The mark of a true superhero is how well he/she is represented by their symbol. In their world, symbols mean everything. Take for example the Batman, his Symbol is a cultural icon. The minute the Bat signal pictures the bat symbol in the sky, criminals cower away in fear. The Marvel universe has superheroes too whose symbols are just as, if not more, popular.
No one knew the organization even existed until Phil Coulson helped debut it in Iron Man. But it was The Avengers that helped create awareness about the top secret organization. SHIELD is the government branch that deals with superhuman and otherworldly threats in the Marvel universe. Their Acronym has kept changing over time but one thing’s for certain – When you see these guys walking around, shits about to get real.
Before the Netflix TV Show made him famous (or infamous), Marvel’s Iron Fist was a fairly well know street-level superhero who has had his fair share of adventures. The curved dragon that adores his superhero costume is a thing of beauty. It gives a foreign, mystical touch to a superhero whose powers are based on manipulating Chi – a concept lost to western civilization. The only downside is a billionaire white brat gets to wear it. Sigh.
Unlike Batman’s or Superman’s. Tony Stark’s superhero symbol isn’t that much of an eye stealer. His symbol represents the arc reactor in his chest. The arc reactor – a source of incredible amounts of energy that not only powers his Iron Man suit and powers a magnet to keep the shrapnel inside his chest from getting too close to his heart. Giving off a technological vibe, the symbol is an apt and most fitting representation of Tony Stark’s legacy.
A list like this wouldn’t be complete without the eponymous ‘A’. But let’s be honest. As famous as it is, The Avengers symbol does not get too many points for creativity. But thanks to the MCU, it’s asymmetrical design and the fact that it represents the most valued asset at Marvel’s disposal, the ‘A’ is a symbol too intriguing to ignore.
Daredevil is a superhero that hails from Hell’s Kitchen. The blind martial artist became a household name after Netflix released his very own TV Show. The double Ds that adore his chest (no pun intended) has become a staple in pop culture. In the 90s, Daredevil had just one D as a symbol. Then by God’s grace, another D was superimposed on the original and the rest is history.
Kill me if you want but Deadpool DOES have a cool symbol. Not every superhero could pull of their own mask as one. Only Deadpool can do it. Honestly though why would someone use their own mask as a belt buckle? Isn’t it too weird for Deadpo… wait for my bad? Weird and Deadpool go hand in hand. The symbol has become so popular that even the people who don’t even know the guy are wearing it. Take that Iron Man.
This symbol has the distinction of being the most widely known and used in the world. Army guys, biker gangs, T-shirts, hotrods, and whatnot. The Skull is omnipresent. Punisher represents killing and vengeance. As a symbol, the skull shows The Punisher’s penchant for violence. It’s minimalistic yet evocative design alone makes it stand out in the crowd. It’s safe to assume the symbol has now become more popular than the character who wears it.
The Cap is the frontline man in the Marvel Universe. He is the shot-caller for the Avengers in the MCU. So it would make sense his shield, the weapon he most uses in combat to be as popular as him. The way he throws it makes him kinda the Batman of Marvel Comics. His shield is not only indestructible, it’s red, white and blue with a star in the middle got such an incredible aesthetic that it makes fans swoon over it.
The X-Men franchise was what jumpstarted the superhero frenzy in the theaters. The original progenitors of the superhero code in the movies. So it makes sense when we say their symbol the ‘X’ is wildly popular. Fox has gone and made millions harvesting the X-Men franchise. The popularity has made the X, a simple and symmetrical design make itself found in the X-Men toys and accessories, further propagating the X-Men to the General public. Mutant movies have come and gone but the iconic X has stood the test of time.
In the comic book word, the only Marvel character famous enough to take on DC’s Batman is Spiderman. The teen from New York gets bit by a radioactive spider and becomes the friendly neighborhood web-slinger – is a story unheard of only to a caveman. And what represents Spiderman more than the black spider symbol on his red and blue chest. Times have changed the original symbol into what it is today but the simplicity and minimalism have made Spiderman into one of the most popular characters in all of the fiction.