three managed to escape and succeeded in retrieving the mysterious metal which they had been sent to obtain. In the process, the trio formed a bond that would live on into their super-hero careers.
During what would prove to be her final CIA mission, Carol was captured by the KGB and held in Lubyanka prison, where she endured interrogation and torture. In defiance of government orders, Logan and Michael Rossi infiltrated Russia, broke into Lubyanka, and rescued Carol. The ordeal extinguished Carol’s enthusiasm for being a CIA agent, so she decided to resign in order to pursue a different career.
Carol’s impressive resume landed her a position as the head of security of NASA headquarters in Cape Canaveral. There she unexpectedly made the acquaintance of the Kree superhero Mar-Vell (known on Earth as Captain Marvel) and hints of a romance developed between the two. Carol’s CIA background made her quite unafraid to put herself in potentially dangerous situations, and while on the job she found herself caught in the middle an epic battle between Captain Marvel and his Kree arch-enemy Yon-Rogg. Carol, who until then had always felt herself capable of handling anything, was a mere pawn in the struggle between the two super-powered combatants, and she hated feeling so helpless.
During the conflict, Carol was exposed to the explosive radiation of an otherworldly Kree device called the Psyche-Magnitron, which had the power to turn thoughts into reality but whose radiation was lethal to humans. Captain Marvel shielded Carol from the bulk of the radiation with his own body, causing Carol’s DNA to absorb much of his own genetic template. Carol’s lifelong dreams of flight and her sudden wish to have powers like those of Captain Marvel completed the process, and her DNA was transformed into that of a superhuman member of the Kree race.
The result was that Carol emerged from the explosion with superhuman strength and durability, the ability to fly, fighting skills equal to that of a trained Kree warrior, and a precognitive “seventh sense” that allowed her to sense beforehand when danger or a crisis was about to occur. Carol become the super-heroine known as Ms. Marvel, and her first costume was based on the red-and-blue Kree uniform worn by Captain Marvel. Initially, Carol was not even aware of her superhuman alter-ego: When her seventh sense detected a crisis, she would fall unconscious and transform into Ms. Marvel in a burst of energy. As Ms. Marvel, she had no recollection of being Carol Danvers and was convinced that she had amnesia. In turn, Carol retained no memory of being Ms. Marvel, and believed that she had merely been unconscious during that time. Eventually Carol would discover that she was in fact Ms. Marvel and her two personas became of one mind, allowing Carol to have full control over when she became Ms. Marvel and vice versa.
James Rhodes (War Machine)
A former pilot in the Marine Corps, Rhodes met Tony Stark aka Iron Man while he was still deployed in Vietnam. Rhodes was shot down behind enemy lines when he encountered Stark in the prototype Iron Man suit. The two teamed up and became best friends. Rhodes conducts himself according to military honor codes, which often contrasts with Tony Stark’s relativistic heroism, and even assumes the mantle of Iron Man when Stark struggles with alcohol addiction.
James “Rhodey” Rhodes, from the South Philadelphia section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps who served tours of duty in Southeast Asia. A combat pilot, he was stranded in the jungle behind enemy lines after his helicopter was shot down by Viet Cong rocket fire. He encounters Tony Stark, who escaped from Wong-Chu’s prison camp in his prototype suit of powered armor, for the first time. Defeating the Viet Cong soldiers that ambushed them, Rhodes and Iron Man discovered an enemy rocket base that was the origin of the rocket fire that grounded Rhodes in the first place. Destroying the base with a stolen Viet Cong helicopter, Rhodes and Iron Man fly the helicopter back to the American defense perimeter. At the base hospital in Saigon, Stark arrives in person to thank Rhodes for helping Iron Man and to offer Rhodes a job as his personal pilot. After the Vietnam War was over and after taking several career paths including mercenary work, Rhodes finally took Stark’s offer and became Stark’s personal pilot, chief aviation engineer for Stark International and one of Stark’s closest friends.
James Rupert “Rhodey” Rhodes
Office of National Emergency
United States Department of Defense
United States Marine Corps
West Coast Avengers
Iron Man, Iron Patriot, Commander Rhodes, Hulk Machine, Iron Man 2.0, Rhodey, Shellshock, The Pilot
Experienced Marine trained in armed and unarmed combat
Aviator and aviation engineering
Powered armor suit:
Superhuman strength, speed, durability, agility, reflexes, and senses
Energy repulsor and variety of offensive and defensive weapons
Regenerative Life support
Maria Hill commissioned in the Marine Corps before joining S.H.I.E.L.D. She quickly rose through its ranks and was appointed Deputy Director under Nick Fury. She possesses normal human strength, which makes her participation in supernatural phenomenon even more impressive.
I’m the director of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Lying to the entire world is in the job description. Right next to “some overtime required,” which I would like to point out is a severe understatement.
Maria Hill was born in Chicago, Illinois,on a cold night when temperatures hit -44°F. While still in the hospital, Maria’s mother died, and her father Ed blamed it on her. The abuse Maria endured from her father turned her into cold and troubled person. After finally falling out with her father,Maria joined the Marine Corps.
After serving with the Marines, and while still being fairly young, Maria joined S.H.I.E.L.D.. One of her earliest missions involved rescuing Agents Bradley and Reynolds, whose mission of infiltrating the ranks of the terrorist organization Hydra became compromised. Even though Reynolds was a senior agent, Hill decided to follow S.H.I.E.L.D.’s rules and relieve him, deeming him mentally unfit to take command. Reynolds refused to listen to Hill, and a skirmish resulted in Reynolds being caught in enemy fire.
Reynold’s partner, Agent Bradley, accused Hill of field misconduct, but a tribunal found her innocent. Maria’s conviction caught the attention of Director Nick Fury,who presented Hill with the chance to be promoted. As it turned out, both Bradley and Reynolds were in reality triple agents, and Fury asked Maria to carry out the kill order against Agent Bradley. Hill accomplished the mission, and was subsequently promoted to the rank of Colonel. The assignment and the precursory incident left Hill haunted by images of Reynolds and Bradley’s families, and the feeling that she had betrayed her beliefs and didn’t deserve to continue living. Because of this, Fury gave her a pill to induce amnesia and forget the episode. Before taking the pill, Maria put a hit on herself that would only trigger as soon as she retired.
After the scandalous affair of the Secret War and its disastrous effect on New York City, Nick Fury went into hiding. Maria Hill, viewed by the leaders of several nations as being both an efficient agent and, more importantly in their eyes, not directly loyal to Fury or any of his personal cadre, was appointed interim Executive Director. Hill’s role had apparently not been announced to the public as yet; a Life-Model Decoy of Fury was regularly used in public to maintain an illusion of normalcy within the Directorate’s ranks. Hill was expected to be loyal to United States interests before those of the United Nations, which S.H.I.E.L.D. was supposed to serve before any other country. Hill quickly established new policies on super-powered heroes, as requested by the President of the United States and his peers in other national governments: to end S.H.I.E.L.D. support for the heroes. These policies were in full effect when Hill tried to prevent the Avengers from re-forming.
Highly trained in weaponry
Expert marksman and mastery of various other weapons
Sergeant James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes AKA Winter Soldier World War II
Believed dead near the end of World War II only to have been found and brainwashed by the Soviets for the next 50 years, Captain America’s former sidekick now continues to defend his country from the shadows against those who would threaten it as legendary spy and assassin, the Winter Soldier. He became the new Captain America to honor his friend Steve and he joined the Avengers. When Steve returned as Captain America, Bucky took on the identity of the Winter Soldier once again.
After losing his father at a young age during World War II, James Buchanan Barnes was adopted as the mascot for Camp Lehigh and nicknamed “Bucky”. Because of his skills Bucky was sent to England on his sixteenth birthday, where he went through two months of combat training with the British S.A.S. and another month of special training back in the United States. To his superiors Bucky was the best natural fighter they had ever seen. It wasn’t long before he was made Captain America’s partner, who unlike Cap could get his hands dirty doing the little tricks that Cap wasn’t allowed to do because of regular military methods.
In April 1945, an experimental Soviet spy-submarine helmed by Comrade Karpov was crossing the English Channel when it intercepted a transmission claiming that Captain America and Bucky had been blown up. Not far from the area, the sub quickly charted the depths and discovered Bucky’s tattered body, his left arm completely torn off. Apparently flash-frozen in the waters, the Soviets slowly increased his temperature to thaw out his tissues. After administering electricity, CPR and adrenaline directly into his heart, Bucky was brought back from the dead. While he had no memory of his previous life, Bucky demonstrated a remarkable ability: reflex memories. He knew how to fight, and how to speak four languages, but had no clue how he knew all this.
Fitting him with a cybernetic arm, the Soviets began work on the Winter Soldier Project. They began mental implantation to reprogram his mind and make him loyal to no one but the Soviets. With the codename Winter Soldier, the former Bucky was sent out on spy missions to blend in with his surroundings and assassinate various Cold War power-players. After acting oddly on a few missions, Bucky served as a body guard to the professor behind the Winter Soldier project for a few years before the Soviets decided to store the Winter Soldier away in a suspended state until needed again, keeping his mind from learning the truth.Bucky’s memory loss was so severe that even after killing a number of subjects including Red Skull and Nomad under the direction of Karpov’s protégée, Aleksander Lukin, the Winter Soldier came face to face with Captain America and still did not remember his past at all.
As the Winter Soldier, James’s missing arm was replaced by a cybernetic enhancement. As his career progressed as Captain America, Nick Fury found it necessary to upgrade his arm to be fully synthetic in order to look and feel real.
The arm is capable of the following:
When detached, can be controlled by James through mental implants.
Capable of punching through metal and throwing a shield fast enough to slice through human limbs, control panels and assault rifles.
Capable of emitting a electrical shocks.
Capable of emitting an EMP to shut down electrical hardware.
Capable of bypassing any airport sensor.
Holographic imaging to appear as a normal human arm. Looks and feels like a human arm.
As Captain America, James also carried the famous indestructible Vibranium-steel alloy shield and a modified handgun. The handgun closely resembles Nick Fury’s modified handgun and has been commented by Mockingbird to fire greater impacting bullets than normal handguns. Ares has also been winded by being tricked and shot under the chin by Bucky. Bucky’s gun has palm-print sensors so if anyone other than Bucky were to try and shoot the gun it would explode.
As the post-Cold War Winter Soldier, Bucky has an updated Winter Soldier BDU and gear:
Security jamming built in. The suit continues to give off a pulse which continuously jams and loops all recording devices for a few seconds.
Real Name: James Buchanan Barnes
Aliases: The Winter Soldier; formerly Captain America, Bucky
Identity: Known to top level K.G.B. and S.H.I.E.L.D. authorities
Citizenship: United States
Place of Birth: Shelbyville, Indiana
Occupation: S.H.I.E.L.D. operative, Soviet assassin, freelance assassin, sidekick to Captain America. army mascot
Known Relatives: George M. Barnes (father; deceased); Winnifred C. Barnes (mother; deceased); Ida (aunt; presumed deceased); Rebecca P. Barnes Proctor (sister); Proctor (first name unrevealed, brother-in-law); unidentified niece and nephew; Scott Proctor (grandnephew); Kimberly Proctor (grandniece)
Group Affiliation: Avengers, formally; Kid Commandos, Liberty Legion, Invaders (wartime), Young Allies; former partner of Captain America
Education: High School Dropout
Height: 5’9″ ft/in
Weight: 220 lb. (the cybernetic arm weighs roughly 40lbs)
Nuke is the result of an attempt to recreate the process that created Captain America. With the American flag tattooed on his face, and believing he is still fighting in the Vietnam war, the highly unstable Nuke has been conditioned to blindly follow any orders his superiors give.
The disturbed son of a wealthy, abusive, alcoholic, upper-class woman in Ohio, Frank soon developed an unhealthy affection for his babysitter, the only real maternal figure in his life. The young woman, who was harboring feelings for his father Charles Simpson, capitalized on Frank’s affection and talked the boy into killing his mother. Wolverine, at that time was an operative for Weapon Plus, had been sent to kidnap Frank. Wolverine showed up, dressed as a cop. He then stalked Charles and the babysitter, eventually shooting the girl with Charles’s gun, after which Charles committed suicide. Wolverine then went to Frank’s place and abducted him for the supersoldier project.
Years later, Frank Simpson was sent into the Vietnam War as a black-ops agent. Captured by the Viet Cong, Frank was severely tortured by Logan (who was posing as a Russian intelligence liaison), shattering Frank’s still unbalanced mind. While torturing him (even carving the American flag into his face that years later would become part of his superpowered personality), he implanted the phrase “No V.C.!” as a trigger word, along with the compulsion to kill gruesomely, in retaliation for the tortures suffered, anyone who uttered the words. He then allowed Frank to escape, testing his work with a village of peasants, who, seeing an American soldier, tried to soothe his anger and convince him to spare them, shouting the “No V.C.!” phrase, meaning that they were not Viet Cong. Frank, in response to the trigger word, burnt the village to the ground, killing every inhabitant. The experiment being a success, Logan was installed as his handler. Due to his trauma, Nuke often hallucinates that the enemies he is fighting are the Viet Cong.
At some time during the war, Nuke was inducted into the final part of the Project Homegrown, the Weapon VII programs, that turned him into a partial cyborg with a subdermal mesh able to deflect bullets, and a second heart that, working in conjunction with some (placebo) pills, controlled his aggression, leaving him addicted as well. His whereabouts after the war are still unknown
Agent Simpson, Scourge
Cybernetic enhancements grant:
Superhuman strength, speed, stamina, and sturdiness
Remote-controlled vital functions
Wade Wilson (Deadpool)
All that peace I felt is gone. I ruin it because I can. Because it’s easy. I’ve fought for Preston. For the Camachos. I’ve fought for my friends. I’ve tried to make these people not just safe, but happy. I didn’t go looking for these people. They walked into my life. And now the imbalance is restored. I’ve fought for the happiness of everyone around me. I’ve been willing to die for that happiness. I now realize I’ve never experienced happiness. I put on a good show… I simply don’t know the meaning of the word… And I never will. —Deadpool
Wade had conflicting memories of his childhood. He once recalled that his father abandoned his mother while she was pregnant with him and she took out her anger on him until, as an adult, he beat her instead. He later recalled that his mother died when he was five and that his father, an army officer, became abusive, causing Wade to grow up to be a thug and criminal. When his father got his act together and tried to rein in his son, one of Wade’s friends shot and killed him. However, he told a writer that his father was a teller of bad jokes who abandoned him and his mother while he was a boy. His mother turned to humor, alcohol and home shopping networks as a coping mechanism. He believed that he ran away from home so that his mother wouldn’t need to spend what little money she had left on him.
However, it was eventually revealed that his parents were still together, living in Canada and had kept Wade’s room as he had left it but Wade himself did not recognize the house, his parents or his room when he returned there as an adult.
After leaving home, he appears to have joined the U.S. Army Special Forces but despite his superior skills, he was drummed out for not following orders that conflicted with his moral code. After a failed suicide attempt just before his nineteenth birthday, Wade was invited to join a clandestine group of CIA-sponsored mercenary assassins thanks to his military record, assured that his targets would all deserve death.
Little is known of Wilson’s subsequent activities with this group. At one point he was active in Tangier, Morocco where he romanced a woman named Francie. When this relationship soured, he traveled throughout Asia, and was hired in Japan by a crime lord, the Boss, to infiltrate a sumo-wrestling ring owned by a rival criminal, the Oyakata. Wilson spent three years as a wrestler under the Oyakata’s tutelage and became romantically involved with his mentor’s daughter, Sazae. When the Boss finally ordered the Oyakata’s murder, Wilson refused to complete his assignment, allegedly the first time he had ever done so, and relocated to the United States.
In America, Wade met and fell in love with mutant teenage prostitute Vanessa Carlysle, with whom he shared dreams of a better life. Wilson was subsequently hired by Middle Eastern interests to assassinate a blind British Government operative named Althea, also known as Blind Al. Upon arrival to the Zaire base where she was stationed, he killed everyone except for Al who had fled.
Those who put the contract out on Al sought vengeance for his failure by targeting Vanessa, who was rescued by Zoe Culloden, an employee of the inter-dimensional firm Landau, Luckman, Lake, and LeQuare. Culloden was keeping Wilson under surveillance, believing he was destined to play a vital part in a potential threat to the world. Learning that he had developed 34 inoperable cancerous tumors, Wilson broke up with his girlfriend Vanessa rather than force her to remain with a terminally ill man. He even gave up his chemo treatments, not wishing to prolong things.
Wade Wilson is cured.
In the midst of the chaos, Deadpool was injected with another sample of the serum by Bob (which he got from Tombstone after conspiring with him against Wade), who was then angered after finding out that Wade had planned for this all along. Wade then went to X-Force to learn that the serum was made specifically for his DNA, and thus had no effect on Wolverine. After learning that everything was planned by Wade, X-Force too was angered and decided to kill Wade after he had escaped from them. After fighting and escaping from Tombstone, Wade was confronted by an angry Bob. After this (and seeing that his deformities were cured by the serum) Wade resolved not to die. Later, the two confronted X-Force. After making amends, they let Wade leave to help the injured Bob.
After he lost his healing factor, Wilson claimed he felt “more alive than ever.” However, after a harsh beating from Intelligencia Wade realized that he had let his ability to heal compensate for skill so he decided to ask for help with Taskmaster in training. Taskmaster asked Wilson to help him steal Pym Particles from S.H.I.E.L.D., but left Wade to die even knowing his healing factor was gone. Taskmaster also sold the knowledge to one of Wade’s old enemies, the Black Box.
Wade managed to defeat the villains recruited by Black Box, Black Tom and Black Swan, but in the process his face was burned and disfigured again. Former FBI agent Allison Kemp wanted to get revenge on Deadpool because of his involvement in an accident which left her in a wheelchair, and she called other nemeses of Dead pool such as T-Ray and Slayback and trained them in order to kill the merc. Dead pool infiltrated their base and managed to get T-Ray and Slayback killed. When Kemp was about to kill herself in a explosion, which would also kill Wade in the process, he convinced her not to. In that moment, he was surprised by the returned Evil Dead pool, who informed Wade that the serum they took was not permanent, the reason why Wade’s face didn’t heal or a finger he lost grew back, so Wade would return after Evil Deadpool shot him.
Wade Winston Wilson
Avengers Unity Division
Great Lakes Initiative
Heroes for Hire
Landau, Luckman, and Lake
Mercs for Money
Bob, Agent of Hydra
Merc with a Mouth, Regenerating Degenerate, Jack, Wade T. Wilson, Mithras, Johnny Silvini, Thom Cruz, Hulkpool, Wildcard, Zenpool, Weapon XI
Regenerative healing factor
Skilled marksman, swordsman, and hand-to-hand combatant
Uses devices granting teleportation and holographic disguise
Superhuman strength, durability, and agility
Jonah Hex was a legendary bounty hunter on the American western frontier in the 19th Century. His reputation as the deadliest man alive followed him everywhere, and he killed hundreds of men up until his death. Hex was a gruff anti-hero with a deep personal code of honor that kept him on the side of good despite his violent tendencies.
Raised by his alcoholic father Woodson Hex, Jonah was a regular victim of physical abuse as a child.
In 1861, Jonah joined the Confederate States Army during the Civil War to protect his homeland, rising to the rank of lieutenant in the Cavalry alongside his close friend Jeb Turnbull. His conscience made it difficult for him to fight against abolitionists, and he eventually decided to surrender to the Union Army at Fort Charlotte. Despite his refusal to give up information on the whereabouts of his men, they were able to track them down by the mud on his shoes. Hex’s entire unit was captured, and the General made his men believe that he had given them up. There is a massacre executed by the higher command, and barely a handful of men survive to escape. Jonah Hex goes down in Southern history as a turncoat and a traitor.Eventually returning to his village in 1866, Jonah finds that Noh-Tante had since married White Fawn. He declares Noh-Tante’s betrayal to the chieftain, but the accusations were denied and it was decided that they would deliberate through trial by combat. Noh-Tante sabotages Jonah’s tomahawk, forcing him to cheat and end the fight with his knife. For breaking the rules of combat and murdering his son, the chieftain declares that Jonah will be branded with the mark of the demon and exiled under penalty of death. Years later when he returned again to rescue a kidnapped white woman, he was captured and White Fawn was shot dead by the chieftain for trying to help him escape. Jonah killed his adoptive father in return, and gunned down half the tribe who went after him with the help of Henri d’Aubergnon.
Nicholas Joseph Fury served in World War II as the leader of the Howling Commandos. He later became an agent, and eventually director, of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fury is one of the greatest strategic minds in the world, a born leader and a master of espionage. He currently serves as a replacement Watcher.
Born and raised in the area of New York City known as Hell’s Kitchen around 1920, Nicholas Joseph “Nick” Fury was around 20 years old when he was drafted into the United States Army to fight the Nazi’s in World War II. He soon florished in the rangs of the U.S. Army and became sergeant. During this time, Nick was asked to lead a handpicked squad of highly trained soldiers. This squad would soon become known as the famous Howling Commandos. Sergeant Fury and the Howling Commandos fought through much of World War II, with missions in France, Greece, Belgium, Holland and even inside Nazi Germany itself. The team also encountered and fought alongside a few of America’s superheroes, such as Captain America and the Invaders. Nick even met Logan, the person whom would later be known as the X-man Wolverine.
Nick Fury managed to get most of his teammembers back alive after each and every mission. However, Nick himself was injured by a grenade at the end of the war. This grenade was the cause of the eye injury that eventually cost him the vision in his left eye. Fury began covering the eye with a cosmetic black eye-patch, which became one of his trademarks after the war. It was also at this time that he and most other Howling Commandos began their annual injections of the Infinity Formula, a chemical they found during the war. Injections with this chemical greatly slowed their aging proces.
Nicholas Joseph “Nick” Fury
United States Army
Team White (“Secret Warriors”)
Skilled military strategist
Skilled armed and unarmed combatant
Longevity via Infinity Formula
Frank Castle (Punisher)
When he was a younger man, The Punisher was actually a top marine for the United States military.Before Frank Castle became the Punisher, he was a Force Recon Marine who served in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart. Upon return from Vietnam, he and his family witnessed a shooting by the Mafia. They became victims themselves as the Mafia wanted to eliminate any witnesses. Frank was his family’s only survivor.
After his family was killed by the mob, U.S. Marine Special Forces veteran Frank Castle vowed to avenge their deaths and became a one-man army in his personal war against the criminal underworld. With a distinct death’s head skull adorning his chest, Frank Castle became the vigilante known as the Punisher.
A decorated US Marine excelling as a soldier in every way, Frank Castle was a force to be reckoned with during the Vietnam War but also a dedicated family man. After a particularly close call in the final years of the war, he resigned to a Special Forces instructor post in upstate New York so he could be closer to his wife Maria and two children, Lisa and Francis. Disaster struck one day, years later, when Frank and his family went for a picnic in Central Park only to witness a mob execution on a high profile member of the mafia. The mob fired on his family, killing them all before his eyes and thus destroying everything he had lived for.
Unable to move on and failed by a corrupt criminal justice system, Frank Castle sought revenge, prompting him to “disappear” just as he was to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. As he resurfaced, he was the vigilante now known as the Punisher, wearing Kevlar body armor with a large skull imprinted on his chest and armed with a variety of weapons. Frank not only vowed to have revenge for his family, but also dedicated the rest of his life to fighting crime.
The Punisher is the recipient of multi-disciplinary military training from the United States Marine Corps and United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance. While a Marine, he also received training from the Airborne School and U.S. Navy SEALs as well as cross-training with the Australian Special Air Service Regiment during the Vietnam War. In addition, since beginning his work as the Punisher, Castle has used his military discipline and training techniques to update and expand his skills in areas that aid in his mission (disguise, acting, use of non-military weapons, etc.). From this training, the Punisher is proficient in not only basic infantry skills, but in special operations, which includes the use and maintenance of specialized firearms and explosive ordnance. He is highly trained in infiltration into heavily guarded enemy territories and structures for the purpose of assassination, capture, and military intelligence. Also, he is trained in various forms of camouflage and stealth. He is also highly adept at hand-to-hand combat, and has been trained in multiple forms of martial arts such as Chin Na, Hwa Rang Do, Krav Maga, Muay Thai,Nash Ryu Jujutsu,Ninjutsu, Shorin-ryu Karate and Systema. Both Nick Fury and Tony Stark have commented on how extraordinarily high his pain tolerance is.He does not take painkillers, as he feels that their benefit of dulling pain is not worth the side effects of drowsiness and slowed reflexes.
He maintains multiple safehouses and vehicles around the greater New York City area as well as multiple forged identities and bank accounts (most of the funds and equipment aiding him in his work being taken from the criminals he hunts). The Punisher has a Kevlar uniform which protects him from most gunfire, though he can still suffer concussive injury or penetration from sufficient or repeated impacts. The white skull emblem on his chest is used both to intimidate his enemies and to lure their fire to the more heavily protected area of his armor. The design was supposedly taken from either a Vietcong sniper,or the demon Olivier.The Punisher uses a large variety of firearms in his war on crime; including fully automatic rifles, shotguns, flame throwers, or whatever he can get his hands on. Though he has a preference for guns, the Punisher has been using technology derived from super-villains and other costumed characters, such as the Green Goblin’s pumpkin bombs, a modified Goblin Glider,and a Doctor Octopus tentacle that he can shrink down for easy storage via Pym Particles.
Aside from his physical prowess, the Punisher also has complete control of his mind and consciousness, providing a strong resistance against psychic and telepathic powers that are used against him. When Letha and Lascivious try to control the Punisher’s mind, he scoffs at their attempt, saying, “It doesn’t feel different from any other day”
Francis “Frank” Castle (born Castiglione)
United States Marine Corps
Heroes for Hire
Mr. Smith, Charles Fort, Frank Rook, Johnny Tower, Franken-Castle
Skilled in guerrilla and military tactics, close quarters combat, infiltration, marksmanship, and demolitions
Special operations training
James “Jim” Worthington Gordon is the police commissioner for the Gotham City Police Department and helps the Caped Crusader fight crime. Before joining the police department, Jim Gordon served in the U.S. Special Forces, where he was trained in hand-to-hand combat which helps him assist Batman in the battle against supervillains.
Of Scottish descent, Gordon had served in the United States Marine Corps prior to becoming a police officer. In most versions of the Batman mythos, Jim Gordon is at one point or another depicted as commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department. Gordon frequently contacts Batman for help in solving various crimes, particularly those committed by supervillains. Generally it is Gordon who uses the Bat-signal to summon Batman, and it has become a running joke of sorts that the Dark Knight will often disappear in the middle of the discussion when Gordon’s back is turned. Gordon is usually depicted with silver or red hair, eyeglasses, and a mustache. In most incarnations, he is seen wearing a trenchcoat, necktie, and on occasion, a fedora hat. He is also sometimes pictured with a cane, although it is not revealed why he uses it. Because DC Comics retconned its characters’ history in the 1985 miniseries Crisis on Infinite Earths, and because of different interpretations in television and film, the details of Gordon’s history vary from story to story.
He has been married twice; first to Barbara Eileen Kean and then to Sarah Essen.
Gordon is a police detective who initially resents the mysterious vigilante’s interference in police business. He first appears in Detective Comics #27, in the very first Batman story, in which they both investigate the murder of a chemical industrialist. Although Batman fights on the side of justice, his methods and phenomenal track record for stopping crimes and capturing criminals embarrasses the police by comparison. Eventually, Batman meets up with Gordon and persuades the detective that they need each other’s help. Gordon deputizes Batman, and thereafter the Dark Knight works with Gordon as an agent of the law
James W. Gordon
Gotham City Police Department
United States Marine Corps
Supporting character of
The anti-hero Spawn, born Al Simmons, is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the USMC who went on to work in White House security where he prevented the assassination of the president. He later became a member of the United States Security Group where he carried out secret assassination missions around the world. He was a violent person on the job, as well as in his personal life.
Albert Francis Simmons was born in Detroit, Michigan. He is the second eldest of three children (Marc, Albert, and Richard) born to Bernard Simmons- a traveling salesman- and Esther Simmons- a devil worshipper. Simmons is a highly intelligent and physically strong Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps. He later joins the United States Secret Service and becomes a highly decorated member. This leads to his recruitment to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Once in the CIA, Simmons joins the U.S. Security Group- an umbrella agency encompassing the CIA, the NSA, and the NSC- commanded by Director Jason Wynn, and becomes a highly capable assassin.
After being murdered during a mission in Botswana when Director Wynn hires Simmons’ friend and partner, Bruce Stinson (codename Chapel), to kill him, Simmons is sent to Hell due to his life as an assassin.Making a deal with the devil, known as Malebolgia, Simmons agrees to become a Hellspawn and serve Malebolgia if he is allowed to see his wife, Wanda, one last time. Malebolgia agrees, and returns Simmons to the living realm, but stripped of nearly all his memories, with a badly burned body, and a demonic guardian, named the Violator.
After his death and subsequent rebirth, Simmons- now Spawn- arrives on Earth in a daze, off-balance and disoriented. With only vague recollections of his past and how he came to be, he only knew his name, ‘Al Simmons,’ and that he died, but nothing else.
Occasionally experiencing painful flashbacks, he eventually remembers his deal with Malebolgia, but can’t remember his wife’s name in order to return to her.
Using CIA files, he tracks down his wife to find her married to his former best friend, Terry, with a daughter named Cyan,and realizes that five years have passed since his death.
Spawn soon runs into a fellow Hellspawn who informs him that his powers are fueled by Necroplasm, and once they are fully depleted, he will return to Hell.
Not wanting to return to Hell, Spawn attempts to find a new purpose in life, while using as little power as possible. Spawn is thrust into several antihero adventures where he takes down street gangs and organized crime in New York City in a brutal fashion. Battling against Italian mobsters and later eventually killing a serial murderer and pedophile, Billy Kincaid, Spawn finds a new purpose in stopping evil.
Albert Francis “Al” Simmons
United States Marine Corps
The One, Hellspawn, Ken Kurobawa, Spawny
Superhuman strength, speed, agility and endurance
Immortality (to an extent, powers drain when used and full drainage of powers results in death)
Highly skilled tactician, martial artist, swordsman, marksman, athlete and acrobat
Necroplasmic energy blasts
Multiple demonic powers
Energy manipulation and molecular manipulation
Weapons cape and chains
Charles Xavier AKA Professor X Korean War
Professor Charles Xavier is the creator of the X-Men and founder of the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters. His dream of peaceful coexistence between mutants and humanity has long been the driving force for the X-Men. An immensely powerful telepath and scientific genius, Xavier was among the world’s greatest masterminds. Killed at the hands of a Phoenix crazed Cyclops, Xavier’s memory and dream still remains and motivates his X-Men to keep fighting for a world that fears and hates them.
Charles Xavier was born into a wealthy family and was the son of a nuclear researcher named Brian Xavier. His powers come into light when he read the mind of a man who could have saved his father from a terrible accident. That man ended up marrying Charles’ mother, Sharon Xavier.
Charles was a gifted child who entered college when he was 16. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology within 2 years and did post-graduate studies in Oxford, earning a degree in biophysics and genetics. At graduate school, he met a woman named Moira Kinross (Moira MacTaggert) and the two fall in love but he is soon drafted to fight in the Korean War. During that time, he receives a letter from her explaining that she has found another man. He later discovers that it was the abusive Joseph McTaggert. Deeply depressed when Moira broke off their engagement, Xavier began traveling around the world after leaving the army. In Cairo, he meets a young girl named Ororo Munroe (later known as Storm), who is a pickpocket, and the Shadow King, a powerful mutant who is posing as Egyptian crime lord Amahl Farouk. Xavier defeats the Shadow King, barely escaping with his life. This encounter leads to Xavier’s decision to devote his life to protecting humanity from evil mutants and safeguarding innocent mutants from human oppression.
Weight: 190 lbs.
Hair: Bald (formerly blond)
Distinguishing Features: Xavier was formerly confined to a wheelchair after having his spine shattered
Identity: Publicly known
Occupation: Mutant rights activist, geneticist, teacher; former headmaster of the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters, soldier
Place of Birth: New York City, New York
Education: Ph.Ds in genetics, biophysics, psychology, and anthropology, and an M.D. in psychiatry
Marital Status: Divorced
Known Relatives: Brian and Sharon Xavier (parents, deceased), Cassandra Nova (twin sister), Kurt Marko (stepfather, deceased), Cain Marko (Juggernaut, stepbrother), Lilandra Neramani (ex-wife), David Charles Haller (Legion, son)
A former KGB agent Natasha Romanova, better known as Black Widow, is one of the best agents S.H.I.E.L.D. has ever had. She’s a longtime member of the Avengers as well as the leader of the short-lived Los Angeles-based superhero team called the Champions
For a while, Black Widow was trained and helped by Wolverine, who temporarily left his violent ways for her and cared very much about her well-being. Ivan also protected Natasha, until in 1941, when she was kidnapped by the Nazi Baron Strucker and was made an assassin for the Hand. However, she was taken back (against her will) by Ivan, Captain America, and Wolverine. When Wolverine came back to America, Black Widow saved him from Hydra assassins and encountered him again when Ben Grimm and Carol Danvers stole the Red Storm project from Russia. She pursued them but was ordered to abort the mission. During this time, Widow fell in love with a somewhat brainwashed Bucky Barnes.Wolverine Training Natasha
Weight: 148 lbs
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Natasha’s natural hair colour is auburn, but during her early days as a Soviet agent she often dyed it black. She has dyed it various colours while under cover or in disguise of another person.
Citizenship: resident in America under extended visa, formerly Russian
Place of Birth: Volgograd, Russia ( formerly Stalingrad, USSR at the time of her birth)
Marital Status: Widowed, currently in a relationship with Bucky Barnes
Education: College graduate, Intensive espionage training through Red Room Academy
Occupation: Adventurer, intelligence agent, former ballerina, Former Schoolteacher, Fashion Designer
Known Relatives: Ivan Petrovitch (foster father), Unnamed brother (possibly deceased), Vindiktor (presumed older brother, deceased), Alexei Shostakov (Red Guardian, Ronin, estranged husband), Nikolai (husband, deceased), Rose (daughter, deceased)
Natalia Alianovna Romanova (Natasha Romanoff)
Heroes for Hire
Natalie Rushman, Laura Matthers, Mary Farrell, Natasha Romanoff, Oktober, Yelena Belova
Expert tactician, hand-to-hand combatant and secret agent
Slowed aging, and enhanced immune system
Expert marksman and mastery of various other weapons
Equipment via gauntlets:
knock out gas
tear gas pellets
Luke Cage, wrongly convicted and unjustly imprisoned, was altered in a failed prison experiment that granted him unbreakable skin and superhuman strength. With his street smarts, and unending determination to do right, he fights for the common man! He eventually married Jessica Jones and had a daughter with her. Luke was also a member of The Avengers and the Leader of Thunderbolts for a time.
Luke Cage (born Carl Lucas) was raised in the slums of Harlem, New York. He spent his childhood in a gang called The Rivals along with his friend Willis Stryker. Lucas engaged in many gang fights with The Diablos, a rival gang. He also committed petty crimes and worked for a crime lord named Sonny Caputo.
Eventually, Lucas was put through the juvenile justice system and realized the pain he was causing his family. He changed his ways and in his adulthood, he joined The NYPD ( New York City Police Department) as a police officer. Willis Stryker rose through the ranks of crime. Stryker’s actions brought the anger of The Maggia, a New York crime syndicate.
The Maggia ordered a hit on Stryker and he was badly injured, only to be saved by Carl Lucas. Stryker’s girlfriend (Reva Conners) grew fearful of his line of work and began to distance herself from him. She breaks up with him and finds comfort in Lucas. Stryker then believes that Lucas is the one responsible for the break up between him and Reva. In revenge, he planted drugs in Lucas’ Harlem apartment and tipped off the cops. Lucas is then wrongly convicted and imprisoned.While incarcerated, Lucas grows angry and hateful towards Willis. He engages in jail fights and makes numerous failed escape attempts. Lucas, is then transferred to a prison on the coast of Georgia. He faces racism from one of the guards named Quirt. Captain Rackham blames Lucas for being demoted when a new warden dislikes how the prison is run. Lucas then volunteers for an experiment which will shorten his sentence. Dr. Noah Burstein puts him in an electrical field with a chemical compound, leaving him unattended for a moment. Rackham tampers with the controls, causing an overload. Pushed way past its original intent, the resulting incident empowers Lucas with super strength and gives him nearly impervious skin. Lucas uses his power to escape from the prison and later makes his way back to New York City.Luke later has a one night stand with Jessica Jones. Cage had a crisis later when Jessica reacted to the fling, however, her and Luke made peace and later worked together when Matt Murdock was accused of being Daredevil. Luke later told Jessica his feelings towards her grew and she told him she was pregnant. Cage and Jones moved in together and Jessica later became a superhuman consultant for The Daily Bugle. J. Jonah Jameson still resented Luke though, for denying the job of capturing Spider-Man previously.The first is that Jessica has their baby, a girl that they name Danielle after Danny Rand, Luke’s best friend. In addition, Luke and Jessica get married, which was officiated by Stan Lee. However, the bliss was not to last, as the Senate was beginning to have talks about the Super Human Registration Act.
