The Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought many heroes on the silver screen since 2008. But even 23 movies aren’t enough to fit in all the characters from the Marvel comic books. The studio has tried giving nod to some prominent villains and superheroes in creative ways, but they got overshadowed by the star power of Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, etc. These little Easter eggs may have satisfied the readers familiar with the names, the rest of the movie fans wouldn’t have caught the reference. So here are the 10 comic book characters you missed in the MCU.
The Original Human Torch
The first Marvel Comics issue #1 in 1939 had introduced the original android Human Torch. He appeared at the Stark Expo in the glass tube named “The Synthetic Man” in the movie, while his comic book counterpart showed up in a science expo by Professor Phineas Horton. You can see him in “Captain America: The First Avenger” when Steve Rogers walked past the glass tube.
Before becoming a teen sensation on Netflix’ “13 Reasons Why”, Dylan Minnette appeared in “Agents of the Shield” season 1 and 2. However, in this one, he played the villain, Donnie Gill. He got the name Blizzard after getting electrocuted, which rendered him the powers to create blizzards and encapsulate people in ice cubes. His comic book counterpart was a recurring foe of Iron Man.
Celestials are equivalent to gods in Marvel who have existed ever since the universe came to be. They are gigantic creatures in structure and possess an unfathomable amount of powers. Want a rough idea of their size? Well, the planet Knowhere in “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Avengers: Infinity War” is actually the head of a dead Celestial.
As the name suggests, Union Jack is a British Marvel hero with exceptional combat skills who fought alongside Captain America, Iron Man, Captain Britain etc., over the years. The baton of this hero has passed on to many generations. One of them was James Montgomery Falseworth who battled during World War I. But his movie counterpart appeared in “Captain America: The First Avenger” where he fought the WWII as part of the Howling Commandos.
Cosmo was the poor dog who appeared in the chilly museum of the Collector in “Guardians of the Galaxy”. The Soviet had sent this dog into space as an experiment where he ended up absorbing cosmic rays. These cosmic rays enhanced his abilities and gave him telepathic powers. Cosmo was once the chief guard of Knowhere and had also joined the Guardians and Nova in the books.
Coldblood-7 appeared in “Iron Man 3” as part of the Extremis program run by Aldrich Killian. He was assigned to kidnap the President and kill Iron Man. In the comics, Eric Savin was a brave Lieutenant Colonel who died while serving his nation. Later, he was resurrected and turned into a cyborg named Coldblood-7.
Every person in this universe is gifted with super abilities. And Nick Fury’s powers are undoubtedly secret-keeping. Fury had secretly built his own army of Secret Warriors that consisted of well-trained mutants. One of the warriors was called Eden aka Manifold who had the ability to break and mould reality and time. He got a reference in “Agents of SHIELD” episode “The Inside Man” under the codename SW 4-7-2009. The codename was a throwback to the Secret Warriors #4, July 2009 issue.
The Living Tribunal
We have only seen a small portion of the vast Marvel Universe in the movies. You need to dig a long way to explore its history. One of the most ancient powerhouses of this universe is The Living Tribunal. Non-readers may have missed the reference when Mordo addressed one of his artefacts as The Living Tribunal in “Doctor Strange”. We hope that this little Easter egg builds up a future entrance of this entity. The Living Tribunal was a humanoid cosmic power that came into being ever since the universe was born. It has been watching over the realities of the universe since the beginning.
Kid Colt got a shout out in Agent Carter Season 2, episode “Better Angels”. He is a cowboy way older than Captain America who mostly starred in western-themed Marvel adventures.
Amadeus hasn’t appeared physically in the MCU yet, but we are still keeping our hopes up. It isn’t long ago when we met Helen Cho in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” who bravely fought the evil android. Amadeus was Helen’s son in the books and also ranked in the top 10 smartest humans.