Volstagg is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is a charter member of the Warriors Three, a trio of Asgardian adventurers and supporting cast of Thor, he is known for having multiple children. These include, but are not limited to, Hilde and the adopted Midgardians Kevin and Mick; the character is portrayed by Ray Stevenson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Thor, Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok. Volstagg first appeared in Journey into Mystery #119, was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, he is not taken from Norse mythology but is an original creation, modeled on Shakespeare's Falstaff in character and name. Volstagg's origin story beyond being a member of the Asgardian race, a warrior and adventurer, a friend of Thor has not been revealed. Volstagg is advanced in age for an Asgardian, it has been suggested that he was a respected and feared warrior in his prime. In a sense, Volstagg's entire career has been one long origin story.
The character was first introduced in a "Tales of Asgard" filler in Journey Into Mystery #119, the magazine carrying Thor's Asgardian adventures. As envisioned by Jack Kirby, Volstagg was a huge, bumbling oaf much given to boasting and bragging: the last into battle and the first to claim victory. Referring to himself as "The Lion of Asgard", he caused more problems than he solved and seemed unaware of the chaos that always followed in his wake. A flashback revealed in Captain Marvel #42 tells how a drunken Volstagg incurred the wrath of Odin by spilling the secrets of the first Frost Giants to a younger Thor. Strangely enough, he was considered a trusted and worthy comrade by his closest friends and allies, Fandral the Dashing, Hogun the Grim, Thor. Another flashback showed Volstagg as a great confidante of Thor himself. Hogun and Fandrall strangers to him at the time, join with a quest on a dare to "pet" the Fenris wolf; the creature deals them a humiliating defeat. Advanced Idea Mechanics, having their own personal interest in Fenris, theorize it is this defeat that led to Volstagg's unhealthy eating habits.
In his first comic book appearance, Volstagg joined with the Warriors Three in Thor's quest for the power that had cracked the Odinsword of Asgard. Though Volstagg and Hogun had been recruited by Loki, they proved loyal to Thor when the time came. Volstagg's first battle involved him falling onto his enemies. Volstagg helped repel the attack of the Flying Trolls of Thryheim, although he cowered for much of the fight. Volstagg helped defeat the forces of Harokin. Though this man was an avowed enemy of Asgard, he fought so well and nobly that Hela herself came to fetch him when a lifetime of wounds caught up with the warlord. Volstagg and the other Asgardians assisted as much as they could in Harokin's ride to Valhalla, for they all honored a warrior one in opposition. Odin send the Warriors Three and Thor to a long demolished land. Volstagg was lured into a trap by the dragon Fafnir. In another incident the four went to free Hogun's land from the murderous tyrant called Mogul of the Mystic Mountain.
However, as soon as he gained a weapon, capable of opposing Mogul, he rushed back to his friends to assist in the battle. In another flashback appearance, Volstagg mistook a mystical portal for a warming fire and fell into it. A rescue mission causes a destructive battle which gives the Great Sphinx of Giza its unique face; as the Warriors Three made frequent appearances in The Mighty Thor and other Marvel titles, a more heroic side to his personality began to emerge. In Tales To Astonish #101, Volstagg squared-off with The Incredible Hulk for two panels. During a trip to Hades to rescue his comrade-in-arms Thor, Volstagg offered to battle Mephisto in return for his friend's soul, he helped Thor escape Mephisto. A real change to Volstagg's character came in the early seventies, when Thor and the Warriors Three were battling the interstellar parasite Ego-Prime in the streets of New York City: hiding behind a festering heap of garbage, Volstagg saw a group of extraterrestrial monstrosities preparing to devour a little girl, a sight which drove him to a remarkable display of courage and resolution.
