Once confined to the realm of Greek mythology, Marvel Comics took a spin on the religious character and turned Thor into a comic book icon. As the god of thunder from Asgard, the character is instantly recognizable for wielding the bewitched hammer Mjolnir.
Possessing the ability to fly and alter weather conditions upon his desire, Thor is one of Stan Lee’s most beloved comic book characters and holds the distinction of being one of the founding members of the Avengers.
6. Doctor Doom
When a supervillain is based on the mythical creature Grim Reaper, then the character is destined to cause nightmares for superheroes. Dr. Victor Von Doom has been one of the most feared and sinister supervillains ever to be published by Marvel Comics.
Powered with high-level intellect and sorcery, victims of Doctor Doom’s wrath have been innumerable. While the character is an archenemy of the Fantastic Four, he has also come across against several other superheroes of Marvel Comics such as the Avengers, X-Men, Iron Man and Spider-Man.
5. The Hulk
A top contender in the lists of strongest Marvel characters, the Hulk might be a savage beast but at least he is one of the good guys. Stan Lee created the green superhero after being inspired by Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Since then, the Hulk has nearly been synonymous with Marvel Comics.
While the character is notable for his brute strength, it is often overlooked that the Hulk is actually a combination of brains and brawn since Bruce Banner is a world-renowned scientist. Additionally, the Hulk is also one of the founding members of the Avengers.
Among the many characters from the Greek mythology that were reincarnated as Marvel icons, Loki stands out as the most charismatic one. To say that the adopted brother of Thor had a sibling rivalry is certainly an understatement as both have engaged in heated battles on a number of occasions.
Coupled with various superpowers such as flight, shapeshifting, energy blasts and telepathy, it is Loki’s mastery in deception and mischief that really define him as the ideal villain for not only Thor but also dozens of Marvel superheroes.
Convinced that mutants are superior to humans, Erik Lensherr is a tragic character on a quest to wipe out the human race from the face of the Earth. After establishing a team of his fellow species named Brotherhood of Mutants who share his philosophy, Magneto was the perfect supervillain to battle against X-Men.
As one of the most thoroughly developed characters of Marvel Comics, Magneto has often altered his allegiance and that is exactly the reason behind the relevance of the fascinating mutant. Though he has occasionally served as a superhero and even an anti-hero, Magneto is best known for being one of the most threatening villains of all time.
2. Iron Man
Arrogant, overconfident and cocky are some of the many qualities that were initially attributed towards business magnate and industrialist, Tony Stark. Upon being captured by terrorists, he was demanded to build weapons but clandestinely built an armoured suit to escape, leading to the birth of Iron Man.
Equipped with engineering prowess, abundant wealth and his electromechanical suits, Stark steadily renounced his playboy days and embarked on a long journey to aid humanity. Above all, Stan Lee’s creation of Iron Man is the centrepiece of an amazing tale of how an egotistical character stunningly transitioned into a symbol of hope and justice.
Was there ever any doubt about which Marvel character would be on top of the list? Spider-Man is perhaps the most relatable superhero of all time, the hottest commodity of Marvel Comics and without a doubt the greatest superhero ever created by Stan Lee.
Believe it or not, the character was actually inspired by a fly. Tasked by his publisher to come up with a new superhero, Stan Lee saw a fly crawling on the wall and that instantly became a source of inspiration.
“So I saw a fly crawling on the wall. Now when you do a superhero, the first thing you have to do is find them a new original superpower. But everything’s already been done – strength, speed stuff like that. But I saw this fly on the wall and I said what if I had this superhero that could stick to walls like an insect,”
While thinking of a name for the character, Lee thought about Fly Man, Insect Man and Mosquito Man until he settled for Spider-Man and the rest, as they say, is history.
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