2011 Top 50 Marvel Characters #50-46

After nearly 1,400 ballots were cast, YOU the reader ranked your favorite comic book characters from 1-10. I assigned point totals to each ranking and then tabulated it all into a Top 50 list. We're now revealing that list throughout September. Here is the master list of all the characters revealed so far. The countdown continues...

50. Vision – 373 points (5 first place votes)

People always talk about Captain America like he was the heart of the Avengers, but for roughly a decade, they featured one character on the covers and it wasn't Cap...

Yes, for years, the android (or whatever he is) Vision was pretty much the most consistent thing about the Avengers, and since he was one of the characters who did not have a solo book, the Avengers was the place where you would see character development with the Vision, including his famed relationship with the Scarlet Witch that would eventually result in a marriage and twin boys (through literally magic sperm).

For years, the Vision was one of the powerhouses of the Avengers. He had this one trick where he would fly into the sky, turn his body's density to that of diamond and then fall down on a bad guy. Totally awesome.

After being around for a couple of decades, John Byrne decided that the Vision worked better back in the early days when he was still learning to be human (rather than totally accepted by everyone and just a dude who happens to have red synthetic skin). So Byrne sent him back to square one (and had his magic kids with the Scarlet Witch go bye-bye).

Eventually he got back to a state close to what he was pre-Byrne, just in time to be destroyed in Avengers Disassembled.

A newer form of the Vision is currently a member of the Young Avengers, but you have to figure that the original Vision will come back at some point.

49. Cable – 377 points (12 first place votes)

Speaking of coming back, Cable is soon to make his return in an upcoming series by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness. Cable burst on to the scene towards the tail end of the New Mutants ongoing series and gave the directionless young mutants, well, a direction. He turned them into a mutant strike force (hence them changing their name to X-Force).

Cable was the son of Cyclops and the clone of Jean Grey. He was infected with this futuristic virus so Cyclops sent him into the future to save his life. Eventually, the boy grew up into the powerful freedom fighter named Cable, leader of a rebellion against the evil Apocalypse. Cable went back in time to stop Apocalypse in his past (or present - well, our past, but at the time our present).

After Apoclaypse was seemingly defeated, Cable sort of wandered around, purpose-wise. For a time, he worked alongside Deadpool.

Most recently, he served as protector and father figure to the young mutant known as Hope. He protected her from those trying to hurt her, as she was destined to restart the mutant race (after it had been halted by the magic of the Scarlet Witch). Once she reached young adulthood, Cable was able to leave her in the care of the X-Men and he sacrificed himself one last time to protect her.

But, of course, he'll be back soon!

48. Psylocke – 384 points (2 first place votes)

Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock was the purple-haired, telepathic sister of Brian Braddock, the superhero known as Captain Britain. She debuted in the Marvel UK Captain Britain series. Eventually, she made her way to the United States where she joined the X-Men. She had a fairly undistinguished tenure on the team (one of those "oh, were you here the whole time? Seriously? I did not notice you standing there" things) until she underwent a change and showed up in an attractive asian ninja's body (still with purple hair, though - did they ever explain that part? How the asian body also had purple hair?). She became a popular member of the X-Men (especially as drawn by Jim Lee) and stayed with the team for some time. While she has stayed mostly to the background the past 20 years or so, she recently took on a more prominent role in the new Uncanny X-Force, where writer Rick Remender is doing some great work with her.

47. Invisible Woman – 393 points (6 first place votes)

You might not think much of Sue Storm Richards, the Invisible Woman, but let me tell you something, buddy. if Lincoln's mother was not around to inspire Honest Abe, we would not have had one of the best U.S. Presidents of all-time! Likewise, Sue is there to inspire Reed, Ben and Johnny. Yes, she doesn't do things, but she inspires THEM to do things! And this one time, she distracted Doctor Doom and that was quite useful.

Seriously, though, the Invisible Woman has long since moved past the days of anyone having to defend her or her place on the Fantastic Four. Over the last decade or so, she has become the MOST powerful member of the team, all the while keeping together a family with a superhero husband who is prone to, well, not exactly keeping his eye on the prize. Heck, just putting up with Reed sometimes seems to be a superpower.

46. Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) – 420 points (4 first place votes)

Spider-Woman reminds me a lot of Kiefer Sutherland. Both burst on to the scene not just seemingly destined for stardom, but practically THRUST on the public as stars, complete with names that showed a connection between them and an established star (SPIDER-Woman and Kiefer SUTHERLAND). While each showed some success, their star more or less faded (Sutherland stopped getting starring roles in major motion pictures and Spider-Woman's comic was canceled after 50 issues). Then they both entered periods of small, but respected work (Jessica Drew became a cool supporting character in titles like Wolverine and Sutherland did some good supporting actor work - he was really good in Dark City, for instance). Then, much later in their careers, they each enjoyed a renaissance on a smaller scale (Sutherland as a TV star and Spider-Woman as a member of the New Avengers). Plus, both of them have been involved in series where characters want to know "Who are you working for?!?!?"

As an aside, where the heck is Lindsay McCabe? She was such a major supporting character for Jessica Drew, even well after she was Spider-Woman, but she's nowhere to be found. Weird. You'd figure someone would at least bring her back to kill her off, right?

Check back tomorrow for DC's #45-41!

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