Mega Morphs

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Mega Morphs
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Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
Format Limited series
Genre superhero
Publication date Oct. – Dec. 2005
No. of issues 4
Main character(s) Spider-Man
Ghost Rider
Captain America
Hulk
Wolverine
Creative team
Written by Sean McKeever
Artist(s) Lou Kang

Mega Morphs was a comic book limited series published by Marvel Comics in 2005. Mega Morphs is based on a series of action figures made by Toy Biz. The comics feature Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, Captain America, Hulk and Wolverine. The comic was drawn by Lou Kang and written by Sean McKeever.

Plot[edit]

Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, Captain America, the Hulk, and Wolverine have been selected by Iron Man to command large robotic suits of armor to fight evil when a threat for a single superhero becomes too large. Doctor Octopus stole Iron Man's designs and made his own Mega Morph, and was out to create a device that would sap the world's superhumans of all their powers, and would allow Octavius and Doctor Doom to take over the Earth until the original Mega Morphs stopped him.

Publication history[edit]

The first issue premiered on August 10, 2005. The Mega Morph toys came with short minicomics that served as prequels to the Marvel four-issue series.

Functions[edit]

The Mega Morphs are powered by the super-powers of the superhuman piloting them, allowing the robot to use the abilities of their pilot, as shown in the beginnings of the mini-comics and the Wolverine mini-comic. In it, Octavius' Mega Morph breaks open Wolverine's robot in space, making it so that Wolverine would be unable to breathe, but Logan fought back, saying that due to his healing factor, the robot would repair itself. The statement was true, as the metal that had been shattered instantly started regenerating. Spider-Man's robot can also produce webbing thanks to Spider-Man's ability to create organic webbing. Also, if the superhuman inside has somehow been de-powered (like the Hulk is able to be) or is not currently using the Mega Morph, the robot will be useless and will not be able to do anything unless the superhuman comes back or their powers return.

Transformations[edit]

  • Spider-Man's robot turns into the Arachno-Fighter, a vehicle resembling a spider.
  • Captain America's robot turns into the Warbird, a vehicle resembling an oddly shaped helicopter (the "Warbird" name is unrelated to the alias that Carol Danvers used once).
  • Doctor Octopus's robot turns into the Octo-copter a vehicle also resembling a helicopter.
  • The Hulk's robot turns into the Rage Tank, a vehicle resembling a tank.
  • Wolverine's robot turns into the Aero-Slasher, a vehicle resembling a strangely shaped aircraft.
  • Ghost Rider's robot turns into the Street Blazer, a vehicle resembling a motorcycle which is actually scaled correctly for a humanoid formed mega morph to ride on top of.
  • Thing's robot turns into the Clobberin' Time Tank, a vehicle also resembling a tank.
  • Iron Man's robot turns into a vehicle also resembling an aircraft.
  • Venom's robot turns into the Spider-Smasher, a vehicle that looks extremely similar to Spider-Man's Arachno-Fighter.

Continuity[edit]

Marvel did not originally reveal if Mega Morphs took place on Earth-616 (mainstream Marvel) or another Earth. However, in the Daily Bugle: Civil War Special, there was an article about Tony Stark denying any involvement in creating gigantic fighting machines, indicating that it does take place in regular continuity. The comic also features references to past events in mainstream continuity, including Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, the Hulk and Wolverine's brief tenure as the "New Fantastic Four", and an appearance of the Red Ronin, a giant robot of the Marvel universe.

The series was confirmed as taking place in an alternate universe in the 2015 ongoing Web Warriors, which has the Mega Morphs versions of Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus appearing among the myriad of characters who were displaced from their home dimensions by the Web of Life and Destiny.[1]

Future developments[edit]

After the third series of toys was released, it became unclear if the toy line would be continued with a fourth. Hasbro acquired the rights to produce Marvel action figures and they subsequently made a similar collection, Transformers Crossovers, which includes giant transforming robots modelled after Marvel superheroes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mike Costa (w), David Baldeon (p), Waiden Wong (i), Matt Yackey (col), VC's Joe Caramagna (let), Devin Lewis (ed). "Tangled States - Part One: Anarchy" Web Warriors #7 (11 May 2016), United States: Marvel Comics

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