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->''"We live in a time of miracles and wonders and I cannot say that it pleases me."''
-->-- '''Queen Elizabeth'''

It is the year 1602, during the reign of [[TheVirginQueen Queen Elizabeth the First]] and all is not well in Merry Olde England. Strange storms have rocked the continent, the sky has been cast in haunting tones, rumour on the street speaks of the end-times and only one man might discover the truth behind these unusual occurrences. He is [[Comicbook/DoctorStrange Doctor Stephen Strange]], The Queen's Physician.

''Marvel 1602'' was an {{Elseworld}} miniseries written by Creator/NeilGaiman, transporting the MarvelUniverse into the Elizabethan Era. It took heroes such as Comicbook/NickFury, [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} The X-Men]], Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, ComicBook/DoctorStrange and ComicBook/SpiderMan and found a way to make them work in the period and tell an original tale centering upon them.

The original mini-series has had several follow-ups by other writers, focusing on particular (sets of) characters. ''1602: A New World'' by Greg Pak, which introduces [[ComicBook/IronMan Lord Iron]], ''[[ComicBook/FantasticFour Fantastick Four]] 1602'' by PeterDavid, and ''Spider-Man 1602'' by Jeff Parker.

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!!This work provides examples of:
* AlliterativeName: Defied with the 1602 counterparts of Doctor Doom and Doctor Octopus, who have their original first names swapped.
* AlienSpaceBats: The universe was normal until superheroes started appearing in it four hundred years too early. Yes, the dinosaurs are "normal". Dinos and prehistoric beasts really DID roam the lands a little before the colonists arrived in official Earth-616 canon. In fact, the Savage Land still has dinosaurs.
* AlternateHistory: Due to the superheroes showing up early, King James becomes King of England one year early, Roanoke becomes an independent colony, and it's implied that Ireland remains independent from Britain.
* AmbiguouslyGay: James keeps calling Brother Petros "pretty", as well as saying the Inquisitor must've been pretty as a young man. [[spoiler:This is {{Foreshadowing}} the fact that the latter is the father of the former.]] It also has some basis in reality, being a popular theory on James of Scotland held by many historians.
** Also, Angel for the [[spoiler: SweetPollyOliver Jean Grey.]]
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Enrique was born to a Jewish family, but was one of the forcibly converted children baptized during a burning.
* AnimalMotifs
* ApocalypticLog: [[spoiler: Doctor Strange]], once he's sentenced to death.
* AristocratsAreEvil: James of Scotland.
* {{Badass}}: Sir Nicholas Fury and Matthew Murdock "The Bard".
* TheBard: Matthew Murdork poses as a wandering minstrel to cover up his spy work. He clearly enjoys the job though, seeing as he breaks out into song whenever he gets a chance.
* BeforeMyTime: Peter Parquagh tells Sir Nicholas Fury that he's unaware of previous events in that timeline, because, as he justifies it in his own words, "I wasn't born yet". [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped Fury responds by telling him the importance of knowing about history.]]
* BigBadEnsemble: Count Doom, the Inquisitor and King James are all major, separate antagonists, though they eventually take a backseat to the threat of armageddon.
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler: The Purple Man is responsible for the dimensional rip that endangers the multiverse, but caused it by accident and never affects the story directly.]]
* DeconstructedTrope: This story includes a notable deconstruction of AllMythsAreTrue (which the Marvel Universe has always used rather liberally) in its portrayal of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]. [[spoiler: In this universe, the Church apparently goes to great lengths to hide any evidence of the Asgardians' existence, realizing that it would invalidate the First Commandment ("You shall have no gods before me") and discredit the Church's authority. For this reason, Thor's hammer is considered so dangerous that it ends up becoming this universe's Templar treasure.]]
* DoingInTheScientist[=/=]AWizardDidIt: In this universe, practically all of the superheroes' scientific origins are replaced by magical ones, which apparently spring from some kind of vaguely-defined mystical energy emanating from tears in the space-time continuum. The ComicBook/FantasticFour, for example, get their powers after wandering into a magical storm that turns them into [[FourElementEnsemble physical avatars of the four elements]]; David Banner becomes the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk after being hit by a blast of energy from the dimensional rip; Peter Parquah gets his spider-based abilities after being bit by a spider that's affected by the same blast of energy.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Gaiman has said the story was made in response to 9/11. With that in mind, the dimensional rip looks a lot like the 9/11 ribbon.
* ElementalPowers: The four crew members of the Fantastick are even more obviously this than their mainstream Marvel counterparts.
* {{Elseworld}}
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: America has been replaced by the Savage Land in this continuity, so it's now crawling with dinosaurs. According to the page at the end of the comic, it's because [[AuthorAppeal Neil Gaiman likes dinosaurs]].
