“Hydra versus Starro” (v1.9)

This post is not about HeroClix. Not exactly.

DC Comics has this gigantic, mind – controlling alien that looks like a starfish, named Starro. Actually made it into the game of HeroClix, a very cool Colossal piece.

Popped into my head the other day that Marvel Comics may have an “analog” character that has never seen use in its “mainstream” narrative universe: the “alien Hydra” of the 1999 “Earth X” miniseries.

Like Starro, the creature apparently spawned miniature version of itself that would attach to victims in order to mind – control them. Unlike Starro, the alien Hydra also needed a symbiotic attachment with a “host”. In “Earth X”, it ended up being Jennifer “She-Hulk” Walters.

Yeah, it was merely a panel-gag, a way to help show the differences of the “X” universe from the “real” Marvel universe.  Would like to see it in HeroClix, though.

But, that’s not the point of this post.

The point: Could be a neat on – going character concept, a new perennial super villain for the “real” Marvel U.

Doesn’t necessarily have to be an alien. Could be one of either A.I.M. or HYDRA ‘ creation, possibly derived from alien DNA. Maybe the spin could be that it was another attempt at an “organic computer”, like M.O.D.O.K. was originally intended to be, or an attempt at some sort of organic computer/telepathic communication network, that either terrorist organization was developing in an attempt at out – maneuvering S.H.I.E.L.D.? As with M.O.D.O.K., things kinda went sideways once it got its own ideas about how things should be done within its “parent” organization. Another splintering of the organization happens.

Maybe a faction could escape to outer space?  Become part of Marvels “Cosmic” setting and stable of characters?  Eventually?

I dunno. Could be fun. But, I’ve been out of comics for a while,  only picking up Captain America trade collections (and I’m way, way behind on those), so this idea may already be in use.

Pictures of the “Earth X” version are hard to find, though…..


EDIT: Random comments —
M.O.D.O.K. debuted in 1967, as leader of Advanced Idea Mechanics, and a foe of Captain America. To me, he seems like a human version of what passed as the “super – computers” of the time. A central, mainframe kinda thing.

The spin I’ve put here on the “Hydra organic network” also dovetails with both advances in networking, it also taps the idea of the “hivemind”.1210988-madame_hydra

EDIT (2015-06-10): Okay, so I was trying to find out where it was on the net I scooped up that last picture. Turns out, in more recent storylines, Marvel has indeed ported the “Hydra octopus thingy” into mainstream Marvel Universe, albeit in a slightly different form. The above non-She-Hulk host of this hydra-hivemind is apparently the former SHIELD agent Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine. And, apparently, she’s due to turn up as is in 2015’s Marvel HeroClix NICK FURY, AGENT OF SHIELD release. (Darn, I thought I’d had an original idea; looks like it was already in use…)

EDIT (2015-12-05): Well, the figure from NICK FURY, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. was Viper.