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10 Golden-Age Marvel Allies We Could Meet in Agent Carter

Bob Chipman | 31 Dec 2014 12:00
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Yes. Whizzer has the stupidest name in superhero history, and it's not helped by his being Timely's nakedly-obvious ripoff of The Flash. Also not helping: He gets his powers (superhuman speed) from having been injected with the blood of a mongoose in order to cure him of a snakebite. On the other hand? Speedsters are big right now -- hell, people even seemed to like that goofy disco-brat version of Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Okay, so Whizzer is lame. You're right to think so. But one person who didn't find him lame was Miss America (see previous) who became his lover during the war and his wife afterwards. As you may have gathered, he was the hero at point believed to have fathered Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch before Magneto was (now erroneously) identified as their father.

We've been over this guy a few times, but for the newbies: The Fantastic Four's Human Torch was named in honor of a Golden Age hero named Jim Hammond, an "artificial human" android abandoned by his creator Phineas Horton when it was discovered that Hammond's "skin" became engulfed in flames when he was exposed to oxygen. He and Namor were enemies for a time, but put their differences aside when both opted to join the Allied war-effort against the Nazis. As you may or may not recall, he's one of two characters on this list who've already appeared in the MCU -- his body is on display (in its oxygen-proof chamber) at the Stark Expo in the first Captain America.

Of (possible) note, Hammond had two sidekicks in the Golden Age: Toro, a teenaged boy, and Mary Mitchell, aka Sun Girl.

Betsy Ross (real name Elizabeth, changed to be more patriotic) was an American agent (and contemporary of Peggy Carter's) assigned to the Captain American program during WWII. She later donned a costumed identity of her own to help Cap's various replacements (see later entries) as the war wound down. Of interest to MCU continuity: She's the aunt of General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, the nemesis of The Incredible Hulk (and thus the grand-aunt of Hulk love-interest Betty Ross).

There's actually some question remaining as to whether or not Namor (the half-human/half-Atlantean prince of an undersea kingdom granted superhuman powers via mutation as result of his interspecies parentage) is or isn't the last Marvel character whose movie rights are owned by another studio, in this case Universal. But if they aren't, his history does place him as active and about in this period.

Confused? Well, I'd like to say I can fix that. But...

Here's the thing... The Cinematic Universe version of Nick Fury is an amalgam: He acts/operates more like the "mainstream" 616 version but has the face and mannerisms of his Ultimate Universe counterpart. But here's the kicker: We've never learned how old the MCU Nick Fury is supposed to be, and that's very interesting considering that both men are artificially age-resistant and long-lived enough to have served in World War II.

"Classic" Fury was the leader of the Howling Commandos in WWII-set books written in the 60s, but brought to the present sans-aging and reborn as James Bond-esque to meet fan demands. Ultimate Fury, on the other hand, appears deceptively young due to having been experimented on by his own government. So it's not at all outside the realm of possibility for Samuel L. Jackson to come swaggering through Agent Carter. (Try to look surprised all the same, though.)

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