8 of the Biggest Gifts Ever Given in Marvel Comics
It’s the season of giving, and the heroes of the Marvel Universe are no strangers to gifting!
Captain America's Shield
The Wasp's Powers
The Eye of Agamotto
Though Doctor Strange first appeared in STRANGE TALES #110, he would not receive two of his most legendary and powerful supernatural artifacts until STRANGE TALES #127. In that issue he figured out a way to stop Dormammu's machinations, which impressed his master, the Ancient One. To congratulate his pupil, the Ancient One presented him with the Eye of Agamotto and the Cloak of Levitation, both of which Doctor Strange has utilized in his tenure as the Sorcerer Supreme, standing guard over this and many other realms.
Uncle Ben's Advice
Not all gifts can be unwrapped, some are passed verbally from one person to another and wind up shaping the receiver's world. That was the case with a young man named Peter Parker and the words his Uncle Ben bestowed upon him: "With great power there must come great responsibility," which were a part of his debut in 1962’s AMAZING FANTASY #15. Though the young Peter did not understand the weight of that phrase initially, it eventually became the foundation of one of the most selfless heroes the world has ever seen: Spider-Man.
The Power Cosmic
When faced with the destruction of his planet, Zenn-La, Norrin Radd made an impossible decision by offering himself up to Galactus in exchange for his home's safety, as related in FANTASTIC FOUR #50. The Devourer agreed, making Radd his latest Herald, a being meant to find planets for him to eat. Less a gift and more of a bargaining chip, the Power Cosmic gave Norrin the ability to ostensibly live forever and wield incredible power, but also directly made him responsible for the deaths of untold billions during his time as Galactus' Herald. Now he uses those abilities to save as many lives across the cosmos as possible.
An Adamantium Skeleton
Occasionally, you're forced to accept something. What you do with that experience remains up to you. When the mutant then known as Logan was forcibly given an adamantium-lined skeleton -- first seen in a story beginning with MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #72 -- he went mad for a time, but eventually regained his composure and dedicated himself to using his unbreakable bones and claws for good, removing some of the darkest and most evil beings around from the planet. Just think about that the next time you walk away with a particularly bad gift at the next White Elephant you attend!
A Bionic Arm
Misty Knight was already a hero before teaming up with Colleen Wing and starting Knightwing Restorations, Ltd. As a New York City police officer, she was caught in an explosion that took her right arm. Tony Stark heard about the injury and gave her a bionic arm that, thanks to its super strong design and built-in weaponry, made her an even more powerful force to be reckoned with as she became a more and more integral part of the New York City hero community.
The War Machine Armor
When Tony Stark needed someone to fill in for him as Iron Man, he turned to his longtime friend and pilot Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes. Though Stark became the first pilot of the Variable Threat Response Battle Suit, Stark bequeathed it to Rhodes after his apparent death, noting that he had designed it for James and not himself. Though highly conflicted, Rhodes took the armor and the name of Iron Man, but Stark eventually returned and regained the title, but not the suit which allowed James to carry on as his own hero, War Machine.
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