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''Avengers Forever'' is a twelve-issue comic book limited series of ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' published from December 1998 to November 1999 by Marvel Comics. The series was written by Creator/KurtBusiek and Creator/RogerStern and drawn by Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino. It has a massively complex plot, with a battle between Kang (a ConquerorFromTheFuture) and Immortus (a GuardianOfTheMultiverse); actually Immortus is the future self of Kang.

Let's try to make it short. Rick Jones suffers a strange paralysis, and the Avengers send him to the Supreme Intelligence of the Kree (who's held "captive" at the Blue Area of the Moon), to see if he could heal him. Immortus tries to kill Rick Jones, but Kang intervenes on his behalf. Rick Jones, mastering once more the "Destiny Force", an all-powerful force he once wielded during ComicBook/TheKreeSkrullWar, summons several Avengers from many points of time: Henry Pym and the Wasp (from the present), Yellowjacket (Henry Pym when he had a mental disorder; yes, he summoned the same man from 2 time periods), Captain America (right after the Secret Empire storyline, demoralized by it and on the verge of giving up the super hero thing), Hawkeye (right after the Kree-Skrull War) & Songbird and Captain Marvel (from a future). The fight moves to Cronopolis, Kang's stronghold: Immortus destroyed it and turned it into the "Forever Crystal", which allows him to change timelines or destroy them at will.

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''Avengers Forever'' is a twelve-issue comic book limited series of ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' published from December 1998 to November 1999 by Marvel Comics. The series was written by Creator/KurtBusiek and Creator/RogerStern and drawn by Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino. It has a massively complex plot, with a battle between Kang (a ConquerorFromTheFuture) and Immortus (a GuardianOfTheMultiverse); actually actually, Immortus is the future self of Kang.

Let's try to make it short. Rick Jones suffers a strange paralysis, and the Avengers send him to the Supreme Intelligence of the Kree (who's held "captive" at the Blue Area of the Moon), to see if he could heal him. Immortus tries to kill Rick Jones, but Kang intervenes on his behalf. Rick Jones, mastering once more the "Destiny Force", an all-powerful force he once wielded during ComicBook/TheKreeSkrullWar, summons several Avengers from many points of time: Henry Pym and the Wasp (from the present), Yellowjacket (Henry Pym when he had a mental disorder; yes, he summoned the same man from 2 time periods), Captain America (right after the Secret Empire storyline, demoralized by it and on the verge of giving up the super hero superhero thing), Hawkeye (right after the Kree-Skrull War) & Songbird and Captain Marvel (from a future). The fight moves to Cronopolis, Kang's stronghold: Immortus destroyed it and turned it into the "Forever Crystal", which allows him to change timelines or destroy them at will.



The Time Keepers decide that humanity is a menace, and that they should destroy most timelines, leaving the bare minimum needed to guarantee their own existence. Reinforced by Kang, Rick and the Supreme Intelligence, the Avengers follow the Time Keepers to the end of time, where they are finally destroyed.

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The Time Keepers decide that humanity is a menace, menace and that they should destroy most timelines, leaving the bare minimum needed to guarantee their own existence. Reinforced by Kang, Rick Rick, and the Supreme Intelligence, the Avengers follow the Time Keepers to the end of time, where they are finally destroyed.



* BadFuture: It begins with one. Earth and humanity becomes TheEmpire of the Universe, and the Avengers are the PraetorianGuard as humanity carves a campaign of subjugation across the cosmos as a brutal, enslaving army. Also the one visited by Giant Man and Captain America, similar to the "War of the Worlds".

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* BadFuture: It begins with one. Earth and humanity becomes become TheEmpire of the Universe, and the Avengers are the PraetorianGuard as humanity carves a campaign of subjugation across the cosmos as a brutal, enslaving army. Also Also, the one visited by Giant Man and Captain America, similar to the "War of the Worlds".



* DeathByIrony: Averted. The Time-Keepers tried to give one to Kang: as they could not kill him without creating a temporal paradox (he has to live on to become their servant Immortus, whom they had just killed), they sought to punish hm and neutralize him as a threat by speeding up his transformation and turning him into Immortus right there. But they couldn't, Kang's will was just too strong, and remained being Kang.

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* DeathByIrony: Averted. The Time-Keepers tried to give one to Kang: as they could not kill him without creating a temporal paradox (he has to live on to become their servant Immortus, whom they had just killed), they sought to punish hm him and neutralize him as a threat by speeding up his transformation and turning him into Immortus right there. But they couldn't, Kang's will was just too strong, strong and remained being Kang.



* LostAesop: Everything was set in motion because, in the future, humanity may become TheEmpire. As things go on, the Time Keepers become the villains of the story, then they die and everything is right again. But... what about those bad futures? What's preventing them from coming to pass? A mere lecture from Captain America, and that's it? At least they could have used the Forever Crystal to erase the "Destiny Force" from the human race.
** Potentially justified as meddling with the timestream in that manner is exactly what the Avengers had just condemned the Time-Keepers for in the first place, and the odds are still in favour of the bad futures ''not'' coming to pass.

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* LostAesop: Everything was set in motion because, in the future, humanity may become TheEmpire. As things go on, the Time Keepers become the villains of the story, then they die and everything is right again. But... what about those bad futures? What's preventing them from coming to pass? A mere lecture from Captain America, America and that's it? At least they could have used the Forever Crystal to erase the "Destiny Force" from the human race.
** Potentially justified as meddling with the timestream in that manner is exactly what the Avengers had just condemned the Time-Keepers for in the first place, and the odds are still in favour favor of the bad futures ''not'' coming to pass.



* NoodleIncident: Excatly how does [[spoiler:future Rick Jones]] end up losing an arm and wearing an outfit that includes Ghost Rider's jacket, Falcon's boots, [[spoiler:Superman's cape]], and [[spoiler:Batman's utility belt]]? The world may never know.

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* NoodleIncident: Excatly Exactly how does [[spoiler:future Rick Jones]] end up losing an arm and wearing an outfit that includes Ghost Rider's jacket, Falcon's boots, [[spoiler:Superman's cape]], and [[spoiler:Batman's utility belt]]? The world may never know.



* WorthyOpponent: Kangs treats the Avengers as such.

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* WorthyOpponent: Kangs Kang treats the Avengers as such.

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Elements of this storyline (namely, time travel and {{continuity porn}}) appear in the 2019 film ''Film/AvengersEndgame''.


** Also retcons the idea that the Space Phantoms were aliens from a planet called Phantoms. They're really [[spoiler: anyone who gets stranded in Limbo long enough for their identity to erode away, turning them into identityless shapeshifters.]][[note]]This has since been ''ret-''retconned, and now the Space Phantoms are actually the Dire Wraiths that Comicbook/RomSpaceknight exiled to Limbo. Rom's "Limbo" had previously been said to be a totally separate dimension that shared a name with Immortus's realm, but now they're officially one and the same. Well, DependingOnTheWriter, anyway.[[/note]]

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** Also retcons the idea that the Space Phantoms were aliens from a planet called Phantoms.Phantus. They're really [[spoiler: anyone who gets stranded in Limbo long enough for their identity to erode away, turning them into identityless shapeshifters.]][[note]]This has since been ''ret-''retconned, and now the Space Phantoms are actually the Dire Wraiths that Comicbook/RomSpaceknight exiled to Limbo. Rom's "Limbo" had previously been said to be a totally separate dimension that shared a name with Immortus's realm, but now they're officially one and the same. Well, DependingOnTheWriter, anyway.[[/note]]

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** Potentially justified as meddling with the timestream in that manner is exactly what the Avengers had just condemned the Time-Keepers for in the first place, and the odds are still in favour of the bad futures ''not'' coming to pass.

