Being a Disney and Marvel fan may not necessarily translate to just how vast the Marvel universe truly is, and there is nothing wrong with being more of a casual consumer of entertaining media. It's interesting, though, to learn more!
Upper Deck, founded in 1998, is famous for producing trading cards. Their partnership with Marvel has created some seriously incredible, collectible artwork over the years and this series called "Written in the Stars" by Brazilian artist Caio Cacau is truly one of the most visually stunning among them.
Cacau, from Sao Paulo, is a professional and freelance comic book artist and illustrator who began his career "in the early 2000s working for small publishers, creating editorial illustrations, storyboards, covers and comic books." His work has been published by DC Comics, Dark Horse, Zenescope, Upper Deck / Marvel, Capstone, Kingstone, and many others.
"Written in the Stars" is one of Marvel Upper Deck's Premier deck series, which means it's considered high-end. When Premier packs launched in 2012, they often only had 5 cards. Upper Deck says that "Marvel Premier really is about the artists," and that rings quite obviously true looking at what has been created over the last decade.
Iron Man is a "billionaire, industrialist, and genius inventor." The creation of this iconic superhero is credited to four people, including Stan Lee for writing and editing.
Thor Odinson is the "self-proclaimed protector of Earth," and the king of Asgard. The Asgardian God of Thunder first appeared in #83, Journey Into Mystery in August of 1962.
You've probably formed a passionate opinion about Thor after seeing Avengers: Infinity War, but did you know that Thanos is a mutant member of the race of super humans known as the Titanian Eternals? If you didn't know before Marvel Eternals, you will know all the details afterwards.
After Marvel's What If launched on Disney+, many people have determined Hawkeye to be the most useless avenger, but maybe his 2021 TV Series will inspire more enthusiasm for this interesting character born as a normal human named Clint Barton.
Falcon, who uses mechanical wings to fly, also has telepathic and empathetic control over birds in the comics. In the MCU he is one of Captain America's closest friends.
Storm is descended from a long line of African Witch Priestesses. This X-Men favorite is able to control the weather and atmosphere as well as considered one of the strongest mutants ever.
Nick Fury has no super powers but he is a "seasoned unarmed- and armed- combat expert. He is also a master tactician and strategist, advanced military operator, and expert marksman.
In the MCU, we meet The Wasp as Hope Pym, but in the comics Hope Pym is a villain known as The Red Queen. In the comics, The Wasp is the S.H.I.E.L.D code-name for Janet van Dyne is the wife of Hank Pym.
Before Warren Kenneth Worthington III was Archangel he was Angel and he is a founding member of The X-Men.
Medusa first appeared in Fantastic Four in 1965. She has psychokinetic control over her hair.
MacDonald "Mac" Gargan is a supervillain who usually appears pitted against Spider Man.
The character name Grizzly has appeared as four completely different characters within the Marvel Universe: a wild west villain, an A.I.M. Agent, a foe of Spider-Man, and a mutant who was a member of Six Pack.
Vision is a "synthezoid," an advanced android, built to replicate the human form using Horton Cells, with the Solar Gem to give him consciousness. He first appeared in The Avengers #57.
The Lizard first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #6 as an enemy of Spider Man.
Red Skull has been used as an alias by several villains in Marvel Comics but he first appeared in Captain America #1.
Viper has appeared a foe to both The Avengers and The X-Men.
Once believed to be the mutant twin children of X-Men's Magneto, the Skarlet Witch is considered the most dangerous mutant alive and Quicksilver is often described as a "hot headed speedster."
Lionheart first appeared in Marvel Comics in March of 2004.
Professor X is well known for being the founder of X-Men and often also described as their leader.
In Avengers: Infinity War, Bucky Barnes is given the nickname The White Wolf, but in the comics The White Wolf is an orphaned child who survived his plane crashing onto Wakanda and was adopted into the royal family as T'Challa's adopted brother.
Namor is an Atlantean and a human-mutant hybrid.
While Phoenix Force has bonded to multiple aliases over the year, it is most well known for the portrayal by Jean Gray, one of the most powerful characters in the entire Marvel Universe.
Lockjaw is a giant bulldog with teleportation abilities.
Fin Fang Foom is an an extraterrestrial creature resembling a dragon that first appeared in Strange Tales #89.
Kraven the Hunter The Amazing Spider-Man #15 in August of 1964.
In Marvel, Hercules first appeared during the Silver Age of Comic Books, and the character is based on Heracles of Greek mythology.
Beta Rey Bill was intended to be a surprise in the Marvel Universe, "an apparent monster who unexpectedly turns out to be a great hero."
Daredevil is Matthew Murdock, a human with abnormal strength who was blinded as a child.
Deadpool, the Merc with a Mouth, Wade Winston Wilson, is a disfigured mercenary with the superhuman ability of regeneration and physical prowess.
Valkyrie is based on the Norse mythological figure Brynhildr.
Logan, AKA Wolverine is "one of the most ferocious heroes in the universe." He is a mutant with healing power and adamantium metal claws.
Once a "frail young artist," Steve Rogers AKA Captain America was enhanced "to the peak of human perfection by an experimental "super-soldier serum" after joining the military to aid the United States government's efforts in World War II."
Carol Danvers became Captain Marvel when she was was accidentally transformed into a human-Kree hybrid with extraordinary powers.
Whether you're a casual Marvel fan who largely and almost exclusively enjoys the MCU, or a dedicated and passionate fan from decades on, you can surely appreciate the art of Caio Cacau and his "Written in the Stars" series for Upper Deck. Which Marvel character featured in this beautiful series was your favorite?