10 times Marvel heroes betrayed their own values
Marvel heroes are some of the most complicated heroes in all of comics. It was their claim to fame when they were first introduced and it has helped make them some of the most respected heroes in comics. While not as pure as many other heroes, they still have principles and values that they strive to uphold.
Over the years, things have gotten less black and white, forcing many heroes to compromise their values in order to save the day. Sometimes it’s by choice and other times it’s because of some outside influence, but it usually makes the storytelling interesting.
ten Spider-Man sacrificing marriage to save Aunt May was shirking responsibility
While the Marvel editorial claimed the retcon was a heroic act of sacrifice on the part of Spider-Man and Mary Jane, it’s actually anything but. The whole Spider-Man affair is about responsibility and instead of taking responsibility for the actions that led to May’s shooting, he tried to find another solution.
May was shot because Spider-Man revealed his secret identity on TV. Instead of taking responsibility for this action and letting things go as they should, he gave up on his marriage and let Mephisto literally change reality so he didn’t have to face the consequences of his actions.
9 The beast made a science of trampling on everything it was taught
The Beast was once the funny scientist of the X-Men, a mutant who looked like a monster but was a learned and sympathetic man. Something changed in the Beast as Cyclops and Wolverine fought. He joined the Illuminati, brought the original five X-Men from the past to the present, and basically started to act like a whole different person.
It kicked in when he was appointed head of X-Force in Krakoa. He turned an entire country into a Petri dish for his experiments, a move that came back to bite him, and did a lot of bad things in the name of protecting the mutant, many of which didn’t need to.
8 Professor X’s Mindwipe of Magneto was an act that had serious consequences
Professor X has always been a little free in the use of his mental capacities. He rocked the minds of people in so many ways, but he never completely erased anyone. It was a step he would eventually take after Magneto ripped the adamantium out of Wolverine’s skeleton. In retaliation, Professor X erased Magneto’s mind in order to end his threat and save lives.
Sadly, this led to the birth of Onslaught, as something inside Magneto took hold inside Professor X. Not only did Professor X betray his values, but the consequences of his actions took hold. almost destroyed the Marvel Universe.
7 Bucky was turned into a Winter Soldier by the Soviet Union
During WWII, Captain America was the Allies’ greatest hero, but he couldn’t have done without his partner Bucky. Cap and Bucky were an almost unstoppable pair and together they dealt blow after blow to the Nazi war machine. One fateful day, their luck and skills would run out as they struggled to stop a drone bomb launched in London.
Cap ended up freezing in ice and everyone thought Bucky was dead until he reappeared as the Winter Soldier. The Soviets found him and treated him to help him, turning him into a brainwashed assassin. It was only with Cap’s help that he was able to break free and become a hero again.
6 The Sentinel has gone from Golden Guardian Of Good to Norman Osborn’s Lapdog
The Sentry was one of the most powerful heroes on the planet and, at the start of his career, one of the greatest. The Golden Guardian of Good was friends with the Fantastic Four and the Avengers, knew the original X-Men, and his golden aura appeased the Hulk. After discovering that his nemesis Void was part of him, he volunteered to have his memory erased from the world.
His comeback years later would see him learn the circumstances of his origin and have another shot at being a superhero. When Norman Osborn took over the Avengers, the Sentinel remained with the team and was manipulated by Osborn, becoming more and more inhuman until he completely freed the Void and had to be brought down by the Avengers.
5 The Illuminati are responsible for countless deaths
The Illuminati has always been a bad idea, but things only got worse for the group over time. A secret regrouping of the greatest leaders of the Marvel Universe, including Mister Fantastic, Iron Man, Namor, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, and others, the team made many decisions that turned out to be pretty bad.
Their most destructive acts took place during the incursions, as they stopped at nothing to save their Earth at the cost of everyone else, committing genocide on a large scale. The death toll they caused is untold and even rivals Thanos’ body count.
4 Hawkeye ended up killing the Hulk
Second civil war by Brian Michael Bendis is considered one of the worst Marvel events of the 21st century, but it served as the start of a good story down the road. At one point, the assembled heroes faced off against Bruce Banner, who according to Ulysses’ predictive powers was going to kill Iron Man. He hadn’t been the Hulk for a long time but asked Hawkeye for help.
Unbeknownst to everyone, Banner had given a Hawkeye an arrow that could kill him years before and when Banner asked for help, Hawkeye shot him in the eye. The arrow worked but eventually Banner would return as the Immortal Hulk, a monster perhaps bigger than before.
3 Iron Man betrayed friends and worked with villains to win during the Civil War
Iron Man has long been one of Marvel’s shady heroes, but his actions in Civil war take the cake. Declaring himself to be pro-Inscription, Iron Man has proven that he will do anything to win. He betrayed his friends, nearly beating Cap to death at one point, and recruited villains to join the Thunderbolts and work with the heroes on his side.
Iron Man went completely fascist for Civil war, betray everything he represented to achieve his goals. His actions would further tarnish his already dirty reputation and cause a lot of very bad things.
2 Cyclops became more desperate as things for the mutants got worse, eventually falling under the power of the phoenix
The time after M-Day, when Scarlet Witch reduced the potency of the vast majority of the mutant race, was terrible for the X-Men and especially their leader Cyclops. Now the leader of an endangered species, Cyclops would slowly be brought to naught by his efforts to defend the mutants. With the coming of the Phoenix, he hatched a plan that was thwarted by the Avengers and ended up gaining power over the Phoenix.
As said in Avengers vs. X Men, power went to Cyclops and the rest of the heads of the Phoenix Five and ultimately Cyclops would be the last to have all of the power of the Phoenix at his disposal. After killing Professor X, he became Dark Phoenix, forcing the Avengers and the X-Men to team up to stop him.
1 The Cosmic Cube gave Captain America back his youth, but also made him a member of Hydra
Captain America is kept young by his Super-Soldier Serum, but he’s known to run out at times. One of those moments almost doomed the Marvel Universe. While he would regain his youth thanks to the young girl Kobik, a sentient cosmic cube, she was programmed by Red Skull to change Cap’s past and make him a member of Hydra.
This new Captain America aligned with Hyrda would implement a grand plan to give himself and Hydra the power. His plan would work and it would take the old Cape, still inside the Cosmic Cube, to stop the Hydra version of himself.
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