Despite his obvious terror, the Volumous One struck the creatures down with his bare hands and carried the child to safety. Following a brief hiatus towards the end of the seventies, Volstagg underwent a renaissance of sorts when Walt Simonson took over The Mighty Thor in 1982. Reaching back to Kirby's initial concept, Simonson redefines Volstagg as a big, likeable bear of a man, a friend to all with a song in their heart. A good-natured old warrior somewhat past his prime, Volstagg is still held in high regard by his comrades, if only for his amusing company and unparalleled drinking ability. Simonson added another dimension unseen in his earlier incarnations — a househo
Olivier Coipel is a French comic book artist, known for his work on books such as House of M, Legion of Super-Heroes and Thor. Coipel came to prominence and significant controversy as the artist of the American DC Comics book Legion of Super-Heroes during the tenure of writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Beginning with the "Legion of the Damned" story arc. Despite complaints about his art style by long-time Legion of Super-Heroes fans - who felt his style was "too rough and unrefined", leading to more than one prominent critic to refer to him as "Ol' Scratchy" - Coipel continued to draw the series when it was relaunched under the new title The Legion. Coipel signed an exclusive contract with Marvel Comics in January 2005, he was named in August 2005 as one of Marvel's "Young Guns," a group of artists that included Jim Cheung, David Finch, Trevor Hairsine, Adi Granov, Steve McNiven, which according to Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, exhibited the qualities that make "a future superstar penciller."
One of Coipel's first major works at Marvel was House of M, an eight issue New Avengers/X-Men crossover limited series with writer Brian Michael Bendis. Coipel was announced as artist on a new Thor ongoing series that launched in July 2007 with writer J. Michael Straczynski. Coipel left the title in 2009. Coipel re-teamed with Bendis for the four-issue 2009 Marvel Comics event series Siege. In 2010, he provided art for a Magneto-focused backup story leading into the Young Avengers miniseries Avengers: the Children's Crusade, before returning to Thor in 2011, illustrating the first arc on Matt Fraction's The Mighty Thor. On April 9, 2011 Coipel was one of 62 comics creators who appeared at the IGN stage at the Kapow! Convention in London to set two Guinness World Records, the Fastest Production of a Comic Book, Most Contributors to a Comic Book. With Guinness officials on hand to monitor their progress, writer Mark Millar began work at 9am scripting a 20-page black and white Superior comic book, with Coipel and the other artists appearing on stage throughout the day to work on the pencils and lettering, including Dave Gibbons, Frank Quitely, John Romita Jr. Jock, Doug Braithwaite, Ian Churchill, Duncan Fegredo, Simon Furman, David Lafuente, John McCrea, Sean Phillips and Liam Sharp, who all drew a panel each, with regular Superior artist Leinil Yu creating the book's front cover.
The book was completed in 11 hours, 19 minutes, 38 seconds, was published through Icon on November 23, 2011, with all royalties being donated to Yorkhill Children's Foundation. The Amazing Spider-Man #9-11, 14 Avengers #65-70, 77-78, 80-81 Avengers vs. X-Men #6-7,11 Civil War II #0 House of M #1-8 Marvel Spotlight: Daniel Way/Olivier Coipel Marvel 1985 #2 Siege #1-4 Stan Lee Meets Spider-Man #1 The Mighty Thor #1-6 New Avengers #23 New Avengers Annual #1 Thor #1-6, 9-12, 600 Uncanny Avengers #5 Unworthy Thor #1-5 and various artists Uncanny X-Men #448-449 X-Men vol.4 #1-3 Young Guns Sketchbook 2004 Action Comics#1000 The Legion #14 Legionnaires #79-81 Legion Worlds #1 Legion Lost #10-12 The Magic Order #1-6 Black Panther #16 Batman: Lost #1 Darth Vader #3 Han Solo #4 Hulk #5 New Avengers annual, The Legion #1-4, 5, 6-8, 9, 10-12, 13 Legion Lost #10-12 Legion of Super Heroes vol. 4 #122-123, 125 Survive! #1 Thor: Tales Of Asgard #1-6 Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #155 Ultimate X-Men #61 What If?
