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Who is Heimdall?


Who is Heimdall?

Heimdall is a Marvel character based off the mythological Norse god, Heimdallr.  The primary Asir/Asgardian hero in the Marvel universe is Thor, who is generally Heimdall's friend.   Heimdall is generally highly loyal to whomever has the throne of Asgard.  He has battled Thor on a few occasions sticking to orders of Odin.   In the MCU Heimdall has been played by Idris Elba in the films, Thor, Thor 2, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

 First Appearance:  Journey into Mystery #85

Species:  Asgardian

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Heimdall is an Asgardian born of the nine mothers.  He is the brother of the female Asgardian warrior, Sif.  He is unusually strong and wise even for an Asgardian and is born with a special gift of heightened senses.  His sense or hearing and sight are so strong that he can hear the sap moving the trees or a butterfly flap its wings many worlds away.  He can see onto other worlds, and it has been suggested in certain stories through time itself.

With his wisdom, steadfast loyalty and powers he is appointed to by Odin to guard the bifrost (rainbow bridge) that connects Asgard to other worlds.  In function he is Asgard's chief guardian and its first line of defense.

On a few occasions Heimdall has been put in charge of Asgard and given the magical God like powers called the Odin Force.  On these occasions Heimdall is one of the most powerful characters in all the Marvel universe.

To overcome Heimdall guard of the bifrost generally opposing forces have used magic, technology or in the case of Loki trickery.  He has however been successful on most occasions of controlling the comings and goings on the bifrost bridge.  A few characters such as hyper powered Absorbing Man, the Hulk, and Surtuur have managed to cross into Asgard by defeating Heimdall with brute strength.

Amongst all the Asgard, Heimdall is considered to be one of the strongest, and most powerful along with Thor, and Odin himself.  He has defeated Thor once in personal combat (However, Thor's powers were halved at the time).   He also has personally battled the Hulk  and Surtuur but was eventually overcome by both heavy weights.   He is one of the wisest Asgardians having drunk from the well of Mimir like Odin.

Being Asgardian he is far stronger, faster, and more durable than a normal human.  He also ages much slower and can live for thousands of years.  Heimdall is considered unusually strong even for an Asgardian putting him in the company of Odin and Thor.

Martial skills - Considered roughly the equal of Thor and Odin.

Heimdall's primary power is hyper senses that allow him to see and hear on other world's.  These senses make him a formidable sentry.

Magic abilities:
Interdimensional travel, and communication

Magic Items:
Uru Sword - Said to have magical energy abilities

Gjallarhorn - The yelling a horn a horn capable of reaching out to all Asgardians regardless of there location in the world of Asgard to tell there is trouble.

Gulltroppr - Magic horse


Heimdall is in the MCU films Thor, Thor 2 the Dark World, and Avengers Age of Ultron.  He is played by Idris Elba.
In Thor and Thor 2 Heimdall guards the Rainbrow bridge or the Bifrost bridge that connects Asgard to other worlds.  He is depicted as being highly capable and loyal to Odin.

Heimdall has a look in Thor Ragnarok.  He does not appear in his gold armor but instead appears to be undercover.  He is also not guarding the bifrost bridge as he traditionally does.  One theory is that Heimdall is the carrier of the Soul Infinity Gem.  Hela could be searching for him to add the gem to her powers.  This causes Heimdall to go into hiding.

While it is unclear if this is true or not Heimdall does have an interesting looking gem set into the chestplate of his armor.  This gem could certainly be the soul gem.

If Heimdall does have the soul infinity gem it would also closely tie him to the events in Avengers Infinity War where Thanos is attempting to collect all of the infinity stones to make himself  omnipotent.

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The hidden secrets of the Daredevil Netflix Series


The hidden secrets of the Daredevil Netflix Series

The Daredevil Netflix series is amazing all on its own (See our spoiler free review HERE) but it also is riddled with tiny details that many may not notice.  Details that are references to other characters, Marvel projects and even foreshadowing for the future of the series.