Little is known about the past of Arkady Gregorivich Rossovich except that he was a serial killer born in Russia. He was captured by the Interpol agent Sean Cassidy and turned over to the KGB, which wanted to experiment and attempt to create a supersoldier similar to Captain America. Omega Red is the end result.
In another version of Omega Red’s past, Arkady was a Soviet soldier stationed in a small Siberian town. He was a murderer; his crimes easily discoverable due to the town’s small size and limited number of potential victims. He was caught by his fellow soldiers and summarily executed via a gunshot to the back of the head. His superiors are astonished when Arkady survives the execution, and recommend him for the aforementioned Soviet super soldier project, a brutal process; it is suggested that Arkady survives solely due to his evil and cruel nature. He becomes an operative for Soviet intelligence and the KGB.
The Soviet government implanted a retractable carbonadium tentacle within each of Omega Red’s arms. Carbonadium was the Soviets’ attempt to recreate the artificial alloy known as adamantium, as Carbonadium is a more malleable form of adamantium. He uses them as weapons and as grappling appendages. He is able to a wrap a victim in his coils to drain them of their “life” energy. This vampiric tendency is essential to Omega Red’s survival; the carbonadium implants, while great offensive weapons, slowly poisoned him and he was required to regularly drain the life energy of a person, or perhaps take small amounts from larger numbers of individuals, in order to temporarily sustain his immune system. In order to stabilize his condition, Omega Red requires the “Carbonadium Synthesizer,” a device that was stolen by Wolverine, Maverick, and Sabretooth during their final mission together as “Team X” and attempted rescue of double agent Janice Hollenbeck in the 1960s.It is because of his need for the Carbonadium Synthesizer that Omega Red has continuously sought out these three individuals over the years, believing they may know of its whereabouts. While Sabretooth and Maverick might have been aware of its location, it was eventually revealed that Wolverine actually does know where it is. Omega Red also battled John Wraith in Berlin at that time.At some time in the past the Soviet government decided that Omega Red was too unpredictable and treacherous to be relied upon, and so needed to be put in cryogenic suspended animation until a method could be found to control him. After the fall of Communism in Russia he was revived from suspended animation by Matsu’o Tsurayaba, who led his own renegade faction of the clan of ninja known as The Hand. Omega Red became a warrior serving Matsu’o Tsurayaba and was led to believe that Wolverine knew the whereabouts of the Carbonadium Synthesizer which could save his life, and sought him out in an effort to find this device. In doing so, he came into conflict with the X-Men many times. In their first encounter in modern times, Omega Red captured Wolverine.He fought and defeated Wolverine, and brought him to Tsurayaba, Fenris, and Cornelius in Berlin. He battled the X-Men, and was wounded by Psylocke and defeated by the X-Men and Maverick but escaped. Later, Omega Red battled and fell under the mental control of the Soul Skinner in Siberia. The Soul Skinner then used him to battle Wolverine and the X-Men. Omega Red was able to subdue the team and capture Wolverine and Jubilee and was then sent to capture Colossus, who had retreated. Omega Red eluded capture by Wolverine after the Soul Skinner’s death. He later fought against Chamber of Generation X, but suffered a humiliating defeat. Ultimately, Omega Red failed to eliminate Wolverine and proved to be no more loyal to the Hand than he was to the Soviet government.
He has worked for Neocommunist organizations and tried to kill a member of the Americomp organization, but was stopped by Daredevil and Black Widow.
Omega Red was later employed by Russian gangster Ivan Pushkin to incite a war between the terrorist organization HYDRA and the technology suppliers A. I. M.
While working for the drug lord known as the General, Omega Red was recruited by Sabretooth to attack Wolverine’s friends and family alongside Lady Deathstrike. Sabretooth had promised both Omega Red and Deathstrike information on almost every mutant on Earth, but betrayed his new henchmen by teleporting away with Wolverine, his ward Amiko, and the information.
Omega Red is currently a crime lord (head of the Red Mafia) who poses as a legitimate business man, much like Wilson Fisk does in the U.S.At present, Omega Red has resumed his search for the Carbonadium Synthesizer.In Wolverine: Origins #6 and #7, Omega Red locates former Team X member, and now one of the numerous depowered mutants, Agent Zero a.k.a. Maverick, who is the only person that knows the location of the Carbonadium Synthesizer. This brings him into direct confrontation with Wolverine, who has also sought out Maverick in hopes of locating the Carbonadium Synthesizer. The result of this encounter is that Wolverine outsmarts Omega Red, landing him in the custody of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Months later it becomes known that the Red Room bought Omega Red’s freedom with the hopes of using him to their own ends. Wolverine, Colossus, and Nightcrawler encounter him after he has freed himself from his master, however, and they engage in combat. Omega Red is largely impervious to Wolverine’s claws; the Red Room had been experimenting on his body in an effort to enhance his healing factor. After Nightcrawler intervenes and knocks Omega Red unconscious, he is returned to S.H.I.E.L.D. custody.
Thanks to the enigmatic Romulus, Omega Red is transferred to a regular Russian prison to set a trap for Wolverine. Aided by Wild Child, their plan consisted of dropping Logan into molten steel. However, as Wild Child was preparing to finish the job, Omega Red interrupted him. While Wild Child and Omega Red battle each other, Logan managed to flee. A distracted Wild Child is consequently thrown into the molten steel by Omega Red after having his chest punctured.
Omega Red was killed after being stabbed in the heart with the Muramasa blade by Wolverine.
Omega Red later appears in Hell attempting to attack Wolverine by binding him with his tentacles, but is quickly taken down when Wolverine grabs him by the tentacles and flips him over.
The body of Arkady Rossovich was later obtained by some Russian members of the Church of St. Mitrophan who, after a mystical ceremony, made by their magiks were able to raise Omega Red back to life. However, the procedure is only temporary, as the grave will continue to call Arkady, nevertheless they reassure him that they will continue searching for a way to overcome this limitation.The limitation was eventually solved when the Russian Mafia used the abilities of X-Man Magik to restore Omega Red’s to his fullest strength, but ultimately he was nevertheless defeated and delivered to the custody of S.I.C.K.L.E. (the Russian version of S.H.I.E.L.D.).
Arriving bloodied and beaten at Krakoa and seeking asylum, Omega Red is met by Wolverine, who tries to persuade Magneto that Arkady is too dangerous to be allowed on the island, as he poses to serious a threat to the women and children living there. Investigating his claims of a secret vampire enclave hidden in Paris, Wolverine is captured by Vlad Dracula, who has rejuvenated himself by drinking his blood. As per their agreement, Dracula presents Omega Red with the Carbonadium Synthesizer, warning him that it now contains a detonator, whereupon Arkady will serve as a spy in the service of Vlad to aid against any interference from the mutants towards the Vampire Nation’s hidden a
Arkady Gregorivich Rossovich
Arkady Gregorivich, Vasyliev Arkady
Excellent hand-to-hand combatant and military tactician
Highly skilled criminal organizer
Superhuman strength, speed, agility, stamina, durability and reflexes
Regenerative healing factor
Carbonadium retractable tentacles housed within each arm
Life Force absorption
Ability to secrete pheromones that result in sickness and death
A long-time enemy of Captain America, Johann Schmidt is a proud Nazi general and the embodiment of evil, fear, and horror. He is known as the ruthless Red Skull.
Knowing how a man who would find himself becoming the root of all evil within the Marvel Universe would begin with the troubled childhood of Johann Schmidt. Raised in a traumatizing world of the European streets, Johann’s mind found itself warped and paved for something much more sinister to come. Born in a village within Germany, Johann’s life would start its dark path when his mother would die from giving birth to him. This event drove Johann’s drunken father in a depressing state to where he would cope with the idea of avenging his stressful problems by simply drowning the infant Johann. Saved from near death by the delivering doctor after halting Johann’s father from killing him, Johann’s father would later commit suicide that would force Johann without any parents and to be forced into an orphanage. Growing up into a life of being bullied, Johann’s hatred for others slowly began to expand itself by being convinced that every man was truly his enemy. Hating every passing day of abuse, Johann predictably ran away to led on a life as a beggar and a petty thief. Usually taking menial jobs to keep himself sustained, Johann later found himself offered a job as a sweeper for a Jewish shopkeeper and also found friendship with the daughter of the shop owner as well. As the girl took a liking towards Johann, it would be when he forced himself onto her where she would deny him because of his actions. Johann would finally take his inner feelings into action by committing his first murder when he killed the girl in a fit of blind rage with a shovel.
Back out on the streets again and desperate for any means for survival, Johann would have his chance in 1933 after being one of the many Germans who were forced into joining the Nazi Party as a Sturmabteilung. As Hitler rose to power, Johann still wasn’t satisfied seeing how he was merely a prop rather than a fighter like the S.S. But Johann’s life would change after learning that Hitler was staying within a selected hotel, Johann secretly came up with the idea of making an impression on Hitler by acting out as one of the hotels bellboys. Upon learning that Adolf Hitler was making his stay, Johann successfully acted as one of the hotels bellboy’s who tended to the Fuhrers stay. Coming upon Hitler scolding one of his Gestapo’s for failure of capturing a spy who recently escaped from Germany, Hitler took notice of Johann claiming that he personally could teach Johann to be a better Nazi than any of his own officers. At first glance during Hitlers claim, Hitler not only found a potential recruit within Johann, but something that even the ruler of Germany would fear himself. Ever dedicated to prove himself to be what the Fuhrer of Germany saw within him, Johann proudly accepted his training as an S.S. Officer.
After Hitler later found himself unimpressed with Johann’s training, the Fuhrer relieved Johann’s commanding officer and strictly took over Johann’s training himself. Shaped and molded into Hitlers own twisted image before his training was finished, Johann became the second most powerful man within Germany who answered to no one but Hitler himself. As his first act under Hitlers command, Johann killed his former officer who failed to train him under Hitler’s ideal for an S.S Officer. This twisted accomplishment awarded Johann an officer uniform, rank, and a trademark that would be burnt into the hearts of those who would dare oppose Hitler’s agenda, Johann was given a blood red mask of a skull that would be worn and show his enemies Hitler’s wrath and image that would install fear. Thus the Red Skull was born.
Johann Schmidt was born in a village in Germany to Hermann Schmidt and Martha Schmidt. His mother died in childbirth, and his father blamed Johann for her death. Johann’s father tried to drown the baby, only to be stopped by the attending doctor; he later committed suicide, leaving Johann an orphan. The doctor took Johann to an orphanage, where the child led a lonely existence. Johann ran away from the orphanage when he was 7 years old and lived on the streets as a beggar and thief. As he grew older, he worked at various menial jobs but spent most of his time in prison for crimes ranging from vagrancy to theft. The Skull’s real name of Johann Schmidt was not revealed in his Golden Age and Silver Age appearances.
As a young man, Schmidt was from time to time employed by a Jewish shopkeeper, whose daughter Esther was the only person who had treated Schmidt kindly up to that point. Seized with passion for Esther, Schmidt tried to force himself upon her, only for her to reject him. In unthinking fury, Schmidt murdered her. Schmidt fled the scene in terror but also felt ecstatic joy in committing his first murder. In killing Esther, he had given vent to the rage at the world that had been building up in him throughout his young life.
According to the official version of the story told by the Red Skull and the Nazis, Schmidt met Hitler while working as a bellhop in a hotel. This occurred during his late teens, around the same time that the Nazi Party gained power in Germany. Schmidt wound up serving Hitler’s rooms at the hotel. By chance, Schmidt was present by bringing refreshments when the Führer was furiously scolding an officer for letting a spy escape, during which Hitler declared that he could create a better National Socialist out of the bellhop. Looking closely at the youth and sensing his dark inner nature, Hitler decided to act on his words and recruited Schmidt.
Dissatisfied with the standard drill instruction his subordinates used to train Schmidt, Hitler took over personally, training Schmidt as his right-hand man. Upon completion, Hitler gave Schmidt a unique uniform with a grotesque red skull mask, and he emerged as the Red Skull (in literal German: Roter Totenkopf or Roter (Toten-)Schädel) for the first time. His role was the embodiment of Nazi intimidation, while Hitler could remain the popular leader of Germany. To that end, the Red Skull was appointed head of Nazi terrorist activities with an additional large role in external espionage and sabotage. He succeeded, wreaking havoc throughout Europe in the early stages of World War II. The propaganda effect was so great that the United States government decided to counter it by creating their own equivalent using the one recipient of the lost Project Rebirth: Steve Rogers.
In Europe during the war, the Red Skull took personal command of many military actions and personally supervised the takeovers and lootings of many cities and towns; in various cases the Red Skull ordered and supervised the eradication of the entire population of such communities. The Red Skull also organized a Wolf Pack of U-Boats which preyed upon shipping across the world, often under the Red Skull’s personal command.
At first, Hitler took great pride in his protégé’s successes and let the Red Skull have anything he wanted. Hitler thus financed the construction of secret bases for the Red Skull in various locations throughout the world, many of which were equipped with highly advanced experimental weapons and devices developed by Nazi scientists. The Red Skull was particularly interested in procuring technological weapons that could be used for the purposes of subversion and warfare. During the war he stole plans for the nullatron, a device that could control human minds, adapted a space-warping device developed by the cyborg scientist code-named Brain Drain, and commissioned Nazi scientists to develop a projector which could encircle and suspend sections of cities within spheres of energy.
But while the Red Skull always admired Hitler for his ideological vision, he was never fully content with being Hitler’s subordinate. The Red Skull kidnapped and killed many of Hitler’s closest advisers and eventually rose to become the second-most-powerful man in the Third Reich. Now Hitler could no longer effectively control the Red Skull and came to fear him, especially since the Red Skull had made no secret of his ambition to supplant Hitler someday.
After the renowned military officer Baron Wolfgang von Strucker had a falling out with Hitler, the Red Skull sent Strucker to Japan to found an organization that would prepare the way for takeovers in the Far East under the Red Skull’s leadership. In the Far East, Strucker joined a subversive organization that came to be known as HYDRA, severed his ties with the Red Skull, became head of HYDRA and made it into a major threat to world peace.
As World War II raged on, Hitler vowed that if he could not conquer the world, he would destroy it. To achieve this end, the Red Skull proposed the construction of five gigantic war machines, to be called the Sleepers, which would be hidden in various locations while they generated and stored the power they would need, and then be released at a future date, “Der Tag” (“The Day” in German), to destroy the Earth if the Allies won the war. Hitler enthusiastically instructed the Red Skull to construct the Sleepers, unaware that the Red Skull intended to use them to conquer the world himself if Hitler’s Third Reich fell. In the closing days of the war in Europe, Allied intelligence received reports of a Nazi doomsday plan, code-named “Der Tag”, to be implemented after Hitler’s defeat. However, the Allies had no idea what the plan entailed.
Place of origin
Nazi Germany (SS-Oberführer)
Der Rote Schädel (German name, translation: “The Red Skull”), Senator Dell Rusk, Bettman P. Lyles, the Agent of a Thousand Faces (impersonated in Europe during World War II), the Man (head of the People’s Militia), Cyrus Fenton, John Smith (the English version of his natural German name), Teacher, Tod March (president and founder of Galactic Pictures), Aleksander Lukin, the White Skull
Inhabits a cloned body of Captain America that grants:
Peak human strength, speed and stamina
Telepathy strong enough to reach out and manipulate countless people with his thought-waves
Once the Void left me, the two angels came. Pulled me from the light, to return to this chaotic room with its malodorous flavors. But gloriously free of the entirety of my sadness and failure, I am reborn — I AM LIFE-IN-DEATH!
In March 1947, Canada’s Department K and remnants of the United States’ Operation: Rebirth pooled their resources to become Project: Sentry, an attempt to not only recreate the Super Soldier Serum, but in post-war hubris, magnify its effects one hundred thousand times over. Unfortunately, within a thirty years it had been divided nearly a thousandfold into isolated sub-projects, with lab work farmed out to private contractors. The overall administration of the Project was virtually nil.Precisely where all of its resources ended up over the decades, what they might have begun, and where they ultimately led, is currently unknown.
Over ten years later, Robert Reynolds, a meth addict, broke into the laboratory of an unnamed professor. It was there that he discovered the Golden Sentry Serum. Consuming the compound, Robert Reynolds gained the power of a million exploding suns. This act killed his partner and the lab’s guards. He then asked the Professor to make more for himself.
Project: Sentry, appalled at what their irresponsibility had wrought, persuaded Reynolds to let them test his powers at their facility, but they could not contain him for long, nor curb his desire to use his powers for the greater good of all, and the Sentry debuted before a world that had almost forgotten superhuman Samaritans. After trouncing the school bully who had tormented him, Reynolds sewed together a costume and made his debut as the heroic Sentry.
The Sentry was an optimistic and socially accepted hero who stood in marked contrast to the mostly freakish nature of the other heroes. He had connections to Mister Fantastic, Iron Man, the Hulk, Spider-Man and Professor X. One of very few super heroes active during the years just prior to the Fantastic Four’s emergence, Sentry gained new importance when the new wave of heroes rose to prominence. Almost instantly deducing Spider-Man’s secret identity, he became a role model for the young hero, as well as an ally to the X-Men, an equal to Reed Richards, and a friend to the outcast Hulk. The Sentry even battled Doctor Doom alongside the Fantastic Four and defeated his greatest enemy, the General, with the X-Men’s aid.
During this period, the Sentry married the love of his life, Lindy, and took the young Scout as his sidekick. Lindy got swept up in it all, excited at the prospect of meeting other heroes. She eventually learned of Robert’s addiction but did nothing about it. She even feared that taking the serum must have awakened something of biblical proportions. She later stated that she should have killed him on their wedding night
Horsemen of Death
The Void, Death
Super strength, durability, stamina, endurance, agility, reflexes, resilience, dexterity and intelligence
Can travel at a speed exceeding speed of light
Regenerative healing factor
Electromagnetic spectrum vision
Energy manipulation, absorption, projection and emission
Solar energy manipulation, absorption and projection
Solar energy creation
Indestructible energy force fields
Mind control resistance
The power of one million exploding suns
Cain Marko (Juggernaut) – Korean War
Cain Marko, also known as the Juggernaut, is the step-brother of X-Men founder Charles Xavier and the avatar of Cyttorak. Powered by the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak, Marko is bestowed virtually limitless brute strength and durability which he mostly uses for criminal pursuits and wanton destruction. The Juggernaut is considered one of the strongest and most powerful beings on Earth.
Cain Marko’s mother died when he was young and he was raised by his father Kurt. With the (questionable) death of his father’s colleague, Dr. Brian Xavier, Cain’s father married Xavier’s widow, Sharon. They moved into the Xavier Mansion (the later Xavier Institute for Higher Learning) in Westchester, New York. Cain was a bully to his stepbrother Charles, partly due to the fact that his father favored him over Cain. Unknown to Cain, Charles was succeeding because of his mutant ability to read minds, including Cain’s. When he found out, Cain would never forgive Charles for this. During an argument with his father, Cain accidentally started a fire in his father’s lab, the fire soon grew out of control and Kurt once again showed his preference for Charles when he saved him first. After going back for Cain, he died of smoke inhalation.Later, both Cain and Charles were drafted into the US army and were in the same unit during the Korean War. During one mission, they were in a fire fight and Cain deserted the unit, Charles went after him in the hopes of bringing him back before he got into trouble. Cain stumbled into a cave that had the lost Temple of Cyttorak inside. He discovered the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak on a plinth and when he touched it, magically appeared an inscription in English that read:“Whosoever touches this gem shall be granted the power of the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak! Henceforth, you who read these words, shall become … forevermore … a human juggernaut!”
Cain was mystically transformed into Cyttorak’s avatar, a living Juggernaut, but the unleashed mystical energies caused a cave -in; Charles managed to escape just in time. Charles and the world believed Cain to be dead, however, Cain was buried under the rubble of the immense mountain that covered the whole temple. The Juggernaut was not stopped by this and thanks to his ability to not eat or breathe, and his recently acquired unlimited superhuman strength and durability, he dug himself out of a trillion tons of rocks that fell on him. It took Juggernaut XX years (sliding timescale) to get out to the surface with nothing but thoughts of revenge against his step-brother on his mind. This event, undoubtedly, represents one of first daunting feats of Juggernaut’s strength.
Cain was arrested and She-Hulk came north to represent him which after Cain stopped a prison break turned into a romance and one night stand. Cain was freed and ordered to do community service and counseling to deal with his abusive childhood. Cain would apparently betray the X-Men by joining Black Tom Cassidy’s new Brotherhood Of Evil Mutants, but he was only spying on them with the intent to warn the X-Men. Sammy, not aware of what Juggernaut was doing, stumbled upon a group meeting and was devastated that Cain would betray everyone. Black Tom Cassidy killed Sammy before Cain could stop him, which caused Cain to go into a murderous rampage towards his former friend, which turned into a massive attack and defense of the Mansion. Eventually the 2nd Xorn would suck the Brotherhood into the black hole in his head.Famous one night stand between Juggernaut and She-Hulk
Cain willingly followed to protect Nocturne who had also been a spy in the Brotherhood.
Height — 9’5”
Weight — 1,900 lbs
Eyes – Blue
Hair — Red
Place of Birth: Berkeley, California
Education: Military boarding school.
Profession: Adventurer, Professional criminal, former teacher, mercenary, soldier.
Known Relatives: Kurt Marko (father, deceased), Marjory Marko (mother, deceased), Sharon Xavier Marko (stepmother, deceased), Charles Francis Xavier (Professor X, stepbrother), Cassandra Nova (stepsister, deceased), Lilandra (ex-sister in law), David Haller (Legion, stepnephew, deceased).
Eugene ‘Flash’ Thompson (Agent Venom) – Iraq War
Flash attended the same high school and university as Peter Parker, who would later be known as Spider-Man. He frequently bullied Peter but was actually Spider-Man’s greatest fan. In time Flash befriended Peter, becoming a decorated war hero and was bonded to the Venom symbiote. Some time after losing the symbiote, Flash became the new Anti-Venom.
Eugene Thompson attended Midtown High School and was a famous football player. His athletic prowess and phenomenal speed on the pitch earned him the nickname “Flash” and made him one of the most popular kids in the class. While his popularity made life easier at school, he had a difficult life at home. His father Harry—an alcoholic police officer—beat him regularly and derided Flash’s athleticism despite his many accomplishments. Due to his rough life at home, Flash often took his anger out on other students who he felt were weak, such as “Puny” Peter Parker, who was one of his regular victims. While attending Midtown, Flash began dating Liz Allan, who was the most popular girl in school. When Liz started to develop an attraction towards Peter, Flash became jealous and began targeting Parker with his bullying almost exclusively.
After graduating from Midtown, Thompson enrolled at Empire State University on a sports scholarship. He rapidly developed a friendship there with fellow students Harry Osborn and Gwen Stacy. In an unexpected attempt at inclusion, Flash tried to introduce Parker to Gwen and Harry, but Peter’s mind was occupied with his Aunt May’s ailing health and he failed to introduce himself, ignoring them completely. Harry and Flash misinterpreted this as snobbery and felt slighted by the incident. Because of this, Peter continued to be a target of bullying from Flash and now Harry as well, who both repeatedly annoyed and picked at Peter. Despite this and because of Gwen’s repeated attempts to befriend Peter, little by little, Parker became a part of Flash’s circle. Flash also became friends with Mary Jane who was Peter’s best friend at the time and who he introduced to the group.
Before graduation, Flash suddenly decided to enroll in the army. The entire group, including Parker, were supportive of him and what they felt was a brave and noble decision. While stationed in South East Asia, he met Vietnamese native Sha Shan and fell in love with her. When he later returned to New York, he bumped into Sha Shan in a restaurant. She refused to talk with him at first but Flash persisted until he learned the reason for her strange behavior.
Kingsley’s frame-up succeeded and Flash went to prison. While in prison, Flash was targeted by the Scourge of the Underworld—a villainous group dedicated to killing costumed criminals who believed the accusations that he was the Hobgoblin—but Flash was saved by interference from Spider-Man and the real Hobgoblin. Flash later turned to Spider-Man for help and succeeded in cleaning his reputation.. Flash had injured his arm during a battle against a different Hobgoblin, Jason Macendale, which resulted in his football career coming to an end. No longer in a relationship with Betty Brant and lacking job opportunities, Flash fell into alcoholism. Surprisingly, it was Norman Osborn who succeeded in turning Flash back on the path to sobriety, however as the Green Goblin, Osborn also tried to destroy Flash’s respect for Spider-Man. Norman failed at this and decided to kill Flash instead, concealing the murder as an accident involving alcohol. Flash survived this attempt on his life, but was put into a coma.When Flash awoke from his coma, he became a gym teacher at his old high school, Midtown High. He was suffering from severe memory loss, however, and this resulted in him returning to old habits such as bullying Peter, who was also working at Midtown as a science teacher. When Parker’s identity of Spider-Man was publicly announced during the events of the superhero Civil War, Flash did not believe it and thought that he Parker just protecting Spider-Man’s real identity. He even challenged Peter to dodge ball, but got knocked out since Peter—unaware of Flash’s memory troubles—thought he didn’t have to hold back with his powers.Years later, having recovered from the coma and spent time working as a high school gym teacher, Flash rejoined the military. It was during a tour of duty in Iraq that Flash’s squad was ambushed. Flash afforded himself courageously and saved the life of his commanding officer, but sustained grievous injuries to his legs, becoming a double-amputee.The symbiote fall into the possession of the US government and was contained in a secret government base controlled by the Department of Homeland Security. The DHS was inclined to use the symbiote to create a new super-powered soldier to help protect the country. After trying and failing to bond the symbiote with another host, resulting in the candidate’s death, the government decided to approach another candidate. Around this time Flash was approached by the Department of Homeland Security as a candidate to be bonded with the parasitic alien in order to create a new super soldier. Flash agreed and became Agent Venom, controlling the suit with a combination of sedatives and strength of will. The Government put strict limits on Flash’s role as Venom, telling him that he would only be allowed to serve as Venom for twenty missions in total—that after he had served his time he would never be allowed contact with the symbiote again. This rule was intended to prevent the development of addictive behavior regarding use of the suit. Given drugs to control the symbiote and suppress its personality, Flash Thompson became one of the government’s covert men in the battle against evil. While having the abilities of Spider-Man—amplified even beyond Parker’s strength levels—Flash Thompson set out to simply survive all twenty missions without surrendering control to the Venom symbiote.
Isaiah Bradley (Captain America) – World War II
Isaiah Bradley is the last surviving test subject of Dr. Reinstein’s portion of Project: Rebirth to which he was an unwitting participant.
After Steve Rogers’ participation in Project: Rebirth, the U.S. Army tested the early version of the Super Soldier Serum on 300 black soldiers. A married man and father to a newborn girl, Isaiah Bradley was an infantryman at Camp Cathcart, Mississippi in 1942, during the first year of the United States involvement in World War II. Typical of the time, many in Bradley’s unit were subjected to violence and racism within the Army. When Dr. Wilfred Nagel defected to the United States, he brought a crude version of the super soldier serum with him, and was given the codename Joseph Reinstein, a slight variation on the alias Josef Reinstein previously used by the late Abraham Erskine, whose more refined formula had empowered Steve Rogers, only for its secrets to be lost when Erskine was assassinated. To help Dr. “Reinstein” along, the Army decided to test the serum on its black soldiers; deeming them less valuable than their white soldiers. Bradley’s platoon was among the 300 test subjects that were randomly chosen from the two of the all black battalions are Cathcart which were murdered after the 300 left for Project Super Soldier. Barbaric medical practices were performed on the subjects, even such an instance as several test subjects were injected with the same amount of serum to verify whether it had been a genetic rejection or overdose that killed the subjects. Eventually the correct dosage was found and given to the remaining test subjects of whom there were seven. The surviving seven were sent forward to Europe, one of their numbers dying on the boat ride to complications with the serum. The remaining six entered the war in July 1942.
Josiah X “Bradley” (Justice) – Vietnam War
After losing the secrets of the Super Soldier Serum when Dr. Erskine died from Nazi assassination, the United States Army still wanted to produce more like Steve Rogers aka Captain America. To this end, Col. Walker Price and Dr. Wilfred Nagel took 300 African-American soldiers from Mississippi to experiment upon with variants of the serum. Only a handful of men survived the gruesome process, and only one of them survived the covert missions and assignments: Isaiah Bradley.
Bradley’s last mission was to destroy the German Super Soldier formula research and a Nazi death camp in Schwarzebitte, Germany. Before leaving on the mission, Isaiah took a Captain America costume and shield with him. He was successful, but was also captured. Luckily, Isaiah was rescued by a group of German freedom fighters. Months after Isaiah was rescued from Germany, he was able to finally return home where he was court-martialed and given life in prison for stealing the Captain America’s costume. Starting in 1943, Isaiah served seventeen years in solitary confinement. There his body and mind slowly deteriorate due to unforeseen side effects of the Super Solder Serum. He was only released because his wife Faith wrote President Eisenhower a letter every month for three years. In 1960, on the day of Kennedy inauguration, Bradley was granted a full pardon and swore to secrecy.
During Bradley’s imprisonment, the U.S. military began experiments to duplicate his powers and create more Super Soldiers. To this end, they harvested semen from Isaiah Bradley (before the Super Soldier Serum made him sterile) and eggs from Faith Bradley during her appendectomy surgery, to create a child who would be as receptive to the Super Soldier process as Isaiah Bradley was. Thirty-eight failed attempts occurred before the child named Josiah was finally carried to term. A young African-American girl matching Faith’s blood type served as surrogate mother, but when she discovered the truth about what the child would be used for, she escaped with Josiah and found Faith Bradley. Faith publicly told the girl she was stupid, that their house was watched, and with Sarah Gail’s doll in the basket she sent the girl out, screaming for her to run. Then, late at night Faith and Sarah Gail snuck out of the house and put the infant on a train. Sarah Gail left a note on her brother’s blanket, “My name is Josiah.”
Josiah grew up in a Catholic orphanage outside of Boston during the early years of his life. Here he felt hopeless and abandoned by the God he was taught to worship. When Josiah’s powers manifested, he shoved Sister Irenia and accidentally knocked her unconscious. Fearing he had killed her, he fled. Not long after, Josiah lied about his age, and under the assumed name of Josiah Smith he enlisted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War
Josiah served several tours in Vietnam, becoming a seasoned and experience veteran. His combat unit, made up of primarily black soldiers, was nearly killed on a mission by an inconsiderate and racist officer’s order to bomb the area while they were still on patrol. He punched the officer and was court martialed, and sent back to the States to be held in military prison.
While imprisoned, tests suggested Josiah may be the missing Super Soldier baby. Agreeing to what he was told would be minor tests in exchange for his freedom, Josiah willfully allowed his transfer from detainment in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to a secret research facility in Berkeley, California. It was here that blood tests proved he was the missing child and the only known subject that had survived. His surrogate mother, brought in to confirm a genetic match, again helped him escape and told him what she knew about his past, the first names of his genetic parents.
Batwoman (Kate Kane)
It’s easy to say that I left as Kate and came back as Batwoman. The truth, though, is that I left as your lost little girl and came back knowing exactly who I am. I came back as Kate Kane.
Kate Kane is Batwoman, one of many vigilantes who protect Gotham City using the imagery of a Bat. She is both Jewish and an out lesbian, playing a socialite during the day, and working as a vigilante by night.
Kate Kane and her twin sister Beth were born to prominent colonel Jake Kane and his wife Gabrielle, herself a captain. Both parents were on active military duty, and worked extensively with intelligence organizations. As her parents were promoted, they moved to and from a wide variety of towns and bases, though Jake was often away from home.
Eventually, the Kanes moved from Fort Bragg, North Carolina to Brussels, Belgium, where they worked with NATO. However, when Gabi decided to take the girls out for their twelfth birthday, they were attacked and kidnapped by terrorists. Though military intelligence managed to locate the hostages, Jacob only managed to rescue Kate, as both Gabi and Beth had been killed. He tried to prevent her from seeing the worst of it, but Kate was traumatized by the sight of her mother and sister’s corpses.Jacob was a supportive father, and Kate managed to deal with her grief by emulating his cool-headedness. She excelled in school, and eventually was accepted into West Point as a cadet. She continued to excel at the Academy, eventually earning the rank of Brigade Executive Officer, as well as completing both Air Assault School and the U.S. Army Airborne School and earning prestigious awards like the RECONDO badge and the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence. She also began a romantic relationship with Sophie Moore, a fellow cadet.
Shortly after Ring Weekend of Kate’s final year at the Academy, she was anonymously accused of homosexual conduct. Though given the chance to stay at the Academy and accept a demotion, Kate instead chose to come out as a lesbian in order to prevent a further investigation and protect Sophie, and was expelled under Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell.
Ben Grimm, better known as the Thing, is the original quintessential tough-guy of the Marvel Universe. But, because of his transformation, he’s also the tragic member of the Fantastic Four. Ben was an ace test-pilot until exposure to intense cosmic radiation mutated him into a rock-skinned monster with immense superhuman strength. Ben’s exterior is much harder than stone which gives him a rather gruff disposition; but deep down, he has a heart of gold.
The Thing, born Benjamin Jacob “Ben” Grimm, was a highly skilled military aviator in the United States Marine Corps before becoming a superhero and one of the founding members of the Fantastic Four
Benjamin Jacob Grimm was born on Yancy Street in the heart of New York City into a poor Jewish family. When Ben was a young kid his older brother, Daniel Grimm, was the leader of the Yancy Street Gang, a group of young trouble-makers from the area. When he was old enough Ben joined this gang as well. He was inducted into the gang by being ‘beaten in.’ Growing up poor along with his gang affiliation and related activities made Ben street-smart, tough and ‘hard’ very early in life. All of these personality characteristics have served him well throughout his lifetime of brawling and adventuring.
During Ben’s formative years tragedy struck his family hard; his older brother Daniel was killed in a gang fight when Ben was still a kid and his parents Daniel, Sr. and Elsie both died in an accident when he was a teenager. Ben was placed in the custody of his Uncle Jake (his father’s brother) and Aunt Alyce (Jake’s first wife) who took him from New York to Arizona. Unfortunately, Alyce died relatively young. After Alyce’s death, Jake Grimm re-married. His second wife’s name was Sophie, whom he also out-lived. Jake married yet a third time, this time to a much younger woman named Petunia (whom Ben speaks of quite often).
Now physically removed from his past troubles, Ben did well in high school, using his natural talent to his advantage becoming an excellent football player, Ben won an athletic scholarship to Empire State University where he met, roomed and became best friends with Reed Richards. While attending university Ben and Reed also meet Victor Von Doom who was studying there as well.
After college, Ben joined the US Air Force and became a fantastic pilot, often testing experimental aircraft and even flying top secret missions for the US government. His piloting skills eventually landed him a spot at NASA.
The Green Lantern, Hal Jordan
The farther I get from the cockpit, the more I realize there’s only ever two choices: Go down in flames – or do something crazy.
Hal Jordan is one of Earth’s Green Lanterns. A former test pilot, he is now the protector of Sector 2814.
Hal was raised in a household with two religions. His father is Catholic and his mother is Jewish.
As a child, Hal was traumatized by watching his father, a pilot, die in a plane crash. Refusing to bow down to fear, he followed in his father’s footsteps and became a military test pilot, despite being terrified every time he flew
Years later, Hal had been kicked out of the military for assaulting an officer, and was reduced to an engineer giving planes tune-ups. He was abducted by a dying alien, Abin Sur. Sur wanted Hal to replace him in the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic police force that had safeguarded the universe for billions of years.