X-Men #1 Wolverine: Weapon X#1 X-Men #1 Avengers vs. X-Men#6 The Eternals#1 The Amazing Spider-Man#700 Thor God Of Thunder#4 Superior Spider-Man#17 Black Widow#18 Civil War II#2 Spidey#2 Sacred Creatures#5 Batman#33,37,41-42 Kick-AssVol 4 #1 Uncanny X-Men #600 Invincible Iron Man #600 Olivier Coipel at Marvel Interview: "J'aime reprendre des personnages que je ne connais pas" Olivier Coipel at the Comic Book DB
Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2011's Thor and 2013's Thor: The Dark World, is the seventeenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; the film is directed by Taika Waititi from a screenplay by Eric Pearson and the writing team of Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost, stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor alongside Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins. In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor must escape the alien planet Sakaar in time to save Asgard from Hela and the impending Ragnarök. A third Thor film was confirmed in January 2014, with Kyle and Yost beginning work on the screenplay; the involvement of Hemsworth and Hiddleston was announced that October. Waititi joined the film as director a year after Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor chose not to return. Ruffalo joined the cast reprising the role of Hulk from previous MCU films, which allowed elements of the 2006 comic storyline "Planet Hulk" to be adapted for Ragnarok.
The rest of the cast, including Blanchett as Hela, was confirmed in May 2016, with Pearson's involvement revealed at the start of filming that July. Principal photography took place in Brisbane and Sydney, with the film having exclusive use of Village Roadshow Studios in Oxenford, concluding in October 2016. Thor: Ragnarok premiered in Los Angeles on October 10, 2017, was released in the United States on November 3, in 3D, IMAX, IMAX 3D; the film was a critical success, receiving praise for its acting and Waititi's direction, as well as the action sequences and musical score, with many critics considering it to be the best installment of the Thor trilogy. It grossed $854 million, becoming the highest-grossing film of the trilogy and the ninth-highest-grossing film of 2017. Two years after the battle of Sokovia, Thor is imprisoned by the fire demon Surtur, who reveals that Thor's father Odin is no longer on Asgard, he explains that the realm will soon be destroyed during the prophesied Ragnarök, once Surtur unites his crown with the Eternal Flame that burns in Odin's vault.
Thor defeats Surtur and takes his crown, believing he has prevented Ragnarök. Thor returns to Asgard to find his brother Loki posing as Odin. After exposing Loki, Thor forces him to help find their father, with directions from Stephen Strange on Earth, they locate Odin in Norway. Odin explains that he is dying and Ragnarök is imminent despite Thor's efforts to prevent it, he reveals his passing will allow his firstborn child, Hela, to escape from a prison she was sealed in long ago. Hela was the leader of Asgard's armies, conquering the Nine Realms with Odin, but Odin imprisoned her and wrote her out of history after he feared that she had become too ambitious and powerful. Odin dies as Thor and Loki watch on, Hela appears, destroying Thor's hammer Mjolnir, she pursues. Arriving in Asgard, she kills the Warriors Three, she resurrects the ancient dead who once fought with her, including her giant wolf Fenris, appoints the Asgardian Skurge as her executioner. Hela plans to use the Bifröst to expand Asgard's empire, but Heimdall sneaks in, takes the sword that controls the Bridge and begins hiding other Asgardians.
Thor crash-lands on a garbage planet surrounded by wormholes. A slave trader designated Scrapper 142 subdues him with an obedience disk and sells him as a gladiator to Sakaar's ruler, the Grandmaster, with whom Loki has ingratiated himself. Thor recognizes 142 as one of the Valkyrior, a legendary force of female warriors who were killed fighting Hela eons ago. Thor is forced to compete in the Grandmaster's Contest of Champions. Summoning lightning, Thor gets the upper hand, but the Grandmaster sabotages the fight to ensure Hulk's victory. Still enslaved after the fight, Thor attempts to convince Hulk and 142 to help him save Asgard, but neither is willing, he soon finds the Quinjet that brought Hulk to Sakaar. Hulk follows Thor to the Quinjet, where a recording of Natasha Romanoff causes him to transform back into Bruce Banner for the first time since Sokovia; the Grandmaster orders 142 and Loki to find Thor and Hulk, but the pair come to blows and Loki forces her to relive the deaths of her fellow Valkyrior at the hands of Hela.
