Laufey is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is depicted as an enemy of the Asgardian king Odin, father of Thor, he is the King of the Frost Giants, the biological father of Thor's adopted brother and archenemy, Loki. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, he first appeared in Journey into Mystery #112, was based on the frost giantess of the same name who in Norse mythology was the mother of Loki. Laufey appears in the film Thor, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe played by Colm Feore. Laufey was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and first appeared in Journey into Mystery #112. In the early days of the universe, the King of Asgard, marched his forces into Jotunheim to battle Laufey and the Frost Giants. At the time, Odin was wielding the mystical hammer Mjolnir. Odin destroyed his war club, prompting Laufey to brandish a sword. Laufey tried to use his knowledge such as trying to stop Odin with a concealed fire pit. A sprawling battle between the two forces ensued.
The battle ended with Odin using Mjolnir to crush Laufey's skull. Odin discovered a baby, Laufey's son Loki amongst the wreckage of the castle and made the decision to raise him as his own. Laufey had kept Loki hidden, it was retconned that Loki had been a child, rather than a baby, when Laufey was killed. The day prior to the battle, Loki had attempted to inform him of an opportunity to stealthily kill Odin prior to the battle. Laufey struck Loki for calling him a coward; the next day, after the fateful battle and Odin's claiming of Loki as a son, Laufey was left wounded, but alive. A version of Loki from the future, who had traveled back in time to alter events, proceeded to decapitate him, stating that Laufey would never strike him again, he made Odin adopt him. The remains of Laufey his skull, play an important role in the first three issues of the renewed Thor series. Laufey's revitalized men attempt to reclaim his remains from a Roxxon facility owned by Minotaur. Upon traveling to Jotunheim with Malekith the Accursed, Minotaur used the blood of the Light Elves that were killed as part of a spell to resurrect Laufey.
As part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel event, Laufey appears as a member of the Dark Council alongside Malekith the Accursed, Minotaur and some unnamed Fire Demons. Like all Frost Giants, Laufey is immortal and possesses superhuman strength and resistance to physical injury and Earthly illness, as well as a weakness to heat; as a Frost Giant, Laufey is unharmed by cold temperatures, making him immune to hypothermia and frostbite. Laufey is cryokinetic and has been seen wielding many weapons, including a giant war club, a sword, a large axe. Laufey appears in the Marvel Studios film Thor played by Colm Feore; as in the comics, he is Loki's father. Loki gives him access to Asgard, but betrays and kills him before he can kill Odin in the Odinsleep. Laufey appears in the Hulk and the Agents of S. M. A. S. H. Episode "Hulks on Ice", voiced by Enn Reitel, he leads the Frost Giants in a plot to take over the Nine Worlds. Upon confronting Laufey, the Hulks and Thor end up subdued by the cold winds and captured.
Laufey arrives revealing his plot and commented that he doesn't know what Thor sees in the humans. She-Hulk breaks free from the Hulks as Laufey gets away. After defeating the three-headed Ice Serpent, the Agents of S. M. A. S. H. and Thor arrive at Laufey's lair. Following the plug-up of the ice, Laufey states that they have helped to free Ymir who will help bring an endless winter to Earth. Thor engages Laufey in battle. Laufey states. After Red Hulk's heat had helped to defeat Ymir, Laufey retreats back to Jotunheim. In the episode "Into the Negative Zone," it is revealed that Leader tipped off Laufey on where he could find Ymir. Laufey appears in Lego Marvel Super Heroes voiced by John DiMaggio. In a bonus mission at Jotunheim, Laufey collaborates with Malekith the Accursed where they capture Heimdall and trap him in an icy prison causing Thor and Loki to come to his rescue. Unlike Malekith the Accursed, Laufey does not engage Thor and Loki in battle, is playable in Lego Marvel's Avengers. A figure of Laufey was released in the Marvel Minimates line, in the single-pack army builder wave based on the film Thor.
