There is no one that has seen the X-Men comics and films that do not know Storm. She’s one of the most popular characters in Marvel comics and first appeared in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May 1975); she has stepped all through the comics down to the cartoons, video games, and movies. Currently, the white-haired powerful black mutant even has her ongoing series.
Marvel Storm goes by the name Ororo Munroe and was created by writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum, who intended for the weather-controlling mutant to be a male. But I wonder if it would have been as fun and exciting as it is with a female character. Well, Storm has gained so many fans over the years, with most of her fans knowing only as much information as the fact that she controls the weather. There are actually so many interesting Marvel Storm facts there is to know, and that is what we’re bringing to you in this article.
Marvel Storm facts every fan should know
1) Storm is one of the most powerful Marvel superheroes
Among the mutants, there are different power levels that define how powerful a mutant is. In Black Panther #21 and Origin of Marvel Comics: X-Men #1, Storm was classified as an Omega Level Mutant, which is the most powerful level, consisting of mutants with limitless powers.
2) She has power over the weather
This may seem like a less useful power than super strength, steel claws, or super speed, but Storm’s power is way cooler than producing little droplets of rain and shine. Her powers cover all elements and things governing the regulation of weather on Earth. It means she has power over the wind, the clouds, atmosphere, gravity, sea-waves, the Earth’s magnetic field, and what have you. She can create a stream of ice-cold water and streamline it into a tiny sharp weapon moving at great speed. With her powers over the wind, she can fly and suspend herself at high altitudes. With her powers over the waters, it means she can create a tsunami capable of flooding a whole city. She can also invoke and direct lightning bolts upon her enemy. Note that her powers over the weather are not limited to Earth, but whatever environment she finds herself; could be out there in space.
3) She began as a thief in Egypt
Ororo Munroe, a.k.a Storm was an African princess, heir to an ancient royal line, rightful ruler of a Kenyan tribe. But all these went away when her parents died during the Arab-Israeli conflict in Egypt. Left alone with nobody to care for her, she learned to fend for herself by stealing for El-Gibar (an Egyptian Fagan with a gang of street urchins). This was how she discovered her pick-pocketing and badass fighting skills, which she displays while on missions. There and then, as a thief, she tried to steal from Professor Charles Xavier, the bald leader of X-Men. That was how they met.
4) And has featured in every Marvel animated series
Ever since she first appeared in 1975, Storm has gone on to feature in several animated series like Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1982), X-Men (1992), Spider-Man (1995), X-Men: Evolution (2000), Wolverine and the X-Men (2008), Marvel Super Hero Squad (2009), Black Panther (2010). She has also appeared in 4 out of the 7 X-Men live-action films, which is as much as Wolverine and Professor X has.
5) She was married to Black Panther
Surprising right? Well, not so surprising, after all, these two are the most prominent superheroes from Africa, and both of them of royalty. They first met when she left Cairo, Egypt; soon after, they fell in love and got married. This marriage made Ororo the queen consort of Wakanda, the Ugandan Kingdom of Black Panther. But sadly, their love story never lasted long, for they divorced soon after in a controversial breakup, which had more to do with film rights than the story.
6) She has often led the X-Men team
There have been frequent scenarios where leadership duties fell on Storm. Her level-headedness, compassion, and wisdom have made her a perfect substitute whenever Xavier is unavailable. Although being a deputy to Cyclops, she took over leadership when the dude went into a bad mental state grieving for Jean Grey. When the team also split into the gold and blue teams, she led the gold team. She had also been the headmistress at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.
7) She’s the first black superhero
Debuting in 1975 in the Marvel comic Giant-Size X-Men #1, Storm became the first black superhero ever to grace the pages of mainstream comics.
8) Ororo is claustrophobic
Despite her strength and toughness, our beautiful black superhero has a weakness; fear of enclosed spaces. This was as a result of the trauma she had as a child. A jet crashed into their home in Cairo, destroying the house and burying herself and her dead parents in the rubble. It was pretty dark and scary in there, and she waited days frozen in fear in the dark until help came. Getting older, being in a dark enclosed space gives her the creeps and can even make her lose her powers, but she’s done great to keep that under control.
9) Storm was originally supposed to be male
At that time, Editor Roy Thomas wanted to come up with a team of superheroes that would gain the approval of international investors and appeal to foreign markets. The team would include a black female who would take the name Black Cat, a humanoid that can turn into a cat. The Black Cat was proposed to have almost the same costume as Storm. But there have been several other similar female catlike characters, and it would be bad for business. So they thought of a male character called “Typhoon” who could control the weather, but at the end of the day, what they came up with was Storm as we know her. And thank Goodness.
10) Halle Berry wasn’t the first choice for the role
Perhaps who we’d have been seeing as Storm today would have been Jada Pinkett-Smith, Angela Bassett, or Rachel Luttrell. Jada Pinkett-Smith was first offered the role, but she declined.
11) Her white hair was thought to be absurd
Everyone originally thought Storm’s white hair would make her look like a granny, but her creator Dave Cockrum insisted.
12) Ororo means “beautiful.”
In X-Men #133, Storm mentions that her name Ororo means “beautiful.” Although the name was made up by the creators, Ororo means “soft” or “delicate” in Swahili. Also, Storm is indeed beautiful. She was ranked 30th in Comics Buyer’s Guide’s “100 Sexiest Women in Comics.”