Deciding to help Thor, she takes Loki captive. Unwilling to be left behind, Loki provides the group with the means to steal one of the Grandmaster's ships, they liberate the other gladiators who, led by two aliens named Korg and Miek, stage a revolution. Loki again attempts to betray his brother, but Thor anticipates this and leaves him behind, where Korg and the gladiators soon find him. Thor, 142 escape through a wormhole to Asgard, where Hela's forces are attacking Heimdall and the remaining Asgardians in pursuit of the sword that controls the Bifröst. Banner transforms into Hulk again, defeating Fenris, while Thor and her warriors. Loki and the gladiators arrive to rescue the citizens, a repentant Skurge sacrifices himself to enable their escape. Thor, facing Hela, loses his right eye and has a vision of Odin that helps him realize only Ragnarök can stop her, he sends Loki to place it in the Eternal Flame. Surtur is destroys Asgard, killing Hela. Aboard the Grandmaster's spaceship, now king, decides to take his people to Earth.
In a mid-credits scene, they are intercepted by a large spacecraft. In a post-credits scene, the overthrown Grandmaster is confront
Marvel Cinematic Universe
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is an American media franchise and shared universe, centered on a series of superhero films, independently produced by Marvel Studios and based on characters that appear in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The franchise has expanded to include comic books, short films, television series, digital series; the shared universe, much like the original Marvel Universe in comic books, was established by crossing over common plot elements, settings and characters. Phil Coulson, portrayed by Clark Gregg, is an original character to the MCU and the only character to appear across all its different media; the first film released in the MCU was Iron Man, which began the first phase of films culminating in the crossover film Marvel's The Avengers. Phase Two began with Iron Man 3, concluded with Ant-Man; the MCU is in Phase Three, which began with the release of Captain America: Civil War and is set to conclude with Avengers: Endgame. The first three phases are collectively known as The Infinity Saga.
Phase Four will begin with the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home. Marvel Television expanded the universe further, first to network television with Marvel's Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D. On ABC in the 2013–14 television season, followed by online streaming with Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix in 2015 and Marvel's Runaways on Hulu in 2017, to cable television with Marvel's Cloak & Dagger on Freeform in 2018. Marvel Television has produced the digital series Marvel's Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D.: Slingshot, a supplement to Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D. Soundtrack albums have been released for all of the films, along with many of the television series, as well as the release of compilation albums containing existing music heard in the films; the MCU includes tie-in comics published by Marvel Comics, while Marvel Studios has produced a series of direct-to-video short films and a viral marketing campaign for its films and the universe with the faux news program WHIH Newsfront. The franchise has been commercially successful as a multimedia shared universe, though some critics have found that some of its films and television series have suffered in service of the wider universe.
It has inspired other film and television studios with comic book character adaptation rights to attempt to create similar shared universes. The MCU has been the focus of other media, outside of the shared universe, including attractions at various Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, an attraction at Discovery Times Square, a Queensland Gallery of Modern Art exhibit, two television specials, guidebooks for each film, multiple tie-in video games, commercials. By 2005, Marvel Entertainment began planning to independently produce its own films and distribute them through Paramount Pictures. Marvel had co-produced several superhero films with Columbia Pictures, New Line Cinema and others, including a seven-year development deal with 20th Century Fox. Marvel made little profit from its licensing deals with other studios and wanted to get more money out of its films while maintaining artistic control of the projects and distribution. Avi Arad, head of Marvel's film division, was pleased with Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films at Sony, but was less pleased about others.
As a result, they decided to form Marvel Studios, Hollywood's first major independent movie studio since DreamWorks. Arad's second-in-command, Kevin Feige, realized that unlike Spider-Man and the X-Men, whose film rights were licensed to Sony and Fox Marvel still owned the rights to the core members of the Avengers. Feige, a self-professed "fanboy", envisioned creating a shared universe just as creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby had done with their comic books in the early 1960s. To raise capital, the studio secured funding from a seven-year, $525 million revolving credit facility with Merrill Lynch. Marvel's plan was to release individual films for their main characters and merge them in a crossover film. Arad, who doubted the strategy yet insisted that it was his reputation that helped secure the initial financing, resigned the following year. In 2007, at 33 years old, Feige was named studio chief. In order to preserve its artistic integrity, Marvel Studios formed a creative committee of six people familiar with its comic book lore: Feige, Marvel Studios co-president Louis D'Esposito, Marvel Comics' president of publishing Dan Buckley, Marvel's chief creative officer Joe Quesada, writer Brian Michael Bendis, Marvel Entertainment president Alan Fine, who oversaw the committee.