Hal accepted and was summoned for basic training to the Corps headquarters on the planet Oa. On completion, he was assigned to Thaal Sinestro of Korugar.
The Comedian the classic series ‘Watchmen’
Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross
Ross grew up in a military environment with both his father and paternal grandfather in the military.
Ross is the Air Force general in charge of Bruce Banner’s gamma bomb project. His daughter, Betty, takes a liking to the young scientist, deepening Ross’ dislike for the “weakling” scientist Banner. After Banner’s transformation into the Hulk, Ross spends years chasing the monster, becoming obsessed enough with it to commit treason by allying himself with the Leader, MODOK, and the Abomination in order to destroy the Hulk. Dismissed from the military, he shows up at Betty and Bruce’s wedding with a gun and shoots Rick Jones. He is recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Clay Quartermain to merge with the electric creature Zzzax, a process that gives Ross superpowers, but also makes him mentally unstable. He is later restored to human form but retains some residual energy-generating powers.
Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross is former U.S. military general. He is father of Bruce Banner’s love Betty Ross and was archenemy of the Incredible Hulk. Ross made a deal with villains to be transformed into a Hulk himself. As the ruthless and cunning Red Hulk, he attempted to destroy his nemesis and take control of the country before seeking redemption as an Avenger. After leaving the team,he formed his own group of Thunderbolts with other Anti-Heroes. He was recently depowered by Doctor Green.
Born and raised in a military family, the young Thaddeus Ross spent much of his early life planning to join the Army, as had his father and his grandfather before him. However, the death of a close friend caused Ross to choose the Air Force instead. He attended West Point and came top of his class, and served bravely in several battles. He met and married Karen Lee, the daughter of his then-commanding officer. The couple had one daughter, Betty, and Ross used his influence to give the child a stable upbringing. However, Karen died of cancer when Betty was young teen, which caused Ross to grow distant with her. He rose quickly through the ranks, eventually obtaining the rank of general. He was assigned to command Desert Base, New Mexico, where Dr Bruce Banner’s gamma ray experiments were carried out. He was in control of the base when the accident that caused Banner to become the Hulk occurred.It is later revealed that the Red Hulk was created as part of a Super Soldier program by persons including Doc Samson, and the criminal think tank Intelligencia, headed by the Hulk foe MODOK.The 2009 “Code Red” story arc also made allusions to Red Hulk’s real identity, and introduced a Red She-Hulk character, when Domino identifies Red Hulk before his transformation., Red Hulk is related in flashback to have killed General Ross at the behest of Bruce Banner, with whom he has formed an alliance.Red Hulk is Thunderbolt Ross himself, the Red She-Hulk his daughter Betty, and that the Ross who was “killed” was a Life Model Decoy used to convince the world that he had died. Red Hulk then thwarts the Intelligencia’s plan to take over the United States with a Life Model Decoy of Glenn Talbot by destroying the Talbot LMD, and attempts to take over the country himself. He is thwarted by a restored Hulk (in possession of Banner’s intelligence) who beats Red Hulk mostly due to Red’s exhaustion and from overheating. Hulk tells Red Hulk that it was his idea to fake Ross’ death and that he can never again resume that identity. After imprisoning Red Hulk in the Gamma Base, Banner makes arrangements with Captain Steve Rogers for Red Hulk to join the Avengers
Thaddeus E. “Thunderbolt” Ross
United States Air Force
General Ross, Red Hulk, Rulk, The Thing (Future Imperfect)
As Thunderbolt Ross:
Expert military strategist
Access to advanced technology and weapons
Commanding officer with access to many soldiers and armies As Red Hulk:
Immense superhuman strength, stamina and durability
Gabriel “Gabe” Jones was born in New York City. He is an original member of the fictional, elite Howling Commandos combat squad of World War II. The squad’s senior officer, Samuel “Happy Sam” Sawyer, was given virtual carte blanche in choosing its members, including the African-American Jones, despite the fact that, at the time, integrated units were unheard of. (The U.S. Armed Forces, in real life, were not integrated until 1948, by executive order of President Harry S Truman.) He is one of the close confidantes of Nick Fury, his sergeant. He also served under Fury in reunion missions during the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
Fury later became the head of the international espionage organization S.H.I.E.L.D., which Jones joined at some unspecified point after the World War II.
During the war the Howling Commandos travel to Wakanda to combat a Nazi invasion of that land. Jones helps out the ruling family by directly killing a Nazi agent who had taken one of the babies hostage.
In 1959, he is shown working with Dugan and Fury, hunting down and executing Nazis.Later in the same year, Gabe assisted Nicholas Fury and Dugan in creating the first team of Avengers. They successfully stopped a Nazi splinter group from gaining a version of the Super-Soldier formula. This team includes, but is not limited to, Sabretooth, Kraven the Hunter and Ulysses Bloodstone.Gabe Jones was known for blowing his horn to shock enemies when he and his teammates charged the enemy ranges. Gabriel continued to fight alongside his commander, Nick Fury, for most of the war, and for the remained of the rest of his life.
The Human Torch
The second most powerful member of the Fantastic Four and the younger brother of Sue Richards. Due to an accident caused by cosmic radiation in space, he can manipulate fire, turn his entire body into it and fly. While Johnny is known for his impetuous and sometimes reckless nature, he is also a loyal friend and fearless hero.Johnny Storm is the son of physician Franklin Storm and his wife Mary. He and his older sister Susan grew up in Glenville, New York. While still young, his mother was in a terrible car accident and she passed away, despite Franklin’s attempts to repair her body. After this tragic event, Franklin fell into a downward spiral of drinking and gambling, eventually leading to his arrest for the murder of a loan shark, which he claimed was self-defense. Johnny and Sue were then sent to their Aunt’s to live and Sue spend much time caring for her younger brother.
James Falsworth father
You know, chaps — I think we’ve made history here tonight — and the reverberations will be felt all the way to the heart of Berlin!
Lord Montgomery Falsworth was a British nobleman who became a secret costumed operative for the British government during World War I. Clad in a costume resembling the British flag, the Union Jack personified the fighting spirit of Great Britain even as Captain America would symbolize America’s ideals and fighting spirit during World War II. As the British government intended, the mysterious masked figure of Union Jack also struck terror into the minds of the Germans, who came to dread his one-man commando-style actions against them. In the later days of World War I, Union Jack often operated as a member of a team of costumed operatives from America, Britain and France, known as Freedom’s Five, who battled the Germans.
Towards the very end of the war, Union Jack had grown disillusioned with war due to the bloodshed he had witnessed. In one of his final wartime missions, Union Jack was assigned by British Prime Minister David Lloyd George to investigate a series of murders of prominent British subjects, many of them important military leaders. Union Jack finally found the culprit, the vampire Baron Blood, who served the German cause. Unknown to Union Jack, the masked Baron Blood was actually his own younger brother, John Falsworth. Union Jack fought the vampire and stabbed him with a silver blade, forcing him to flee and thereby thwarting Baron Blood’s attempt to murder a leading member of Parliament.
A few weeks later, World War I ended and Union Jack was officially retired from active service by the British Government. Montgomery Falsworth eventually married, had two children, Brian and Jacqueline, and came to lead the life of a peaceful country squire.
In 1938, Lord Falsworth was outraged at British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlin’s policy of appeasement towards Adolf Hitler’s German regime. Falsworth’s son Brian, however, was an isolationist and pacifist and disagreed with Lord Falsworth’s views. The arguments between the two grew more heated as time passed, until finally Brian left home because of them. Shortly afterwards, the Germans released photographs showing Brian Falsworth and his best friend Roger Aubrey with Hitler himself; both Brian and Aubrey publicly supported appeasement of Hitler’s regime while they were in Germany. Lord Falsworth was appalled and saddened by this development. War between Britain and Germany broke out, and his wife, Lady Falsworth, died in the Blitz of 1941,when a German bomb fell on a London hospital where she was doing volunteer work.
Early in World War II, Brian Falsworth and Roger Aubrey tried to leave Germany. The Nazi government was unwilling to risk the possibility that Falsworth and Aubrey would reverse their anti-war positions, and a Gestapo chief in Hamburg, Germany, tore up their passports. Falsworth lost his temper and attacked the Gestapo chief, only to be imprisoned. Aubrey then became violent and was likewise made a prisoner, but he was finally turned over to the Institute of Nazi Science, where he was brainwashed and subjected to experiments that transformed him into Dyna-Mite, a man less than a foot tall.
Brian Falsworth was imprisoned in Hamburg in the same cell as the German biochemist Eric Schmitt, who had concocted a variant of the Super-Soldier formula that was used to turn Steve Rogers into Captain America. Dying, Schmitt asked Falsworth to keep the sample of the formula he had concealed on his person from falling into Nazi hands. Falsworth took the disguised flask, drank its contents, and was immediately physically enhanced by the formula. Falsworth escaped the prison and became a costumed fighter of Nazis within Germany itself known as the Destroyer.
Brian Falsworth son
Don’t lose heart, Invaders! We’ll take the Jerries yet!
In 1938, Brian’s father, Lord Montgomery Falsworth, was outraged at British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlin’s policy of appeasement towards Adolf Hitler’s German regime. Brian, however, was an isolationist and pacifist and disagreed with Lord Falsworth (his father’s) views. The arguments between the two grew more heated as time passed, until finally Brian left home because of them. Shortly afterwards, the Germans released photographs showing Brian and his best friend Roger Aubrey with Hitler himself; both Brian and Aubrey publicly supported appeasement of Hitler’s regime while they were in Germany. Lord Falsworth was appalled and saddened by this development. War between Britain and Germany broke out, and Brian’s mother, Lady Falsworth, died in the Blitz of 1941,when a German bomb fell on a London hospital where she was doing volunteer work.
Brian Falsworth and his friend (and lover) Roger Aubrey tried to leave Germany. The Nazi government was unwilling to risk the possibility that Falsworth and Aubrey would reverse their anti-war positions, and a Gestapo chief in Hamburg, Germany, tore up their passports. Falsworth lost his temper and attacked the Gestapo chief, only to be imprisoned. Aubrey then became violent and was likewise made a prisoner, but he was finally turned over to the Institute of Nazi Science, where he was brainwashed and subjected to experiments that transformed him into Dyna-Mite, a man less than a foot tall.
Brian Falsworth was imprisoned in Hamburg in the same cell as the German biochemist Eric Schmitt, who had concocted a variant of the Super-Soldier Formula that was used to turn Steve Rogers into Captain America. Dying, Schmitt asked Falsworth to keep the sample of the formula he had concealed on his person from falling into Nazi hands. Falsworth took the disguised flask, drank its contents, and was immediately physically enhanced by the formula. Falsworth escaped the prison and became a costumed fighter of Nazis within Germany itself known as the Destroyer.
In England in 1942, Lord Falsworth and his daughter Jacqueline befriended the Invaders, a team of costumed champions serving the Allied cause much as Freedom’s Five had done during World War I. Lord Falsworth again donned the costume of Union Jack in order to help the Invaders battle the returned Baron Blood, and was made an Invader himself. However, during a battle between Union Jack and Baron Blood in a cave beneath the Falsworth estate, the vampire hurled a massive boulder at Union Jack, crushing his legs and leaving him permanently crippled. Union Jack managed to pry the boulder off his legs, causing the huge rock to strike Baron Blood, knocking him backwards. The vampire fell onto a sharp stalagmite, which impaled his body, killing him.
Lord Falsworth’s career as Union Jack was over, but as a result of being bitten by Baron Blood and then receiving a blood transfusion from the original Human Torch, Falsworth’s daughter Jacqueline became the superhumanly powerful Spitfire and joined the Invaders herself.
Lord Falsworth, Spitfire, and Dyna-Mite parachuted into Nazi Germany in the hope of finding a means of restoring the brainwashed Dyna-Mite’s memory. Lord Falsworth knew that Dyna-Mite was Roger Aubrey and hoped that once Aubrey’s memory was restored, he could reveal what happened to Brian Falsworth. Lord Falsworth and Dyna-Mite were captured by the Germans but were rescued by the Destroyer, who revealed his true identity to his father and was reconciled with him. Lord Falsworth suggested that Brian adopt the costume and name of Union Jack, and Brian agreed.
Meanwhile, Spitfire and her fellow Invaders had been captured by the Germans and were to be executed by a firing squad under the command of Hitler himself. Brian Falsworth, as the second Union Jack, came to the Invaders’ rescue, and the Invaders, Lord Falsworth, Dyna-Mite, and the new Union Jack all escaped back to Britain. There, a captured Nazi scientist restored Aubrey to his true height. Aubrey, whose memory had finally fully returned, adopted Brian Falsworth’s previous identity of the Destroyer and returned to Germany to continue battling the Nazis there. Brian Falsworth, as the new Union Jack, became a member of the Invaders.
Later, Hitler succeeded in contacting the Asgardian thunder god Thor and deceived him into aiding the cause of the Germans, the descendants of the people who had once worshiped him, in the current war. Thor therefore clashed with the Invaders and nearly killed the second Union Jack with a blast of lightning from his enchanted hammer. Learning that Hitler was evil, Thor vowed to aid him no more, and withdrew most of the electricity in Union Jack’s body back into his hammer, somehow restoring him to health in the process. The second Union Jack now possessed the superhuman power to discharge electrical bolts from his body. It is not known how long Union Jack retained this power. Following the war, Brian remained occasionally active as Union Jack and was instrumental in founding the V-Battalion alongside other heroes of the era, including his best friend (and lover) who had been Dyna-Mite (and then the second Destroyer) during the war. A car crash in 1953 abruptly ended his career and his life.
During World War II, Sgt. Rock fought in the infantry branch of the U.S. Army in the European Theatre and eventually rose to authority within his unit, Easy Company. The unit was a collection of disparate individuals who managed to participate in every major action in the European war. Rock’s dog-tag number was 409966, which had been, it was claimed, Robert Kanigher’s own military serial number.
Robert Kanigher mused in letters columns in the 1970s and 1980s that Rock probably belonged to “The Big Red One” (First US Infantry Division) given his appearance on battlefields in North Africa, Italy, and Northwest Europe. Rock’s backstory was fleshed out in different comics over the years; generally he is considered to have come from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he worked in a steel mill. Enlisting after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he went to North Africa as a private but promotion came quickly as his superiors were killed, to assistant squad leader, squad leader, and then platoon sergeant. During the main series, his unit is only ever given as “Easy Company”, but no regiment or division is named nor is unit insignia ever shown. Rock is shown to have two siblings (Sgt. Rock #421) Larry, a Marine fighting in the Pacific and Amy, a nun. In the 2009 six-issue mini-series “Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion” Rock’s unit is still referred to as “Easy Company” but is of the 141st Infantry Regiment. However, in the closing pages of the last issue, the narration states that, following the end of the story, “As usual, Sgt. Rock’s ‘Combat-Happy Joes’ moved out to fill the ranks of another Easy Company left fractured by war”, moving them to the 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division, under 2nd Lieutenant Audie Murphy.A famous tagline of Rock’s is: “Nothin’s easy in Easy Company.”
Rock also usually wears the chevrons and rockers of a Master Sergeant on his uniform and also applied, oversize, to the front of his helmet.
It is likely Rock’s official position in Easy Company was of senior platoon sergeant though dialogue and scripts are usually vague on his actual responsibilities and duties. He usually leads patrols and appears to have powers of command over the men of the company. Several officer characters also appeared in the comic, as both platoon and company commanders, all of whom were regarded by Rock as superiors. Ever the model NCO, Sgt. Rock always rendered proper respect to these officers, and was always quick to give advice to not only ensure success, but for that officer to gain confidence and experience as a leader. Easy’s commander was usually referred to as “the skipper” by Rock. Rock in turn was referred to by others as the “topkick”, or senior non-commissioned officer in the company. Most infantry companies did not have master sergeants; significantly, Rock does not have the diamond of a first sergeant on his rank insignia.
Rock is a crack shot, able to shoot down several German fighter planes with a single submachine gun, and able to throw hand grenades with amazing accuracy.
Rock is a highly effective close combat fighter, mostly shown using a style of streetfighting mixed with boxing and judo.
Rock seems to have close to superhuman endurance and strength, surviving large number of gunshot wounds, fragments from hand grenades, exposure to freezing water and other hazards. Rock’s powers seem to be more realistic in Bob Kanigher’s stories than in Joe Kubert’s.
Rock’s “Combat Antenna” is what he calls a kind of sixth sense to warn him of impending enemy attack. This usually allows him at least some time to warn Easy Co. even if it rarely allows them to get out of harm’s way entirely.
With very few exceptions, Rock maintains complete calm and determination under fire, even when the odds are stacked high against his and/or Easy Co.’s success.
Rock also has a heart. The one thing that (almost) had him breaking down is when the Nazis scraped the very bottom of the barrel and were sending teenage boys out against Rock and his men, or when he and his company were guarding a group of children who had to be evacuated from an orphanage, and one died from a German bulle
Franklin John Rock
Place of origin
United States Army
Trained marksman and U.S. military combatant
Slade Wilson Deathstroke
What can I say about him that hasn’t already been said? Deathstroke is the most ruthlessly efficient killer alive. “Killer alive.” Heh.
Slade Wilson, known by his codename, Deathstroke, is an elite mercenary, commonly considered the world’s greatest and deadliest assassin. The only contract he has ever failed to fulfill was one against the Teen Titans.He considers the role of Deathstroke a job, not a reflection of who he is. Most of the rumors about him are true, and he doesn’t mind, because he loves his job. As far as he is concerned, Slade Wilson is a good man – an adventurer.
When Slade was seventeen, he joined the US Army and proved to be an exceptional soldier, earning decorations for valor in combat. After this, Slade was selected for the covert-operations unit, Team 7.
Five years before taking the name “Deathstroke”, Slade operated with Team 7, a team created to secure The Majestic Project – a plan to control future metahuman threats.
During one mission, Slade was severely injured and had to go under an operation that enhanced his physical abilities, making him a super soldier.
After the termination of Team 7, Slade began to operate under the Deathstroke identity as a mercenary for hire, eventually becoming known as the world’s greatest and deadliest assassin
We saw that you are a conflicted man, John Stewart. You desire peace, and yet you do not shy away from battle.
John Stewart is one of Earth’s Green Lanterns, the leader of the Green Lantern Corps and a member it’s Honor Guard. He is noted for being an excellent sniper as well as a skilled architect
Born in Detroit, Michigan, most of John’s life was marked by poverty and clashes with police. His mother was a community organizer, who tried to make things better, and inspired John to try and make the world a better place. Once he finished high school, John felt it was time to leave home and joined the U.S. Marine Corps. His mother didn’t like it, fearing John would be contributing to the american military industrial complex, but John felt it was the only way to pay his way to college and that protest without action is not enough. As a member of the USMC John excelled in full combat training and proved to be an exceptionally talented marksman He did one tour of duty in the middle east and soon rose to Sergeant, before being deployed to a storm-stricken Gotham City to help evacuate civilian’s taking refuge in Seaside Coliseum. The Coliseum’s structural supports weren’t built to withstand the storm’s strong winds and the team found themselves in a tense confrontation with Anarky, who had been stirring up civil unrest among the evacuees. With the brash actions of his commanding officer, Lieutenant Tasker, who was willing to kill american citizens, escalating the the situation, John was forced to break rank and was able to defuse the conflict and swayed the crowd. He eventually took back control from Anarky and managed to save the day by keeping the peace. Tasker confronted John for insubordination, which disillusioned him to the Corps and resulted in a physical altercation. For laying hands on a superior officer John was court-martialed, but due to his heroics at the Coliseum he was given an honorable discharge
Diana Prince has had a long military career. In more recent storylines, she’s portrayed as an Air Force Intelligence Officer, but she’s most recognized for her WWII-era stories as an Army nurse where she first took the name, “Diana Prince,” to enlist.
My name is Captain Atom. As in A-bomb…as in nuclear fission…as in…the end of the world.
Captain Atom is a hero connected to and powered by the Quantum Field, the result of a secret government project.
Nathaniel Adam was a United States Air Force officer during the Vietnam War era. He was framed for a crime he didn’t commit and sentenced to death under the watch of Col. Wade Eiling in 1968. To avoid execution, he was invited to participate in a military experiment with little chance of survival, with the promise of a presidential pardon should he survive. The experiment involved testing the hull of a crashed alien ship’s durability by exploding a super nuclear bomb under it while Adam was in the ship. Against the odds, Adam survived, the alien metal melding with his body, while the excess energy threw him forward in time nearly twenty years.
I’ve been a lot of things. But I’m known most as one thing in particular. I’m the guy who found paradise…and brought a piece of it back.
Steve Trevor is an A.R.G.U.S. agent, former member of Team 7 and United States Navy SEAL. He is also the love interest of Wonder Woman.
Steve was on a mission with the U.S. Navy when his plane crash-landed on the island of Themyscira. Steve was the only survivor, and was discovered by Diana of Themyscira, badly wounded. The Amazons nursed Steve back to health, while Diana in particular took a special interest in him. The Amazons held a contest to determine which among them would escort Steve back to Man’s World and champion the Amazons’ message of peace, and Diana eagerly won, despite being told that she could never return to the island after she left.
Steve and Diana arrived on U.S. soil and Diana was quickly arrested, despite Steve’s best efforts to defend her from his fellow government agents. Diana was bestowed with incredible gifts by her patron Gods of Olympus shortly thereafter, and Steve helped Diana get used to the ways of Man’s World, alongside Etta Candy and Barbara Minerva.Steve and Diana became romantically entangled, until Wonder Woman fought Phobos and Deimos, who altered Diana and Steve’s minds. This caused them to drift apart, though they still retained feelings for one another.
Well, butter my butt an’ call me a biscuit–!
Zinda Blake, or Lady Blackhawk, was a member of the World War II aviator team the Blackhawk Squadron, and after being displaced in time during Zero Hour, she joined the Birds of Prey.
Zinda Blake, determined to become the first woman member of the famed World War II fighter squadron known as the Blackhawks, trained herself to pilot a wide range of modern aircraft and made herself an expert in various forms of combat and weaponry.
Her first attempt to join the group took place in Africa when she helped rescue a member, Olaf Bjornson, from a modern-day pirate called the Scavenger. Despite her able assistance, Zinda was told that the Blackhawk codes forbade a woman from joining the team.
Only a short time later, the Scavenger returned and managed to capture the entire Blackhawk Squadron, holding them prisoner within his floating island citadel. Blackhawk sent a radio signal to Zinda who arrived just in time to help extradite the captured Blackhawks and defeat the Scavenger. In recognition of her resourcefulness and bravery, Blackhawk decided that she could become an honorary member of the team.
She came to the Blackhawks aid once again when she helped rescue them from Penelope, ruler of the island nation of Xenovia. Penelope captured the Blackhawks when she mistakenly believed that they were agents of a rival known as the Iron Duke.
Zinda then tried her hand at acting, but after a failed attempt to land a carreer in Hollywood, she returned to service assisting the Blackhawks. On this venture, she used her remote control plane to aid them against a villain called the Spear-Master.
After a number of adventures with the Blackhawks, Zinda became the victim of the villainous Nazi operative Killer Shark, who used a chemical potion to brainwash her, forcing her to take up the identity of the costumed Queen Killer Shark. Zinda battled her former comrades a number of times before she was freed of the effects of the potion.
Ace pilot, skilled marksman, superior hand-to-hand combat abilities
Sure, I stayed in the shadows. I didn’t have a codename or a gimmick. But together we made a difference.
John Diggle is a former soldier of the U.S. Military and the first vigilante partner of Green Arrow. Before starting his vigilante career with Green Arrow, John was working as part of security for Queen Industries.
Call me Frank Laminski. For one brief, shining moment, I thought I was big-time. Taking the Flaming Spear [jet] to mach four. Thousands of feet above the desert. But I made the one mistake no pilot should ever make. I felt fear. And then… my life changed. I saw my future. I saw what I wanted to be. The Green Lantern.
Frank Laminski is the Phantom Lantern, a powerful villain of all the Lantern Corps. With his Phantom Ring, he can channel all colors on the Emotional Electromagnetic Spectrum.
Frank Laminski grew up in a life where he was never noticed or appreciated as anything special, he felt unappreciated and completely average. He then decided to join the Air Force to gain a sense of purpose, but still went unnoticed. Soon after he overheard a conversation from his commanding officer’s regarding who will test drive a new concept jet, The Flaming Spear. The commanding officer agreed to let Frank test drive it, but he pushed the jet to its limits, and as a result the engines failed. As Frank was crashing, Hal Jordan (who just received his Green Lantern ring) saved him. After he reported his crash, he was grounded, and not allowed to fly ever again in the Air Force, but he did not care about his military career anymore, the only thing he wanted in life was to be a Green Lantern.
Frank soon left the Air Force and dedicated his life to training (both mental and physical) with the hope that whoever gave Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) his ring, would see his dedication and training and give him one as well. He tried this for years and years, all the while tracking every appearance of Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) and learned as much as he could about the Green Lantern Ring. As more time passed he watched as a new Green Lantern was chosen, then another, and then a third. However, Frank did not give up hope, and pushed himself even further, often times taking the most dangerous of jobs such as becoming a security guard in Arkham Asylum, and also honing in his firearm skills, learning as much as he could by reading various literature, etc.
Just about when he was going to give up all hope, a Green Lantern Ring burst through his window, speaking the words: “Frank Laminski of Earth. You have the ability to overcome great fear. You have been chosen. Welcome to the Green Lantern Co– Error. Welcome to th– Error. Malfunction detected. Recalibrating. Rescanning. Frank Laminski. You do not have the ability to overcome great fear. You have not been chosen. Correct candidate located. Charting course: Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.” The ring then zoomed away and found a new host in Simon Baz.
A former agent of SHIELD, Wendell Vaughn is a cosmic-powered superhero known as Quasar. Equipped with energy-manipulating Quantum Bands, Quasar was appointed Captain Marvel’s successor as Protector of the Universe by Eon and has been a valued member of the Avengers and ally to the Guardians of the Galaxy. In the past, he was in charge of Project PEGASUS, led the short-lived teams the Starmasters and the Annihilators and acted as Avatar of Infinity.
Wendell Elvis Vaughn was born in Fon du Lac, but raised in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He had served in the army with distinction, eventually being promoted to Lieutenant. Wendell had applied at SHIELD with the intent to be a field agent; he graduated will full honors, but his records showed that he lacked a certain ‘killer instinct’ required to be a good field agent; instead was placed on security detail for Stark International.
He was posted at the main door to the lab and while there, watched as test pilot William Wesley field-tested a pair of bracelets apparently made of a highly durable metal named as the Power-Bands. The chief scientist, Dr. Gilbert Vaughn, Wendell’s own father directed Wesley using bands to create a coherent energy emission, lifting a 2-ton car, and creating objects made of solid light. Unfortunately, when the energy build-up began to intensify Wesley was unable to remove the bands and was killed by an energy emission.
A.I.M attacked at that moment and Wendell’s first thought was to protect the by-standing scientists, one of whom was his father. They both ducked down behind the console that held the bands in clamps and Dr. Vaughn was horrified as he watched his son put the bands on his own wrists to protect them.
Wendell saw an atmospheric dome covered city; and felt an ancient alien intelligence before single-handedly defeating the AIM attack force. But over the course of the battle his control of the Bands was faltering just as it had with Wesley earlier. In order to protect the scientists and his fellow agents, Wendell flew as high as he could to minimize the damage caused by his probable explosion. He calmed down and went with the flow of the energy currents. He was astonished when the energy build-up dissipated as he calmed himself. His lack of ‘killer instinct’ had actually saved him. Nick Fury offered Wendell a new job and he became a founding member of the SHIELD Super-Agents.
Weight: 180 lbs.
Distinguishing Features: Appears to be a man in his physical prime. Quantum-Bands permanently affixed to his wrists. Formerly existed as a being of pure quantum energy.
Identity: No Dual Identity
Occupation: Protector of the Universe, formerly adventurer, security consultant, Agent of SHIELD, Super-Agent of SHIELD, Chief of Security at Project: PEGASUS, U.S. Army lieutenant
Place of Birth: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Education: College graduate, SHIELD Academy graduate
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Dr. Gilbert Vaughn (father, deceased); Lisa Vaughn (mother); Gayle Vaughn (sister); Stakar Vaughn (son from an alternate future timeline)
A deadly killer for hire capable of using practically anything as a lethal projectile weapon with flawless accuracy and deadly force. He is one of the most psychotic and sadistic characters in Marvel and serves as one of Daredevil’s most dangerous foes.
Very little is known about Bullseye’s past. He claims to have grown up in the Bronx with a brother and an abusive father. The only time they spent with one another as a family was when they would shoot air rifles together. Even at a young age, Bullseye had excellent accuracy. This was demonstrated when he killed a pigeon by throwing a yo-yo.
Later, he and his brother, still at a young age, attempted to kill their father by setting the apartment on fire. As a result, the two were split up placed in foster homes. While in high school, Bullseye became a talented pitcher and was offered a college scholarship. He instead chose to join minor league baseball. With a perfect pitching record, it is possible that he was on his way to be a Major League Baseball player.
Eventually, however, he became bored and killed a batter who mocked him. This was a watershed moment for Bullseye, revealing the pleasure that killing brought him.When Deadpool attempted to blackmail Osborn, he sent Bullseye to kill him. When battling the merc with the mouth, Hawkeye/Bullseye manages to shoot an arrow through the head of Deadpool. Due to his sick nature, he keeps Deadpool’s body and waits for him to recover so they may fight again. Deadpool gains the upper hand when he wears an armor of meat, and stabs a meat hook through Bullseye’s chest. When Bullseye wakes up, he realizes Deadpool took him to the hospital. The two battle again, but Bullseye is struck by a car. Deadpool exploits this, and runs him over again with his own car. Bullseye offers Deadpool a large sum of money in order for him to leave, so Norman believes Bullseye was successful.
Once he arrives, he starts killing Hand members, and calls Daredevil out for a fight. Daredevil engages Bullseye in combat and sent the hand after him. When the Hand’s efforts to take him out become apparently ineffective, Daredevil joins the fight himself and completely dominates Bullseye breaking both of his arms. When the fight is over, Luke Cage and Iron Fist look on as Daredevil kills Bullseye the same way Bullseye killed Elektra years ago.Daredevil returns the favor
Much later, a group of Hells Bikers would arrange Bullseye’s funeral for he helped them against a rival gang who wanted to instigate a turf war (actually he had only flipped a coin to choose a side and not that he liked the gang or anything). Both Ben Urich and Denny Deaver attend, however Deaver begins to have visions of Bullseye but it remains unclear whether it’s a ghost or he’s imagining it. The funeral is interrupted by the Daredevil and his Hand ninjas and a huge fight ensues, almost killing Urich. Daredevil wins the battle and Bullseye is then buried but the tormented Denny is revealed to have escape from Ravencroft some hours before. Dennis Deaver is surrounded by cops along Lester’s spirit who tells him to fire, but things don’t go quite well. Soon after a fight with the rest of the New York heroes, including Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Moon Knight, the Punisher, and Ghost Rider, Matt realizes the Hand need a new champion, someone with skills that rival Matt’s own. Matt, along with Typhoid Mary, is then shown digging out Bullseye’s corpse, planning to resurrect him to serve the Hand. Soon after, Elektra shows up and is then shown beside Daredevil and Typhoid Mary, following them back to the Hand’s base.
Weight: 175 lbs
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Blond
Place of Birth: Queens, New York City, New York
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Adventurer, government agent/prisoner; former paid assassin, soldier, mercenary, extortionist, thief, baseball pitcher
Known Relatives: Kingmaker (father, deceased), Nathan (brother, deceased), The Wilkersons (foster parents)
Dum Dum Dugan
Dum Dum Dugan served with Nick Fury’s Howling Commandos during WWII. He later became Fury’s second in command at S.H.I.E.L.D. and one of his closest friends. Dugan, now struggling with identity issues since he was revealed to be a LMD.
Dum Dum Dugan was originally portrayed as a British citizen in Sgt Fury #1, but later retconned to be born in Boston, Massachusetts. During World War II, while working as a circus strongman, Dugan helps Nick Fury and Sam “Happy” Sawyer escape the Nazis during a mission, recounted in issue #34. Dugan joins the British Army, and when Sawyer is charged with creating Fury’s First Attack Squad, formally listed as “Able Company” and nicknamed the Howling Commandos, Sawyer invites Dugan to transfer into the US Army and become Fury’s second-in-command. Dugan’s exceptional strength saves the day in several of his adventures in the Sgt. Fury comic books. Dugan is an enlisted man with the rank of corporal, and wears the chevrons of his rank on the front top of his trademark bowler hat throughout World War II.
Dugan leaves the U.S. Army before the Korean War, but rejoins during the war as Second Lieutenant under the promoted First Lieutenant Fury, once again as his second-in-command of the reformed Howling Commandos. Fury had already received a battlefield promotion to Second Lt. earlier. Dugan remains with Fury when Fury continues his military career into the Vietnam War, as shown in Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos Annual #3 and 4, and later into espionage work. Dugan’s exact rank is not stated, but he is addressed as “Captain” at one point. He remains with Fury when Fury goes into the CIA and later into the original S.H.I.E.L.D.
Different accounts state that Dugan and other members of Fury’s Howling Commandos receive the Infinity Formula to explain how they all remain youthful and active despite being all into their 60s and 70s in the modern era. Other stories contradict this artificial maintenance of youth by Dugan as merely dyeing his hair and suffering a heart attack.
Later on in life, he is placed in charge of internal security on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier.
Dum Dum is placed in charge of a SHIELD unit coined the Godzilla Squad, charged with the task of tracking and stopping the radioactive kaiju. Over the twenty-four issue series, Dugan goes from loathing the creature’s destructive tendencies to accepting the beast’s existence after Godzilla saves him on numerous occasions. Dugan later recalls a long list of his greatest nightmares, one of which includes Godzilla.
After suffering his heart attack, Dugan is formally promoted to Fury’s permanent second-in-command of S.H.I.E.L.D. as “Deputy Director”,though he has acted as such before his formal appointment.
Originally, Dugan was believed to have been given a blood transfusion from Nick Fury to transfer the age reducing effects of the Infinity Formula. This was later shown to be false, and that he was in fact, an android.
Dugan possesses immense physical strength, as evidenced by his time spent as a strongman. He is gifted in armed and unarmed combat due to his time in the army and working for S.H.I.E.L.D. Dugan has mastered the art of judo along with the skillful utilization of explosives and rifles of all magnitudes. He is a capable leader and skilled tactician, having commanded over all of S.H.I.E.L.D. for some time and leading various teams of soldiers. Dugan has been stated to have over 5 decades of active on duty experience.
Timothy Aloysius Cadwallader Dugan
William Stryker was a U.S. soldier who, after learning his child was a mutant, murdered his family and became a religious extremist and founded the Purifiers whose sole mission was to exterminate all mutants.
William Stryker was a soldier in the U.S. military with a connection to the Weapon X program and the Adamantium process that created Wolverine, among others. Some time after his retirement from the military, Stryker had what some may call an epiphany regarding his role and purpose in the world. When his son was born different Stryker knew immediately that his child was a mutant. Distraught, he killed his son, his wife, and attempted to take his own life as well. His suicide attempt failed and he concluded that God must have prevented him from taking his own life so that he could serve God on Earth. Stryker’s belief was that God allowed his son to be born a mutant so that he would be guided towards his true calling, to lead the war against all mutants. His hatred of mutants being based on a belief that they represented the Devil’s corrupting influence on the world, and in order to save the world, mutants must die.
Reverend William Stryker is a religious fanatic with a military history. Characterized by his unequivocal hatred of mutants, Stryker’s hatred goes so far as to kill his own wife Marcy Stryker and their mutant son immediately after birth in Nevada. Crazed and outraged, Stryker then makes a suicide attempt. As time passes, he is convinced that Satan has a plot to destroy humankind by corrupting prenatal souls, the result of this corruption being mutants. Additionally, Stryker eventually comes to see his mutant son’s birth as a sign from God, directing him to his true calling: ensuring the eradication of all mutants.
Driven by this conviction, Stryker then becomes a popular but controversial preacher and televangelist. While his followers, including a secret paramilitary Purifiers group, commit hate crimes against mutants, Stryker arranges to have Professor Xavier kidnapped, brainwashed, and attached to a brainpower machine that will kill all living mutants. In order to stop this scheme, the X-Men are forced to join forces with Magneto. His bigotry’s extent becomes obvious when he attempts to kill Kitty Pryde in front of a television audience to which one of his own security guards shoots and arrests him..
