6 Alternate Versions of X-Men You Never Knew About

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Stan Lee and Jack Kirby have created several iconic characters including Marvel’s most distinct group of mutants. Traversing throughout several generations, the group has always brought good stories for its fans. With various alternate realities and diverging timelines, their stories have brought several time-travelling stories by bringing several versions of the mutants in the comic book world. The group has gone through alternate realities. Here we bring you six best versions of X-Men.

 1) Ultimate X-Men

Several titles like Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four and the Avengers were launched during the Marvel’s The Ultimate Universe with some modern changes. Miller out a new spin on the characters, which would probably be fading off in future. The characters’ impression was kind of limited. Miller worked with Adam Kubert and decided to make changes for a new generation keeping the same elements in the group for old fans who love X-Men.

2) X-Babies

Created by Chris Claremont and Art Adams, X-Babies made their first appearance in Uncanny X-Men Annual #12. They were used as the clones of it under the leadership of villain Mojo. They were primarily used to boost the entertainment of Mojoverse citizens. Not only that, Mojo used it to control X-Men. Well, the baby version of X-Men was able to stand equivalent to its adult version.

3) Uncanny X-Force

Created by Rick Remender and Jerome Opena, Uncanny X-Force is a crazy group of Wolverine, Deadpool, Psylocke, Fantomex, and Archangel. It is one the badass teams of mutants and is a bit humorous because of Merc With The Mouth. The illustration is beautiful and Wolverine appears to be in the lead as it is always mean to do.

4) Astonishing X-Men

Joss Whedon and John Cassaday are two of the most brilliant and funniest storytellers in the comic book world. The Astonishing X-Men is a different take on iconic X-Men group. It included new members like Kavita Rao and Ord and the overall impression of the storyline is quite giant than the other alternate versions. 

5) X-Factor Vol. Three

The reinvention of X-Factor series of the 90s is way different than any other X-book the comic book lovers have read. This one reopens the X-Factor investigations and you will see some faces and some characters being depowered. Peter David has always executed the actions of characters well in his stories.

6) House of M

House of M is one of the most adventurous X-book stories which affected the mutants of the comic book world than Age of Apocalypse. The story focuses on the Scarlet Witch’s reality powers, which bring some tension among other X-Men members.

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8 Worthy Superheroes Who Have Picked Thor’s Hammer

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Thor is one of the captivating superheroes who is popularly known for his super-powered hammer, Mjolnir, which does not allow other superheroes to have its powers. Well, in a couple of years, few of them have managed to pick the magical Mjolnir hammer. So without any further ado, we bring you eight superheroes who have lifted the super-heavy and powerful hammer in the comics.

1. Black Widow

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Black Widow might be one of the underrated members of the Avengers, she managed to pick up Thor’s hammer in ‘What If Age of Ultron’ when he was dead, ended up having the powers of the god.

2. Vision

In The Avengers: Age of Ultron, he casually handed Mjolnir to The Thor like it was not a big deal. This scene was part of the movie to show his importance. Many criticized the moment saying it was wasted.

3. Awesome Andy

Awesome Andy is one of the characters to be obscured in this list. But due to his noble beliefs and powers, he was able to pick up the hammer. After The Thor possessed the power of who he is now,  Andy used the hammer to combat against the Mad Thinker.

4. Superman

Well Marvel and DC brought a crossover deal by bringing Justice League of America and The Avengers. Superman used the hammer to defeat one of the villains. After that, he was not able to pick it and gave it to The Thor.

5. Deadpool

Deadpool is one of the popular heroes and has gain traction from his 2016 Deadpool film. Well, most the fans are not aware that Deadpool lifted the hammer of The Thor. Thor’s evil brother Loki manipulated the story by the making Mjolnir invisible. Later, Loki creates another fake hammer to create confusion and then Deadpool picked it up.

6) Hulk

Hulk and Red Hulk have been known to deliver some action-filled comics. In one of the instances, he went along with the momentum of Thor’s hammer. Due to his strong strength, Hulk was able to pull Thor’s hammer during a face-off with Thanos.

7) Loki

Brother of God of Thunder, Thor, Loki has always messed up with him and he has gone to unexpected lengths to wield Mjolnir. After turning into the God of Heroism and Truth, Loki becomes worthy of wielding the hammer in Inversion’s event.

