Dead Parents, Destiny, Choices
A character’s origin story is one of, if not the most important aspect part of their entire story. While many characters find renewed interest when their origins are revised or improved, many of the iconic superheroes of all time are still best defined by the original story that made them who they are. Batman’s origin is one that defines the character and anyone even remotely interested in Batman lore would be familiar with it
Everyone knows how Tony Stark became Iron Man, but in Part I we covered his secret origin where he found out that he was adopted. Now, in Part II we have some more of your favourite Marvel superheroes and their comic book origin stories.
Dr Stephen Strange, a celebrated neurosurgeon, was in a car accident that severely damaged the nerves in his hands, ending his career. Too arrogant to accept positions he viewed as lesser, Strange sought a cure and pursued every available treatment, soon depleting his wealth; within months he was reduced performing shady medical procedures that barely paid his bar tabs. After hearing rumours of the mystical Ancient One, a desperate Strange pawned his only remaining possessions for a ticket to the East and found the Ancient One’s Tibetan palace. At first angry when the Ancient One refused to cure him, Strange later witnessed the sorcerer attacked by mystic forces. Upon learning that the Ancient One was Earth’s magical defender and that the attack on him came from his pupil Mordo, Strange tried to warn him, but Mordo prevented Strange from doing so. For the sake of the Ancient One and the world, Strange acted unselfishly for the first time in years, vowing to learn magic himself so he could defeat Mordo and anyone who misused their magical power.
All in all, Director Steve Ditko gave us a movie origin that was faithful to the one in the comics. Except Dr Strange looks like a wizard pimp in the comics.
Groot was a Flora Colossus, tree like beings from Planet X, the capital of the branch worlds. He did not get along with the other saplings of his race, instead preferring the company of the mammals who took care of them called “Maintainence Mammals.” After Groot killed a sapling to defend a maintenance mammal it was attacking, as well as releasing a human subject that had been kidnapped for experimentation, he was exiled from the planet. With no place to go, Groot set off to explore other galaxies.
The language of the Flora colossus is almost impossible to understand due to the stiffness of the larynxes that make their speech continuously sound like they’re saying “I am Groot” over and over again.
Here is just a beautiful example to illustrate this:
The monosyllabic tree creature actually predates Marvel Comic Universe by about a year! His first appearance in late 1960 as a generic monster in the Tales to Astonish anthology series might not have initially been part of the Marvel mythology.
Black Widow’s comic book origin story was told in Tales of Suspense and later expanded on in the Avengers. Natasha Romanov’s family was killed when Nazis set her family home on fire. She was later adopted by a Russian spy. Her athletic gifts lead to her eventually becoming an operative for the KGB, the Russian intelligence agency. When one of her assassination missions was foiled by Iron Man, she formed a team with Hawkeye and they frequently clashed with Iron Man. All things considered, I think the murderous ballerina thing the movies have going on is pretty cool.
An interesting fact the Marvel Cinematic Universe hasn’t touched on Wanda Maximoff is actually the daughter of one of the X-Men’s greatest enemies, Magneto. Her comic debut was as a part of Magneto’s evil mutant brotherhood. She eventually saw her father as a madman, who frequently harmed innocent people to achieve his goals. Though she and her brother, Quicksilver continued to work with Magneto until Cyclops thawed a frozen Quicksilver as an act of compassion. They later abandoned Magneto’s mutant war and enlisted with the Avengers out of a desire to do good.
In World War II, Sgt. Fury was the leader of the US Rangers’ First Attack Squad, nicknamed the “Howling Commandos” for their boisterous battle cry. Dugan served as Fury’s second-in-command and became his closest friend. The Howlers occasionally worked alongside Captain America (Steve Rogers) and Bucky Barnes, who became allies. During one mission, Fury’s left eye was damaged by a grenade and the lack of medical attention eventually worsened the wound. Fury received the “Infinity Formula,” which greatly slowed his ageing process, although it required him to take regular injections to stay alive. Late in the war, Fury joined the OSS and with the war’s end joined their post-war CIA agency. Eventually, Fury was selected as director of SHIELD, an international intelligence agency equipped with state-of-the-art technology by Tony Stark. The rest is Avengers history.
Also in the comics he looks like this: