With the Watcher's lookout station on the moon turned into a crime scene, the sharpest minds in the Marvel Universe have teamed up to find out exactly who is behind the heinous act in ORIGINAL SIN. Surprisingly, this inciting incident has forced many heroes that have never even fought on the same battlefield before into close working relationships. Doctor Strange and the Punisher have teamed-up, as have the unlikely trio of Moon Knight, Winter Soldier and Gamora. But as the Watcher knows, or knew, strange pairings have been an integral ingredient of Marvel's magic since the very beginning. You might think that Emma Frost, Black Panther, and Ant-Man make for a head-turning trio, but just wait until you get a look at these quirky team-ups, presented here in chronological order.
The farther Spider-Man ventures from his New York City home, the odder the adventure. So when Spidey crash-landed on the moon in this issue of MARVEL TEAM-UP, readers knew to expect a doozy of an adventure. Enter: Adam Warlock, keeper of the Soul Gem and powerful cosmic being! Together, the mismatched pair fought off the Stranger, a power mad alien seeking the Soul Gem for himself.
Before he hooked up with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket Raccoon spent his time as the sheriff of the Keystone Quadrant. After a battle left the Hulk stranded on Halfworld, Rocket enlisted the green behemoth's abilities to help him stop a resistance movement from seizing control of the alien planet. It's a good thing the two didn't have the usual super hero misunderstanding, because a machine-gun toting raccoon might not be able to stop a rampaging Hulk.
With his Asgardian nobility and thunderous bravado, Thor's about as far removed from '90's cool as a super hero can be. That didn't stop the totally radical New Warriors from skateboarding onto the scene and helping the God of Thunder take on the Juggernaut. The tubular teens stepped up their game to go toe to toe with the unstoppable villain, prepping him for Thor's finishing bolt of lightning. Thor thanked his new bodacious buds, giving the team his blessing to become the heroes of the '90's.
Both Deadpool and Iron Fist may be martial arts masters, but they approach their craft in two drastically different ways. Iron Fist concentrates and focuses his energy into concise and powerful movements, while Deadpool does…none of that. The Merc with a Mouth and the Living Weapon teamed up to take out a mystical warlord named Gin Goh. The two fought side by side, and Iron Fist even discovered Deadpool's number one pet peeve: being called "Spider-Man."
One's a super soldier from World War II and the other's a perpetual teenage mallrat, meaning that Captain America and Jubilee have a big generational gap separating them. That didn't stop the Avenger from inviting the X-Man along on a mission to a U-boat that sunk way back in Cap's heyday. Turns out, Steve Rogers knew the submerged vessel contained a nest of Nazi vampires, and took the newly vamped up Jubilee along with him as an example to the undead Germans that they could still find something to live for.
Check out more odd pairings in ORIGINAL SIN #2, on sale this Wednesday!