Best Black Marvel Characters in the Marvel Universe

From Luke Cage to Storm, comic book characters of color.

Luke Cage

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Luke Cage - The Marvel Universe franchise stands as one of the largest arenas for superheroes in this decade. Particularly, Black superheroes are steadily getting a larger lens to showcase their skills.The most recent Black superhero to be given the superstar treatment is Luke Cage, a streetwise youth born and raised in Harlem. The man who would become Luke Cage was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. Once out of prison, he became a "hero for hire," a sort of super-enhanced private detective. Today, his story was brought to life in a Netflix original series, with Mike Colter playing the main role. The series has received rave reviews.   (Photo: Marvel Comics)

Miles Morales - The current version of Spider-Man, a 13-year-old boy named Miles Morales from Brooklyn, was inspired by both President Barack Obama and actor Donald Glover. When he took on the Spider-Man identity after Peter Parker's death, Morales became the first Black Spider-Man in Marvel history. (Photo: Marvel)

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Miles Morales - The current version of Spider-Man, a 13-year-old boy named Miles Morales from Brooklyn, was inspired by both President Barack Obama and actor Donald Glover. When he took on the Spider-Man identity after Peter Parker's death, Morales became the first Black Spider-Man in Marvel history. (Photo: Marvel)

Black Panther

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Black Panther - Black Panther is the first Black superhero in mainstream American comics, debuting several years before the Falcon, Luke Cage and Green Lantern. While there has been no Black Panther film as yet, Wesley Snipes was in talks to play the hero for over a decade. Marvel Comics has confirmed that a Black Panther movie is currently in development with Chadwick Boseman playing the lead role and Ryan Coogler in the director's chair. Michael B. Jordan is also confirmed to be a main part of the cast.   (Photo: Marvel Comics)

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Cloak - Known as "the personification of darkness itself," Cloak is a superhero of the streets. After escaping a life of poverty in the slums of South Boston, Cloak moves to New York City where he gets caught up with a chemist developing an addictive new drug that a local crime family can push to urban youth. Realizing he is immune to the negative effects of the drug (by contrast, it gave him superpowers), he goes on to use his new abilities to destroy his captors and save other children from crime, drugs and abuse.  (Photo: Marvel Comics)

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Blade - This vampire hunter superhero who favors wearing sunglasses at night was immortalized on film by Wesley Snipes, who played him in the Blade trilogy. Born in a whorehouse in England and trained by a jazz trumpeter and vampire hunter, Blade became an indestructible vampire-human hybrid.(Photo: Marvel Comics) 

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Storm - Ororo Monroe, aka Storm, is one of the most recognizable female superheroes in comic book history. With her silver hair, bodacious body and unparalleled power over the forces of nature, she's led the X-Men through many sticky situations. Halle Berry plays Storm in the X-Men movie franchise. In the most recent film, X-Men Apocalypse, Alexandra Shipp played a young Storm.(Photo: Marvel Comics) 

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Brother Voodoo - This Haitian-born superhero started off as an ordinary mortal who left his native place for America to become a doctor. After hearing that his brother was dying because of a voodoo curse, he sought revenge by learning the occult art himself. (Photo: Marvel Comics)  

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Bishop - Born in Brooklyn in the 22nd century, Lucas Bishop traveled into the past, becoming a temporary member of the X-Men. Living in a battery, he has the power to channel energy and release it back through powerful beams of energy.(Photo: Marvel Comics)