8) Captain America

In ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, when all the Avengers sit together for a party and then everyone, other than Thor, tries to hang on to hold Mjolnir. The only time when God of Thunder gets serious is when Captain America slightly shakes the hammer. In one of the comic book stories, Captain America wielded the hammer after his shield was broken in a fight.

Who else can lift the god-like hammer of The Thor? Sound off down below.

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A Major Marvel Character Will Appear in GOTG But Not In Infinity War

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One of these days, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will have to rope in ‘Adam Warlock’ to its extensive roster of heroes. The franchise will soon dive deep into the world of cosmic superheroes as Avengers: Infinity War plans to pit the MCU’s line-up against Thanos, the Mad Titan. However, if the intergalactic tyrant wants to complete his collection of Infinity Stones, it seems like Adam Warlock will need to be brought in. After all, the powerful character does wield one of the gems in the comics – but fans shouldn’t expect Marvel Studios to rush the character’s debut.

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No, according to the president of Marvel Studios, fans won’t get to see Adam Warlock appear in Avengers: Infinity War.

In an interview, Kevin Feige said James Gunn is already developing Adam Warlock’s character. Gunn then stepped in to clarify, saying that the hero was not being made for Avengers: Infinity War

“He’s not. He’s not in Infinity War. But he will be a part of the future Marvel cosmic universe and a pretty important part of that,” Gunn said.

Neither of the creatives could confirm whether Adam Warlock would get his debut in Guardians of the Galaxy 3, but there is enough evidence to make fans feel confident about the debut. The director confirmed he had just started work on writing the third film, a timestamp which makes Warlock’s creation all the most suspect. And, during a later interview, Feige said that “if Warlock appears anywhere in the future, it’ll be in Guardians.”

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In fact, Warlock was even teased in the first Guardians of the Galaxy. He was present in a cocoon which was a part of ‘The Collector’s’ precious collection. But no further teases have been given till now. It would be interesting to see whether any more hints are dropped towards the character in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Source: https://www.quirkybyte.com/blog/2017/04/22/marvel-character-gotg-infinity-war/

Marvel Makes A SHOCKING Confession On Captain America That Will Blow Your Mind

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Captain America has always been one of the most revered, principled and loved superhero of all times across the comic-book universe. He is one of the most grounded superheroes who cares about people and his team.

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Shockingly, Captain America was suggested to be a mole or traitor in the new Marvel comics titled Captain America: Steve Rogers # 1 created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby who brought the character to life 75 years ago. He is shown to be a sleeping member of Hydra. Elisa Sinclair, who spends her time helping the poor of New York, rescued the young Steve Rogers from his abusive father. Elisa is shown as a member the HYDRA Society in the 1920s, and she insists Steve Rogers and his mother join HYDRA as well.

In the Captain America: Steve Rogers # 2, Marvel revealed the mystery behind the entire conspiracy, apparently, Red Skull used the cosmic cube to implant the false memories inside Steve Roger’s head to make him think he is HYDRA agent. But it was further revealed that the previous reality-warping was undone and Steve Rogers was always a loyal member of HYDRA from the start.

In the issue Captain America: Steve Rogers # 10, Cap is constantly trying to remove Mariah Hill from the leadership position, but his plans are soon derailed when Hill came up with a daring plan to create a giant energy field to thwart Red Skull’s sinister alien invasion agenda. In the end, Mariah Hill was fired from her position and world council asks Captain America to nominate a person to oversee military and covert operations. He chose Sharon Carter who now enjoys greater powers owing to the S.H.I.E.L.D Act including dragnet surveillance, wire-tapping etc. She was offered Directorship by the World Council but she declined, instead suggested Captain America’s name for the post.

In the recent issue Captain America: Steve Rogers # 15, we saw Red Skull and Steve back and forth in their power struggle from the days of World War II. Schmidt managed to then take over H.Y.D.R.A by threatening the lives of Elisa Sinclair and Helmut Zemo. At present, when Red Skull met Cap, he challenged Herr Schmidt for the leadership of Hydra. Before Red Skull could react, Steve pushed him off the window, killing him and claiming control of entire H.Y.D.R.A.