Feige referred to the shared narrative continuity of these films as the "Marvel Cinema Universe", but used the term "Marvel Cinematic Universe". Since the franchise expanded to other media, this phrase has been used by some to refer to the feature films only. Marvel has designated the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Earth-199999 within the continuity of the company's multiverse, a collection of fictional alternate universes. In November 2013, Feige said that "in an ideal world" releases each year would include one film based on an existing character and one featuring a new character, saying it's "a nice rhythm" in that format. While not always the case, as evident by the 2013 releases of Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, he said it is "certainly something to aim for". Feige expanded on this in July 2014, saying, "I don't know that we'll keep to every year, but we're doing that in 2014 and 2015, so I think it would be fun to continue that sort of thing". In February 2014, Feige stated that Marvel Studios wants to mimic the "rhythm" that the comic books have developed, by having the characters appear in their own films, come together, much like "a big event or crossover series," with
Fandral the Dashing is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is a charter member of the Warriors Three, a trio of Asgardian adventurers consisting of Fandral, Hogun the Grim, Volstagg the Valiant, they are members of the supporting cast in Marvel's Thor comics and provide comic relief and side-adventures. Fandral was portrayed by Josh Dallas in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Thor and by Zachary Levi in Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok. Fandral first appeared in Journey into Mystery #119, was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Writer Stan Lee based Fandral on the public persona of actor Errol Flynn. Fandral is a warrior of an adventurer, he is an irrepressible romantic. His bravery and optimism puts the group in disadvantageous positions. Fandral considers himself the consummate ladies' man and is depicted with a bevy of young ladies, his actual success with these ladies is intermittent at best, but as such provides numerous opportunities for humorous results.
Despite these flaws, he possesses an excessively noble spirit and will do the right thing without thought to his personal safety or prosperity. Fandral has been involved in a great many adventures and quests, as a member of the Warriors Three, as an ally of Thor, on his own. Fandral joined in a quest for the power, he helped quell a mutiny led by Loki, despite Loki having been the one to hire Fandral onto the Oversword quest in the first place. He helped repel an attack of the Flying Trolls of Thryheim, he helped defeat the forces of Harokin. Fandral and the other Asgardians participated in the ceremonies that honored Harokin; the Asgardians strove to see him off as a warrior. He battled the dragon Fafnir. Thor, Fandral and Hogun encountered and defeated Mogul of the Mystic Mountain; this was important to Hogun. He helped defend Asgard from the Destroyer, he encountered the Hulk. Fandral helped defend Asgard against Mangog, he encountered the Silver Surfer. He battled the Thermal Man, he helped defend Asgard against Surtur.
He helped Thor escape Mephisto. He became entranced by Infinity and was forced to battle Thor, battled Balder and other Asgardians, he battled Loki. He returned to help defend Asgard against Mangog again, he battled Ego-Prime, was exiled to Earth, but abducted by Mephisto, freed by Thor. He helped Thor battle Mercurio. With Thor and company, he set out on a quest to find the missing Odin, he battled Sssthgar's slavers and Xorr. He defeated doppelgangers created by the wizard Igron. Fandral battled Zarrko the Tomorrow Man, he defeated diamond exchange robbers in New York. He helped depose the usurpers Igron, he set out on a quest to find Odin, missing again. He battled Spoor, the Grey Gargoyle, the Soul-Survivors, he defeated the Enchantress. He battled the Loki, he helped defend Asgard against Ragnarok. He battled the dragon Fafnir, he encountered the Young Gods. He encountered Dazzler, abducted to Asgard. Fandral helped retake Asgard from the forces of Tyr, he rescued the god Bragi. He battled the forces of Surtur on Earth.
