Comics have been around for absolutely ages. Batman and Superman first appeared in the 1930s, while Stan Lee had a hand in most of Marvel’s big guns in the 1960s. In fact, most people’s favourite comic book characters have been around for longer than fifty years.
That’s some remarkable longevity, but it’s not like there’s no new blood though. Marvel especially have continued to create and curate their roster into the modern day, and the 21st Century has already ushered in some gems. The future looks very bright indeed.
These ten characters have all brought something new to the table, shaped by a modern world. They might not be ousting Hulk or Spider-Man right now, but the best of them have what it takes to stick around for the long haul.
With the MCU bringing new fans and digital marketplaces reviving what was a dying art form, the rules of the game are changing. This lot have what it takes to run with the big boys.
Characters who were reinvented are exempt here; this is examining full on new creations. People picking up the torch from more established heroes will count though, so there’s a big variety of super folk.