Comic Book: Marvel Adventures
Onward! To all-ages humor!
First launched in 2003, Marvel Adventures
is a line of Lighter and Softer
comics featuring some of the company's top characters and set outside of the 616 canon that most Marvel Comics
characters inhabit. Each issue contains a story that's finished by the end of the last page (though setups for larger larger arcs sometimes occur), and does so in a lighthearted fashion where everything usually gets back to the way it's supposed to be
. Likewise, its setting allows it to completely ignore such world-changing events from the main comics, such as Civil War
Currently, there are two series:
- Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man
- Marvel Adventures: Super Heroes
April 2010 saw the cancellation of practically all the series. The survivors (Spider-Man
and Super Heroes
) became renumbered, starting again from #1. 'Marvel Adventures' also dropped from the titles.
Spring 2012 will see those series get canceled in favor of a new line, Marvel Universe
. This line includes comics tying into the cartoons The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
and Ultimate Spider-Man
Previous series that have been discontinued include Hulk
, Iron Man
, Fantastic Four
, and The Avengers
Marvel Adventures contains examples of:
- Academy of Evil: The self-defense classes Peter Parker attends so he can learn a few moves and give himself justification to stand up to bullies when he's not Spidey is soon revealed to be one of Taskmaster's facilities to train potential soldiers.
- Accidental Athlete: In Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #34, Peter Parker is recruited as a shortshop for his high school baseball team after he's seen using his super-powers to deftly catch and return a wayward ball. Team pitcher Flash Thomson is enraged because he suspects Parker's skills are due to illegal drugs, while the Green Goblin wants to eliminate Parker so his son's rival team can win instead.
- Adaptational Modesty: Both Black Cat◊ and Tigra◊ are more covered up than their mainstream counterparts.
- Adorkable: Spider-Man's mutant girlfriend, Chat. And for that matter, Spidy himself especially when Chat decided to reveal her crush to him by mentioning that she was with her boyfriend (knowing Pete was Spider-Man) before Spider-Man rescued her.
- Admiring the Abomination: Doctor Strange has one of these moments. ("Such magnificent power. It could destroy us at whim.")
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot - It took seconds for Ultron to go into Crush. Kill. Destroy! mode.
"Well, that's an all new 'Everything Goes Wrong' speed record!"
- Also, the creation of Vision. Huge lightning storm + experimental programs + Storm + combat practice robots = Lethal sentient robot.
- All Your Powers Combined - As in other universes, the Super-Adaptoid has the ability to copy powers and personalities. Quicksilver uses this to defeat it, as having it copy Captain America gives it enough good guy mojo to reject its creator and run off to become a hero.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Wolverine nails Gorg in the gut, which takes the wind out of the enemy leader, and allows for a follow-up headbutt to take Gorg down for the count.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever - Giant Girl, of course. Ant Man and Erik Josten as well, but only for one issue.
- Big Eater: The Hulk and the Thing. Spider-man tried with a load of hot dogs, but not quite in their league
- Biting-the-Hand Humor - So many. A fan favorite is Doc Samson's "Needs a wife" assessment of Spider-Man when the Avengers go in for therapy.
- Some believe that it was these little instances that led to the imprint enduring so much Executive Meddling.
- Broken Aesop
- Boisterous Bruiser - Amazingly enough, Hercules manages to be even more this than his 616 counterpart is.
- Car Fu
- The Casanova - Both Tony and Storm. While Tony has his civilian ladies and Black Widow, Storm's hooked up (in the past) with T'challa and Hawkeye, and currently with Thor, as well as getting a Les Yay scene with Giant Girl.
- Celebrity Blog: Nova spends most of Super Heroes v2 #1 pondering if Magneto has a Twitter account.
- Chess with Death - Except it's chess with Galactus. More on trope entry.
- The Chew Toy - Unlike most cases where Wolverine is everywhere, fandom didn't really mind him being a major member of the team, mostly because the writers loved playing him up for gags like Spidey's "Kick Me" sign, the aforementioned pummeling by Odin, the slingshot trick (Spidey again), etc.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment - Iron Man being subjected to the Cute but Cacophonic pit of space kitties as penalty for losing a round of Kree karaoke. Apparently, they're loud enough to even outdo the suit's sound filters, as he ends up mostly deaf for several pages.
- Cute Bruiser: Though her first comic scene in "Lover's Leaper" had Thundra lash at Luke Cage with her chain, another scene a while "earlier in the story" ask him and Hawkeye, "Which one of you two is Luke Cage?" Looking happy to date Luke in the beginning.