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** Also retcons the idea that the Space Phantoms were aliens from a planet called Phantoms. They're really [[spoiler: anyone who gets stranded in Limbo long enough for their identity to erode away, turning them into identityless shapeshifters.]][[note]]This has since been ''ret-''retconned, and now the Space Phantoms are actually the Dire Wraiths that Comicbook/RomSpaceknight exiled to Limbo. Rom's "Limbo" had previously been said to be a totally separate dimension that shared a name with Immortus's realm, but now they're officially one and the same. Well, DependingOnTheWriter, anyway.[[/note]]


''Avengers Forever'' is a twelve-issue comic book limited series of ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' published from December 1998 to November 1999 by Marvel Comics. The series was written by Creator/KurtBusiek and Roger Stern and drawn by Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino. It has a massively complex plot, with a battle between Kang (a ConquerorFromTheFuture) and Immortus (a GuardianOfTheMultiverse); actually Immortus is the future self of Kang.

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''Avengers Forever'' is a twelve-issue comic book limited series of ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' published from December 1998 to November 1999 by Marvel Comics. The series was written by Creator/KurtBusiek and Roger Stern Creator/RogerStern and drawn by Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino. It has a massively complex plot, with a battle between Kang (a ConquerorFromTheFuture) and Immortus (a GuardianOfTheMultiverse); actually Immortus is the future self of Kang.


* ButYouWereThereAndYouAndYou: When Songbird returns to the future, with a vague memory of the Destiny War... she was with the Wasp and Jack of Hearths, and tells the Wasp that "you were there".

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* ButYouWereThereAndYouAndYou: When Songbird returns to the future, with a vague memory of the Destiny War... she was with the Wasp and Jack of Hearths, Hearts, and tells the Wasp that "you were there".


Let's try to make it short. Rick Jones suffers a strange paralysis, and the Avengers sent him to the Supreme Intelligence of the Kree (who was captive at the Blue Area of the Moon), to see if he could heal him. Immortus tries to kill Rick Jones, but Kang intervenes in his behalf. Rick Jones, mastering once more the "Destiny Force", an all-powerful force he once wielded during ComicBook/TheKreeSkrullWar, summons several Avengers from many points of time: Henry Pym and the Wasp (from the present), Yellowjacket (Henry Pym when he had a mental disorder; yes, he summoned the same man from 2 time periods), Captain America (right after the Secret Empire storyline, demoralized by it and on the verge of giving up the super hero thing), Hawkeye (right after the Kree-Skrull War) & Songbird and Captain Marvel (from the future). The fight moves to Cronopolis, Kang's stronghold: Immortus destroyed it and turned it into the "Forever Crystal", which allows him to change timelines or destroy them at will.

The Avengers used a time machine of Kang to escape into the timestream, where Immortus would not locate Rick. Not knowing what is Immortus up to, or why he wants to kill Jones, the Avengers explored 3 points of time, to no avail. Then, they visited Limbo, Immortus' stronghold, and took a Space Phantom captive. The problem is basically this: with the "Destiny Force", humanity would become a conquering empire. Immortus spent years [[TheChessmaster manipulating human development]] to keep humanity confined to planet Earth, as to avoid the Time Keepers from destroying it, but Rick Jones' death was non-negotiable. Immortus then captured the Avengers and sent them to a trial.

The Time Keepers decided that humanity was a menace, and that they should destroy most timelines, leaving the bare minimum needed to guarantee their own existence. Reinforced by Kang, Rick and the Supreme Intelligence, the Avengers followed the Time Keepers to the end of time, where they were finally destroyed.

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Let's try to make it short. Rick Jones suffers a strange paralysis, and the Avengers sent send him to the Supreme Intelligence of the Kree (who was captive (who's held "captive" at the Blue Area of the Moon), to see if he could heal him. Immortus tries to kill Rick Jones, but Kang intervenes in on his behalf. Rick Jones, mastering once more the "Destiny Force", an all-powerful force he once wielded during ComicBook/TheKreeSkrullWar, summons several Avengers from many points of time: Henry Pym and the Wasp (from the present), Yellowjacket (Henry Pym when he had a mental disorder; yes, he summoned the same man from 2 time periods), Captain America (right after the Secret Empire storyline, demoralized by it and on the verge of giving up the super hero thing), Hawkeye (right after the Kree-Skrull War) & Songbird and Captain Marvel (from the a future). The fight moves to Cronopolis, Kang's stronghold: Immortus destroyed it and turned it into the "Forever Crystal", which allows him to change timelines or destroy them at will.

