These superheroes didn’t make it into the X-Men movie or any other movie. They don’t have a TV show, or even a current comic book series of their own. But they are cool, and they appear from time to time in other Marvel Comics.
1 – Darkhawk (1991 – 1995) Chris Powell found a mysterious alien amulet that allowed him to transform into a powerful android. He is able to switch between various armors, can generate force fields, energy blasts, and his armor is capable of space flight. He sometimes fought alongside Captain America, Spider-man, the New Warriors, and the Avengers. Darkhawk has magnificent metallic wings, and an impervious helmet. He just plain looks cool. Darkhawk only ran for 50 issues, but appears in 271 other comic issues. He is a great Marvel superhero.
2 – Sleepwalker (1991-1994) A being that protects people in their dreams, he has fused with the mind of Rick Sheridan. Whenever Rick sleeps, the Sleepwalker inters our world, and fights crime. The Sleepwalker has super strength, can manipulate matter with his vision gaze, and can act as a mental amplifier on characters such as Jean Grey and Professor X.
Sleepwalker ran for 32 issues and appears in 116 issues of other comic-book characters.
3 – Penance (2007) A lab experiment causes Robbie Baldwin to gain a kinetic energy costume and related powers. Penance only appeared in 5 issues, but was a mighty funky Marvel superhero. His powers are augmented by his own pain. He has appeared from time to time in other comics, such as the Amazing Spider-man and the New Warriors.
4 – Ant-Man (1962) Henry Pym discovered a chemical that would allow him to change his size (shrink to insect size, ride a wasp) and to control ants. Ant-Man #2 was Scott Lang who worked for Stark International when he stole the first Ant Man’s equipment, and became the new Ant Man. Ant-Man #3 (Eric O’Grady) stumbled across the suit and took the reigns for another decade. They can control animals, become tiny, and have superior intellect. Let’s not forget the cool power suit.
Ant Man appears in more than 500 issues of comics, including the Avengers and Iron Man. He first appeared in “Tales to Astonish” #27.
5 – Man-Thing (1971-1975) A scientific serum gone wrong turns Ted Sallis into a swamp creature. He eventually develops mutated abilities, such as empathy, superhuman strength, longevity and stealth. He is able to ooze his body through odd openings, and is impervious to most effects of bodily harm. Man-Thing first appeared in Savage Tales #1.
Some of these characters do have film projects in the works, but only time will tell if they actually appear or not. Meanwhile, go check out their old comic book issues and discover more unknown Marvel superheroes!
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