Although Marvel Comics has used the name “Zodiac” to represent several villains and villain organizations, these astrological symbols are far outdated on the comic book pages. No, this unfortunately won’t be a look at the fearsome group of Avengers enemies formed by Cornelius van Lunt.
There are so many amazing Marvel characters that one or two can fall through the cracks, but hopefully each selection for each different sign will embody the traits of that symbol the most. Watching the zodiac could help comic book fans find their new favorite character, or just reaffirm why they identify so much with their old favorite.
12 Aquarius (January 20 – February 18): Hank Pym/Ant-Man
Aquarians are defined by their progressive thinking and independence. Although they excel at intelligent thinking and fight for causes they believe in, this can often come at the cost of alienation from loved ones and difficulty expressing an emotional connection. Hank Pym embodies these traits, always striving to discover and invent new technologies to help the world, Ant-Man can sometimes forget those he loves or mistreat them by accident. This is evident in his reckless pursuit of the android Ultron, disregarding other heroes’ warnings that it could be dangerous.
11 Pisces (February 19 – March 20): Ben Grimm/The Thing
While it’s not obvious from his rocky exterior and brutal powers and personality, The Thing is actually one of the most sensitive and gentle characters in the Marvel Universe. He is a hopeless romantic who still longs for his lover from before the Thing’s transformation.
Some of his more negative Pisces traits come into play when he begins to wish he could shed his powers and be a normal human again. He finds it difficult to accept the injustice of his situation. Plus, he loves cats!
ten Aries (March 21 – April 19): Logan/Wolverine
One of the most fiery heroes, Wolverine exemplifies classic Aries traits. Logan experiences deep emotions and they usually manifest as outbursts of rage and aggression. He’s a born leader who cares deeply for his friends and his team, but struggles to express it in a healthy way. Wolverine is never content to sit back and wait for the action to come his way. Instead, he would much rather jump headfirst into danger and face the consequences later.
9 Taurus (April 20 – May 20): Steve Rogers/Captain America
One hero who will never compromise on his values to achieve his goals is Captain America. This dependable soldier has dedicated himself to upholding truth and justice since his inception, and again since being unfrozen from an iceberg. Although his values are generally of a high moral standard, it has gotten him in trouble before with his reluctance to compromise. Marvel’s Civil War event is the perfect example. Fortunately, his compassion usually outweighs his stubbornness.
8 Gemini (May 21 – June 20): Bruce Banner/The Hulk
While many heroes could theoretically fit into the Gemini slot due to their dual identities, no one embodies the duality of Gemini quite like Bruce Banner. In his human life, Banner is a caring, creative, and loving man who wants nothing more than to settle down with his wife Betty and live a normal life. However, according to Hulk’s era, when he transforms, Hulk takes over. It turns a loving father into a raging monster.
7 Cancer (June 21 – July 22): Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange
One of the most imaginative heroes in the Marvel Universe, Doctor Strange is in perfect harmony with his emotions, channeling them into the mystical arts. He is tenacious and persistent, while maintaining a love for decadent taste and showmanship. On the negative side, he served as part of Marvel’s Illuminati, revealing his manipulative and untrustworthy side. Few heroes are as negative and pessimistic about the fate of the world as Doctor Strange.
6 Leo (July 23 – August 22): Tony Stark/Iron Man
Perhaps Marvel’s most arrogant and confident hero, Tony Stark loves to be the center of attention. Although very generous and compassionate at heart, this is often clouded by a desire to be surrounded by excess and wealth. Iron Man’s signature sense of humor also makes him a perfect candidate for Leo. Just as stubborn as Captain America, he’s definitely a character who has a hard time admitting he’s wrong because most of the time he’s not.
5 Virgo (August 23 – September 22): Reed Richards/M. Fantastic
Often characterized as the smartest person in the Marvel Universe, Reed Richards can struggle to build relationships with his peers. Although infinitely compassionate to his close friends and family, especially his wife and children, Mr. Fantastic often took an overly practical view of controversial situations.
His analytical mind can sometimes prevent him from seeing the ramifications of his actions that a more naturally empathetic hero might recognize. Despite being one of the most powerful people in the universe, Richards prefers to stay behind the scenes, only revealing himself when necessary.
4 Libra (September 23 – October 22): Hank McCoy/Beast
The blue-furred beast has been a member of the X-Men since their very first issue, and from the start he’s been characterized as gentle, caring, and someone who wishes to avoid confrontation. Although he will fight if necessary, Beast is somewhat ironically a pacifist, only resorting to violence when all other options are exhausted. Although he enjoys sharing his wisdom and being a mentor to the young X-Men, he can sometimes hold unfair grudges and not confront the people he feuds with.
3 Scorpio (October 23 – November 21): Thor
Bravery is perhaps the first thing a fan will think of when remembering the God of Thunder, Thor. This Norse god is always ready to face any threat, no matter the danger if it means protecting his friends and loved ones. One of the strongest fighters in the Marvel Universe, Thor’s aggression can sometimes get the better of him, jumping into fights that could have been avoided with a quick conversation to clear things up. Thor also struggles to trust others due to the number of tricks Loki has played on him.
2 Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21): Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Fan-favorite Peter Parker easily has the best sense of humor of any Marvel hero. He constantly jokes at his fighters, even at a foul. Sometimes it seems like he should be more focused on the current battle instead of coming up with the next joke.
Spider-Man is deeply passionate about his loved ones and feels their losses immensely. Perhaps his most notable Sagittarius trait is how often he feels inferior and helpless when unable to save and protect everyone he holds dear.
1 Capricorn (December 22 – January 19): Nick Fury
This WWII veteran and international super spy represents one of the most down-to-earth and stable characters in the Marvel Universe. He is often two steps ahead of the other characters thanks to his vast information network in SHIELD and his paranoia towards the other heroes of Earth. Nick Fury trusts no one but is still able to manage and operate as Director of SHIELD. Although extremely capable and disciplined, Fury can seem condescending, expecting the worst from even his closest companions.
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