First off, I have to thank Mammal_Mage for suggesting a seperate thread to discuss the idea of original characters based on classic Marvel heroes (or villains) and what pets they could have. Of course, since all these characters ARE based on Marvel characters, this is not intended for any sort of profit motive; strictly for a fun challenge.
Now, we should probably set up some sort of basic descriptions for both the Marvel-style heroes AND their pets:
Marvel-Style Hero (or Villain) (note: this is strictly for reference since, most likely, the animals will be the ones actually shown )
Character Name (Civilian Identity):
Heroic (or Villainous) Identity:
Marvel Hero (or Villain) the Character is Based On:
Hero (or Villain's) Pet
In fact, here's the first one (again, I have to thank Mammal_Mage for the inspiration):
Civilian Name: Harrison Henderson
Hero Name: Commander Arthropod
Abilities/Equipment: Limited super-strength (can lift up to twenty tons with supreme effort); superhuman reflexes and agility (exactly 30 times peak human); can adhere to virtually any inverted solid object; highly sensitive danger sense (provides six-hundredths of a second worth of early warning concerning danger AND provides him with a full psychic awareness of his immediate surrounding during flare-ups); ability to shoot out organic webbing from his wrists (the strength and amount of the webbing depends on how good his physical health is); Gifted scientist.
Origin: Fascinated with spiders throughout his life, scientist Harrison Henderson began work bio-engineering a type of spider that combines the best abilities of ALL spider species (including the combined strength of all the spider-types). His efforts wielded some amount of success, but one of his most successful test spiders bit him one night and the spider's blood merged with his own, granting him the combined proportionate powers of every type of spider that the test spider had mixed in. Revelling in his newfound power at first, Harrison figured he could make some side bucks as a professional daredevil, but wore a special costume so he could use his powers anonymously. Unfortunately, the scientist grew gradually more arrogant as he got better with his powers. So arrogant, in fact, that he refused to act when a bank he was at was being robbed, even though he could have easily handled the robbers. Unfortunately, that same inaction cost him the life of his fiancee`, Jacquilyn Geavers, since those same bank robbers he allowed to escape ended up murdering her three nights later at a diamond exchange. Chasing down the crooks as Commander Arthropod (his costumed daredevil alter-ego), he caught the crooks, but recognized them and realized he was as much to blame for his fiancee`'s death as the crooks. Ever since then, Harrison has been mindful of the responsibilities that come with his powers and Commander Arthropod has switched gears from glorified stuntman to super-crime-fighter.
Personality: More than a little bit of a wisecracker, but also highly intelligent and just as highly responsible. The near-constant wisecracking is merely to annoy the bad guys off their game and keep their attention on HIM rather than innocents.
Marvel Character This Is Based on: Spider-Man
Now his Pet:
Name: Webbly the Arthro-Pooch
Species: Labrador-retriever (all black)
Abilities: Limited super-strength (can lift up to five tons with supreme effort); Fifteen times peak-Labrador reflexes and agility; Ability to adhere to almost any inverted solid object; Danger sense capable of providing up to three-hundredths of a second margin of early-warning for unseen personal danger; Has a collar that can shoot artifical spider-webs when he applies exact pressure with one of his paws to the front of said collar.
Background: Webbly was the pet Labrador of Harrison Henderson and happened to be bit by a test spider different from the one that bit his master, but on the same night. This spider was not as far along on the bio-engineered abilities as the one that bit Harrison and, so the abilities were about half the proportionate level of his master's for the most part (the one exception being the actual physical strength) and DIDN'T include the organic web generating powers. However, the powers Webbly DID get, he enjoyed having (though he was a lot more humble about the powers than Harrison was at first), right up to when Harrison decided to convert his Commander Arthropod persona from a stuntman to a super-hero. At first, Harrison refused to have his pet tagging along because of how dangerous super-heroing was (even more dangerous than being a daredevil was). However, the dog's persistance ultimately won out and Webbly was provided a web-designed mask and a web-shooter collar that he could use as Arthro-Pooch.
Personality: Friendly and energetic (even more so than most labradors), but also VERY stubborn and mindful of the responsibilities that come with his powers.
Description: Much like any other good-sized all-black Lab, except that he wears a blue mask (with golden yellow spider-web type designs) that covers his entire face except his dog snout and ears (though the mask lens are one-way mirrors that allow him to see out without somebody else seeing IN) and the red (web-shooter) collar with the white spider-like emblem on the front when in action as Arthro-Pooch.