In the Marvel Universe, many heroes have fallen into despair, rage or even madness and once-proud heroes descend further onto the path of evil.
Marvel Studios always tries to give their fans something different by keeping the Superheroes walk on thin ice between good and evil. There are many Marvel heroes who turned to Villains, this is something you can’t see coming and this is what makes Marvel iconic. Many heroes have fallen into despair, rage or even madness and once-proud heroes descend further onto the path of evil. They often are fighting against people they once protected.
The Heroes do not get turned to Villains on their own, it could be bad influence, blackmailed or brainwashed. However, some heroes turn for more greedy reasons. We can say that Marvel has turned their heroes to villains just to add some drama in the story. They have been doing this since a long time: heroes have become villains, and villains have become heroes.
These are Marvel Heroes Turned Villains
Hank Pym is one of the oldest members of Avengers and one of the greatest heroes during the golden age of Marvel Comics. He has featured in Marvel-endorsed products such as animated films as superhero Ant-Man. During the early times in his career, Hank made Pym Particles that allowed him to change his size. He adopted some other aliases like Giant-Man and Yellowjacket. He was a brilliant superhero.
Over some odd years, some strange things happened to Hank in the comic book. His heroism is dramatically overshadow by screw-ups, breakdowns, and bursts of theatricality that turned the Marvel hero into a villain. In the comic Avengers #213, Hank fights against a defeated villain and openly scheming to secretly attack the Avengers with a robot only he could defeat. In recent years, Hank merges with robot Ultron which makes him a new being. This new Ultron/Pym proved to be more villain than hero, with Ultron taking control over the two bodies.
Winter Soldier aka Bucky Barnes was the only soldier closer to Captain America during WWII. They both soldiers went on many dangerous missions together to defeat the Nazis. During the last mission together, Bucky was declared dead but was known to be alive.
Soviets captured him and reprogrammed him as a Soviet assassin. Bucky there turns from hero to villain and we know him as the Winter Soldier. The Winter Soldier is skilling in nearly all forms of hand-to-hand combat with all kinds of firearms and bombs. He then became one of Captain America’s and the Avengers greatest enemies.
The Maker aka Ultimate Reed Richards is the Ultimate Marvel’s version of Mister Fantastic. One of the greatest Marvel heroes who turned into villains, his Ultimate universe counterpart is not so benevolent. In the Secret Wars, the entire Ultimate universe had been destroyed. Few of characters survived and one of them was Ultimate Reed Richards.
Unlike most of his counterparts from different universes, The Ultimate Reed Richards makes a deal with an alien empire to attack and conquer the Earth in order to improve what he sees as a flawed species. He has his entire family killed so that he can fake his death and avoid suspicion. Later he leads society of superhuman called the Children of Tomorrow. He also replaces Magneto as the main villain of the Ultimate Marvel series and for the Ultimates.
Scarlet Witch is one of the powerful characters of Marvel Comics who was first seen in The X-Men and then in Avengers. She has a mutant witch power to manipulate probability. However, even she is not always fully in control of the outcome of her powers. She first joined Charles Xavier’s X-Men and later The Avengers. She was the hero of the Marvel comic, but notable switch came later when the powerful mutant went mad.
In the comic book of Avengers: Disassembled, Scarlet Witch uses her incredible reality-altering powers to kill many Avengers and essentially break up the team. Although the combined efforts of Marvel greatest heroes were able to undo some of the damage she had done. Nevertheless, Scarlet Witch’s actions put her the in the category of the Marvel heroes turned Villains.
Jean Grey is one of the greatest Marvel heroes who turns into a villains. She is also known as Dark Phoenix. She is the part of the X-Men franchise. Jean is call by the name Dark Phoenix after she becomes corrupt by the Hellfire Club. She turned into a vastly powerful supervillain who proceeded to cause chaos across the universe. The force slowly began corrupting her and she started murdering the innocents.
She is eventually defeated in a battle that supposedly claimed her life, although she was later revealed alive. In the comic books, the Dark-Phoenix is simply Jean Grey going bad rather than a separate/merged entity. Despite this noble action, there is a time where a cosmic entity brings her back to wreak havoc on everything.