* ExtyYearsFromNow: Set 400 years before it was published.
* FictionalCounterpart: In the Elizabethan Marvel Universe, [[ComicBook/NickFury Sir Nicholas Fury]] and [[ComicBook/DoctorStrange Doctor Stephen Strange]] are essentially [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Walsingham Sir Francis Walsingham]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dee Doctor John Dee]], respectively, in all but name.
* ForeignLookingFont:
** Whenever Doom speaks the font is notably more fancy-looking than it is for most other characters.
** [[spoiler:Thor's speech is rendered in a faux-runic font]].
* HiddenInPlainSight: The Templar treasure. [[spoiler: That heavy wooden crate in the cart, which Murdoch goes to such great lengths to protect, is just a decoy. The treasure is actually the Old Pilgrim's walking stick...which is a disguised [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Mjolnir]].]]
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Queen Elizabeth, King James, Virginia Dare.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Virginia Dare, who is now a kid superhero in Elizabethan times.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: James again.
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: Clea asks that Strange not be executed for practicing magic. King James says he won't be, and Virginia grins broadly while TheStoic Rojhaz even cracks a smile. [[KickTheDog Then James continues, and says that Strange is going to executed for treason]].]]
* KnightTemplar: The Grand Inquisitor, charged with ferreting out Witchbreed. [[spoiler: Actually one himself, as he's this world's Magneto.]]
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall[=/=]MediumAwareness: At one point, Reed says that he believes that the fundamental particles of [[Franchise/MarvelUniverse the Universe]] are stories, and that they are in a universe that favors them. He posits that stories can never truly end. Ben Grimm asks if it would be possible to restore his humanity, and Reed responds that the "laws of story" would [[StatusQuoIsGod prevent any cure from lasting long]]. This has happened several times in mainstream Marvel.
-->'''Reed:''' For in the end, alas, you are much more interesting and satisfying as you are.
** One can almost ''picture'' Neil Gaiman smiling his smile as he wrote those lines.
* LetsYouAndHimFight
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LovableRogue: [[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} Matthew Murdoch]], adventurer-for-hire and dashing rogue.
* MetaOrigin
* MightyWhitey: Rohjaz is a white-skinned Native American, apparently due to Welsh ancestry, and far more competent than his fellows. [[spoiler: Though we later learn he's actually a time-displaced Steve Rogers.]]
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: Virginia has trouble remembering that she's human after transforming.
* MythologyGag: To things in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse.
** One in particular crosses the line to GeniusBonus: in the regular Marvel Universe, Dr Strange lives in Greenwich Village, in 1602, he lives in the village of Greenwich.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:Not only is Rojhaz perfectly capable of talking like a normal man, and having expressions other than a scowl, he's also, quite literally, a man ahead of his time.]]
* OlderThanHeLooks: [[spoiler: In addition to being from the future, it's heavily implied that Steve Rogers is actually much older than he looks when he appears in this story. He claims that in the BadFuture that he comes from, he ended up as one of the world's last active superheroes because the others got too old to continue fighting crime, while the Super Soldier serum in his blood somehow prevented him from aging]].
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: As usual, [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richa]]-- I mean, Richard Reed.
* OracularHead: [[spoiler: Doctor Strange, after King James orders his execution.]]
* PercussivePrevention: [[spoiler:Fury to Captain America.]]
* PetTheDog: Banner, after being an all-around Jerkass for most of the story, and verbally berating Peter Parquagh constantly, [[spoiler:shields Peter with his own body when the time explosion goes off.]]
* PresidentEvil: [[spoiler: According to Captain America, The Purple Man becomes this.]]
* PretentiousLatinMotto: The mottos for Carlos Javier's school, ''"Omnia Mutantur, nos et Mutamur in illis"'' [[note]] "All things change, and we are changing with them"[[/note]]. Notable for doubling as a subtle MythologyGag, since the motto inspires Javier to dub his students "Mutantur" for lack of a more precise term.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: [[WordOfGod In his afterword in the hardcover edition]], Gaiman claims that he got the idea for the story around September 2001, when he was still trying to come to terms with the shock of the 9/11 attacks. He said that at that moment, he knew that he wanted his next big comic book to be set in a simpler time, when people didn't have to deal with the chaos caused by terrorism and modern technology. Hence, he gave us a story about Marvel superheroes in the Elizabethan Era.
* RedHerring:
** We're led to believe that Virginia, with her strange unexplained (and unpredictable) powers, is somehow tied to the strange disturbances in space-time. A vision from Strange, which shows her about to arrive in Europe, seems to confirm it. [[spoiler: It turns out that his vision was actually trying to show him ''Rojhaz''. Rojhaz, who's really Steve Rogers sent back in time 400 years, is the real source of all the AlternateUniverse weirdness.]]
