An Alternate Timeline Marvel Universe
where everyone (well, almost everyone) has had Spin-Offspring
and following the retirements
of their parents/mentors/favorite super-teams, the kids have taken up the torch.
It's also Lighter and Softer
, being one of Marvel's 'Verses aimed at kids. With the exception of Spider-Girl
, all of these series have been canceled, though the characters keep showing up in Spider-Girl
and new miniseries have been coming out for the last few years.
Getting its start as a What If?, the 'verse has expanded to include the following series and miniseries:
- Spider-Girl, the little book that started it all. Started with an issue #0 (though this was basically a reprint of the original What If? v2 #105). Lasted for 100 regular issues, from October, 1998 to September, 2006.
- Amazing Spider-Girl (volume two). Started with an issue #0. Lasted for 30 regular issues, from December, 2006 to May, 2009.
- Spectacular Spider-Girl (digital comic, volume three). Launched in April, 2009. 12 issues became available.
- Spectacular Spider-Girl vol. 2. A regular mini-series. 4 issues, from July to October, 2010.
- Spider-Girl: The End (October, 2010). One-shot finale for the series and character. Though it leaves the door way open for more stories down the line.
- Avengers Next (two volumes). The original volume "A-Next" lasted for 12 issues, from October, 1998 to September, 1999. The second volume had the full name. It was a 5-issue mini-series (January-March, 2007).
- J2. Featuring Zane Yama-Marko, a son of the Juggernaut. Lasted for 12 issues, from October, 1998 to September, 1999.
- Fantastic Five (two volumes). The first volume was a 5-issue mini-series (October, 1999-February, 2000). The second volume was another 5-issue mini-series (September-November, 2007).
- Wild Thing. Featuring Rina Logan, a daughter of Wolverine and Elektra. Started with an issue #0. Lasted for 5 regular issues (October, 1999-February, 2000).
- The Buzz. Featuring Jack "JJ' Jameson, a grandson of John Jonah Jameson who launches his own career as an Insect Themed Superhero. Starred in a 3-issue mini-series (July-September, 2000).
- Darkdevil. Featuring Reilly Tyne, a son of Ben Reilly (The Scarlet Spider), trying to establish himself as a Legacy Character to Daredevil. While also having demonic powers derived from Zarathos. Starred in a 3-issue mini-series (November, 2000-January, 2001).
- Last Hero Standing. A Crisis Crossover for this line. A number of well-known superheroes, both retired and active ones, disappear without a trace. The superhero community is concerned but there is no singular suspect. As everyone reacts in their own way, some of the missing heroes return. But acting as villains and attacking fellow heroes. Who is pulling everyone's strings remains a mystery for a while, until the shocking revelation: Loki seeking to end the Avengers and the "Age of Heroes", rectifying his role in accidentally starting it. Published as a 5-issue mini-series (August, 2005).
- Last Planet Standing. A second Crisis Crossover. Galactus has decided to evolve himself to a new level and now requires more energy than usual. He starts actively campaigning against the Shi'ar, the Asgardians, and other targets. With Earth once again on his list. Heroes and villains have to team-up to prevent the extinction of sentient life-forms. But Silver Surfer offers his own solution to the problem. Published as a 5-issue mini-series (July-September 2006).
- American Dream. Featuring Shannon Carter, niece to Sharon Carter and Legacy Character to Captain America. Starred in a 5-issue mini-series (July-September, 2008).
Examples: World Tropes
Series & Character Tropes
- Adults Are Useless: Subverted, with most of the Marvel Universe acting as mentors to the younger generation. Though there some who look down on the kids, underestimate them, etc.
- Ascended Fanpeople
- Doc Magus operates out of a comic book store.
- The Atoner: LOTS of 'em.
- Badass Family: The Fantastic Five. Also, the Parkers. All of them. Even Mary Jane and the baby.
- Bad Future: In Spider-Girl: The End. You might think government should know better than to make Carnage Army but no...
- Broad Strokes: Thanks to being set in Alternate Continuity, MC2 can choose which new elements or characters from regular Marvel Universe will incorporate into itself (like Araņa) and discard everything else (Secret Invasion).
- Comic Book Time: The comics have been going on for a decade. May's aged maybe two years. It's also supposed to be an Alternate PRESENT, actually. Word of God is that originally the writers wanted to play with this being a genuine possible future of Earth-616, but the target audience meant that pop-culture references would need to be kept contemporary. The fact that the main Marvel Universe also operates on Comic Book Time means that having the evens of the main universe occur a few decades earlier in the alternate one is quite easy.
- Daddy's Girl: May to Peter, Cassie to Scott Lang, Rina to Logan.
- Distaff Counterpart
- Future Badass: Many of teen and kid heroes of the current Marvel Universe. Notably Jubilee, Franklin Richards and Araņa.
- Generation Xerox: Played straight in that almost all of the MC2 heroes are following in their parent's or mentor's footsteps (and costume choices). Averted in that most of them have different personalities and motivations.
