Super hero movies are everywhere and if you’re a horror fan you might think this is a bad thing. Fear not as we bring you a guide to a ton of terrifying and malevolent Marvel comic characters that we think could have come straight out of a horror film (some of which ended up in one!)
From demons to witches, psychopaths to aliens, classic monsters to crazy creations our list is divided into 4 Parts for easy consumption. Packed with hideous heroes and violent villains in various categories from the wickedly well known to the ominously obscure this list will hopefully inspire you to pick up a comic or graphic novel to learn more about the characters many of which are a lot less family friendly on the printed page than the silver screen we can promise.
So let’s start with….
A Character you might know:
Real Name: Edward Charles Brock
Hero, villain or both? Been both!
Brief Bio: Okay so Spiderman ended up in space for a cosmic battle between heroes and villains and while up there his suit got shredded but luckily he found a new black one. Unluckily this wasn’t a suit at all but an alien symbiote that bonded with Spiderman giving him all sorts of new powers as well as his old ones. Once back on Earth the suit hated being parted from its host possessing him at night and battling evil while Peter slept. Unsurprisingly unhappy with this Spiderman got the Fantastic Four to separate him from the symbiote who at last left and happened to find Eddie Brook praying for forgiveness for the suicide he was contemplating. A reporter Brook’s life had recently hit the skids due to Spiderman uncovering a false story he had become famous for making him a laughingstock and causing his wife to leave him. Sharing a common enemy and a deep love/hate relationship with Spiderman the unlikely pair bonded instantly and this Venom was born.
Powers & Paraphernalia: “Previously, the alien costume, which had grafted itself to the nervous system of Eddie Brock, somehow absorbed the powers of Spider-Man during its brief symbiotic relationship with him. These powers were transferred to Brock, so long as he wore the costume… As Venom, Brock could also shoot strands of the alien’s substance in the form of webbing at high pressure up to a distance of 70 feet. The alien’s substance seems to be composed of tough, flexible fibres of organic polymers, which regenerate swiftly after shedding. The strands have extraordinary adhesive properties, which diminish rapidly once they abandon their living source…When distributed at a typical thickness over Brock’s body, the symbiote was capable of absorbing bullets from small-arms weapons firing conventional ammunition. The symbiote is however particularly vulnerable to both sonic and heat-based attacks. Also the symbiote has the power to blend in with the background.” From https://marvel.com/universe/
Height: 6’3″ Weight: 260 lbs. (due to atrophy and removal of Venom symbiote)
First Comic Appearance: Amazing Spider-man #299 (cameo, 1988), Amazing Spider-man #300 (full, 1988)
Random Fact: Venom was once recruited by the government to be a special operations counter terrorism agent. How did they get him to conform? Well they planted a bomb in his chest and held on to the trigger. And you think your boss is bad!
Films and TV Appearances: Let’s forget the shambles that is Sam Raimi’s disappointing Spider-Man 3 from 2007 where Topher Grace, the last person anyone who ever read a Venom comic would ever cast, played the anti-hero and skip to the upcoming Venom staring Tom Hardy shall we? Interestingly this isn’t the first time Sony have tried to cash in on their Spiderman characters since that terrible attempt with a previous project transforming into the completely unrelated plot of 2017’s Life which writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have stated that they, and the studio, previously had interest in retroactively making into a prequel to Venom according to http://comicbook.com
The characters you might not:
Real Name: Quentin Beck
Aliases: Nicholas Macabes, Rudolph Hines, Gerdes, Doctor Ludwig Rinehart
Hero, villain or both? Villain
Brief Bio: A special effects designer and stunt man Quentin Beck became frustrated when Hollywood didn’t give him the credit he deserved. Teaming up with fellow villain The Tinkerer, who well tinkers with stuff, Beck donned a crazy costume and posed as an alien in an attempt to steal industrial and military plans. He then attempted to frame Spiderman for a string of robberies by posing as him and cleverly duplicating his powers through tricks and devices. Spiderman not only defeated him but cleared his name and so began a lifelong hatred for the wall crawler that Mysterio never forgot.
Powers & Paraphernalia: “Quentin Beck does not possess superhuman abilities but he is an expert designer of special effects devices and stage illusions, a master hypnotist and magician and an amateur chemist and roboticist. He has extensive knowledge of hand-to-hand combat techniques learned as a stuntman, allowing him to engage in combat with Spider-Man despite his foe’s superior physical abilities and using his skills at misdirection as a further method of self-defence. Mysterio’s suit includes many devices to aid him. His helmet is made of one-way Plexiglas, meaning he can see out but no one can see in. The helmet also includes an air supply to protect him from his own gases, sonar to navigate within his mist cloak and a holographic projector to create 3D illusions… A combination of hypnogens and hallucinogens, along with his holographic projectors, are how Mysterio achieves most of his illusions” From https://en.wikipedia.org/
Height: 5’11” Weight: 175 lbs.