** Also a good one involving the true nature of the Templar treasure. That important-looking wooden crate in the back of the Old Pilgrim's wagon? That's not the treasure. [[spoiler: The Pilgrim's walking stick is the treasure. The Pilgrim (whose real name is "Donal") is this universe's [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Donald Blake]], and the walking stick is Thor's hammer. The hammer was hidden by the Templars because it's conclusive evidence that the First Commandment ("You shall have no Gods but me") is false, and could bring about the downfall of the Church if it was revealed.]]
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: "Rojhaz" is actually a time-displaced Steve Rogers, who was hurled back in time to get rid of him when he tried to organize a resistance against America's despotic new president, the Purple Man, in the future. His presence is actually what's causing the space-time disturbances and leading to the appearance of familiar superheroes 400 years too early.]]
* RubberBandHistory / TheTimeTravellersDilemma: [[spoiler: Averted. Uatu preserves this timeline in a pocket universe, allowing it to continue despite Captain America's removal bringing back the original timeline.]]
* RunawayFiancee: This word's version of Susan Storm is said to be this (she joined Richard Reed's expedition on the ''Fantastick'' to escape her betrothal to a man who she didn't love).
* RunningGag: Matthew Murdoch being offered money to ''stop'' singing, [[Franchise/SpiderMan Peter Parquah]] messing around with spiders.
* SarcasticConfession: When James asks Petros how he got to him from Spain so quickly, Petros responds that he "ran very quickly." James thinks this is hilarious.
* TheSpyMaster: Sir Nicholas Fury.
* StraightGay: [[spoiler: Angel.]]
* SweetOnPollyOliver: [[spoiler: Angel again, though subverted in that, as the above suggests, he's perfectly okay with his attraction to "male" Jean]].
* SweetPollyOliver: Jean Grey.
* TheoryOfNarrativeCausality: Reed Richards comes up with this. Apparently he's smart enough to sense the FourthWall.
* ThisIsMyNameOnForeign: As a big chunk of the characters are English, this doesn't get played with as much as you'd think. There are some notable examples, though, like Carlos Javier (Charles Xavier), Enrique (Erik Lensherr/Magneto), Roberto Trefusis (Bobby Drake), and Scottius Summerisle (Scott Summers).
** Roberto Trefusis as Bobby Drake deserves special mention: Roberto claims to be a nephew of naval commander Sir Francis Drake; the real Sir Francis had family by marriage named Trefusis. Someone's [[ShownTheirWork Showing Their Work]].
** Peter Parquagh is [[ThisIsMyNameOnForeign This Is My Name On]] YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe. It gets retconned as a pseudonym in ''Spider-Man 1602''.
** Rojhaz (Steve Rogers), as well, though [[spoiler:he actually ''is'' Steve Rogers.]]
* TitleByNumber
* TrappedInThePast: [[spoiler: Captain America.]]
* ViolationOfCommonSense: Daredevil's origin gets modified to include this. Instead of losing his eyesight in an accident but gaining superpowers in the process, here he wandered into a cave as a kid and ate some glowing gunk he found clinging to the cave walls.
* VoluntaryShapeshifter: Virginia Dare's power.
* AWizardDidIt: People keep asking Strange how he does various magical acts. his response is usually along the lines of "I am a wizard." This is something of an open secret. [[spoiler:He is later executed. No, not for magic, for being a traitor.]]
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Played with. Since the story takes place in the Elizabethan era, Thor's normal FloweryElizabethanEnglish speech patterns have been pushed further back and taken on elements of Old English. Gaiman theorizes that humans always hear Asgardian speech in their own language, just in a somewhat antiquated form of it. It's averted however with Rojhaz once he starts speaking [[spoiler:a far more familiar form of English, given that he's a time-displaced Steve Rogers. Aka Captain America.]]
* ZeroApprovalGambit: The heroes, being fugitives at the time, don't want Roanoke's citizens to get in trouble with King James for helping them. So they pretend that they have taken control of the colony and declared it independent.

!!The sequels provide examples of:
* AGodAmI: Octavius, when he [[StagesOfMonsterGrief embraces his transformation]] instead of trying to undo it.
* {{Cthulhumanoid}}: Victor Octavius's actual form is revealed to be this.
* TheDreaded: The King's Pin is a pirate who is rightfully feared by all sailors.
* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped A Bridge On Her]]:
** [[ComicBook/BlackWidow Natasha]], a major character from the original miniseries, questions Doom about his plans... and he pushes her off his flying ship to her death.
** And poor Virginia Dare, whose death makes way for Peter to get together with actress Marion Jane Watsonne.
* GiantFootOfStomping: [[spoiler:How Octavius is dispatched, courtesy by Henri le Pym]].