A figure of Laufey was released in Hasbro's 3.75" Thor: The Mighty Avenger movie tie-in line. Laufey at Marvel Wiki
Loki is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber and penciller Jack Kirby, a version of the character first appeared in Venus #6; the modern day incarnation of Loki first appeared in Journey into Mystery #85. The character, based on the Norse deity of the same name, is the Asgardian god of mischief, he is the adopted brother and the the enemy of the superhero Thor, however over the years the character has been depicted as an antihero. Loki has appeared in several ongoing series, limited series and alternate reality series, including his own 4-issue series Loki, he was the main character of Journey into Mystery from issues 622 to 645, appeared in the new issues of Young Avengers in 2013. He began appearing in his solo series Loki: Agent of Asgard in 2013 and again in 2016 with Vote Loki; the character has appeared in associated Marvel merchandise including animated television series, video games and toys.
In 2009, Loki was ranked as IGN's 8th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time and in 2014 was ranked again by IGN, this time as the 4th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time. Tom Hiddleston portrays Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, first appearing in the 2011 live action film Thor, again in The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War, he is slated to reprise his role in Avengers: Endgame. Loki made his first Marvel Comics appearance in Timely Comics' publication Venus No. 6, where Loki was depicted as a member of the Olympian gods exiled to the Underworld, here resembled the traditional image of the Devil. Planning to spread hate, he convinced Jupiter to let him into Earth. Venus pledged herself to him to stop his plans, but Jupiter saw her unselfish act and freed her from the pledge, Loki was sent back to the Underworld, he made his first official Marvel appearance in Journey into Mystery No. 85, where Loki was reintroduced as Thor's sworn enemy. The modern age Loki was introduced by brothers and co-writers Stan Lee and Larry Lieber and he was redesigned by Jack Kirby.
As one of Thor's arch-nemeses, Loki has made appearances in Thor-related titles like Journey into Mystery and Thor, as well as other Marvel Universe titles such as The Avengers and X-Men. As well as brief appearances in the Spider-Man and Defenders comic series, he was the starring character in two four-issue miniseries Loki in 2004 and 2010. Loki played a key role in the 2010s company-wide Siege storyline, in which the character is killed. Starting with issue No. 622 the ongoing series Thor reverted to the original title Journey into Mystery and shifted focus to Loki. Under the pen of Kieron Gillen, Loki exists in a child's body, he remained the main character from 2011-2012, his final issue as lead being No. 645. Gillen, joined by penciller Jamie McKelvie, continued his Loki storyline by introducing Loki, still as Kid Loki, as a main character in the second Young Avengers, which began in 2013. In issue No. 11, he manipulated Wiccan into restoring him to a teenaged form. A Loki solo series called Loki: Agent of Asgard was announced for 2014.
Writer Al Ewing said that among other things, the series will explore Loki's bisexuality and fluid gender identity, writing "Loki is bi and I'll be touching on that. He'll shift between genders as well."Another Loki solo series called Vote Loki started in 2016. In this series Loki decides to run in the US Presidential Election, but loses after his tricks are uncovered by the media. Many years ago, when Bor, ruler of Asgard, was battling frost giants, he followed a wounded giant to a powerful sorcerer, waiting for him; the sorcerer caught turning Bor into snow. Bor's son, found his father as he was blowing away. Bor cursed Odin saying that he would raise it as his own. Not a week Odin himself led the Asgardians into battle against the Frost Giants and killed Laufey, the King, in personal combat. After slaying Laufey, Odin found a small Asgardian-sized child hidden within the primary stronghold of the Frost Giants; the child was Loki and Laufey had kept him hidden from his people due to his shame over his son's small size.