(Don’t Miss: 5 Reasons Why HELA Is The Most Terrifying Supervillain In Asgard)

The fans are still in pain watching Captain America going rogue, they are expecting some kind of redemption of the character in the Secret Empire plot. But Marvel has revealed that Captain America was always evil and that the Secret Empire plan is only to help fans absorb the bombshells. #HailHYDRA 

Source: https://www.quirkybyte.com/blog/2017/04/21/marvel-confession-captain-america/

Thor Ragnarok: 5 Reasons Why HELA Is The Most Terrifying Supervillain In Asgard

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When Thor Ragnarok’s first trailer was released, the supervillain Hela stole the entire show with her magnificence. But what do we know about her apart from being a bad-ass villain…not much. Here are five facts that you need to know about the villain who destroyed Thor’s hammer:

Hela Is Based Off A Norse Goddess:

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Like many in the world of Thor, Hela is based off the Norse goddess named Hel. In the Prose Edda book Gylfaginning, Hel is described as having been appointed by the god Odin as ruler of a realm of the same name, located in Niflheim. She is described as being half blue and half flesh-coloured and further as having a gloomy, downcast appearance.

Hela Is Ruler Of The Underworld:

In both Norse Myth and the Marvel Universe, Odin appoints her to rule over Hel which is literally Asgard’s version of hell. Hela continually tries to take over Valhalla, grand hall in Asgard where souls who died honorably reside. Both Odin and Thor often stop her from this plan. She can also command all of the dead who dwell in Hel and Niflheim.

Hela Is MCU’s First Major Female Villain:

Although Marvel Cinematic Universe is on its Third Phase, it has only started taking the initiative to concentrate more on the female characters from the Marvel universe. Captain Marvel will be the first female superhero to headline a solo film while Hela breaks new grounds as Marvel’s first female supervillain.

Hela And Loki Have A Twisted Connection:

In Norse Mythology, Hel was actually the daughter of the God of Mischief himself. That is not touched upon in the Marvel Universe, especially in MCU but Loki is the character who unleashes Hela onto Asgard (accidentally). Loki, who had been impersonating Odin did the damage which sent the whole of Asgard nearer to Ragnarok.

(Check Out: 12 Memes on THANOS That Show Him As The Carefree Ruler of The Realm)

Hela Is Stronger than You Think:

If you have seen the Thor: Ragnarok trailer, then you will know that Hela is no villain to be joking over. She destroyed Mjolnir like it was not the powerful weapon that it claimed to be and she banished Thor to Sakaar. She wears a cloak that keeps her true form hidden, she has mystical powers that no Asgardian can resist and can also lead to their death. She can also command all of the dead who dwell in Hel and Niflheim but not Valhalla.

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Deadpool Vs Wolverine: 5 Deadliest Fights That Ever Happened

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Deadpool and wolverine may not be fighting each other anytime soon in films, but the duo has duked it out several times in the comics. Here are the five deadliest fights that ever happened:

Every Breath You Take:

In Wolverine #88, Deadpool and Wolverine get into a fight that would entail a few grudges to be held. Wolverine has proven himself to be a tactical fighter (he has trained with the best in Japan and other parts of the world) but Deadpool was just too wily of a distraction for him to really focus on the fight alone. Wade Wilson goaded him enough to see anger him and that was his fatal flaw. While he did get a few blows in, Deadpool ultimately stabbed Logan with two blades into his lungs. Wolverine, who is known for his fast healing was not a 100% during that fight and that was why Deadpool got off stitch free.

Second Times The Charm:

The next time that Wolverine encountered Deadpool for a tussle, the mutant did not fall for Wade’s earlier tricks. In Cable & Deadpool #44, the duo dukes it out in a straight on a match which ends with Wolverine being the victor. This time, the hero made full advantage of the adamantium claws he had and used it to show the Merc who was the boss in the fighting ring.

Can’t Get You Out Of My Head:

In Deadpool #27, Deadpool took on Wolverine for a fight just so that he could keep his head on straight. The Merc was suffering from major hallucinations so he went to a doctor called Doctor Bong. The medical professional, was unlike any other doctor as he prescribed Wade take on a superhero for a fight. Wade, of course, chooses Wolverine who had previously owned his ass. All this just so Wade could have his piece of mind back.

