Ultimate Nick Fury and Marcus Johnson (Nick Fury jr.) are the same personPuts his "that old nugget" comment from Spider-Men #2 into perspective. He has experienced interdimensional travel before.
Character ages as of 2012Fantastic Four
Ben Grimm has a Masters Degree in Engineering.Ben Grimm went to college at Empire State University with Reed Richards on a Football scholarship, though it was never explained exactly what it was he studied there. To qualify as an Air Force Test Pilot, which Ben later became, you need at least a B.S. in Engineering, Math or Physics. Ben Grimm has a history of underplaying his own intelligence because he prides himself on being a "regular guy." When visiting Empire State again in Fantastic Four #35, Reed said "you've got a couple college degrees yourself, you know!" The phrasing of that ("a couple") implies Ben might have a Master's Degree or more than just a Bachelor's.
Firebird (Bonita Juarez) was originally intended to be a Phoenix.Jean Gray died in 1980, and Bonita Juarez first appeared in 1981. Bonita gained the ability to manipulate flame with her mind, assuming a flaming bird shape around her body. When she uses her powers for the first time in a while she creates an enormous giant flaming bird shape on the horizon. She also had mental powers and could sense when someone like Hank Pym was in trouble and distress. And it was stated she was immortal and could not naturally die. Those three powers, together in combination: fire manipulation in a flame bird shape, mental powers, and tremendous longevity/life force are so idiosyncratically "phoenix-like" the character idea seems totally random if she isn't a phoenix. Also, there were a bunch of other events that showed she was more than just a typical pyrokinetic. For instance, she was able to use her flame to deal additional damage and purify demons and do extra harm to werewolves, as well as destroy illusions during the team up between the Avengers West Coast and Werewolf by Night.
None of this is real.At some point, Franklin Richards went under such emotional trauma that his latent mutant abilities caused him to complete re-shape the entire Marvel Universe in his unique image. All of his favourite heroes underwent twisted, darker adventures as he grew older and more aggressive. He erased the powers of his created double to prevent suspicion, and - though he kept them happy - he went to great lengths to always maintain the status quo in his family. Thus, there will always be a Fantastic Four.
Johnny Storm will return.
There is no Doctor Doom.Doombots are all there is. They keep building each other and perpetuating the myth that somewhere there is a human. It's all a trick to get everyone else to waste their time hunting a being who does not exist.
The power to create/manipulate/be-engulfed-by fire is genetically related to the power of flight.The Human Torch. Firestar. Firebird. Unless fire-power is genetically related to flight-power, the probability of these three unrelated characters having the exact same power set is unlikely.
The Dark Reign Arc is to show fans what it would look like if a real Supervillain was in charge of Registration.
The Marvel universe as it is now is another alternate reality forged by Scarlet Witch.Since her friends rejected the perfect Utopian world where they all have the life that they always wanted, she came to the same conclusion that the machine of The Matrix came to: humans (and mutants, aliens, etc.) define reality by suffering and pain. So she created a universe where everyone suffers as much as possible. This explains Secret War, Civil War, Annihlation, Planet Hulk, World War Hulk, One More Day, Secret Invaison and Dark Reign: these events only propogated more suffering. Because Wolverine didn't have a loophole desire, he can see past the illusion. No one is currently aware of this with the possible exception of the Watcher; but he, being the Watcher, is not allowed to interfere. The fact that Marvel doesn't take that Author's Saving Throw and run with it is all the proof I need that there's no God. Then again...
The 616 Earth is descended from the The 12 Colonies Of KobolBoth populations share a marked lack of survival instinct and an odd willingness to turn on those who've saved their asses time and time again. Disney buying up Marvel.
The Celestials in Earth X were planning the Instrumentality.They were trying to make people all alike, with no identity and no will, becoming basically all the same. Sounds familiar?
Bruce Banner wasn't really researching Gamma RaysThat was a cover-up - after all, there's nothing special about them. His real subject of research was Getter Rays, a green energy of potentially limitless power which embodies evolution and can cause things to shift between different forms or regenerate, but tends to drive its users into berserk rages. messing with time and causality is that an Alternate Reality version of his was spawned in a state of reverberation between the Marvel and DC Universes. Additionaly, that reality shakeup (the White Event) woke up the Brothers and made them aware of each other.
Bruce Banner is a mutant, whose power is to absorb gamma rays for strength.As are Doc Samson and a few others. That's why most people die when exposed, but a few live and are empowered.
The Watcher gave the Fantastic Four their powers.Unshielded cosmic rays during a solar storm would, in fact, give you radiation sickness and probably cancer. Uatu, who can see through time as well as space, knew the FF would provide him with plenty of observable conflict if they had powers, so he made sure the crew's broken DNA molecules fit themselves back together in particular ways. He may even have given all the other characters in the MU powers, just for the lulz. His oath of noninterference is a lie— he's just bored and likes to watch people do crazy things. Earth 616 is his Reality TV and YouTube.