Odin took the boy, out of a combination of pity, to appease his father, because he was the son of a worthy adversary slain in honorable combat, raised him as his son alongside his biological son Thor. Throughout their childhood and into adolescence, Loki was resentful of the differences in which he and Thor were treated by the citizens of Asgard; the Asgardians valued great strength and bravery in battle above all things, Loki was inferior to his brother Thor in those areas. What he lacked in size and strength, however, he made up for in power and skill as a sorcerer; as Loki grew to adulthood, his natural talent for causing mischief would make itself manifest and earned him a nickname as the "God of Lies and Mischief". Several times he tried to use tricks to get rid of Thor, like telling him to guard a hole in the wall he had made. In time, his reputation grew from being a playful and mischievous trickster to the "God of Evil". Over the centuries, Loki attempted on many occasions to seize rulership of Asgard and to destroy Thor.
He helped the Storm giant Ghan to escape Thor planning to get a debt from him and aided other enemies of Asgard, planning to take over. Odin, who had
Thor (Marvel Comics)
Thor is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character, based on the Norse deity of the same name, is the Asgardian god of thunder who possesses the enchanted hammer, which grants him the ability to fly and manipulate weather amongst his other superhuman attributes. Debuting in the Silver Age of Comic Books, the character first appeared in Journey into Mystery #83 and was created by editor-plotter Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber, penciller-plotter Jack Kirby, he has starred in several ongoing series and limited series, is a founding member of the superhero team the Avengers, appearing in each volume of that series. The character has appeared in associated Marvel merchandise including animated television series, video games, clothing and trading cards; the character was first portrayed in live action by Eric Allan Kramer in the 1988 television movie The Incredible Hulk Returns. Chris Hemsworth portrays Thor Odinson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Thor, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, will reprise his role in Avengers: Endgame in 2019.
Additionally, archival footage of Hemsworth as Thor was used in the episodes "Pilot" and "The Well" of Marvel's Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D. Thor placed 14th on IGN's list of "Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time" in 2011, first in their list of "The Top 50 Avengers" in 2012; the Marvel Comics superhero Thor debuted in the science fiction/fantasy anthology title Journey into Mystery #83, was created by editor-plotter Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber, penciller-plotter Jack Kirby. A different version of the mythological Thor had appeared in Venus #12–13. Lee in 2002 described Thor's genesis early in the Marvel pantheon, following the creation of the Hulk: ow do you make someone stronger than the strongest person? It came to me: Don't make him human — make him a god. I decided readers were pretty familiar with the Greek and Roman gods, it might be fun to delve into the old Norse legends... Besides, I pictured Norse gods looking like Vikings of old, with the flowing beards, horned helmets, battle clubs....
Journey into Mystery needed a shot in the arm, so I picked Thor... to headline the book. After writing an outline depicting the story and the characters I had in mind, I asked my brother, Larry, to write the script because I didn't have time....and it was only natural for me to assign the penciling to Jack Kirby... In a 1984 interview Kirby said "I did a version of Thor for D. C. in the fifties before I did him for Marvel. I created Thor at Marvel because I was forever enamored of legends, why I knew about Balder and Odin. I tried to update Thor and put him into a superhero costume, but he was still Thor." The story was included in Tales of the Unexpected #16, from 1957. And in a 1992 interview, Kirby said " knew the Thor legends well, but I wanted to modernize them. I felt that might be a new thing for comics, taking the old legends and modernizing them."Subsequent stories of the 13-page feature "The Mighty Thor" continued to be plotted by Lee, were variously scripted by Lieber or by Robert Bernstein, working under the pseudonym "R. Berns".
Various artists penciled the feature, including Jack Kirby, Joe Sinnott, Don Heck, Al Hartley. With Journey into Mystery #101, the series began a long and definitive run by writer and co-plotter Lee and penciler and co-plotter Kirby that lasted until the by-then-retitled Thor #179. Lee and Kirby included Thor in The Avengers #1 as a founding member of the superhero team; the character has since appeared in every subsequent volume of the series. The five-page featurette "Tales of Asgard" was added in Journey into Mystery #97, followed by "The Mighty Thor" becoming the dominant cover logo with issue #104; the feature itself expanded to 18 pages in #105, which eliminated the remaining anthological story from each issue. Comics historian Les Daniels noted that "the adventures of Thor were transformed from stories about a strange-looking superhero into a spectacular saga." Artist Chic Stone, who inked several early Thor stories, observed that "Kirby could just lead you through all these different worlds.
