Doop (comics)

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Doop
Doop.png
Doop. Art by Mike Allred.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceX-Force volume 1 #116 (July 2001)
Created byPeter Milligan
Mike Allred
In-story information
Alter egoDoop
Team affiliationsX-Force
X-Statix
Jean Grey School
AbilitiesLevitation,
Accelerated healing factor,
Superhuman strength,
Extra-dimensional void within body that can store objects and people
 
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Doop
Doop.png
Doop. Art by Mike Allred.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceX-Force volume 1 #116 (July 2001)
Created byPeter Milligan
Mike Allred
In-story information
Alter egoDoop
Team affiliationsX-Force
X-Statix
Jean Grey School
AbilitiesLevitation,
Accelerated healing factor,
Superhuman strength,
Extra-dimensional void within body that can store objects and people

Doop is a fictional character in the Marvel Universe who was created by writer Peter Milligan and artist Mike Allred. He made his debut in X-Force vol. 1 #116. He is a green, floating spheroid creature of unknown origins who spoke in a "language" all his own (represented in text by a special font).

Publication history[edit]

Doop first appeared in X-Force vol. 1 #116, and appeared in every issue until the end of the series, and then appeared in all issues of X-Statix. Doop also appeared alongside Wolverine in a two-issue limited series.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Doop was said to be the product of a Cold War era U.S. military experiment, becoming instrumental in the fall of the Soviet Union.[1]

He later served as the cameraman for the celebrity mutant superhero team X-Statix (formerly known as X-Force). He films a mission to North Africa which is later criticized by then-team leader Zeitgeist; he feels Doop should not be going for artistic shots. The next X-Force mission is to New York, where they are to rescue the boy band 'Boyz R Us' from hostage takers. While in the briefing room, U-Go Girl asks Doop not to keep shooting her rear from a low angle. Doop replies in his language only the characters know, while inexplicably mouthing some of his recording equipment.

The building is attacked by a helicopter gunship, killing the hostages and many of the terrorists. Most of the team dies also, with the exception of Doop, U-Go Girl and Anarchist. Doop gets high-quality images of the two slaying the remaining killers.

Plush Doop dolls are seen on sale at the X-Statix cafe, for five dollars apiece. One of these is vandalized by Wolverine.

At one point, Doop secretly videotapes the rookie X-Statix member El Guapo succumbing to the temptations of fame and having a threesome. The released video destroys El Guapo's relationship with his original girlfriend.

A section of X-Force headquarters is set aside for Doop's family, who are never seen in panel. This part is talked about very little by the team. The team hides in this area when they believed themselves to be in supernatural danger.

Corkscrew[edit]

In a training/audition session for X-Statix, one of the applicants, Corkscrew, needlessly kills an opponent. It is discussed that Doop would take care of matters. Despite the seriousness of an innocent man having just died, Doop makes a joke in his language, which greatly entertains the team members present.

Doop is sent on a camping trip with Corkscrew. At the end he simply kills Corkscrew with an axe, but not before subjecting the mentally unstable mutant to psychological torture. Part of this is tricking the man into killing wild horses.[2]

Brain power[edit]

In one incident, Doop's brain explodes, and parts of it land all across the world. X-Statix and Avengers fight each other to gain control of the brain pieces. Doop, running on a backup brain in his butt and now capable of human speech, joins in. He fights Thor to a standstill, sucking in his hammer Mjolnir and recreating multiple copies. Captain America states that Doop was an American-created super-weapon that was capable of destroying the entire planet. The Avengers, in the end, allow Doop back in to X-Statix custody, after they show courage and responsibility in facing the Asgardian threat of the 'Three Sisters'.

He is acquainted with Wolverine, and the two even teamed up in a two-issue miniseries.

It was revealed that at some indeterminate point in Doop's life, he had an affair with a beautiful married woman. Her husband hired a private investigator, Chandler, to spy on his errant wife. Chandler found himself falling in love with Doop. In the end, Doop ditched the woman to have an affair with the detective.[3]

Doop and Daap[edit]

After the incident with the Avengers, X-Statix has a farewell party, attended by fans and multiple superheroes. They are hired for one last mission, ridding a billionaire's mansion full of terrorists. Doop's teammate Anarchist notes that this resembles a mission in the past where all but two X-Force members die. Not only is the mansion full of gunmen, it is also surrounded by attack helicopters. The uniform of the gunmen are identical to the ones that the 'Boyz R Us' hostage takers wore. During the mission, everyone, Doop included, apparently perishes. Doop is seen sprawled in a chair with a large stomach wound.

However, the vacationing X-Men Havok and Polaris encounter a Doop-like entity when it crashes to Earth from outer space. Polaris immediately identifies the creature as the same being she had previously seen in space and called it Daap. Havok eventually blasts it to pieces but it begins to reform itself. Its amorphous jelly-like remains then fly off with both Polaris and the mutant-hating Leper Queen. The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe has since stated that Doop and Daap are, in fact, the same being.

Return[edit]

Doop returns in a story published in the Nation X anthology series, where he is brought onboard Utopia as a private investigator. The story is revealed to be nothing more than a dream, and that Doop is later shown living with a beautiful woman elsewhere.[4] The first issue of Wolverine and the X-Men lists Doop as an adjunct member of the teaching staff at the Jean Grey Institute for Higher Learning.[5] He is eventually shown substituting for Kitty Pryde's "Introduction to Religion" class, though, under Doop, the course largely consists of watching films while Doop takes naps. The students are shown to be comically unable to decipher Doop's lesson plan.[6]Teaching, however, is a cover for Doop's real position. Wolverine alone knows that Doop is actually the secret protector of the school, spending most of his time gathering and acting upon information regarding possible threats to the students. [7]

Doop makes a cameo in Young Avengers as the designated driver at the end of the Young Avengers' party. He is seen waiting with his arms crossed on the jet's loading ramp as Transonic carries an asleep Pixie on board. [8]

Merchandise[edit]

A figure of Doop was included with the Marvel Legends Series VI Deadpool figure.[9]

Fictional merchandise[edit]

Doop merchandise is popular in the Marvel universe, particularly among children; Paco Perez was seen wearing a Doop t-shirt, while Molly Hayes is the known owner of both a stuffed Doop doll and Doop poster. Jean Grey has also been seen with a Doop keychain.

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

Video Games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ X-Statix #21, 2004, Marvel Comics, writer Peter Milligan
  2. ^ X-Statix #1 (2002)
  3. ^ I ♥ Marvel: My Mutant Heart #1, 2006, Marvel Comics, writer Peter Milligan
  4. ^ Nation X #4
  5. ^ Wolverine and the X-Men #1 (October 2011)
  6. ^ Wolverine and the X-Men #5 (2012)
  7. ^ Wolverine and the X-Men #17 (September 2012)
  8. ^ Young Avengers #15 (January 2014)
  9. ^ OAFE - ML6: Deadpool review

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