The Void's corruption has been responsible for many recent earth-bound events, including Civil War, One More Day, and Dark Reign, all leading up to Siege.Whatever the Void appears to be right now as of Siege #3 (a black-red figure with scorpion legs of red energy coming out of his back), it appears to be a darkness embodied. I'm not sure since when Siege was set up from, but ever since Sentry showed up, we've gotten the above mentioned events, and the heroes have slowly been losing against the villains. We know Sentry's able to use telepathy to mind-wipe the entire world, so maybe it's possible that he's been influencing the entire Marvel Universe without anyone knowing the wiser, in preparation for his final strike against the world.
Characters "revived" during House of M have no soul, resulting in the events of Civil War, One More Day, and the associated Character Derailment.In House of M, the authors introduce Layla Miller, a young girl who is able to make characters remember that they are in fact part of a Cosmic Retcon by Scarlet Witch. After the event, she disappears for a bit before reappearing in X-Factor, where it is eventually revealed that she has the power to bring things back to life, only without a soul. Now, if you'll pardon a bit of Wild Mass Guessing, here's where the brilliance kicks in: everyone in House of M was dead except for the Scarlet Witch, who had killed everyone. Layla brought the people back to life, and they lost their souls in the process. In House of M, Layla does her magic on, among other heroes Tony Stark. However, they specifically do NOT revive Captain America. Cut to a bit later, you've got a certain other crossover event going on where a potentially soulless Tony Stark is heading the pro-Registration side (widely disfavored by the writers), while Captain America heads the anti-Registration side. This doesn't entirely account for where other heroes end up standing, but it DOES justify some of the Character Derailment they put Iron Man through. Romancer Bruce
The Sentry didn't exist in the Silver Age until he retconned himself inThe official story is that the Sentry did exist as a Silver Age character, but somehow managed to mind-wipe everyone to forget about him. But if that's the case, how come the stories still turn out the same without him in them? His insertions are done very clumsily, along the lines of Mary Sue fanfic. That's because he did them himself. We've seen that a sufficiently powerful reality warper (Wanda) can change not only the present but also the past history of the Marvel Universe, so that everything was always the way that person thinks it should have been. Bob Reynolds is just a loser with delusions of grandeur... and one hell of a mutant superpower that lets him force the entire world to live out those delusions with him.
The constant resurrections is causing everyone else to go crazy.People in the Marvel Universe see people dying and then coming back. As a result, they slowly lose the ability to grieve since they are never sure if their loved ones will come come and they can't go on. It's like if a person goes missing, their loved ones can't grieve properly until they know for sure that person is dead. But this is worst since that person really is dead and when they come back, they throw everything in a loop. So, people lose fear of death and can't truly move on after death.
Joe Quesada had a crush on a redhead in high school, and she broke his heart.This explains why Marvel's top red-heads have been all but destroyed in recent years. Look at the list. Jean Grey; dead. Rachel Grey; lost in space with no writers interested in bringing her back. Scarlet Witch; went crazy, responsible for Decimation, generally reviled by the mutant community. Mary Jane Watson; marriage undone by Mephisto, all that character development she underwent since the mid-eighties being reversed in a matter of weeks. Conclusion; Joe Quesada has a pathological hatred of redheads and is taking it out on the redheads of the MU!
Civil War was waged entirely by Skrulls and Captain America.Self Explanatory. The reason no one ever actually mentions that the Skrulls, not them, did all that stuff, used to be misplaced guilt over Cap's lone sacrifice. They've still kept it up because Cap is embarrassed that he didn't realize they were Skrulls, so everyone decided to Let Us Never Speak of This Again.
All event comics are Franklin Richards' fault.First conceived of on this scans_daily thread. Basically, every time Franklin wonders about something, bizarre changes to the status quo happen to reflect his thoughts, regardless of characterization, history, or logic. Ex, if Franklin wonders "What if the bad guys won?" BAM. Siege. "Nah, I don't like the bad guys winning." BAM. Age of Heroes. "Why are mutants treated like a minority?" BAM. House of M. "Uncle Tony and Uncle Steve are really close. What if they fight?" BAM. Civil War. "I really wish Uncle Peter had more time to spend with me." BAM. One More Day.
The silver age isn't 616 canonThe 616 univererse split off after the iconic event that marked the start of the Darker and Edgier Bronze Age- Gwen Stacey's death. The more simplistic, black and white characerization of early heros and villians is never brought up because they are different characters. This also explains why pre-Claremont Magneto went from Adolf Hitler to Holocaust survivor. Squirell Girl and other joke characters are in the fun, silly silver age universe, which is why mainstream super teams don't call on her to save the world more often. Deadpool can enter and exit both universes at will, because he has No Fourth Wall.
Xavier's dream will never happenBecause if there was peace between humans and mutants there would be no need for superheroes or villains and therefore there would be no more stories about the marvel universe.
Maria Hill tried to arrest Cap on the direct orders of Nick Fury SeniorNick knows the easiest way to destroy the superhuman community's effectiveness is to have them all under one control. It needs rogues, unregistered wild cards, in his opinion, people outside the loop that won't be chipped/spelled all at once. The collateral damage he swallows under the need to prevent many scenarios of complete takeover. Seeing the SRA as bad news in the long run, he told Hill to make damned sure Cap was against it, this by openly trying to arrest him before the act was even truly in effect.