4 Dark MCU Fan Theories That Change How We See the Avengers


The Avengers have taken their place among entertainment’s most beloved and popular heroes. Their standing among pop culture icons was assured after their various movies made billions at the box office. Comic book fans were in awe of the team long before the MCU’s current incarnation. This impressive team dates back to 1963, when the company released Avengers #1.

Avid readers had a lot of time to pour over the characters’s backstories, side stories, and relevant Easter eggs. Sometimes those details have found their way into the film franchise, others may have appeared in the spin-off series, and even more didn’t make it beyond the comics’s pages.

No matter the medium, fans have come to some interesting conclusions about the Marvel heroes. Of the many MCU fan theories out there, these four are the darkest, and change how everyone sees the Avengers.

Captain America’s Mistake Led Him to Become a Villain

Captain America
is, by all accounts, a man dedicated to his country.

Steve Rogers
took the super soldier serum as part of the war effort in WWII, and his life was forever changed. That’s why questioning his loyalty might seem a bit strange to some fans.A dark and unpopular theory points to Rogers siding with the enemy known as Hydra. Various points in time are cited as clues, but most fall apart upon inspection. Nevertheless, the theory’s best evidence comes from one scene in

Avengers: Endgame

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Bizarro Captain America Working for Hydra

Rogers’ version of Captain America is pushed to the limit in

. The end of a tragic story, which started in

Avengers: Infinity War
, sees him traverse time itself to change Earth’s fate. In one key moment, the hero utilizes the mind stone to stop another version of himself. This earlier Captain America, from several years prior, is left in a stunned state. It would make him vulnerable to any form of torture or mind control.This dark theory supposes that Cap undergoes intense reprogramming after this, and sees him

declare allegiance to Hydra
. It’s not out of the realm of possibility, especially considering Marvel tried out

an earlier version of the theory
in their comic

Captain America: Steve Rogers


Hawkeye Spying on the Avengers

Jeremy Renner in Hawkeye

may not have the superpowers of most Avengers, but he’s proven himself time and time again. This master archer shows up as a loyal friend and colleague, something that got him in trouble during the events of

Captain America: Civil War
.Certain fans still have doubts about his loyalty and who Hawkeye, aka

Clint Barton
, is really working for. Some of the secrets he kept regarding his marriage and children make it easy for fans to distrust him. This hidden life may have come about for a variety of reasons — most likely to protect them.

Too Sharp an Eye on His Allies

According to those who believe the theory, the moments where Barton has lied to his fellow Avengers are red flags. Team members have close bonds, especially between certain pairings. Hawkeye has a special connection to Black Widow, for instance (something that was better explored in comics). Nevertheless, even she doesn’t know everything about her friend.Steve Rogers’ Captain America may not have as close a bond with him, but they’ve still experienced a good working relationship. That is oddly put to the test in

Avengers: Age of Ultron
as Cap catches Hawkeye on a call. The latter doesn’t reveal who he’s talking to nor the other people who might be in his contacts.The conversation has led some to believe that Barton is really working with a government entity whose purpose is

to spy on the Avengers
. Government interference is something the team has addressed on their own as well as together.It’s not out of the realm of possibility that someone would be planted to watch their activities. When it comes to likely spies though, Barton seems like an odd choice. Believing him to be a spy means seeing his actions through a very different prism that changes

everything he did during those films

Spider-Man Could Be Creating All Villains

Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in The Amazing Spiderman 2

Peter Parker
hasn’t lived the easiest of lives. The young hero may have superpowers, but he’s also experienced tremendous loss.

Be it MJ in certain offerings
or the legendary loss of Uncle Ben, there’s no denying pain has influenced his entire approach to being a superhero.

Spider-Man Doing More Bad Than Good

One theory doesn’t go easy on the friendly neighborhood

, blaming him for an entire universe of problems. According to the disturbing theory, Peter Parker’s existence is the problem. Instead of crediting what he has accomplished by saving people, it turns attention to the villains he’s enabled or created through various events.For example, Spider-Man’s interference with Doctor Octopus may have sent the genius on a destructive path. His ambitions were sidelined each time they fought, and blinded the man from more worthwhile pursuits. If that’s the case, Earth itself may have been robbed of advancements that could save even more lives.

Kang’s Trying to Save Earth From the Avengers

Kang stands alone in Ant-Man 3

Kang isn’t a new name in the Marvel Universe. This villain has been in comics since the ’60s, and became one of the most anticipated characters in the new Marvel cinematic phase. Viewers got their first glimpse of Kang on the Disney+ TV series Loki.

The series introduced He Who Remains — a powerful force that can control time itself. His pursuits created a sacred timeline that ensured everything would function in a certain way. It got even more complicated with the creation of a temporal loom which would see branches of timelines converge in one place.

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The series states that he removes branches of timelines and variants to keep the sacred timeline in order. He Who Remains would be murdered by Loki variant Sylvie, but not before his prediction that she would see him again. His temporal influence almost instantly reached into every portion of the universe.

Trying to Stop the Avengers Might Be a Good Thing

Kang variants are abundant throughout various universes. They all see purpose in their pursuits, even if the intentions are not exactly honorable. A theory states that their pursuit of the Avengers, both as He Who Remains and Kang, proves that the team goes against what constitutes the best and safest timeline.

It’s hard to elaborate on why they might be considered a problem, but some of the most repeated ideas point to their constant destruction and the number of lives lost. Of course, the theory would guess that any destruction or death was not meant to happen on the timeline. Kang could also be vindictive in that they would have changed events that he needed to stay a certain way as he conquered enemies.

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