Marvel Database

Appearing in "There Is No Future - Only the Past Happening Again and Again"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


  • Samhain (First appearance)
  • Blue Banshees

Other Characters:

Races and Species:




Synopsis for "There Is No Future - Only the Past Happening Again and Again"

  • Synopsis not yet written


  • This issue contains the first reference to the idea that the Martian invasion of the early 21st century was actually their second invasion of Earth. The earliest issues to reveal the history of the Guardians' timeline, Major Astro's story in Defenders #26 and the text pages in Marvel Presents #3-4, only established that the Martians had invaded Earth in 2001 A.D. and made no mention of any earlier invasion. Since a 1901 Martian invasion has not been confirmed to have taken place on Earth-616, some readers consider this to be proof that these two timelines must have diverged sometime before 1901 A.D.
  • The fact that a winter solstice occurs during the main story indicates that these events take place near the end of 3018 A.D.
  • A two-page pin-up at the end of this issue shows a scene from the Martian invasion. The twelve heroes who are recognizable as they fight against the Martian Tripods are the Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd), the Thing (Ben Grimm), the Hulk (Bruce Banner), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Captain America (Steve Rogers), the Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Thor, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), Nova (Richard Rider), Namorita and Hawkeye (Clint Barton), with the latter four appearing to be either dead or unconscious. Since this pin-up is not part of the main story, I have not listed these characters as appearing in it.

See Also

Links and References


Like this? Let us know!