Lets go through these!


The Boxing Gym:
The first major Easter Eggs occur during the second episode of Daredevil called the Cutman.  In the boxing gym we see Jack Murdock (Daredevil's father) talking to a character known as the Fixer.  The Fixer is a known criminal in the comics.  We also see the name Barton in the background of the walls of the gym, this is a reference to Clint Barton aka Hawkeye on the Avengers.

The biggest reference is that Jack Murdock is set to battle Carl "Crusher" Creel who will later be known as the Absorbing Man.  The Absorbing Man has also appeared in episodes of Agents of SHIELD.

Ben Ulrich's Office:
On the wall of Ben Ulrich's office are some interesting headlines.
Harlem Terror, Battle of NY, and Finally Busted.

Harlem Terror has a picture of the Hulk on it.  This is a reference to Hulk's battle with Abomination in the film Incredible Hulk.  When I first saw this I thought it could also reference the Luke Cage villain known as Mr. Fish.  Mr Fish is certainly a Harlem Terror!  Mr Fish was created by Bill Mantlo who also created Rocket Raccoon.  It would have been neat for them to bring him into the MCU.  However, looking closely at the picture I am positive it references the Hulk.

The Battle of NY references the Chitauri invasion and subsequent battle with the Avengers in the film the Avengers.

Finally Busted - likely references the crack down on one of the early crime figures in Marvel's NYC.


 The China Connection:
Madame Gao at first seems to be the leader of the Chinese Triads in Fisk's criminal network.  However there are a variety of reasons to believe she is more than a simple old lady.  In fact I believe her to be a specific, and powerful Marvel character that has close ties to the Marvel hero Iron Fist.


A few facts on Madame Gao:
  • Madame Gao reveals to Owlsley that she is going home.  He asks her if she means China and shes says "Considerably farther."  
  • Madame Gao also tells Fisk that she can speak ALL languages fluently.
  • She is able to down Daredevil with a single blow
  • She has followers that are so cultishly loyal to her that they blind themselves
  • The drug she uses is called Still Dragon and uses the Steel Serpent symbol
All these facts lead me to believe that Gao is a specific character. Many think Madame Gao is from the city of Kun Lun.......This is not correct. She is from one of the other 7 Heavily Cities one called Kun-Zi.  Not only is she from Kun Zi but I think she is the leader of the city a character named Mother Crane.  Mother Crane is a thorn in the side of the hero Iron Fist.  She is also not above sacrificing her followers.  Mother Crane works with the nemesis of the Iron Fist.  She gives the Steel Serpent special Crane Daughters that provide Steel Serpent with great power.  The fact that Madame Gao uses the Steel Serpent symbol is another sign that she is really Mother Crane.
Madame Gao's drug uses the Steel Serpent symbol

The Owl
Leland Owlsley is a character through out the season.  However, he never has a chance to truly become the comic version of the Owl.  At one point Fisk's armorer costume man Melvin Potter makes Owlsley a suit that begins to look vaguely like his comic counterpart.  Maybe in the next series either Leland or his son could appear as the Owl.


Sticks and Stones
In the episode "Stick" we are introduced to the MCU version of Stick.  This version of Stick trained Matthew Murdock / Daredevil to be a warrior just like his comic counterpart.  We also learn that he is battling the Hand as part of his group the Chaste.  He assassinates a boy who is called the Black Sky.  Black Sky is referred to as a weapon of the Hand.   In the end of the episode Stick is talking to Stone a fellow member of the Chaste.
Stone asks if Murdock will be ready when the Gate is opened.

A few thoughts on this episode.

Blacksky - I do not know what the Black Sky is/was.  One thought is that he could be a resurrected warrior.  There is some precedence of this amongst the Hand/Chaste.  At one point the Chaste protect a child who they believe contains the soul of the resurrected Stick.  One warrior of the Hand he could is Kirigi the undying.

