History Comicbook / WhatIf

10th Aug '16 1:57:31 PM LinTaylor
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** In "What If the All-New, All-Different X-Men Had Never Existed?" (v2 #23), the Shi'ar find a way to permanently destroy the Phoenix Force, but doing so will require someone to sacrifice their life. Cyclops is fully prepared to do it, but Nightcrawler[[note]]who, in this reality, was an enemy of the X-Men before spying on them and [[HeelRealization realizing that they were the good guys all along]][[/note]] [[TapOnTheHead knocks him out]] and takes his place. He even tells the X-Men that Cyclops's death would destroy the group, but "I, on the other hand, will not be missed."
10th Aug '16 1:44:42 PM LinTaylor
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* ThrownOutTheAirlock: This is how Xavier is defeated in "What if Professor X had become the Juggernaut?" (v2 #13). He chases Magneto and the rebelling members of the X-Men onto Asteroid M, Cyclops tries one last time to reason with him, but when he flips out and tries to kill Scott the group uses explosives that blow a hole in the asteroid, [[ExplosiveDecompression sucking Xavier out into space]]. As he disappears into the infinite void, the narration delivers Juggernaut's CatchPhrase [[IronicEcho with bitter irony]]:
-->''"Nothing can stop the Juggernaut. And nothing ever will."''
31st Jul '16 3:03:29 PM nombretomado
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-->"Dear Marvel: Our lawyers advise you not to print this gag! Love, your '''[[DCComics D]]'''istinguished '''[[DCComics C]]'''ompetition."

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-->"Dear Marvel: Our lawyers advise you not to print this gag! Love, your '''[[DCComics '''[[Creator/DCComics D]]'''istinguished '''[[DCComics '''[[Creator/DCComics C]]'''ompetition."
22nd Jul '16 1:45:39 AM PaulA
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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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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.
21st Jul '16 11:34:35 PM LinTaylor
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* In "What If the Hulk had Evolved into the Maestro?" (v2 #80), an attempt to cure Bruce Banner of the DaddyIssues that caused the Hulk to be born works too well, causing him to go berserk. In the ensuing rampage, he kills Mr. Fantastic and causes the Thing to mutate even further (due to a failed attempt at applying a radiation "tag" for tracking). Bruce, realizing he's close to losing control, reasserts himself long enough to commit SuicideByCop.

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* ** In "What If the Hulk had Evolved into the Maestro?" (v2 #80), an attempt to cure Bruce Banner of the DaddyIssues that caused the Hulk to be born works too well, causing him to go berserk. In the ensuing rampage, he kills Mr. Fantastic and causes the Thing to mutate even further (due to a failed attempt at applying a radiation "tag" for tracking). Bruce, realizing he's close to losing control, reasserts himself long enough to commit SuicideByCop.
21st Jul '16 11:34:19 PM LinTaylor
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* In "What If the Hulk had Evolved into the Maestro?" (v2 #80), an attempt to cure Bruce Banner of the DaddyIssues that caused the Hulk to be born works too well, causing him to go berserk. In the ensuing rampage, he kills Mr. Fantastic and causes the Thing to mutate even further (due to a failed attempt at applying a radiation "tag" for tracking). Bruce, realizing he's close to losing control, reasserts himself long enough to commit SuicideByCop.
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.
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