The Avengers used use a time machine of Kang Kang's to escape into the timestream, where Immortus would not locate Rick. Not knowing what is Immortus up to, or why he wants to kill Jones, the Avengers explored explore 3 points of time, to no avail. Then, they visited visit Limbo, Immortus' stronghold, and took take a Space Phantom captive. The problem is basically this: with the "Destiny Force", humanity would become a conquering empire. Immortus spent years [[TheChessmaster manipulating human development]] to keep humanity confined to planet Earth, as to avoid keep the Time Keepers from destroying it, but Rick Jones' death was non-negotiable. Immortus then captured captures the Avengers and sent sends them to a trial.

The Time Keepers decided decide that humanity was is a menace, and that they should destroy most timelines, leaving the bare minimum needed to guarantee their own existence. Reinforced by Kang, Rick and the Supreme Intelligence, the Avengers followed follow the Time Keepers to the end of time, where they were are finally destroyed.



* AbortedArc: Both Songbird and Genis-Vell are from the near future, where they are (unlike in the present day) members of the Avengers. Since Kurt Busiek was writing the main ''[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' book at the time, it seemed that he would eventually introduce Songbird and Genis into the Avengers roster there, with the present day catching up with their future. But this never happened, and none of the later Avengers writers have chosen to follow up on Busiek's {{foreshadowing}} either. Until '''2015''' and Creator/AlEwing (who is very big on ContinuityPorn[[note]]except in the case of stories done by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, which he either does not seem to know about or actively retcons.[[/note]]), when 616-Songbird finally became part of the ''Comicbook/{{New Avengers|2015}}'', that lineup interestingly also included 616-Genis-Vell's half-brother [[Comicbook/YoungAvengers Hulkling]].
* ArchivedArmy: At the final battle, the Time Keepers summoned all the Avengers from the past, present and future that became evil and destructive. Rick Jones reinforced the goods guys by using the Destiny Force to summon ''every other Avenger'' from all the myriad timelines.

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* AbortedArc: Both Songbird and Genis-Vell are from the near future, where they are (unlike in the present day) members of the Avengers. Since Kurt Busiek was writing the main ''[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' book at the time, it seemed that he would eventually introduce Songbird and Genis into the Avengers roster there, with the present day catching up with their future. But this never happened, and none of the later Avengers writers have chosen to follow up on Busiek's {{foreshadowing}} either. Until '''2015''' and Creator/AlEwing (who is very big on ContinuityPorn[[note]]except in the case of stories done by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, which he either does not seem to know about or actively retcons.[[/note]]), ContinuityPorn), when 616-Songbird finally became part of the ''Comicbook/{{New Avengers|2015}}'', that lineup interestingly also included 616-Genis-Vell's half-brother [[Comicbook/YoungAvengers Hulkling]].
* ArchivedArmy: At the final battle, the Time Keepers summoned summon all the Avengers from the past, present and future that became evil and destructive. Rick Jones reinforced reinforces the goods guys by using the Destiny Force to summon ''every other Avenger'' from all the myriad timelines.



* ButYouWereThereAndYouAndYou: When Songbird returns to the future, with a vague memory of the Destiny War... she was with the Wasp and Jack of Hearths, and told the Wasp that "you were there".

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* ButYouWereThereAndYouAndYou: When Songbird returns to the future, with a vague memory of the Destiny War... she was with the Wasp and Jack of Hearths, and told tells the Wasp that "you were there".



* ContinuityPorn:

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* ContinuityPorn:ContinuityPorn: Kurt Busiek lets loose with his full knowledge of Avengers lore.



* DeathByIrony: Averted. The Time-Keepers tried to give one to Kang: as they could not kill him without creating a temporal paradox (he has to live on to become their servant Immortus, that they had just killed), they sought to punish hm and neutralize him as a threat by speeding up his transformation and turning him into Immortus right there. But they couldn't, Kang's will was just too strong, and remained being Kang.
** Also for the Time-Keepers themselves. They were defeated by the indomitable human drive, the very thing they tried to destroy.