The Gate - This could refer to the coming of the 7 heavenly cities to Earth.  Cities like Kun Lun return to Earth every 10 years.  Potentially, Stick and Stone are looking for a warrior to become the Iron Fist and they are unaware of the existence of Danny Rand.

Nobu and the Hand
Nobu is introduced as being the representative of the Yakuza.   However, it is revealed that he is actually a representative of the evil ninja group called the Hand.   Nobu himself is shown to be a very capable ninja warrior.
Nobu is definitely a ninja, could he be the famous Hand warrior Kirigi the undying?  If he is Kirigi he could return to life in the next season.

Melvin Potter the Gladiator
Melvin Potter is introduced as a man who is skilled at creating armored suits for the Kingpin Wilson Fisk.  Daredevil shows up the show where the two battle.  At the end of the fight Melvin reveals that he simply does not want Fisk to hurt someone he loves.  In the end he agrees to use his skills to create Daredevil his first real costume.
A couple more things on Melvin.  He is one of the first villains faced by Daredevil in the comics but later reforms.  It seems that this Melvin has already reformed.  In his work shot there are what appears to be long legs.  Could these long legs be the future costume of the super villain called Stilt-Man.  While Stilt-Man may sound a bit silly he is one of Daredevil's longest lasting foes.  He appeared way back Daredevil #8 and continues to battle Daredevil to this day.  He uses a hardened suit of armor combined with telescopic legs to pull off heists.

SWAT Bullseye:
An assassin is hired by Fisk to frame to Daredevil for shooting police officers.  This man is shown as having a playing card in his gun bag.  This is likely a sign that the man is in fact the card loving psychopath, Bullseye.

The Greek Coed:
During the Foggy Nelson and Matthew Murdock college flash back Foggy mentions a Greek girl.  This girl apparently had a relationship with Matthew Murdock.  This is a reference to one of Daredevil's most famous romantic relationships the one with Elektra Natchios.  Elektra is also trained by Murdock's sensei Stick.  She however is kicked out of the Chaste warrior order due to darkness in her heart.  She ends up becoming a successful assassin of the Hand ninjas.  Look for Elektra to show up in a future series.

One other great thing about the Daredevil series is that it is filmed in New York City so the backdrops we see are real.  The show also showcases many of the famous locations in the comic like Josie's Bar, and the Office of Nelson & Murdock. These are locations within the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood that Daredevil is famous for protecting.

St Agnes Orphanage:
Was the Orphanage that Matthew Murdock went into as a child the same as the one that Skye from Agents of SHIELD went to?  Its possible. 

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Who is the Punisher (Frank Castle)?

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Who is the Punisher (Frank Castle)

The Punisher is an antihero in the Marvel universe.  He does not have powers but his skills and practical lethal nature make him one of the most feared men in the Marvel universe.  The Punisher has been featured in multiple films and by multiple actors.  In 2015 Jon Bernthal (Known for playing Shane in the Walking Dead) was cast to play the Punisher in Daredevil Season 2.

First Appearance:  Amazing Spider-Man #129 (1974)

Real Name: Frank Castiglione (Castle)

Moniker:  The Punisher

As a fugitive Frank has used numerous alias(es) including:  Big Nothing, Major Bateman, Ted Bishop, Cliff Callador,  Castigo, Chaloner, Fred D'Amato, Eastman, Charles Fort, Frank Loomis, McRook, Melchior, Joe Rainey, Frank Rook, Richard Rook, Tony Knowlen Ross, Francis Stronghold, Johnny Tower, Dmitri Veilkoff, Frankie Villa, Yousoufian.


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Frank Castle was born in NYC to an Italian American family.  His initial inclination was to become a priest but he found that he was unable to forgive men for the evil they do.  He married a woman named Maria who was already pregnant with his first child.

He then joined the Marines where he distinguished himself and eventually became a Navy SEAL.  He served as a special forces, point man in Vietnam and earned numerous medals including a purple heart.

