Marvel’s best dogs, from Lucky the Pizza Dog to Dogpool
The Fantastic Four Legs. The X-Men’s best friend. Alpha dog flight. Galaxy Watch Dogs. A new meaning for the Howling Commandos. Okay, maybe not… or, maybe, just not yet. But nonetheless, puppies, with or without powers, have been part of Marvel’s Pages for years (ironically, Marvel’s Pages may have been part of the housetraining of said puppies). Some moved on to the MCU, some stayed, and some barked on different adventures. Here’s a taste of Marvel’s pooch menagerie.
Lockjaw was introduced in the pages of Fantastic Four #45 and made his MCU appearance in the infamous Inhumans series, though all copies of the series are believed to be in the same pit as the Atari games AND the Unsold Extraterrestrial. Lockjaw is the escort and protector of the Inhuman Royal Family, and has the ability to teleport himself and anyone who touches him anywhere. The bulldog with a small, two-pronged antennae on its forehead is 5 feet tall, 6 feet 8 inches long, and weighs 1,240 pounds. Egadi. To paraphrase Jaws: “You’re gonna need a bigger poo bag.”
The scruffy Soviet space pup, based on the very real Russian cosmonaut dog Laikaappears in Nova #8. Sent to test space exploration equipment in the 1960s, Cosmo ended up in Knowhere, where he became chief of security thanks to the telekinesis, telepathy, and psionic blast abilities he gained while traveling. through cosmic rays. In guardians of the galaxyCosmo (Fred) is a Collector’s item (Benicio del Toro) collection on Knowhere. Talk about not living up to your potential. Warning: it’s probably best not to throw out Baby Groot (Wine Diesel) in the presence of Cosmo.
Lucky the pizza dog
Lucky first appeared in 2012 Hawk Eye #1, a one-eyed, pizza-loving Golden Retriever belonging to the Tracksuit Mafia who is brutally beaten after jumping up to defend Clint Barton. Clint keeps him as a companion after saving his life. In the Disney+ series Hawk EyeKate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) falls on Lucky (jerk), still a one-eyed pizza lover, while on the run from the Mafia and brings the puppy home with her. For those wondering, his favorite pizza is obviously the pupperoni.
Bats, an 11-year-old basset hound and the first on the list to not make an MCU appearance, became Stephen Strange’s guard in strange doctor #381. Strange enchanted Bats with a translation spell, allowing his barking to be interpreted as English. During a confrontation with the new Sorcerer Supreme, Loki, Bats tried to help, but his heart gave out and the basset died. You can’t keep a good boy down, though. Bats would return to Stephen as a wraith, with the ability to possess people. Not like Strange’s pet chicken, Cluckward, who returned as a fowler.
A Marvel superhero who comes to life when his human host falls asleep. Moon Knight, right? No. Sleepwalker, aka Rick Sheridan. Rambo is their loyal dog, who appeared in Marvel’s Somnambulist #1, and has the ability to turn on the TV when Rick wakes up. Priorities, right? He is expected to join the MCU in the upcoming movie release. Rambo: first sleuth.
Introduced in the pages of Defenders #122. Sassafras, aka Sassy, the Fear-Filled Dog, was a pup owned by Hank McCoy, better known as the X-Men’s Beast, during his time with the Defenders. Rumor has it that they shared groomers, chased cars together and fought over dog toys in the house.
Cerberus’ beginnings are in Greek mythology, but his appearance in the comics came first in Thor #130. The three-headed dog is used by Hades, the god of the underworld, to maintain order. The three-headed burrow has crossed paths with Thor, Ghost Rider, the X-Men, Namor, and Ka-Zar, and was for a time owned by Hela, ruler of the Norse afterlife Hel. Hades regained possession of Cerberus after Hela balked at the tripled vet bill.
Pool for dogs
Earth-103173 “Mutt with a Mouth”, “Merc with a Bark”, or simply Dogpool, began as a stray dog Wilson in Prelude to Deadpool Corps #1. Wilson was a test subject for x-mascara, a one-time regenerating mascara. Considered a failure, Wilson was thrown into a dumpster and became Dogpool, who has the same powers as his human Earth-616 counterpart, recruited by Deadpool to join the Deadpool Corps. Somehow it doesn’t seem like a big stretch to see Ryan Reynolds play both roles if he shows up in Dead Pool 3.
Mrs. Lion, Earth-97161, is May Parker’s little white male dog. M/s. Lion? Hey, no judgment here. Ms. Lion was originally created for the Spider-Man and his amazing friends animated series which ran from 1981 to 1983. In the comics he would join Lockjaw, Throg, Lockheed, Redwing and Hairball in Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #1 as Pet Avenger. Because every superhero team needs a little white ankle biter who’s comfortable with their gender identity.
Thrr of Eath-8311, Arfgardian Dog of Thunder, appeared in Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #5. Thrr wields Mjolnir and, therefore, possesses the same set of powers as his human counterpart Thor Odinson. He’s also a member of the Scavengers, along with (and you can’t make this stuff up) Ant Ant, Black Panda, Captain Americat, Iron Mouse, Pigeon, Quacksilver, Scarlet Pooch, Squackeye, and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Ham. Here’s hoping Thrr goes wild in the MCU with the next one Thor: Love and Thunder.