10 Things You Might Not Know About the Marvel Universe

by Howie Decker @HowardTheDeck on January 6, 2019

in Comics, Deadpool, Marvel

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.


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UN February 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm

sometimes i think its good that i dont read comics!!

Kalvin Parker February 17, 2014 at 9:19 pm

What about the coat hook in Jane’s London Apartment in Thor the Dark World, that is also worthy of the hammer. Lol

HowardTheDeck February 17, 2014 at 9:27 pm

GREAT scene.

Bob February 18, 2014 at 11:43 am

Um why was Superman, who is DC, carrying Captain Americas shield and Thors hammer who are both Marvel.

HowardTheDeck February 18, 2014 at 11:53 am

Happened in an Avengers-Justice League crossover book in 2003. Wonder Woman has held Mjolnir as well.

Philip James February 27, 2015 at 12:22 am

Which, by the way, is not considered “canon” in Marvel Universe continuity.

Mario July 23, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Except that it is canon for Marvel, not so for DC.

travis February 26, 2014 at 8:27 am

i noticed they missed Hulk lifting the hammer.. and i think it be awesome to have a Marvel/DC mash up animated movies or maybe a mini seires? I havent read the comic cause i cant find it :/

HowardTheDeck February 26, 2014 at 8:35 am

It’s worth the read Travis – here it is on Amazon if you’re interested http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/1401219578/ref=tmm_pap_used_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=used&sr=8-1&qid=1393421712

icecycle66 July 10, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Spider-Man and Wolverine also get together for a beer on Wolverine’s birthday.

Howard Decker @HowardTheDeck July 10, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Nice! Link to a panel if you have one, that sounds cool.

@eclectik August 26, 2014 at 12:42 am

AND Once upon of time Marvel characters had secret identities and real jobs.

guest poster September 24, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Than there was Henry Hank McCoy a normal human scientist working for the avengers. When the unfortnate accident happens and turns him into the Beast. Who then became a mutant and was eventually recruited by Professor X to be a founding member of the Uncanny X-Men.

Globulon February 15, 2015 at 11:09 am

Incorrect. Hank was an original member of the x-men with larger than normal hands and feet and great acrobatic skills. He then worked for a corporation and used a serum on himself which further mutated him into a blue beast. He then became an avenger.

james howard March 12, 2015 at 4:54 am

This was a good list, till the bit about thors hammer, I have that comic, superman was allowed to hold it. he tried to lift it after the fight and they laughed at him

nythawk April 2, 2015 at 11:40 pm

I think underscoopfire.com came from the insane alternate universe.

jack June 17, 2015 at 2:41 pm

i knew trhe stuff about deadpool death and thanos. psylocke cuz shes one of the few awesome female superheroes. (which by the way brings in another thing you could put on the list when she is forced to star in that reality tv show.)
and i knew that human torch was originally an android. but the other stuff is crazy. id think thered be some rule against having presidents (by name) featured in comic books. but thats pretty sweet im gonna have to find some of these.

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