* IHaveYourWife: Baron Octavius keeps Henri Le Pym working for him by continually reminding him that if he doesn't comply with demands, his lady, Janette, will be fed to Conners, who is almost fully dinosaur in this world.
* JekyllAndHyde: [[spoiler:Inverted. Hulk is the good persona, Banner is a sadistic bastard who was one of the best torture agents in England.]]
* MadScientist: Octavius (squid), Conners (dinosaur), and eventually Osbourne (also dinosaur?) are all lab-table mutates, the prior two by their own doing. Octavius' mutation was accidental, though, which was the original reason he'd used a hostage to press-gang Pym into creating a cure. Then, as part of a KickTheDog moment, he reveals to Pym that he'd been experimenting on Janette while she was in his keep, mutating her into an insect hybrid.
* {{Pirate}}: Kingpin (Captain Wilson Fiske, the King's Pin) and Bullseye (The Bull's Eye) are pirates in this continuity.
* PlagueDoctor: In ''Spider-Man 1602'', Baron Octavius (who is dying of the Black Death, and willing to go to any means to cure it) makes his first appearance flanked by plague doctors.
* PutOnABus: At the end of the first series the characters talk of making the colony a safe haven for people with unusual abilities. At the beginning of 1602: New World there is a vague mention of the Witchbreed leaving, and they have not been seen or mentioned anywhere else in the follow-up series since.
** Except Hal [=McCoy=] (Beast), who ends up as a test subject for Octavius, and mutated to his familiar blue, ape-like form.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Deciding to become a good man, [[spoiler: Banner]] goes to subject himself to execution. [[spoiler: Possibly subverted, however, in that it was likely a ploy to get close to King James as he was shown HulkingOut ]]
* RevengeBeforeReason: Arguably Lord Iron, who doesn't particularly give a damn about either side of the fight, but sides with King James because it means getting to kill Banner.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Once [=McCoy=] is released from captivity, he rips his way through the military guards in an attempt to find Octavius, not knowing he's already fled.
* SissyVillain: King James.
* SteamPunk: [[ComicBook/IronMan Lord Iron's]] lightning bottle powered armor, which is the only thing keeping him alive after [[spoiler: Banner got through with him.]]
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Arguably, [[spoiler: Virginia Dare, in ''1602: Spider-Man'']].
* TakeThat: The Spider, after getting doused with ink, points out that [[Film/SpiderMan3 no audience wants to see him in a black outfit]].
* TimeyWimeyBall: [[spoiler: At the end of Spider-Man 1602, we find out that in the 40s, the Americans discovered an unfinished version of the serum Pym had created from Peter's blood, and [[StableTimeLoop refine it to create Captain America]].]]
** It's also possibly implied that [[spoiler:history eventually corrected itself to the point that WorldWarII starts off as normal. Meaning that ''everything'' Rojhaz has done to prevent his world from coming to be was all for nothing]].
* TinTyrant: Do you even need to be told it's Doom?
* WalkThePlank: The crew on Captain Stacy's ship are just about to kill Peter for being Witchbreed when he saves his life by saving their asses from the pirate ship ''The King's Pin''.

!!''Fantastick Four'' provides examples of:
* BadBoss: Doom, natch. King James I too.
* CoolAirship: Doom has a ''literal'' airship - a galleon slung under a balloon.
* ExecutiveMeddling: In-universe - James I has ''opinions'' about what should be in Shakespeare's plays.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: A creature referred to only as the Leviathan turns up from nowhere, menaces them for a few pages, and is TakenForGranite.
* GorgeousGorgon: The Medusa, one of the Frightful Four.
* HistoricalInJoke: [[spoiler:The woman Johnny Storm kidnapped ended up writing most of Shakespeare's plays.]]
* SeriesContinuityError: Shakespeare first becomes interested in a certain character as a writing partner when she uses the "damned be he who first cries 'hold enow'" line which would end up in {{Macbeth}}, which starts him looking for a pen, even though that line is ''the first one he says in the series''.
* ShoutOut: The 1602 version of Namor is called "Númenor" after Creator/JRRTolkien's Atlantis, while his kingdom is called Bensaylum after Francis Bacon's ''New Atlantis''.
** Also, instead of being able to turn into sand, the Sandman in this continuity is an albino with power over dreams, much like another [[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]] from a [[DCComics Different Company]]. It's a bit of an in-joke, considering [[NeilGaiman who wrote the original series]].
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: Near the end of ''1602: Fantastick Four'', the main characters catch a glimpse of the giant form of TheWatcher looking down upon them. Everybody is convinced they saw the face of God, causing agnostic/atheist Richard Reed to have a massive crisis of faith.
* TakenForGranite: Anyone who looks into Medusa's eyes.
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