- Cute Machines: When Doc Ock gets separated from his artificially intelligent tentacle harness, the device is left wandering around, sort of at loose ends. Spidey adopts it as a pet. When Doc returns for it, it suffers a brief crisis of loyalty; after all, Spidey has been so nice to it.
- Dating Service Disaster: After Hawkeye accidentally uploads ALL the personal data of the male Avengers, not just his, to a dating site owned by Batroc the Leaper, the villain gets the others to go on dates with several ladies. It catches up to Batroc and the other Avengers when the ladies get stood up to Batroc's multi-booking the guys for many dates at the same time. Once Luke tells the ladies what really happened they aren't pleased about it at all...and Hilarity Ensues after the ladies yell at Batroc "Get Him!" and a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown is hinted at by Cap and the others.
- Deadpan Snarker - Spider-Man especially, but everyone has at least one moment of getting to be this. Even Captain America.
- Demoted to Extra: Spider-Man rarely actually contributes to the plot as an Avenger.
- Drives Like Crazy - KaZar is a terrible driver, as Spidey will rant about when provoked. Did come in handy, though, when he managed to land a Quinjet on Stegron and his forces completely by accident.
- Driving Test - Spidey's Spider-sense gives him an advantage... sort of.
- Engineered Public Confession - Captain America vs. Loki. "Did you just humiliate a deity in front of three million potential worshipers?!"
- Evil Laugh - For a hero, Storm's surprisingly good at it. Though she was playing a witch who could control the weather, it could be her needing to make it convincing. (Which was part of Wolverine's plan, "just like we said!")
- Also used by Tigra when demonstrating her nonexistent cat-controlling powers.
- Five-Man Band: The Marvel Adventures version of the Avengers. It changed often through the series depending on who was in action though.
- The Hero: Shared by Captain America and Storm. (Possibly Big Good Duumvirate?)
- The Lancer: Wolverine and Iron Man take this role. Invisible Woman in the Super Heroes version of the team.
- The Big Guy: Hulk figuratively, Giant Girl and (against Erik Jostens) Ant-Man literally. Later Luke Cage. Thor in the Super Heroes version.
- The Smart Guy: Iron Man mostly, though later Ant-Man does his part.
- The Chick: Spider-Man, and Tygra later. Nova in the Super Heroes version.
- Fluffy the Terrible - To an Eldritch Abomination, "Bob" is creatively exotic.
- Fun Personified - The whole line, but fans especially loved Batroc's appearance. He's just enjoying fighting the Avengers guys so much that you have to grin along.
- Genius Loci - Ego the Living Planet. Who turns up in the solar system to hit on the Earth.
- Genre Savvy - "Will anyone ever remember I'm really smart?!"
- "The Avenging Seven" had Wolverine organizing the final battle against Gorg:
- He punts Dr. Banner to some taunting trolls, who get him mad enough to change into the Hulk.
- Giant-Girl he just tells her to smash and yell.
- Storm becomes an evil witch who can control the weather, complete with Evil Laugh.
- Cap, Spidey and Iron Man join Wolverine to smash through to Gorg.
- Calling out Gorg, it only takes one fierce punch to stomach and a headbutt to take out Gorg.
- Godwin's Law of Time Travel - A Watcher manages to not get in trouble for acting instead of watching when he returns a dimension-hopping Johnny Storm home. His method of getting out of it is by pointing out that with all the dimension-screwing Johnny was causing, he missed out getting to watch several interesting timelines (including one where the Aztecs somehow won WWII) unfold.
- Goomba Stomp/Giant Foot of Stomping - The U-Foes found out the hard way that this is an effective tactic when Giant Girl got dropped on them. As did the Absorbing Man, courtesy of the Hulk.
- Goshdang It To Heck - It's a Lighter and Softer genre written for all ages, what do you expect?
- Groin Attack - Cap, of all people, does this to the Wrecker with his shield at one point.
- Hate Plague: Hate-monger's hate ray.
- Haunted Headquarters - Before finding out Vision was actually a case of A.I. Is a Crapshoot, the Avengers thought a ghost had infiltrated their base to kill them.
- Heroes Gone Fishing - The villains probably wouldn't end up getting beaten half the time if they weren't constantly interrupting perfectly normal activities, such as godly dating or a friendly game of basketball.
- Hero Insurance
- I Always Wanted to Say That - Due to an unstable time portal, Spider-Man, Ant-Man, Hulk, and Tigra meet Sgt. Nick Fury's Howling Commandos in ancient Egypt.
