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Encyclopedia > What If (comics)
What If? Vol. 1, #1 (Feb. 1977). Cover art by George Perez & Joe Sinnott.

What If, sometimes rendered as What If...?, is the title of several comic book series published by Marvel Comics, exploring "the road not traveled" by its various characters. Events in the series are considered separate from mainstream continuity in the Marvel universe. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (400x621, 94 KB)Cover to What If #1, featuring Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (400x621, 94 KB)Cover to What If #1, featuring Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four. ... George Pérez (born June 9, 1954 in The Bronx, New York) is a Puerto Rican-American illustrator and writer of comic books. ... Joe Sinnott (born October 16, 1926, Saugerties, New York, United States) is an American comic book artist. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... This article is about the comic book company. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ...

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1977-1984 series

The stories in this initial, 47-issue series (Feb. 1977 - Oct. 1984) utilized the alien Uatu the Watcher as narrator. The observer of events transpiring on Earth from his base on the moon, Uatu, a member of an immortal race of Watchers, is also able to observe what transpires in alternate realities. The What If stories usually began with Uatu briefly recapping a notable event in the mainstream Marvel Universe. He then indicated a particular point of divergence in that event, and demonstrated what would have happened if events had taken a different course from then. The first What If story, entitled "What if Spider-Man Had Joined the Fantastic Four?," presented an alternate version of events seen in The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #1. In the fictional Marvel Comics universe, Uatu is the member of the extraterrestrial species known as the Watchers assigned to observe Earth and its solar system. ... The Narrator is the entity within a story that tells the story to the reader. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... This article is about Earths moon. ... In the fictional Marvel Comics universe, the Watchers are an extraterrestrial species of near-omnipotent immortal beings who watch the universe with advanced technology. ... Parallel universe or alternate reality in science fiction and fantasy is a self-contained separate reality coexisting with our own. ... In discussion of counterfactual history, a point of divergence (POD) is a historical event, with two possible postulated outcomes. ... Spider-Man swinging around his hometown, New York City. ... For other uses, see Fantastic Four (disambiguation). ... The Amazing Spider-Man is the title of a comic book published by Marvel Comics, a television program and a daily newspaper comic strip featuring the adventures of the superhero Spider-Man. ...


Some storylines involved individual characters choosing to take (or not to take) a particular action, when in "reality" they had made precisely the opposite decision. For example, a Captain America storyline published circa 1980 saw the hero being offered the opportunity to run for President of the United States as a third-party candidate. In the end, he declined the invitation. Nevertheless, issue #26 of What If ("What if Captain America became President?") showed him accepting the nomination, and ultimately winning the 1980 Presidential Election. Captain America is a fictional comic book superhero published by Marvel Comics. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ...


Due to their nature, stories presented in the What If format were allowed to "break the rules" of the characters' respective series that kept the status quo intact; major characters could be (and often were) killed off in the alternate realities, and many stories were based on the premise of a particular Marvel superhero, upon gaining/discovering his or her special abilities, choosing a life of crime instead. However, not all What If stories were quite so serious in nature. Issue #11, for instance, offered a tongue-in-cheek view of what might have happened if members of the original Marvel Bullpen — specifically, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Flo Steinberg, and Sol Brodsky — had been given the powers and abilities of the Fantastic Four. This article is about the English rock band. ... For the fictional character of this name, see Stan Lee (Judge Dredd character). ... Jack Kirby (born Jacob Kurtzberg, August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994) was one of the most influential, recognizable, and prolific artists in American comic books, and the co-creator of such enduring characters and popular culture icons as the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Hulk, Captain America, and hundreds... Flo Steinberg was one of the earliest publishers of independent comic books, with her underground / alternative hybrid Big Apple Comix in 1975. ... Sol Brodsky (born c. ...


The series occasionally ran a backup feature, "Untold Tales From the Marvel Universe," depicting the development of some of Marvel's superhuman races such as the Eternals and the Inhumans. The Eternals are a fictional race of superhumans in the Marvel Comics universe. ... The Inhumans are a fictional race of superhumans in the Marvel Comics Universe, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. ...


Following the cancellation of the series, Marvel published a one-shot What if? Special (June 1988) with the story "What if Iron Man Had Been a Traitor?" Ironically, Iron Man was revealed nearly eight years later to be a traitor in the mainstream Marvel Universe as well. Iron Man (Anthony Edward Tony Stark) is a fictional comic-book superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. ...


