Written by Panio Gianopoulos on Wednesday, November 4, 2015
You can’t argue with Marvel’s success. Its movies alone are estimated to have brought in almost $19 billion in box office earnings. (Meanwhile, the GDP for Iceland is $14.3 billion). And that’s just using money as a metric. Marvel’s cultural influence is arguably even greater. The Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron-Man — all of these characters spawned in the 60s (or in the case of Thor, appropriated/rebooted in the 60s), have grown to become our modern myths, instantly recognizable by everyone.
As I learned recently when playing Marvel’s Contest of Champions video game with my kindergartener son, it’s the movies that most effectively disseminate the characters. If the character hadn’t yet appeared in a blockbuster film he’s seen, he usually had no idea who it was. They’re just men and women in tight, bright costumes punching each other for no good reason.
So he came up with his own names for them. Here they are below:
Dr. Strange: Magic Guy, Mr. Yellow Gloves
Drax: The Hulk’s Brother
Ultron: Skinny Robot
Superior Iron Man: Ghost Robot
Winter Soldier: Gun Guy, Not-Captain America
Venom: The Monster, Scary Mouth
Magik: Girl With the Sword
Star Lord: The Alien
Iron Fist: Smiley Face
Black Bolt: Pointy-Head
Black Panther: Batman