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* DeathByIrony: Averted. The Time-Keepers tried to give one to Kang: as they could not kill him without creating a temporal paradox (he has to live on to become their servant Immortus, that whom they had just killed), they sought to punish hm and neutralize him as a threat by speeding up his transformation and turning him into Immortus right there. But they couldn't, Kang's will was just too strong, and remained being Kang.
** Also for the Time-Keepers themselves. They were They're defeated by the indomitable human drive, the very thing they tried to destroy.



* FutureMeScaresMe: Taken up to eleven. Here, "Future me is the single being I hate the most in all the multiverse".

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* FutureMeScaresMe: FutureMeScaresMe:
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Taken up to eleven. Here, "Future me is the single being I hate the most in all the multiverse".



* HeelRealization: When Yellowjacket realized the ultimate plan of the Time-Keepers, he declined his deal with Immortus and silently called in the cavalry.
* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: With the Forever Crystal, Captain America could have changed history. And not simply creating an alternate timeline, the Crystal allows him to actually change history. He could have erased Nazi Germany from history and prevented World War II (as well as resurrecting Rick Jones, Bucky and erasing the Secret Empire from U.S. history), he was tempted by the idea, but realized that RealityWarpingIsNotAToy.
* {{Homage}}: The future visited by Giant-Man and Captain America was an homage to ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'', complete with "walkers" and all the stuff. Didn't you wonder why would the Badoon claim to come from Mars, in a comic book line filled with more fancy galaxies?
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: The motivation of the Time Keepers. Nothing stops the march of the First Terran Empire, as no race in the universe proved to be a match for the human drive or the power of the Destiny Force.

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* HeelRealization: When Yellowjacket realized realizes the ultimate plan of the Time-Keepers, he declined declines his deal with Immortus and silently called calls in the cavalry.
* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: With the Forever Crystal, Captain America could have changed history. And not simply creating an alternate timeline, the Crystal allows him to actually change history. He could have erased Nazi Germany from history and prevented World War II (as well as resurrecting Rick Jones, Bucky and erasing the Secret Empire from U.S. history), he was he's tempted by the idea, but realized realizes that RealityWarpingIsNotAToy.
* {{Homage}}: The future visited by Giant-Man and Captain America was is an homage to ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'', complete with "walkers" and all the stuff. Didn't you wonder why would the Badoon claim to come from Mars, in a comic book line filled with more fancy galaxies?
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: The motivation of the Time Keepers. Nothing stops the march of the First Terran Empire, as no race in the universe proved proves to be a match for the human drive or the power of the Destiny Force.



* InternalHomage: Captain Marvel saved Rick Jones' life, fusing himself with him, in the same manner than the original Captain Marvel did at ComicBook/TheKreeSkrullWar.
* IWarnedYou: At the beginning of hyper-complex ContinuityPorn that is the issue #8:

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* InternalHomage: Captain Marvel saved saves Rick Jones' life, fusing himself with him, in the same manner than the original Captain Marvel did at ComicBook/TheKreeSkrullWar.
* IWarnedYou: At the beginning of hyper-complex ContinuityPorn that is the issue #8:



* LostAesop: Everything was sent in motion because, in the future, humanity may become TheEmpire. As things go on, the Time Keepers became the villains of the story, that die and everything is right again. But... what about those bad futures? What's preventing them from coming to pass? A mere lecture from Captain America, and that's it? At least they could have used the Forever Crystal to erase the "Destiny Force" from the human race.

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* LostAesop: Everything was sent set in motion because, in the future, humanity may become TheEmpire. As things go on, the Time Keepers became become the villains of the story, that then they die and everything is right again. But... what about those bad futures? What's preventing them from coming to pass? A mere lecture from Captain America, and that's it? At least they could have used the Forever Crystal to erase the "Destiny Force" from the human race.



* MeaningfulEcho: Captain Marvel had two big secrets that he was not telling: [[spoiler:That he was bound to an older Rick Jones, and that he loved Songbird; but this one was from before that]]. In both cases, he delivered some lines here and there that hinted those things.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Immortus had to make the Avengers return to Earth immediately after "Operation: Galactic Storm", so he influenced the Avengers with xenophobia, so that they refused to stay among alien races. He miscalculated: this xenophobia led them to execute the Supreme Intelligence for destroying its own empire (long story). And worse: this would began actions that laid the first steps of Avengers Stellar Corps, the antecedent of the First Terran Empire... the very timeline that Immortus was instructed to prevent!