Colonel William “Bill” Stryker, M.D.
Weapon X, formerly Stryker’s Crusade and the Purifiers
Sophistication and wisdom
Possession of the forearm (hand to elbow) of the Sentinel Nimrod
Psychological warfare and manipulation
Madison Jeffries is a mutant with the power to psionically restructure metal, plastic, and glass.
As a young man, Madison Jeffries volunteered to enlist as a soldier in Vietnam alongside his younger brother Lionel. While Madison preferred not to use his mutant abilities to restructure metal, glass, and plastic, Lionel used his abilities to reshape organic materials to heal wounded soldiers. However, when Lionel attempted to use his powers to revive dead soldiers, with grotesque results, he went insane, and Madison was forced to use his own powers to bind his brother. Lionel, as Scramble the Mixed-Up Man, was committed to a psychiatric ward in Montreal General Hospital, and Madison left the military.
Madison met and befriended a man named Roger Bochs at a clinic for physically disabled persons. The two became friends, and Madison used his mutant powers to help Bochs create his Box robot. They were discovered by Dr. James MacDonald Hudson, a.k.a. Weapon Alpha, and recruited into the new Alpha Flight program.
During the Canadian government’s first sanctioning of Alpha Flight and its parent organization, Department H, Madison remained in the third-tier Gamma Flight program, while Bochs and his cybernetically-controlled robot, Box, reached the Beta Flight level. Madison had a fleeting relationship with fellow Gamma Flight member Diamond Lil, but the two would drift apart for some time. When the Canadian government cut Department H’s funding, Madison left the organization completely and found employment digging ditches.
Madison Jeffries and his brother Lionel are Canadian mutants with psionic transmutative powers. Madison’s powers enable him to manipulate metal, glass and plastic psionically while his brother Lionel could psionically alter and manipulate organic substances. Madison hated his powers for making him different from other people, although they aided him in becoming a highly skilled mechanic and builder of machinery. Lionel, on the other hand, accepted his own powers and used them in his work as a surgeon.
Like many other Canadians, the Jeffries brothers enlisted in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Madison, became a mechanic first class in the army he enlisted in hope that it would let him forget about his power, but Lionel, became a army medic he hoped to use his powers to heal the Casualties of the War .
The brothers Served in the same squad on a mission when most of the squad were killed in an explosion. The blast scattered the parts of the soldiers’ corpses. Horrified, Lionel Jeffries desperately tried to use his powers to rejoin the pieces of the corpses together again in hope that it would bring the soldiers back to life. But he wasn’t powerful enough and failed to a Accomplish what he had set out to do, Because of this Lionel descended into Madness and his brother Madison was forced to use his power to manipulate metal and create bonds to restrain his now insane brother. Lionel’s sanity did not return, and he became the menace known as Scramble, the Mixed-Up Man. Eventually Madison had Scramble confined to a padded cell in Montreal General Hospital. To prevent Scramble from using his powers, he was placed in a special helmet and a straitjacket, fed intravenously, and denied any human contact. Meanwhile Madison left the army after this ordeal.
Technokinetic ability to reshape plastic, metal, and glass to any shape desired
Technopathic ability to mentally communicate with A.I., such as machines, robots and cyberware
Technofomric capacity to physically/mentally merge with and augment his BOX warsuit via mechanical assimilation
Steven Rogers [formely William Burnside] was the fourth Captain America and was active in the 1950s. He has resurfaced since often fronting extremist causes and appearing as an antagonist to the real Captain America.
William Burnside, the man who would become the fourth official Captain America, was eleven years old when the first Captain America was created. Throughout World War II era, he idolized Captain America, and was shocked to learn of the original’s supposed death in 1945. Although Truman hired William Naslund to replace the then lost Steve Rogers in the role of Captain America, the boy suspected the truth that Naslund was not the original Captain.
In the early 1950s after Jeffrey Mace had retired from adventuring as Captain America, William Burnside graduated with a Ph.D in American History, having done his thesis on the life of Captain America. In 1953 he flew to Germany, and examined the files of Major Kerfoot, a Nazi espionage officer in the SS. He discovered that the papers contained the original Super-Soldier Formula. He revealed his discovery to certain high officials in the US government, and made a deal with the FBI for the formula whereby he would become the new Captain America, and act as a symbol during the Korean War.
Christopher Summers is the father of Cyclops, Havok and Vulcan. He also commands the Space Pirate group known as: The Starjammers.
Corsair started out as a test Christopher Summers, pilot for the National Aeronautical Space Administration of the United States Air Force. He met his wife Katherine Anne and not soon after the where married, the couple had two sons, the eldest son being Scott, and a second son, named Alex. As part of his job, Christopher took on many flights testing airplanes and transporting cargo.
On many occasions, Christopher brought his family along for these flight, not knowing one of the flight would soon spell disaster for him and his family, as his life would never be the same again.
Major Christopher Summers was flying himself, his wife and their two young sons in their private plane down the Western American coast from Alaska. During this trip their plane is suddenly attacked by a starship from the alien Shi’ar Empire on an exploratory mission to Earth. The Shi’ar pursue Summers’s craft to prevent them from making their presence on Earth known to the general public. The Shi’ar craft fires on Summers’ plane, causing it to burst into flame. Unable to find more than one usable parachute in time, his wife Katherine Anne put it on her eldest son Scott, told him to hold on to Alex, and pushed them both out the plane door, hoping to save them both. Thinking them dead when he saw their parachute catch fire, he abandones all hope for them.
Christopher and his wife are teleported aboard the Shi’ar starship and taken to the Shi’ar Imperial Throneworld of Chandilar. Christopher is then separated from his wife and imprisoned. He soon breaks free and discovers the mad Shi’ar Emperor D’Ken attempting to rape Katherine Anne. D’Ken responds to the interruption by murdering Summers’ wife before his eyes and then ordering Summers to be sent to the Slave Pits of Alsibar where criminals and political prisoners are incarcerated. Unknown to Christopher, his wife was pregnant with their third son, whom D’Ken has taken from her womb and raised as a slave.
Christopher is taken to the spice mines to begin his sentence. While there, he uses his military training to stay disciplined and focused. He watches and studies the guards, gathering knowledge he can use for his eventual escape. But as time went by, Christopher soon becomes more and more withdrawn, not wanting to get into trouble and actually starting to fear the guards. This all changes when he sees guards hurting another inmate, Hepzibah. The sight of her re-ignites his confidence and his desire to escape. He plans to get Hepzibah free just before she is to be executed by the guards, thinking that even if he dies, he at least dies as a man. Unbeknownst to Christopher, he is being watched by two other inmates, Ch’od and Raza, who also help during his fight with the guards. The three of them successfully free Hepzibah. Because of Christopher’s courage, Hepzibah wants to become his lifemate and wants him to join their team. He accepts, and together they escape in a stolen vessel christened the “Starjammer.”One of the X-Men, the cosmic being known as the Phoenix who had assumed the form of the X-Man Jean Grey, used her telepathic powers to probe Corsair’s mind and learned that he was the father of Scott Summers, who had become the X-Man known as Cyclops. At Corsair’s request, Phoenix kept his true identity a secret from Cyclops, but both Cyclops and his brother Alex, who had become the X-Man named Havok, eventually learned who Corsair really was.Corsair has been reunited with Havok, his son, who brought him news about Vulcan. Corsair decided to support the X-Men (this time the group includes Rachel Summers, Nightcrawler, Warpath, Darwin, Polaris and Professor X) and Lilandra in preventing D’Ken from becoming emperor once more (with the help of Vulcan and Deathbird). In the midst of a battle between the Shi’ar troops loyal to Lilandra (aided by the Starjammers and X-Men) and Shi’ar troops loyal to D’Ken, Vulcan kills D’Ken and proclaims himself emperor. Corsair commands Vulcan to stop the senseless violence, but Vulcan kills Corsair. Subsequently, Alex (Havok) becomes the new leader of the Starjammers, who now include Corsair’s granddaughter Rachel, Polaris, and original members Ch’od and Raza.
United States Air Force
Highly skilled pilot, swordsman, and marksman
Not much about Glenn Talbot’s history is known except that he joined the American Military on a very young age. As Major Talbot, he became a trusted subordinate and acquaintance of General Ross. Talbot was military man who always hunted the Hulk. He was a security chief for Ross’ base and worked for the Pentagon where he kept watch on Bruce Banner.
Glenn Talbot was a career military man. When General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross contacts the Pentagon to request an investigation of civilian scientist Robert Bruce Banner, Talbot is put in charge of reviewing whether or not such an investigation is merited. After two weeks studying records of Dr. Banner’s career, Talbot concludes that Ross’ suspicions that Banner is a traitor are well-founded, and reports this to the Pentagon. The Pentagon responds by appointing Talbot security chief for Gamma Base, where Ross is the commanding officer. While reporting for duty to General Ross, Talbot meets the General’s daughter Betty Ross, who is in love with Banner. He is immediately attracted to her and tries to court her without losing focus on his investigation of Banner. General Ross encourages this, as he objects to Betty’s love for Banner all together, whether he was a traitor or not, because he feels that Banner is too timid emotionally and physically. Ross believes that Talbot, a military man like himself, would be a much better suitor for his daughter.
Talbot’s suspicions of Banner are heightened when, upon Talbot’s arrival at the base, the scientist mysteriously goes missing in the hills nearby.Further suspicious circumstances follow, including Banner disappearing behind the Iron Curtain for a time, but proof that Banner is a traitor continues to elude Talbot. However, when Banner disappears with the vital Absorbatron, orders are given to shoot him on sight, and the scientist is killed by a soldier. Talbot is retained as the base’s security chief, and he and Ross continue to pursue the Hulk until he, too, is seemingly killed by a barrage of nuclear weapons.At Talbot’s suggestion, the Hulk’s frequent companion Rick Jones is taken into custody in order to pressure him into revealing the connection between Banner and the Hulk. When Jones still refuses to talk, he is set free, and Talbot confronts him privately. Persuaded in part by the fact that the Hulk is seemingly dead, Jones confesses to Talbot that Banner and the Hulk were one and the same. Talbot realizes that Banner being the Hulk explains all his past suspicious behavior, and subsequently informs his superiors.
Subsequently, the Hulk is found still alive, and is captured using a plan devised and orchestrated by Talbot. The creature is subsequently freed by the traitor Dr. Konrad Zaxon, and Talbot twice fails to prevent Betty from being abducted by supervillains.However, he redeems himself by facing down Boomerang, preventing the villain from stealing the army’s new Orion Missile despite a shrapnel wound. He is awarded one of the nation’s highest honors for his heroism on this occasion. Despite this, he is unable to convince Betty to relinquish her feelings for Banner, and he continually hopes that the army will be forced to kill the Hulk, so that Betty will eventually forget him.He finally succeeded and married Betty all the while attempting to keep her away from Banner and the Hulk.
Talbot is taken hostage by the Gremlin, rescued some months later it was discovered that his captivity had left him catatonic. In order to unblock his mind, Doctor Leonard Samson had the Hulk (who was Banner under control by a special helmet) unblock what was keeping him in a mindless state. The process was a success. However, Talbot’s marriage to Betty later became strained.
Yet he did take a leave from Gamma Base and soon divorced Betty, who later admitted to Rick Jones that she had never stopped loving Bruce Banner. Talbot continued battling the Hulk and tried to have Banner court-martialed. When General Ross had a breakdown, Talbot was promoted to Colonel. His life remained relatively uneventful until the Hulk stormed into Gamma Base, looking for his deceased love Jarella, who was still cryogenically frozen. It was revealed Talbot had fired a ray gun that sent the Hulk to the Sub-Atomic universe. This incident was the final straw in his already deteriorated relationship with Betty. Soon Congress cut funds from Gamma Base and Talbot decided once and for all to stop the Hulk by using the War Wagon.
Glenn Talbot was killed fighting the Hulk in Japan while piloting the War Wagon prototype.Later, however, he was seen alive and well, in the company of Betty Ross; at the time, the circumstances of his apparent resurrection were not revealed.
As the attempted coup d’état of Washington, D.C. takes place, Colonel Talbot appears on national TV as part of the Intelligencia’s plan to seize control – only to be revealed as an L.M.D. himself when the Red Hulk decapitates him. This L.M.D. was so thoroughly reprogrammed that it believed itself to be the resurrected Glenn Talbot, complete with all of Talbot’s memories including his love for Betty Ross. The real Talbot is presumed to have remained dead all this time.
During the Chaos War storyline, Glenn Talbot returned from the dead after what happened to the death realms. Although, Glenn Talbot and other dead heroes concluded returned to the grave after the Chaos King is defeated
United States Air Force
United States Army
Moon Knight, Marc Spector, Steven Grant and Jake Lockley: four different aspects of the same man who was resurrected by Khonshu, the Egyptian Lunar-God of Vengeance and Justice to serve as his “avatar”. Those unjust mortals who prey upon the innocents who travel at night, with powers that come from the moon, beware the Vengeance of the Moon Knight!
Born in Chicago, Illinois; Marc Spector was the rebellious son of a studious Jewish rabbi whose family had fled Europe in the 1930s to escape the Holocaust. Marc could not understand why his father refused to fight against his people’s persecution and grew disgusted with his pacifistic ways, viewing him as a coward.
Rejecting his father’s faith, Marc started out as a heavyweight boxer before eventually joining the U.S. Marines where he was trained as a commando. Shortly afterwards, his skills led to his recruitment into the Central Intelligence Agency where he worked with William Cross (who later became the villainous Crossfire) and his own brother, Randall Spector. However, Randall betrayed the CIA and was secretly smuggling and selling weapons and when Marc’s lover discovered this and when she tried to turn him in, he brutally murdered her with a meat cleaver. In retaliation, Marc hunted Randall down but during the fight, Randall was seemingly killed by an exploding grenade.
Fed up with the CIA, Marc went independent and became a fierce soldier of fortune, renowned for his willingness to do anything providing the job paid well enough. In Africa, he met a French mercenary, Jean-Paul “Frenchie” DuChamp, who would become one of Marc’s closest friends and Marc’s pilot.
While working for the terrorist Raoul Bushman, Marc became increasingly disturbed by Bushman’s savagery and ruthlessness. For the first time in his life, his conscience had awakened and it troubled him deeply. Then in Selima, Sudan, they stumbled across archaeologist Dr. Peter Alraune’s excavation of an Egyptian Pharaoh’s tomb. Believing there was gold and riches within, Bushman murdered Alraune to plunder the tomb.
Sickened by Bushman, Marc tried to do the decent thing and helped Alraune’s daughter, Marlene escape from Raoul’s attentions. Annoyed with Marc’s betrayal, Bushman brutally beat Spector and abandoned him in the desert so that he would suffer before he died.
Barely conscious, Spector staggered to the ancient tomb for shelter. Marlene was there with her father’s men and brought Marc to rest near a statue of the moon god, Khonshu.
Weakened from his fight with Bushman and the elements of the desert, Marc Spector died. As Marlene cried over his cooling body, Spector suddenly came back to life claiming that he had a vision that Khonshu had brought him back from the dead in order to be the Moon’s Knight of Vengeance.
Spector removed the burial shroud from the statue of Khonshu and wrapped it around himself as a makeshift cloak before he confronted Bushman once again and this time, he was victorious and thus Moon Knight was born.
West Coast Avengers
Heroes for Hire
United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance
Steven Grant, Jake Lockley, Fist of Khonshu, Mr. Knight
Proficient in martial arts and armed combat
Utilizes high-tech equipment
Increased strength, speed, and endurance depending on the lunar cycle
A Marine who whose latent mutant abilities were activated by military experimentation. She was a military prisoner for many years before surfacing during Avengers Dissembled.
Adriana Soria was the first female Marine in combat during World War II. Adriana and a number of other soldiers were exposed to radiation at Bikini Atoll in an attempt to create more super-soldiers like Captain America. All but Adriana died during this experiment. The mental strain of the experiment unhinged Adriana’s mind and she was placed in a military asylum and forgotten.
Adriana was a latent mutant whose radiated genetic structure made her into a insect human hybrid, although she still looks completely human. During the events of ” Avengers Disassembled”, Queen surfaced in New York with the ability to control anyone with “insect genes” including those with retrograde DNA species, allowing her to take control over several civilians. She is first seen leaving a limousine and as she leaves, is greeted by several of her slaves. She quickly dispatches a taxi with telepathy and makes her way through a building`s roof. She is engaged by Spider-Man, however her sonic scream and mind-controlling powers enable her to quickly overpower the hero. Captain America appears to save Spider-Man, but he too is overpowered by the Queen and her drones. As Spider-Man tries to get up to fight her again, Queen takes him down with another sonic scream and makes out with him.
Later, she reappears and kisses the captured Spider-Man in an attempt to make him fall in love with her. While Spider-Man is almost seduced, he manages to temporarily overcome her powers. However, before she can take control over Peter, Captain America frees himself and while Cap fights the drones, Spider-Man engages her. She is finally defeated when Cap pushes her off the building.
It is later revealed that Queen had mutated the DNA in Spider-Man, resulting in him becoming a monstrous spider creature. The Queen defeats and captures Spider-Man once more, as he further mutates into a giant spider, before reverting mostly to his original form. It was Queen’s hope that this monstrous spider would give birth to a child for her. Spider-man was transformed by the process, gaining greater strength, enhanced senses and the ability to generate organic webs of his own making.
Queen was seemingly killed by a bomb she had planted as a means of escape when Spider-Man sabotaged it. Her body was never found.
Forge is a Cheyenne with natural mystical abilities and the mutant power to innately comprehend technology and build anything he can think of. He’s a former love of Storm and also a former X-Men and X-Factor member. After M-day he went insane and believed dead until found and cured by Cable.
Forge was born to a Cheyenne tribe, and was gifted with great shaman potential. He was raised by Naze to become a great shaman and to defeat their nemesis The Adversary. He spent most of his youth under Naze’s training. At puberty, his mutant powers manifested. He was now able to understand any mechanical device and could create an device that he could imagine. His powers made him doubt whether he should continue to train as a shaman since they seemed to clash with his mystical heritage. This confusion made him rebel against Naze and his teachings. He enlisted in the army and was shipped to Vietnam. While there he used his powers to create weapons and other tech. Forge was soon promoted to sergeant and was even offered a spot in S.H.I.E.L.D, but he rejected it. During the war he was confronted with great personal dilemmas such as having to kill a very young man of the Vietnamese troops and the responsibility of leading an entire squad.
When Forge’s platoon was all wiped out he felt responsible and blamed himself for the death of his men. Determined and hardened by this guilt, he cast an ancient forbidden spell that he had learned during his training to become a shaman. Using the souls of his deceased comrades, Forge was able to summon a group of demons that would prove to be a vital asset. The demons helped him defeat the Vietnamese troops soon after. After the Vietnamese troops had been defeated, the demons refused to stop and he was forced to call in an air strike that would vanquish them. This incident resulted in the loss of his right hand and leg. Furthermore, it would come to be discovered that the spectral gate he had opened during his spell would act as a doorway for The Adversary to arrive on earth. After this, Forge vowed to never use magic again. He instead dedicated himself to training his mutant abilities and was able to create advanced replacements for his missing hand and leg.
Some of his inventions:
His prosthetic hand and leg, that aside from working perfectly as limb replacements they also have other stuff implanted in them. (They restore after being destroyed, the hand had a shield incorporated made of energy, they could fire beams, the hand was implanted with a hacking device, and his leg could slowly suppress mutant powers close to him)
Several weapons like: A sniper rifle with great range and destructive capabilities that also scrambled electronic systems, a photon rifle, several types of grenades that were stored in the same compartment, a bomb that guided itself to the target.
A device that worked like a portable Cerebro that was not only for mutants, but also for any super being and different alien races.
The neutralizer that can take away the powers of any super being. (It was used on Storm who stayed powerless for a very long time until Forge invented another device to reverse the effects)
A medical kit that took cell samples from people, check them for diseases and provided antibiotics.
A bag that could exceed it’s physical capabilities and store many, many things.
Space suits with no movement reductions.
A psychic dampener for preventing the use of telepathic abilities.
An implant put on Mystique that prevented her from turning into a member of the X-Men or X-Factor for more than 30 seconds, also every time she used her powers a signal was sent, a similar one was placed on Sabretooth that prevented him of attacking anyone without permission.
A disc that downloaded government files without chance of been detected.
A device that enhanced Exodus powers.
Gauntlets created for Surge so she can control and direct her powers.
A time machine that also allowed the traveler to choose an alternate reality he liked to visit.
United States Army
Superhuman intuitive talent at inventing
Various mystical abilities
Butler to the Stark family, Edwin Jarvis went on to be the caretaker of the Avengers Mansion and has laid his life on the line for them several times
Edwin Jarvis was born in Brooklyn, New York. During World War Two (although this could be re-conned into a different war) he left the U.S. to enlist in the Royal Air Force. Though he was underage at the time, it was not uncommon for the military to “look the other way” when it came to recruiting requirements. Thus Jarvis became a pilot, defending the skies of Great Britain. During this time Jarvis picked up the British accent and mannerisms for which he is so well-known. He also became an accomplished championship boxer within the Air Force. When the war ended in 1945, he returned to the U.S. and became the butler of Howard Stark in his mansion, located in Manhattan. After both Howard Stark and his wife Maria died in a traffic collision, their son, Anthony Stark, better known as Tony Stark, inherited the mansion. Jarvis retained his position as butler of the residence. The JARVIS A.I stands for Just A Rather Very Intelligent System.
Cyber is a mutant and an enemy of Wolverine and the X-Men. He is also well known throughout the criminal underworld, where he often hires himself out as a special enforcer, he is currently using the Hornet identity.
During World War I, Cyber served as Wolverine’s commanding officer during his days in the Canadian armed forces. He has used the name Silas Burr, but whether this is his actual name is unclear. Cyber eventually comes to murder a woman known only as Janet, whom Logan was involved romantically. After learning of her death at Cyber’s hands, Logan attacks him and is humiliated. Cyber counters Wolverine and in one swift motion, gouges out one of Logan’s eyes, severely beats him and leaves him for dead. This is Logan’s most traumatic defeat up to this point in his life and the resulting psychological effects results in a subconscious fear of Cyber.
Sometime after WWI all of Cyber’s skin except for his head and throat becomes fused with adamantium through some unknown means.
Cyber resurfaces in Madripoor years later, where he interferes in the crime cartel of Wolverine’s ally Tyger Tiger. Cyber uses his psionic ability to realize Wolverine is in the same building as he is. He smashes his fist through a wall, gripping Wolverine’s throat. The two have a brief encounter, and Wolverine is forced to flee. The two battle later and Wolverine manages to overcome his fear of Cyber in order to save Tyger’s life. He slashes across Cyber’s face, destroying one of his eyes. Cyber quickly regains the upper hand, but is attacked by a wolf and falls into a truck full of the powerful hallucinogens he had earlier used on Wolverine, leading Cyber to run screaming into the forest.
Cyber is next seen in Edinburgh, Scotland where he again engages Wolverine in battle. His intention is to kill Wolverine and then sell his adamantium skeleton. However, Cyber is unaware that the adamantium laced to Wolverine’s skeleton has been recently removed by Magneto. Cyber is momentarily distracted as Wolverine extracts his bone claws, revealing what happened to the adamantium. Wolverine takes the opportunity to slash Cyber across the face. Cyber laughs off the attack and mocks the bone claws. He slams Wolverine to the ground and uses his foot to snap off the bone claws set in Wolverine’s right forearm. Wolverine is saved when a cabinet is then dropped on Cyber. Cyber continues to chase after Wolverine, but Wolverine manages to escape during an explosion on a bridge. Cyber then battles Wolverine, Nightcrawler and Kitty Pryde. He easily bests the group with one strike, but Kitty saves them by phasing them out a room and locking Cyber in. He is then turned over to S.H.I.E.L.D.
Cyber also battled X-Force, where he promptly defeated Strong Guy and tanked a blast from Havok. He was about to kill Havok when others interfered and he was struck by a passing train.
Cyber is broken out by a group called the Dark Riders, who make him believe they are using him to hunt down Wolverine. Cyber realizes the group was trying to trick him and strikes a few before realizing he’s locked in a room. This would be his final resting place (for the time being), where a special breed of bugs swarm him, and kill him by tearing through his face and eating him, leaving only the adamantium from his skin for the group to harvest.
Later he resurfaced in astral form, making himself known to a young mutant with child-like intelligence named Milo. Milo has super strength, and Cyber took control mutant’s body. He then goes after his nemesis, Wolverine. He works with Wolverine’s son, Daken, to help him do this, but identified himself to Daken only as “an old friend.” It is revealed that Cyber actually taught martial arts to Daken. Cyber turns on Daken, easily besting him, and then in turn his father, Wolverine. Unfortunately for Cyber, his new body suffers from a weak heart. While having the advantage over Wolverine, he suffers from a heart attack. Wolverine saves him and he had a pace maker implanted. Daken later takes advantage of this by using his pheromones, making Cyber become so enraged he suffers from yet another heart attack and refuses to give him the pills he needs to recover. This incident seemingly kills Cyber, resulting in his second death. He was seen in Hell among other villains during a later Wolverine story.
He recently joined Slingers as the new Hornet.
The director of S.T.R.I.K.E.
Lance Hunter is a senior British intelligence agent.
English agent Commander Lance Hunter was the director of the STRIKE intelligence agency at the time when the Red Skull kidnapped the British Prime Minister James Callaghan. Hunter worked with his American counterpart, SHIELD’s Nick Fury, plus Captain America and Captain Britain, to rescue Callaghan and stop the Skull’s attempted coup. Hunter later unsuccessfully tried to woo Captain Britain into working for STRIKE. After leaving STRIKE, Hunter moved on to other roles within the intelligence community, and subsequently, having risen to the rank of Commodore, he was involved in drafting the British version of the Superhuman Registration Act. A short while later he was promoted to JiC (Joint Intelligence Chief), head of all of Britain’s security services, including MI5, MI6 and MI13.
After Tod Radcliffe, a Special Tactical Reserve for International Key Emergencies traitor secretly working for the Red Skull, was exposed, Commander Lance Hunter introduced himself as the Director of S.T.R.I.K.E. to Nick Fury. The agents of S.T.R.I.K.E. and S.H.I.E.L.D. worked together to track down the Red Skull’s Nazi activities. It was then revealed that Red Skull had kidnapped the British Prime Minister, James Callaghan and had set a germ bomb over London to be detonated at midnight. Hunter, aided by Fury and the pair’s respective superheroes, Captain Britain and Captain America, stopped the bomb which had been placed on the minute hand of Big Ben and thwarted the Red Skull’s plans.
Hunter aided Captain Britain in the capture of villain Lord Hawk, and took the injured hero to S.T.R.I.K.E. headquarters to recover. However, while there Captain Britain’s spirit was summoned away by Merlin where he did battle with a monstrous giant. Injuries suffered in this spirit realm transferred to the Captain’s real body. Hunter ordered the doctors to keep working to save the stricken hero. When Hunter finally admitted defeat at the bed side of Captain Britain’s lifeless body, the Captain returned to the real world and left the base.
Sometime after S.T.R.I.K.E. was dissolved, Hunter gained the rank of commodore and was seen alongside Contessa Valentina Allegro de Fontaine, and Alistaire Stuart briefing British superhumans on the details of the British Superhuman Registration Act.Following the Skrull invasion of Earth, and the revelation that the then-Joint Intelligence Committee chair person was in fact a Skrull impostor, Hunter was made the new JIC Chair.
Hunter agreed to let S.H.I.E.L.D. European Division take charge of the cleanup when Mys-Tech was defeated, as MI-13 didn’t have the resources. He approved keeping MI-13 out of the loop entirely, which infuriated Pete Wisdom when he found out
Trained special agent
Spy and munitions expert
A former freelance mercenary that worked for Apocalypse, Frenzy joined Magneto as a member of the Acolytes and served as ambassador of Genosha. She joined the X-Men after the Age of X.
Joanna was an unexpected baby girl who did not get her father´s acceptance because of her poor health status and weakness. She was the second baby in her family, his father was militant and her mother was a religious coward woman. Her older brother joined the army an eventually he was reported killed. After her brother´s death her father beat her up and finally due to his abusive treatment Joanna developed her mutant powers and accidentally killed him in self defense.
Joanna Cargill grew up bitter and angry at the world for oppressing her as a black woman and a mutant. She found solace in expressing her anger through criminal activity, working as a mercenary-for-hire. She often clashed with other mercenaries, such as Gambit, who she formed a brief romantic relationship with. She had often felt aimless, which led her to use her invulnerability in reckless ways, and made her susceptible to other mutants, such as Apocalypse and Magneto.
Known Relatives: Gareth Cargill (brother)
Citizenship: Citizen of the United States with a criminal record
Place of Birth: Unrevealed
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Adventurer; former terrorist, mercenary, criminal
Education: High school graduate
Height: 5’11” (Formerly 6’11”)
Weight: Unknown (Formerly 230 lbs)
Ogun is Wolverine’s teacher and once father figure. Little is truly known of Ogun Ryu; it is said that he once encountered the legendary Miyamoto Musashi, placing him as early as the 17th century. What is known about him is that he was once a noble warrior corrupted by evil.
Said to have been born in the 17th century, Ogun trained Wolverine in martial arts. Once pure of heart, the pursuit of dark sorcery corrupted him toward the path of evil.
Ogun, seeking revenge on Wolverine, possessed Kitty Pryde trained her, and sent her to kill Wolverine. However, Wolverine was able to free Kitty from Ogun’s control and together they killed Ogun’s physical form.
A portion of Ogun’s spirit survived inside the demon mask he once wore and enslaves those of weaker wills, enslaving them and using them as puppets in the physical world.
Ogun is capable of killing a full grown Water Buffalo with a casual slap, he has boasted to have mastered over 13 unknown martial arts now forgotten by time not counting his own style. He believes himself to be above petty constraints such as guilt and innocence and was sufficiently strong willed enough to defeat death itself and reclaim a foothold to the material realm.
Ogun was responsible for training Wolverine and putting him on the path of the warrior known as Bushido and was Logan’s surrogate father figure giving Logan the tools to control his inner rage. Ogun 1st met Logan in Japan during the year of 1910, Logan a vagabond Sailor and Ogun a Captain in the imperial army of Japan stationed in Shanghai. Logan witnessing a belligerent soldier attacking an old man and a young man interfered on their behalf, Ogun also witnessing his fellow soldiers in the same act dishonoring themselves and disgracing their uniform came to apply his measure of justice adhering to the code of the samurai.
Logan managed to stop a rifle swing from hitting the old man but angering the Soldier who cocked his weapon ready to fire upon Logan, Ogun coming to the rescue slashed the soldier across the back with his military sword killing him instantly. Ogun turning to face the young soldier who was unable to restrain his fellow soldier from dishonoring himself and the uniform told him he would kill him for his failure and the least the young soldier could do is die with honor and not beg for his life.
at the height of its swing Logan stopped Ogun grabbing his wrist telling Ogun the young soldier did not need die that the young soldier tried to stop his Sergeant but was unable. Ogun angered to have been touched by a westerner swung around to attack Logan but was astonished that Logan held his ground and was unafraid of death, instead Ogun sensing something whether noble or Para-human about Logan offered to teach Wolverine the way of the Samurai giving Logan his name and that of his school , Ogun Ryu Dojo in Kanazawa.
Logan in his own belligerent way refused and mockingly answered
” If he ever needed to learn how to swing a Pig-Sticker he would look him up”.
Walking away back to the ship docks drinking his bottled alcohol and singing a sailors song as Ogun and the Old Man(mystic) watched Logan walk away both sensing something special about him.
Ogun was a ninja and martial arts master who acted as Wolverine’s mentor. Very little is known of his past or the exact nature of his abilities, but he was apparently a mutant who could possess and control minds via telepathy. His reflexes and reaction time also appear to have been enhanced beyond the range attainable by normal humans, such as that he was easily a match for Wolverine. Note that either or both of these abilities may have been wholly or partially mystical in nature.
Ogun first met Wolverine in Shanghai, China. Shanghai was held by the Empire of Japan, following the Battle of Shanghai in the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945). Ogun was reportedly active in the War as a captain of the Imperial Japanese Army. Wolverine was only a wandering sailor but managed to draw the attention of the captain who would seek his acquaintance. The issue was scripted by Larry Hama and drawn by Leinil Francis Yu.
At some point in the past, Ogun fell from the path of honor and was a criminal enforcer for the Yakuza. Ogun mentally possessed Kitty Pryde trained as a ninja, and attempted to turn her into an assassin. Under Wolverine’s care, however, Kitty recovered and resisted another brainwashing attempt, and Wolverine was eventually forced to kill Ogun.
Years later, Ogun returned as a disembodied spirit, mentally possessing host after host, and again attacked Wolverine and Kitty. With Ghost Rider’s help, Wolverine figured out that to destroy Ogun involved only destroy Ogun’s enchanted mask (apparently he had several as the first was already destroyed). Ogun was thus destroyed, seemingly for good.
Later, Ogun returned yet again, this time travelling from host body to host body, and he even tried to take over Lady Deathstrike’s body. Wolverine found a way to force him out of all available host bodies and into the body of Viper who Wolverine impaled (non-lethally). Panicking, Ogun jumped from Viper’s body but having no form to inhabit, seemed to evaporate away
But as seen somewhat later, Ogun even survived that and tried to take his revenge on Pryde and Wolverine by luring the two onboard of the Hellicarrier he was able to control through the things about cyberpathy he learned while taking over Lady Deathstrike, but once again he was defeated. It is not known what happened after Kitty managed to convince him of the error of his ways inside the astral plane.
Ogun’s clan is now shown to be run by Sojobo and Karasu, a pair of psychic twins he had adopted as a son and daughter prior to his demise. The children are rescued from this brutal existence by David Haller who shows them that they don’t have to follow in their father’s murderous footsteps. After a skirmish with the X-Men, the twins are then taken to the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.
Ogun’s spirit later resurfaces and tries to possess Kitty once more before his host manages to drive him out. It’s also revealed that Ogun had murdered Cyber in an attempt to sell the villain’s adamantium-laced corpse to Abraham Cornelius.
Telepathic ability to switch bodies and control minds which is derived from either a mutation or mystical powers
Superhuman agility and reflexes
Slowed or halted aging.
Eli Bard was a former politician from ancient Rome that became obsessively in love with the immortal Selene. After failing her in her ascension, she cursed him and since then, he has been finding ways to gain the Black Queen’s favor back.
It was revealed that Eli (or Eliphas) Bard was in fact a man born during the Roman Empire. Eliphas, who at that moment was not an evil man, was however down on his luck. He was a good, honest and privileged man with some admiration from the people. He however lost his wife (and his reputation) to a brute whom she fought was better then Eli. From that moment on Eli was laughed at and ridiculed. Filled with anger and hate, Eli tried to live his life as best he could, but it was not before late that a mysterious goddess (who was in fact Selene) promised him her love and eternal life in exchange for every soul in Rome. Eli seemed liked the perfect man in Rome to help her.
Eli reluctantly agreed to help Selene, feeling that the people did not deserve anything less then death. Eventually, just a day before the destruction of the city was about to take place, Eli saw a young girl named Claudia whom he had met before. She was so innocent that Eli couldn’t help but feel guilty if such a beautiful child was to die. He walked up to her and told her to tell her parents to leave city tonight, because something terrible was about to happen. The child ran to her parents and told them, but instead of fleeing, her parents warned the authorities and took Eli and Selene into custody. Selene was burned, but before this happened she cursed Eli, granting him immortality but living a life of eternal pain. At that moment, Eli swore he would gain his goddess forgiveness. Eli however was seemingly killed by the Roman authorities and put into a grave. Decades later, Eli was revived by an unfortunate farmer whom started poking in Eli’s grave. Revived, Eli walked the world for hundreds of years before joining the Purifiers, in hope of finally getting Selene’s forgiveness.
Eli Bard was cursed by Selene to be an immortal but at the cost of being a vampire. He has exhibited supernatural strength, speed, healing, fangs, and claws. When he infected himself with the Techno-Organic Virus of Magus, he was able to resurrect dead beings and also exert some control over them. He also had limited knowledge with magic
Eli Bard’s back story was told, through a flashback, by Warpath to the rest of X-Force in X-Force #11 (2009). Warpath obtained this knowledge through a vision with the help of Ghost Rider.