After leaving the military he rejoined his wife and family in NYC.  They formed a happy family with two children.  Out for a picnic in central park the family witnesses a mafia (Costa Family) execution.  A man is hung from a tree.  To remove them as witnesses the family is attacked, all of the family's members including the children are executed.  Some how Frank survives the execution.  Despite, Frank identifying the culprits  law enforcement is either unable or unwilling to persecute the individuals that attacked his family.  Enraged at the loss of his family and the lack of justice, he goes off the grid, to dispense lethal punishment on the criminal world.

Frank begins to don the symbol of the deaths head on his chest and armaments and begins to use the name of the Punisher.  Due to his vigilantism he is a fugitive of the law.  Other super heroes view the Punisher in different ways some with respect, others with horror, and sometimes as a necessary evil.  He is has both worked alongside heroes, and against them depending on the story.   He has battled the heroes of Spider-Man, and Daredevil.  Frank was shown to have great respect for Captain America and after Steve's death considered taking up his mantle.

Frank has no powers he is an ordinary man.  He does however have a great deal of training.  He does not use many high tech suits, or gadgets but uses a wide variety of conventional weaponry.  He is utterly merciless to those he feels deserve his punishment.
He maintains a rigorous training regime and a balance diet to maintain stay in a highest level of human conditioning.

  •  US Marine Corps basic training
  • Infantry School
  • USMC Reconnaissance School
  • Force Reconnaissance School
  • Sniper School
Fought in special forces in Vietnam
Extensive experience in battling criminal elements and Super Heroes


Many many guns and weapons:
Commonly uses:

Frank uses a wide variety of Firearms.

  • A variety of automatic and semiautomatic rifles
  • M16 with .223 caliber rounds
  • Sterling Mark 6
  •  9mm Browning Llama
  • .45 caliber automatic frame rechambered for 9mm
  • .223 Derringers

Ballistic knife
Gerber Mark II combat knives

Punisher Films:
  • The Punisher (1989) staring Dolph Lundgren
  • The Punisher (2004) staring Thomas Jane
  • Punisher:War Zone (2008) staring Ray Stevenson
  • Dirty Laundry (2012) staring Thomas Jane (See it Here)

None of the Punisher's appearances prior to 2015 occur within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

MCU Film/TV/Netflix Appearances:
Jon Bernthal plays the Punisher in Daredevil Season 2.  In Daredevil Season 2 a series of mass homicides begin occuring against various criminal groups.  Daredevil finds that the man behind the killing is a highly trained killer named Frank Castle who is seeking vengance for the death of his family.  Both men fight each other but their battle is eventually turned toward a larger battle with the Hand.  At the end of Daredevil season 2, Frank Castle is at large.

The Punisher season 1 is set to begin in Nov 2017.

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Who is Whiplash?

Whiplash is a villain known primarily for battling Iron Man.
5 villains have used the Whiplash moniker.  The two primary Whiplashs that are the most popular are Anton Vanko and Mark Scarlotti.
Both the Vanko and Scarlotti versions of Whiplash have appeared in the MCU.  Vanko is the primary villain in the movie Iron Man 2 and Scarlotti appears as the primary antagonist in the episode a "Fractured House" of Agents of SHIELD.

Real Names:  Mark Scarlotti, Anton Vanko

Alias:  Whiplash, Backlash

First Appearance (Mark Scarlotti): Tales of Supense #97 (1968)
First Appearance (Anton Vanko): Iron Man and Whiplash #1 (2010)

Mark Scarlotti (Universe 616)
Mark Scarlotti is an engineer at Stark Industries.  He invents a special whip technology.  Rather than give the technology to his employer  he steals the technology and embarks on a criminal career.  He uses a technologically advanced metal whip of his own design.   Initially, he works for the criminal organization known as the Maggia.  His missions for the Maggia were all thwarted by Iron Man.

