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  • Executive Meddling: The post-Vaughan arcs were riddled with this.
    • Karolina and Xavin were supposed to share their first on-panel mouth-to-mouth kiss in Whedon's arc, but this was changed to a Headbutt of Love.
    • Xavin was written out of the series in the first arc of Volume 3 due to Marvel insisting that in the wake of Secret Invasion, every Skrull left on Earth was either dead or in hiding.
    • For what would end up being the series' last arc, Nick Lowe insisted that Gert Yorkes had to be brought back and one of the surviving characters had to die, resulting in Old Lace being killed off.
  • Recycled Script:
    • So, a group of survivors of the destruction of Majesdane come to Earth, to take Karolina to her homeworld with them. She resisted, there was a fight, and she finally agreed, but there was a trick: it was not Karolina who left with the aliens, but the Skrull Xavin, posing as her. This could be a rehash of the Young Avengers arc where the Skrulls and the Kree come to blows over Teddy, who is the son of Mar-vell and Princess Anelle, and the plot is resolved when one of the other Skrulls agrees to pose as Teddy and serve in his place.
      • It could also be a rehash of "Starcrossed", the arc that introduced Xavin in the first place.
    • Vaughan would later "borrow" the idea of Klara in Saga, introducing Sophie the Slave Girl, a small girl with a single braid with Rape as Backstory and the ability to talk to inanimate objects.
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  • Tuckerization: Alex Wilder's evil parents Catherine and Geoffrey are named after the actual parents of Brian K. Vaughan (however, he swears he has no actual issues with either of them.) Also, Molly Hayes is named after his sister, Molly Hayes Vaughan.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: It's set in the early-to-mid 2000s, and it shows:
    • Alex is playing an MMORPG with a fee. 10 years later, most MMORPGs are free to play with microtransactions (including Marvel's own!) and it's harder for an MMORPG to get away with a monthly fee - just doesn't draw the crowds like it did then.
    • The cell phones.
    • All the references to Saddam and the Iraq War.
    • The slang, such as referring to one's parents as "'rents".
    • The vampire arc from the original series hinges on the notion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer being the first thing anyone thinks of when they think of vampires. BTVS ended about a year later, and in the New Tens, people are more likely to associate vampires with Twilight.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Joss Whedon's run on the series was supposed to be longer and involve the team travelling to other parts of the world. Unfortunately, Whedon's schedule caused a lengthy hiatus a few issues into his run, and Marvel insisted that the team had to participate in a Secret Invasion tie-in, and thus his run was truncated and the series was re-tooled.
    • Kathryn Immonen's run was supposed to end with an alternate-universe version of Gert Yorkes joining the team.

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