While most people know about major comic book players such as Iron Man, Superman, Batman, Captain America, Spider-Man and Wonder Woman (just to name a few), the superhero world is also filled with lesser-known characters worth a closer look.
For our May 14-18 video edition of Who Won the Week, SYFY WIRE contributing editor Karama Horne has partnered up with Sirius XM and Marvel’s Voices podcast’s Angélique Roché to look at some of Marvel’s most underrated comic book characters that are in need of some lurve.
The first on our list is Monica Rambeau, who was the first human Captain Marvel and the first African American leader of the Avengers. Making her first appearance in 1982’s Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16, she was created by Roger Stern and John Romita Jr. Over the years, she used several other superhero codenames such as Photon, Pulsar, and, most recently, Spectrum.
Next up is Maya Lopez, a deaf Native American character created by David Mack and Joe Quesada in 1999 who first went by the codename Echo. Originally a supporting Daredevil character (she made her debut in Daredevil Vol. 2 #9), Echo later joins the Avengers as Ronin and helps defeat The Hand and Hydra.
Last but not least is Armando Muñoz, aka Darwin. Created by Ed Brubaker and Pete Woods, he first made his appearance in X-Men: Deadly Genesis #2. An Omega level mutant (like Jean Grey, Franklin Richards and David Haller), the character even appeared on the big screen in X-Men: First Class.
Check out our exclusive video to learn more about these three underrated Marvel characters (such as what are their superpowers) and to find out which one of them won the week for us.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.