Wolverine and Deadpool Headline Our All-Canada Team Celebrating Canada Day

  • Happy Canada Day!

    To celebrate this special day, we’ve put together a team of five Canadian super-heroes from Marvel who have warmed their way into the hearts and minds of fans. Forgive me, Canadians, yes I know this blog is a day late but as they always say—better late than never.

     

     

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    Canadians have some of the best super-heroes in the world, and one of the best superhero teams ever in Alpha Flight. Too bad Marvel hasn’t given that team enough of a chance to make it big with better creative teams but that’s a rant for another day.

     

    Let’s celebrate Canada Day with an awesome lineup of Canada’s best ever superheroes from the Marvel Universe. No one is more popular or a more obvious choice than Wolverine so let’s start with him.

     

    1. Wolverine

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    Creators: Len Wein and John Romita, Sr.

    Debut: The Incredible Hulk #181 (1974)

    Powers: Healing factor, retractable claws, super senses, and an adamantium skeleton (from Bite.ca)

     

    One of the most, if not the most, popular Marvel superhero, Wolverine hails from the Great White North where he first started his superhero career. As an  intelligence operative for the Canadian government, Wolverine was supposed to lead Alpha Flight until he literally cut ties with them to join Professor Xavier’s X-Men.

     

    His adventures still lead him back to Canada from time to time, lending a hand to Alpha Flight and others from his homeland who need him as in the case of Amazing X-Men #8 and others.

     

    As Canadian superheroes go, none are more admired and copied than Logan. He’s the coolest one to come from Canada, too.

     

     

    2. Deadpool

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    Creators: Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza

    Debut: The New Mutants #98 (1991)

    Powers: Healing factor, superhuman stamina and reflexes (from Bite.ca)

     

    Deadpool’s fast-rising popularity makes you wonder if he’ll overtake Wolverine someday especially if he gets his own movie soon. For now, being the second-most popular Canadian is still pretty good considering who’s number one. It’s probably fitting to mention that two of Marvel’s most famous characters are Canadian by birth.

     

    This mentally unstable, mercenary/anti-hero is one of the best fighters in the Marvel Universe despite being its funniest as well. Though he was created to be a villain at first, his funny and quirky personality won fans over and possibly caused Marvel to make him a some time hero instead.

     

     

    3. Guardian

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    Creator: John Byrne

    Debut: Uncanny X-Men #109 (1977)

    Powers: increased strength and durability; cybernetic link-up and hacking abilities;

    advanced weapons systems; increased intelligence due to the fusion of his battle suit to his neural network; increased speed, reaching Mach 1; ability to create and travel through a wormhole; the ability to lock himself relative to the Earth's electromagnetic field. (excerpted from Wikipedia)

     

    Guardian was created to be Canada’s own Captain America which is the reason for the flag design on the costume which he wears proudly. Unlike Cap, however, James Hudson has no superpowers of his own. He wears a battlesuit which he created himself to become one of the most powerful members of the team. He has been killed off and resurrected a few times which also makes him the Canadian equivalent of Jean Grey. Still, of all of Canada’s superheroes, he embodies his country more than any other.

     

    4. Sasquatch

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    Creator: John Byrne

    Debut: Uncanny X-Men #120 (1979)

    Powers: Superhuman strength, endurance, durability, and stamina, regenerative healing factor, sharp claws and teeth, ability to leap vast distances (from Wikipedia)

     

    When picking a team of heroes to slug it out in battle, you always need brute force. Few are more brutish than Sasquatch who, unlike the Hulk, didn’t receive his powers by accident. He intentionally experimented with gamma radiation on himself to become a controlled version of the Hulk but became something far different. He went against the Hulk just for fun which shows you how strong he really is. Among all the members of the team, he appears more often in team-ups and guest appearances than almost any of them except, perhaps, for Northstar and Aurora.

     

    5. Original Alpha Flight Team (including Puck and Marrina)

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    Creator: John Byrne

    Debut: Uncanny X-Men #120 (1979)

    Powers: Various

     

    I’m cheating, of course, but who cares? This is my lineup and I’m sticking with it.

     

    Alpha Flight made an auspicious debut in the pages of the most popular comic book of all-time, the Uncanny X-Men. They went toe-to-toe with mutantdom’s most powerful heroes and nearly escaped with a win if not for Wolverine surrendering to the team he once belonged to. Since that time, fans clamored for more of Alpha Flight and so Marvel conceded by giving them their own monthly series penned and penciled by John Byrne, who lived in Canada while growing up.

     

    Guardian, Shaman, Snowbird, Puck, Sasquatch, Aurora, Northstar, Marrina, and Heather Hudson (before suiting up as Vindicator) were all household names in the 80’s when the team was at its most popular. Their best years were the Byrne years which lasted until issue 28. Their backstories were more interesting than their battles which is quite an achievement for team books not named X-Men.

     

    In their heyday, Alpha Flight was one of Marvel’s best-selling books and a force to be reckoned with in the 80’s. If there’s one book that I would love to write and reboot it would be Alpha Flight.

     

    So there you have it! I hope this brings out not just more love for Canadian superheroes but also for that great country as well.

     

    Cheers!

     

    Sources: Bite.ca, Movie Pilot, Marvel.com

     

    Image sources: bamsmackpow.com, biffbampop.com, healthhabits.ca, itsadansworld.net, Wikipedia, onceuponageek.com

     

     

     



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