Comic book enthusiasts will agree that Valiant comics have been consistently bringing us mighty superheroes and the most entertaining stories. Jim Shooter, Marvel Comics‘ former editor-in-chief, along with Steven Massersky, founded the comics in 1989. Unfortunately, the publishing company was sold to Acclaim in 1994, but after Acclaim declared bankruptcy, Dinesh Shamdasani and Jason Kothari revived it in 2005. Since then, the comic books have never been better. After the announcement from Paramount about developing movies based on Valiant characters, we have been waiting for the films. So let’s take a look at superhero teams from Valiant comics that need their own movies:
1. Unity: Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite created Unity in 2013. Their purpose is to identify threats and fight them. The team of superheroes was formed by Toyo Harada, the most dangerous man, when he learns that there are more significant threats. The team consists of Toyo Harada, Eternal Warrior, Livewire, and Ninjak. Eventually, the team fought Harada once they learned his intentions were world domination.
2. The Renegades: The team was formed when Toyo Harada took Peter Stanchek. Peter Stanchek is a powerful Omega psiot and we also know him as Harbinder. Together, they formed the Harbinder Foundation. But as soon as Peter found out Harada’s true intentions, and after Peter’s friend’s death, he left the foundation. However, while leaving, he formed allies and rounded them up in a team, including Faith Herbert, Kris Hathaway, Flamingo, and Torque. They were soon fighting the Harbinder Wars and were up against Bloodshot and H.A.R.D Corps.
3. H.A.R.D Corps (Harbinger Active Resistance Division): This was the group that went against The Renegades in the Harbinder War. Their powers come from brain implants, which give them the ability to download the capabilities they need, making them dangerous. Their drawback is the number of compatible people surviving the implant surgery. Bloodshot’s backstory and association with the team are pretty exciting and would be even exciting to watch on big screens.
4. G.A.T.E (Global Agency for Threat Excision). M.E.R.O later became G.A.T.E when their hidden identity was compromised. Initially, M.E.R.O was only limited to the United States, but later, G.A.T.E had global access. Their role was to monitor and control alien technology.
5. Armorines: After the U.S government receives the satellite images of the battle between X-O Manowar, Spider Aliens, and Solar, they also learn about the X-O armor and consider it a threat. However, when Aric Dacia refuses to work with the “Deep Freeze Project,” they lure him to Antarctica. There, they learn as much as they can about the armor before Aric destroys it. They re-engineer four such armors and goings against H.A.R.D Corps. The fight and the bickering between the soldiers would be worth watching.
6. Generation Zero: This is a team of psiot children who have incredible superpowers. These psiot kids, mostly kidnapped, were trained in the P.R.S facility, The Nursery. Their training was such that they would act as a covert military unit. Unfortunately, P.R.S controlled the kids via micro shrapnel and would explode their brains if they tried to escape. However, once these kids escape after an attack on the facility, they bring one of the best action and adventure. The four-way battle that follows has Harada’s Harbinger Foundation, The Renegades, H.A.R.D Corps, and The Generation Zero kids.
7. The Anni-Paddas: The Anni-Paddas or the Immortal Brothers have a pretty fascinating history of origin. They are one of the oldest of all the superheroes in the Valiant universe. The brothers are Aram the Armstrong, Ivar the Timewalker, and Gilad the Eternal Warrior. Gilad is the protector of Earth and Earth’s chosen warrior. We also know him as the “Fist and Steel of the Earth”. Ivar travels through time regularly and often manipulates others to win over evils. Aram is nearly invincible as he can heal any injury and is an expert in combat.
Valiant comics and these fantastically written characters deserves more attention than they get. We can bet, these characters and their origin stories are full of entertainment, action, excitement and a lot more should they come to the big screens. Which teams are one of your favorite superhero teams? And which one would you love to have their own movies? Tell us in the comments.