First Comic Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #13 (1964)
Random Fact: Mysterio once set up his own TV network called, “Mystery Vision” which used subliminal messages to keep mesmerised viewers hooked to the screen. I think Netflix must have borrowed this off him as I can’t stop watching it!
Films and TV Appearances: One of our favourite actors of all time the legendary Bruce Campbell was meant to be revealed as Mysterio in the cancelled fourth Spider-Man film from Sam Raimi which would have been a great twist after he had cameoed in all the other movies. Mysterio is far from gone however as it is now Jake Gyllenhaal will take the role in the Spiderman: Homecoming sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Son of Satan
Real Name: Daimon Hellstrom, changed to Hellstorm
Aliases: Antichrist, Black Halo, the Devil, King of Hell, Prince of Lies, Satan, briefly the “Son of Satannish” and the “White King of the Hellfire Club”
Hero, villain or both? Hero
Brief Bio: Daimon Hellstrom’s mother Victoria Wingate Hellstrom was bought from her Satanist parents by the Chapel of Dresden cult who performed a ritual to allow her to bear a half-human, half-demon child a crazy plan that worked out when one of the Hell-Lords Marduk Kurios came to earth and impregnated her. Always closer to his mother than his father and totally unaware of his true origin Daimon ended up in an orphanage when his mother went mad after seeing Marduk‘s true face (see Satana). Learning about his origin years later from his mother’s diary he discovered a portal to Hell in his home and went through to confront Satan and steal his trident which he use to summon three Demon-Steeds and chariot and escape the cursed realm. Returning to Earth determined to fight evil in its many forms any way he can while avoiding the dark side of his demon half and the many words of temptation from his father every time they battle.
Powers & Paraphernalia: “As the Son of Satan, Hellstrom possessed supernatural powers derived from his “Darksoul,” a demonic counterpart to his human soul, which physically manifested itself in the pentagram-shaped birthmark on his chest. The Darksoul granted him superhuman strength, and the ability to project soul fire. He was able to magically change into his demonic costume at will by extending the middle three fingers of each hand in the shape of a trident, concentrating, and letting his soul fire engulf his body. Once, Hellstrom used his powers to travel through time to ancient Atlantis. As Hellstorm and the Son of Satan, Hellstrom wielded a trident made of netharanium, a “psychosensitive” metal found only in “Satan’s” extra-dimensional realm. The trident was a medium through which magical energies, such as Hellstrom’s soul fire, could be amplified and projected. By projecting the soul fire through the trident, Hellstrom could gain enough thrust to levitate and to fly for short periods of time.” From https://en.wikipedia.org/
Height: 6’1″ Weight: 180 lbs.
First Comic Appearance: Ghost Rider #1 (1973)
Random Fact: Daimon has an advanced degree in theology, is self-taught in demonology and briefly trained as a priest. Imagine if he had kept at that taking Sunday service at his church!
Films and TV Appearances: None to mention – yet!
Real Name: Satana Hellstrom
Aliases: The Devil’s Daughter, Judith Camber, Julia, Mistress of the Basilisk
Hero, villain or both? Both
Brief Bio: The sister of Daimon Hellstrom born from the same union of human and demon unlike her brother Satana embraced her father’s teachings performing a ritual sacrifice at the age of 6 under his direction that when witnessed by her mother drove her mad. Taken to Hell to be tutored in the dark arts Satana and ended up banished to earth much to her chagrin. After involvement in various evil plots Satana finally saw the error of her ways joining with witches Topaz and Jennifer Kale to end the threat of Hellphyr (see Jennifer Kale) and has remained with them ever since to fight supernatural threats whatever they may be.
Powers & Paraphernalia: “Satana is a half-demon/half-human hybrid, and a succubus; she has some innate mystical abilities inherited from her father, as well as some that her father granted to her… She has the ability to manipulate magical forces for a variety of effects, including inter-dimensional teleportation, levitation, and the projection of concussive bolts of eldritch energy in the form of “soul fire” or hellfire… Satana also trained in the mystic arts and learned how to cast spells and perform witchcraft. She was trained by her father “Satan” in the use of her demonic powers.” From https://en.wikipedia.org/
Height: 5’7″ Weight: 120 lbs.
First Comic Appearance: Vampire Tales #2 (1973)
Random Fact: Another one of Satana’s powers is the ability to touch any weapon that has been used to kill and absorb its “blood energy” to become stronger according to how many souls the item has taken which must be a useful party trick I guess.
Films and TV Appearances: Again none to mention – yet!
Real Name: Jennifer Kale
Aliases: Wendy the Good Little Witch
Hero, villain or both? Hero
Brief Bio: The granddaughter of a Cultist obsessed with the powerful book of magic named The Tome of Zhered-Na which was used to prevent demons invading Earth Jennifer was taken in as an apprentice by an ancient sorcerer named Dakimh who stayed with her even when she attempted to live a normal life and even after he died. Perpetually drawn into magical conflicts in the end she embraced her magical teachings teaming up with Satana and Topaz when the Tome unleashed the curse of the Hellphyr which threatened to destroy all magical beings on Earth. The three witches have stayed together to battle evil magic and keep us safe from Satan.
