Marvel recently announced that two of their most popular superheroes, Captain America and Thor, would be getting a complete overhaul in the comics. First off, Steve Rogers will retire and the Captain America title will be taken over by Sam Wilson. This is nothing compared to how big of a change Thor is getting. Thor is getting a complete gender switch in the near future. It's currently unclear if this woman Thor is the current Thor who somehow becomes a woman, or if this is someone else whose name also happens to be Thor.
But as weird as this news is, it isn't the weirdest. Marvel has been drastically changing their characters for years. Here are 4 examples of times Marvel has changed one of their heroes tremendously!
1. Parker out, Morales in!!
Back in the year 2000, Marvel was booming. They had so many ideas, that they had to create a whole new universe to put them in. Thus, the Ultimate Universe was born. Hundreds upon hundreds of heroes were "re-imagined" in incredible ways. This new universe also allowed Marvel to change the origins and statistics of their characters without angering mainstream fans. The biggest change occurred in "Ultimate Spider-Man", which saw Peter Parker take a fatal bullet for Captain America. Peter was replaced as Spidey by Miles Morales, a Half-Black, Half Hispanic teen who too got a nasty bite from a radioactive spider (What a coincidence!) Miles is still "Ultimate Spider-Man" now. I for one hope that we get to see him on the big screen one day.
2. New Nick Fury!!
Way before Samuel L. Jackson donned the iconic eyepatch, there was still Nick Fury. The original Nick Fury was Caucasian and shared more traits with the action heroes of the 70's and 80's played by the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. The change for Nick Fury came a little before the MCU movies, in the Ultimate Universe (surprise, surprise.) Sam Jackson was actually a model and inspiration for the new Nick, and was chosen to play Fury in 2008's Iron Man (and beyond). The mainstream Marvel comics decided to add a new version of Nick Fury as well, but this one was Nick's son known as Nick Fury Jr.
3. Beast Gets A Beast Make-Over!!
The members of the X-Men have gone through a lot of drastic changes, through both origin stories and appearances. But one make-over in the X-Men universe that is always over-looked, is Beasts. Beast started off looking like a sort of caveman. But later on after the 60's, he changed stupendously, looking more like a mix between Nightcrawler and Wolverine (with about 50% Hulk physique). The change was explained as failed attempt to reverse the effects that made him so...beastly. It was referenced in 2011's X-Men: First Class.
4. Loki? Is that you?!
Out of all the character make-overs on this list, Loki is the weirdest, and technically counts as two. The first time Loki changed form is when he died during Ragnarok, as an Asgardian battle. Loki is reborn as a mischievous woman and continued to wreak havoc on the Marvel Universe, even disguising himself(herself?) as Scarlet Witch and tricked the Avengers into helping her throw Norman Osborn off balance. Later on, Loki uses the Mystical Norn Stones to power boost the Avengers in their fight against the Void. The Void realizes what Loki is doing and kills him. Loki was once again reborn, this time in the form of a young child. Who knows, maybe the MCU will incorporate Loki's ability to cheat death. This would mean we'd never have to say goodbye to the lovable trickster. But, it does mean we'd have to eventually say goodbye to Tom Hiddleston playing the character.