Eli Bard was born “Eliphas” at the height of the Roman Empire. He was recognized as an outstanding soldier until a spear injury ended his military career. For a while he worked unsuccessfully as a poet until he met Aurelia, one of the most powerful women in Rome. He soon married her and achieved a position in the Senate. As a well-respected senator, he was known as a great orator and a friend to the army. His wife left him for a general named Mascius and conspired to give Mascius his seat in the Senate.
Left with nothing, Eliphas was approached by Selene, who offered him immortality in exchange for helping her kill and absorb every soul in Rome. Eliphas drew pentagrams and performed rituals at several locations in the city, but warned a small girl to get her family out. The girl’s father alerted the authorities and Eliphas and Selene were captured before the spell could be carried out. Just before they were burned at the stake, Selene killed the guards. She cursed Eliphas for his perceived betrayal with an eternal life of torture, turning him into a vampire-like creature. Eliphas was buried alive for 700 years until a farmer discovered him in his field. Eliphas killed the farmer with a swift bite to the jugular. He spent the next several hundred years searching for Selene. He ran into the ancestral Apache tribe of Warpath. They recognized him as a vampire but could not stop him from wiping out almost the entire tribe.
Eliphas, having at some point in time changed his name to “Eli Bard,” finally located Selene in Nova Roma, where she was worshiped as a god. Still in love with her despite her curse, Bard realized that he must make an offering to her before approaching her.
Bard later joined the Purifiers, an anti-mutant terrorist group. During this time, he worked diligently to further the Purifiers’ goals. Secretly, however, he had hoped to sacrifice thousands of Purifiers’ souls using the same ritual from Rome in order to gain Selene’s attention. He assisted in the resurrection of Bastion but the android was suspicious of him, as he had no record on him. After seeing Bastion reprogram an offspring of Magus, he changed his plan and instead re-animated the corpses in the burial grounds of the Apache tribe that he had decimated decades earlier using the Technarch transmode virus he had absorbed from an offspring of Magus. Among the bodies reanimated were those of the mutants Caliban and Thunderbird. He presented Caliban to Selene and stated that he intended to use Caliban’s mutant tracking abilities to track down deceased mutants and reanimate them to form an army for Selene, an offer which she accepted.
He uses the virus to resurrect a variety of mutants, including Cypher,Banshee,the original Hellions,Risque,Pyro,and Destiny.
In X-Force #21, Selene’s plans culminates when Bard uses the virus to resurrect the entire deceased mutant populace of Genosha.
When Bard returned to Proudstar’s tribe’s burial grounds to resurrect Caliban and Thunderbird, the spirits of the tribe rose to protect those buried there. Bard attacked them with Selene’s mystical knife, transforming them into a Demon Bear.[\ After fleeing the battle, Bard leaves the blade behind, unaware it was pivotal in Selene’s plans. He is then dispatched to Utopia to retrieve it, taking Warpath hostage in the process.When he returns to Selene with the blade and the hostage, Selene kills him by stabbing him in the heart with the blade, reducing him to bones.
Through Selene’s magical curse, Eli Bard became an immortal vampire-like being. Unlike Selene’s psychic vampirism, Bard seems to be of the more traditional blood sucking variety. As such, he has increased speed and strength, and is difficult (if not impossible) to kill. Bard also has limited knowledge of magic. He also demonstrated deadly skills in hand-to-hand combat, managing to overpower and nearly kill X-23.
Bard has also been altered at a molecular level by a techno-organic transmode virus taken from the Technarch spawn under the Purifiers’ control. The virus gives him the ability to control those he reanimates. The virus has the potential to provide shapeshifting and other superhuman abilities.
Immortal vampire-like being; knowledge of arcane magic; able to reanimate the dead.
According to Ozymandias, Jeb Lee was a Confederate spy marching behind enemy lines disguised as a Union drummer. After the war he made the mistake of returning home in his union garb. Believing him to be a traitor, the Confederate townsfolk burned his family alive in front of him. The mental duress unleashed his latent mutant powers. From then on Jeb marched from battle to battle, killing all in his wake. Impressed with his powers Apocalypse ordered Ozymandias to collect him as one of his Final Horsemen, a contingency plan for bringing on the Age of Apocalypse when all other plans have failed.Famine battled X-Force several times alongside the other Final Horsemen of Apocalypse. He first fought Archangel on the Blue Area of the Moon and caused him severe damage. Though Apocalypse is defeated Warren recruits him as part of his own Horsemen. Fantomex, Deathlok and Deadpool managed to kill Death and capture Famine. Deathlok tortured him enucleating his eyes and making him to confess location of Archangel´s headquarters. He managed to escape by tapping his fingers against his chair causing an “audible cancer” to E.V.A., then he killed Blob (Earth 295) while he was trying to affect Deadpool but Wolverine appeared and amputated his forearms with his claws. Finally wolverine pushed him over a building.Famine has the ability to create an “audible cancer” using his drum as a conductor that causes the flesh of those that hear it to be eaten away.
At this point, the young Paula Brooks (approximately age 18-19) is a superheroine, and fights both Nazis and criminals alongside Iron Munro, the first Fury, Neptune Perkins, Tsunami and Dan the Dyna-Mite. During these stories, Paula expresses a fan worship of Paul Kirk, the Manhunter.She frequently makes a play for Iron Munro as well. During a battle with the Nazi warriors known as Axis Amerika, Tigress is attacked and seemingly killed by the Valkyrie known as Gudra. She was revived (it is unclear if she really was actually dead) with a new attitude, which eventually leads to her becoming the villainous Huntress. In the late 1990s JSA Returns mini-series, Tigress has yet to fully embrace her villainous attitude and was still operating as a heroine and companion of Manhunter.
Courtney Whitmore (aka Stargirl) is smart, athletic and above all else, kind. This high school teenager’s seemingly perfect life hits a major speed bump when her mother gets married and her new family moves from Los Angeles, California, to Blue Valley, Nebraska. Struggling to adapt to a new school, make new friends and deal with a new step-family, Courtney discovers her step-father has a secret; he used to be the sidekick to a superhero.
Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl
Courtney Whitmore was born to a couple that broke up when she was still very young. As a teenager Courtney was not taken by the man that her mother brought home, Pat Dugan. Courtney may not have liked Pat but her mother did, and they eventually got married. After being moved to Blue Valley, Nebraska Courtney went through his stuff found the Cosmic Converter Belt. Soon, afterwards, she about Pat’s history in superheroics, she became Star-Spangled Kid, mostly to annoy him. Pat would make a Mech suit to follow her around and thus the team “Stars and Stripes” were formed.
Powers and Abilities
The Cosmic Converter Belt enhances a number of Courtney’s abilities, such as her agility, durability, speed, stamina, and strength, as well as creating star blasts from the stored energy of the belt. The Cosmic Rod allows her to fly, as well as absorb energy which she can project into a variety of uses, such as blasts and force fields. Because the Rod is attuned to her, it can receive mental commands from a distance.
Luke Wilson as Pat Dugan
Wealthy brat Sylvester Pemberton and garage mechanic Pat Dugan formed a unique bond when they had the opportunity to fight off some Nazi agents, who had interrupted a patriotic film and were inciting the audience to riot. They beat the agents soundly. Later, the two everhear a conversation while people discuss the incident at the theatre. Someone says that they wished the American flag would come to life and retaliate against those that insult it. Inspired by this discussion and their earlier success at the theatre, they each separately decide to become Mystery Men. Sylvester and Pat designed “Mystery Men” costumes for themselves, each based on a part of the American flag. Sylvester’s costume was based on stars part of the flag, and he became the Star-Spangled Kid. Pat took the stripes for his costume, and became Stripesy. The two operate independently for a while, and then end up as partners.
They had no superpowers whatsoever, but manifested the ordinary American’s fighting spirit, and took on villains like Dr. Weerd and the Needle. Developing a partnership, Sylvester persuaded his father to hire Pat as an in-house mechanic and chauffeur, so they could more easily work together.
The two became part of the superhero team the Seven Soldiers of Victory and the All-Star Squadron. The Seven Soldiers of Victory battled the Nebula Man sometime after the war. The resulting explosion destroyed the villain, but stranded the Seven Soldiers in different time periods. The Seven were rescued by the Justice League of America and Justice Society of America and returned to the present day. Upon his return, Dugan married a woman named Maggie, who later left him to raise their son Michael on his own. Sylvester Pemberton’s black sheep relative Arthur had stolen Dugan’s patents during their disappearance. Upon hearing about this, Sylvester returned the patents to Pat, and the two reconciled. Dugan was later involved with Infinity, Inc. and their battle against the Injustice Society. The group’s first victim is Sylvester Pemberton. The villains Harlequin, the Dummy and Hazard focus their attention on Dugan, just days later. Their plan was to kill him at Stellar Studios, the headquarters of Infinity, Inc. When Pat’s son became involved, Hazard exeperienced a change of heart and uses her powers to save their lives. Dummy uses the two as bait but Hazard further throws the battle and the group is defeated. Hazard willingly gives herself up to the police.
Powers and abilities
Pat Dugan didn’t possess any special powers, but he is a gifted mechanic, having built Sylvester Pemberton’s Star-Rocket Racer, the JSA’s Steel Eagle. Pat also operated an armor suit named “S.T.R.I.P.E.” equipped with a range of ballistic weapons and utilities, and that also gave him enhanced strength and flight ability. Its circuitry was vulnerable to water.
Amy Smart as Barbara Whitmore
Barbara Whitmore: Courtney’s mother and wife of Pat Dugan striving to balance her work and home life. Upon the family moving to Blue Valley, Barbara gets a new job at The American Dream.
Trae Romano as Mike Dugan Pat Dugan’s son and Courtney’s stepbrother
Cameron Gellman as Rick Tyler/Hourman
Yvette Monreal as Yolanda Montez/Wildcat
Maria Montez and her sister are given experimental drugs by the mad gynecologist Dr. Benjamin Love while they are pregnant. Doctor Love keeps close tabs on most of his experiments, but loses track of the sisters when they travel to Mexico. In Mexico, Maria’s daughter Yolanda is born on the same day her sister gives birth to Carcharo. Yolanda and her mother return to America to reunite with Mr. “Mauler” Montez. As a child, Yolanda manifests her superhuman powers, but is unaware of why she was born a mutant. She grows close to her godfather, Ted Grant, who is the mystery man Wildcat, who operated during the 1940s. Years later, during the Crisis, Grant is crippled while saving a child.Yolanda assumes his identity to honor her godfather and the principles he represented.Ted Grant is at first annoyed with this new superheroine, but when he discovers she is his god-daughter, he gives Yolanda his blessing.As the second Wildcat, she joins Infinity Inc. and fights alongside them. During her time on the team, she has a very flirtatious relationship with Nuklon even though he only has eyes for Fury.
Powers and abilities
Yolanda’s superhuman powers include retractable claw-like fingernails and cat-like agility. In the Post-Flashpoint Earth-2, she is considered an avatar of the Red, the mystical force of all animal life. Originally, a titanic but mindless beast, Yolanda has mostly been de-powered, but still has her original incarnation’s retractable claws and has acquired an enhanced sense of smell.
Anjelika Washingtonas Beth Chapel/Dr. Mid-Nite
As the aging McNider spent less time in action, Beth Chapel, a medical doctor, stepped into the role of Doctor Midnight. Beth Chapel was a native of Orangeburg, South Carolina, with a pastor father, a mother who sang in the church choir, and four brothers. Chapel first appeared when Jade of Infinity, Inc. was rushed to her hospital for treatment after encountering Mister Bones’ cyanide touch. During the onset of the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Beth was blinded by an oxygen explosion, only to be rescued by Hourman’s son Rick Tyler, who had taken McNider’s drug that enhances ability to see in the dark. Beth used the formula to similarly treat her blindness, and she and Rick assume the mantles of their predecessors as Doctor Midnight and Hourman, with her mother crafting a super hero costume from a choir robe. Along with a new Wildcat, Chapel and Tyler applied for membership in Infinity, Inc, eventually gaining admission; however, the association was short-lived, as Infinity, Inc. disbanded shortly thereafter, though Chapel and Tyler began a romantic relationship during their tenure.
Doctor Midnight and Wildcat were subsequently recruited by the U.S. government for a mission to defeat the supervillain Eclipso, only for Chapel to die on the mission along with Wildcat, the Creeper, Commander Steel, Peacemaker, and Major Victory.
Dr. Charles McNider
Dr. Elizabeth Chapel
Dr. Pieter Anton Cross
Justice League McNider, Cross:
Justice Society of America McNider:
U.S. Medical Corps
Black Lantern Corps Chapel:
Perfect night vision
Ability to see in the dark via infrared lenses McNider:
Brilliant doctor and mathematician
Gifted physician and author
Superb athlete and hand to hand combatant
Employs “blackout bombs” Cross:
Great physician and scientist
Employs special ultrasonic lenses and “blackout bombs”
Meg DeLacy as Cindy Burman/Shiv
Neil Jackson as Jordan Mahkent/Icicle
European physicist Dr. Joar Mahkent arrived in America with his latest scientific discovery, spectators at dockside were astonished to witness the luxury liner upon which Mahkent was traveling suddenly frozen solid in Gotham Harbor. Dr. Mahkent shot dead in his stateroom, apparently the victim of Lanky Leeds, a notorious racketeer who was reportedly traveling on the same ship. Thus, when the bizarrely costumed criminal known as the Icicle appeared upon the scene later that same day, wielding a unique weapon capable of instantly freezing solid any moisture in the air, Green Lantern presumed he was actually Lanky Leeds, who had stolen Doctor Mahkent’s invention.
Jake Austin Walker as Henry King Jr.
Hank King Jr. is the son of Hank King Sr. and Merry Pemberton. As the second Brainwave, he is a founding member of Infinity, Inc., doing so in an attempt to bring honor to his family name. During the run of Infinity, Inc. Brainwave develops a relationship with fellow team member Jade, daughter of the original Green Lantern.
When Hank’s father dies, he passes on his mental powers to his son, greatly increasing them and causing him to become somewhat unhinged. He drops the “Jr.”. After Infinity Inc. disbands, Hank drops out of the public eye.
He shows up years later, with a group he calls the Legion of Doom. They fight several members of the Justice League. After that adventure, he reappears in a mental institution. This facility had been specifically created for him; its funds come from the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott. Brainwave is still very ill and is almost slain by Obsidian. He appears again later in New York City, causing riots and general chaos with his telepathy, even mind controlling Jade and Green Lantern (Alan Scott) until finally confronting Kyle Rayner. He leaves peacefully.
He resurfaces again as part of Black Adam’s team, including Infinitors Northwind and Atom Smasher, helping to liberate Kahndaq. In an attempt to stop Hank, considered the most dangerous member of the team, Hawkman has Ray Palmer shrink and enter Brainwave’s body. Guided by Dr. Mid-Nite, Palmer plans to operate on King’s brain, specifically the abnormal mass of nerve fibers leading fro
Christopher James Bakeras Dr. Henry King/Brainwave
Henry King Sr. was born in the early 1910s as a metahuman with vast mental attributes. An introvert, he found solace in reading books, and he one day learned to create three-dimensional images of the characters from them, such as Sir Lancelot of the Round Table. He had developed a crush on a neighbor girl named Lucy who eventually married his acquaintance Edwin Ackerman, causing King tremendous jealousy.
As an adult, King was a college and later medical school graduate, obtaining a psychiatry degree. He decided to use his now more fully developed image projecting abilities in a secret life of crime. His first criminal act was creating thought-constructs that stole money needed by him to fund his new activities. He then became a crime lord.
In early 1942, Brain Wave contacted Professor Elba, developer of the “insanity serum”, augmented by Brain Wave’s mental abilities. It was administered to people around the nation causing them to commit crimes. Professor Elba was defeated by the Justice Society when he tried to inject Johnny Thunder with it. Doctor Mid-Nite caused him to inject himself, and he was killed when he fell out of a window.
Noticing this team of vigilantes, Brain Wave approached individual members of the JSA as psychiatrist Dr. Henry King. Implanting a post-hypnotic suggestions to assemble at the 1939 World’s Fair Perisphere, he attached each of the JSAers (except Green Lantern) to a mental chamber which immersed them in a fantasy of wartime conflict. Brain Wave next assembled the All-Star Squadron at the World’s Fair’s Trylon tower, imprisoning each of them in the same device. However, once Green Lantern was connected to the device, his willpower proved too great for the chamber and its orchestrator, leaving it in ruin and King mentally unstable.
In 1943, Brain Wave again battled the Justice Society, when its individual members traced various criminal operations back to Dr. King. At this time, he vented his revenge on Edwin Ackerman. Starman tracked King to his office of psychiatry, but was unable to produce sufficient proof to arrest the villain. Each of the JSAers, plus heroines Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Inza Cramer, Dian Belmont, Doris Lee and Peachy Pet Thunder who were dressed as their male counterparts, eventually converged on King’s Sharktooth Bay tower. He used images of their boyfriends to capture them, but when he tried to gas the group, Wonder Woman broke her fetters and went after King, who jumped off of his tower to his assumed death.
However, King’s smock was caught on the limb of a tree as he fell. Thus saved, he sought revenge by utilizing his shrinking ray device to shrink the JSAers to a height of 8 inches. He lured Wonder Woman away by having the minutes from the past JSA meetings stolen. She went to get the copies, and while she was gone, Brain Wave shrunk the male members and took them with him. Storing them as trophies in his lair, King left his foes to meet with his minions. With the aid of Hawkman’s bird allies, the JSAers left to confront the criminal henchmen directly as they attempted to commit crimes. Eventually, Johnny Thunder commanded his Thunderbolt to restore each member to their proper height, and when he got into trouble, his Thunderbolt got the other members to the Tower. The JSA then converged once more at the Sharktooth Bay tower, but didn’t realize that the road leading there was mined. Thunderbolt teleported the bombs underneath the tower, and the Brain Wave seemed to die once again.
He survived this time because the stones shielded him from the blast. King adopted the alias of dream psychologist Dr. Forest Malone. In 1946, he petitioned his adversaries to subject themselves to his experimental dream analyzer. This device slowly drove each member towards insanity. For example, Hawkman thought he was a thermometer, the Atom thought he was a sponge, Dr. Mid-Nite thought he was an infectious disease and the Green Lantern thought he was the sun and that three balloons were his planets. Only Johnny Thunder was unaffected- he was a wacky thinker anyway and as such, was immune to it and actually became sane. With the assistance of Thunder’s Thunderbolt, King was this time apprehended and placed in jail, though a blow to the head restored Johnny to his normal state.
King escaped confinement in 1947 and joined the Wizard’s first incarnation of the Injustice Society. Each member was given an army of prison escapees (from five mass jailbreaks the ISW engineered) and assigned to steal a key item from the government and to capture or kill a JSA member. Green Lantern arrives in Uthorium Town just as the armed forces are closing in on the criminals that control the city. Suddenly, the town disappears in a flash of light. G.L. begins a search for the criminal army, when he discovers the town has re-appeared a few miles away, and the felons are looting uthorium from a lab. The Emerald Crusader zooms in for the attack, when the Brain Wave appears on the scene, opening a canister of uthorium in his presence. Blinded, G.L. forms an energy bubble for protection while Brain Wave and his men finish their job. Recovering later. Green Lantern discovers a radioactive trail left behind by the uthorium and follows it, discovering some of the thugs with an invention called the “Mirage-Thrower,” which fools the army tanks into crossing a frozen lake which really isn’t frozen. G.L. saves the tanks and men, then follows the trail to discover Brain Wave inside a weird glass box. Firing his power ring at it, the ray bounces back, knocking the Emerald Crusader off a cliff, apparently to his death. However Lantern’s power ring saved him at the last moment and he freed his teammates, who had all been captured by the ISW and put on a mock trial. He got to them by capturing and impersonating the Thinker, and captured King and his colleagues. When Superman disappeared for a year due to a spell cast by the Wizard, it is mentioned that Brainwave claimed he had been behind it. In point of fact, however, the Wizard had been hired by Colonel Edmond H. Future, so that Superman would not be able to thwart Future’s high-profile crime wave. Ultimately. the Wizard is eventually persuaded to bring Superman back (it turned out only Superman’s memory of being Superman had been taken), proving the Wizard was behind it.
In 1976 King appeared again as a villain, this time insane after his many years in solitary confinement. He blamed the Justice Society for his punishment. Using the sheer power of his brain as well as devices reconstructed from his days with the Injustice Society, he created a space station headquarters which orbited the earth. His desire was to collect many of the beautiful art objects of the earth, to have a new body constructed for himself, and to eventually destroy the JSA.
In order to accomplish his second goal he sought out and found a very diminished Per Degaton, another JSA villain and founding ISW member, now nothing but a homeless vagrant. He brought the man to his space station and used his scientific devices to rejuvenate the old man. This was accomplished by tapping into the “will energy” of the JSAers and feeding that energy into Degaton.
Brain Wave set up three disasters and transmitted the information, anonymously, to the JSA computer. The disasters would take place in Seattle, Washington; Cape Town, South Africa; and Peking, China. The transmission also caused the JSA computer to conclude total destruction of life on Earth if these disasters were not averted. The JSA (Hawkman, Flash, Dr. Mid-Nite, Wildcat, Doctor Fate and Green Lantern) split into teams and traveled to those cities in an attempt to investigate and stop the destruction. Their actions resulted in the team gaining the help of Robin, the Star-Spangled Kid, and a woman they had never yet met before: Power Girl who helped stop a volcano.
It was Power Girl who discovered that Brain Wave was behind the disasters. Using the JSA Sky-Rocket (a re-usable spacecraft) the Flash, Wildcat and Power Girl entered Earth orbit in search of Brain Wave’s satellite. They were later joined by the other heroes. Together they fought Brain Wave and Degaton, yet they almost lost the battle when Brainwave used his powers to set the Earth on a collision course with the sun. When Power Girl pushed the satellite away from Earth and towards the sun, the heat caused the villains to pass out. The electronic devices shorted, the battle ended, and the powerhouses of the JSA brought the team and the villains back to Earth.
In 1977, less than a year later, Brain Wave appeared again, no longer incarcerated, but within the JSA HQ as a member of the regathered Injustice Society (Icicle, the Wizard and the Thinker). The villainous team had captured both Hourman and Wildcat and issued a challenge to the JSA: “You must battle us for their lives at places of our choosing, the land of frozen gold and the isle of the ever-burning flame.” In the end, both heroes were saved.
Years later, the Ultra-Humanite recruited Brain Wave, the Monocle, Rag Doll, Psycho Pirate, the Mist and four villains from Earth-1, Plant-master, Signalman, the Cheetah and Killer Frost into a new Secret Society of Super Villains. He had devised a machine that, with the sacrifice of ten heroes from the Justice Society and Justice League to be held in stasis, (five from each team), all the heroes on one of their earths would disappear. Each villain then was assigned to dispose of his long-time nemesis. Brain Wave easily defeated Johnny Thunder and brought him to Ultra.
The captured heroes were dispatched to Limbo, clearing Earth of costumed heroes. Unfortunately, the Ultra-Humanite had deceived the Earth-One villains into helping by telling them they had an equal chance of their earth being purged of heroes. When the Earth-One villains found out they were lied to, Ultra sent them to Limbo too, to get rid of them. While the Earth-2 villains waged a massive crime wave on their hero-free world, the Earth-1 villains rescued the captured heroes in Limbo. The balance of heroes on Earth-2 was restored, and the freed heroes quickly defeated Ultra and his Earth-2 cronies. Ultra, Brain Wave, Psycho Pirate, Monocle, Rag Doll and the Mist were imprisoned in Limbo.
While trapped there, the Ultra-Humanite with Brain Wave’s psychic assistance made contact with himself in the past, when he occupied the body of Dolores Winters in 1942. The Ultra-Humanite taught himself a way to open a portal to Limbo in the 1940s. Ultra escaped back into 1983. Ultra convinced his 1942 counterpart to team with that day’s versions of his teammates plus her own recruits. That Ultra had acquired the Power Stone, and used its power along with her minions to attack and defeat the All-Star Squadron. Unfortunately for them, Ultra chose to recruit Infinity Inc., the sons and daughters and mentees of the Justice Society, to use as his brainwashed attack force. He wanted them to kill their own parents/mentors before they could sire the very children who were sent to kill them. He sent them back through time, only to have the Brain Wave’s own son follow them and join with the All Star Squadron to defeat them. There were simply too many heroes for Ultra, Brain Wave and company to handle, and they were beaten back to Limbo.
Back in 1983, Ultra wanted revenge on Infinity Inc. for helping defeat him in 1942. To that end, he captured his old enemy Superman and “drowned” him in Koehaha, the River Of Evil. He used Superman to summon five more JSA members into a trap: Hawkman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Atom and Robin. Superman “drowned” them too, and all of them turned to evil under the influence of the famous river. While investigating the drowning, Brain Wave Jr. and the Star Spangled Kid were incapacitated by an avalanche set off by Ultra and presumed dead.
Ultra chose those particular heroes because of their relationship to the Infinitors. After massive battles, the Infinitors (with help from the other JSAers), defeated their parents and had Ultra backed into a corner. He tried to flood the chamber with the waters of Koehaha, but instead, they were all sucked into Limbo. Brain Wave used his power to tap into that of his son and of Star Spangled Kid’s converter to pull it off, and he let Ultra know he was not pleased that Ultra tried to kill his only son. They faced off in a psychic duel to the death, which ended when Brain Wave protected his son from a stray psi-bolt. Ultra took advantage of Brain Wave’s distraction to kill him. Brain Wave’s final act was to bequeath his power to his son, who used it to shut Ultra’s power down.
Hunter Sansone as Cameron Mahkent
Joel McHale as Sylvester Pemberton/Starman
The original Star-Spangled Kid was Sylvester Pemberton, a Golden Age character. He became the Star-Spangled Kid in order to battle Nazi spies and fifth columnists during World War II. Sylvester was a spoiled, pampered rich kid who snuck out of the house to fight crime; his parents never suspected what their son was up to.
He was unique in that he was a kid superhero who operated with an adult sidekick, Stripesy a.k.a. Pat Dugan, the family’s chauffeur. Both he and Dugan were superb acrobats and had sufficient training in hand-to-hand combat. They devised a series of acrobatic maneuvers that allowed them to build upon one another’s strengths: the Kid’s agility and Dugan’s prowess. They also built the Star Rocket Racer, a bubble-topped limousine with the functions of a rocket and helicopter.
Powers and abilities
Star-Spangled Kid has no super-powers, but is a superb athlete and hand-to-hand combatant. For a time he used Starman’s cosmic rod. Later, he wore a “cosmic converter belt” which enabled him to fly, increase his strength, agility, to create solid light objects and project energy blasts. When he reconfigured the belt into his new costume as Skyman, he initially only had the power of flight, but as time went on, he modified the suit so it possessed all of the other powers that the converter belt had as well.
Lou Ferrigno Jr. as Rex Tyler/Hourman
Scientist Rex Tyler, raised in upstate New York, developed an affinity for chemistry, particularly biochemistry. Working his way through college, he landed a job researching vitamins and hormone supplements at Bannermain Chemical. A series of discoveries and accidents led him to the “miraculous vitamin” Miraclo. He found that concentrated doses of the “miraclo” given to test mice increased their strength and vitality several times that of normal, but only for one hour. After taking a dose himself, Rex found he could have superhuman strength and speed for an hour, before returning to human levels.
Keeping the discovery of Miraclo a secret, Tyler decided that human trials would be limited to the only subject he could trust: himself. Feeling that the Miraclo-induced abilities should be used for good purposes, he decided to use the abilities to help those in need; in other words, he would become a superhero, based in Appleton City.He received his first mission by placing an ad stating that “The Man of The Hour” would help the needy. Tracking down one responder to the ad, he aided a housewife whose husband was falling in with the wrong crowd, and stopped a robbery. Using a costume he found in an abandoned costume shop, he started to adventure as The Hour-Man (later dropping the hyphen). In November 1940 Hourman became one of the founding members of the first superhero team, the Justice Society of America. After leaving the JSA in mid-1941 Tyler became one of Uncle Sam’s initial group of Freedom Fighters.He later became part of the wartime All-Star Squadron.
According to Jess Nevins’ Encyclopedia of Golden Age Superheroes, “Hourman fights a variety of Doctors: the robot-wielding Dr. Darrk, the hypnotist Dr. Feher, the big-headed genius Dr. Glisten; the occultist and alchemist Dr. Iker; and the bio-engineer Dr. Togg. There is also the 90-Minute Man, who gains Hourman-like powers for 90 minutes from his radium armor.”
Hourman was one of many heroes whose popularity began to decline in the post-war years. Eventually, his adventures ended. However, with the resurgence of super-heroes in the mid-1950s and early 1960s, interest in the Golden Age heroes returned, and Hourman was soon appearing as a guest star in issues of Justice League of America. Like all the other Golden Agers, he was now considered an elder statesman of the super-hero set.
Unlike some other Golden Age heroes, his character countinued to grow more complex. The idea that Miraclo was addictive, combined with the suggestion that Tyler himself was addicted to crime fighting, made Hourman one of the superhero world’s first cautionary tales. Rex continued to fight both of his addictions throughout the rest of his appearances. His character was seemingly killed off along with other Golden Age heroes fighting a time-traveling villain named Extant, during the Zero Hour crisis, when Extant increased Rex’s temporal rate to age him to death. He was rescued from that fate by the third Hourman and put in a pocket dimension called the Timepoint. Rex would remain there for one hour, but that time would only pass when he was visited by his son, after which Rex would have to return to the confrontation with Extant so that history would unfold as it had. However, when Rick was wounded in a fight with Nemesis, he transferred himself to the Timepoint. Rex was sent back in the role of Hourman until the android Hourman returned to take the JSA to the Timepoint and retrieve Rick. When the Timepoint ended just as Rick’s injuries had been treated, Rick and Rex fought to try and return to Zero Hour, but the android Hourman took his place in that battle. Rex now lives in semi-retirement with his wife Wendi, noting that he intended to rebuild his relationship with Wendi and also work on reconstructing the android Hourman based on his remaining pieces. Rex has his old Hourman costume, and a bowl full of Miraclo inside a secret compartment of the grandfather clock in his bedroom which opens when both hands are turned to 12.Due to the addictive nature of Miraclo (he later invented a non-addictive formula), the way that Hourman accessed his powers changed somewhat over the years. At one point in his career, he would use a black light lantern (similar to the Golden Age Green Lantern) that would activate a residue of Miraclo still in his body.Johnny Quick theorized that his power stemmed from Rex’s metagene, and that his powers could be accessed without the need for Miraclo. Rex used the mantra “Man of the Hour” taught to him by Quick (who used a similar mantra to access his own powers) to gain his strength and speed, though they were still limited to one hour’s time.Rex later provides technical support for the new JSA All-Stars team, of whom his son was a member, helping them put together their new headquarters. He is enjoying a semi-retirement with his wife, Wendi.
Rick Tyler was born the child of Rex Tyler, who was a successful hero and a business man. However, Rex wasn’t a very good father, something he later admitted and regretted. When Rex wasn’t spending time with business, he was out doing his superhero work, as addicted to it as he was to the substance that powered him, Miraclo. This meant that Rick rarely saw his dad, even on his birthdays, and eventually Rex wasn’t even sure of the age of his son.
It was no surprise that although Rick would develop into a well-balanced teen, he was consistently looking for his father’s guidance and approval. Yet, Rex could not see the role model Rick really needed, and he tried to push Rick’s education to its limits, an endeavor that Rick didn’t wish to pursue, and he constantly felt inferior to his father.
Powers and abilities
Like the original Hourman, Rex Tyler, Rick imbibes the drug, Miraclo, granting him super strength, speed, agility, reflexes, and durability for exactly sixty minutes. The nature of Miraclo’s effectiveness has changed in explanation over the years, at times being described as a mega-vitamin, a steroid, a chemical enhancement, meta-gene enabler, and a placebo covering the release of metahuman potential. The latter, proposed by Johnny Quick, was generally dismissed by the Tylers. The effectiveness of Miraclo varies based on the subject’s age, physical conditioning, and frequency of use. Rick’s description of his abilities rarely matched their depiction; while he described his strength as the combined effort of five Olympic-level athletes, he was shown doing considerably more. Based on depictions, under its effects, Rick experienced the ability to lift/press 10 tons, run at speeds of 65 miles/hour, agility to leap from windows as high as three stories, reflexes enough to spar with super-speedsters, and durability to withstand superhuman blows.
Generally, Rick used a single Miraclo pill for action based on the dosages created by his father; however, the drug is more potent in larger doses, though it lasts a fraction of the time. During an attack on the android hourman, a dual dose lasted Rick only ten minutes, but enhanced the regular effects by a substantial margin, allowing him to keep up with the android, albeit temporarily.
Once the one hour time period is over, the drug metabolizes into the user’s system. Repeated dosages have limited, if any effect, until approximately 23 hours have passed, at which point the drug’s effects return to full potency. Rick, like his father Rex, often noticed that usage carried psychologically addictive properties, even if physical addition was not an issue. Because of the ‘rush’ from having enhanced abilities, especially when used in conjunction with a superhero lifestyle, the period following usage was coupled by a feeling of disappointment, insecurity, and an eagerness to reach the next effective dose. Rick struggled with this until joining the re-formed Justice Society.
After reconciling with the android Hourman from the future, he was given a special hourglass that caused him to experience random visions of one hour in the future. The visions were extremely detailed and gave him information covering approximately one hour of time taking place one hour in the future; this process was temporarily painful, but granted a strategic advantage and allowed Rick to time his doses more effectively, allowing his “hour of power” to cover the entirety of the crisis contained in the vision.
The hourglass on his chest was once able to take him to a limbo chamber at Timepoint, but this ability has been used up.
Without Miraclo, Hourman is no more powerful than a regular human. He can only use one dose of Miraclo a day, as its long term abuse may prove detrimental for his health. Hourman’s Miraclo is dispensed directly into his bloodstream by the hourglass amulets embedded in his costume’s gauntlets.
Brian Stapf as Ted Grant/Wildcat
Theodore “Ted” Grant is a normal human who was magically given nine lives. He remains at the peak of human condition due to his extensive workouts. He is a world-class boxer who trained Batman, Black Canary, and even Superman in the art. He was trained to fighting condition by ex-boxer Joe Morgan; the same man who trained Grant’s fellow mystery men, the Atom, and the Guardian.An affair with a time-displaced Queen Hippolyta is princess Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman
Ted also had torrid affairs with Selina Kyle
In the wake of Zero Hour, Wildcat retired from active crime fighting and again became a full-time trainer in his role as a professional boxer. In private, he continued to train younger superheroes in the martial arts. In addition, new details were revealed about Wildcat’s past, one being the existence of two sons. His eldest son Jake was kidnapped by the Yellow Wasp and later murdered by the Killer Wasp. His youngest son Tom was raised exclusively by the boy’s mother without Ted’s knowledge.
After the Crisis, the injuries that Ted had sustained were downgraded from paraplegia to less severe injuries from which he recovered quickly. He was also still a former heavyweight champion of the world. In addition, Ted is credited with being an expert at combat, though he prefers to trade punches as part of his brawling style. Even in his advanced years, on several occasions Ted has knocked out experienced fighters with a single punch.
Ted was severely injured defending innocent lives. He received the first injury defending patrons of the bar Warriors, run by the ex-Green Lantern Guy Gardner.Later, he was injured in rescue operation during a planet-wide snowfall. On both occasions, he was treated on site at Warriors and miraculously recovered from his injuries.
It was later revealed that Ted possesses “nine lives”, the result of the magician Zatara altering a curse placed upon him by a sorcerer named King Inferno after Ted refused to throw a boxing match for the wizard. Ted was given nine lives as opposed to being turned into a cat as King Inferno wanted. Since then, Ted has lost his nine lives as a result of a variety of deaths, many of which occurred off-panel.
Mordru told Ted that he had nine lives for every “cycle”, although Mordru did not define a cycle’s duration. This meant that Ted had somehow regained his spent lives.Mordru is the most prominent Lord of Chaos and is fated to survive even after the end of the universe, although he is usually shown as a powerful wizard.
Ted gained nine lives at any given time, meaning that he had to be killed nine times in rapid succession to be killed permanently.
