Appearing in "What If... Hulk's Girlfriend Jarella Had Not Died?"
- Ant-Man (Hank Pym)
- Clay Quartermain
- Gen. Thunderbolt Ross
- Maj. Glenn Talbolt
- Betty Ross Talbolt
- Pantheon of Sorcerers
- Defenders of K'ai
- Avengers (Mentioned)
- Defenders (Mentioned)
- Doctor Strange (Mentioned)
Synopsis for "What If... Hulk's Girlfriend Jarella Had Not Died?"
In a world where Jarella didn't die while visiting the Hulk's world in Incredible Hulk #205, Hank Pym later finds a way to return Hulk and Jarella to K'ai permanently. There, they marry and join with K'ai's super-heroes to fight the Dark Gods that threaten to invade their world.
Appearing in "The First Celestial Host!"
- Uatu (Narrator)
- Ten Celestials (Only in flashback) of the First Host
- Gammenon the Gatherer (Only in flashback)
- Ziran the Tester (Only in flashback)
- Nezzar the Calculator (Only in flashback)
- Oneg the Prober (Only in flashback)
- Hargen the Measurer (Only in flashback)
- Tefral the Surveyor (Only in flashback)
- Eson the Searcher (Only in flashback)
- Tiamut the Communicator (Only in flashback)
- Ape-Men (Only in flashback)
- Celestial craft
Synopsis for "The First Celestial Host!"
The Celestials visit Earth for the first time and perform the experiments that result in the Deviant, Eternal, and Mutant offshoots of humanity.
Appearing in "What If Aunt May Had Been Bitten By a Radioactive Spider?"
Synopsis for "What If Aunt May Had Been Bitten By a Radioactive Spider?"
Aunt May is bitten instead of Peter. Ben doesn't die. She becomes a costumed hero.
- Some revelations in the main story can be interpreted as applicable to Earth-616 continuity as well.
- The boy that Jarella would have sacrificed herself to save is revealed to have been an illusion created by agents of the Dark Gods to subtly assassinate Jarella and keep Hulk from returning to K'ai. This reality diverges from 616 because the illusion falters before Jarella can act.
- Hank Pym explains that K'ai doesn't actually exist within a single atom, but is rather a parallel world accessed by shrinking beyond the Planck Constant. This helps explain the infinitesimally small likelihood of the Hulk returning to that one particular world every time he's shrunk.
- On their way through various Planck barriers, Hulk and Jarella pass through other "microscopic" worlds from earlier Marvel comics, including the world from Fantastic Four #16, the debris of Hyperion's homeworld, the Microverse of the Micronauts, the world from Incredible Hulk #201, and Psycho-Man's world. Later, these would all be established as different parts of the Microverse.
- K'ai is revealed to be closely linked to the world of the Dark Gods. The Dark Gods recognize Hulk as a threat and try to keep him from K'ai through their agents, Psyklop and Crypto-Man, explaining those villains' involvement in Hulk's various trips to and from K'ai.
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