When it comes to your favorite superheroes, you can probably rattle off their names quickly. Since the early 1930s, superheroes like Superman, Batman and Iron Man have come to life in comics, the radio and eventually on the silver screen and television.
The famed Marvel Comics and DC Comics have morphed their comic book characters into movie superheros and villains that have filled our movie screens. However, there are plenty of superheroes to be found in other places!
Sometimes, all you have to do is turn on your television screen (or your computer.) What about those Renaissance named ninjas fighting crime in New York City? What about the fast crime scene investigator who lives in the fictional Central City? And who could forget about the brave teenager slaying vampires?
Superheroes are all the rage! Whether you're team Clark Kent or team Peter Parker, if you know your superheroes well enough, then this quiz should be a breeze! Just make sure you avoid any kryptonite while taking it. You don't want your superpower of deduction lowered for any reason!
The movie "Iron Man" (2008) was the film that established the Marvel Cinematic Universe and re-established Robert Downey Jr.'s career. It received two Academy Award nominations.
Hugh Jackman was not the first choice to portray Wolverine in 2000's "X-Men"; Dougray Scott was. Unfortunately for him, Scott was called back to the set of "Mission: Impossible II" for pick-up shooting for his villainous role, and couldn't be released to start shooting his mutant role. Jackman has gone on to play Wolverine nine times.
Tom Holland is actually the fourth actor to portray a live-action Spider-Man in American movies and TV. He follows Andrew Garfield (in the 2010s), Tobey Maguire (in the 2000s) and Nicholas Hammond (in the 1970s.)
Ben Affleck is the latest actor to portray a live-action Batman on screen. Previous Batmen include Christian Bale, George Clooney, Val Kilmer, Michael Keaton, Adam West, Robert Lowery and Lewis Wilson. David Mazouz plays Bruce Wayne in the TV series, "Gotham," but, as he has yet to become Batman, he is not included in this list.
2006's "Superman Returns" takes place in the Christopher Reeve continuity, established in "Superman" (1978) and followed up in "Superman II" (1980,) but not the other two films in that series: "Superman III" (1983) and "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" (1987.)
The Hulk has changed a lot over the years. In the comics, the Hulk has been both gray and green, and both sunset and anger (in turn) have made Bruce Banner become the Hulk. Finally, he has been depicted as being not particularly smart and very eloquent, depending on the particular comic.
Black Panther, Marvel's first black superhero to get his own comic (back in 1976) is currently starring in a comic series written by African American novelist, Ta-Nehisi Coates.
"The Flash" moniker was originally held by Jay Garrick during the Golden Age of comics. During the Silver Age, The Flash was revamped and became Barry Allen, who was followed by Wally West and then Bart Allen in the Modern Age. Currently, Barry Allen has resumed the lightning mantle.
The spread of cancer for "Deadpool" was originally halted by an infusion from Wolverine during their Project X days. Deadpool first appeared in the early 90s.
Originally, disabled doctor, Donald Blake, found a staff in a Norwegian cave that allowed him to turn into Asgardian Thor. This was retconned later so that Donald Blake was a fake identity that Thor's father, Odin, transformed Thor into to teach him a lesson in humility.
After meeting Wolverine's ninja friend, the care-free Yukio, Storm started wearing leather and sporting a mohawk. The character first appeared in 1975.
Season two of Marvel's "Daredevil" is based on the antipathy that Daredevil (who beats up the bad guys but doesn't kill them) and the Punisher (who kills the bad guys) feel for each other in the comics.
There have been several Earthlings to bear the name Green Lantern, including Alan Scott, Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardiner and Kyle Rayner. The character was created in 1940.
Charles Xavier, aka Professor X, has an out-of-wedlock child named David, who has multiple-personality disorder, which is not a great thing to have when you're a powerful psionic mutant.
The Nickelodeon version of Raphael is the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle with two sais and a temper. He has a pet turtle named Spike and is afraid of cockroaches.
Avenger Natasha Romanov is not the only person in the Marvel Universe to bear the name Black Widow. Others include Claire Voyant, a World War II hero and spirit medium; Yelena Belova, Romanov's successor; and "Petra," a Belova lookalike who believed herself to be the "real" Black Widow.
In the Marvel Studios feature film, "Doctor Strange," Rachel McAdams plays Dr. Steven Strange's love interest, Christine Palmer. Dr. Strange himself is played by Benedict Cumberbatch, star of the British TV series, "Sherlock," in which Cumberbatch plays the title role. In the two Sherlock Holmes feature films by British director, Guy Ritchie, McAdams plays Sherlock Holmes' love interest. Everything is connected!
Doug Jones played a motion capture Silver Surfer in 20th Century Fox's first "Fantastic Four" feature film series. He has also played motion capture characters such as Abe Sapien in Guillermo del Toro's feature film, "Hellboy," and Cochise in TNT's TV series, "Falling Skies."
Before Luke Cage was an Avenger, he was a "Hero for Hire." If you could raise the retainer, you could rent your own superhero.
Playing Aquaman gave fictional character, Vincent Chase, the money to make his passion project movie about Pablo Escobar in HBO's TV series, "Entourage."
"Hellboy" creator Mike Mignola co-wrote "Seeds of Destruction," Hellboy's debut story arc, with comics legend, John Byrne.
After being transformed by the cosmic radiation into someone who could become a being of fire, Johnny Storm took on the name Human Torch, in tribute to the World War II superhero of the same name. The original Human Torch was actually not human at all, but a robot.