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* MeaningfulEcho: Captain Marvel had has two big secrets that he was not telling: [[spoiler:That he was bound to an older Rick Jones, and that he loved loves Songbird; but this one was from before that]]. In both cases, he delivered delivers some lines here and there that hinted those things.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Immortus had to make the Avengers return to Earth immediately after "Operation: Galactic Storm", so he influenced the Avengers with xenophobia, so that they refused to stay among alien races. He miscalculated: this xenophobia led them to execute the Supreme Intelligence for destroying its own empire (long story). And worse: this would began begin actions that laid the first steps of the Avengers Stellar Corps, the antecedent of the First Terran Empire... the very timeline that Immortus was instructed to prevent!



* NotSoAboveItAll: The Time-Keepers are not gods. They are beings, just [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Sufficiently Advanced Aliens]] with great technology, but just technology, which may be countered by other technology.
** Also for Kang. In his place of greatest strength, backed by all his armies, he fought against his most hated enemy, for the highest stakes he could conceive... and lost.

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* NotSoAboveItAll: NotSoAboveItAll:
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The Time-Keepers are not gods. They are beings, just [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Sufficiently Advanced Aliens]] with great technology, but just technology, which may be countered by other technology.
** Also for Kang. In his place of greatest strength, backed by all his armies, he fought fights against his most hated enemy, for the highest stakes he could conceive... and lost.loses.



-->'''Kang:'''"He calls himself the Master of Time! Faugh! "Gardener of Time" is more truthful! He prunes away the chronal branches deemed by others to be dangerous---reducing reality to a bloodless meadow! But such is not the way of warriors--of men! I say let it be a forest! Let it be a jungle! Let it be something we must strive against and conquer whatever comes! Fight it! Kill it! Crush it!"
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Deconstructed. Someone might wonder, with all the fancy technology available in the Marvel universe, which includes ships capable to go to other galaxies, why does Earth still has the overall technological level of the real world? Answer: because Immortus, GuardianOfTheMultiverse, is arranging things to stay that way until mankind's technology does not outstrip its moral judgments.

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-->'''Kang:'''"He -->'''Kang:''' He calls himself the Master of Time! Faugh! "Gardener of Time" is more truthful! He prunes away the chronal branches deemed by others to be dangerous---reducing reality to a bloodless meadow! But such is not the way of warriors--of men! I say let it be a forest! Let it be a jungle! Let it be something we must strive against and conquer whatever comes! Fight it! Kill it! Crush it!"
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* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Deconstructed. Someone might wonder, with all the fancy technology available in the Marvel universe, which includes ships capable to go of going to other galaxies, why does Earth still has the overall technological level of the real world? Answer: because Immortus, GuardianOfTheMultiverse, is arranging things to stay that way until mankind's technology does not outstrip its moral judgments.



* RetGone: In-story, the timeline visited by the Wasp and Captain Marvel. Immortus erased it completely.
* [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Richard Nixon Was an Alien Spy]]: Lampshaded. He had already been discovered, and the men in black were going to deal with him; but Immortus simply erased the whole timeline as a result. He couldn't risk humanity arming against enemies from the stars.
* ScrewDestiny: All this was because the indomitable warrior Kang, as a time traveler, knows that he will eventually become Immortus, a scholar who relies on manipulation schemes. He hates the idea, fought against the universe to prevent himself from becoming Immortus... and won.
* SelectiveObliviousness: Don't tell Yellowjacket that it's pointless from him to hate Henry Pym, that he ''is'' Henry Pym: he will deny any relation whatsoever with him.