Scarlotti joined up with a group of super villains While working for Hammer as a mercenary he is given a special bullet proof vest.  He then goes by the name of Backlash.  The group also includes the super villains the Melter and Blizzard.  They attempt to rob a casino.  Though the group has Iron Man out gunned he still defeats them per usual.

At one point Scarlotti attempts to go legit but after being rejected by his own parents and the people of his hometown he gives up.  He has made numerous criminal attempts over the years almost all of them end up being foiled by Iron Man.  Eventually, Scarlotti is killed by a sentient Iron Man suit that crushes his throat.  This is against Tony's wishes but he is unable to stop the suit.

MCU (Universe 9999)

Marcus Scarlotti on Agents of SHIELD played by Falk Hentschel
Marcus Scarlotti is in the Agents of SHIELD episode a fractured house.  He is a mercenary who  been hired to impersonate SHIELD while attacking the UN.  Later he assassinated a SHIELD team.  He is defeated in combat by Agent May.  Scarlotti was taken into custody by the US Military's Glenn Talbot.

Anton Vanko (Universe 616)
A man steals one of Iron Man's suits flies to a Russian village and kills an innocent Igor Vanko.  Igor's son Anton shoots a gun at the attacker causing the chestplate from suit to fall to the ground.  Anton finds the chest plate from the suit and takes it home vowing to get revenge on Iron Man.   He turns the chest plate into a full suit that powers two energy whips.  Anton then seeks to kill Stark with his new suit.

Stark is being held for the crimes of the man who used the suit.  Anton Vanko attacks him in Prison.  Stark is barely able to survive the fight using various machines in the prison to hold off the assassin.  The two meet again at the head quarters of a secret consortium that had worked to frame Stark.  While Vanko learns the truth that Stark is innocent he does not care.  In his mind the technology that Stark created makes him responsible for the death of his father.   The two battle again.  Both are forced to retreat as the building now on fire collapses around them.

Stark rebuilds the village from the devastation wrought by the attacker.  Anton has been recruited by various super villains to battle Iron Man.

Anton Vanko MCU (Universe 9999)

Anton Vanko is played by actor Mickey Rourke.  His name in the film is Ivan Antonovich Vanko.  In this version he is part Crimonson Dynamo and part Whiplash.  His father was not killed by Iron Man in this version.  Here his father was a scientist who also created the arc reactor but was given no credit.  Vanko then seeks to show that Stark is not the only one made this technology by building his own suit using his own arc reactor.
Vanko is apprehended but released into the care of Justin Hammer.  Vanko fools Hammer into believing that he is upgrading the Hammer Industries military bots when he is really just turning them into his own army to use against Iron Man.
Vanko and his bot army are defeated by Iron Man with the help of James "Rhodey" Rhodes AKA Warmachine.

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Who is Ajax? (Francis)


Who is Ajax?

Ajax is a villain of the anti-hero Deadpool.  He is one of the main villains in Deadpool's origin story.  Ajax has killed Deadpool twice but each time Deadpool regenerated from his critical wounds. Ajax will be featured in the film Deadpool (2016) and played by Ed Skrein

First Appearance: Deadpool #14

Death Appearance:  Deadpool #19 (Could come back)

Real Name: Francis (Surname unknown)

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Francis is an enforcer at the "Workshop".  The Workshop is a lab run by Doctor Killebrew.  The Workshop is full of washout and rejected super people from the Weapon X program.  As Weapon X had no use for them they were sent to the Workshop to be experimented on, dissected, and eventually killed.  It was in a effect a hidden dark site hospice the eliminated super soldier experiment failures, while attempting to research better ways at creating them.

Francis is provided special upgrades that make him very formidable fighter.  These upgrades included trimmed nerves that eliminated pain, super strength, super speed and an intuitive ability to predict opponents moves.  The intuitive ability appeared to go beyond a hyper reflex and allowed him to react to opponents moves before they made them.

