Finally, he ends up battling against demons. Sorry, we meant batting. In a game of baseball.
Marvel ComicsBecause it's not like this character has famously terrible hand coordination or anything.
Doctor Strange was also in the Ultimate Marvel comics, where he is horribly murdered. While it's not unusual to kill off a beloved character in a comic, here they did it in the most embarrassingly silly yet brutally violent way. Dormammu ties Strange up with his own cape ...
... and squeezes him until his head pops like a balloon full of Ragu.
Marvel ComicsSeriously, this was also written by the current head of Marvel's TV department.
Maybe it would be less horrifying with more whimsical harpsichord music, who knows?
Groot Was A Monster Who Terrorized Spider-Man's Dreams
Proving that people like Vin Diesel best when you can't see him and he can only mutter the same three words, one of the most beloved characters in the MCU is Groot, the tree-man (and later tree-baby) from Guardians Of The Galaxy. As we've mentioned, though, Groot wasn't originally a fan favorite, and began as a giant turd-looking evil monster.
Marvel Comics"I am Groot, monarch of Planet X! I come to take an etc." would get old after the third time he said it.
It wasn't just his origin story. Groot continued as a villain in the Marvel-verse, fighting Hulk ...
... and even showing up in a Spider-Man comic, but only as a nightmare Peter Parker had as a child. That's right, Marvel used to charge children money to read about their favorite superhero's childhood anxieties -- in this case, monsters attacking him and Uncle Ben during a fishing trip.
Marvel ComicsIn the timeline where Uncle Ben died here, Peter became the Amazing Tree-Killing Man.
In 2005, only a few years before the MCU kicked off, Groot was part of a gang of monsters that went full Godzilla on the world. And similarly, he joined Nick Fury's Howling Commandos, fighting alongside literal vampires and werewolves. The point is, Marvel was happy portraying Groot as a horrible monster until 2008. The same year that Marvel kicked off their cinematic universe also found them rebooting Guardians Of The Galaxy, an obscure comic starring a completely different bunch of characters, into the version of the team we see today.
Which, in retrospect, kind of seems like Marvel was trying to reverse-engineer a movie franchise by radically reworking existing characters they retained the rights to in order to fill the void left by iconic superhero teams they didn't, namely the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. So with Groot, they turned an amoral wooden horror into a likable hero -- essentially the exact opposite of DC's strategy.
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