Spider-Man: We're the Avengers. From the future! Man, that was cool. I always wanted to say that.
- Improbable Weapon User: Deadpool fights Nova by throwing pretzels at him.
- Intimidating Revenue Service - The Avengers fear the taxman more than supervillains.
- I Need to Go Iron My Dog
- Jive Turkey - The aforementioned Goom, who learned all his English from watching MTV.
Spider-Man: This is so messed up.
- Large Ham - Doctor Strange does it intentionally, as inflated confidence and a cheery outlook actually help his powers. Later, he convinces Spidey to give it a go as well as part of a ruse to trick a blind reality-devouring monster, and Spidey's a natural.
- Also used in the "fight" between Tigra and Rhino, complete with over-the-top self-narration and Calling Your Attacks.
- Lighter and Softer - Than the 616 continuity.
- Logic Bomb - Reed Richards vs. alien supercomputer. Reed 1, computer 0.
- Magic Pants - Gleefully lampshaded in Avengers. "I'd rather not, I just got a new suit. ...Yes, it's purple."
- MST - The historical film of Captain America. "So if it's cool, you said it, and if it's cheesy, the filmmakers added it in."
- Must Have Caffeine: When Doctor Strange is gliding around from one dimension to another doing his morning rounds, he has a paper cup of coffee in his hand. It's fun to imagine the Sorcerer Supreme stopping by Starbucks before checking in on Nisilette the Unimaginable.
- Narrative Profanity Filter - While watching a newsreel of Captain America's service in World War II, Cap mentions that a particularly cheesy line was added in by the filmmakers after the fact. When asked what he really said, Cap embarrassedly notes, "I can't say with ladies present."
- Never Say "Die": In Super Heroes volume 2 #4, Deadpool is never referred to by his code name. Someone would always refer to him as "Wade Wilson. Better known as-" before being interrupted mid-sentence.
- Oh, Crap - Many, but two are especially priceless: the panel where Spidey realizes Captain Stacy just suckered him into revealing his identity to him in Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man, and the reaction of an intergalactic conqueror when he discovers that he and his army are all roughly 1/100th the size of Earthlings in Marvel Adventures: Avengers.
- Pass the Popcorn: After his first encounter with the Avengers, Loki creates the Wrecker just to see what he'll do with similar powers. He's entertained by the results.
- Phlebotinum Bomb
- The Power of Hate: Hate-monger ( aka Karl) believes that this is what allows evil organizations to function and coordinate effectively.
- Ripple Effect Indicator: After Tigra and her fellow Avengers return, in a cabinet in the Tower of London is a statue of Bast, Egyptian cat goddess...in Tigra's likeness donated by a pre-SHIELD Sgt. Nick Fury and his Howling Commandoes.
- Shooting Superman: Baron Zemo attempts to defy Captain America by punching him. However, he only has ordinary person strength and hurts his knuckles.
- Shout-Out: Mixed in liberally with the Biting-the-Hand Humor.
- The series also has it fair share of non-biting the hand shout outs, including a future version of Black Widow mentioning that Nova "is going to grow up."
- Non-Marvel references make it in as well.
(the man in the Zemo costume is unmasked)
- Spanner in the Works
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Sophia "Chat" Sanduval
- Spoof Aesop
"The lesson is: trust no one."
"That's not the lesson."
- Stalker with a Crush - Surprisingly enough, yes. Erik "Atlas" Josten's sole appearance in the Avengers title involved him making it look like Hank Pym had intentionally vanished so that he could get closer to Giant Girl while Pym was missing.
- Strange Minds Think Alike
- Ungrateful Bastards - The Baston-Karians, boy howdy: "Why are you still here? You are finished saving our world, are you not?"
- Unsound Effect - Everywhere, but especially when it comes to Hulk and Batroc. "GAMMABOOOOM!" and "LeThumpt!" indeed.
- What Are You in For?
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child - At one point the Avengers have a showdown with Loki's Masters of Evil, who have gathered at a middle school, which Loki levitates into the air. Cap is paralysed with horror at the thought of all the kids in the school endangered or killed, only for the Wrecker to lampshade this trope: "There weren't no kids in there! Whaddya think we are, monsters?"
- You and What Army? - Poor Jamie Madrox. He so badly wants to use this gag on somebody.
- You Meddling Kids - Spider-Man uses this in an Avengers adventure after unmasking Baron Zemo.