9 Marvel Super Heroes Who Don’t Need Sight
As Scarlet Witch loses her sight in 'Avengers: No Road Home', catch a list of heroes who excel without it!
The Scarlet Witch isn’t the first hero to lose her sight, and she won’t be the last to overcome it!
Within the pages of AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME, a makeshift team is all that stands between the universe and an eternity of darkness. Nyx, the Queen of Night, has laid waste to Olympus, slaughtered the gods, and stolen the sight of Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch. As seen in this week’s AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #7, Wanda isn’t letting her lack of sight stop her from being a hero. She’s joined forces with Conan the Barbarian to keep Nyx from reclaiming the power she so desperately desires...
In the Marvel Universe, Wanda isn’t the first hero to overcome losing their sight, so Marvel.com is taking a look back at nine other heroes who don’t need the sense at all!
As Dagger, Tandy Bowen is one half of the duo known as Cloak and Dagger. For years, the young heroes’ powers and abilities complimented each other in their fight against evil. But in CLOAK AND DAGGER #1, Dagger lost her sight during an encounter with the Predator, the evil that lives within Cloak’s darkness. Shortly thereafter, Cloak was lost and thought to be dead, leaving Tandy alone to rebuild her life and adjust to being blind.
Tandy learned how to function in her daily routine before circumstances forced her to be a hero again in CLOAK AND DAGGER #8. Her sight was restored shortly thereafter, but it was a very memorable chapter in her life.
Anyone who has ever seen Gambit in action could reasonably guess that his athleticism is a part of his mutation. Remy LeBeau has honed his body with years of practice and training, but nothing prepared Remy for the loss of his sight in X-MEN # 158.
Gambit came very close to giving into despair when that happened. However, in ROGUE #4, Gambit managed to track down Rogue in Mississippi after making his way from New York without the aid of his fellow X-Men. While Gambit’s temporary disability caused tension with Rogue, it wasn’t enough to keep them apart.
Alison Blaire’s eyes are naturally immune to the light shows she puts on as Dazzler. But during FALL OF THE MUTANTS, Alison was blinded by Spiral in UNCANNY X-MEN #226. Spiral fused a gold mask to Alison’s face with magic, and the six-armed sorceress wasn’t able to undo it.
Regardless, Alison stood by the X-Men and fought the Adversary even though she couldn’t see through the mask. More impressively, Alison did it even though she knew that the X-Men and anyone standing with them was fated to die in the final battle.
In the alternate timeline of X-MEN FOREVER, a Storm imposter murdered Wolverine and blinded Sabretooth. Although Sabretooth was Wolverine’s mortal enemy, he actually cared for the man that he claimed as a son.
Even bereft of his vision, Sabretooth was still a formidable fighter. In X-MEN FOREVER #4, Sabretooth formed an alliance with the X-Men to avenge Wolverine's death...and he stayed with the team after that. It took losing Logan and his sight to make Sabretooth discover the hero within.
Old Man Hawkeye
How was Clint Barton able to remain one of the best archers in the world even without his sight? With style, that’s how!
In WOLVERINE #66, Old Man Logan was reunited with Clint years after the villains slaughtered almost all of the heroes and seized control of the world. Clint convinced Logan to accompany him on a cross-country trek, but he didn’t tell him the real reason. Clint wanted to be a Super Hero again, and he thought he found a way to do it.
Later starring in the tale that illustrated the slow loss of his vision, OLD MAN HAWKEYE, Clint continued to be a hero despite all factors against him.
Once upon a time, Julia Carpenter was both Spider-Woman and an Avenger. But times change, and so did Julia.
In AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #637, Julia gave up her sight when she inherited the massive psionic powers of Madam Web. As the new Madam Web, Julia gained telepathic powers and a limited precognitive ability. Julia is more powerful than ever, even though she now prefers to remain behind-the-scenes since her transformation.
Unlike the other heroes on this list, Ruth Aldine was born without eyes. Her mutant power was the ability to see the future, and she used it alongside the X-Men.
More recently, Ruth was one of the few remaining mutants to survive the events of X-MEN DISASSEMBLED in UNCANNY X-MEN. Unfortunately, Ruth saw that mutants had no future, and she decided to end her life on her own terms in UNCANNY X-MEN #11. But Marvel’s mutants have been known to escape the grim reaper before. Someday, Blindfold may return again.
The planet Earth owes a great deal to Alicia Masters. During Galactus’ first visit in modern times, Alicia’s inherent goodness was enough to convince Silver Surfer to turn on his master and save the world. Even in her daily life, Alicia handles her lack of vision with profound grace and she’s a world class sculptor who uses her hands to see.
For even deeper cut into Marvel history, take a look back at SILVER SURFER #144. At the time, Alicia was Silver Surfer’s companion in space and they developed romantic feelings for each other. Along the way, Alicia was given an armored suit with nearly superhuman powers that let her “see” as she never had before. For that brief period of time, Alicia Masters was truly a Super Hero.
Any list of blind Marvel heroes would be remiss without the Devil of Hell's Kitchen!
Before he was the Man Without Fear, young Matt Murdock was blinded while saving an old man from being hit by a truck. Matt lost his sight, but he gained his incredible radar senses that allowed him to see in a wholly unique way. As Daredevil, Matt has lived up to his fearless reputation, and his disability has never slowed him down. It’s a part of who he is, but Matt refuses to let it define him or Daredevil.
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