It possibly says a lot about me to reveal that the Marvel characters that appeal to me aren’t the angst-ridden characters so caught up in their own soap operas that they can forget about the supervillain on the loose, nor the mysterious antihero who solves every problem begrudgingly with one of several teams even though they pretend to be a loner. Instead, give me the characters that have a good attitude, friendly and the ability to play well with others. Like this guy, in fact:
Henry McCoy, the blushing, blue-eyed (and blue-furred) Beast is definitely one of my favorite Marvel characters; I actually discovered him as an Avenger, and so the discovery that he has also been an X-Man – and later, a Defender – came as a surprise: Characters that work well in multiple teams? Without bickering or thought balloons about how they don’t fit in? Characters that other characters seem to like? What was this insanity? (Ben Grimm, interestingly enough, has the same appeal for me.) I’ve always appreciated the upbeat, unapologetically smart, nature of Hank, and found him to be a constantly under-used character, and one that could easily carry his own series if given the chance. Maybe we’ll get to see one post-Avengers vs. X-Men, if we’re lucky.