Ted Grant is an expert combatives fighter and a world champion boxer at the peak of his physical condition. He is also highly skilled at other martial arts, such as Capoeira, Hapkido, Kickboxing,Krav Maga, Muay Thai, and Taekwondo. He was given “nine lives” as a result of a magical spell, which explains his longevity; these nine lives have not only kept him young, but also restore him to life if he is explicitly killed. He is also surprisingly strong and superbly agile.
Theodore “Ted” Grant
Justice Society of America
Justice League of America
World champion boxer
Peak physical condition
Nine lives at any given time
Henry Thomas as Charles McNider/Dr. Mid-Nite
Charles McNider, a surgeon, was called one night to remove a bullet from a witness set to testify against mobsters. A mobster threw a grenade into the room, killing the witness and blinding McNider, with the injury causing him to believe his career as a surgeon was over.One evening, as he was recovering, an owl crashed through his window. Removing the bandages covering his eyes, McNider discovered that he could still see, but only in perfect darkness. McNider developed a special visor allowing him to see in the light and “blackout bombs” capable of blocking out all light, becoming a costumed crime fighter. He adopted the owl, naming it ‘Hooty’, and it became his sidekick.He later joined the Justice Society of America (JSA) and the All-Star Squadron. In 1942, McNider enlisted in the U.S. Medical Corps as a physician during World War II,rising to the rank of Captain.Ten years after his debut, McNider briefly assumed the role of Starman after the JSA disbanded when Ted Knight, the original Starman, suffered a nervous breakdown as a result of his participation in the development of the atomic bomb.McNider suffered a devastating event in 1953, when the girl he loved, Myra Mason, was murdered by the Shadower, a foe who had learned Doctor Mid-Nite’s secret identity. McNider’s later romantic history is unrevealed, but another “old friend” of McNider, Miss Alice King, made an appearance in All-American Comics #90 (October 1947). McNider apparently had no children, but at one point McNider rescued a pregnant woman from attack in Sogndal, Norway and delivered her baby, Pieter Cross, who later became the third Doctor Mid-Nite. McNider was also one of the JSA members captured and placed in suspended animation by the Immortal villain Vandal Savage, before being freed by the Barry Allen Flash.
Powers, equipment, and abilities
McNider possesses the metahuman ability to see perfectly in the dark. Utilizing special infrared lenses, McNider can see in light; later in his life, his lenses become more ineffective as his eyesight continues to deteriorate even further, inhibiting his daylight vision. McNider also employs “blackout bombs” which release pitch-black gas that blinds villains yet allowing McNider to see. For a time, he used a weapon called a “cryotuber” which can either control the nervous system of an opponent or fire bursts of heat or cold. He is also a brilliant doctor and a mathematician. In All-Star Comics #13, he is able to communicate with a Neptunian using mathematical equations. As Starman, McNider uses various star-themed gadgets, including an airship designed by the Red Torpedo. McNider is also a superb athlete and fighter, as well as a gifted physician and author.
Dr. Charles McNider
Justice Society of America
Black Lantern Corps
Als Doctor Mid-Nite:
Perfect night vision
Ability to see in the dark via infrared lenses McNider:
Brilliant doctor and mathematician
Gifted physician and author
Superb athlete and hand to hand combatant
Employs “blackout bombs”
Joy Osmanski as Paula Brooks/Tigress
At this point, the young Paula Brooks (approximately age 18-19) is a superheroine, and fights both Nazis and criminals alongside Iron Munro, the first Fury, Neptune Perkins, Tsunami and Dan the Dyna-Mite. During these stories, Paula expresses a fan worship of Paul Kirk, the Manhunter.She frequently makes a play for Iron Munro as well. During a battle with the Nazi warriors known as Axis Amerika, Tigress is attacked and seemingly killed by the Valkyrie known as Gudra. She was revived (it is unclear if she really was actually dead) with a new attitude, which eventually leads to her becoming the villainous Huntress. In the late 1990s JSA Returns mini-series, Tigress has yet to fully embrace her villainous attitude and was still operating as a heroine and companion of Manhunter.At a later point, she permanently becomes a criminal, and eventually one of Wildcat’s biggest foes. She also joins the Injustice Society, and renames herself the Huntress.
Powers and abilities
Brooks has no powers or unusual technology, but she did utilize various types of wild beasts in committing her crimes. She is also a skilled hand-to-hand fighter whose nails were once sharpened like talons.
She also used a small vintage crossbow and a steady supply of crossbow bolts. She has also been known to use throwing nets and bolos to trap her prey
Neil Hopkins as Lawrence Crock/Sportsmaster
He was the foe of the original Green Lantern as well as Wildcat. He was first known as Crusher Crock, a frustrated athlete who turns to a life of crime.He was a member of different incarnations of the Injustice Society. He helped capture the JSA using an exploding ball, after which they were hypnotized and then during the Patriotic Crimes he steals Old Ironside. He teams up with (and later marries) the Golden Age villainess Huntress. Later they have a child named Artemis Crock who became the third Tigress. In his later years he spent time behind bars but at least on one occasion was broken out of prison by his daughter – then a member of Injustice Unlimited. Following his death, his body was cloned by a secret organization called the Council for their enforcers (they had previously used Manhunter). Sportsmaster’s real name was revealed to be Lawrence Crock. he first appears in issue #2, robbing a jewelry store in the same building as the GBS radio station. He battles Alan Scott in a physical fight. According to the mini-series, he had a daughter he could not see and was hoping to earn enough money committing robberies to win her back. Later he joins the forces of Tex Thompson (secretly Ultra-Humanite in Thompson’s body). He dies trying to save a little girl from being killed by Dynaman. His death convinces Alan Scott to join the fight.
Powers and abilities
Crock uses sporting-themed weapons such as exploding baseballs, flying bases, rocket baseball bats, knockout basketballs, lacrosse snare nets, exploding hockey pucks. Their outfits generally included a baseball cap, catcher’s mask, padded jersey, catcher’s chestguard, football-style pants, and cleats.
Each of the Sportsmasters and Sportsmen had superb physical attributes on par with Olympic athletes in their prime. As noted above, Victor Gover also had “photographic reflexes”.
Nelson Lee as Dragon King
A high ranking agent for Japan during WWII, Dragon King acquired the Holy Grail which galvanized the Sphere of Influence. He would return years later to menace the Star-Spangled Kid before acquiring the Spear of Destiny to create an army of super-soldiers bringing him against the JSA again. In addition, he also spliced his DNA with a lizard’s DNA to become a reptilian humanoid.
Hina Khan as Anaya Bowin Anaya is the principal of Blue Valley High School.
Joe Knezevich as William Zarick/The Wizard
Born approximately 1913, William Asmodeus Zard grew up living a life of crime. As a gun man for various crime bosses, he ultimately ended up in jail. With the passage of time, he formulated a strategy to become a specialized kingpin. In order to accomplish this task, he moved to Tibet and trained under a proficient lama in the mystic arts of illusion and deception. Upon completion of his training, he proceeded to slay his master. Returning to the United States, he embarked on a career as a criminal magician.
Believing that the Justice Society of America was merely a cover for a criminal organization, he first offered a reward of $1,000,000 to them in the paper under the alias W. I. Zard, later asking to join them. To prove to himself that they were not really criminals, the Wizard attempted several criminal acts which were thwarted one by one by members of the Society. Realizing his misconception, he tried to destroy them with his illusions, but was stopped by Doctor Mid-Nite’s blackout bomb.
The Wizard helped to form the Injustice Society with Per Degaton, Vandal Savage, Thinker, Gambler, and Brainwave, which engineered five jailbreaks. Each member proceeded to steal some key item from the U.S. government while leading an army of prison escapees, taking control of a portion of the American midwest, and collectively they captured their heroic counterparts, with the Wizard capturing Wonder Woman and Johny Thunder; however, Green Lantern was able to outwit Brainwave who believed him to be dead after he fell into a ravine, though his power ring saved him at the last moment, and free the rest by impersonating the Thinker who he had captured, who was acting as a Judge in the ‘trial’ of the JSA, where the Wizard was acting as Prosecutor. The Wizard’s escape was circumvented by some junior fans of the J.S.A.
The Wizard proceeded to escape prison once more and reformed his gang with new members Icicle, the Fiddler, the Sportsmaster, Huntress, and the Harlequin. Each member would try and commit a ‘Patriotic Cime,’ steal a Historical item, and the leader would be voted for by the American people. The Harlequin, as it turned out, was actually not a criminal at heart…she merely kept up the pretense in order to attract the attention of Green Lantern. The JSA were captured after being knocked out by the Sportsmaster’s bomb and having their memories removed. Along with aspiring Justice Society member Black Canary, Harlequin soon freed the heroes and restored their memories with her hypnotic glasses. However, a subliminal message had been left to restore the members to their mindless state when they heard fingers snapping, allowing the Injustice Society to recapture them when they attempted to stop the crimes. The Wizard, during the crimes, stole the Freedom Train. The JSA were placed in a chamber in which they would soon be killed. However, their memories were restored again, by Black Canary, and they captured their foes.
Powers and abilities
The Wizard originally only knew the secrets of illusion, hypnosis and astral projection; in later times, he is a skilled magic user capable of performing various effects. Maybe his highest power degree was when he possessed the Wand of Glastonbury. He came into possession of the key to the Ghost Zone allowing him access to another dimension and teleportation through it.
Eric Goins as Steven Sharpe / Gambler: A member of the Injustice Society, who is a master in the art of deception. In his civilian form, he is the CFO of The American Dream.
Steven Sharpe III came from a long line of compulsive gamblers. When he proposed to his girlfriend, Helen, the day after his high school graduation, she refused unless he could prove he was not a compulsive gambler like his grandfather. She then ran off with a “Pool Hall” Charlie, another gambler, who had just won a fortune on the lottery. Sharpe vowed to become a new person after this day. As luck would have it, an armored truck crashed a few feet away from him. Seeing this as a sign, Sharpe helped himself to all of the money he could get and vowed to take whatever he could from life from that day on. He adopted the name the Gambler in remembrance of his grandfather. For the next few years, the Gambler joined a traveling carnival, where he gained his skills with disguises, pistols, and throwing knives.
Sharpe was immediately successful as a criminal. He started off robbing trains and small town banks. Growing bored, he moved East to the big cities. He was spotted in Gotham City by Green Lantern while standing next to his own wanted poster. The Gambler eluded Green Lantern twice using his special Derringer, which could fire ammonia or blackout gas in addition to real bullets. When he emerged again, he had adopted a new identity after his riverboat gambling grandfather: The Gambler. As the Gambler, he earned early fame by pulling off a small town bank robbery against heavy odds. At some point, Sharpe spent time with a carnival, learning a variety of knife throws and make-up techniques to complete his disguises. So effective were his disguises that Sharpe himself claims to have forgotten his original appearance and his age to this day remains unknown. Initially, Sharpe remained in the Mississippi Delta, robbing trains, small town banks and the like. One of the first true costumed criminals, he rapidly became one of the most successful criminals and developed a cult of personality reminiscent of the gangsters of the previous decade.
By 1944, the Gambler’s ego was not satisfied with his Midwestern successes and took his operations to the larger cities of the East. He took the brazen tack of hanging out in post offices next to his own “Wanted” poster to provoke passers-by, two of which were Alan Scott and Doiby Dickles. Realizing that the famous criminal was in Gotham City, Scott assumed his identity as Green Lantern and pursued the criminal. He caught up with the Gambler twice, only to be thwarted by the special derringer that the Gambler kept hidden in his sleeve, one which fired ammonia or blackout gas. Finally, at a horse race, the Gambler decided to shift the odds in his favor by provoking the horses to stampede into the crowds to cover his escape. Green Lantern rounded up the beasts, however, and after the capture of his henchmen, the Gambler himself was apprehended and sent to Gotham State Penitentiary as #131313 (Green Lantern vol. 1 #12).
Gambler, like most criminals in comics, was extremely adept at escaping from prison. In 1946, he wrote a note to Green Lantern telling the hero that he would escape prison and then daring the hero to stop him. When the hero arrived to search the prison, he was surprised to see his friend Doiby Dickles in a cell. The Gambler had used his mastery of disguise to confuse Green Lantern. In the confusion, Gambler managed to escape with Green Lantern’s help, as well as to free all of the inmates of the prison. He used the real Dickles as a hostage to escape Green Lantern. In another escape, Gambler bribed the executioner at his own electrocution to rig the floor to be electrified instead of the chair. This incapacitated the crowd, which included Green Lantern, and allowed him to escape.
Gambler clashed with Green Lantern many more times over the years. At one time, he won a gambling vessel and armed it to the teeth. Another time he helped an art collector commit insurance fraud, coming into conflict with Starman and Sandman.
Gambler was one of the original members of the Injustice Society, which planned to kill the Justice Society and control the United States using an army of escaped convicts. The Gambler was able to capture the Atom, and all the other members save Green Lantern were imprisoned. This group failed miserably due to Green Lantern impersonating the Thinker after faking his death, and Gambler returned to prison. He escaped from prison again and came into conflict with The Flash and Green Lantern. He even teamed up with Icicle and Fiddler in an attempt to kill Starman.
At one point, Gambler married and had a son. He had two grandchildren to whom he imparted much of his criminal knowledge. The last time that Sharpe was paroled, he traveled to Las Vegas. He fell in love with the gambling in the Taj Mahal Casino. What the Gambler did not know was that the games in this casino were rigged, and he soon lost every penny. This final defeat coupled with all of the defeats he had suffered at the hands of costumed heroes was too much for Sharpe. Using his famous Derringer pistol, he shot himself in the head. His suicide was later avenged by his granddaughter, Rebecca, who became the villain known as Hazard. His grandson, Steven V, also became a villain: the second Gambler.
Stella Smith as Artemis Crock: The daughter of “Crusher” Crock and Paula Brooks.
Artemis Crock is the daughter of the Golden Age villains Paula Brooks and Crusher Crock. She had taken up a career in crime, modeled after that of her parents, but only after some years did she take on the mantle of Tigress.
Secret Society of Supervillains
Dead Hero Club
Olympic level athlete, speed, and agility with skills as a hunter and tracker
Powers and abilities
Tigress/Artemis has superhuman fighting skills and is highly trained. She is an expert marksman with her crossbow (including her compact crossbow and quiver of arrows, knives, nets and bolas).
Eric Goins as Steve Sharpe
TBA as Solomon Grundy Cyrus Gold
In the late 19th century, a wealthy merchant named Cyrus Gold is murdered and his body is disposed of in Slaughter Swamp, near Gotham City.Fifty years later, the corpse is reanimated as a huge shambling figure (composed partly of the swamp matter that has accumulated around the body over the decades) with almost no memory of its past life. Gold murders two escaped criminals who are hiding out in the marsh and steals their clothes. He shows up in a hobo camp and, when asked about his name, one of the few things he can recall is that he was “born on a Monday”. One of the men at the camp mentions the nursery rhyme character Solomon Grundy (who was born on a Monday), and Gold adopts the moniker.
Strong, vicious, and nearly mindless, Solomon Grundy falls into a life of crime—or perhaps returns to one, as his scattered residual memories may indicate—attracting the attention of the Green Lantern, Alan Scott. Grundy proves to be a difficult opponent, unkillable (since he is already dead) and with an inherent resistance to Scott’s powers (which cannot affect wood, a substance of which Grundy’s reassembled body is now largely composed). He apparently kills Green Lantern, who gives off a green flash. Liking this flash, Grundy commits murders hoping to see the flash again. However the first fight ends when, engaging in fisticuffs with the monster because of the ineffectiveness of his ring, Grundy is hurled under a train by Green Lantern.
Grundy is revived when a criminal scientist, known as the Professor, injects Grundy with concentrated chlorophyll.
After this second encounter, Grundy is trapped in a green plasma bubble for a time, until a freak weather occurrence releases him from his prison. Making his way across country, Grundy heads for the headquarters of the Justice Society of America. Green Lantern arrives early for the meeting and when the other members arrive, they find their headquarters smashed to pieces and Green Lantern missing from the ranks. Johnny turns on the radio, which blares the warning that Solomon Grundy is on the loose; the members believe, based on a large, muddy footprint on the floor, that Grundy got to HQ and took Green Lantern. The radio continues its report, listing cities where Grundy was seen, so each member picks a city and heads for it (Wonder Woman staying behind) to try to find Green Lantern. The scene now shifts back to the moment at JSA HQ where Green Lantern had opened the door. To his surprise, Doiby Dickles walks in, and informs him that Grundy has freed himself and is on the loose. Green Lantern leaves immediately, hoping to find Grundy before any of the JSA members are hurt going after him. Minutes later, Grundy arrives at JSA HQ, and, not finding the Lantern there, he smashes the place up, then leaves. Green Lantern and Doiby use a special radio-like device Alan Scott had developed that is attuned to the mental wavelengths of Grundy himself; Green Lantern calculates the path of Grundy and announces over the radio in JSA HQ where Grundy will strike. When Green Lantern and Grundy meet, Grundy rips a tree out by its roots and smashes it into the Lantern. Green Lantern fights back with his power ring and fists until both men fall into a nearby stream and over a small waterfall. The Lantern is severely dazed and tries to ward off Grundy with his ring, but he is much too weak. Grundy grabs Green Lantern by the throat and begins to squeeze the life out of him, holding his head underwater. However, Hawkman strikes Grundy with his mace, and Mid-Nite is able to revive the Lantern. A combined attack brings down Grundy, and Green Lantern deposits Grundy on a distant, lifeless planet.
A battle soon commences when Grundy’s body gravitates towards young astronomer Dick Cashmere as he learns to ride light waves, resulting in his assuming Cashmere’s identity for a time while leaving the real one bound and gagged, though the Society finds him soon after. In this incarnation he gains intelligence, which he subsequently loses when Green Lantern defeats and buries Grundy in 1947.
At this point, Grundy is freed and enlisted along with several other supervillains by the time-traveling criminal Per Degaton in his second appearance, who has traveled to 1941 to capture the Justice Society of America on the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor, hoping to change history and take over the world. Grundy encounters Green Lantern, the Flash, and Wonder Woman in Echo Park, whom Grundy knows from 1947. Grundy bests the costumed trio, and is summoned by a mysterious voice to deliver them or “pay the penalty”. The All-Star Squadron comes to their rescue, Sir Justin faces off against Solomon Grundy and Grundy is the last villain to be transported back, he is thrust back to the moon where he remains for over two decades, as this timeline is erased once Degaton is defeated.
After many years, Grundy is knocked loose from his planet prison and returns to Earth to battle Green Lantern, Hourman, and Doctor Fate. At this point, he has temporary mastery over all wooden objects. He is imprisoned orbiting the Earth in a stronger bubble created by the combined powers of Green Lantern and Doctor Fate.
Grundy was once pulled to Earth-1 and substituted for the superstrong Blockbuster due to a machine that was accidentally pulling the Earths together in warp-space and substituting people. During this event he had absorbed some of Dr Fate’s magic, is stronger than before, and is even able to telekinetically lift the Flash into the air. He hates Green Lantern so much he thinks everyone he sees is Green Lantern. He is imprisoned inside a mountain by Earth-1 Green Lantern after being lifted up by Earth-1 Hawkman and dazed by blows from all the heroes, but when the machine is turned off he is substituted for Blockbuster on Earth-2 and renews the attack, defeating numerous heroes. However the JSA and JLA went to battle an Anti-Matter being that was threatening both Earths in Warp-Space after being summoned by Doctor Fate, who had sensed the threat due to the Spectre. As the heroes return they find Green Lantern had placed Grundy and Blockbuster together to occupy them, and the two have knocked the hate out of each other. Grundy is then taken back to his Earth by the Justice Society.
In his next appearance, Solomon Grundy battles the combined might of both the Justice Society, and later their counterparts the Justice League, nearly to a standstill at Slaughter Swamp, when he develops an affection for a lost alien child who has accidentally been sent to Earth-2 and is dying due to separation from his pet. Having absorbed magic from Doctor Fate and Green Lantern, Grundy is easily able to defeat the combined might of Kal-El, Jay Garrick, Hawkman, Hawkman, and Hal Jordan, until he is defeated by both Green Lanterns and sealed in Slaughter Swamp. The alien child is finally reunited with his pet and sent back to his own dimension.
While imprisoned, Grundy incorrectly deduces that the second Green Lantern’s Earth must contain a second Solomon Grundy, and crosses over from his Slaughter Swamp prison on Earth-2 to Earth-1 where he overpowers that Earth’s Superman before being tricked and stranded on the moon.
Solomon Grundy briefly works with the Injustice Society when the Fiddler retrieves Grundy from the moon of Earth-One in order to attack the JSA. The two defeat Hawkman and Wildcat before Grundy is thrown into a cooling volcano by Power Girl and Kal-L.
Grundy goes on to afflict Green Lantern and his teammates, including the Huntress who is the first female for whom he develops an affection. After Solomon Grundy is rescued from a glacier by Alan Scott’s daughter, Jade, Grundy becomes loyal to her and, for a while, is an ally of Infinity, Inc. Eventually, this affectionate relationship turns tragic as the villainous Marcie Cooper, a.k.a. Harlequin of the Dummy’s Injustice Unlimited, uses her illusion powers to disguise herself as Jade. Harlequin manipulates Grundy to attack the members of Infinity Inc., one by one. She convinces him to press the unconscious Mister Bones’ bare hand against Skyman; since Bones’s skin constantly exudes a cyanide-based compound, this quickly leads to Skyman’s death. Once Grundy found out that Marcie had duped him, he savagely beat her within an inch of her life. This is the beginning of the end for Infinity Inc., and for Grundy’s quasi-heroic career.
This version repeatedly plagues Superman for years until, during an encounter wherein multiple Grundys are spawned, Superman and the Swamp Thing both encounter the clones. Soon, Superman obtains a compound from S.T.A.R. Labs which causes the Grundys to become inert, in effect killing the seemingly unkillable man-thing. Swamp Thing attempts to cry out for Superman to stop, as he believes Grundy to meet the definition of life, but Swamp Thing is unable to express this, due to physical difficulty in speaking. This version of Grundy returns one final time, without explanation, leading a gang in the Earth-One Gotham City. He is apparently destroyed yet again when Batman tricks the creature into a blast furnace, where it is apparently consumed by the flames.
This version of Grundy was retroactively erased from history after the revamping of Superman in Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Post-Crisis, Grundy and a newly disfigured Harvey Dent strike up an odd friendship after Dent escapes the slaughterhouse to plot his revenge on Carmine Falcone. Grundy also appears early in the story while Batman pursues one of the suspects who bombed Dent’s house into the sewers during Thanksgiving. Grundy attacks both of them, but Batman drives him off by blinding him with a shot of mace. Later, as a somewhat humorous twist in The Long Halloween, Batman provides Solomon Grundy with a Thanksgiving dinner.
After Infinity, Inc. disbands, Solomon Grundy loses his loyalty towards Jade. A clash with Alan Scott and Jade in the pages of Green Lantern Corps Quarterly ends with Grundy turning into a statue of petrified wood. The heroes believe the threat of Grundy to have ended once and for all, but they are mistaken. Shortly thereafter, Grundy reappears in Gotham in the pages of Batman: Shadow of the Bat, battling Batman once again and killing the female descendant of one of the killers of Cyrus Gold.
Grundy’s next major appearance is in Starman, lurking in Opal City’s sewers. Jack Knight befriends Grundy, who has become innocent and childlike. Grundy also becomes friends with previous Starman Mikaal Tomas, and dies while sacrificing himself to save Jack Knight from being crushed by a collapsing building. When Grundy appears again, he has returned to his malicious persona; the joint efforts of Jack Knight, Batman, Alan Scott, and The Floronic Man are needed to stop him.
The origins of Grundy’s resurrection come from the fact that the Parliament of Trees, a high council of Plant Elementals, tried to turn him into the newest Plant Elemental. However, the process was missing one vital piece: fire, as a Plant Elemental cannot be fully created unless it died in flames. Since Grundy’s death did not involve fire at all, the process is not complete, and he becomes a sort of half-functional Plant Elemental. Grundy has been seemingly destroyed on several occasions, only to rise from the swamp again in a new incarnation. Each version of Grundy has been somewhat different from the last, depending on the medium used to dispatch him (and the drawing style of the current artist. The original Grundy, for example, had prominent front teeth). Some have been truly evil; some much less so. Some versions are more mindless than others; some are actually moderately intelligent, recalling the literate, well-spoken monster of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Grundy hides out for a time in the Arrowcave, the long abandoned former headquarters of the Emerald Archer, Green Arrow. While searching for artifacts of his former life, Oliver and his former ward, Roy “Arsenal” Harper, stumble onto Grundy’s new hideout. The story, “Grundy No Like Arrows in the Face!”, is found in Green Arrow (vol. 3) #18. Green Arrow notes that this version seems much more violent, and manages to kill him by choking him with the string to his broken bow (despite the fact that Grundy does not have a heartbeat, functional veins, or need to breathe). In Green Arrow (vol. 3) #53, “Solomon’s Revenge”, Green Arrow helps Dr. Chrissie Cavendish, a S.T.A.R. Labs employee, who claims she is the great, great granddaughter of the man the monster spawned from, to find and cure him. Her cure warps her into a monster much worse than Grundy. Green Arrow subdues the new monster, and leaves Grundy be. It is not known if Grundy is still using this building.
Solomon Grundy (nursery rhyme)
The rhyme has varied very little since it was first collected by James Orchard Halliwell and published in 1842 with the lyrics:
Born on a Monday,
Christened on Tuesday,
Married on Wednesday,
Took ill on Thursday,
Grew worse on Friday,
Died on Saturday,
Buried on Sunday,
That was the end,
Of Solomon Grundy.
Solomon Grundy, born on a Monday,
Christened on a stark and stormy Tuesday,
Married on a grey and grisly Wednesday,
Took ill on a mild and mellow Thursday,
Grew worse on a bright and breezy Friday,
Died on a grey and glorious Saturday,
Buried on a baking, blistering Sunday.
That was the end of Solomon Grundy.
Phase Four features all of the Marvel Studios productions set to be released from 2020 through early 2022. It is the first phase in the franchise to include television series, with Marvel Studios developing several event series for the streaming service Disney+ in addition to the feature films that it was already set to produce. The series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will start the phase in August 2020, with the first film of the phase being Black Widow to release in November 2020 by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Black Widow (2020)Release Date: Nov 06, 2020
Eternals (2021)Release Date: Feb 12, 2021
Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings (2021)Release Date: May 07, 2021
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness (2022)Release Date: Mar 25, 2022
Thor: Love And Thunder (2022)Release Date: Feb 11, 2022
Black Panther 2 (2022)Release Date: May 06, 2022
FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER:
Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, Captain America: The Winter Soldier actress Emily VanCamp returns for Falcon and the Winter Soldier as SHIELD Agent Sharon Carter, while Wyatt Russell makes his MCU debut as John Walker, known to comics fans as U.S. Agent. The villain will be Civil War foe Zemo (Daniel Bruhl)
BLACK WIDOW: NOV. 6, 2020
She encounters Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), another recruit from the Black Widow program and a sister-figure, and Red Guardian (David Harbour), basically the Russian equivalent of Captain America. Rachel Weisz co-stars as Melina, another spy in the Black Widow program
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow:
An Avenger, highly trained former-KGB assassin and former agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova / Black Widow: A sister-figure to Romanoff who was trained in the Red Room as a Black Widow.
David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov / Red Guardian:
The Russian super-soldier counterpart to Captain America and a father-figure to Natasha and Yelena.
O.T. Fagbenle as Rick Mason: An ally from Romanoff’s S.H.I.E.L.D. past who is romantically interested in her.
William Hurt as Thaddeus Ross: The United States Secretary of State and a former U.S. Army general.
Ray Winstone as Dreykov: The head of the Red Room.
Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff / Black Widow:
A seasoned spy trained in the Red Room as a Black Widow and a mother-figure to Natasha and Yelena who is involved in a scientific experiment.
WANDAVISION: DECEMBER 2020
Set after the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Wanda Maximoff and Vision begin to suspect things are not as they seem as the two live their ideal suburban life.
Cast and characters
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch:
An Avenger who can harness magic and engage in telepathy and telekinesis.
Paul Bettany as Vision:
An android and Avenger created using the artificial intelligence J.A.R.V.I.S., Ultron and the Mind Stone.Vision is brought back for the series after his death in Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau: The daughter of Maria Rambeau, who is the best friend of Carol Danvers. A younger version played by Akira Akbar previously appeared in the film Captain Marvel (2019).
Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis: A political science major. Dennings reprises her role from Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013).
Randall Park as Jimmy Woo: An FBI agent. Park reprises his role from Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018).
Kathryn Hahn as a “nosy neighbor
THE ETERNALS: FEB. 12, 2021
Angelina Jolie leads the star-studded cast of The Eternalsas Thena, a warrior recruited by Eternal Ikaris (Richard Madden). The cosmic adventure also stars Kumail Nanjiani; Lauren Ridloff as Makkari; Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos; Salma Hayek as Ajak, the leader of the Eternals; Lia McHugh as Flanx Bright; Gemma Chan as Sersi; and Don Lee as Gilgamesh. Kit Harington joins as human character Dane Whitman
The Eternals—an immortal alien race created by the Celestials who have secretly lived on Earth for over 7000 years reunite to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants.
Richard Madden as Ikaris: An Eternal who is all-powerful.
Gemma Chan as Sersi: A humankind-loving Eternal.
Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo: An Eternal who is cosmic-powered.
Lauren Ridloff as Makkari: An Eternal who is super-fast.
Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos: An Eternal who is an intelligent cosmic-powered inventor.
Salma Hayek as Ajak: The wise and spiritual leader of the Eternals.
Lia McHugh as Sprite: An Eternal who is eternally young.
Don Lee as Gilgamesh: A powerful Eternal.
Barry Keoghan as Druig: An aloof Eternal.
Angelina Jolie as Thena: An Eternal who is a fierce warrior.
Kit Harington as Dane Whitman: A human warrior who wields a mystical sword.
Tom Hiddleston reprises his role as Loki from the film series. Sophia Di Martino, Owen Wilson, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw also star.
Many years ago, when Bor, ruler of Asgard, was battling frost giants, he followed a wounded giant to a powerful sorcerer that was waiting for him. The sorcerer caught him unaware, turning Bor into snow. Bor’s son, Odin, found his father as he was blowing away; Bor begged Odin to find a sorcerer to free him, but Odin made no attempt to save his father. Bor cursed Odin saying that he would take in the son of a fallen king and raise it as his own. Not a week later, Odin himself led the Asgardians into battle against the Frost Giants and killed Laufey, who was the King, in personal combat. After slaying Laufey, Odin found a small Asgardian-sized child hidden within the primary stronghold of the Frost Giants. The child was Loki; Laufey having kept him hidden from the Frost Giant people due to his shame over his sons small size. Odin took the child, out of a combination of pity, to appease the memory of his father, and because he was the child of a worthy adversary slain in honorable combat, and raised as his own alongside his biological son Thor.
Throughout his childhood and into adolescence, Loki was resentful of the differences between how Thor and himself were treated by the citizens of Asgard.The Asgardians valued great strength, tenacity, and bravery in battle above all things, and Loki was clearly inferior to his brother Thor in those areas. What he lacked in size and strength, however, he made up for in power and skill, particularly as a sorcerer. As Loki grew to adulthood, his natural talent for causing mischief would make itself manifest and earned him a nickname as the “God of Mischief”; his mischievousness eventually became malice as his hunger for power and revenge grew stronger. Several times he tried to use tricks to get rid of Thor, such as telling him to guard a hole in the wall that he himself had made. In time, his reputation grew from being a playful and mischievous trickster to the “God of Evil”. Over the centuries, Loki attempted on many occasions to seize the rulership of Asgard and to destroy Thor, even helping the Storm Giant Ghan to escape Thor planning to get a debt from him later, and aided other enemies of Asgard, planning to take over. Odin, who had grown weary of Loki’s mischief, magically imprisoned him within a tree until someone would shed a tear for his plight. Loki eventually freed himself by causing a leaf to strike Heimdall, the guardian of Bifrost, in the eye, which made him shed a tear. Loki compiled an extensive criminal record in Asgard, and was frequently exiled.He later met the Sorcerer Eldred, who taught him black magic, repaying Eldred by later giving him to the Fire demon Surtur.
Loki’s first female form, taken from Lady Sif. Art by Olivier Coipel
Loki is a member of the race of Frost Giants of Jotunheim, although not a giant in stature. He possesses physical attributes equal to a fit member of his race, such as enhanced strength, stamina (their Frost Giant metabolism grants him superhuman levels of physical stamina in practically all activities), speed, durability enough to withstand high-caliber bullets without harm, and immunity to all known diseases and toxins, as well as resistance to magic and aging.
Loki possesses genius-level intelligence and has extensive training in magic, and possesses the ability to manipulate magical forces for a variety of purposes: energy projection, creation of force fields, temporarily increasing his own physical capabilities, granting superhuman abilities to living beings or inanimate objects, flight, hypnosis, illusion casting and inter-dimensional teleportation.
Loki’s magical abilities have been described as equal to those of Karnilla, the most skilled sorceress of Asgard. His illusion casting can fool cities,and powerful entities such as Surtur.He has been able to break free of Celestial technology in the possession of Apocalypse.
Loki possesses extrasensory abilities and is capable of astral projection and casting his thoughts across great distances—even across dimensional barriers, like that between Asgard and Earth—even if he is unable to move. He cannot read the minds of other beings, although he can influence their actions, and once briefly hypnotized Thor, as well as controlling a flock of birds. However, he could not coerce Thor to give him Mjolnir.If someone has evil thoughts, Loki can influence their actions (even if they are in Asgard and the subject is on Earth), and can influence other events to a degree, such as driving a missile from its path,or redirecting a radio signal.
Loki is an adept shapeshifter and can change into animals (examples include transmogrification to a salmon, horse, etc.) or impersonate other people, such as Thor or Captain America. However, he does not necessarily gain the abilities of whatever or whoever he turns into, although minor natural abilities such as flight in bird form tend to work. Loki may mimic the abilities of some supernatural beings if they turn into such creatures. They have also turned clouds into dragons, and animated trees to attack Thor. After their rebirth, their shapeshifting abilities are more limited. He explain to Lorelei that, “I can turn into anything, as long as it’s me”, which they demonstrate by transforming into the female Lady Loki and a lupine form.
Loki imbued himself with magical abilities that enables them to withstand injuries that would prove fatal to another Asgardian, such as being beheaded by Balder. They have also been shown to be immune to the Controller’s control disk,the mental influence of the Voice, and the power-sapping abilities of Rogue.
Loki crafted a method of cheating death, being reincarnated upon any “death” of their body now that they has arranged with the various incarnations of Death that their name be erased from the books of Hel.
Loki possesses a brilliant intellect, with some knowledge of technology, as when they created a machine to amplify Iceman’s powers,and when they attached devices to the Twilight sword to tap into its powers.They are an expert manipulator and schemer, frequently using pawns in their plans. They are sometimes armed with a sword, a whip, or a three-pronged spear and have used magical items such as the Norn Stones to enhance their powers.
Loki Laufeyson (née Odinson)
Jötunn (Frost Giant)–God
Place of origin
Acts of Vengeance
God(dess) of Stories
Master of manipulation and deceit
Superhuman strength, speed, durability, and longevity
SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS: MAY 7, 2021
Simu Liu as Shang-Chi: A skilled martial artist.
Tony Leung as the Mandarin:
The leader of the Ten Rings terrorist organization
HAWKEYE: FALL 2021
Clint Barton trains his successor Kate Bishop is still happening! Hailee Steinfeld (Bumblebee) will reportedly play Kate.
Clint Barton was born in Waverly, Iowa. At a young age he lost both of his parents in a car accident. After six years in an orphanage, Clint and his brother Barney Barton ran away to join the Carson Carnival of Traveling Wonders.Clint soon caught the eye of the Swordsman, who took the young boy on as his assistant. Along with the help of Trick Shot, the Swordsman trained Clint to become a master archer.Clint later found the Swordsman embezzling money from the carnival. Before he could turn his mentor over to the authorities, Clint was beaten and left for dead, allowing the Swordsman to escape town. Clint’s relationship with his brother Barney and Trick Shot soon deteriorated as well.Clint adapted his archery skills to become a star carnival attraction, a master archer called “Hawkeye”, otherwise known as “The World’s Greatest Marksman”. He spent some time as a member of Tiboldt’s Circus, before joining the Coney Island Circus. He witnessed Iron Man in action and was inspired to become a costumed hero. However, after a misunderstanding on his first outing, Hawkeye was accused of theft and believed to be a criminal. On the run, the naive Hawkeye met the Black Widow, a spy for the Soviet Union, with whom he fell in love. Blindly following the Black Widow, Hawkeye aided her attempts to steal technology developed by Tony Stark. In one of their battles with Iron Man, the Black Widow was seriously injured. Hawkeye rescued her and fled the battle to save her life. But before Hawkeye could take her to a hospital, the Black Widow disappeared. Hawkeye decided to be a “straight-shooter” from then on
While Clint Barton has no superhuman powers (with the exception of the period when using Pym particles as Goliath), he is at the very peak of human conditioning. He is an exceptional fencer, acrobat and marksman, having been trained from childhood in the circus and by the criminals Trick Shot and Swordsman. This includes considerable strength, as an employee of Cross Technological Enterprises found out when he tried to use the superhero’s 250 pounds-force (1,100 newtons) draw-weight bow and found that he could not draw back the string to launch an arrow.
