Marvel is quite happy going with its characters. The MCU characters don’t usually take a dark turn unless it becomes really crucial. And even then, that darker turn doesn’t really go into full-on The Boys mode or even Zack Snyder’s DCEU mode. But maybe the MCU should take this dark turn more often than they do. They did it with Bucky by introducing his darker alter ego, The Winter Soldier. The narrative involving The Winter Soldier worked out perfectly as it is what led to Captain America: Civil War and the loss of the Avengers in Infinity War. So just like Bucky, we’d love it if characters with darker side personas were to arrive in the MCU. Here are the dark alter egos of Marvel characters that could make the MCU better:
Captain Marvel – Warbird
Carol Danvers has already become one of the strongest heroes of the MCU. She is insanely powerful, which is why Marvel might have to take a different route with her in the future. In the comics, she was once depowered. This was the time when she took the moniker of Warbird. Because her abilities weren’t the same anymore, she started to feel depressed and even doubted herself time after time. This depression transcended into a drinking problem. It turned her so erratic that she almost became responsible for the demise of Avengers. Fortunately for everyone, she was able to pull herself together after this incident and turn to her heroic ways.
We’d like it if something like this were to be the story of Captain Marvel 3, if not the upcoming sequel. After enjoying her powers for a long time, she will start to feel desperate without them. She’ll have to fight her inner demons and overcome her self-doubt. This might sound similar to Bro Thor’s recent arc. But it could be different if the MCU gives Captain Marvel somewhat of a darker turn.
Even with their 7 X-Men movies, Fox failed to introduce some of the deadliest X-Men villains. One of them is the Onslaught, who is a personification of the dark elements of both Professor X and Magneto’s psyches. There was a time when Magneto’s actions made Charles snap! He used his telepathic powers to shut down Magneto’s mind. During the psionic contact, Magneto’s anger, grief, and lust entered Professor Xavier’s consciousness and mingled with his own traumas. This is how he became Onslaught. He is the darkest version of Professor X, and he’d be a great villain for the X-Men or even the entire MCU. So, we hope that Marvel will bring this dark entity into play after they introduce Charles Xavier and Magneto.
For those who aren’t aware, Sentry is a rather new hero, who joined Marvel comics only in the 2000s. His name is Robert Reynolds and he is Marvel’s answer to Superman. But what makes him interesting is that his villain who is known as the Void, is actually a part of Sentry himself. The Void made people forget about The Sentry’s existence. He even made Robert Reynolds forget about his past as a Superhero. So, this is how the darkness of the Void could bring Sentry into the MCU and retcon a few events.
The arrival of Hydra Captain America stirred up a lot of controversy in 2016. Well, we cannot have the same version of Hydra Captain America in the MCU, since Steve Rogers is out of the picture. But we do have the US Agent in the MCU after The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. So maybe he could be a darker version of Captain America that is working for Hydra. After all, Val did pose as Madame Hydra for a while. So maybe she’d turn out to be the real Madame Hydra of the MCU, turning US Agent into Captain Hydra.
In the House of M storyline, Wanda completely lost control over her reality-altering powers. It is known that her children, Tommy and William were actually shards of Mephisto’s soul. So, he took them away from her. She couldn’t sustain this loss and merged with a demon in an attempt to bring them back to life. This demonic presence in her led her down to a darker path. She killed Hawkeye and Ant-Man. Then she destroyed the Avengers and Vision. Ultimately, she altered the Marvel reality by uttering the words…. “No More Mutants.” Over 90% of the mutant population was decimated after that.
This kind of a dark turn has been teased with WandaVision’s ending. Since she is such a major character now, it is highly likely that the Scarlet Witch will turn into the antagonist of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. And, Doctor Strange will have to beat the Scarlet Witch in order to establish himself as the Sorcerer Supreme.
Yes, we know that Fox has screwed over the Dark Phoenix storyline twice. But it’s fair to say that those two films weren’t being handled by Kevin Feige. He could bring a great twist to the storyline in about 7-10 years down the line. The Dark Phoenix saga didn’t work for Fox’s X-Men, but it could surely work for the MCU. With more characters in play, and much more at stake, Feige could handle Jean Grey’s darker version in a much better way. It would be interesting to see the Phoenix Force go up against the powerhouses such as Captain Marvel, Thor, or even the Scarlet Witch. Just like Thanos was the final villain of the Infinity Saga, the Dark Phoenix could be the villain of MCU’s next big storyline.
Which of these darker alter-egos of Marvel characters would you like to witness in the MCU? Tell us in the comments.