The readers would follow him anywhere."Journey into Mystery was retitled Thor with issue #126. "Tales of Asgard" was replaced by a five-page featurette starring the Inhumans from #146–152, after which featurettes were dropped and the Thor stories expanded to Marvel's then-standard 20-page length. Marvel filed for a trademark for "The Mighty Thor" in 1967 and the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued the registration in 1970. After Kirby left the title, Neal Adams penciled issues #180–181. John Buscema became the regular artist the following issue. Buscema continued to draw the book without interruption until #278. Lee stopped scripting soon after Kirby left, during Buscema's long stint on the book, the stories were written by Gerry Conway, Len Wein, or Roy Thomas. Thomas continued to write the title after Buscema's departure, working much of the time with the artist Keith Pollard. Following Thomas's tenure, Thor had a changing creative team. In the mid-1970s
Roy William Thomas Jr. is an American comic book writer and editor, Stan Lee's first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. He is best known for introducing the pulp magazine hero Conan the Barbarian to American comics, with a series that added to the storyline of Robert E. Howard's character and helped launch a sword and sorcery trend in comics. Thomas is known for his championing of Golden Age comic-book heroes – the 1940s superhero team the Justice Society of America – and for lengthy writing stints on Marvel's X-Men and The Avengers, DC Comics' All-Star Squadron, among other titles. Thomas was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2011. Thomas was born in Jackson, United States; as a child, he was a devoted comic book fan, in grade school he wrote and drew his own comics for distribution to friends and family. The first of these was All-Giant Comics, which he recalls as having featured such characters as Elephant Giant, he graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1961 with a BS in Education, having majored in history and social science.
Thomas became an early and active member of Silver Age comic book fandom when it organized in the early 1960s – around Jerry Bails, whose enthusiasm for the rebirth of superhero comics during that period led Bails to found the fanzine Alter Ego, an early focal point of fandom. Thomas a high school English teacher, took over as editor in 1964 when Bails moved on to other pursuits. Letters from him appeared in the letters pages of both DC and Marvel Comics, including The Flash #116, Fantastic Four #5, Fantastic Four #15, Fantastic Four #22. In 1965, Thomas moved to New York City to take a job at DC Comics as assistant to Mort Weisinger the editor of the Superman titles. Thomas said he had just accepted a fellowship to study foreign relations at George Washington University when he received a letter from Weisinger, "with whom I had exchanged one or two letters, tops", asking Thomas to become "his assistant editor on a several-week trial basis." Thomas had written a Jimmy Olsen script "a few months before, while still living and teaching in the St. Louis area," he said in 2005.
"I worked at DC for eight days in late June and early July of 1965" before accepting a job at Marvel Comics. The Marvel "Bullpen Bulletins" in Fantastic Four #61 describes Thomas "admitting that he gave up a scholarship to George Washington University just to write for Marvel!" This came after his chafing under the notoriously difficult Weisinger, to a point, Thomas said in 1981, that he would go "home to my dingy little room at, the George Washington Hotel in Manhattan, during that second week, feeling tears well into my eyes, at the ripe old age of 24." Familiar with editor and chief writer Stan Lee's Marvel work, feeling them "the most vital comics around", Thomas "just sat down one night at the hotel and – I wrote him a letter! Not applying for a job or anything so mundane as that – I just said that I admired his work, would like to buy him a drink some time. I figured he just might remember me from Alter Ego." Lee did, phoned Thomas to offer him a Marvel writing test. The writer's test, Thomas said in 1998, "was four Jack Kirby pages from Fantastic Four Annual #2... had Sol or someone take out the dialogue.