Powers & Paraphernalia: “Though initially only a novice in the mystic arts of the Marvel Universe, Jennifer Kale held tremendous potential for wielding magic and has since honed it through many years of intensive training and tutelage. Though her training was based upon the brand of magic wielded by Zhered-Na, she has since been tutored by other sorcerers and she is also self-taught to a degree. As of now, Kale can fire magical bolts, form shields, open dimensional portals, mesmerize people, affect the memories of others, teleport herself and others, and cast numerous spells for a variety of effects.” https://en.wikipedia.org/
Height: 5’6″ Weight: 122 lbs.
First Comic Appearance: (Adventures into) Fear#11 (1972)
Random Fact: Although she has had several boyfriends during her time the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe recognises Jennifer as bisexual as do latter comics.
Films and TV Appearances: Again none to mention but why the hell not!
Marvel’s version of a classic monster:
Real Name: Calvin Zabo
Hero, villain or both? Villain
Brief Bio: Fascinated by Robert Louis Stevenson’s story Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde amoral biochemist and twisted genius Calvin Zabo was convinced the fiction could become a reality and decided to commit his life to discovering formula to unleash his inner demon. Funding his experiments with a life of crime by gaining employment with various doctors and robbing them blind Zabo’s wickedness caught up with him when he applied to work with Dr. Donald Blake and was refused because of his bad reputation. Swearing vengeance Zabo made a major breakthrough finding the secret formula and managed to transform himself into the beastly Mr Hyde. He immediately went after Dr Blake unaware that this was in fact the secret identity of Thor who defeated the deranged man immediately. Undeterred Zabo continued his research and his vendetta running into the God of Thunder several times over the years as well as going up against Hulk and Daredevil amongst others.
Powers & Paraphernalia: “The process that transforms Dr. Calvin Zabo into his Mr. Hyde persona is a hormonal transformation caused by ingestion of chemical formula. As his body adjusted to its new form, Mr. Hyde’s strength, stamina, durability, and resistance to physical injury all increase to superhuman levels. Hyde’s powers are sufficient to stand toe to toe with the likes of Thor and survive. He has been shown tearing apart steel in a bank vault with ease.” https://en.wikipedia.org/
Height: (Zabo) 5′ 11″; (Hyde) 6′ 5″ Weight: (Zabo) 185 lbs.; (Hyde) 420 lbs.
First Comic Appearance: Journey into Mystery #99 (1963)
Random Fact: One of Mr Hyde’s plans involved teaming up with a guy named Batroc the Leaper, hijacking a super tanker filled with 50,000 tons of liquefied natural gas and chaining Captain America to the prow before setting the ship on a collision course with New York. Cap escaped of course but this just proves comics are crazy!
Films and TV Appearances: True comic nerds will know that Mr Hyde appeared in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. played by the legendary Kyle MacLachlan. Known only as The Doctor at first MacLachlan‘s character name Calvin Zabo was revealed much later as was his special formula ‘primarily composed of anabolic-androgenic steroids, a liver enzyme blocker, various metabolic enhancers, methamphetamines, gorilla testosterone, and a drop of peppermint’ which gave him super strength and sent him into a mindless rage. Most interestingly of all Zabo turned out to be the father of Daisy “Skye” Johnson’s played by Chloe Bennet but true Hyde heads already saw that one coming a mile off.
One insane one just for fun:
Real Name: Groot
Hero, villain or both? Hero (but not at first!)
Brief Bio: Everyone knows Groot, the great big tree guy from The Guardians of the Galaxy right however not many people know that he started out as an evil alien monster who travelled to Earth seeking humans as test subjects. The flora colossus from Planet X’s plans were foiled by termites (yes termites!) and everyone thought he was destroyed but in fact Groot returned to space teaming up with Star Lord and ultimately becoming much more like the character we know and love today.
Powers & Paraphernalia: “Groot is extremely powerful and resilient, he has the power or regeneration allowing him to re-grow limbs and even his entire form. He also has powers of the mind, although they only appear to work on plant life, allowing him to communicate with other trees and command them to attack those that oppose him. “ From https://marvel.com/universe/
Height: Variable Weight: Variable
First Comic Appearance: Tales to Astonish #13 (1960)
Random Fact: In the comics Groot was captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. and joined Nick Fury’s Paranormal Containment Unit nicknamed the Howling Commandos alongside a clone of Frankenstein, a radioactive swamp monster called Glob and Gorilla-Man. Now why isn’t there a film about THIS team.
Films and TV Appearances: Voiced by Vin Diesel (who performed the voice work for a number of languages the movie was released in and also provided some motion capture elements for the character) Groot has appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and more recently Avengers: Infinity War.
Look out for Parts 2, 3 and 4 coming soon!
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