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Four obscure Marvel characters you should know by now

Raphael Francisco
Raphael Francisco

Published: 15 March 2016, 3:16 PM

Here are some lesser known heroes and villains who rock the Marvel universe.

The Marvel Universe from the comics is too vast to be produced into enough movies, TV series, and even books. With over 7,000 characters, there are many obscure characters with untold stories – unless you’re a real Marvel fan who has read almost every comic out there.

Here are four obscure Marvel characters you need to know right now.

1. Franklin Benjamin Richards

In case his last name doesn’t ring a bell, Franklin is the young son of Reed Richards and Sue Storm, or better known as Mr Fantastic and the Invisible Woman from the Fantastic Four.

Clearly, being the son of two mutants makes him one as well, only more powerful than his own parents.

FRANKLIN MAY BE A CHILD, BUT HE IS MORE POWERFUL THAN HIS FOLKS. PHOTO CREDIT: I.IMGUR.COM

An omega level (the highest level) mutant with vast reality manipulating and psionic powers, his powers are strong enough to annihilate the entire human race. In fact, Franklin once subconsciously created his own pocket universe encompassing a virtual replica of Earth-616.

Because of this, even celestial beings like Galactus fear him.

2. Gabriel Summers (Vulcan)

Unless you’re a true Marvel fan, you probably wouldn’t know that there were three Summers brothers. Aside from Scott and Alex, a.k.a. Cyclops and Havoc, Gabriel is the youngest and the only omega level mutant among the three.

His story is an interesting one. When the Shi’ar Imperium abducted his parents, his mother was killed and her foetus was placed in an incubation accelerator, used to breed slaves. Hence, Vulcan instantly grew to an adolescent despite the fact he is younger than his brothers.

THE MOST POWERFUL OF THE SUMMERS BROTHERS, VULCAN. PHOTO CREDIT: COSMOCELEBS.COM

Blessed with the ability to manipulate and absorb energy and even magic, he is a threat to the entire universe.

3. Warren Worthington III (Archangel)

Originally called “Angel”, Warren featured in two X-Men movies The Last Stand and Apocalypse. In the comics, however, he was infamous for his transformation to the dark Archangel when he was brainwashed by Apocalpyse and served as one of the four horsemen.

With his feathered wings replaced by bio-metallic ones and altered blue skin, Archangel fought the X-men with his new powers. His new razor sharp wings enabled him to fly higher, faster, and could even fire dart blades that contained neurotoxins.

IF YOU THOUGHT ANGELS LOOKED INNOCENT, THIS ONE IS SO BADASS. PHOTOCREDIT: FANPOP.COM

He is the most powerful among the four horsemen, and was given the name “Death”.

4. Sharon Ventura (She Thing)

Marvel has a knack for creating female counterparts of heroes like Hulk and Spiderman. Most people don’t know that Benjamin Grimm, or better known as The Thing, had a female counterpart known as – you guessed it – She-Thing.

IT’S GOOD TO KNOW THAT EVEN HEROES LIKE ‘THE THING’ CAN FIND LOVE. PHOTO CREDIT: MARVEL.WIKIA.COM

Sharon Ventura was known as Ms Marvel before her grotesque transformation. Her unlikely change took place when she and the Thing were at a space shuttle when they were hit by the same cosmic rays that gave the Fantastic Four their powers.

Possessing superhuman strength, speed, and durability, just like The Thing, it comes as no surprise that the two eventually had a romantic relationship.

What other cool and uncommon Marvel heroes do you know?

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