Marvel-ous! Issue #19: 10 Marvel Villains-Turned-Heroes!

Hello True Believers!

I thought we would kick off this new stage of our existence with a top 10 list! We haven't done one of these in a while, so I decided to reacquaint myself with it all with a list where ranking doesn't matter. These entries are not ranked in any particular order, but rather are just an example of ten different superheroes that we used to know as villains.

Without further ado, lets get started!

10. Hawkeye

Clint Barton had a rough childhood. His brother and he were orphaned after their parents both perished in a car accident when they were young. This lead them to spend many years in orphanages and foster homes. Eventually, they ran off to join a circus where Clint learned the skill of archery. He would leave the circus, and join forces with Black Widow on an attempt to steal technology from Tony Stark, and the endeavor resulted in the grave injury of Black Widow, which lead to her abandoning Hawkeye. The archer would soon after vow to a life of heroism, and join the Avengers.

9. Black Widow

Natasha Rominova, the most well known of the many ladies that have taken the persona of "Black Widow", was originally a Soviet spy, trained by the KGB, and trained to be a killing machine. One of the first missions of her's that we are shown is her attempt to steal information and technology from Iron Man. She does battle with the Avengers for a time, before being broken of her Soviet brainwashing, and agreeing to join the superhero team.

8. Sam Wilson (Falcon/Captain America)

Sam grew up in a tough neighbourhood in Harlem. Both his parents were murdered when he was just a boy, and his grief and anger led him to joining the local mob as an enforcer. He was later stranded on an island with Captain America and Red Skull, and has recruited by the former to defeat the crimson Nazi, and permanently turned over a new leaf to heroism. This turn around has even resulted in Wilson becoming Captain America in Steve Rodgers' retirement.

7. Emma Frost

Emma Frost grew up with an abusive father, and spent much of her young life hiding her mutant abilities. Several experiences with humans including a kidnapping, abuse, and relationships lead Frost to believing that humans were below mutants, causing her to join the Hellfire Club. Frost would eventually change her ways and help to create a school for mutants with Cyclops.

6. Scarlet Witch

Wanda Maximoff was born to Magneto and quickly recruited along side her twin brother, Quicksilver, to the Brotherhood of Mutants. The fought against the X-Men as part of the evil team for a time, until they were reformed and brought on by the Avengers as part of their second main lineup. She went on to marry the Vision, and become a major part of the Avengers going forward to today.

5. Prowler

Hobie Brown was an inventor and window cleaner who invented a supersuit to help him do his work. After he lost his cleaning job, Brown turned to a life of crime. While he did this, he never wished to harm others, and was easily reformed by Spider-Man to become a hero. Prowler now works for Parker Industries, acting as a substitute Spider-Man when Peter Parker is busy, or needed to be seen in the same place as the webslinger.

4. Spider-Woman

Jessica Drew was originally trained to be a agent of Hydra, and was even sent on a mission to assassinate Nick Fury. However, she refused to carry out the mission, and was then recruited by SHIELD as an agent. She would eventually become a member of the Avengers, and work alongside many different heroes, including Spider-Man.

3. Gambit

Gambit was trained to be the leader of the Thieves Guild, however after a series of events, he was forced to leave. Gambit then found himself part of a mutant group called the Marauders, which was founded by Mr. Sinister. As a member of this team, he helped to pave the way for the events of the Mutant Massacre, which would lead to the brutal murder of the Morlocks. Gambit immediately saw the error in his ways, and eventually became a prominent member of the X-Men.

2. Echo

Echo was an enforcer for the Kingpin, and was even used in a plot to kill Daredevil, after Kingpin told her that he was responsible for the death of her father. When she found the truth, the lashed out at the Kingpin, attacking and temporarily blinding him. She then left on her own to take part in a vision quest, and has been a hero since. She has been a member of the New Avengers, and recently teamed up with Moon Knight.

1. The Black Knight

The Black Knight has been a persona taken on by many of the members of the Whitman family, many of which have been evil. His weapon, the Ebony Blade, leads him to insanity and rage, and has often caused him to act on its villainous desires. Despite this, he has been a long time member of the Avengers, the Defenders, as well as the leader of Euroforce.

So what do you think? Who is your favorite reformed villain in the Marvel universe? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,