Wade Wilson ends up in the Workshop after his added healing factor appears to not work.  He taunts and teases Francis making an enemy of the enforcer.  Francis sets in motion a plan where Deadpool is forced to mercy kill an inmate, a break in the Workshop's rules, and punishable by death.  After Wade Wilson breaks the rule, Francis attacks Wilson and rips out his heart, seemingly killing him.  Rather than dieing however a heart regenerates in Wades chest, his healing factor finally triggered.  Wade takes on the name of Deadpool as the survivor of inmates death pool in the Workshop.  Deadpool hunted down Francis and kills him.........or so he thinks.


Francis survived Deadpool's attack and further upgraded himself to become the cyborgnetic monstrosity known as Ajax.  As Ajax all of his powers were increased by a metal suit and he began hunting down and killing everyone that had anything to do with the workshop.  This ended in a confrontation with Deadpool and Killebrew who joined forces to bring him down.  Killebrew managed to burn away a section of Ajax that exposed nerve wiring.  Deadpool later lured Ajax into water where he short circuited and died.

Super Strength
Super Speed
Super Reflex/Sense - Intuitive prophetic fighting ability
Pain control
Heightened Durability


Ajax will be featured in the film Deadpool (2016) and played by Ed Skrein

Ed Skrein talked to Digital Spy his role as Ajax as well as his upcoming film Transporter Refueled about the look of his character for the film.  He explains how the version on the screen will be based off the first version of the character but not large suited version that comes back. 

"No, we don't go too deep into Ajax's backstory. We mention it, it's very faithful to the first section of Ajax in the comics, the backstory that we see, the flashbacks in the comics, and so we're very faithful to that. There's a second half of Ajax in the comics, where he comes back five years later with this big crazy suit and stuff, and we didn't touch on that, so this is the early Ajax. We've stayed very faithful to that."
So do not expect a metal suit on Ajax.  Just expect a really bad ass fighter, that is strong, cruel and hyper fast.  Skrien also went on to explain how he felt the Deadpool movie was going alter the formula of the Super Hero film.
"It's a lot edgier than the stuff that you'll normally see. That was a priority for us from the beginning. We'd been so blessed and we're so lucky to have had all these superhero movies so far, but we possibly have become saturated by them so they're possible coming formulaic. Also, they're maybe not quite as faithful to the actual feeling that we had when we were 13 years old and reading comic books, like 'I can't believe he just chopped someone's head off and said something like that, and then stabbed someone in the eye, and then ran off and did all this crazy stuff!'


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Who is Barbatos in Dark Knight's Metal

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DC Metal's is going to unleash host of bizarre and evil Batmen on the DC universe but leading them all is the events Big Bad, a demon named Barbatos that has deep ties to Batman himself.  After reading Metal (Which is awesome by the way).  You may ask yourself the question.


Facts about Barbatos:
In Dark Night City the vision of Barbatos was literally that of a phantom bat but it is hard to know exactly what he will look like in Metal.

Here is what we can glean about Barbatos:
  • It seems that Barbatos has a special connection to the Waynes family that seems to go back generations.
  • Barbatos is a demon or immortal type of entity.
  • Barbatos is tied to the Dark Universe and also the Nth Metal.
  • Barbatos was mentioned/shown in a 1990s story called Dark City.
  • The Barbatos is derived from the word Barbarus and AES "Foriegn Metal" (Lady Dark Hawk Metal #1)
Barbatos is also a demonic figure mentioned in various sorces:  From Wikipedia:
    In demonology, Barbatos is an earl and duke of Hell, ruling thirty legions of demons and has four kings as his companions to command his legions. He can speak to animals, can tell the future, conciliates friends and rulers, and can lead men to treasure hidden by the enchantment of magicians.
    His name derives from Latin barbatus, meaning “bearded, old man of the demon of hell, philosopher”.
    He is the 8th demon in The Lesser Key of Solomon, while Pseudomonarchia Daemonum lists him as the 6th demon. He is also mentioned in Grand Grimoire as subordinate of Satanachia.

