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Monster Metropolis was a city located beneath the streets of Manhattan populated almost entirely by creatures that many people would consider mythological.

Before humans came to prominence on Earth, the world was populated by monsters. The succubi were the leaders of these monsters. Vampires challenged the succubi for the right to rule, leading to a war that lasted for centuries.[1] Weakened by the incessant fighting, the monsters went underground in the face of the rise of humanity. Eventually reaching something of a détente, many of the members of both sides came to live together in Monster Metropolis.

After his death at the hands of Daken, Frank Castle was resurrected by Morbius the Living Vampire and the Legion of Monsters as a patchwork Frankenstein-like creature to help them against a group of Samurai-like men lead by the mysterious Hellsgaard, who killed monsters for "not being of God." At first, Frank refused to help them out and disappeared into the sewers. N'Kantu the Living Mummy later tried to reason with him and showed him Wolfman's armory. Again he refused. When the group attacked the monsters hideout, Frank was angered by the death of a child Moloid and fought back. After intense violent battles alongside the Legion of Monsters against Hellsgaard, he would eventually take his revenge against Daken in Tokyo, but was interrupted by Wolverine. He was eventually transformed back into a normal human through use of the namesake of Ulysses Bloodstone.

Morbius became a de facto leader in Monster Metropolis and even tried to institute law and order, employing the Legion of Monsters as deputies. When a certain monster from the city went on a rampage above ground, Elsa Bloodstone tracked it back to Monster Metropolis, where Morbius realized it was infected with a supernatural virus. The virus quickly spread throughout Monster Metropolis, threatening to overwhelm the city and unleash the rampaging monsters onto the world above, unless Morbius and his allies could find the virus' origin and a cure. After a visit with Dracula, Morbius and Elsa discovered the virus was actually in Morbius' own blood. In despair he contemplated destroying the entire city with a bomb, when Elsa Bloodstone freed the imprisoned Dimensional Man, whose leeching powers sucked up the entire virus and cause him to go mad. Morbius ultimately understood that, since he himself begot the virus, he was able to control those it affected, thus averting the crisis and saving Monster Metropolis.[2]

Dracula, as lord of the vampires, held a large amount of temporal power in Monster Metropolis, but desired to rule over its entirety. To this end, he planned to win the hand of Shiklah in marriage, as she was the last known scion of succubi royalty. Sending Deadpool to the Arabian Peninsula to retrieve his future wife and bring her back to Monster Metropolis where the nuptials would be held, the Merc with a Mouth retrieved a glass coffin from a tomb.[3] The coffin broke while Deadpool traveled through Greece and Shiklah emerged. She knew that it was her fate to marry the lord of the vampires and resignedly left herself to it;[1] however, once Shiklah learned that Dracula had killed her older brothers, she refused to follow thorough, instead marrying Deadpool. This marked an end to the peace in Monster Metropolis and a full-blown battle erupted, quickly spilling into Manhattan proper.[4] With the help of the Thunderbolts, Blade, Necromancer, Werewolf, the ghost of Benjamin Franklin, and Bob, Agent of Hydra riding a Doomsday Chair, the balance shifted against those loyal to the vampires,[5] and they were eventually routed.[6]

Alternate Realities

Battlerealm (Earth-15513)

Monster Metropolis was located beneath the Kingdom of Manhattan on Battleworld. In this reality, Dracula's forces had defeated Shiklah's and Deadpool had been killed, allowing Dracula to force Shiklah to marry him.[7] Using the Sceptre of the Manticore, Shiklah overthrew her husband and tried to launch an invasion of the surface, but the monsters were swiftly destroyed by the Thor Corps.[8]


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