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Future Versions Of Your Favorite Superheroes That Are Really Disturbing

Updated 31 Oct 2019 37.2k votes 6.1k voters 370.0k views17 items

List RulesVote up the most nightmare-inducing spins on comic book heroes.

There's something inherently intriguing about weird alternate versions of superheroes. Fans of other entertainment genres may not understand the fascination that comic book fans have with alternate and depressing future versions of superheroes. TV shows and movies may offer brief flash forwards to increase tension and generate suspense, but rarely do they spend more than a moment in the future. Comic books, on the other hand, devote entire issues, story arcs, and major crossover events to dozens of possible futures and characterizations. The X-Men started the trend with their highly successful Days of Future Past arc, and since then nearly every major superhero has grabbed a piece of the prognostication pie.

Sometimes, these visions of the future and its heroes are pleasant and utopian. But more often, they’re the exact opposite of that. Most comic book futures run the gamut between dystopia and outright apocalypse. In fact, some of them literally feature a giant blue menace named Apocalypse raining terror down upon humanity with his Four Horseman. Yes, alternate futures are mostly meant to be foreboding and dreadful, but some take that extra step to become more disturbing than anything. Read on to discover what upsetting versions of superheroes populate the pages of comics, and cast your vote for the creepiest of all.

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