History Comicbook / WhatIf

20th Jun '16 12:37:34 PM LinTaylor
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* GoneHorriblyWrong: In "What if J. Jonah Jameson adopted Spider-Man?" (v2 #82), Flash Thompson steals the Scorpion formula and suit to keep it out of the wrong hands, and thought he could use it to prove that Spidey wasn't a bad guy (as well as hoping that they could become crime-fighting partners). Unfortunately the serum causes him to go berserk, and he ends up being dosed with the antidote.


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* TakeThat: In stories based off of specific plotlines, the writer will occasionally take swipes at the original story:
** In the introduction to the What If for ''Spider-Man: The Other'', the Watcher outright says that the original story was build on a flawed premise.
** In ''Avengers Disassembled'', Doctor Strange says that there's no such thing as Chaos Magic, which confused the hell out of fans since it contradicts years' worth of stories. In the What If, Strange not only reveals that it wasn't really him[[note]]It was an illusion created by the Scarlet Witch[[/note]], but specifically responds to that line with "Of course there's Chaos Magic. It's too dangerous for most to use for the obvious reason -- it's too chaotic."
17th Jun '16 2:21:23 AM LinTaylor
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* WeaksauceWeakness: In "What if Professor X had become the Juggernaut?" (v2 #13), Xavier uses various methods to get potential threats to mutantkind out of the way, including [[DePower De-Powering]] the Fantastic Four, forcing Iron Man out of business (and sending him back to the bottle), re-freezing Captain America, and outright killing Doctor Doom. How does he deal with Spider-Man? He threatens to tell Aunt May. And yes, it works.
9th May '16 3:32:13 AM NESBoy
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* {{Elseworld}}: A short run of issues published in 2006 took this tack, with stories about ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} in [[HollywoodMedievalJapan Feudal Japan]], ComicBook/CaptainAmerica in UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, ComicBook/ThePunisher in {{Gangsterland}} Chicago, and so on.

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A short run of issues published in 2006 took this tack, with stories about ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} in [[HollywoodMedievalJapan Feudal Japan]], ComicBook/CaptainAmerica in UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, ComicBook/ThePunisher in {{Gangsterland}} Chicago, and so on.on.
** This was {{discussed|Trope}} in Creator/FredHembeck's segment in v1 #34, in which the Watcher discusses the difference between "Imaginary Stories" and "Alternate Reality Stories". According to the Watcher, "An Imaginary Story can proceed from ''any'' premise whatsoever, no matter how absurd, with no thought to how a given situation came about." As illustration, he presents "What if the Fantastic Four were ''bananas''?", "What if Odin were Peter Parker's ''uncle''?", "What if Don Blake and Tony Stark were ''brothers''?", "What if Aunt May were Ant ''Man''?", and "What if Spider-Man ''married'' Spider-Woman?" Moving on, the Watcher explains that Alternate Reality Stories "must proceed logically from an established event, by showing a single variable and following its consequences." He then presents absurd alternate realities where Reed Richards allowed Willie Lumpkin to join the Fantastic Four, Captain America remained Nomad, Rick Jones left Captain Marvel in the Negatic Zone, and Nick Fury had to wear his eyepatch over his other eye.
-->'''The Watcher:''' Now, friends, you too know the difference. Just remember, in ''any'' reality, comic book stories are imaginary! So says the Watcher!"
5th May '16 4:16:33 AM PaulA
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* Volume 2, issue 76 -- Notable as both the last appearance of the Watcher as the host of the series, and a tale that doubles as both ForWantOfANail and InSpiteOfANail: "What if Peter Parker Had To Destroy SpiderMan?", [[EitherOrTitle or]] "What if Peter Parker had to ''invent'' SpiderMan?".[[note]]To cut a long story short: JerkJock Flash Thompson is bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter, and becomes a supervillain called The Spider. Peter builds a multi-limbed suit of PowerArmor to take him on, and winds up becoming a GadgeteerGenius hero called... Spider-Man.[[/note]]
* Volume 2, issue 105 asked what if ComicBook/SpiderMan's daughter (who was stillborn in the regular continuity) had survived and inherited her father's powers. The popularity of this issue resulted in the ongoing ''ComicBook/SpiderGirl'' series and the ''ComicBook/MarvelComics2'' continuity.

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* Volume 2, issue 76 -- Notable as both the last appearance of the Watcher as the host of the series, and a tale that doubles as both ForWantOfANail and InSpiteOfANail: "What if Peter Parker Had To Destroy SpiderMan?", Spider-Man?", [[EitherOrTitle or]] "What if Peter Parker had to ''invent'' SpiderMan?".Spider-Man?".[[note]]To cut a long story short: JerkJock Flash Thompson is bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter, and becomes a supervillain called The Spider. Peter builds a multi-limbed suit of PowerArmor to take him on, and winds up becoming a GadgeteerGenius hero called... Spider-Man.[[/note]]
* Volume 2, issue 105 asked what if ComicBook/SpiderMan's Spider-Man's daughter (who was stillborn in the regular continuity) had survived and inherited her father's powers. The popularity of this issue resulted in the ongoing ''ComicBook/SpiderGirl'' series and the ''ComicBook/MarvelComics2'' continuity.
5th May '16 3:24:22 AM ajbit26
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* Volume 2, issue 76 -- Notable as both the last appearance of the Watcher as the host of the series, and a tale that doubles as both ForWantOfANail and InSpiteOfANail: "What if Peter Parker Had To Destroy Spiderman?", [[EitherOrTitle or]] "What if Peter Parker had to ''invent'' Spiderman?".[[note]]To cut a long story short: JerkJock Flash Thompson is bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter, and becomes a supervillain called The Spider. Peter builds a multi-limbed suit of PowerArmor to take him on, and winds up becoming a GadgeteerGenius hero called... Spider-Man.[[/note]]