DC Metal revealed that Hawkman had been researching the Nth Metal over many generations and come to the conclusion that it was tied to a dark entity known as Barbatos.  This Barbotos is an ancient entity whose origins go back to the ancient times of the DC Universe.  This Barbatos is the leader or big bad behind an array of evil Batman that are coming to attack the DC Universe.  Barbatos and his forces are thought to come from the Dark Universe, outside of the 52 main DC universes.

Metal discusses how going back to antiquity were three main tribes when a big dark 4th tribe came to battle them.  Presumably the 4th tribe is the "Bat" tribe.  The Bird and Bat tribe have battled throughout the centuries.  This is one reason why Batman is surrounded by many Bird characters like Robin, Penguin and the Court of the Owls.  The Nth Metal that creates bizarre and unnatural powers is said to get its energy from the dark universe in which the leader of the Bat Tribe resides.  The Nth metal is also thought to be sending waves out to this universe effectively communicating with this big bad being known as Barbatos.

From Metal #1
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Art by Greg Capullo. (DC Comics)

It is also revealed by Madame Dark Hawk that Bruce Wayne is expected to be the person who opens the door for Barbatos to invade the world.  However, Carter Hall aka Hawkman seemed to disagree with her.  He hid his journal about the Dark Universe / Nth Metal mystery in Wayne Manor in a place that would be revealed to the perosn he trusted when the time was right.  It seems that while the Bird and Bat have been at it for centuries that Hawkman believed Batman was the only one who could stop the threat that was coming.

From Hawkman's Journal (Metal #1):
"I have left this journal for you. In your house. The house of the family I trust most.  Turned from Tribe Bat, to Tribe Bird. The Waynes.
Left it in a secret place that will make itself knwon to you through metal should I be wrong, should energy from the dark rise to foretell the coming of Barbatos.
Hawkman's faith in Batman seems to be well founded as Batman himself has been diligently researching Barbatos to uncover and thwart the threat that is coming for the DCU.  Though as Batman escapes from Lady Dark Hawk in Metal #1 even he seems to worry about the possibility that some how the knowledge he amassed to stop Barbatos could be used as the means to bring him into their universe.

Scott Snyder explained to ComicBook.com that Barbatos was first mentioned in the story Dark Knight: Dark City saying:
"One of my favorite stories is Dark Knight, Dark City by Peter Milligan. It imagines that many years ago, in colonial times, a group of Gothamites try to summon a bat demon called Barbatos. The mystery in the present involves the Riddler, who runs Batman through a gauntlet of weird cases, all to secretly treat him with the substances and ritualistic materials needed to open a gateway to let Barbatos in again. In the end we’re left unsure whether Barbatos was a real force in Gotham’s history and in Batman's own construction. Recently, Grant [Morrison] touched on this story with his creation of Dr. Hurt and the journey of the hyper-adapter... all things we’ll be building on inMetal to make Barbados a villain like nothing you've ever seen."

It seems clear from all this that Barbatos has been preparing to attack the DC Universe for many years and his vanguard force is a terrifying array of Batman that have all been Super Powered up in various ways and all terribly corrupted.  These evil Batman will have their origins told in 7 1 shot comics.

The over all goal of Snyder is to great a fun and action packed Summer comic event.   All based around the biggest character DC.

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Top 10 Iron Fist Villains

Iron Fist Top 10 villains!

Iron Fist does not have a very large. rogues gallery.  He has often fought Spider-Man, Avengers, and Luke Cage villains over his history.  Not many villains are distinctive Iron Fist villains.  That said while there may not be many villains related to Iron Fist there are a few really great ones.  Here is Iron Fist's top 10 villains!

I would say really my favorite characters on this list come from the Immortal Iron Fist series.  Many of these characters are not true villains perse but more gray in morality.  They are adversaries that Iron Fist has faced though and so they end up on the list.