He went to Chicago to settle the affairs of Dr. Don Blake, he encountered Power Pack in New York. He encountered Sunspot of the New Mutants; when encountering the troubles Volstagg's two adopted mortal children and Mick were having, he assures them the other Warriors will be there for them and all of Hogun's children. "The foster sons of Volstagg the Enormous are no less than children of ALL the Warriors Three."Later Fandral was overcome by a mystery plague. He defeated a griffin-like creature, he helped defend Asgard against the forces of Seth. Fandral once set off on a mission to repair mischief done by Loki, to rescue Mord, a groomsman vital to the security of Asgard. During this, on the Isle of Freya, the Norse Goddess of Love, he learns that his womanizing ways have hurt many women, driving the latest to near suicide, he is overcome by great shame and declares to Freya,'for the nonce, I have forsworn philandering'. Fandral went on a quest with Thor to seek Ulagg, he helped the Avengers battle Blastaar.
He was rescued from Flying Trolls by the New Mutants. Fandral battled Ymir. Fandral relates a tale concerning a journey to Earth and his subsequent marriage to a woman named Marian. Once and the Warriors Three are sent on a quest as penance for accidentally killing an enemy giant during a time of peace: they have to collect sacred items all around the world with the special rule of Thor not being allowed to use his uru hammer Mjolnir in combat. Although the Giants prove to be untrustworthy and not ready to accept the quartet's victory after they've accomplished the tasks, through the use of each warrior's unique capabilities, the adventure comes to a good end. Fandral perishes early on in the final battle of Ragnarok; the Warriors Three come under arrow attack from the flying ship Naglfar and Volstagg is the only one of the trio to survive. Others who have perished in the same battle, such as Heimdall, have been found alive and well on Earth. Fandral was discovered by Thor in Africa under the human name of Trevor Newley, an Englishman, restored him to his Asgardian form.
Fandral is seen as one of the many defenders of Asgard when it is attacked by Earth's criminal forces. Fandral and several friends spend time in San Francisco as mortals, purs
Infinity is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Infinity first appears in Quasar #24; the character was created by Greg Capullo. Debuting in Quasar #24, Infinity featured in an extended storyline that revealed the role of the character in the Marvel Universe. Infinity reappears in Quasar #37 and in the limited series Infinity War #1 - 6. During a storyline in Thor #183 - 188, "Infinity" was the name given to an aspect of Norse god Odin's soul, which through the efforts of his son Thor was reunited with the character, it is not related to the Marvel cosmic entity. Infinity is a cosmic entity representing the totality of space, is expressly female in contrast with her "brother" Eternity who represents time. Together they represent the living force of the universe, they are opposed by Oblivion. The character first appears when the villain Maelstrom, acting on behalf of Oblivion attempts to end the universe. Infinity contacts the astral form of the hero Quasar, empowers him to act as its avatar.
After a series of battles, Quasar defeats Maelstrom, thereby allowing Infinity to prevail. The aftermath of this conflict resulted in Infinity, Eternity and Oblivion convening to address the consequences of Oblivion's failed scheme, it was at this time Quasar realized that these abstract entities represent the four points on the cosmological compass. Quasar has another brief encounter with the entity; the entity appears during the Infinity War storyline, in a final battle appears with fellow Eternity as a composite being, incapacitating the villain the Magus. During the Time Runs Out storyline, the Beyonders are revealed to have killed Infinity as part of destroying abstract entities in each reality across the multiverse. Following the rebirth of the Marvel Universe, Infinity is revealed to be the embodiment of the seventh Marvel Universe incarnation while Eternity being the embodiment of the eighth; as a tremendously powerful abstract entity, Infinity has no physical body but exists everywhere simultaneously.
Like Eternity, the character can manipulate the universe to achieve any effect. When needing to address lesser beings, Infinity can create a humanoid form that can be perceived by others. Thanos wielding the Infinity Gauntlet ranked Infinity's scale of power as above that of Lord Chaos and Master Order, but below that of the Living Tribunal. Infinity appeared semi-regularly as an observer in the Silver Surfer TV series, voiced by Elizabeth Sheperd; the character is the sister of Eternity. Infinity at Marvel.com
Daredevil (Marvel Comics character)
Daredevil is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Daredevil was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett, with an unspecified amount of input from Jack Kirby; the character first appeared in Daredevil #1. Writer/artist Frank Miller's influential tenure on the title in the early 1980s cemented the character as a popular and influential part of the Marvel Universe. Daredevil is known by such epithets as the "Man Without Fear" and the "Devil of Hell's Kitchen". Daredevil's origins stem from a childhood accident. While growing up in the gritty or crime-ridden working class Irish-American neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen in New York City, Matt Murdock is blinded by a radioactive substance that falls from a out-of-control truck after he pushes a man out of the path of the oncoming vehicle. While he no longer can see, his exposure to the radiactive material heightens his remaining senses beyond normal human ability, gives him a "radar sense."
