10 Comic Book Characters Who REPLACED Heroes (And Failed)

Replacing all the superheroes you know and love.

Marvel Comics

What happens when a superhero wants to retire, becomes injured, or (god forbid) dies? Sometimes the hero's mantle is hung up for good, but in most cases there seems to be the blasé attitude of: why let a good thing go? Why not just get someone else to fill in? If done right, the result of this can be a long line of successors who are much loved both in-universe, and by readers.

The second Ant-Man was beloved enough to be the version of the character used when he was brought into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Similarly, the second Flash, Barry Allen, became equally adored by fans, and lasted far longer than his predecessor.

However, for every loved version of an older hero who has successfully passed on their mantle, there have been countless short-lived or failed replacement heroes.

Sometimes this is because a villain has tried to secretly take the place of a hero. Sometimes, it's because the replacement is untrained, or prone to violence.

But often it's because (try as they might) it's hard to live up to the values and legacy of an established hero.


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