Marvel-ous! Issue #15: Top 10 Marvel Monsters!
Marvel Comics has been known for their fantastic and gruesome monsters for the last 60 years. With bizarre names and crazy appearences, these creatures have crawled, slimed, and flew their way into and through titles and faced up against all manner of popular characters. While these creatures have started to wane in popularity, they are still a prominent presence in the Marvel Universe.
I thought Villains Month was the perfect opportunity to spotlight these creatures! For this list, I decided to spotlight not just the most well known, the oldest, or the most bizarre, but rather a combination of all of them, as well as a few that are just my favorites. Take this list with a grain of salt, and treat it as a jumping off point for discovering more monsters, rather than a definitive authority on the best of the best.
Before we get started, I want to give two honorable mentions. First goes to Godzilla, who technically does exist in the Marvel Universe. I decided to exclude him, based on him being a licenced property. The second is the alien-mutant Broo. I excluded him because he made it onto my Top Ten Marvel Heroes list, and a felt it would be cheap to put him on this one as well.
Without further ado, let's get started!
Sasquatch, also known as Walter Langkowski, is a Canadian scientist who was born in Edmonton, Alberta (where I am living now!). He played for the Green Bay Packers and studied the gamma accident that turned Bruce Banner into the Hulk. Eventually, Langkowski exposed himself to gamma rays, hoping to gain powers like Banner’s. Instead he opened a mystic barrier that allowed the Great Beast Tanaraq to pass through, and Walter assumed its form, wrongly believing his powers came from the gamma radiation. At first, Langkowski’s brain and personality remained in control of his monstrous Sasquatch form, and he joined Alpha Flight. He has acted as both a hero and a villain over the years, and has served as a mainstay in the Marvel Universe since his introduction in 1979.
Introduced in 1975, Manphibian is a creature from an unknown planet, and was born over 1000 years ago. After his mate was murdered by another of his species, Manphibian chased him to our planet and the two became trapped underground. He was eventually released, and worked to save an innocent woman, and was recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D. for its Howling Commandos. He has also served as a member of the Avengers of the Supernatural, and the Legion of Monsters.
8. Brood Queen
The Brood are insectoids beings travelling through space to found host to their spawn. They aren't just savage, they're evil, intentionally enjoying the suffering they cause to others, especially the terror their infection causes to their hosts. They've been compared to "demons". The Brood Queens are their leaders, and serve absolutely. While they have no alliance to one another, they do have unwaivering loyalty from their underlings, perhaps due to their telepathic abilities. The Brood are a main threat to the X-Men, and my favorite alien race in the Marvel Universe.
Yes, everyone's favorite talking tree. When Groot was first introduced in 1960, he had a far greater vocabulary, and far more devious intentions, searching for human test subjects. He was a villain in Tales to Astonish, and fought against It, the Living Colossus as well as the Hulk. He was recruited for the Howling Cmmandos, and recently returned to space to be a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, where he found his friend Rocket, and began choosing his words far more carefully.
6. Jack Russell
Marvel's most prominent werewolf, Jack Russell discovered his lycanthropy curse at 18, becoming known as the Werewolf by Night. He has crossed paths with Moon Knight, Frankenstein's Monster, Tigra, and many others over his years in the Marvel Universe. He is a prominent member of the Howling Commandos, Legion of Monsters, and the Night Shift. Jack is unique in that he can transform to a wolf through sheer will power, and maintain his intellect and speech at most times. However in the light of the full moon, he still becomes the uncontrollable werewolf we all know and love.
Dracula. Prince of Darkness. The king of vampires. Pretty self explainitary. He also fought Deadpool over a girl. Just saying. He's basically the same as the Bram Stroker novel, just more bad ass.
This is my own addition based on personal bias. Admittedly, he is a god, and less strictly a monster, but his gruesome appearence, and meddling with the physical realm makes me feel less bad about him being on this list. The Egyptian god of vengence and the moon, Khonshu takes on the appearence of a skeleton bird, sometimes with the body of a man. It is he who grants Moon Knight his powers, and allegedly enforced his will on Pharoh Imhotep.
3. Fin Fang Foom
Fin Fang Foom is a shapshifting alien from Kakaranthara, who often does battle with the Avengers, Iron Man, and the Hulk. He often takes the shape of a giant Chinese Dragon, and can cast an acid mist from his mouth. He is probably the most well known Marvel monster, and has appeared in many different titles over the years. If you don't think he is awesome already I have two facts that prove it: His name translates to "He Whose Limbs Shatter Mountains and Whose Back Scrapes the Sun", and he once saved Christmas. Seriously. Google it.
Krakoa, the Island that Walks like a Man, is an island that became sentient after nuclear testing off its shores radiated it. Simple as that. Krakoa possesses an instinct-based hivemind comprised of the lifeforms that formed it. It can create moving, semi-humanoid and animal forms of various sizes out of its component earth. Its largest humanoid form possessed superhuman strength (lifting approximately 100 tons). Recently, it served as the guard-lawn for the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.
Man-Thing was originally Theodore Sallis, a doctor working on a secret serum. When he was ambushed by A.I.M, Sallis fled and injected the only secret serum he had created just before crashing into a magical swamp. The magic combined with the secret serum to transform him into Man-Thing. The beast became the guardian of the Nexus of of All Realities, which was housed in the swamp Sallis crashed into. Man-Thing is immortal and brainless. He is attracted to emotions, observing those with strong pleasent emotions, and attacking those with strong violent emotions. He attacks by emitting a sulfuric acid which quickly burns the skin of his opponents.
And those are my top 10 Marvel monsters! Did you agree with my list? Who are your favorite monsters from Marvel Comics? Leave your answers below!
Make sure you are keeping an eye open for more Villains Month content coming all October! We have some awesome stuff planned for you.