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* RetGone: In-story, the timeline visited by the Wasp and Captain Marvel. Immortus erased erases it completely.
* [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Richard Nixon Was an Alien Spy]]: Lampshaded. He had already been discovered, and the men in black were going to deal with him; but Immortus simply erased erases the whole timeline as a result. He couldn't risk humanity arming against enemies from the stars.
* ScrewDestiny: All this was because the indomitable warrior Kang, as a time traveler, knows that he will eventually become Immortus, a scholar who relies on manipulation schemes. He hates the idea, fought fights against the universe to prevent himself from becoming Immortus... and won.
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* SelectiveObliviousness: SelectiveObliviousness:
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Don't tell Yellowjacket that it's pointless from him to hate Henry Pym, that he ''is'' Henry Pym: he will deny any relation whatsoever with him.



* ThrowingOffTheDisability: The Hulk had left Rick Jones crippled, and begins the story that way. He managed to heal himself with the Destiny Force.
* TimeStandsStill: Seen at the bad future that begins the story, and before Immortus tried to kill Rick Jones.
* WeHaveReserves: Immortus does not go to war ''himself'', he simply uses his time manipulation to summon soldiers from all ages (from antique Babylon to futuristic soldiers and everything in-between). All 100% loyal to him, and it does not matter how many does Kang kill, because Immortus can summon hundreds, thousands, millions, billions, just by wishing so.

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* ThrowingOffTheDisability: The Hulk had left Rick Jones crippled, and he begins the story that way. He managed to heal himself with the Destiny Force.
* TimeStandsStill: Seen at in the bad future that begins the story, and before Immortus tried to kill Rick Jones.
* WeHaveReserves: Immortus does not go to war ''himself'', he simply uses his time manipulation to summon soldiers from all ages (from antique Babylon to futuristic soldiers and everything in-between). All 100% loyal to him, and it does not matter how many does Kang kill, kills, because Immortus can summon hundreds, thousands, millions, billions, just by wishing so.


** After the heroes win, Kang [[He'sBack regains his zest for life and conquest]] and leaves to rebuild his empire. Followed up in ComicBook/TheKangWar.

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** After the heroes win, Kang [[He'sBack [[HesBack regains his zest for life and conquest]] and leaves to rebuild his empire. Followed up in ComicBook/TheKangWar.

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* SequelHook: Several.
** While talking about the threat humanity poses, the Time Keepers mention "the mechanations of the Infinates." They appear in the Avengers Infinity miniseries.
** After the heroes win, Kang [[He'sBack regains his zest for life and conquest]] and leaves to rebuild his empire. Followed up in ComicBook/TheKangWar.
** After everyone else leaves, the Supreme Intelligence summons the Forever Crystal. This was followed up on in the Maximum Security event.


* AbortedArc: Both Songbird and Genis-Vell are from the near future, where they are (unlike in the present day) members of the Avengers. Since Kurt Busiek was writing the main ''[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' book at the time, it seemed that he would eventually introduce Songbird and Genis into the Avengers roster there, with the present day catching up with their future. But this never happened, and none of the later Avengers writers have chosen to follow up on Busiek's {{foreshadowing}} either. Until '''2015''' and Creator/AlEwing (who is very big on ContinuityPorn), when 616-Songbird finally became part of the ''Comicbook/{{New Avengers|2015}}'', that lineup interestingly also included 616-Genis-Vell's half-brother [[Comicbook/YoungAvengers Hulkling]].

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* AbortedArc: Both Songbird and Genis-Vell are from the near future, where they are (unlike in the present day) members of the Avengers. Since Kurt Busiek was writing the main ''[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' book at the time, it seemed that he would eventually introduce Songbird and Genis into the Avengers roster there, with the present day catching up with their future. But this never happened, and none of the later Avengers writers have chosen to follow up on Busiek's {{foreshadowing}} either. Until '''2015''' and Creator/AlEwing (who is very big on ContinuityPorn), ContinuityPorn[[note]]except in the case of stories done by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, which he either does not seem to know about or actively retcons.[[/note]]), when 616-Songbird finally became part of the ''Comicbook/{{New Avengers|2015}}'', that lineup interestingly also included 616-Genis-Vell's half-brother [[Comicbook/YoungAvengers Hulkling]].


* BadFuture: It begins with one. Earth is TheEmpire of the Universe, and the Avengers are the PraetorianGuard. Also the one visited by Giant Man and Captain America, similar to the "War of the Worlds".

