For several decades following Marvel's inception, the levels of violence depicted in its comics were fairly tame. The Golden and Silver Ages of Marvel comics contained very little gore; it was mainly fisticuffs, with the occasional shocking demise peppered in to keep the stakes high for our heroes.
But "gore," or really, any high level of brutality now seen in Marvel's books, has only truly emerged in recent decades. While the books have always dealt with relatable issues that us non-superpowered folks face each day (Peter Parker fitting in at high school, Tony Stark's alcohol dependency, etc.), the physical aggression has steadily increased, sometimes to the point of being downright shocking.
In many cases, non-readers still perceive comic books as being nothing more than early-era novelties - the likes of Captain America throwing a haymaker at Hitler, or Spider-Man simply webbing up his foes. But that's not the case with the entries below. No, we're talking about characters getting eaten. Ripped in half. Berserker rampages that end with entire teams of people left in bloody heaps. Indeed, Marvel has shown it's not afraid to get its hands - and other body parts - bloody in the process of storytelling. These are some of the goriest moments in Marvel comics.
Wolverine Is Ripped In Half By The Hulk
To say Wolverine and the Hulk have a bit of a history is an understatement. The two go way back. So far, in fact, that Wolvie's first appearance was in none other than The Incredible Hulk #180, which saw the pair scrapping almost immediately.
Fast-forward about four decades and we find ourselves in the Ultimate universe in a six-issue miniseries written by Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof titled Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk. Here, much like in Wolverine's first appearance, the two are immediately at odds.
But Hulk takes care of that within the first few moments of the issue - by literally ripping Wolverine in half. It's one of the most shocking moments in not only Wolverine's already super-violent history but in Marvel's as well.16120Savage moment?
Wolverine's Adamantium Is Ripped From His Skeleton
Although there's very little blood shown in the actual image (aside from the typically dark "inky" blood used to keep things at least a little tame), the moment when Wolverine's skeleton had its adamantium violently ripped away and pulled through his pores by Magneto in X-Men: Fatal Attractions is nonetheless one of the most vicious moments in not just Marvel, but all of comic book history.
Then again, that was only the first half of it.15427Savage moment?
The Watcher Has His Eyes Gouged Out
Certainly, one of the standout moments from Jason Aaron's Original Sin run is the demise of Uatu, The Watcher, one of the Marvel Universe's grandest cosmic figures. What followed was an expansive investigation throughout various Marvel titles in order to find the person responsible.
While it's debatable whether or not Original Sin delivered on the hype, one thing was certain: the sight of Uatu, lying prone on the ground with his eyes gouged out, shocked readers with the amount of aggression inflicted upon such a quiet character.11210Savage moment?
Giant-Man Bites The Blob's Head Off
While it was certainly shocking to see Wasp go out on such a low note when the Blob chewed her up like a starved wolf tearing into the flesh of some unfortunate animal (seriously, The Blob??), one could only imagine the amount of - wait for it - avenging that the man responsible was in for. Surely, whoever found Fred Dukes was going to make him pay in ways that he could never imagine and -
Oh. Wait. Nevermind.
Giant-Man just showed up, and immediately chomped The Blob's head clean off.
While almost equally unceremonious, the grotesque (and, frankly, baffling) method of executing the Blob is nonetheless one of Marvel's most uniquely gory moments.12215Savage moment?