His father, a boxer named Jack Murdock, is a single man raising his now blind son. Jack is killed by gangsters after refusing to throw a fight, leaving Matt an orphan; some years after donning a yellow and dark red costume, Matt seeks out revenge against his father's killers as the superhero Daredevil, fighting against his many enemies, including Bullseye and Kingpin. He becomes a lawyer after having graduated from Columbia Law School with his best friend and roommate, Franklin "Foggy" Nelson. Daredevil has since appeared in various forms of media, including several animated series, video games and merchandise; the character was first portrayed in live action by Rex Smith in the 1989 television movie The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, by Ben Affleck in the 2003 film Daredevil. Most Daredevil was portrayed by Charlie Cox in the Marvel Television productions Daredevil and The Defenders on Netflix for the Marvel Cinematic Universe; the character debuted in Marvel Comics' Daredevil #1, created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett, with character design input from Jack Kirby, who devised Daredevil's billy club.
Writer and comics historian Mark Evanier has suggested without confirmation that Kirby designed the basic image of Daredevil's initial costume, though Everett modified it. That original costume design was a combination of black and red, reminiscent of acrobat tights; the first issue covered both the character's origins and his desire for justice on the man who had killed his father, boxer "Battling Jack" Murdock, who raised young Matthew Murdock in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Jack instills in Matt the importance of education and nonviolence with the aim of seeing his son become a better man than himself. In the course of saving a blind man from the path of an oncoming truck, Matt is blinded by a radioactive substance that falls from the vehicle; the radioactive exposure heightens his remaining senses beyond normal human limits, giving him a kind of “radar” sense, enabling him to detect the shape and location of objects around him. In order to support his son, Jack Murdock returns to boxing under the Fixer, a known gangster, the only man willing to contract the aging boxer.
When he refuses to throw a fight because his son is in the audience, he is killed by one of the Fixer's men. Having promised his father not to use violence to deal with his problems, Matt gets around that promise by adopting a new identity who can use physical force. Adorned in a yellow and black costume made from his father's boxing robes and using his superhuman abilities, Matt confronts the killers as the superhero Daredevil, unintentionally causing the Fixer to have a fatal heart attack. Wally Wood introduced Daredevil's modern red costume in issue #7, which depicts Daredevil's battle against the far more powerful Sub-Mariner, has become one of the most iconic stories of the series. Daredevil would embark on a series of adventures involving such villains as the Owl, Stilt-Man, the Gladiator, the Enforcers. In issue #16, he meets Spider-Man, a character who would grow to become one of Daredevil's closest friends. A letter from Spider-Man unintentionally exposed Daredevil's secret identity, compelling him to adopt a third identity as his twin brother Mike Murdock, whose carefree, wisecracking personality much more resembled that of the Daredevil guise than the stern and emotionally-withdrawn Matt Murdock did.
The "Mike Murdock" plotline was used to highlight the character's quasi-multiple personality disorder, but it proved confusing to readers and was dropped in issues #41–42, with Daredevil faking Mike Murdock's death and claiming he had trained a replacement Daredevil. The series' 31-issue run by writer-editor Stan Lee and penciler Gene Colan includes Daredevil #47, in which Murdock defends a blind Vietnam veteran against a frameup. Matt discloses his secret identity to his girlfriend Karen Page in issue #57. However, the revelation proves too much for her, she is depicted as breaking off the relationship; this was the first of several long-term breakups between Matt and Karen, who would prove the most enduring of his love interests. Gerry Conway took over as writer with issue #72, turned the series in a pulp science fiction direction: a lengthy story arc centered on a robot from thousands of years in the future trying to change history. Long-standing arch-villain the Owl was outfitted with futuristic weaponry and vehicles.
Conway moved Daredevil to San Francisc