I’ll tell you something, Faithful Spoilerites: When I was reading New Mutants back in college, I never expected that the goofy one-off ‘Deathstroke The Terminator’ knockoff guy would be a major pop culture player 20 years hence.  That’s the nature of the comic game, though, where a minor Hulk villain can forever change the industry and a talking raccoon can be the unexpected superstar in a film that brings home a skrabillion dollars.  With more and more comic heroes hitting the big and small screens, the next big thing could come from anywhere (especially since TV heroes Flash, Green Arrow and Supergirl were ALL dead not so very long ago) leading us to today’s overnight-success query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) knew that Star-Lord had it in him, and will argue that Captain Marvel also hammers a home run in her moving outing, asking: What character is the most unexpected superstar of all for you?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    I’d say that Venom edges out Deadpool for me. While I can understand what others see in Deadpool, even if I don’t share it myself, I just don’t “get” Venom’s appeal.

  2. I’m not too surprised about any Marvel movie characters, at least from the last 10 years. They had all the momentum and all the marketing and merchadising money behind them. With a few 100 million bucks, you can make almost anything popular now. I have to say Baby Yoda, even if it’s kind of predictable when you think about it, I didn’t think he(?) would get THAT popular. With that said, I’ll be very surprised if ANY of the upcoming Eternals characters really stick like some of the first wave until Endgame. I just don’t see the appeal or potential. Of course, Disney bucks will make sure its successful, but it was a lightning in the bottle last time.

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