Wolverine Is Smarter Than The Average Mutant:

In Wolverine: Origins #21-25, Wolverine and Deadpool battle it out over eight issues which Wolverine ended up being the victor in. Wade had elaborated a silly plan which irked the X-Man to high levels of irritability. But since all of them were comical of the sort, Wolverine ended up having the upper hand much to the surprise of Deadpool.

Knock Out:

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In Wolverine #154-155, Wolverine makes the mistake of holding back against Deadpool, who like Logan has an insane regenerative healing factor. Wolverine ends up not killing the Merc but it doesn’t take long for Wade to act and knocks out the X-Men member with tranquilizers and knocked him out cold.

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7 Insane Superpowers That Made THOR An Indestructible GOD

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The hammer-wielding, The God Of Thunder and one of the most powerful God-level superheroes, Thor is a man with enormous strength, invulnerability, super stamina, super speed, longevity and is highly potential to survive celestial blasts. He is a complete master of earth manipulation and can bring chasms in planets. Being a half elder god from his mother’s side and half-Asgardian from his father’s side, Thor is physically the most strongest Asgardians in the realms. But as he kept emerging in different timelines and crossover events, most of you might not know about his former powers. So check out seven superpowers of him that made Thor an indestructible god.

  1. Rune Magic

Thor learned the mastery of rune magic during Ragnarok, which provided him powers to cast spells to create different powerful effects like teleportation from one dimension to other. Moreover, his magical force was so strong that he could destroy demon in a flick. His perfection in Mysticism and Rune Magic were the strongest among other Asgardians.

2. Thorforce

Also dubbed as Odin Force, Thor was highly powerful and manipulative that he could enter into enormous resources of mystical energy and cosmic energies. Thor’s power increased to multiple-folds from Odin force as it was highly comprised of his own powers, king of Asgard and powers of his brother Vili and Ve, which made him the strongest among all Asgardians.

3. Thor: The Power of Time

With the help of his all-mighty and the most powerful weapon in the comic book world, Mjolnir, he could traverse through past and future by opening a portal to the fourth dimension. He would swing his hammer and reverse the time, which helped him to prevail over Hade’s time portal and protected him and others from quick-freeze in time.

4. Thorsleep

After draining his Thorforce too fast, he had to enter into Thorsleep mode to regain his force and energy. And there was no definite time when Thor would be coming in the Thorsleep and how long he would be staying in. With the help of magical casket filled which enchantments, which helped him reduce the Thorsleep and cover fast.

5. Superhuman Senses

Thor has the potential to track objects traveling faster than the speed of light. He can hear sounds from the different side of a planet. Moreover, he can see objects everywhere in the entire solar system.

6.  Super Healing

It is impossible to rip a single tissue from Thor’s body. Due to his strong physiology, Thor can survive the most brutal injuries faster than an average human being. He has the strongest healing factors among all the Asgardian Gods. Moreover, he can regenerate his clothes.

7. Earth Control

Thor has shown the potential to control the whole earth. He can form continental-spanning chasms and control earthquakes. Moreover, he can control other natural activities.

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Thor Ragnarok: 5 Awesome Facts You Need To Know About Valkyrie

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Thor Ragnarok introduced a brand new character in Valkyrie. And judging from the trailer, she seems to be a pretty important part of the movie. Here are five things you need to know about Valkyrie:

Valkyrie Is Based Off Norse Mythology:

The Marvel Universe’s Valkyrie real name is Brunnhilde who is loosely based off Norse mythology. Like the mythological character that she is based off (who was cursed and cast down from her position as Odin’s shield maiden, and forced to live as a mortal) Valkyrie leader of the Valkyrior, responsible for bringing fallen warriors to Valhalla in the Marvel Universe.

That’s Not Her Name:

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When Brunnhilde left Asgard and came to Earth, she joined The Defenders. This is where she was named Valkyrie, a name which is used for a race of beings in the Nine Worlds but uncommon on Earth. Although the name change may have been generic, the character gained more recognition with the change.

She Has Been A Part Of Different Teams:

Valkyrie has been a part of some of the biggest teams in the Marvel which include The Defenders and The Avengers. Before she migrated to Earth Brunnhilde was the leader of the Valkyrior, a group of female warriors who Odin created to bring the souls of slain heroes to Valhalla. The Valkyrior already had a small appearance in Ragnarok but Valkyrie seems to have moved from Earth to Sakaar for the film.