Hawkeye has also been thoroughly trained by Captain America in tactics, martial arts and hand-to-hand combat. Hawkeye excels in the use of ranged weapons, especially the bow and arrow and carries a quiver containing a number of customized “trick arrows”. As Ronin, he shows great proficiency with the katana and other melee weapons. He has gained a reputation for being able to “turn any object into a weapon”, and has been seen using items such as tin plates, coins, sticks and other debris to great effect against his enemies.
Hawkeye is also known to use a “Sky-Cycle” as his mode of transportation. The Sky-Cycle is modelled after a commercial snowmobile and is fitted with anti-gravitational technology. It is voice-operated and has an auto-pilot steering system. The original Sky-Cycle was custom made for Hawkeye by Jorge Latham while employed by Cross Technological Enterprises.
Kate is highly skilled at archery, fencing, swordsmanship, jujitsu, boxing, and other forms of combat. She carries two battle staves similar to those once used by Mockingbird, a sword similar to the Swordsman’s, as well as Clint Barton’s bow and arrows. Black Panther had also supplied her with trick arrows.
SPIDER-MAN 3: NOV 5, 2021
The film is likely to deal with the repercussions of J. Jonah Jameson revealing Peter Parker’s identity to the world. Tom Holland, of course, is set to reprise his role. Zendaya will also return. Director Jon Watts has previously expressed interest in using Kraven the Hunter as a villain.
THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER: FEB. 18, 2022
Chris Hemsworth as Thor Odinson
Natalie Portman as Jane Foster/Mighty Thor
Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie
Taika Waititi as Korg
Christian Bale as TBA
Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord
Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon (voice)
Sean Gunn as Rocket Raccoon (motion capture)
Vin Diesel as Groot (voice)
Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer
Karen Gillan as Nebula
Pom Klementieff as Mantis
TBA as Zappa
Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
Benedict Wong as Wong
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo
WandaVision’s Elizabeth Olsen will join Benedict Cumberbatch.
BLACK PANTHER 2: MAY 6, 2022
Director Ryan Coogler announced the date of the Black Panther follow-up at D23 2019. Chadwick Boseman will return as T’Challa, along with Letitia Wright and Danai Gurira as Shuri and Okoye, respectively. Oh, and Martin Freeman, who was also in Black Panther.
CAPTAIN MARVEL 2: JULY 8, 2022
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3
Peter Quill / Star-Lord
Kraglin / On-Set Rocket
Mahershala Ali is officially playing Blade in the MCU, as Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed during the studio’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. Since MCU’s Phase 4 will take up the entirety of 2020 and 2021, Blade won’t release until at least 2022Kevin Feige revealed that Mahershala Ali would take on the role of Blade.
Eric Brooks / Blade.
Eric Brooks was born in a whorehouse in the Soho neighborhood of London, England in 1929. His mother Tara Brooks was a prostitute at Madame Vanity’s Brothel. When Tara experienced severe labor complications, a doctor that was summoned who was in actuality vampire Deacon Frost who feasted during Eric’s birth which killed Tara. However, this inadvertently passed along certain vampire enzymes to the infant. This resulted in Eric’s quasi-vampiric abilities, including a greatly prolonged lifespan and the ability to sense supernatural creatures, as well as an immunity to complete vampirism. Tara’s fellow prostitutes drove off Frost before the infant could be killed as well.
Eric grew up living at Madame Vanity’s, and at age nine, returning home from school one December, he saw an old man being attacked by three vampires. Eric helped Jamal Afari, an old man who used a silver cane to kill the vampires and fight off the attackers. The jazz trumpeter and vampire hunter then moved into Madame Vanity’s and trained the young Eric in both music and combat. Eric was soon able to defeat many of the weak, younger vampires that he and Afari found in abundance. Eric became an Olympic-level athlete and a formidable hand-to-hand combatant, with an expertise in edged weapons such as knives and daggers so notable that it earned him the nickname “Blade” among both his fellow hunters and the vampires they opposed who began to fear the young hunter.
Blade’s victories made him cocky. He joined a street gang, the Bloodshadows, headed by Cyrus Cutter, later killed by Blade in a knife fight caused by Blade’s disapproval of Cutter’s actions as leader. Glory Anah, Cutter’s girlfriend, later became Blade’s. Having gone to London, where for months they hunted vampires, demons, and warlocks, the group encountered a much older and more powerful vampire than any Blade had met before, named Lamia. Blade barely defeated Lamia, with the other members of the group being killed, except Glory, who was turned into a vampire whilst Blade was down. Although Glory subsequently refused to kill Blade in recognition of their relationship, she warned him never to look for her or she would kill him. The tragedy of the experience left Blade more determined than ever to dedicate his life to the complete extermination of vampires.
Afari himself later fell prey to Dracula, the first occurrence in an ongoing battle between Dracula and Blade.Blade mercy-killed his mentor after Afari rose as a vampire, and tracked Dracula back to Europe, Asia Minor, and Asia, staking him many times, but never completely destroying him.In China, Blade joined Ogun Strong’s vampire hunters,which included Azu, Orji, and Musenda. Together, they staked Dracula again. Dracula survived, and killed all the hunters except Blade and Musenda, who eventually retired from vampire hunting. Orji had created a lasting impression on Blade with his use of wooden daggers to combat vampires, leading to Blade adopting that weapon as his preferred arms. Consumed by grief for his fallen comrades, Blade resumed his quest alone.
Kamala Khan is a Pakistani-American born in Jersey City, the daughter of Yusuf Khan and Muneeba Khan. Her parents and her older brother, Aamir Khan moved to the United States from Karachi, Pakistan. In kindergarten, Kamala met Nakia Bahadir, who went on to become Kamala’s best friend. Like Kamala, Nakia was a practicing Muslim and the daughter of immigrants
Kamala Khan will eventually get her own Disney Plus show
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Marc Spector is a Jewish-American rabbi’s wayward son. As an adult, Spector had been a heavyweight boxer before becoming a U.S. Marine serving in Force Recon, afterward, he left the Marines to become a mercenary occasionally doing work for the CIA. As a mercenary he befriends the French pilot Jean-Paul DuChamp, whom he affectionately calls “Frenchie”. While working for the African mercenary Raoul Bushman in Egypt, the group stumbles upon an archaeological dig whose crew includes Dr. Peter Alraune and his daughter Marlene Alraune. The dig had uncovered an ancient temple where artifacts included a statue of the Egyptian moon god Khonshu. Intent on looting the dig, Bushman kills Dr. Alraune. In response to Alraune’s murder, Spector challenges Bushman to personal combat and is defeated by Bushman and left to die in the sub-zero temperatures of the desert night.
The Egyptians who worship the ancient gods find Spector and carry him to their temple. Helpless before the statue of Khonshu, Spector’s heart stops. Khonshu appears to him in a vision, offering Spector a second chance at life if he becomes the god’s avatar on Earth. Spector awakens, wraps himself in the silver shroud that covers Khonshu’s statue, and again confronts Bushman. He defeats Bushman and returns to America with Marlene, Frenchie, and the statue of Khonshu. Deciding to become a crimefighter, Spector creates a silver cloaked costume, based on the silver shroud, and becomes Moon Knight aka “The Fist of Khonshu”.
After his return to the United States, Spector invests the money that he had accumulated as a mercenary and develops a small fortune. To distance himself from his mercenary past, he creates the identity of millionaire entrepreneur Steven Grant, using this identity to purchase a spacious estate. To remain in contact with the street and criminal element, he also creates the identity of taxicab driver Jake Lockley and has acquired civilian allies such as Bertrand Crawley and Gena Landers and her sons.In the character’s first appearance, the criminal organization the Committee supplies Marc Spector with the name Moon Knight, his costume and weapons (using silver) to hunt down Jack Russell. In Los Angeles, Moon Knight captures the Werewolf for the Committee, but then frees him and halts the Committee’s plans, fighting Russell again.He battles Conquer Lord,teams up with Spider-Man to fight Cyclone,and fights Lupinar,and his brother Randall, the Hatchet-Man.His origin of being “created by The Committee” is explained as a ruse set up by Frenchie so Marc can shut the Committee down.He then encounters the Midnight Man and returns to Chicago to prevent the poisoning of its water supply by a group called the Werewolves,encounters Morpheus and teams with Daredevil to fight the Jester.It is around this time that he first encounters Stained Glass Scarlet.Later, he battled the Werewolf once again, battled Bora, and met the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Doctor Strange.
Netflix series launch, when Disney+ shows will premiere, what films and specials are coming your way, and more.
Justice League Snyder Cut (2021)
The Last Days of American Crime (June 5)
The Umbrella Academy season 2 (July 31)
The Politician season 2 (June 19)
Clouds (Fall 2020)
Brave New World (July 15)
The Capture (July 15)
Intelligence (July 15)
Lost Speedways (July 15)
In Deep with Ryan Lochte (July 15)
Psych 2: Lassie Come Home (July 15)
Curious George (July 15)
Cleopatra in Space (July 15)
Where’s Waldo? (July 15)
Sherman’s Showcase: Black History Month Spectacular (Jun. 19)
One Day at a Time: The Politics Episode (June 16),
The Sleepers (May 18)
The Go-Go’s (Aug. 1)
Belushi (Sep. 27)
Into The Unknown: Making Frozen 2 (Jun. 26)
Hero Elementary (June 1),
The Good Lord Bird (Aug. 9)
Below Deck Mediterranean Season 5 (June 1)
Summer Rush Season 1 (June. 4)
El Presidente (June 5)
Shirley (June 5)
Country at Heart (June 6)
Renovation Island (June 7)
Big Time Bake (June 8)
Good Bones Season 5 (Jun. 9)
Bulletproof Season 2 (moved to June 10)
Gulabo Sitabo (Jun. 12)
Love in the Forecast (June 13)
Timeless Love (June 14)
Karma (June 18)
AWhisker Away (moved to Jun. 18)
Love Under the Olive Tree (June 20)
Eric André: Legalize Everything (June 23)
Ju-On: Origins (July 3)
Room 104 Season 4 (July 24)
Chemical Hearts (Aug. 21)
After the Dance with Stephen A. Smith: A SportsCenter Special (May 19)
The Story of Soaps (moves to a later time slot).
Wednesday, May 20
The 100: Season 7 (2020) 8 p.m., The CW
At Home With Amy Sedaris: Season 3 (2020) 10 p.m., truTV
Ultimate Tag: Season 1 (2020) 9 p.m., Fox
Married at First Sight: Couples’ Cam: Season 1, 8 p.m., Lifetime
Ben Platt Live from Radio City Music Hall (2020) Netflix
Mutiny of the Worker Bees (Rebelión de los Godínez) (2020) Netflix [movie]
Game On!: Season 1, 8 p.m., CBS
Dinosaur Cold Case, 8 p.m., Smithsonian Channel
Jay Leno’s Garage: Season 6, 10 p.m., CNBC
Man Fire Food: Season 9, 9 p.m., Cooking Channel
Blood & Water: Season 1 (2020) Netflix
The Wonderful World of Disney, 8 p.m., ABC
Once Upon a Quarantime, 9 p.m., Lifetime
Sleeping With Friends, YouTube Originals
Small Town Throwdown, 10 p.m., Discovery
Thursday, May 21
Penance: Season 1 (2020) Sundance Now
The Split: Season 2 (2020) midnight, Sundance
Burden of Truth: Season 3 (2020) 8 p.m., The CW
Holey Moley: Holey Moley II: The Sequel (2020) 9 p.m., ABC
To Tell the Truth: Season 5 (2020) 10 p.m., ABC
Celebrity Escape Room, 8 p.m., NBC
Love Island: Season 2, 8 p.m., CBS
Red Nose Day, 9 p.m., NBC
Labor of Love: Season 1, 9 p.m., Fox
Impractical Jokers: Dinner Party, 10 p.m., truTV
Artificial: Season 3, 9 p.m., Twitch
WWI in Europe: Voices From the Front, 8 p.m., Nat Geo
Heroes of the Sky: The Mighty Eighth Air Force, 9 p.m., Nat Geo
Friday, May 22
AKA Jane Roe (2020) 9 p.m., FX [movie]
Homecoming: Season 2 (2020)50% Amazon Prime Video
The Lovebirds (2020)81% Netflix [movie]
The Painter and the Thief (2020)100% Hulu [movie]
Selling Sunset: Season 2 (20) Netflix
Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series: Season 2 (2020) Netflix
History 101, Netflix
Control Z: Season 1 (2020) Netflix
The Big Fib: Season 1 (2020) Disney+
Marvel’s Future Avengers, Disney+
All on the Line, 9 p.m., Discovery
Saturday, May 23
Group Chat: The Show, 8:30 p.m., Nickelodeon
Sunday, May 24
Betaal: Season 1 (2020) Netflix
National Memorial Day Concert, 8 p.m., PBS
30 for 30: Lance, 9 p.m., ESPN
Tiger Slam, 8 p.m., Golf [movie]
Monday, May 25
Life-Size Toys: Season 1 (2020) Netflix
Barkskins: Season 1 (2020) 9 p.m., National Geographic
Grant: Miniseries (2020) 9 p.m., History
The Titan Games: Season 2 (2020) 8 p.m., NBC
I Was Lorena Bobbitt, 8 p.m., Lifetime
To Catch a Beautician: Season 1, 9 p.m., VH1
Jeffrey Dahmer: Mind of a Monster, 9 p.m., ID
Tuesday, May 26
Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (2020) Netflix
America’s Got Talent : Season 15 (2020) 8 p.m., NBC
World of Dance: Season 4 (2020) 8:30 p.m., NBC
Brittany Murphy: An ID Mystery, 9 p.m., ID
Wednesday, May 27
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 7 (2020) 10 p.m., ABC LAST SEASON
On the Record (2020) HBO Max [movie]
Love Life: Season 1 (2020) HBO Max
American Soul: Season 2 (2020) 10 p.m., BET
Looney Tunes Cartoons: Season 1, HBO Max
Craftopia: Season 1, HBO Max
Legendary: Season 1, HBO Max
The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo: Season 1, HBO Max
Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich: Season 1 (2020) Netflix
I’m No Longer Here (Ya no estoy aquí) (2019)100% Hulu [movie]
Married at First Sight: Australia, 9 p.m., Lifetime
Disappeared in the Darkness: An ID Mystery, 9 p.m., ID
Thursday, May 28
Intuition (La Corazonada) (2020) Netflix
Dorohedoro: Season 1 (2020) Netflix
Who Killed the Co-Ed? An ID Murder Mystery, 9 p.m., ID
Friday, May 29
Ramy: Season 2 (2020) Hulu
Central Park: Season 1 (2020)100% Apple TV+
Space Force: Season 1 (2020) Netflix
Somebody Feed Phil: The Third Course (2020) Netflix
The Vast of Night (2020)92% Amazon Video Prime [movie]
Jesus Trejo: Stay At Home Son (2020) 9 p.m., Showtime
Little Boy Lost: An ID Mystery, 9 p.m., ID
Saturday, May 30
Heartland Docs, DVM: Season 2, 8 p.m., Nat Geo Wild
20/20 on ID Investigates: My Father BTK, 9 p.m., ID
The Captive Nanny, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie]
Sunday, May 31
Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER, 9 p.m., Nat Geo Wild
Laurel Canyon: Season 1 (2020) 9 p.m., Epix
Quiz: Miniseries (2020) 10 p.m., AMC
Celebrity Family Feud: Season 6 (2020) 8 p.m., ABC
Press Your Luck: Season 2 (2020) 9 p.m., ABC
Match Game: Season 5 (2020) 10 p.m., ABC
Natalee Holloway: Her Friends Speak, 9 p.m., Reelz
Groomzilla, 7 p.m., UP [movie]
Who Killed Jeffrey Epstein?, 9 p.m., ID
My Husband’s Deadly Past, 8 p.m., Lifetime
Monday, June 1
Vanished in New Canaan: An ID Mystery, 9 p.m., ID
Hero Elementary: Season 1, PBS
Below Deck Mediterranean: Season 5, 9 p.m., Bravo
Tuesday, June 2
Fuller House: Season 5 (2019) Netflix (second half of season)
Maxxx: Season 1 (2020) Hulu
Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story (2020) 9 p.m., USA Network
The Truth Behind Joe Exotic: The Rick Kirkham Story, 9 p.m., ID
Wednesday, June 3
CMT Celebrates Our Heroes: An Artists of the Year Special, 8 p.m., CMT
Spelling the Dream, Netflix [movie]
Thursday, June 4
In My Skin: Series 1 (2020) Hulu
Summer Rush: Season 1, 10 p.m., Food Network
Friday, June 5
Dear…: Season 1 (2020) Apple TV+
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Season 5 (2019) 8 p.m., VH1
Trackers: Season 1 (2019) 10 p.m., Cinemax
We Are Freestyle Love Supreme (2020) Hulu [movie]
Shirley (2020) Hulu [movie]
13 Reasons Why: Season 4 (2020) Netflix
Queer Eye: Season 5 (2020) Netflix
The Last Days of American Crime, Netflix [movie]
El Presidente, Amazon Prime Video
Saturday, June 6
Dear Class of 2020, YouTube
Yvonne Orji: Momma, I Made It!, 10 p.m., HBO
Country at Heart, 9 p.m., Hallmark [movie]
Sunday, June 7
Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted: Season 2 (2020) 10 p.m., National Geographic
30 for 30: Be Water, 9 p.m., ESPN
I May Destroy You, 10:30 p.m., HBO
Renovation Island, 8 p.m., HGTV
Monday, June 8
L.A.’s Finest: Season 2 (2020) Spectrum Originals
The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons – Ever!, 8 p.m., ABC
Buried Worlds With Don Wildman: Season 1, 9 p.m., Travel Channel
Big Time Bake, 8 p.m., Food Network
Tuesday, June 9
Good Bones: Season 5, 9 p.m., HGTV
Wednesday, June 10
Lenox Hill: Season 1 (2020) Netflix
Bulletproof: Series 2 (2020) 9 p.m., The CW
Thursday, June 11
The Bold Type: Season 4 (2020) 10 p.m., Freeform (returning from hiatus)
Don’t: Season 1, 9 p.m., ABC
A Double Shot at Love With DJ Pauly D and Vinny: Season 3, 9 p.m., MTV
Ghost Adventures: Quarantine, 9 p.m., Travel Channel
Friday, June 12
Artemis Fowl (2020) Disney+ [movie]
Da 5 Bloods (2020) Netflix [movie]
The Woods: Season 1 (2020) Netflix
Crossing Swords: Season 1 (2020) Hulu
Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Season 2, Netflix
Into the Dark: Good Boy, Hulu
Pokémon Journeys: The Series, Netflix
Gulabo Sitabo, Amazon Prime Video [movie]
Saturday, June 13
Game Face, 8:30 p.m., Nickelodeon
Love in the Forecast, 9 p.m., Hallmark [movie]
Sunday, June 14
Grantchester: Season 5, 9 p.m., PBS
Helter Skelter, 9 p.m., Epix
30 for 30: Long Gone Summer, 9 p.m., ESPN
Timeless Love, 9 p.m., HMM
Monday, June 15
Hidden: Season 2 (2020) Acorn TV
Tuesday, June 16
Siesta Key: Season 3 (2020) 8 p.m., MTV (returning from hiatus)
One Day at a Time: The Politics Episode, 9:30 p.m., POP
Thursday, June 18
A Whisker Away (Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu) (2020) Netflix [movie]
SYFY WIRE’s The Great Debate, 11 p.m., SYFY
Karma, HBO Max
Friday, June 19
Sherman’s Showcase: Black History Month Spectacular, 10 p.m. AMC and 11 p.m. IFC
Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi, Hulu
Love, Victor, Hulu
Dads (2020) Apple TV+
Father Soldier Son (2020) Netflix [movie]
The Politician season 2, Netflix
Saturday, June 20
Love Under the Olive Tree, 9 p.m., Hallmark
Sunday, June 21
The Chi: Season 3 (2020) 9 p.m., Showtime
Yellowstone: Season 3 (2020) Paramount Network
Perry Mason: Season One (2020) 9 p.m., HBO
NOS4A2: Season 2 (2020) 9 p.m., AMC
Monday, June 22
Penn & Teller: Fool Us: Season 7, 9 p.m., The CW
Tuesday, June 23
Eric André: Legalize Everything, Netflix
Wednesday, June 24
Athlete A (2020) Netflix [movie]
Thursday, June 25
The Twilight Zone: Season 2 (2020) CBS All Access
Doom Patrol: Season 2 (2020) HBO Max
Esme & Roy: Season 2, HBO Max
Search Party: Season 3 (2018) HBO Max
Adventure Time: Distant Lands- BMO, HBO Max
Friday, June 26
Into The Unknown: Making Frozen 2, Disney+
Sunday, June 28
Midway to Love, 9 p.m., HMM [movie]
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: Season 1 (2018) HBO
Black Monday: Season 2 (2020) 8 p.m., Showtime (returning from hiatus)
Monday, June 29
POV: And She Could Be Next, 9 p.m., PBS
Tuesday, June 30
Welcome to Chechnya (2020)100% HBO [movie]
Wednesday, July 1
Help! I Wrecked My House: Season 1, 9 p.m., HGTV
Friday, July 3
Hanna: Season 2 (2020) Amazon Prime Video
The Baby-Sitters Club: Season 1 (2020) Netflix
JU-ON: Origins: Season 1 (2020) Netflix
Hamilton (2020) Disney+ [movie]
Sunday, July 5
Outcry: Season 1 (2020) 10 p.m., Showtime
Monday, July 6
American Experience: The Vote, 9 p.m., PBS
Wednesday, July 8
Mucho Mucho Amor (2020) Netflix [movie]
Tough As Nails: Season 1, 9 p.m., CBS
Thursday, July 9
Expecting Amy, HBO Max
Close Enough: Season 1 (2020) HBO Max
Friday, July 10
American Masters: Unladylike2020, 10 p.m., PBS
The Old Guard (2020) Netflix [movie]
Wednesday, July 15
Brave New World: Season 1, Peacock
The Capture: Season 1, Peacock
Intelligence: Season 1, Peacock
Lost Speedways: Season 1, Peacock
In Deep with Ryan Lochte: Season 1, Peacock
Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, Peacock [movie]
Curious George, Peacock
Cleopatra in Space: Season 1, Peacock
Where’s Waldo?: Season 1, Peacock
Thursday, July 16
The House of Ho: Season 1, HBO Max
Thursday, July 23
Tig n’ Seek: Season 1, HBO Max
Friday, July 24
Room 104: Season 4, 11 p.m., HBO
Thursday, July 30
Frayed: Season 1 (2019) HBO Max
The Dog House: Season 1, HBO Max
Friday, July 31
The Umbrella Academy: Season 2 (2020) Netflix
Saturday, Aug. 1
The Go-Go’s (2020)100% 9 p.m., Showtime [movie]
Thursday, Aug. 6
An American Pickle (2020) HBO Max [movie]
Sunday, Aug. 9
YOLO: Crystal Fantasy Season 1, Adult Swim
The Good Lord Bird, 10 p.m., Showtime
Friday, Aug. 21
Chemical Hearts (2020) Amazon Prime Video [movie]
Sunday, Aug. 30
Love Fraud: Season 1 (2020) Showtime
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: Season 1 (2020) Disney+
Lovecraft Country, HBO
Pennyworth: Season 2 (2020) Epix
The Real Housewives of Potomac: Season 5 (2020) Bravo
History’s Greatest Mysteries, History
Dream Corp LLC: Season 3, Adult Swim
12 Oz. Mouse: Season 3, Adult Swim
Tender Touches: Season 3, Adult Swim
Below Deck Mediterranean: Season 5, Bravo
Cursed: Season 1 (2020) Netflix
Wednesday, Sep. 16
55th Academy of Country Music Awards, 8 p.m., CBS
The Undoing: Season 1 (2020) HBO
neXt: Season 1 (2019) Fox
Filthy Rich: Season 1, Fox
Gemusetto Machu Picchu: Season 2, Adult Swim
Tigtone: Season 2, Adult Swim
Lazor Wulf: Season 2, Adult Swim
The Third Day: Miniseries (2020) HBO
The Right Stuff, Disney+
Clouds, Disney+ [movie]
Saturday, Nov. 7
2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, 8 p.m., HBO
Returning Shows TBD 2020
Fargo: Season 4 (2019) FX
Little Big Shots, NBC
World of Dance, NBC
2020 Billboard Music Awards, NBC
American Ninja Warrior: Season 12 (2020) NBC
America’s Got Talent, NBC
The Orville: Season 3 (2019) Hulu
Big Brother, CBS
Impeachment: American Crime Story, FX
The Boys: Season 2 (2020) Amazon Prime Video
Sherman’s Showcase, IFC & AMC
Braxton Family Values, WE tv
Genius: Aretha (2019) Nat Geo
Archer: Season 11, FXX
The Bachelorette: Season 16, ABC
The Amazing Race: Season 32 CBS
The releases slated for 2021 are so exciting they’ll make you salivate with anticipation, and we can’t wait to see them.
The Last Duel Directed by: Ridley Scott Starring: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer Opening on: January 8, 2021
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021) Directed by: Will Gluck Starring: James Corden, Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, David Oyelowo, Elizabeth Debicki Opening on: January 15, 2021
Mortal Kombat Directed by: Simon McQuoid Starring: Joe Taslim, Ludi Lin, Mechad Brooks, Lewis Tan, Elissa Cadwell, Ng Chin Han, Max Huang, Josh Lawson, Jessica McNamee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Sisi Stringer Opening on: January 15, 2021
355 Directed by: Simon Kinberg Starring: Jessica Chastain, Fan Bingbing, Penélope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o, Edgar Ramirez, Sebastian Stan, Diane Kruger, Emilio Insolera Opening on: January 15, 2021
Rugrats (2021) Directed by: David Bowers Starring: TBD Opening on: January 29, 2021
Cinderella Directed by: Kay Cannon Starring: Camila Cabello, Billy Porter, Idina Menzel Opening on: February 5, 2021
Eternals (2021) Directed by: Chloé Zhao Starring: Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kit Harington, Brian Tyree Henry Opening on: February 12, 2021
Eternals are powerful immortals who helped shape humanity and history on Earth, and the cast includes a lot of big names, from Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek to Kumail Nanjiani and a couple of Game of Thrones kings, Richard Madden and Kit Harington
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) Directed by: Jason Reitman Starring: Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Paul Rudd Opening on: March 5, 2021
Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace will play a brother and sister, with Carrie Coon as their single mother, and Paul Rudd is in the film in an undisclosed role.
Masters of the Universe (2021) Directed by: Adam and Aaron Nee Starring: TBD Opening on: March 5, 2021
Noah Centineo as Prince Adam/He-ManPeter Kavinsky in To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You,
Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Directed by: Paul Briggs, Dean Wellins
Starring: Awkwafina, Cassie Steele Opening on: March 12, 2021
The Many Saints of Newark (2021) Directed by: Alan Taylor Starring: Michael Gandolfini, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, Ray Liotta, Corey Stoll, Alessandro Nivola
The late James Gandolfini no longer around, however, the only way to go was a prequel, and who better to portray a young Tony Soprano than Gandolfini’s son himself, Michael? Alan Taylor directs this look back at the early years of the iconic TV mobster, with Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, and Ray Liotta in supporting roles.
Morbius (2021) Directed by: Daniel Espinosa Starring: Jared Leto, Jared Harris, Adria Arjona, Matt Smith, Tyrese Gibson Opening on: March 19, 2021
Tomb Raider 2 Directed by: Ben Wheatley Starring: Alicia Vikander Opening on: March 19, 2021
Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander is back to reprise her role as the action heroine Lara Croft in the sequel to her 2018 film.
F9 (2021) Directed by: Justin Lin Starring: Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, Tyrese Gibson, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Lucas Black Opening on: April 2, 2021
The new entry will bring the family back together to face off against a new villain played by John Cena… who happens to be Dom Toretto’s brother.
Vivo (2021) Directed by: Kirk DeMicco Starring: TBD Opening on: April 16, 2021
Moana and 2020’s In The Heights movie adaptation, Broadway legend Lin-Manuel Miranda will return to his musical roots with a new animated musical from Sony.
Ron’s Gone Wrong (2021) Directed by: Jean-Philippe Vine, Alessandro Carloni, Octavio Rodriguez Starring: Thomas Barbusca, Bentley Kalu Opening on: April 23, 2021
The animated adventure is set in a world where every child’s best friend is a digitally connected robot and follows one young boy who discovers his own robot pal
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings(2021) Directed by: Destin Daniel Cretton Starring: Simu Liu, Tony Leung, Awkwafina Opening on: May 7, 2021
John Wick: Chapter 4 (2022) Directed by: TBD Starring: Keanu Reeves Opening on: May 21, 2021
The Matrix 4 (2021) Directed by: Lana Wachowski Starring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff Opening on: May 21, 2021
Carrie-Anne Moss will return as Trinity, and the cast will be rounded out by people like Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, and Jonathan Groff.
Cruella (2021) Directed by: Alex Timbers and Craig Gillespie Starring: Emma Stone, Joel Fry, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Paul Walter Hauser, Emma Thompson Opening on: May 28, 2021
Emma Stone will star in Disney’s latest live-action remake of an old classic. In the vein of Maleficient, Cruella will focus on the enigmatic villain of 101 Dalmatians in her youth and show how she became obsessed with Dalmatian fur
Sesame Street (2021) Directed by: Jonathan Krisel Starring: Anne Hathaway Opening on: June 4, 2021
Jurassic World: Dominion (2021) Directed by: Colin Trevorrow Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum Opening on: June 11, 2021
In the Heights (2021) Directed by: Jon M. Chu Starring: Anthony Ramos, Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins, Jimmy Smits, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco Opening on: June 18, 2021
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s breakout musical, In the Heights. The show, which kicked off the Hamilton creator’s career, won four Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Musical and Best Original Score
Minions: The Rise of Gru (2021) Directed by: Kyle Balda, Brad Abelson Starring: Pierre Coffin Opening on: July 2, 2021
In 1960s England before they met up with a young Gru. Perhaps their next adventure will be their first with him.
Space Jam 2 (2021) Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee Starring: LeBron James, Don Cheadle Opening on: July 16, 2021
Speaking of old stories for new audiences, LeBron James‘ long-awaited Space Jam sequel will finally arrive in 2021. With Don Cheadle starring alongside the basketball legend and Ryan Coogler producing.
Jungle Cruise (2021) Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Édgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti Opening on: July 30, 2021
As a riverboat captain and a scientist on a hunt for a magical cure in this Depression-era action adventure.
The Suicide Squad (2021) Directed by: James Gunn Starring: Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney Opening on: August 6, 2021
Most of the primary cast is returning, with Idris Elba joining in a new role as Deathshot The star-studded cast is also adding Storm Reid as Deathshot little girl as Flula Borg, Nathan Fillion and Pete Davidson. James Gunn is attached to direct before he returns to Disney for Guardians of the Galaxy 3.
Margot Robbie as Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn: A crazed criminal and former psychiatrist.
Viola Davis as Amanda Waller: The government official who organized the Suicide Squad and gives out the team’s orders.
Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag:The leader of the Suicide Squad
Jai Courtney as George “Digger” Harkness / Captain Boomerang: An unhinged thief who uses boomerangs as weapons.
David Dastmalchian as Abner Krill / Polka-Dot Man
Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher
Steve Agee as the voice of King Shark
The Batman (2021) Directed by: Matt Reeves Starring: Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Jeffrey, Wright, Paul Dano, Andy Serkis, Jayme Lawson Opening on: October 1, 2021
Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne / Batman:
A billionaire socialite and heir of Wayne Enterprises who dedicates himself to protecting Gotham City from its criminal underworld as a masked vigilante. Batman is around 30 years old in the film and neither an experienced superhero nor a beginning crime fighter.
Pattinson trained in Brazilian jiu-jitsu with instructor and John Wick alumnus Rigan Machado. Christian Bale, who played Batman in The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005–2012), supported Pattinson, encouraging him to “make [the role] his own” and ignore critics
Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle / Catwoman:
Paul Dano as Edward Nashton / Riddler
Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon:The Gotham City Police Department commissioner and an ally of Batman.
John Turturro as Carmine Falcone
Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson: Gotham’s district attorney.
Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál: A mayoral candidate in Gotham
Colin Farrell as Oswald “Oz” Cobblepot / Penguin
Uncharted (2021) Directed by: TBD (Ruben Flesicher wanted by Sony) Starring: Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg Opening on: October 8, 2021
Halloween Ends (2021) Directed by: David Gordon Green Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak Opening on: October 15, 2021
Untitled Elvis Film Directed by: Baz Luhrmann Starring: Austin Butler, Tom Hanks Opening on: November 5, 2021
Austin Butler beat out tons of hopefuls to win the role of the famed King of Rock and Roll for this biopic from Warner Brothers.
Untitled Spider-Man Sequel Directed by: Jon Watts Starring: Tom Holland Opening on: November 5, 2021
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3 (2020) Directed by: David Yates Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Ezra Miller, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston Opening on: November 12, 2021
Eddie Redmayne will reprise his role as the enigmatic Newt Scamander.
Mission: Impossible 7 (2021) Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie Starring: Tom Cruise Opening on: November 19, 2021
Tom Cruise will be back in action for the seventh installment in the franchise that showcased his willingness to engage in death-defying stunts.
Avatar 2 (2021) Directed by: James Cameron Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, CCH Pounder, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver, Giovanni Ribisi, Kate Winslet, Joel David Moore Opening on: December 17, 2021
Hotel Transylvania 4 (2021) Directed by: TBD Starring: Adam Sandler Opening on: December 22, 2021
Sing 2 (2021) Directed by: TBD Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes, John C. Reilly, Idina Menzel, Resse Witherspoon, Nick Kroll, Scarlett Johansson Opening on: December 22, 2021
Black Adam Directed by: TBD Starring: Dwayne Johnson Opening on: December 22, 2021
As the nemesis to Zachary Levi‘s Shazam
Sherlock Holmes 3 Directed by: TBD Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams Opening on: December 22, 2021
RDJ and Jude Law last brought their mischievous friendship to Victorian England. Rachel McAdams is back as Irene Adler
Babylon Directed by: Damien Chazelle Starring: Emma Stone (in talks), Brad Pitt (in talks) Opening on: December 25, 2021
Last Night in Soho (2020) Directed by: Edgar Wright Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Thomasin McKenzie, Diana Rigg, Terence Stamp Opening on: TBD (formerly September 25, 2020)
Wicked (2021) Directed by: Stephen Daldry Starring: TBD Opening on: TBD (formerly December 22, 2021)
Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth to live up to, the lucky ladies who get the gig will have enormous shoes
Blazing Samurai (2018) Directed by: Chris Bailey, Mark Koetsier Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Cera, Michelle Yeoh, George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, Djimon Honsou Opening on: 2021
The Power of the Dog Directed by: Jane Campion Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Paul Dano Opening on: 2021
The Power of The Dog, based on the 1967 novel of the same name. Also starring Benedict Cumberbatch, the film centers on two brothers on a ranch whose relationship shifts when one falls in love with a local widow.
Pinocchio (2021) Directed by: Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson Starring: TBD Opening on: 2021
These are the absolute best new TV shows 2020 to add to your watch-list
Ratched (September 2020)
Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’. Created by Evan Romansky, it stars Sarah Paulson in the role of the titular Nurse Ratched. The additional cast includes Jon Jon Briones, Finn Wittrock, Charlie Carver, Judy Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Corey Stoll and Sharon Stone.