It was just black-and-white. Other people like Denny O'Neil and Gary Friedrich took it, but soon afterwards we stopped using it." The day after taking the test, Thomas was at DC, proofreading a Supergirl story, when Steinberg called asking Thomas to meet with Lee during lunch, where Thomas agreed to work for Marvel. He returned to DC to give "indefinite notice" to Weisinger, but Weisinger ordered him to leave and "I was back at Marvel less than an hour after I first left, had a Modeling with Millie assignment to do over the weekend, it was a Friday." His employment was announced in the "Bullpen Bulletins" section of Fantastic Four #47 under the heading "How About That! Department". Thomas described his early days at Marvel: I was hired after taking'writer's test', my first official job title at Marvel was'staff writer'. I wasn't hired as an assistant editor. I was supposed to come in 40 hours a week and write scripts on staff.... I sat at this corrugated metal desk with a typewriter in a small office with production manager Sol Brodsky and corresponding secretary Flo Steinberg.
Everybody who came up to Marvel wound up there, the phone was ringing, with conversations going on all around me.... At once though Stan proofed all the finished stories, he and Sol started having me check the corrections before they went out, that would break up my concentration still further.... They kept asking me to do this or that, or questions like in which issue something happened, or Stan would come in to check something, because I knew a lot about Marvel continuity up to that time.... It became apparent to them, that the staff writer thing wasn't working, Stan segued me over to being an editorial assistant, which worked out better for all concerned. To that point, editor-in-chief Lee had been the main writer of Marvel publications, with his brother, Larry Lieber picking up the slack scripting Lee-plotted stories. Thomas soon became the first new Marvel writer to sustain a presence, at a time when comics veterans such as Robert Bernstein, Ernie Hart, Leon Lazarus, Don Rico, fellow newcomers Steve Skeates and O'Neil did not.
His Marvel debut was
John Buscema was an American comic book artist and one of the mainstays of Marvel Comics during its 1960s and 1970s ascendancy into an industry leader and its subsequent expansion to a major pop culture conglomerate. His younger brother Sal Buscema is a comic book artist. Buscema is best known for his run on the series The Avengers and The Silver Surfer, for over 200 stories featuring the sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. In addition, he pencilled at least one issue of nearly every major Marvel title, including long runs on two of the company's top magazines, Fantastic Four and Thor, he was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2002. Born in Brooklyn, New York City, from Sicilian parents who immigrated from Pozzallo, John Buscema showed an interest in drawing at an early age, copying comic strips such as Popeye. In his teens, he developed an interest in both superhero comic books and such classic adventure comic strips as Hal Foster's Tarzan and Prince Valiant, Burne Hogarth's Tarzan, Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon, Milton Caniff's Terry and the Pirates.
He showed an interest in commercial illustrators of the period, such as N. C. Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, Dean Cornwell, Coby Whitmore, Albert Dorne, Robert Fawcett. Buscema graduated from Manhattan's High School of Art, he took night lessons at Pratt Institute as well as life drawing classes at the Brooklyn Museum. While training as a boxer, he began painting portraits of boxers and sold some cartoons to The Hobo News. Seeking work as a commercial illustrator while doing various odd jobs, Buscema found himself instead entering the comic book field in 1948, landing a staff job under editor-in-chief and art director Stan Lee at Timely Comics, the forerunner of Marvel Comics; the Timely "bullpen", as the staff was called, included such fellow staffers as established veterans Syd Shores, Carl Burgos, Mike Sekowsky, George Klein, Marty Nodell and hired two months earlier, newcomer Gene Colan. Colan recalled that "... John never seemed happy in comics... There always seemed to be something else he wanted to do."His first recorded credit is penciling the four-page story "Till Crime Do You Part" in Timely's Lawbreakers Always Lose #3.
