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In the pages of Marvel comics, lots of alternate universes have been explored over the years. Some are interesting, while others are simply wild.
One of the many techniques comic book writers use to mix things up for readers – and even for themselves – is to revisit the ever-popular concept of alternate realities. Sometimes these alternate reality stories are rather straightforward, such as Marvel Zombies in which a virus takes over the Marvel Universe. On other occasions, things can get wackier; for instance, in the case of Larval Universe, every Marvel hero is replaced by an animal counterpart, such as Spider-Ham.
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Marvel assigns a particular number (random in most cases) to every universe that has ever been featured in the comics, and the main canon universe is referred to as Earth-616. These numbers hold no significance on their own, but it is interesting to see how every alternate reality has its own place in the grand scheme of things – and how wild the creators can get.
New York is a great city, and even more so in the pages of Marvel comics, as that’s where many of the Marvel superheroes are based in. Earth-212 was first introduced in the first issue of Marvel NOW! Point One, and it is essentially a planet just made of New York City. Writer Kieron Gillen, the creator of this alternate universe has described it as “an infinite New York, with Manhattan covering the whole surface of the planet”.  Earth-212 has appeared only twice in comics, and although it isn’t a place of much importance it’s still an interesting concept, to say the least.
Much of Hugh Jackman’s last (and best Wolverine movie), Logantakes inspiration from this story arc created by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven in the pages of Wolverine Volume 3. Old Man Logan tells the story of an alternate Earth where all the villains teamed up and finally defeated the heroes once and for all. America is now a dystopian and tyrannical empire divided into territories that are controlled by supervillains, and Red Skull is the president. The superheroes are all mostly gone, except for a few such as Logan who have barely managed to survive.
The Cancerverse was first introduced during the 2009 event Realm of Kings, when Black Bolt detonated a high-energy explosive device called the T-Bomb in his fight against Vulcan and as a result, made a tear in the fabric of time and space.
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What was on the other side of the tear was Earth-10011, a place identical to the main 616 universes that had been taken over by the beings known as Many-Angled Ones. They took control of every living organism in that universe, making everything part of one big cancerous organism, and in the process, they eliminated death.
The Exiles were a team of superheroes from various alternate realities, and through their adventures, many fascinating alternate worlds were introduced to the Marvel comics. Issue 52 of the first Exiles volume found the team on Earth-4162, in which planet Earth itself is a sentient being. Ego is the most well-known “living planet” in Marvel, and in this universe, he was directly responsible for turning the Earth into something quite like himself. Earth grows a pair of eyes that can shoot lasers, and then teams up with Ego to fight against the Celestials, one of the most dangerous alien species in Marvel history.
Neil Gaiman is a legendary name in the world of comics, known best for his work on The Sandman series, but there are plenty of other projects that show Gaiman’s genius as well. The limited series Marvel 1602 was his first time writing for Marvel comics, and in this debut, he takes readers to the Elizabethan era of the early 1600s. Staple characters of the Marvel universe, such as Peter Parker (called Parquagh in this reality), and the X-Men exist alongside historical factions and figures like the Templars and Queen Elizabeth I.
Earth-8311 is the answer to everyone who has ever wondered what Spider-Man would be like if the latter “Man” was replaced with something else. And it’s not just Peter Parker who is transformed into Peter Porker; all the other Marvel heroes and villains receive animal incarnations as well.
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The writers Tom DeFalco and Mark Armstrong probably came up with the idea just so they could make terrible puns about the names of the heroes, such as “Mooster Fantastic”, “Goose Rider” and “Captain Americat,” among many others.
The 2013 event Infinity revolved around the ancient race of extraterrestrial beings known as “Builders” and how the Avengers fought them off. The first issue of the What If? mini-series related to the event explored the possibility of what it could have been liked if Thanos had joined the Avengers in the fight against the “Builders”. The ending to the one-shot is unpleasant but intriguing, as Thanos kills Captain America and takes his shield and position at the Avengers. At least the comic settles the debate about who would win between Captain America and Thanos.
1995’s Ruins is an extremely ghastly look at a different kind of Marvel Universe; as hinted at by its title, it’s a ruined one. Created by writer Warren Ellis and artists and Terese and Cliff Nielsen as a parody of Marvel’s very own 1994 series Marvels, the world of Ruins is one where everything went wrong, and it was well-known for its disturbing art style at the time.
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In this universe, Professor X is the tyrannical president of the USA who oppresses mutants, Wolverine is dying from the adamantium of his own body, Nick Fury is a cannibal, and Captain America and Iron Man are dead.
Manga culture has been steadily growing popular on an international level for decades now, and in 2000 Marvel also tried to capitalize on it – and are still trying to do so. Assigned the title of Earth-2301, the art of the Marvel Mangaverse comics differed from the regular comics and heavily resembled manga, which was its core selling point. Many of the established characters were replaced with alternate versions, such as Iron Maiden instead of Iron Man, who is Tony Stark’s sister Antoinette Stark. They even pulled off a Power Rangers Megazord-style move in the name of Ultimate Iron Man.
Deadpool‘s nigh-immortality gives him the upper hand in many and most fights against foes much stronger than him, but even then, he is nearly not powerful enough to take down all the characters in the Marvel Universe. But the 2012 mini-series Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe ignores that for the sake of storytelling and explores a world where Deadpool goes wild (more than the usual amount) and slaughters everybody from Wolverine to ThorDeadpool Kills the Marvel Universe is one of Deadpool’s most iconic comics in recent years, and it could even work as a possible storyline for the upcoming movie.
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