Based on the novel by Ken Kesey, it follows the story of the nurse and the events that lead to her becoming a monstrous figure for the patients at a psychiatric hospital.
The show is executive produced by Murphy and Michael Douglas, with Sarah Paulson also serving as producer.
Starring Hilary Swank in the lead role, ‘Away’ follows the story of a woman who prepares to leave for a year-long mission to Mars. While she has to be ready for the challenges that space travel and the new planet will bring her way, she also has to struggle with the thought of leaving behind her husband and her daughter.
The cast includes Josh Charles, Talitha Bateman, Ato Essandoh and Mark Ivanir.
In this thriller series, eight different points of view provide tantalising clues to the perpetrator of a gruesome crime fuelled by social media. The series revolves around the disappearance of a man and the people who have their lives upended after they become entangled in the case.The story takes a look at the way social media can be used against us and how it creates a great difference between who people actually are and what persona they choose to adopt online.
King Arthur’) or a TV show depicting the story of a supporting character (‘Merlin‘), there are a number of unexplored sections of this legendary tale.
‘Cursed’ tells the story from the perspective of Nimue, famously known as, Lady of the Lake. The show charts the teenage years of her life and turns it into a coming-of-age story.
Devon Terell plays Arthur,Gustaf Skarsgard plays Merlin, and Daniel Sherman plays the role of the Weeping Monk.
Into the Night (2020)
‘Into the Night’. Based on Jacek Dukaj’s book ‘The Old Axolotl’, it is set on a plane that takes off from Brussels, but the passengers discover that they can’t land on their intended destination. Turns out, the sun has turned deadly.
Young Wallander (2020)
‘Wallander’ is a series of novels by Henning Mankell and follows the story of a detective named Kurt Wallander. Kenneth Branagh starring in the lead role. Netflix has decided to give a fresh start to the character. ‘Young Wallander’, set in Sweden, follows the story of the fresh-out-of-academy detective, focusing on the cases that mould his character. Swedish actor Adam Pålsson has been cast in the lead role, with Ellise Chappell and Richard Dillane appearing in supporting roles.
From Scratch (2020)
‘From Scratch’ is a limited series that has Zoe Saldana in the lead role. It follows the story of a woman who has to raise her daughter alone after the death of her husband.
The Queen’s Gambit (2020)
‘The Queen’s Gambit’ is set in the Cold War era. It follows the story of a girl who grows up to be a chess prodigy, but as she tastes more success, her struggles escalate too. ‘The Witch’ actress Anya Taylor-Joy has been cast in the lead role. Scott Frank, known for his work in ‘Godless’ and ‘Logan’, serves as the executive producer.
The Serpent (2020)
It is based on the true story of a serial killer named Charles Sobhraj. The eight-episode series has Tahar Rahim (‘The Looming Tower’, ‘Mary Magdalene’) in the lead role. Jenna Coleman (‘Doctor Who’) plays the role of Sobhraj’s partner-in-crime, Marie-Andrée Leclerc. Additional cast includes Billy Howle (‘Dunkirk’, ‘Outlaw King’) and Ellie Bamber (‘Les Misérables’). The series has been written by Richard Warlow and Toby Finlay.
Space Force (2020)
. The story is set in the sixth branch of the United States armed services, Space Force. Carell heads the cast with John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Diana Silvers and Tawny Newsome in the supporting roles.
Inventing Anna (2020)
The streaming service heavily invests itself in documentaries and docuseries about all sorts of crimes. With ‘Inventing Anna’, it dramatizes another interesting true-crime incident. At the centre of it is Anna Delvey, who conned people by taking over the persona of a German heiress .Created and produced by Shonda Rhimes, it stars Julia Garner (‘Ozark’, ‘Maniac’) in the lead role. Additional cast includes Anna Chlumsky, Katie Lowes and Laverne Cox.
Cowboy Bebop (2020)
It follows the story of Spike Spiegel, a cowboy who travels around the solar system with his team of bounty hunters. For the right price, they will hunt down any criminal, no matter how monstrous. The ten-episode series has John Cho in the lead role. Additional cast includes Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda and Alex Hassell.
The Eddy (2020)
Created by him and written by Jack Thorne (‘This is England’, ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’, ‘His Dark Materials’), ‘The Eddy’ is described as the story of a “French club owner who deals with the everyday chaos of running a live music venue in the heart of Paris.” André Holland (‘Moonlight’, ‘Selma’ American Horror Story: RoanokeCastle Rock 42 ) has been cast in the lead role. The additional cast includes Joanna Kulig, Amandla Stenberg, Tahar Rahim and Leila Bekhti.
Jupiter’s Legacy (TBA)
This story focuses on a world where the superheroes have seized control of the government and are now ruling the world. As for other superheroes, this presents a dilemma.
Altered Carbon (TBD)
The live-action series is set in a dystonia future where a person’s memories and consciousness can be downloaded onto a cortical stack, a device which can then be attached to the vertebral column of another body or a sleeve (artificial bodies), to transfer the consciousness and memories.
Pacific Rim (TBD)
The word on the street is that the premise is set around a young boy and a girl who would assume control of an abandoned Jaeger and traverse the country, looking for their parents, while the Kaiju crisis still looms on them.
Shadow and Bone (TBA)
‘Shadow and Bone’. It is based on the Grisha trilogy written by Leigh Bardugo.
Set in the Kingdom of Ravka, it follows the story of a teenager who discovers her powers when she is forced to use them to save her friend. The book is adapted for the screen by Eric Heisserer, known for his work on ‘Arrival’, ‘Lights Out’ and ‘Bird Box’. Jessie Mei Li, Ben Barnes, Freddy Carter, Archie Renaux, Amita Suman and Kit Young have been cast in the main roles.
All the Light We Cannot See (TBA)
Set during the Second World War in France, it follows the story of a young girl who has to flee her home after the invasion of the Nazis; and an orphan who is drafted for Hitler Youth.
At the turn of the 20th century, a ship is on its way to New York, full of European immigrants.
10 After Midnight (TBA)
. Avatar: The Last Airbender (TBA)
Based on the animated series of the same name, it is set in a world where the civilization is divided into four nations based on the elements- Air, Earth, Fire and Water. It follows the story of a young boy who discovers he can control all elements, which makes him an Avatar.
Resident Evil Series (TBA)
Netflix has stepped up for this opportunity and is developing a TV series that takes us back to the beginning.
The Japanese-American horror franchise, ‘Ju-On’ aka ‘The Grudge‘ is coming to Netflix
The J-horror classic franchise “Ju-On” was actually based on real events that occurred over four decades– and the truth is even more terrifying.
Marvel’s “Black Widow,” Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick” and Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman 1984” have all staked out new release dates for later this year. Some movies, such as Universal’s “F9” and Sony’s “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” have been delayed as far as 2021.
“The King of Staten Island,” “Artemis Fowl” and “Scoob” will all be available to watch in living rooms much sooner than originally anticipated. Other movies that already had planned digital releases, such as Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” and a recorded production of the Broadway hit “Hamilton,” stand to gain more attention due to the lock-down
As of now, here are the movies that will hit theaters and streaming this summer.
“The Lovebirds” (May 22, Netflix)
Originally set to release in theaters on April 3, Paramount has since sold the rights to the Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani-led romantic comedy to Netflix. The murder mystery was directed by Michael Showalter (“The Big Sick”).
“Inheritance” (May 22, VOD)
This indie thriller follows a wife and daughter unraveling the secrets of their inheritance after the family patriarch dies. The film stars Lily Collins, Simon Pegg, Connie Nielsen, Chace Crawford, Michael Beach and Patrick Warburton.
“The Trip to Greece”(May 22, VOD)
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reunite for a fourth time to travel through Europe’s finest landmarks and dine on its best cuisine, all while jabbering about celebrity impressions, middle age and inflated egos.
“The High Note” (May 29, VOD)
Dakota Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross share the spotlight in this music-driven comedy about a superstar examining her career forward in the Los Angeles music scene. Kelvin Harrison Jr., Ice Cube, Zoe Chao, Eddie Izzard and Bill Pullman round out the cast.
“The Vast of Night” (May 29, Amazon Prime Video; selected theater previews starting May 15)
The directorial debut of Andrew Patterson received strong praise from critics when it premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2019. The film follows two teenagers investigating a mysterious audio frequency coming through their radio.
“Shirley” (June 5, Hulu)
Josephine Decker’s unconventional drama — a unique look at the life of writer Shirley Jackson (portrayed by Elisabeth Moss) — received raves when it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
“Becky” (June 5, VOD)
Kevin James makes the jump to drama playing a neo-Nazi who invades the vacation home of a family. Lulu Wilson, Amanda Brugel, Robert Maillet and Joel McHale also star.
“Artemis Fowl” (June 12, Disney Plus)
Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the long-awaited adaptation of the series of young adult novels follows a boy genius discovering a world of dangerous fairies. It was originally set to debut in theaters in late May, but will now hit Disney Plus due to theater closures.
“Da 5 Bloods” (June 12, Netflix)
Spike Lee’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning “BlacKkKlansman” unites a cast including Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Chadwick Boseman, Jean Reno, Paul Walter Hauser, Jonathan Majors and many more. The film follows four African American veterans returning to Vietnam years after the war to seek the remains of their fallen leader along with the golden treasure that he hid.
“The King of Staten Island” (June 12, VOD)
The semi-autobiographical comedy centers on Pete Davidson as a slacker grieving his firefighter father’s death. Judd Apatow directed the film, which also stars Marisa Tomei, Bill Burr, Maude Apatow, Bel Powley, Pamela Adlon, Steve Buscemi.
“Babyteeth” (June 19, Limited theatrical and VOD)
The coming-of-age debut from Shannon Murphy premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year. The film follows a married couple discovering their ailing teenage daughter has fallen for a drug dealer. The cast includes Eliza Scanlen, Toby Wallace, Emily Barclay, Eugene Gilfedder, Essie Davis and Ben Mendelsohn.
“Mr. Jones” (June 19, Digital; July 3, VOD)
Set on the eve of World War II, this thriller examines the regimes of Hitler and Stalin through the eyes of a journalist investigating their propaganda machines. James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard and Joseph Mawle star.
“Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” (Netflix, June 26)
David Dobkin directs this comedy — starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams — about two musicians attempting to prove themselves by representing their country at the world’s biggest song competition.
“Unhinged” (July 1, Wide theatrical)
The Russell Crowe vehicle is the first wide theatrical release on the calendar for the rest of 2020. The cat-and-mouse thriller follows a single mother (Caren Pisotrius) being stalked by Crowe’s character after a road rage confrontation.
“Hamilton” (July 3, Disney Plus)
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical is set to hit living rooms right before Independence Day. The release is a recording of a 2016 production featuring the original principal cast, including Miranda, Phillipa Soo, Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Christopher Jackson, Okieriete Onaodowan and Anthony Ramos.
“The Truth” (July 3, Limited)
Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda makes his first film outside of his native language with this drama featuring Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke.
“The Outpost” (July 3, Theaters and VOD)
Based on Jake Tapper’s best-selling book, this war movie dramatizes the true story of a platoon in Afghanistan taking part in the bloodiest American engagement of the Afghan War. Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones, Orlando Bloom, Jack Kesy, Taylor John Smith and Milo Gibson star.
“The Old Guard“ (July 10, Netflix)
Gina Prince-Bythewood directs this superhero movie following a pack of centuries-old mercenaries forced to fight for their freedom. Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Marwan Kenzari, Matthias Schoenaerts and Chiwetel Ejiofor round out the cast.
“Relic”(July 10, VOD)
This horror film about three generations of women confronting the spirits possessing their family had a buzzy debut at Sundance last year. Emily Mortimer, Bella Heathcoate and Robyn Nevin star.
“The Silencing” (July 16, DirecTV; Aug. 14 Theaters and VOD)
This crime thriller, led by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Annabelle Wallis, follows a sheriff and a hunter as they seek out the kidnapper of the hunter’s daughter.
“Tenet” (July 17, Wide)
Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to his best picture nominee “Dunkirk” is still expected to release on the big screen this summer. Plot details on the time-bending espionage thriller remain closely guarded. John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh star.
“The Painted Bird” (July 17, Theaters and VOD)
Shot in 35mm black and white, this drama adapts Jerzy Koriski’s novel of the same name about a young Jewish boy seeking refuge across Eastern Europe during World War II. Petr Kotlár, Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Barry Pepper, Julian Sands and Udo Kier star.
“Mulan” (July 24, Wide)
Niki Caro directed the Disney’s live-action remake of its 1998 animated film, which will see Liu Yifei Chinese as the heroine who disguises herself as a man to enlist in the Imperial Army.
“Radioactive” (July 24, Amazon Prime Video)
Rosamund Pike stars in this biopic about the life of scientist Marie Curie. The movie originally premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall.
“The Rental” (July 24, Limited)
Dave Franco makes his directorial debut with this horror film starring Alison Brie, Dan Stevens, Sheila Vand and Jeremy Allen White. It follows two couples who suspect the owner of their Airbnb is spying on them.
“The Informer” (July 31, Limited)
The thriller based on Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström’s novel “Three Seconds” will make its U.S. premiere this year. The film, starring Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Common, Ana de Armas and Clive Owen, is about an undercover infiltration of the Polish drug trade.
“An American Pickle” (Aug. 6, HBO Max)
Seth Rogen stars as a struggling immigrant in 1920s America who falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for a century, awakening to meet his computer coder great-grandson (also played by Rogen).
“Boyz in the Wood” (Aug, 7, Amazon Prime Video)
This ensemble comedy follows a pack of teenage stoners setting off in the Scottish Highlands with their straight-edge companion, learning to work together as they are hunted by a mysterious force. Eddie Izzard, Kate Dickey, Georgie Glen, James Cosmo star, alongside the young cast featuring Samuel Bottomley, Viraj Juneja, Rian Gordon and Lewis Gribben.
“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run” (Aug. 7, Wide)
The third movie based on the popular Nickelodeon animated series has SpongeBob attempting to save his pet snail Gary from Poseidon. The series’ regular voice cast returns, while Snoop Dogg, Keanu Reeves, Awkwafina and Reggie Watts are all confirmed to have roles in the film. Former series writer Tim Hill directed.
“Fatima” (Aug. 14, Theaters)
This period faith film draws from real-life events involving a 10-year-old girl in Portugal witnessing multiple visitations of the Virgin Mary, who tells them prayer and suffering will bring an end to World War I. Joaquim de Almeida, Goran Višnjić, Stephanie Gil and Lúcia Moniz, Sônia Braga and Harvey Keitel star.
“The One and Only Ivan” (Aug. 14, Wide Release)
Thea Sharrock directs this fantasy drama about a gorilla, an elephant and a dog raising a baby elephant in a mall. Sam Rockwell, Bryan Cranston, Angelina Jolie, Brooklynn Prince, Danny DeVito and Helen Mirren star.
“The Secret Garden” (Aug. 14, Theaters)
Colin Firth, Julie Walters and Dixie Egerickx star in this adaptation of the beloved novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
“Sound of Metal” (Aug. 14, Theaters)
Riz Ahmed stars in this drama as a recovering heroin addict and punk-metal drummer who is rapidly losing his hearing. Olivia Cooke, Mathieu Amalric, Lauren Ridloff and Paul Raci also star.
“Wonder Woman 1984” (Aug. 14, Wide Release)
The sequel to the 2017 superhero smash reunites star Gal Gadot with director Patty Jenkins as the two transport the DC Comics heroine from World War I to the mid-1980s. Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen also star.
“Antebellum” (Aug. 21, Wide)
Lionsgate’s horror film focuses on Janelle Monáe as a successful author who is mysteriously transported to a Southern plantation when slavery was legal.
“Bill & Ted Face the Music” (Aug. 21, Wide)
The long-awaited third entry reunites Alex Winer and Keanu Reeves as the two laid-back time travelers embarking on an adventure to save the universe.
“Tesla” (Aug. 21, Theaters and VOD)
Michael Almereyda writes, produces and directs this biopic about the electrical pioneer Nikola Tesla facing challenges with financiers and rivals. Ethan Hawke stars as the inventor, alongside Kyle MacLachlan, Jim Gaffigan, Donnie Keshawarz and Eve Hewson.
“Chemical Hearts” (Aug. 21, Amazon Prime Video)
Adapted from Krystal Sutherland’s novel “Our Chemical Hearts,” this romantic drama follows a high school student falling for the new girl in town and discovering her heartbreaking secret. Lili Reinhart, Austin Abrams, Sarah Jones and Adhir Kalyan star.
“The New Mutant” (Aug. 28, Wide)
The long-delayed “X-Men” horror spin-off will finally hit theaters at the end of summer. Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt and Henry Zaga star as a group of troubled teenagers with extraordinary powers imprisoned in a secret facility.
“A Quiet Place Part II” (Sept. 4, Wide)
John Krasinski will help close out summer with the follow-up to his hit 2018 horror film by venturing further into its post-apocalyptic world. Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe all reprise their roles from the original, while Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou join the cast.
“The Beatles: Get Back” (Sept. 4)
Peter Jackson’s documentary about the legendary British rock band will offer a fly-on-the-wall perspective of the group rehearsing and recording songs for what would turn out to be their final album.
“Honest Thief” (Sept. 4, Wide)
Liam Neeson portrays a bank robber who falls in love just as he intends to turn himself in. The cast also includes Katie Walsh, Jai Courtney, Jeffrey Donovan, Jeffrey Wright, Anthony Ramos and Robert Patrick.
“Monster Hunter” (Sept. 4, Wide)
After capping off the “Resident Evil” series in 2017, director Paul W.S. Anderson adapts another video game franchise, taking on the popular Capcom series of the same name. Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa and Tip “T.I.” Harris star.
We’re Excited for in 2020
Tuesday, May 19
THE GENETIC DETECTIVE – ABC – 10 p.m.
Wednesday, May 20
The 100 Season 7 – The CW – 8 p.m.
The Amazing Race Season 32 – CBS – 8 p.m.
ULTIMATE TAG – Fox – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 21
Burden of Truth Season 3 – The CW – 8 p.m.
Love Island Season 2 – CBS – 8 p.m.
CELEBRITY ESCAPE ROOM – NBC – 8 p.m. (One-Hour Special)
Holey Moley Season 2 – ABC – 9 p.m.
LABOR OF LOVE – Fox – 9 p.m.
Red Nose Day Special 2020 – NBC – 9 p.m. (Two-Hour Special)
To Tell the Truth Season 5 – ABC – 10 p.m.
Friday, May 22
The Split Season 2 – Sundance – 12 a.m.
Homecoming Season 2 – Amazon – 3:01 a.m.
Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series Season 2 – Netflix – 3:01 a.m.
CONTROL Z – Netflix – 3:01 a.m.
HISTORY 101 – Netflix – 3:01 a.m.
Tuesday, May 26
HANNAH GADSBY: DOUGLAS – Netflix – 3:01 a.m.
Wednesday, May 27
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 7 – ABC – 10 p.m.
Friday, May 29
SPACE FORCE – Netflix – 3:01 a.m.
Somebody Feed Phil Season 3 – Netflix – 3:01 a.m.
CENTRAL PARK – Apple TV+ – 3:01 a.m.
Ramy Season 2 – Hulu – 3:01 a.m.
Sunday, May 31
Celebrity Family Feud Season 7 – ABC – 8 p.m.
QUIZ – AMC – 9 p.m.
Press Your Luck Season 2 – ABC – 9 p.m.
LAUREL CANYON – Epix – 10 p.m.
Match Game Season 5 – ABC – 10 p.m.
Tuesday, May 19
Stargirl (The CW, 9pm)
Stargirl premiered on May 18, 2020, and will consist of 13 episodes. The series will also air the following day on The CW, as well as be available on The CW’s digital platforms. Ahead of the series premiere, characters from the series were featured in the Arrowverse crossover “Crisis on Infinite Earths”, establishing Stargirl as existing on a parallel Earth to the Arrowverse series.One decade after the Justice Society of America died in a battle with their sworn enemies, high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore discovers the powerful Cosmic Staff and, upon learning that her stepfather Pat Dugan used to be the sidekick to Starman, becomes the inspiration for a whole new generation of superheroes Wednesday, May 20
The 100 (The CW, 8pm)
Thursday, May 21
Burden of Truth(The CW, 8pm)
Monday, May 25
Friday, May 29
Central Park (Apple TV+)
Monday, June 1
NOS4A2 (AMC, 10pm) – Season 2
Friday, June 5
13 Reasons Why (Netflix) – Season 4 (Final Season)
Friday, June 12
Crossing Swords (Hulu)
Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts Season 2 (Netflix)
Wednesday, June 17
Bulletproof (The CW, 8pm)
Sunday, June 21
The Chi (Showtime, 9pm)
Thursday, June 25
The Twilight Zone (CBS All Access) – Season 2
Sunday, June 28
Black Monday (Showtime, 8pm) – Final 4 episodes of Season 2
Friday, July 3rd
Hanna (Amazon) – Season 2
Friday, July 10th
Greatness Code (AppleTV+)
CBS New and Returning TV Shows for Fall 2020 Premieres
8-8:30 p.m. The Neighborhood
8:30-9 p.m. Bob Hearts Abishola
9-10 p.m. All Rise
10-11 p.m. Bull
7-8 p.m. 60 Minutes
8-9 p.m. The Equalizer
9-10 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles
10-11 p.m. NCIS: New Orleans
Netflix New Releases: Movies And TV Shows Streaming In June 2020
Week of June 1
Act of Valor – 6/1/20 All Dogs Go to Heaven – 6/1/20 Bad News Bears – 6/1/20 Cape Fear – 6/1/20 Casper – 6/1/20 Cardcaptor Sakura: Clow Card – 6/1/20 Cardcaptor Sakura: Sakura Card – 6/1/20 Clueless – 6/1/20 Cocomelon: Season 1 – 6/1/20 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – 6/1/20 The Healer – 6/1/20 Inside Man – 6/1/20 Lust, Caution – 6/1/20 Observe and Report – 6/1/20 Priest – 6/1/20 The Silence of the Lambs – 6/1/20 Starship Troopers – 6/1/20 The Boy – 6/1/20 The Car (1977) – 6/1/20 The Disaster Artist – 6/1/20 The Help – 6/1/20 The Lake House – 6/1/20 The Queen – 6/1/20 Twister – 6/1/20 V for Vendetta – 6/1/20 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story – 6/1/20 West Side Story – 6/1/20 You Don’t Mess with the Zohan – 6/1/20 Zodiac – 6/1/20 Alone: Season 6 – 6/2/20 Fuller House: The Farewell Season – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 6/2/20 Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On: Season 1 – 6/2/20 True: Rainbow Rescue – NETFLIX FAMILY – 6/2/20 Killing Gunther – 6/3/20 Lady Bird – 6/3/20 Spelling the Dream – NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY – 6/3/20 Baki: The Great Raitai Tournament Saga – NETFLIX ANIME – 6/4/20 Can You Hear Me / M’entends-tu? – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 6/4/20 13 Reasons Why: Season 4 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 6/5/20 Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai – NETFLIX FILM – 6/5/20 Hannibal: Season 1-3 – 6/5/20 The Last Days of American Crime – NETFLIX FILM – 6/5/20 Queer Eye: Season 5 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 6/5/20 Queen of the South: Season 4 – 6/6/20
Week of June 7
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 6 (New Episodes Weekly) – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 6/7/20 Before I Fall – 6/8/20 Curon – NETFLIX SERIES – 6/10/20 DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 5 – 6/10/20 Lenox Hill – NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY – 6/10/20 Middle Men – 6/10/20 My Mister: Season 1 – 6/10/20 Reality Z – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 6/10/20 Pose: Season 2 – 6/11/20 Da 5 Bloods – NETFLIX FILM – 6/12/20 Dating Around: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 6/12/20 F is for Family: Season 4 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 6/12/20 Jo Koy: In His Elements – NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL – 6/12/20 Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Season 2 – NETFLIX FAMILY – 6/12/20 ONE PIECE: Alabasta – 6/12/20 ONE PIECE: East Blue – 6/12/20 ONE PIECE: Enter Chopper at the Winter Island – 6/12/20 ONE PIECE: Entering into the Grand Line – 6/12/20 Pokémon Journeys: The Series – NETFLIX FAMILY – 6/12/20 The Search – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 6/12/20 The Woods – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 6/12/20 Alexa & Katie: Part 4 – NETFLIX FAMILY – 6/13/20 How to Get Away With Murder: Season 6 – 6/13/20 Milea – 6/13/20
Week of June 14
Marcella: Season 3 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 6/14/20 Underdogs – 6/15/20 Baby Mama – 6/16/20 Charlie St. Cloud – 6/16/20 The Darkness – 6/16/20 Frost/Nixon – 6/16/20 An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn – 6/17/20 Mr. Iglesias: Part 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 6/17/20 A Whisker Away – NETFLIX ANIME – 6/18/20 The Order: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 6/18/20 Babies: Part 2 – NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY – 6/19/20 Father Soldier Son – NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY – 6/19/20 Feel the Beat – NETFLIX FILM – 6/19/20 Floor Is Lava – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 6/19/20 Lost Bullet – NETFLIX FILM – 6/19/20 Girls from Ipanema: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 6/19/20 One-Way To Tomorrow – NETFLIX FILM – 6/19/20 The Politician: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 6/19/20 Rhyme Time Town – NETFLIX FAMILY – 6/19/20 Wasp Network – NETFLIX FILM – 6/19/20
Week of June 21
Goldie – 6/21/20 Dark Skies – 6/22/20 Eric Andre: Legalize Everything – NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL – 6/23/20 Athlete A – NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY – 6/24/20 Crazy Delicious – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 6/24/20 Nobody Knows I’m Here / Nadie sabe que estoy aquí – NETFLIX FILM – 6/24/20 Amar y vivir – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 6/26/20 Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga – NETFLIX FILM – 6/26/20 Home Game – NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY – 6/26/20 Straight Up – 6/26/20
Week of June 28
Bratz: The Movie – 6/29/20 Adú – NETFLIX FILM – 6/30/20 BNA – NETFLIX ANIME – 6/30/20 George Lopez: We’ll Do It For Half – NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL – 6/30/20
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay – NETFLIX ORIGINAL One Take – NETFLIX FILM Roswell, New Mexico: Season 2 The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story
Movies and shows coming to Prime Video in July
Under the Silver Lake — July 1
Andrew Garfield stars in this mind-bending film that combines neo-noir with black comedy. Garfield plays a slacker whose gorgeous neighbor (Riley Keough) goes missing. His search for her leads him down a rabbit hole of increasing weirdness in hipster LA. (R)
Peterloo (Amazon Original) — July 5
Acclaimed director Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner, Secrets & Lies) tells the story of one of Britain’s darkest events in this Amazon Original movie. Cavalry charged into a pro-democracy demonstration in 1819, killing 15 and injuring hundreds. The Peterloo Massacre became a rallying point for democratic reform. (PG-13)
Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny (Amazon Original, Season 1, Part 2) — July 5
Now famously known as the Four Constellations, the panda kids are summoned by the Emperor to the Forbidden City, making Po fear the kids may no longer need his teachings. But when friends turn to foes, all the heroes will need to draw from their Chi and Kung Fu knowledge to defeat evil in an explosive and epic battle. (TV-Y7)
All or Nothing (Amazon Original, Season 4) — July 19
The Amazon Original series documents an entire season of an NFL team using unprecedented access to practices, team meetings, locker rooms and games. The fourth NFL installment features the 2018 season of the Carolina Panthers and their MVP-caliber quarterback, Cam Newton. (TV-MA
Serenity — July 23
Matthew McConaughey stars as a fisherman whose ex-wife (Anne Hathaway) asks him to kill her new husband. This heady thriller is full of twists, including a neck-snapper in the middle that sends the plot in a startling new direction. (R) The Boys (Amazon Original, Season 1) — July 26
The new Amazon Original series puts a decidedly different spin on superhero stories. In a world where the super-powered sometimes neglect the “hero” part of their calling, an underground group known as the Boys works to stem superhero corruption. Violent, profane and darkly funny. (TV-MA)
A Vigilante — July 27
Olivia Wilde stars as a formerly abused woman who avenges victims of domestic violence. A Vigilante delivers a social message that elevates it above the standard action thriller. One of last year’s best-reviewed movies. (R)
The Haunting of Sharon Tate — July 29
Hillary Duff stars as the ill-fated actress Sharon Tate, who became a victim of the Manson Family. The film mixes fact and fiction as it creates a horror story out of the real-life tragedy. (R) Spider-Man 3 — July 31
We won’t leave you completely without superhero popcorn movies. The third film in the first Spider-Man series — with Toby Maguire as the web-slinger — finds Spidey battling the Sandman, New Goblin and Venom. Kirsten Dunst co-stars. (PG-13)
Dumb and Dumber — July 31
Sometimes, we just want some easy laughs from a silly comedy, and maybe no movie delivers that better than this hilarious classic. Jim Carrey, at the height of his comic powers, teams with Jeff Daniels as two friends long on good intentions but short on IQ points. (PG-13)
Stream now: As part of your Prime membership, you can also watch
everything else coming to Prime in July:
July 2 Phoenix (2014) July 7 Marshall (2017) July 9 Witless Protection (2008) July 10 Trapped (Season 2) July 12 Gone Baby Gone (2007) Comicstaan, Amazon Original Series (Season 2) July 13 Never Grow Old (2019) July 14 No Vacancy (1999) Tabaluga (2018) July 15 Love Happens (2009) July 19 Trading Paint (2019) July 21 Time Freak (2018) July 26 Dino Dana, Amazon Original series (Season 3) July 28 After Darkness (2018) July 31 Arctic (2018) A Very Brady Sequel (1996) A Viking Saga: The Darkest Day (2013) American Heart (1992) Chinese Box (1997) Corpse Bride (2005) Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003) Eight Men Out (1988) Furry Vengeance (2010) Good Advice (2001) Hackers (1995) Ingenious (2009) Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003) Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996) My Bloody Valentine (2009) Rat Race (2001) Rosemary’s Baby (1968) S.W.A.T. (2003) Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) Star Trek: First Contact (1996) Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold (2006) The Rainmaker (1997) Tracker (2010) Twelve Monkeys (1995) Urban Cowboy (1980)
Director: Chris Rock Studio: Universal Television, Broadway Video Logline: Kenan Thompson strives to be a super dad to his two adorable girls while simultaneously balancing his job and a father-in-law who “helps” in the most inappropriate ways. (Single camera) Cast: Kenan Thompson, Punam Patel, Dani Lockett, Dannah Lockett, Andy Garcia
Canceled/Ending Series: “Blindspot,” “The Good Place,” “The InBetween,” “Sunnyside” (effectively canceled and moved to digital platforms for the remainder of its first season), “Will & Grace”
Producer(s): Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz, Jennifer Carreras Studio: Universal Television, Seven Bucks Productions, Fierce Baby Productions
Inspired by the formative years of Dwayne Johnson. Cast: Dwayne Johnson
TINA FEY/ROBERT CARLOCK COMEDYS
A wealthy businessman runs for mayor of Los Angeles for all the wrong reasons. Once he wins he has to figure out what he stands for, gain the respect of his staff and connect with his teenage daughter, all while humanely controlling the coyote population. Cast: Ted Danson, Holly Hunter, Bobby Moynihan
“9-1-1: Lone Star” (FOX)
Ryan Murphy-produced series “9-1-1” follows a New York firefighter, played by Rob Lowe, dealing with life-and-death situations every day. The show has been renewed for a second season though Fox has not announced if it will premiere during the fall.
“Blue Bloods” (CBS)
The Reagans, the fictional police family at the center of CBS’ long-running police procedural “Blue Bloods” will return for season 11 in September as part of the network’s fall lineup.
“Bull,” the series about jury consultant Jason Bull, played by Michael Weatherly, has been renewed for a fifth season to air in the fall.
Robert and Michelle King’s “Evil” — tells the story of a psychologist who pairs up with a priest-in-training to investigate the church’s biggest mysteries. CBS has renewed it for a second season to premiere in the fall.
“Family Guy” (FOX)
. “Family Guy” enters Season 19 on FOX in the fall.
“FBI: Most Wanted” (CBS)
The latest series from “Law and Order” creator Dick Wolf looks at the Fugitive Task Force and how it tracks down some of the most notorious criminals. Like nearly all of Wolf’s recent first season series, it will return for Season 2 in the fall.
Filthy Rich” (FOX)
When the patriarch (Gerald McRaney) of a mega-rich Southern family, famed for creating a wildly successful Christian television network, dies in a plane crash, his wife (Kim Cattrall) and family are stunned to learn that he fathered three illegitimate children, all of whom are written into his will, threatening their family name and fortune. The series will premiere on FOX this fall.
“L.A.’s Finest” (FOX)
“L.A.’s Finest” follows Syd Burnett (Gabrielle Union), last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel, who has seemingly left her complicated past behind to become an LAPD detective. Paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Jessica Alba), a working mom with an equally complex history, Syd is forced to confront how her unapologetic lifestyle may be masking a greater personal secret. Taking on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles while skirting the rules, and speed limits, Syd and Nancy become a force to be reckoned with – on the streets, and in each other’s lives.
“Magnum, P.I.” (CBS)
“Magnum, P.I.” another modernized remake of a popular 1980s series, has been renewed for a third season. The new take, starring Jay Hernandez as private investigator Thomas Magnum, marked the network’s foray into more diverse casting.
“MacGyver,” the remake of the 1980s drama of the same name, has been renewed for a fifth season and will return in the fall.
The Masked Singer” (FOX)
“The Masked Singer,” the extremely popular reality show wherein mystery performers are cloaked in massive costumes to sing songs with a panel of judges guessing who they are, is the No. 1 show on television it been renewed for a fourth season on FOX.
“Masterchef Junior” (FOX)
Entering its eighth season in the fall, “Masterchef Junior” gives talented kids between the ages of 8 and 13 the chance to showcase their culinary abilities and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges. The hit culinary competition series features world renowned chef Gordon Ramsay, acclaimed chef Aarón Sánchez and nutrition expert, author and new judge Daphne Oz and welcome Gordon’s daughter, Tilly Ramsay, back to the “Masterchef” kitchen for a donut challenge.
The Chuck Lorre-produced sitcom about a mother and daughter (played by Allison Janney and Anna Faris, respectively) has been renewed for an eighth season.
“NCIS,” following the investigations from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, has been around for over 15 years. With two spin-off series; “NCIS: Los Angeles” is also one of the most watched programs in the country. “NCIS” is returning for season 18 in September.
NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS)
Like its spinoffs, “NCIS: New Orleans” and the original “NCIS,” starring Mark Harmon, “NCIS: Los Angeles” will return in the fall. The series — now on Season 12 — follows the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in the City of Angels and stars LL Cool J.
NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS)
The youngest of the NCIS franchises, Scott Bakula leads this city’s take on the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Along with its original series and its Los Angeles-set spinoff, it will return and unveil its seventh season premiere in the fall.
The Neighborhood” (CBS)
CBS has renewed “The Neighborhood” for a third season in the fall. The sitcom stars Cedric the Entertainer and Max Greenfield as neighbors navigating everything from race to personal values.
John Slattery stars in Manny Coto’s (“24,” “Dexter”) tale of the nightmare that is A.I., Fox’s upcoming “NEXT.” According to Coto, “It’s a manhunt without a man with a ticking clock that isn’t sure either, but this thing gets exponentially smarter.” The series also stars Michael Mosley, Jason Butler Harner, Eve Harlow, Aaron Moten, Gerardo Celasco, Elizabeth Cappuccino and Evan Whitten. The show premieres this fall.
Jason Biggs and Maggie Lawson as Mike and Kay, a suburban couple raising their children – who are certified geniuses – in New Jersey. Ratings haven’t been stellar for this fledging series so it’s not surprising that a renewal hasn’t been announced though neither has a cancellation, although FOX did not include it in its fall renewal announcement.
“Prodigal Son” (FOX)
The show has enjoyed relatively steady ratings since its September 2019 premiere but FOX has yet to renew the show for a Season 2 and they did not announce it during their fall announcement.
“Survivor” has been on for 20 years, gang! The popular survival series which initially debuted in 2000 has been going strong, in spite of controversies and firings. The show, which almost had Nick Offerman as a contestant, celebrates its 41th season in the fall.
“S.W.A.T.” is a remake of the 1975 series of the same name that was later adapted to film in 2003. The new series, borrowing the same characters from the original series, stars Shemar Moore as the leader of the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit. It has been renewed for a fourth season.