Black Widow's current film deals with the thematic of found family... but what of Natasha's actual bloodline in the comics? From possible monarchist origins to spies and cloning, the “orphan's” family may in fact be far bigger than even she realizes. Read about our Black Widow family tree here.
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Spotlight on... NUKLO!
Who is, or is not, related to the Maximoff twins is a matter of dates, but for a time Robert Frank, Jr. was believed to be Wanda and Pietro's eldest brother. Son of the Invaders' Whizzer and Miss America, Bob Frank was born a dangerous radioactive mutant due to exposure suffered by his parents. Placed in suspended animation for decades, he awoke to face the Avengers with a radioactively powerful adult body, but the mind of an infant. Nuklo was eventually educated and integrated into society, but his intermittent nuclear powers have caused him to struggle to fit in.
Spotlight on... COBALT MAN!
An armored rival for Iron Man that Tony Stark has maybe even heard of, Ralph Roberts' original vendetta against Stark Industries was waylaid by his radiation poisoning. Reimagining himself as a crusading hero against the dangers of nuclear power, the Cobalt Man battled a strange sequence of heroes including the X-Men, Hulk and the Defenders. Believed dead for many years, Roberts was apparently well remembered by numerous imposters and copycat armored villains. In recent years, though, the original Cobalt Man has returned and may finally get around to proving which ferromagnetic element is better: Iron or Cobalt?
Team Entry - ELEMENTS OF DOOM
The Elements of Doom have proven to be a reoccurring threat to Earth's heroes. Their origins vary (from artificial constructs to transmuted humans to alien possession) but thematically they always appear as opponents made of pure elemental force. Seeking to supplant humanity in favor of a new elemental hierarchy, the Elements of Doom have battled the Avengers, Thunderbolts, and the united heroes of New York. Today's Villain Team entry covers their history from Hydrogen to Oganesson (read a text book!).
Spotlight on... PROCTOR!
Ahhhhh...the 90's. The breakaway success of the X-Men in that decade led many Marvel properties to copy elements of that franchise. One oft repeated idea was a long-running subplot involving a villain with mysterious motives that would hook the audience into coming back month after month. For the 30th anniversary of the Avengers franchise, they got Proctor and the Gatherers Saga. The enigmatic Proctor struck at the Avengers from afar, scheming towards an uncertain goal beneath chromium foil covers. His endgame even opened the door for the next Most 90's saga of Avengers history...the Crossing. Today's article explains what Proctor and the Gatherers were truly after as they menaced the Avengers.
Spotlight on... SWORDSMAN!
For our 50th Avengers character article, we're looking at one of the earliest Avengers and also their first casualty. Introduced as a villain interested in becoming a hero for selfish reasons, Swordsman tricked his way onto the Avengers before being expelled. He remained a villain for years to come, but eventually redeemed himself after seeking Avengers membership again for the right reasons. His ultimate death kicked off the Celestial Madonna saga and has remarkably stood the test of time. Today's article covers the history and extensive legacy of Jacques Duquesne, the first Swordsman.