Over the past several years, there has been a clear demand for a more serious, grounded, and darker twist on the superhero genre. And it certainly seems like that demand has been met by such films like The Dark Knight, Man of Steel, and in many regards, the first Iron Man. Yet despite this desire for a more realistic superhero film, Marvel Studios has been very cautious about taking itself too seriously. It is, after all, making movies based off comic book characters with inherently ridiculous plot lines and powers.
Marvel has proven to be extraordinarily skilled at keeping a relatable environment for its movies while being utterly fearless about the lore and backstories of many of its characters, no matter how bizarre or ridiculous. An origin story is a sacred thing for comic book characters, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has introduced more than one character with an extremely unconventional one. Here’s a look at some of the characters the studio has or soon will introduce into the MCU that have totally bizarre origins.