During the Golden Age of comic books from 1938 to 1956, hundreds, if not thousands, of superheroes were created. Of course, everyone knows the popular ones like Superman, Batman, Iron Man, Thor, and the Hulk, but what about the lesser-known heroes? Not all of them could stand the test of time, such as Asbestos Lady and Arm Fall Off Boy (yes, they’re real), but there are a few that deserve a little more attention. Check out these five superheroes you’ve never heard of.
The Eternals are immortal beings that were introduced in 1976. According to the comic books, they were created by an immense, god-like species called the Celestials. Throughout history, the Eternals have lived alongside humans and helped shape the course of life on Earth. They regularly defended our planet from a species called the Deviants, who were also created by the Celestials. Each Eternal has different powers, including superhuman strength, flight, reading minds, teleportation, and others.
Some of these characters have already shown up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ego, Star-Lord’s father from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, was one of the Celestials, and Thanos, the main bad guy from the "Avengers" franchise, was a Deviant in the comic books. You're about to hear a lot more about The Eternals: these characters are set to make their official grand debut in 2021 with a cast that includes Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek.
Monica Rambeau was just your average New Orleans harbor patrol lieutenant until she was tasked with destroying a device that could summon energy from another dimension. In the process, some of the energy hit her, giving her the power to change her body into any type of energy and back at will. She promptly quit the harbor patrol to focus on fighting bad guys full-time.
She ended up joining the Avengers and took on the title of Captain Marvel. She was one of the most valuable and powerful members of the Avengers until she accidentally touched the ocean while in her electrical form. Her energy was spread over the entire ocean and left it depleted. She eventually got her power back but never officially went back to the Avengers; instead, she took on several new aliases in the process, including Spectrum.
Spectrum first appeared in a Spider-Man comic in 1982. She also made a small cameo as a child in the movie Captain Marvel.
Dr. Michael Morbius was diagnosed with a rare disorder that slowly dissolved his blood cells. Luckily for him, he was also a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist. He began to work on a cure using bat blood to keep his disorder at bay. As with most superhero origin stories, there was a mishap. The procedure left his skin pale, his eyes red, and his teeth elongated and gave him an insatiable thirst for blood.
Morbius spent the rest of his time searching for a cure for his newfound condition. Because he was not technically dead, he was called The Living Vampire. He had some of the perks of being a vampire such as super strength, speed, heightened senses and night vision along with some of the downsides like burning in the sun. Since he was not a full-fledged vampire, these effects were only slightly enhanced, and the sun didn’t kill him. It just made things uncomfortable. His need to feed on innocent people caused several run-ins with other superheroes, including Spider-Man and the X-Men.
The first appearance of Morbius was in a Spider-Man comic in 1971. He will make his big screen debut in 2021 with Jared Leto in the lead role.
Nico Minoru, Molly Hayes, Karolina Dean, Victor Mancha, and Chase Stein were just average teenagers until they found out that their parents were all a part of a super-villain cult called the Pride. Not wanting to support their parent’s evil ways, the group ran away from home and began working on taking down the Pride. Eventually each member of The Runaways discovered that he or she had unique powers like telepathy, fire manipulation, and dark magic.
The Runaways are relatively new. They joined the Marvel Universe in 2003 in their own line of comics. They are one of the only superhero groups to be made up of mostly women.
Jean-Paul Beaubier is a mutant capable of moving and flying at superhuman speeds. Despite his tragic early life, he grew up, honed his skills through downhill skiing, took the name Northstar, and joined the Alpha Flight, which is basically the Canadian Avengers, before eventually moving over to the X-Men.
Northstar made his comic debut in 1979 as a part of the Uncanny X-Men series. He is one of the first openly gay superhero characters. His wedding in a 2012 comic book was the first depiction of a same-sex marriage in mainstream comics.