Powers and Abilities:

Valkyrie has the special ability to perceive death by sensing a death glow around a person’s body. This does not mean that she knows when a person will die but she knows it will happen soon. She can also transport dead bodies or the dying to the realm of the dead. She is also super strong like most Asgardians and has extensive training in sword fighting as well as unarmed combat and horseback riding.

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Thor Was Always Going To Fall For Valkyrie:

In the comics, Thor and Brunnhilde fell in love with each other when both of the characters were in disguise as mortals. The romance did not last long but the two characters became allies in later adventures. It’s still up in the air about Thor having a romance with Valkyrie in Thor Ragnarok but all theories have pointed to that happening.

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Who Was First Offered The Role To Play Dom Toretto? It’s Not VIN DIESEL

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There have been many actors who have made bad career decisions, as a result, their lives went for a toss. But Timothy Olyphant’s case particularly stands out as he turned down one of the most coveted roles of today – Dom Toretto (played by Vin Diesel in Fast & Furious franchise). The producer Neal H. Moritz revealed on Bill Simmons’ Podcast that Vin Diesel was not the first actor who was offered this role.

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In the year 2001, Timothy couldn’t have imagined that F&F would become the most successful, long-running series. In fact, according to Moritz, Universal studios had put a condition that they were willing to greenlight the project provided Olyphant is given the role of Dom Toretto.

It is one of the most adrenaline filled, thrilling and entertaining as hell action franchise. Over the period of 17 years and 8 films, the action franchise has created a vast pool of characters who have worked with each other in a high-stakes street race cum heist stories. The combined revenue of all the films is in excess of $4 Billion.

The franchise was rebooted after four movies as the narrative was going no-where, also it was more a collection of stand-alone movies rather than a cohesive plot spread across the films. Once Justin Lin-directed Fast 5 with Dwayne Johnson, the world entered into a new dawn of high-octane action flicks that are irresistibly crazy and stylistically bang on.

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The two central characters of the franchise are Vin Diesel and Paul Walker who played Brian O’ Connor, which was sadly removed after the tragic demise of Paul Walker in 2013. The sequel got delayed but managed to rake in serious dollars. After Paul Walker’s death, now Vin Diesel is the anchor of the franchise around him the story is revolving. Had Timothy played the role of Dom, what would have been movies like? Well, we may never know the answer.

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6 Best Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies Till Date

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There is no doubt that Marvel Cinematic Universe has released some of the most interesting and profitable movies so far. It has now evolved as the one-stop destination for all the comic book lovers out there. So today we bring you top six Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies in terms of box-office collection.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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Guardians of the Galaxy should not have been a flop. It was a big budget sci-fi movie based on a mostly obscure comic that featured a gun-wielding raccoon in a talking tree but everything about it just worked, it had right cast, the right director, and a memorable soundtrack. Its total box-office collection was  $773.3 million, while its total gross budget was $232.3 million.

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Captain America: Civil War is a superhero film based on the comic character Captain America of Marvel Comics. The movie is produced by Marvel Studios. It is the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger and 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and it is the 13 film that is produced by the  Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Its total box-office collection was $1.153 billion, while its total gross budget was $250 million.

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Iron Man 3 was one of the movies that did very well on the box-office but it failed miserably to win the hearts of the audiences.  Iron Man 3 was directed by Shane Black. Its total box-office collection was $1.215 billion, while its total gross budget was $200 million.

Avenger: Age of Ultron (2015)

Avenger: Age of Ultron was one of the most anticipated sequels in a long time. It managed to tell a good story while attempting to give ample amount of screen time to the veteran heroes while at the same time introducing us to the new ones like Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Vision. Its total box-office collection was 1.405 billion USD, while its total gross budget was $316 million.

The Avengers

The Avengers is the most profitable produce by Marvel Universe Cinematics ever, with total box-office collection of $1.520 billion, and its gross total budget was of $220 million.

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

‘Thor: The Dark World’ was well received around the world and grossed over $644.6 million worldwide. Talking about the overall impact of the film, the film offers an adventurous and nobody can accuse the film of being simple-minded.

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