He contributed to the "real-life" dramatic series True Adventures and Man Comics, as well as to Cowboy Romances, Two-Gun Western, Lorna the Jungle Queen, Strange Tales. Until the bullpen was dissolved a year-and-a-half as comic books in general and superhero comics in particular continued their post-war fade in popularity, Buscema penciled and inked in a variety of genres, including crime fiction and romance fiction. Buscema married in 1953, he continued to freelance for Timely, by now known as Atlas Comics, as well as for the publishers Ace Comics, Hillman Periodicals, Our Publications/Orbit, Quality Comics, St. John Publications, Ziff-Davis. Buscema's mid-1950s work includes Dell Comics' Roy Rogers Comics #74-91 and subsequent Roy Rogers and Trigger #92-97 and #104-108. Buscema next produced a series of Western and sword and sandal film adaptations for Dell's Four Color series. Buscema recalled, "I did a bunch of their movie books..., a lot of fun. I worked from stills on those, except for The Vikings....
I think one of the best books I did was Sinbad the Sailor."He drew at least one issue of the radio, TV character the Cisco Kid for Dell in 1957, as well as one- to eight-page biographies of every U. S. president through Dwight Eisenhower for that company's one-shot Life Stories of American Presidents. During a late 1950s downturn in the comics industry, Buscema drew occasional mystery and science-fiction stories for Atlas Comics' Tales to Astonish, Tales of Suspense, Strange Worlds, American Comics Group's Adventures into the Unknown, Forbidden Worlds before leaving comics to do freelance commercial art, he began a freelance position for the New York City advertising firm the Chaite Agency, which employed such commercial artists as Bob Peak and Frank McCarthy. Buscema spent eight years in the commercial-art field, freelancing for the Chaite Agency and the studio Triad, doing a variety of assignments: layouts, illustrations, paperback book covers, etc. in a variety of media. Buscema called this time "quite a learning period for me in my own development of techniques".
He returned to comic books in 1966 as a regular freelance penciller for Marvel Comics, debuting over Jack Kirby layouts on the "Nick Fury, Agent of S. H. I. E. L. D." Story in Strange Tales #150, followed by three "Hulk" stories in Tales to Astonish #85-87. He settled in as regular penciller of The Avengers, which would become one of his signature series, with #41. Avengers #49-50, featuring Hercules and inked by Buscema, are two of his "best-looking of that period", said comics historian and one-time Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas, who wrote those issues. Thomas and Buscema introduced new versions of the Black Knight and the Vision during their collaboration on The Avengers. In order to adapt to the Marvel Comics style of superhero adventure, Buscema "synthesized the essence of Kirby's supercharged action figures, harrowing perspectives, monolithic structures, mega-force explosions, mytholo
Ultimate Marvel known as Ultimate Comics, was an imprint of comic books published by Marvel Comics, featuring re-imagined and updated versions of the company's superhero characters from the Ultimate Universe. Those characters include the X-Men, the Avengers and the Fantastic Four; the imprint was launched in 2000 with the publication of the series Ultimate Spider-Man and Ultimate X-Men, providing new origin stories for the characters. The Ultimate Universe, as a part of a large-scale reboot of the All-New, All-Different Marvel multiverse, ended at the conclusion of the 2015 "Secret Wars" storyline, when select characters from the Ultimate Universe moved to the mainstream universe. However, writer Brian Michael Bendis established at the end of the 2017 miniseries Spider-Men II that the universe and its superheroes still exist. In the late 1990s, the US comic book industry had declining sales. Annual combined sales from all publishers, close to a billion dollars in 1993, had declined to 270 million.
The bubble that held comic books as valuable collectible items burst. In addition, the poor reception of the Batman & Robin film cast doubts on the prospects of any other comic book cinematic adaption. Marvel Comics went through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, many notable artists left the company, their rival, DC Comics, topped them in sales. Brian Michael Bendis, hired to start the imprint, said that "When I got hired, I thought I was going to be writing one of the last — if not the last — Marvel comics". Comic book continuity, a key to the success of Marvel Comics in its early years, turned into a problem for some readers. All stories had to fit into a sixty-year continuity, a bar that not all fans could reach and which scared away some new readers; the usual style of superhero comics with pages of garish colors, fantastical villains and convoluted plots was of little interest to young adult audiences, which preferred the style set by The Matrix franchise. Most superheroes were adults those that started as teenagers, such as Spider-Man and the X-Men.
