by Ryan Rigley
With "Guardians of the Galaxy" and an "Avengers" sequel featuring Thanos in the works, it would appear as though Marvel Studios has big plans for the more cosmically-inclined characters of their already expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe. This could be very good news indeed for the Devourer of Worlds, Galactus, and his herald, The Silver Surfer.
Although both Galactus and the Surfer fall under the umbrella of the "Fantastic Four" — a property currently owned by 20th Century Fox — there's a rumor going around that Marvel plans on giving Fox more time to make their "Daredevil" reboot in exchange for the rights to these Fantastic Four characters, among others. Sounds to us like Marvel's trying to introduce The Silver Surfer to Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
Find out how that could work in our latest round of Assembling Avengers!
Norrin Radd was an astronomer on his homeworld, planet Zenn-La of the Deneb star sytem, before the Devourer of Worlds showed up. In an attempt to save his planet and all of those that he loved, Norrin boldly decides to strike a bargain with Galactus; he offers to become his herald and seek out other worlds for Galactus to consume in exchange for the safety of Zenn-La.
Accepting Norrin's deal, Galactus imbues in him a small portion of the Power Cosmic which transforms the young astronomer into The Silver Surfer. As The Surfer, Norrin has enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and the ability to manipulate the universe's energy for a variety of needs. He does not require food, water, air, or sleep, preferring instead to directly convert matter into energy.
Like Doctor Strange (who we discussed last week), The Silver Surfer plays a crucial role in the "Infinity Gauntlet" story as told in the comic books. In fact, he's the one that first informs The Avengers about the threat that is Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet! Later on in the story, The Silver Surfer makes some great strides in the battle, going so far as to directly attack the Mad Titan all by himself. With the Power Cosmic at his disposal, The Silver Surfer would make a terrific addition to The Avengers. Especially since he has the ability to heal all types of living organisms, something that could be extremely crucial when going into battle against a Mad Titan with god-like powers.
The Silver Surfer has always been a mysterious, cosmic entity to the heroes of Earth. It would make perfect sense if he was introduced right in the beginning of the "Avengers" sequel, informing Earth's Mightiest Heroes of Thanos and his dastardly deeds. Plus, there's the fact that he was already technically introduced to audiences in "Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer." Although it seems that Fox won't be accepting Marvel's Silver Surfer for Daredevil proposal anytime soon, can just you imagine how awesome it would be if they did?
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