|Storm (Ororo Munroe)|
1. Storm Was Originally Supposed to Be a Man
cat-like haircut with tufts for ears." Unfortunately, artist Dave Cockrum discovered several other female cat characters were developed like Tigra, The Cat and Pantha. The team suggested he use his idea for a male character that could control weather, called "Typhoon," and turn him into a woman.
2. Storm is the First Black Female Superhero
Storm first appeared in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (1975) written by Len Wein and penciled by Dave Cockrum. She was one of the first black comic book characters, and is the first black female in mainstream comics.
3. Storm Has Appeared in Every Marvel Animated Series
Storm has starred in, or made an appearance in, several animated series like Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1982), X-Men (1992), Spider-Man (1995), X-Men: Evolution (2000), Marvel Super Hero Squad (2009), Black Panther (2010) and Wolverine and the X-Men (2008). She has appeared in four of the seven X-Men live-action films, which is almost as many as Wolverine and Professor X who've appeared in every movie.
4. Jada Pinkett-Smith Almost Played Storm
5. Everyone Thought Storm's White Hair Would Look Silly
Cockrum wanted to put the white hair on Storm, but everybody said that she'd "wind up looking like somebody's grandmother." He said, "Trust me" and insisted that the artwork would keep everyone from seeing her as an old woman. He was right.
6. The Mohawk is a "Bad Joke"Marvel Spotlight: Uncanny X-Men 500 Issues Celebration, Smith said it was "a bad joke gone too far ... I knew that they were going to cut the hair, so as a joke I put a Mr. T mohawk on her ... [editor] Louise Simonson said 'We're gonna get hung [sic] no matter what we do, so let's commit the crime!' So we went with the Mohawk ... But once you get into the whole leather and stud thing it was a bad joke that got way out of hand."
7. Storm's Wedding Dress Was "Shocking" to the Designer
When Storm married T'Challa (aka Black Panther) her dress was designed by Shawn Dudley, the Emmy-Award Winning Costume Designer for TV's Guiding Light. He told TV Guide "I was a little shocked when I first saw the 'comic book' version of our dress because I'm a control freak," said Dudley. "I had to really wrap my head around the 'updates' and changes to our original rendering. But it was all good and I really thought the evolution from original research to our classic rendering than on to the final version was a cool process."
8. Storm is One of the Most Powerful Superheroes in the Marvel Universe
In the Marvel Universe there are different classes of mutants based on their power level. The most powerful level is "Omega Level" which means they have almost unforeseeable limits to their power. Storm is a special category in that she has "Omega Level Potential." In Black Panther #21 and Origin of Marvel Comics: X-Men #1 she was classified as an Omega-Level or an Omega Level Potential mutant.
9. Storm's Name Means "Beautiful"
The name Ororo Monroe was made up by creators Dave Cockrum and Len Wein. But, in X-Men #133, Ororo says that her name means "beauty" in English. And she is beautiful. In fact, Storm was ranked 30th in Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Women in Comics." Coincidentally, she's from Kenya and, in Swahili, Ororo actually means "soft" or "delicate".
10. Storm Didn't Fly Because Berry Was Pregnant
|X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) - Storm (Halle Berry)|
In all Halle Berry's appearances in the X-Men movies she's done impressive stunts like flying, except in X-Men: Days of Future Past. This because actress Halle Berry was pregnant and didn't want to take a chance of harming herself or her baby. She told the BBC, "Storm probably won’t be as bad**s as she was going to be because we won’t be able to do any fighting or flying or things like that. She’ll be different than we originally planned her to be but I still think she’ll be an integral part of this new X-Men movie."
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