1989-2000 series

What If Vol. 2, #105 (Feb. 1998), the debut Spider-Girl. Cover art by Ron Frenz.
What If Vol. 2, #105 (Feb. 1998), the debut Spider-Girl. Cover art by Ron Frenz.

What If was revived for a 114-issue monthly series running July 1989 - Nov. 1998. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (484x745, 75 KB)Cover to What If (volume 2) #105, featuring Spider-Girl. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (484x745, 75 KB)Cover to What If (volume 2) #105, featuring Spider-Girl. ... Spider-Girl (May Mayday Parker) is a fictional character, a comic book superheroine active in an alternate future of the Marvel Comics universe. ... Ronald Wade Frenz is an American comic book artist born in Pittsburgh, Pa in 1960. ...


Originally the second series adopted the format of its predecessor, with Uatu serving as series narrator and providing the historical context. However, due to events in the Fantastic Four comic book in which Uatu was punished for destroying another Watcher, he was phased out. The stories themselves began to take center stage, with no need for a framing device; Uatu's last appearance in this role was in issue #76. The second What If series became notable for revisiting and revising ideas seen in earlier issues, often updating them for the times in the process. Additionally, stories could now span multiple issues (whereas before each "What If" had been self-contained), and sometimes multiple takes on the concept could be seen in the same issue, with at least one issue offering three possible endings to its story ("What If War Machine Had Not Destroyed the Living Laser?") and allowing the reader to decide for himself or herself which one "should" have happened. For other uses, see Fantastic Four (disambiguation). ... War Machine (Jim Rhodes) is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. ... The Living Laser (Arthur Parks) is a fictional character, a supervillain appearing in the Marvel Comics universe, and an enemy of the Avengers. ...


There was also a subtle crossover with the Acts of Vengeance storyline: in the pages of Quasar, the hero persued the Living Laser into the Watcher's lair on the moon, who then fled through Uatu's portal into other universes. The Laser had a brief appearance in that month's What If as a streak of light. (This storyline would later be followed up by one in which Uatu directs Quasar to track down the Living Laser through several What If universes, eventually ending up in the New Universe, where Quasar receives the Star Brand.) Category: Possible copyright violations ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Promotional Advertisement for The New Universe, Marvel Comics Group, circa 1986. ... The Star Brand is a fictional star-shaped tattoo-like mark that first appeared in the comic book series Star Brand, published by Marvel Comics under their New Universe imprint. ...


By issue #87 the by-then-well-known convention of stating the actual point of divergence in the issue's title was dropped. Instead, each issue's cover was made to more closely resemble an issue from the actual series being featured, with only a "What If..." logo denoting its "alternate universe" status.


In one of its last issues (#105), What If introduced the character of Spider-Girl. She proved popular enough to be spun off into her own series. Spider-Girl (May Mayday Parker) is a fictional character, a comic book superheroine active in an alternate future of the Marvel Comics universe. ...


2005 series

"What If" was revived again for six one-shot comics cover-dated February 2005. Although several followed the traditional style of narration by the Watcher, two titles written by Brian Michael BendisWhat if Karen Page Had Lived? and What If Jessica Jones Had Joined the Avengers? — replaced the Watcher as host with a representation of himself. Also, another story showed a conversation between a comic shop customer and worker, where the customer posed the question, "What if Aunt May had died instead of Uncle Ben?" Brian Michael Bendis (born August 18, 1967) is an American comic book writer and erstwhile artist. ... Karen Page is a fictional character in Marvel Comics Daredevil series. ... Jessica Campbell Jones is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe, created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos. ... May Parker redirects here. ... Benjamin Parker, often called Uncle Ben was a supporting character in the Marvel Universe’s Spider-Man stories. ...


A parody by Marvel, Wha...Huh?! was published August 2005.


2006 series

Another series of six one-shots was released cover-dated February 2006, but these more closely resembled their DC Comics equivalent, Elseworlds. While traditionally, What If...? posed a specific question and told a story based on a divergence from regular continuity via a different outcome of a specific event, Elseworlds are usually simply new continuities that tell stories which are alternate versions of established characters based around the different time period or location the story is set in (for example, Superman: Red Son, in which Superman was raised in the Soviet Union instead of the United States). DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Spoiler warning: Superman: Red Son is a comic book published by DC Comics unveiled under their Elseworlds imprint in April, 2003. ...


