Superheroes often carry tragic life stories and Marvel superheroes are no different. In fact, almost each of the superheroes in Marvel Universe has at least one tragedy attached with him/her and it is these tragedies that make them more human and relatable despite them being so much removed from reality.
Steve Rogers, for instance, is representing an old-fashioned heroism in a time when everyone else is hugely more powerful than him but he is still fighting. Everyone he knew once is long dead. He couldn’t be with Peggy Carter and watched her die and now lives a lonely life. Nevertheless, he always puts up a calm countenance. The stories of Bucky, Nebula and many more are also equally tragic and we are not sure whose life has been the most miserable.
Here are 3 Marvel superheroes that at a cursory look might appear cheerful, but deep inside, they are perhaps the most broken souls ever.
1. Thor Odinson
Thor returning to earth with the weapon that could kill Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War was easily one of the best moments of the movie and despite having all the six infinity stones, he came so very close in killing the Titan. Thor is possibly the strongest of the Avengers and this often makes the viewers forget that despite his charisma and superiority, his life has been a tragedy throughout.
Thor witnessed his mother being killed by an elf while she was trying to protect his love interest Jane, who would eventually leave him for no particular reason. He saw his brother Loki killing his father Odin, though indirectly and then his overambitious sister Hela destroying his beloved home Asgard. He lost his hammer, his eye and saw his people being massacred. But he fought hard to save the few people who survived, and in the process had to sadly destroy Asgard completely.
He might have thought it was finally over when he was in the spaceship with the remaining Asgardians heading towards earth, but they were attacked by Thanos and the Black Order. He was overpowered, his remaining people were killed and he had to haplessly see before his very eyes his best friend Heimdall being stabbed to death and his brother being choked. He is now homeless, without a family, without Jane and yet he is out there to save the universe, suffering silently.
2. Peter Quill/Star-Lord
Star-Lord might be one of the most hated Marvel superheroes after the Avengers: Infinity War movie because of his supposed blunder when he lost his cool and caused Thanos to break free from the clutch of the other superheroes on Titan, but if his life is closely studied, his frustration after receiving the news of Gamora’s death can clearly be understood.
As a child, he saw his mother died suffering from cancer, and soon after that, he was taken off from Earth by a spaceship to another galaxy and never got to see his home planet again. The only thing that remained with him that reminded him of Earth and his mother was a set of headphones. He would eventually fall in love with Gamora and share his music with him. Gamora wasn’t easy to be loved, but he tried hard and invested much in the relationship.
He eventually met his father one day who had had powers like a god, and he learned that he was so very powerful that he was building an entire planet himself and finally he was having a father in his life. But then his father revealed that it was indeed he who had planted the tumor inside Peter’s mother which caused her death. A frustrating life and everything that he suffered broke finally and he fought against his own father and killed him.
He had no one but his friends and Gamora, but in Infinity War, Gamora was killed too and anyone who has emotions would have behaved, perhaps, in a similar manner as Peter Quill, yet he was blamed for the destruction of half of the universe, and sadly, to some extent, it is right to blame him.
3. Tony Stark/Iron Man
Tony Stark is perhaps the most complex and yet the most complete of Marvel heroes. Unlike other superheroes in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Tony started out selfishly when he would manufacture weapons for mass destruction for profit motive but eventually transformed himself into a savior to save the world, yet, he continued to blame himself for everything wrong that would happen. Though many a time his intentions were good, he ended up creating many problems instead.
Tony always had a bitter feeling for his father for not giving him enough time and for favoring Steve Rogers (Captain America) over his own son, but he had at least a mother- the mother with whom he was so much attached to but who was eventually killed by Buchanan Barnes (Bucky) and it was no one else but Steve who hid the fact from Tony.
Tony, despite being a billionaire and a genius, is lonely and it is Pepper Potts with whom he finds some company and whom he loves. He wants to retire from the job of saving the world and settle with her, but every time he needs to put on the armor and fight. He got dangerously close to death many a time while fighting the forces bent to destroy the world, but survived. He wanted to make the world a safer place by building an AI, but instead, it led to the birth of Ultron. He knows he is not flawless and he wanted to make Peter Parker a better savior than him. He was a fatherly figure to him.
In Titan, he fought with all his soul to defeat the mighty Thanos and became the only person after Thor, who is literally a god, to make Thanos bleed. He tried so hard and yet failed.
When half of the universe was disappearing and no one was feeling any pain, Peter, due to his spider-sense was the only person who felt the pain of the death and Tony just held him in his arm as he collapsed pleading to him to save him and that he wasn’t feeling very good. Tony just stared blankly at his suffering, blaming himself for the death of Spider-Man and there cannot be anymore a shattering feeling.