Superheroes embody the best of humanity, but what happens when they lose their way and embrace their darker side? Throughout the multiverse, there are twisted versions of our favorite heroes that show us just how far they can fall. Here are the top five darkest versions of your favorite superheroes that will make you question everything you thought you knew about them.
5. Ultimate Giant-Man: A Tragic Descent into Darkness
Hank Pym, aka Ant-Man, has always been a flawed hero. In the mainstream universe, he’s responsible for creating Ultron, attacking the Avengers, and even committing domestic violence against his wife, The Wasp. However, the Ultimate Universe’s Hank Pym takes these flaws to a whole new level. His violent tendencies escalate, culminating in a brutal attack on The Wasp that lands her in the hospital. Ultimate Hank Pym is a tragic example of a man who can’t overcome his inner demons, no matter how hard he tries.
4. Pappy Banner: The Hulk’s Twisted Alter Ego
The Hulk is often seen as a monster, but his alternate version in the Old Man Logan storyline takes this to the extreme. Pappy Banner rules over a post-apocalyptic California, fathering a gang of inbred, cannibalistic Hulks through his relationship with his cousin, She-Hulk. This twisted version of the Hulk is a far cry from the misunderstood hero we know and love, showing us just how dark the character can become.
3. Owlman: Batman’s Nihilistic Nightmare
Batman’s sanity has always been questionable, but his evil counterpart, Owlman, takes this to terrifying new heights. Thomas Wayne Jr., the older brother of Bruce Wayne, orchestrates the murder of his parents and younger brother to inherit their wealth. He then becomes a ruthless crime lord, ruling over Gotham City with an iron fist. In the animated film Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Owlman’s nihilistic worldview leads him to attempt the destruction of all reality. A Batman without a moral compass is truly a terrifying prospect.
2. The Maker: Ultimate Reed Richards’ Fall from Grace
Reed Richards, aka Mister Fantastic, is known for his incredible intelligence, but his Ultimate Universe counterpart takes this arrogance to a dangerous extreme. After a series of personal tragedies, Ultimate Reed Richards turns to villainy, orchestrating the deaths of his parents and launching an invasion of the mainstream Marvel Universe. His twisted motivations reveal the dark potential lurking within even the most brilliant minds.
1. Injustice Superman: The Tyrant of Steel
Superman is the quintessential superhero, but the Injustice storyline shows us what happens when he becomes a tyrannical dictator. After a devastating tragedy, Superman abandons his principles and uses his godlike power to oppress the people of Earth. He becomes violent, controlling, and even commits murder, making him almost unrecognizable as the hero we once knew. Will Injustice Superman ever find redemption? Only time will tell.
These dark versions of our favorite superheroes serve as a chilling reminder that even the greatest heroes can fall from grace. They challenge our perceptions of these iconic characters and force us to confront the darker aspects of their personalities. So, the next time you think your favorite hero is incorruptible, remember these twisted counterparts and think again.