Did you know that Phil Coulson was first introduced into comics with the nickname “Cheese”?

Well, it’s true! In a slightly strange story called Battle Scars, penned purely to add elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the comics, both Coulson and Nick Fury Jr, who just happens to look like Samuel L. Jackson, are introduced to readers. However, to preserve the surprise of who these characters really were, they had different names until the final pages of the last issue, and, up until then, Coulson is known as Cheese!

Battle Scars #1, Christopher Yost, Matt Fraction, Cullen Bunn & Scot Eaton, Marvel

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James, The Wonder Witch

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Did you know Carol Danvers took the name “Captain Marvel” because she was dared to?

No? Well, it’s true! Captain America had to dare her to take up the name after she had changed her costume to one similar to the previous Captain Marvel’s, Mar-Vell. She didn’t want to steal his name, but he argued it was a title, and an honour that had already passed onto her. However, it took him taunting her that she couldn’t handle it (and a trip into space) before she actually agreed to take the name.

Interestingly, Carol had thought about it very recently, in a Secret Avengers tie-in to Avengers Vs. X-Men, where she met someone in the image of Mar-Vell, and pondered that maybe his mantle should live on, however she would not take the name until the darte. This story was also one of the last times that Carol went “Binary”, until the recent Ultimates run that is.

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Captain Marvel #1, by Kelly Sue DeConnick & Dexter Soy, Marvel

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James, The Wonder Witch