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Appearing in "What If the Phoenix Had Not Died?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
What If? #27.

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  • Space Shuttle (Only in flashback)
  • Lilandra's Imperial Flagship (Only appearance)[1] (Destruction)
  • Quinjet (Only appearance)[1] (Destruction)
  • Shi'ar Space-craft (Only appearance)[1] (Destruction)
  • The X-Men's Blackbird (Only appearance)[1] (Destruction)

Synopsis for "What If the Phoenix Had Not Died?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
What If? #27.

Uatu ponders over the story of the Jean Grey as the Phoenix and recalls her journey alongside the X-Men. He sees an alternate reality where she did not die during the incursion with the Shi'ar. In this alternate reality, she was reborn again and when the X-Men are called to battle Galactus and Terrax in the Shi'ar galaxy, she unleashes the Phoenix force. She stops Galactus and is thanked by Lilandra for this. She begins to be overwhelmed by the Phoenix force and destroys asteroids and a small star. Upon returning to the X-Mansion, Shadowcat chastises her for destroying another star. Jean again delves into the Dark Phoenix form and destroys Shadowcat. The X-Men try to stop her and she kills Polaris as well. Cyclops tries to stop her and she kills him. This causes her to be engulfed in the Phoneix force and she destroys the Earth, ever-expanding to consume the Universe and beyond.

Appearing in "What If Ghost Rider Were Separated from Johnny Blaze?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
What If? #28.

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  • Azaziah's Magic Globe (Main story and recap)
  • Book of Souls
  • Scimitar of Ra-Mon-Beth

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Synopsis for "What If Ghost Rider Were Separated from Johnny Blaze?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
What If? #28.

A Crimson Mage separates Johnny Blaze from Ghost Rider and takes the power of Ghost Rider for himself. He wishes to kill the Pope and rule the world. Johnny Blaze interferes in time and saves the Pope, after that Johnny kills Ghost Rider with the ceremonial blade, but dies as well because of the remaining spiritual link between himself and the Ghost Rider.

Appearing in "What If Avengers Were the Last Superheroes on Earth?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
What If? #29.

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Synopsis for "What If Avengers Were the Last Superheroes on Earth?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
What If? #29.

It's a world like the one in Avengers Annual #2 where the Scarlet Centurion tricks the original Avengers into taking out the rest of Earth's heroes, but the future Avengers of another reality didn't arrive to foil the Centurion's plan. The Hulk eventually turns on them, but is defeated by the Avengers and added to the Centurion's collection. The remaining Avengers voluntarily retire and the Scarlet Centurion seizes the opportunity to attempt to take over the world. Iron Man, Thor, Giant-Man, and the Wasp reunite to defeat him, but decide to stay retired afterwards.

Appearing in "What If Spider-Man's Clone Lived?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
What If? #30.

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Synopsis for "What If Spider-Man's Clone Lived?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
What If? #30.

Spinning off of the events in Amazing Spider-Man issues 148 through 150, the major change happens when one of the two Peter Parkers is able to knock the other unconscious during their struggle. Other events still occur as originally depicted, with the exception of an extra Spider-Man. Taking the unconscious Spider-Man back to Professor Warren's laboratory, the conscious Spider-Man puts him into a suspended animation pod until he can figure out what to do... but not before noting that 'the clone' looks a couple of years older.

As Peter goes off to try and rebuild his life, things start to go wrong. Peter finds out that he no longer lives with Aunt May, nor does she live in her home any more. Even more confusing, Peter finds out that he's now dating Mary-Jane Watson and can't even remember where his new residence is. After some poking around, Peter is finally able to find his current home and starts to see if his life has really changed that much - assuming it to either be amnesia or 'the clone' living his life for a while. Peter soon comes across a collection of letters from Gwen Stacy and a newspaper article covering her death. As Peter reads on, though, he realizes that none of this even remotely sounds familiar. As if the last three years had somehow been skipped over completely.

In desperation, Peter goes to Warren's lab and soon finds the secrets of Warren's cloning process. Interestingly enough, it turns out that Warren's process even clones the memories of the person at the date of their sampling. Peter then finds a record of the samples taken during one of the classes he'd taken from Professor Warren - only to remember that it was the last thing he remembered from before the whole adventure! With a realization of horror, Peter realizes that he is the clone, not the original.

Regardless, Clone-Peter tries to go through the original's life as if it is his own, soon finding himself overwhelmed with the schoolwork and even the personal changes that have happened in the original's life. While out on patrol later on, Clone-Peter is ambushed by the Kingpin's forces - and the clone quickly realizes exactly how out-of-his-element he really is.