Starting in 2016, Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, is one of the Captain Americas of the new Marvel NOW! comics. The character was originally created in 1969.
A deleted scene from the narrative feature film, "X-Men: Apocalypse," features Nightcrawler breakdancing in a mall. We don't know whether he did his own dancing or had a stunt dancer, but Kodi Smit-McPhee played this role.
Ant-Man is the mantle worn at various times by Hank Pym, Scott Lang and Eric O'Grady. The first two made the jump to the big screen in Marvel's "Ant-Man" in 2015.
In comics lore, Vision was created from the remains of the original Human Torch android from the 1940s by Avengers adversary, Ultron.
Jessica Jones had a crush on her fellow Midtown High School student, Peter Parker (aka the Spectacular Spider-Man.) After a car accident, Jones became a superhero in her own right, Jewel.
Mr. Fantastic's skin can reshape his body at will. As a matter of fact, nothing can penetrate his skin, unless he decides to allow it. He first appeared in The Fantastic Four in 1961.
At one point, Blade used a page from the "Darkhold" (featured in season four of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.") to help him eliminate all supernatural beings.
In addition to being a master of the biological sciences, Beast can play a mean keyboard. He was originally called, "The Beast."
The Punisher has been portrayed on the live-action screen by the likes of Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane, Ray Stevenson and Jon Bernthal.
Cyclops' concussive eye-beams are fueled by the ambient energy around him (like sunlight.) Due to a head injury, he can't turn off the beams, so he uses his ruby-quartz eyepieces to control them.
Invisible Woman (Sue Richards) is an original member of the Fantastic Four. She was created in 1961 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
Shazam is actually an acronym. It stands for: S - the wisdom of Solomon, H - the strength of Hercules, A - the stamina of Atlas, Z - the power of Zeus, A - the courage of Achilles and M - the speed of Mercury. Shazam is also known as Captain Marvel.
Morpheus (and creator, Neil Gaiman) returned to the comic book world with a prequel to the award-winning 1990s comic series, "The Sandman," a six-issue comic series called "The Sandman: Overture." It starts with the birth of the galaxy and ends with Morpheus' capture.
There are two Marvel Comics characters with the superhero name, Hawkeye. One is Clint Barton, who made the jump to the big screen in the first "Thor" movie. The second is Kate Bishop, who started out as a member of the "Young Avengers."
In DC's "Rebirth" line of comics, readers discover that the Watchmen's Dr. Manhattan has something to do with the universe reboots of the prior years.
Jennifer Garner's turn as Elektra in 2003's "Daredevil" feature film led to a 2005 eponymous movie. Elektra is played by Elodie Yung in season two of Marvel's "Daredevil" TV series
The Thing and Jarvis, of the Avengers headquarters, organize poker games attended by other superheroes. He first appeared in 1961.
Although Captain America was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, a newer feature film version of the character takes a lot of its influence from Ed Brubaker's writing on the series.
Captain Marvel is not only the name of Carol Danvers' superhero alter ego, but it was the name of her predecessor, a Kree who died of cancer and the former name of the DC superhero, Shazam.
Gal Gadot is the first actress to portray Wonder Woman in a live-action feature film, but there have been three other actresses to play her on television. Probably best known is Lynda Carter, star of the 1975-79 TV series. Cathy Lee Crosby played her in a 1974 TV movie, and Adrienne Palicki played her in a 2011 TV pilot.
In the "X-Men" movies, Rogue is originally portrayed as a teenager who seems to have a sibling-ish relationship with Wolverine and dates Iceman. In the comics, Rogue is an adult who dates Gambit, and Jubilee is the teen with the sibling-ish relationship with Wolverine.
Supergirl has been portrayed on-screen by Helen Slater (who played Clark Kent's biological mother on TV's "Smallville" and plays Kara's adopted mother on TV's "Supergirl") in the narrative feature film "Supergirl," by Laura Vandervoort in TV's "Smallville" and by Melissa Benoist in TV's "Supergirl."
With some psychic prodding from Phoenix, Kitty Pryde's parents chose Xavier's school over Emma Frost and the Hellfire Club's academy after Kitty helped the X-Men defeat the Hellfire Club.
The mantle of Robin has been worn by Dick Grayson (who became Nightwing,) Jason Todd (who became Red Hood,) Tim Drake (who became Red Robin,) Stephanie Brown (who became Spoiler) and Damian Wayne (son of the Dark Knight.)
Jean Grey is one of the few characters in Marvel comics to die and stay dead, at least until Beast traveled back in time and brought the original X-Men to the present in all their youthfulness.
The "Batgirl" name has been used by Barbara Gordon, Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown. As of 2017, Barbara Gordon has resumed the mantle, while Cassandra Cain is "Orphan" and Stephanie Brown is "Spoiler."
Marvel's Ultimate Universe version of Nick Fury changed him from a full-head-of-haired, one-eyed white man to a bald, one-eyed black man, whose appearance was modeled on Samuel L. Jackson. Samuel L. Jackson then played Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This led to the white Nick Fury in the mainstream Marvel Comics Universe having a black son, whose appearance was modeled after Samuel L. Jackson, named Nick Fury, Jr.
Current comic book star Buffy the Vampire Slayer first appeared in the 1992 feature film, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," before moving to TV in 1997, where she stayed until the middle of 2003.