Previous attempts to cut the long continuity did not work as expected: DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths and Zero Hour: Crisis in Time caused several plot contradictions, Marvel's Heroes Reborn was panned by critics and fans. The Dark Age of Comic Books tried to counter the campiness of the Silver Age with violence and shocking content, but the trend was declining as well; the idea for the Ultimate imprint was developed by Bill Jemas. A lawyer who had worked at the collectible-trading-card industry before that point, he had little interaction with the production of comic books. In his perspective, the main problem of Marvel Comics was that it was "publishing stories that were all but impossible for teens to read — and unaffordable, to boot", he worked on an idea given by a CEO of the Wizard magazine: reboot the heroes to their original character premise. Marvel's editor-in-chief Joe Quesada preferred to start an imprint with new heroes, but accepted Jemas' proposal; the working title for the imprint at that point was "Ground Zero".
Unlike previous reboots, there was no in-story explanation for the existence of the imprint, the standard comic books were still being published, unaffected by the new project. Thus, Ultimate Spider-Man would contain the stories of a new teenager Spider-Man starting his career, the usual Spider-Man titles would still contain the stories of the adult Spider-Man with nearly forty years worth of continuity. Quesada hired Brian Michael Bendis, an artist from indie publishers, for the first comic book of the imprint, Ultimate Spider-Man. One of the previous auditioners had made a word-by-word rewrite of the Amazing Fantasy #15 comic, in a modern setting. Bendis preferred to avoid that writing style completely. Instead, he changed the narration style, so that it resembled a TV series more than a classic superhero comic book. There were no thought bubbles or long expositions, the first issue did not feature any superhero costume. Jemas tried to bring more notice into the comic book by distributing it at chain stores like Payless Shoes and Walmart.
The sales rose, the comic book was acclaimed by critics. The art was created by Mark Bagley, known for his work on Venom stories in the 1990s; the Bendis/Bagley partnership of 111 consecutive issues made their partnership one of the longest in American comic book history, the longest run by a Marvel creative team, beating out Stan Lee and Jack Kirby on Fantastic Four. Ultimate X-Men was launched in 2001, it was delayed by the search for a creative team, Bendis' proposed scripts were rejected. The new title was given to Mark Millar, who had a controversial run in DC's The Authority; the two authors had conflicting styles: Bendis sought to modernize the old superhero tropes, Millar sought to critique them. While Bendis tried to write atemporal stories, Millar preferred to set his stories amid the political controversies of the time; the first issue of Ultimate X-Men sold 117,085 copies in a month. Lacking previous knowledge about the characters, Millar based his general draft of the series on the 2000 X-Men film.
Jemas and Quesada paired Millar with artist Bryan Hitch, who had worked with The Authority, but in a run that did not overlap with Millar's. They would reimagine the Avengers, who were renamed as "the Ultimates". Unlike the simple updates of the Spider-Man and X-Men titles, the Ultimates were a complete reimagination of the Avengers, with little in common with the mainstream title. Ultimate Captain America got a rash and soldierly personality, Hulk was written as a murdero
The Wasp is a fictional superheroine appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by Stan Lee, Ernie Hart and Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in Tales to Astonish #44, she is depicted as having the ability to shrink to a height of several centimeters, fly by means of insectoid wings, fire bioelectric energy blasts. She is a founding member of the Avengers as well as a long time leader of the team. In May 2011, the Wasp placed 99th on IGN's Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time, 26th in their list of "The Top 50 Avengers" in 2012. In 2013, she was ranked the fifth greatest Avenger of all time by Marvel.com. The character of Janet van Dyne makes a cameo appearance in the 2015 film Ant-Man and appears in its 2018 sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, portrayed by Michelle Pfeiffer. Janet van Dyne debuted in Tales to Astonish #44 as Henry "Hank" Pym's partner, becoming the Wasp to avenge the death of her father, scientist Vernon van Dyne, she co-starred in Tales to Astonish from issue #44 to issue #69.
