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What If? the comic book

  • Complete Monster: See here.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "What if Spider-Man Had Not Married Mary Jane?" became more like a canon after the release of One More Day in 2007.
    • Similarly, the parody issue (vol.1 #34) had a short story asking "What if Iron Man had an eating problem instead of a drinking problem?", showing Tony Stark becoming morbidly obese from over-indulging on fast food. According to Robert Downey Jr., he realized he'd hit rock bottom one night when he was scarfing down tons of fast food burgers, which lead to his quitting drugs and cleaning up his life...which, in turn, led to his being cast as Iron Man.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Plenty of scenarios in the comic actually happened as time went on - Spider-Man joined the Fantastic Four in the Hickman run, Hulk became a barbarian in the Planet Hulk series, Comic-Book Time means that Captain America was probably revived decades after both iterations of "What if Cap were revived today?", Elektra's survival has been retconned in...
    • The joke scenario in #34, "What if Every Avenger Remained an Avenger", depicts the silliness of an Avengers team with around twenty-six members. Ever since Civil War, that lineup has looked downright sparse.
      • Even more so, since Vol 3 has an early issue beginning with thirty-odd Avengers trying to stop Whirlwind robbing a bank, and tripping over one another.
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    • What if General Ross had become The Hulk? I wonder if indeed.
    • What if Jane Foster Had Found the Hammer of Thor? That'll never catch on.
    • In "What if J. Jonah Jameson adopted Spider-Man?" (v2 #82), Flash Thompson becomes the Scorpion. Years later in canon, he'd claim another power set that once belonged to Mac Gargan: Venom.
    • #46 of the second series, "What If Cable Destroyed the X-Men?", leans toward Harsher in Hindsight. The book opens with Cable killing Professor Xavier, Jean Grey, and Cyclops. This was released just a little less than a year before it was revealed that Cyclops was Cable's father.
    • The world shown in "What If Charles Xavier Had Become the Juggernaut" is effectively House of M, albeit with Xavier in charge instead of Magneto, a mutant-dominated world where humans are second-class citizens.
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    • What If? Vol 2 11 is both this and Harsher in Hindsight. In the second story, "What If... The Fantastic Four all had the stretching power of Mister Fantastic?", Sue Storm marries Ben Grimm instead of Reed. The same thing happens in the Ultimate Marvel universe. Unfortunately, Ultimate Reed doesn't take it nearly as well.
    • Volume 1, Issue 13 has a random pedestrian ask if Conan is Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger would play Conan three years later.
  • Squick: The issue where Jane Foster becomes Thor ends with Odin making her marry him. And apparently Jane has no problem with this.


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