Finally, urged on by his conscience, the clone returns to Professor Warren's lab - intent on making a final decision on what to do. Wrestling with the decision, Clone-Peter wobbles back and forth between killing the original or setting him free. Finally, he makes the decision and smashes the capsule - freeing the original Spider-Man. Together, the clone and the original set up a trap for the Kingpin. The Clone, dressed as Peter Parker, pretends to get captured while the original, dressed as Spider-Man, fights the Kingpin directly. Soon enough, the two Parkers overwhelm the Kingpin and his flunkies - capturing them all without breaking a sweat.

Our story ends in Peter Parker's apartment, with the clone making a decision to move on and get his own life - even changing his name. However, the original proposes the two of them lead a true double-life - that they alternate being Spider-Man, and live together as brothers. The clone accepts, but objects to the idea of the original getting all the perks while he's stuck with the problems (and the couch).

Appearing in "What If Wolverine Had Killed the Hulk?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
What If? #31.

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Synopsis for "What If Wolverine Had Killed the Hulk?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
What If? #31.

This reality diverged during the battle between Wolverine and the Hulk.[2] On this reality Wolverine disobeys his order to capture him, but instead kills the Hulk. Wolverine went to celebrate at a tavern where a bar fight ensued and in the heat of the moment, unsheathed his claws and killed a civilian. He returned to his superior, James Hudson who told him he had to go through the judicial system. Wolverine was against this and fled the base, but was picked up by Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. He joined them and set about infiltrating the X-Men, and after several weeks, destroyed Cerebro's defenses to allow Magneto and the Brotherhood to invade the mansion. However, Wolverine had grown affection for Jean Grey and when Magneto attacked her, he turned on the Brotherhood and helped the X-Men defeat them. With Magneto the only one left, Wolverine attempted to kill him but was stopped and when Magneto pretended to be unconcious he used his powers over metal to turn Wolverine's claws on himself and he skewered himself with them, killing him.

Appearing in "What If Avengers Had Become the Pawns of Korvac?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
What If? #32.

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Synopsis for "What If Avengers Had Become the Pawns of Korvac?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
What If? #32.

During the events of Avengers #177, Carina showed Korvac fear as he looked to her for support. In this universe, Carina instead showed no hesitation, giving Korvac the strength to kill the Avengers. He then resurrects them as his pawns, tasking the more powerful members with fighting the cosmic beings assembling against him and the ESPers with monitoring their movements. He seals the universe off from other-dimensional realms to prevent the gods from coming to avenge Thor and Hercules and to keep the likes of Dormammu, Mephisto, and Immortus from interfering in his plans to bring universal order. He then banishes Dr.Strange, Phoenix, and the Silver Surfer from the universe to keep them out of the mix as well.

The Watcher gathers many of the Elders of the Universe and convinces some of them to fight against Korvac, but a couple of them have other ideas. Grandmaster goes to Korvac to propose a contest of champions for his right to power, but Korvac kills him outright, claiming not to play games. The Shaper of Worlds fares better by simply offering his reality-altering powers to serve Korvac's imagination.

Galactus and the Gardener head out in a ship to attack, but Korvac sends the Avengers on a suicide mission to stall them, crashing them on Mars. He directs Captain America to use the stolen Ultimate Nullifier to sacrifice himself destroying Galactus.

As the situation grows more desperate and Master Order grows larger to represent Korvac's growing share of universal control, the Stranger attempts to distract Korvac by hurling the Moon at the Earth while the In-Betweener abducts Carina, hoping she will prove to be Korvac's weakness. However Korvac destroys the Moon and the Stranger, and Carina is revealed to have been switched with the Shaper, giving Korvac the chance to destroy the In-Betweener as well. The Living Tribunal decides to make the sun go nova in order to destroy Korvac along with the Earth, but Korvac's power shields the Earth from fiery annihilation, so the Tribunal gives up and abandons the universe.

Finally, the Watcher confronts Korvac with a starship armada assembled from across the universe, driving him to consume the remainder of Earth's inhabitants for power. He grows to planetary size and threatens the fleet with the Ultimate Nullifier. The Watcher tries to negotiate with him, offering him a remote galaxy where he wouldn't have to be in conflict with anyone, but Korvac is determined to bring order to everything. He expands his mind further still, until he's one with Eternity. As he does, Death, who had been greatly benefiting from Korvac's warpath, comes to rule as Korvac obliterates the universe.

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. Incredible Hulk #181-182



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