She was a founding member of the Avengers, appearing in the first issue and giving the team its name. It is with the Avengers. At first she was the weak link of the team, but on became one of the smartest and craftiest of its members. Though she takes leaves of absence throughout the series, she is one of the longest active members and has acted as leader of the team for longer than any other member, save for Captain America. During her absences from the core Avengers book, Janet appeared in various other publications, including appearing as a main character in Marvel Feature issues #6-10, she has made sporadic guest appearances in various other books, such as Captain America, Iron Man, Fantastic Four. Janet became the leader of the Avengers in Avengers #217, a position she held until #278, with the exception of a brief period where she handed leadership off to The Vision, she appeared in issue #32 of West Coast Avengers, becoming a full-time member in issue #42. She made occasional appearances in Avengers vol.
3, returning as an active member of the team in issue #27 before resuming leadership duties. She and Captain America became co-leaders of the team starting in issue #38. After the events of "Avengers Disassembled", Janet appeared in the limited series Beyond! before rejoining the Avengers in The Mighty Avengers #1. She was presumed dead during the events of Secret Invasion in 2008. Wasp returned in the Avengers "End Times" storyline that ran from issue #31 to issue #34, she appears as a member of the Avengers Unity Squad in Uncanny Avengers. In his 1970s run on The Avengers, artist George Pérez revamped the character's costume a number of times, having a significant impact on the character's development: It became a joke. In the case of the Wasp, I noticed that she has so many costumes that I said "Why not?" I think I was on the book long enough what was once just a little bit of idiosyncrasy about the character became part of the character's persona. Janet van Dyne was born in Cresskill, New Jersey, the socialite daughter of wealthy scientist Vernon van Dyne.
When her father is killed by an alien entity unleashed during one of his experiments, Janet turns to his associate Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym for aid and convinces him to help her. In order to avenge her father’s death, she undergoes a biochemical procedure that grants her the ability to grow wings upon shrinking under four feet tall and uses a supply of "Pym particles" by which to change her size. Together and Ant-Man defeat the alien and avenge her father. Janet decides to remain as Wasp and be Hank’s partner as she has fallen in love with him, though Hank rejects her feelings due to the similarities between her and his first wife, murdered. During her time as Hank’s partner, she took part in numerous conflicts with villains who included the Porcupine and Whirlwind. Though without any offensive powers, Janet proves to be resourceful, using her ability to communicate with insects to fight, as well as using a pin to poke people as means of a weapon, she uses a miniature air gun, the original wasp’s sting.
After the initial confrontation with Loki that brought together the founding Avengers, it is Janet and Hank who propose forming a team of superheroes. Janet becomes a founding member. Never lacking confidence or bravery and by nature an outgoing personality, Janet is always in the thick of battles with villains, who include Norse gods and aliens, despite being the most underpowered member of the team. Janet comments on the attractiveness of her male colleagues Thor, in order to provoke jealousy from Hank and get him to commit to a relationship. Early on in her Avengers career, she is wounded by a stray bullet in battle against Count Nefaria, nearly dies from a collapsed lung, she leaves the team several issues later. When she returns in Avengers vol. 1 #26, her shrinking powers have progressed to the point where she no longer needs Pym particle capsules to change her size. Though Janet hopes on several occasions that her long-term boyfriend Hank will propose, their relationship does not move forward to that point until something more dramatic happens.
The new vigilante Yellowjacket breaks into the Avengers mansion, demands to be admitted as a member of the team, claims to have killed Hank Pym, kidnaps Janet. Not believing that Yellowjacket was Hank's killer, she attempts to find where Yellowjacket is holding Hank, but instead determines that Yellowjacket is