Avengers: Instinct / Strength
Born and raised in Harlem as Carl Lucas, Cage wasn’t always the hero that he would become later in life. As a young member of a street gang, he was surrounded by violence and dreamed of becoming a top racketeer in the city. Despite his misdeeds and connections to crime, Carl maintained a polite disposition—especially in the presence of his beloved grandmother. Instead of expressing his shock or anger with language strictly forbidden by his grandma, he took to phrases like “Sweet Christmas!” which would eventually become his trademark slogan.