Out of all of the Lantern Corps, the Orange Lanterns are probably the most unique. Currently, there’s only one Orange Lantern: Larfleeze, otherwise known as Agent Orange. This is because, as Geoff Johns explained when creating the other lanterns, it wouldn’t make sense for the power of greed to be shared with hundreds of lanterns. The “members” of the corps comprise of energy avatars that are based on the victims the ring kills.
The Orange Lantern also has an extremely large battery life, reaching 100,000 percent yet without an oath. Larfleeze has consistently remained the only member of the Orange Lantern Corps, but the events of Blackest Night provided a rare exception, when Larfleeze’s ring duplicated and went directly to Lex Luthor. However, what would happen if the Orange Power Ring had made it into the Marvel Universe? Who could possibly be avaricious enough to wield the Orange Light? Here are 10 such characters from Marvel who could be the sole wielder of the Orange Lantern.
10 Alexander Pierce (MCU)
Making his first MCU appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Alexander Pierce was the Secretary of the World Security Council, the organization that S.H.I.E.L.D. answers to. He was Nick Fury’s best friend, who had no idea Pierce was secretly the leader of a Hydra cell that had been growing within S.H.I.E.L.D.
He was the head of the Winter Soldier program. He was the mastermind of Project Insight, which would carry out mass assassinations using the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarriers against anyone deemed a threat by Arnim Zola. Luckily, he was killed by Nick Fury and the plan was stopped by Captain America.
9 Justin Hammer (MCU)
Justin Hammer is the CEO of Hammer Industries, the business rival of Stark Industries. Like Tony, he is a weapons manufacturer and military contractor, although his weapons are not nearly as functional and much more cheaply made than Stark’s.
Due to this, Hammer tried anything to expand his weapons and take down Tony, including the creation of his own line of robots that would soon replace military servicemen, which failed on his own. He made the mistake of recruiting Ivan Vanko, or Whiplash, who used the technology to destroy Stark Expo and attack Tony. Hammer was arrested for the misuse of his technology and Tony was awarded for his bravery.
8 Obadiah Stane AKA Iron Monger (MCU)
Obadiah Stane will forever be an iconic character in the MCU, serving as the first supervillain when he appeared in Iron Man. Stane was the business partner of Howard Stark, and was incredibly jealous of Tony’s success as CEO of Stark Industry when he was old enough to take over. To become CEO, Stane hired the Ten Rings, a terrorist group in the Middle East, to kidnap Tony and execute him.
When Tony returned with the plans for the Iron Man armor and a vow to stop selling weapons, Stane continued funding and supplying the terrorist group. He eventually took matters into his own hands, creating the Iron Monger suit, and tried to kill Tony, and failed.
7 Ulysses Klaue (MCU)
In the comics, Klaw is a supervillain who uses his sonar cannon arm to fight against Black Panther and other heroes of Wakanda. He murdered King T’Chaka during a raid on Wakanda for Vibranium, and his arm was blown off by a young T’Challa.
In the MCU, Klaue is an arms dealer who was recruited to steal a stockpile of Vibranium from the Wakandans, hopefuly setting off a revolution that would end with T’Chaka’s younger brother on the throne. Klaue dedicated his life to selling vibranium on the black market, eventually crossing paths with Ultron in his first on screen appearance. Klaue served as the secondary antagonist in Black Panther, until Erik Killmonger murdered him and used that leverage to get into Wakanda and challenge T’Challa for the throne.
Kingpin is a great character in the way that he serves as an adversary to Daredevil just as much as he does to Spider-Man. He is one of the most feared and powerful crime bosses in the Marvel Universe, claiming New York City as his playground while the criminal underworld bends to his will.
He has no superpowers, yet his intelligence and muscle are more than enough for him to prove a worthy adversary to NYC’s finest heroes. He is 450 pounds of solid muscle, easily allowing him to go toe-to-toe with Spider-Man’s spider-strength. His networth is estimated to be around $40 billion.
5 Kang The Conqueror
When Nathaniel Richards was born in the year 3000 on an alternate Earth, he became fascinated with other Earths and the adventures of his ancestor, Reed Richards and the Fantastic Four. When he was 25, he found a time machine used by Reed and used his intelligence and technology to rule over Egypt as a pharaoh for 10 years.
After being defeated by Apocalypse and the Fantastic Four, Kang fought against the Avengers in the 20th century, cementing him as their adversary. He became one of the Avengers greatest foes, amassing an empire of millions and leaving terror and bloodshed behind every time period he visits.
4 The Green Goblin
Norman Osborn is easily Spider-Man’s greatest villain. The father of Peter’s best friend Harry, Norman is the CEO of Oscorp, a multinational science corporation headquartered in Manhattan. The use of a experimental serum transformed him into the Green Goblin, a grotesque and maniacal villain known best for killing Gwen Stacy.
To make things even more dramatic, he found out the identity of Spider-Man, and held it over the teen hero until the events of Brand New Day. Norman has died multiple times, but always comes back as a constant tormentor in Peter’s life.
3 The Collector
Tanleer Tivan (better known as The Collector) is one of the Elders of the Universe and is also the brother of The Grandmaster. He originally lived in an unknown world for millions of years, until his wife died and he took on the hobby of collecting, well, everything.
He collected items of powers, artifacts, and creatures he found interesting, until he eventually began collecting anything around the universe that he desired. In the films, he possessed one of the six Infinity Stones before he was defeated and it was taken by Thanos.
Showing the more gluttonous side of greed, Galactus is the sole survivor of the sixth incarnation of the Multiverse. He is well known as the Devourer of Worlds, constantly searching for planets to feed off of their life source. He initially went after uninhabited worlds that could support life, but his hunger grew greater and greater, moving onto worlds that were thriving with civilization. He is often escorted by powerful servants known as the Heralds of Galactus, the most well known being Silver Surfer.
When he came to Earth to devour the planet, he was stopped by the combined efforts of the heroes and the Ultimate Nullifier, a device created by Reed Richards.
1 Doctor Doom
The leader of Latveria and main adversary of the Fantastic Four, Doctor Doom is one of the greediest, power hungry, egotistical, and maniacal characters in all of Marvel and in comics, period. As a man of magic, Victor Von Doom’s mother was a witch, and after her execution, he studied sorcery and became one of the most powerful magic users in the world.
As a man of science, her rivals Reed Richards intelligence, commanding an entire army of Doombots to do his bidding and enforce his tyrannical rule. As the master of both sides, however, Doom serves as one of the greatest villains of all time.
The Orange Lanterns symbolize greed, and these 10 Marvel characters could do a great job at being this ring's sole avatar