The Defenders Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
Our featured famous Defenders dog is a mixed breed rescue that was adopted by a member of the team in the flesh! Okay, we're exaggerating a bit. Mikey Mohawk may sound like the name of a character from a comic book but it actually belongs to Krysten Ritter's beloved canine compadre. Over the years, Mikey has become so popular that he has gained a massive fan following on Instagram and has a number of websites devoted to him. No one's really sure what breeds were mixed together to create Mikey but one thing becomes abundantly clear just by looking at the dog - the fact that he's got a natural Mohawk.
According to Krysten Ritter, Mikey first came into her life when she adopted him from an animal rescue center. Details are somewhat scarce concerning the specifics of their meeting, but Ritter has stated before that the dog was very much so in need of a loving home. Ritter adopted Mikey and the two quickly formed a tight bond; Mikey would often accompany Ritter at all times - even coming with her to the set of both the Defenders and Jessica Jones. Some fans who've had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Ritter in person have also met Mikey by proxy. Unfortunately, Mikey passed away last year. Fans of Krysten Ritter and the Netflix Marvel Universe were quick to offer their condolences and support. Though Mikey isn't physically around anymore, his legacy lives on via his internet presence and the impact he's made on his fans.
Cosmo the Spacedog is another canine character that has close ties to the Defenders. If you're not able to tell who Cosmo is by name, maybe this will help: Cosmo is that adorable dog that had a stare down with Rocket Raccoon in the first Guardians of the Galaxy film. He also showed up again at the end of the movie to lick the Collector's face in the after credits. It's also probably worth mentioning that Cosmo made a cameo appearance in the second Guardians of The Galaxy movie as well - during the ending credits roll no less.
Though Cosmo has only made small appearances in the MCU thus far, his significance in the comics can't be understated. Cosmo has personally protected the city of Knowhere from all kinds of threats and has aided the Defenders on numerous occasions, usually alongside his fellow Guardians of the Galaxy. For anyone wondering, Cosmo is a sort of Labrador Retriever mix. What else is he mixed with? The world may never know. We suppose it adds to this superpowered dog's mystique.
The Defenders Inspired Dog Name Considerations
In terms of sheer diversity, the Defenders have long stood as one of the most varied groups of superheroes in the Marvel Universe. The team's original line up (consisting of Doctor Strange, Namor the Submariner, and the Incredible Hulk) may have been small, but each member represented vastly different walks of life. The next wave of Defenders from the 1970's further expanded on this notion - featuring characters like the Silver Surfer and Valkyrie. As a result, the Defenders consist of heroes for every occasion and every persuasion. The original teams did tend to face off against more exotic threats however, leading newer versions of the team to handle more acute issues.If you like stories that deal with more grounded subject matter, you're sure to love the newer stories that the Defenders have been wrapped up in. The modern version of the Defenders is a street-level group of heroes, meaning that they typically deal with more common threats than most of their contemporaries; many of the modern team's foes are crime kingpins, drug dealers, contract killers, and predators. Indeed, many members and associates of the team double as civil servants when they aren't fighting crime physically; Daredevil is a renowned lawyer while Claire Temple is a prestigious doctor. Other folks like Misty Knight have also worked for the NYPD before joining or assisting the Defenders. Consider those team members as name possibilities for your new addition. You can also look at Sorcerer, Jade, and Daredevil, among others, as the ideal Defenders inspired dog tags.