- Happily Married
- In the Blood: Both heroic and villainous examples. Also frequently subverted.
- Like Father, Like Son: Or father/daughter, daughter/mother, mother/son, mentor/mentee...
- Killed Off for Real: Too many to list, but here's a few. Ant-Man, Captain America, Daredevil, Doc Ock, Norman Osborn, Robbie Robertson, The Punisher, The Wasp, The Kingpin, Hobgoblin.
- Among the current generation: Crimson Curse.
- Parental Abandonment
- Official Couple: Many current Marvel Universe ships. Then there's Wolverine and Elektra.
- Older and Wiser
- Secret Legacy
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Spider-Girl: The End.
- Trope Overdosed
- Abusive Parents: Implied with Raptor, a cruel subversion of Generation Xerox with Darkdevil's other aunt and uncle.
- Action Girl: American Dream, the Ladyhawks, Stinger, Spider-Girl, Thena, Wild Thing... the list goes on.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Silver Surfer in Last Planet, after merging with Galactus.
- Badass Grandpa: Cap before the sacrifice. Kaine (sort of) after his Heel-Face Turn.
- Badass Normal / Handicapped Badass: American Dream. Though it did take her a lot of physical therapy to regain the use of her legs.
- Big Brother Mentor: Buzz Bannon to Jack Jameson. Until he meets the usual fate.
- Also Thunderstrike to J2.
- Blood Knight: Rina/Wild Thing's not quite there, but she did inherit her dad's blood lust.
- The Casanova: The Buzz/Jack Jameson.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Zane has his moments.
- Cycle of Revenge: Doom and Namor are stuck in one for destroying Alantis and Latveria, respectively.
- Deadpan Snarker: Darkdevil. Kaine, too, once he mellows out.
- Deal with the Devil: Kaine offers his soul to Zarathos in exchange for Daredevil's. Zarathos tries to take someone else's instead.
- Divide and Conquer: Loki's plan in Last Hero Standing.
- Disappeared Dad: J2, Thunderstrike
- Earn Your Happy Ending: J2, when Zane FINALLY frees his dad.
- Face-Heel Turn: Possibly Elektra, who is shown working for the Black Tarantula.
- Fish out of Water: Kevin Masterson/Thunderstrike, early in A-Next.
- Good Bad Girl: Bluestreak, before she gets a crush on J2.
- Heel-Face Turn: MANY. Notably Kaine, Normie Osborn, Saberclaw and Warp.
- Hot Scientist: Stinger
- Heroic Sacrifice: Captain America in Last Hero Standing.
- The Illegal: American Dream's mini is about her efforts to help a young immigrant couple. (The woman is legal, the man isn't, and is targeted by a Mad Scientist because of it.)
- Last Girl Wins: Thena in Avengers Next, beating out Bluestreak, Talia and Montana for J2/Zane.
- Married to the Job: American Dream
- Mission Control: Ritchie Robertson to The Buzz, and later one Ladyhawk to another.
- Normie also fills this role for May at times.
- Missing Mom: Darkdevil, Franklin Richards (for a while)
- Morality Chain: Big Man to his sister Red Queen. Once he turns himself in and joins the Thunderbolts, she abandons all pretext of retribution and becomes a straight-up villain.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Nemesus keeps the Juggernaut imprisoned for years in another dimension in attempt to get his power and ends up accidentally transferring the power to Zane instead.
- Omniscient Morality License: Doctor Strange rounds up a bitter old Namor and forces Bruce to turn back into the Hulk... because they have to kill this lady before she accidentally destroys the world. Except not really, it was all a Secret Test of Character for his son and the Avengers. Ah, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
- Pop Cultured Badass: Doc Magus. He collects comic books and is a Star Wars fan.
- Powered Armor: The Buzz.
- Puberty Superpower: Subverted, averted, and played straight. Happens to Spider-Girl and Darkdevil. Ben Parker gets his powers much earlier. Seems to be the case with Zane, but he really just got his dad's powers by accident.
- Love Triangle: Bluestreak -> J2 <- Thena, May -> Normie <- Brenda.
- Revenge Before Reason: Red Queen hates the still-living Avengers and A-Next, both because she's batshit insane (hello, unfortunate In the Blood implications), and because she feels the adult Avengers didn't give a damn about her mother and the new Avengers (especially Stinger) are disrespecting her parents' memory just by existing.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Mainframe is REALLY stubborn, rude to his allies, and Not Good with People.
- Secret Identity Identity: Implied with Darkdevil.
- Smug Super: Two words: Doc Magus.
- Sins of Our Fathers: Both Normie and Kristoff von Doom struggle with this.
- The Snark Knight: Darkdevil.
- Teen Idol: Franklin Richards
- Transformation Comic: J2
- Unwilling Roboticisation: Tony Stark's mysterious bodyguard, also known as Jim Rhodes.
- Yin Yang Twins: The Ladyhawks. Regina is the cool-headed strategist, who gets crippled fighting the Kingpin and turns into Mission Control. Rosetta is the hot-headed fighter who prowls the streets.