You know the sign of a massively successful franchise when people start naming their children after its major characters.
Marvel is no doubt a phenomenon, and now new parents in the US are inevitably showing their love for the superheroes with baby-sized nods (and inevitable school teasing).
While no-one's calling their baby Hulk – that would be stretching it a bit – the US Social Security Administration's list of 2017's most popular baby names include some ace Marvel nods.
Top among them was Parker – named after Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man – with 1,487 females and 4,346 males given the name last year.
Also popular was Wade, with 899 males named after Deadpool, while the likes of Loki (5 females, 91 males) and Valkyrie (63 females) also proved big hitters.
However, some parents decided to just call their baby Marvel, because why the hell not, eh?
Here's the top list:
- Parker: 1,487 females, 4,346 males
- Wade: 899 males
- Natasha: 355 females
- Pepper: 121 females, 7 males
- Loki: 5 females, 91 males
- Valkyrie: 63 females
- Marvel: 21 females, 29 males
- Banner: 39 males
- Rocket: 9 females, 28 males
- Quill: 5 females, 15 males
- Hawkeye: 6 males
The studio has come under fire from advocacy organisation GLAAD for their lack of representation of LGBTQ+ characters, citing the likes of Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as examples.
Deadpool 2 is out now in the UK and the US. Book tickets here.
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