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There really is not getting around the fact that some of the lesser known characters on this list are pretty dang weak.  Not to hate on you Danny but you really need to pick some fights with some cooler people.

Number 10)  Warrant (Click here to learn More!) 

Warrant is a high tech Bounty Hunter who is sent after Iron Fist and nearly kills him.  He has very few appearances but who knows that could change.

While he has not appeared very much I have to say that I like Warrant's design and weapons and would like to see him again.

Number 9)  Zhou Cheng (Click here to learn More)

Zhou Cheng is a demon infested martial artist who has killed prior Iron Fists in the past.  He makes a notable appearance in the Iron Fist Netflix series.

Number 8)  Tiger's Beautiful Daughter (Click here to learn MORE)

Not really a villain but another Immortal Weapon who is competitor of Iron Fist's in the Heavenly Cities Tournament.  She is able competitor whose beauty hides her deadliness.

Number 7)  Bride of Nine Spiders (Click here to learn More)

Alright another morally ambiguous character but this time we have truelly terrifying character in the Bride of Nine Spiders.  Some suspect that she we will be in the Netflix Iron Fist series.

Number 6)  Fat Cobra (Click here to Learn More)

Fat Cobra is my favorite character on the list.  He would be higher on the list if it was based off just being hilarious, awesome and cool.  However, he slid down to 5 because he is really not a true villain.  He is one of those morally gray characters that sometimes battles Iron Fist and sometimes battles with Iron Fist.   What side is Fat Cobra on?   Well that's easy the one with the most girls and alcoholic beverages.

Number 5)  Scimitar (Click here to learn More)

Scimitar is basically a super powered thug, but a cool super powered thug.  He is generally one of the henchmen of Master Khan.  He also has some history battling the X-Men.

Number 4)  Crane Mother (Click here to learn More)

Crane Mother is a terrifying evil leader with mystical abilities that wants to counter the Iron Fist in the Heavenly Cities tournaments.  I also believe that Crane Mother is Madame Gao in the Defenders Netflix shows.  So watch out if I am right she has already appeared in the MCU.

Crane Mother also joins forces with the Steel Serpent to bring down Iron Fist.  Her knowledge and mystical skills make her a formidable opponent by herself.

Number 3)  Master Khan (Click here to learn More)

Master Khan is one of Iron Fist's oldest villains and has cropped up from time to time to battle the Heroes for Hire as well.  He has magic abilities that help him engage Iron Fist.  He also flew on a jade tiger which is kind of cool in and of itself.  I really think if they bring back Khan they should make the Jade Tiger steed a mainstay.

Number 2)   Prince of Orphans (Click here to learn More)

The Prince of Orphans is actually a good person but has a terrifying amount of power.  He is on the list for the story where he is chasing and attempting to kill Iron Fist.  Few on this list can match his sheer powers, experience and martial arts bad assery.  When things go south with the Prince of Orphans you are in very big trouble.

Number 1)    Steel Serpent (Click here to learn More)

Now on to the number one villain Iron Fist villain and this is actually a no brainer.  He is both a great villain and has deep history with Iron Fist easily making him the hero's nemesis.

Davos also known as Steel Serpent trained with Danny Rand in Kun Lun and was his primary competitor to become the Iron Fist.  He believes that Danny stole the mantle that was rightfully his.  He then adds to his power by seeking out other mystical abilities that help him counter Danny's Iron Fist abilities.

Steel Serpent is Iron Fist's true Arch Enemy.

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Scythe (Click here for More!)

Scythe is one of the first villains to face Iron Fist in the comics that has martial skills.

 Abbot Thanademos (Click here to learn more)

This jerk found a magical book and cause problems for a newly resurrected Iron Fist.  and....and.......yeah that is about it.

Pretty hard to get too excited about Abbot Thanademos.  He might also make for a good Doctor Strange villain though.

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