Marvel Comics have existed in some form since 1939. It would be an understatement to say that over the last 75 years some outrageous story lines and subject material have found their way onto Marvel’s pages, some of them more prominent than others.
Here are 10 things you might not know about the Marvel Universe:
There was once an evil plot to get Nightcrawler elected Pope.
The Church of Humanity (think of them as the Westboro Baptist of the Marvel Universe) was once involved in a complicated Uncanny X-Men scheme to install Nightcrawler as Pope and then expose him as “Satan”, which wasn’t even the craziest part of the plot. They also had “exploding Communion wafers” penciled into their business plan, which, to be honest, this day and age what rock solid startup doesn’t have exploding Eucharist in their portfolio?
Tony Stark owns Area 51.
Deadpool and Thanos are involved in a love triangle with Death.
Much like Champ Kind, Wade Wilson will take your mother out to a nice steak dinner and never call her again. That said, he has had a few “meaningful” romantic entanglements over the years, one of which with the physical embodiment of Death, AKA Mistress Death, AKA Madame La Morte, AKA The ‘ol Grim Reap-ette.
Problem was, Deadpool had to die to be with her, and it turns out he’s really crappy at dying. Later, when Thanos began a relationship with Death, he became “jealous new boyfriend guy” and (with the help of T-Ray) cursed Deadpool with immortality, preventing Wade from ever courting Death again. It’s like an episode of Maury but more believable.
Leonardo DaVinci and Sir Isaac Newton were members of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Leonardo da Vinci was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, and an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. From Marvel Wiki:
[da Vinci was] part of the Brotherhood of the Shield, a secret organization dedicated to preserving all life on Earth, which included many other geniuses throughout history such as Sir Isaac Newton, Imhotep and Zhang Heng and Galileo. They were the first heroes to defeat Galactus.
Again, anyone who’s sat through a World History lesson on The Renaissance should know this. It’s a great time to be a history buff with Teddy Roosevelt: The Real First Avenger hitting theaters soon.