It's a little crazy to think that Marvel Studios is spending hundreds of millions of dollars in production and advertising costs to put out a movie about characters nobody has heard of -- much less when those characters include a living tree and a talking, gun-toting raccoon. Then again, these guys might be strange for the movies, but for comic fans, the Guardians of the Galaxy are pretty tame. If you take the last 50 years of superhero teams into account, there are tons of weird groups out there that make the Guardians look like Walmart greeters. We've compiled a list of the most misfit-y of misfits below.
5. Secret Six
"Hero" might be stretching it for these loosely-affiliated mercenaries. Now that you mention it, "team" is also debatable. Though one or two slots on the roster fluctuated here and there, the Secret Six's core team usually included Batman villains Deadshot and Bane, Vandal Savage's daughter Scandal and the contortionist Ragdoll. There was a lot of inter-office politics (i.e. stabbings) over who was the leader of the group but everyone is being honest with themselves, there could only ever be one: The goddamn Catman.
Yes, there is a Catman and he exists. Yes, on a scale of suckitude, the very idea of Catman is somewhere between the Wonder Twins and Scrappy-Doo. As hard as it might be to believe, Catman is a complete and utter badass. He went on some vision quest in Africa, had a life-altering experience, maybe did a juice cleanse or something -- whatever happened, he came back a man capable of punching Batman in the mouth. The weirdest thing about Secret Six isn't its eclectic cast or the story revolving around a Get Out of Hell Free Card; it's that this comic will compel you to be Catman for Halloween.
In 1975, a group of Marvel editors and writers got together, pulled darts out of a hat and threw them at dice to see which coins they would flip, and a superhero team was formed. Consisting of X-Men regulars Iceman and Angel, Ghost Rider, Black Widow and Marvel's version of Hercules, the team is one of the most random and mismatched ever. Any reason for these characters to be together is completely arbitrary. They're fictional characters and all, so technically they can do whatever they want, but come on. Iceman and Hercules probably aren't even Facebook friends.
The book only lasted about a year and a half, probably thanks in part because there's no rhyme or reason to the team composition. At least with guys like Deadpool and Cable you get a sweet Odd Couple/will-they-won't-they thing going on, but what the hell can you do with a Ghost Rider/Black Widow team-up? Have them get chased by giant bees controlled by Orko from Masters of the Universe? The Avengers are together because they're best-in-class, the X-Men because they all share the stigma of mutation, but the Champions are a team because Marvel had a bunch of B and C-listers lying around gathering dust. Even without the various Fox/Disney rights issues, a Champions film is less likely than Tyler Perry's Madea vs. Bilbo Baggins.
3. Deadpool Corps
Kids love that Deadpool. The wisecracking mercenary is so popular that at one point Marvel was putting out no less than four different monthly Deadpool comic books. Given the title character's fondness for breaking the fourth wall, you could interpret that as a brilliant commentary of the over-saturation of certain superheroes on today's stands (we're lookin' at you, bub). Of course, that might be giving too much credit to a guy whose punchlines often end in "chimichanga."
Besides the main Merc with a Mouth, the Deadpool Corps consists of inevitable Rule 63 Lady Deadpool, as well as the self-explanatory Kidpool and Dogpool. Headpool, the disembodied noggin of un-Deadpool from Marvel Zombies rounds out the group because Congress still won't repeal 2009's A Zombie in Every Comic Book Act.
Deadpool is known for talking to himself, and sometimes there's more than one voice in his head. In Deadpool Corps, these multiple personalities are manifested in living beings that happen to think he's a moron -- and this is coming from people who are Deadpools. Again, thanks to the ambiguous nature of the character, you could see this as a reflection of Deadpool's own deep-seated hatred for himself. Or maybe it's just because someone needs to be the straight man so the comedy character can have someone to bounce his jokes off of. Deadpool Corps is either art or a shameless attempt at creating a new toy line for grown men. Maybe both.