Do you the remember the toy market in the early 2000’s? I do. It was littered with Power Rangers and the return of another commercially naked toy cash cow, The Transformers. Optimus and Co. returned in Transformers Armada, and with any success, there is of course the occasional copycat – I mean look at the superhero film genre right now.. So Marvel produced their own toy line, The Megamorphs, which were giant mecha which can transform into a vehicle form with each mecha represents it’s pilots powers and skills.
If you remember those, great, but if not, here’s a quick run down of Marvel’s Megamorphs.
On the good side we had Spider-man, The Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine and Ghost Rider – because Ghost Rider is a character that should be marketed to kids. Spider-man, as you might have guessed, could turn into a giant spider called the Arachno-fighter, Hulk obviously was a tank called The Rage Tank, Cap was a helicopter called Warbird, Wolverine had a jet which had his healing factor, called the Aero-slasher, and Ghost Rider was a motor bike called the Street Blazer – I mean, what else?
On the evil side we had Doctor Octopus, who could turn into a chopper called the Octo-copter, Doctor Doom, though no actual vehicle form was revealed for this guy, Venom, who also turned into a spider called the Spider-Smasher, and Red Ronin, a mecha built to combat Godzilla and built with the aid of Stark Industries.
This of course lead to Marvel creating a tie in comics series in which the story followed Tony Stark creating a series of mecha to battle any giant sized threats they may encounter – he calls them Megamorphs.
As with all comic-book series, this needed an evil plot, in this case, Doctor Octopus steals the Megamorph technology and begins to steal objects from all around the world. Each figure came with a tie in comic which saw Doc. Oc. stealing something for a nefarious scheme and each hero just missing out on catching him red handed.
In the core series the Megamorphs team up under the leadership of Tony Stark, who doesn’t seem like he wants to suit up, and they continue to track Doctor Octopus to find out he wants to release powerful mecha Red Ronin. With Doctor Doom throwing his hat into the ring the team must fight a war on two fronts, with Doom searching for a power source to power his creations.
Of course these events are never mentioned again so it’s safe to assume it happened in an alternate mecha universe. Unless it’s a robots in disguise thing.