All but one of these new What If...? one-shots followed this approach, focusing on different time periods within the shared universe of Earth-717 which first diverged during the feudal Japan era with the emergence of a Daredevil hero known as The Devil Who Dares. The stories go through other historical eras and heroes, including Captain America battling "The White Skull" during the Civil War, Wolverine taking the role of The Punisher and fighting mobsters in 1920s Chicago, Sub-Mariner being raised by his father on the surface during World War II, Thor becoming a herald of Galactus and a Russian version of Fantastic Four known as The Ultimate Federalist Freedom Fighters being a part of the Cold War. In the fictional Marvel Comics multiverse, Earth-717 or Earth 717 is a designated earth used to identify a continuity in which most of 2005s What If one-shot titles take place. ... Daredevil (Matt Murdock) is a superhero in the Marvel Comics Universe. ... Captain America is a fictional comic book superhero published by Marvel Comics. ... For other uses, see Wolverine (disambiguation). ... Namor the Sub-Mariner is a fictional character, featured in Marvel Comics. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Thor (often called The Mighty Thor) is a superhero appearing in the Marvel Comics universe. ... It has been suggested that Power Cosmic be merged into this article or section. ... For other uses, see Fantastic Four (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ...


All of these stories are portrayed as historical documents from an alternate dimension discovered by a talented young hacker, calling himself The Watcher. There are a number of uses for the term Watcher: The Watchers are the fallen angels of the Bible and the Book of Enoch, who fell to earth in the days of Jared in Genesis, instead falling to Hell. ...


2006 Series 2

At the end of 2006 Marvel released five new One-Off comics, this series focusing on alternate outcomes of major storylines, such as Age of Apocalypse, Avengers Disassembled, Spider-Man: The Other, Wolverine: Enemy of the State, and X-Men: Deadly Genesis. The Age of Apocalypse is a popular X-Men story arc. ... Avengers Disassembled, referred to in some participating series as Disassembled, is a crossover event between several Marvel Comics series. ... For other uses, see Wolverine (disambiguation). ...


2007

What If?: Planet Hulk is the first announced title for 2007 that is to be released in October.[1] It will be followed in November by What If?: Annihilation. December will see at least two more What If? Specials for Civil War, and X-Men: Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire. What If: The New Fantastic Four, featuring Spiderman, Wolverine, Ghost Rider and Hulk was intended to be released in November but was cut short due to the passing of Mike Wieringo.[2] Planet Hulk is a Marvel Comics storyline running primarily through issues of The Incredible Hulk starting in 2006. ... For other uses, see October (disambiguation). ... Look up November in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Annihilation is a Marvel Comics 2006 crossover event highlighting several relatively under-used outer space-related characters in the Marvel Universe. ... Look up December in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Civil War is a Marvel Comics summer 2006 crossover event, based around a core limited series of the same name written by Mark Millar and penciled by Steve McNiven. ... The Shiar, pronounced // (Shee-ARR), are a fictional species of aliens in the Marvel Comics universe. ... For other uses, see Fantastic Four (disambiguation). ... Spider-Man swinging around his hometown, New York City. ... Binomial name Gulo gulo (Linnaeus, 1758) Wolverine range The Wolverine (Gulo gulo) is the largest land-dwelling species of the Mustelidae or weasel family (the Giant Otter is largest overall), and is the only species currently classified in the genus Gulo (meaning glutton). It is also called the Glutton or... Ghost Rider may refer to: Ghost Rider (comics), the supernatural comic book character(s). ... Incredible Hulk, The Hulk and The Incredible Hulk redirect here. ... Michael Lance Mike Wieringo (June 24, 1963–August 12, 2007)[1] was an American comic book artist best known for his work on DC Comics The Flash and Marvel Comics Fantastic Four. ...


Alternate Earths

Marvel has given several What If? stories official numerical designations as continuities within the Marvel Comics Multiverse, differentiating them from the main Marvel Universe of Earth-616. In the Marvel Universe there exists a multiverse. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... In the fictional Marvel Universe, Earth-616 or Earth 616 is the name used to identify the primary continuity in which most Marvel Comics titles take place. ...


See also

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In the Marvel Universe there exists a multiverse. ... The Marvel Universe is the fictional shared setting where most of the comic stories published by Marvel Comics take place. ...

External links

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Bibliography

  • What If Vol. 1, #1-47 (Feb. 1977 - Oct. 1984)
  • What If Special #1 (June 1988)
  • What If Vol. 2, #1-114 (July 1989 - Nov. 1998)
  • What If Vol. 3 (six #1 issues, Feb. 2005)
  • What If Vol. 4 (six #1 issues, Feb. 2006)

 
 

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