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* BadFuture: It begins with one. Earth is and humanity becomes TheEmpire of the Universe, and the Avengers are the PraetorianGuard.PraetorianGuard as humanity carves a campaign of subjugation across the cosmos as a brutal, enslaving army. Also the one visited by Giant Man and Captain America, similar to the "War of the Worlds".



* OrderVersusChaos:

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* OrderVersusChaos: Immortus is firmly on the side of preserving universal stability and order, while Kang wants to preserve his freedom at the cost of bringing down the multiversal timeline like a house of cards.



* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Deconstructed. Someone might wonder, with all the fancy technology available in the Marvel universe, which includes ships capable to go to other galaxies, why does Earth still has the overall technological level of the real world? Answer: because Immortus, GuardianOfTheMultiverse, is arranging things to stay that way.

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* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Deconstructed. Someone might wonder, with all the fancy technology available in the Marvel universe, which includes ships capable to go to other galaxies, why does Earth still has the overall technological level of the real world? Answer: because Immortus, GuardianOfTheMultiverse, is arranging things to stay that way.way until mankind's technology does not outstrip its moral judgments.


The Time Keepers decided that humanity was a menace, and that they should destroy most timelines, leaving the bare minimum. Reinforced by Kang, Rick and the Supreme Intelligence, the Avengers followed the Time Keepers to the end of time, where they were finally destroyed.

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The Time Keepers decided that humanity was a menace, and that they should destroy most timelines, leaving the bare minimum.minimum needed to guarantee their own existence. Reinforced by Kang, Rick and the Supreme Intelligence, the Avengers followed the Time Keepers to the end of time, where they were finally destroyed.



* BadFuture: It begins with one. Earth is TheEmpire, and the Avengers are the PraetorianGuard. Also the one visited by Giant Man and Captain America, similar to the "War of the Worlds".

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* BadFuture: It begins with one. Earth is TheEmpire, TheEmpire of the Universe, and the Avengers are the PraetorianGuard. Also the one visited by Giant Man and Captain America, similar to the "War of the Worlds".


* {{Retcon}}: A lot of this story was basically damage control for ''ComicBook/TheCrossing'', revealing that it was Immortus and not Kang who was the main villain, that ComicBook/IronMan was only under Immortus's control since the events of ''ComicBook/OperationGalacticStorm'' (and that Iron Man leading half of the Avengers to kill the Kree Supreme Intelligence was an attempt to keep the Avengers out of intergalactic affairs that [[NiceJobFixingItVillain backfired]]) and not since the beginning, the "Mantis" who worked with "Kang" and many other of his minions were Space Phantoms, and that Kang didn't cause [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]]'s breakdowns.

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* {{Retcon}}: A lot of this story was basically damage control for ''ComicBook/TheCrossing'', revealing that it was Immortus and not Kang who was the main villain, that ComicBook/IronMan was only under Immortus's control since the events of ''ComicBook/OperationGalacticStorm'' (and that Iron Man leading half of the Avengers to kill the Kree Supreme Intelligence was an attempt to keep the Avengers out of intergalactic affairs that [[NiceJobFixingItVillain backfired]]) and not since the beginning, Avengers first fought Kang, the "Mantis" who worked with "Kang" and many other of his minions were Space Phantoms, and that Kang didn't cause [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]]'s breakdowns.

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* BroadStrokes: Despite all the ContinuityPorn on display, there are a few tidbits that can't be spelled out directly. A panel showing Doctor Octopus escaping prison with Lex Luthor in tow from the first Superman/Spider-Man crossover is mentioned in the annotations as being Doc Ock and a "distinguished gentleman."


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* CallBack: In [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Future Imperfect]], [[spoiler:a much older version of Rick Jones]] maintains a memorial room of the many heroes who died over the years (most, presumably, murdered by the Maestro, but that's neither here nor there). Here, a less aged version of the same character wears an outfit made up from parts of other heroes.


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* NoodleIncident: Excatly how does [[spoiler:future Rick Jones]] end up losing an arm and wearing an outfit that includes Ghost Rider's jacket, Falcon's boots, [[spoiler:Superman's cape]], and [[spoiler:Batman's utility belt]]? The world may never know.

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