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* Volume 2, issue 76 -- Notable as both the last appearance of the Watcher as the host of the series, and a tale that doubles as both ForWantOfANail and InSpiteOfANail: "What if Peter Parker Had To Destroy Spiderman?", SpiderMan?", [[EitherOrTitle or]] "What if Peter Parker had to ''invent'' Spiderman?".SpiderMan?".[[note]]To cut a long story short: JerkJock Flash Thompson is bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter, and becomes a supervillain called The Spider. Peter builds a multi-limbed suit of PowerArmor to take him on, and winds up becoming a GadgeteerGenius hero called... Spider-Man.[[/note]]
21st Feb '16 10:07:37 PM WillBGood
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* Volume 1, issue 32: "What if the Avengers Had Become Pawns of Korvac?" -- The ultimate KillEmAll story of the series, in which Korvac, on a quest for order, achieves total annihilation of the universe with the Ultimate Nullifyer.

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* Volume 1, issue 32: "What if the Avengers Had Become Pawns of Korvac?" -- The ultimate KillEmAll story of the series, in which Korvac, on a quest for order, achieves total annihilation of the universe with the Ultimate Nullifyer.Nullifier.
19th Feb '16 12:00:21 PM MikeW
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** Several stories have Wolverine dying by being thrown into space where his healing factor is useless without any oxygen.
19th Feb '16 11:12:00 AM MikeW
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* RealityEnsues: Some storylines could showcase surprisingly logical results from the decisions (like how a powerless Ben Grimm is easy prey for the Hulk).
** When the Punisher is tricked into killing Spider-Man, he discovers that the police may have been willing to turn a blind eye to him wiping out gangsters but killing a super-hero makes the Punisher Public Enemy #1. Plus, the Punisher finds himself hunted by every costumed hero in New York and openly noting how he's "out my league and over my head" with panels showing his guns useless on the likes of Luke Cage and the Thing, outmatched against Captain America and barely able to escape the Human Torch.
28th Dec '15 11:30:26 AM Anddrix
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* FreakyFridayFlip: "What If Tony Stark Became Doctor Doom?" has Victor Von Doom do this to Tony Stark during their college years, giving Tony LaserGuidedAmnesia in the bargain. Doom, in Stark's body, becomes a hugely successful CorruptCorporateExecutive, while Tony, in Doom's body, achieves a number of doctorates on his own and creates a business empire in Latveria. Later, after Doom (in IronMan-style power armor) is defeated by Stark (in a modified DoctorDoom armor) after attempting to sabotage Von Doom Industries, Doom offers to reverse the mind-swap in exchange for amnesty. Stark declines, stating that Doom has made the name Stark synonymous with corruption and avarice, and he wants no part of that name now.

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* FreakyFridayFlip: "What If Tony Stark Became Doctor Doom?" has Victor Von Doom do this to Tony Stark during their college years, giving Tony LaserGuidedAmnesia in the bargain. Doom, in Stark's body, becomes a hugely successful CorruptCorporateExecutive, while Tony, in Doom's body, achieves a number of doctorates on his own and creates a business empire in Latveria. Later, after Doom (in IronMan-style power armor) is defeated by Stark (in a modified DoctorDoom Doctor Doom armor) after attempting to sabotage Von Doom Industries, Doom offers to reverse the mind-swap in exchange for amnesty. Stark declines, stating that Doom has made the name Stark synonymous with corruption and avarice, and he wants no part of that name now.



* RageAgainstTheHeavens: "What if Dr. Doom kept the Beyonder's powers?" (in ''What If: Secret Wars'') featured DoctorDoom [[AGodAmI retaining the Beyonder's power]], plus a few [[MineralMacGuffin extra trinkets]], then taking on the status quo all the way up to [[PhysicalGod the Celestials]].

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* RageAgainstTheHeavens: "What if Dr. Doom kept the Beyonder's powers?" (in ''What If: Secret Wars'') featured DoctorDoom Doctor Doom [[AGodAmI retaining the Beyonder's power]], plus a few [[MineralMacGuffin extra trinkets]], then taking on the status quo all the way up to [[PhysicalGod the Celestials]].
28th Dec '15 11:18:30 AM Anddrix
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* TheExtremistWasRight: A short comic in v2 #110 shows the ComicBook/FantasticFour apologizing to DoctorDoom after he [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix3/earthdoomtookover.htm successfully transforms the world into a Utopia]].

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* TheExtremistWasRight: A short comic in v2 #110 shows the ComicBook/FantasticFour apologizing to DoctorDoom Doctor Doom after he [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix3/earthdoomtookover.htm successfully transforms the world into a Utopia]].
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