"Earth-Fantastic Four killed in space flight"
Type: Alternate Earth
Environment: Essentially Earthlike
Usual means of access: Vibrational attunement
Dominant Life Form: Same as Earth-616
Significant Inhabitants: Avengers, Captain America (inert), Dr. Doom, Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Galactus, Ben Grimm (deceased), Hercules, Hulk, Iron Man (Tony Stark), Loki, Namor (amnesiac), Punisher android, Hank Pym (Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath), Quicksilver, Reed Richards (deceased), Scarlet Witch, Silver Surfer, Johnny Storm (deceased), Sue Storm (deceased), Swordsman, Thor, Uatu the Watcher (deceased), Wasp, Watchers
First Appearance: What If...? II#41 (September, 1992)
(What If II#41) - Reed Richards' rocket crashed on Earth, killing all four crew members. Dr. Doom, lacking Richards as a target for his vengeance, became an ally of the West while strengthening his own nation. Namor remained an amnesiac homeless man in New York's bowery, and Captain America remained frozen in the ice in the Arctic. The Avengers formed to oppose Loki, and later, when the group reorganized, Iron Man remained the only founding member, joining Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch, and the quartet was later joined by Goliath and the Wasp.
As the Silver Surfer approached Earth, Uatu unsuccessfully attempted to shield the planet from discovery, then contacted the Avengers to explain the imminent threat of Galactus' arrival. Uatu also failed in efforts to dissuade Galactus from feeding on Earth, while the Avengers began to attack the world-devourer to no avail. The Avengers regrouped, adding Thor and his new ally Hercules to their number, and assaulted Galactus' elemental converter. As Galactus summoned the Punisher to drive off his attackers, Uatu dispatched Iron Man to Galactus' worldship to obtain the Ultimate Nullifer. The Hulk arrived to assist and helped destroy the Punisher, but Iron Man's armor set off alarms in Galactus' ship, causing defense mechanisms to activate, incapacitating him with energy blasts.
Meanwhile, the Avengers futilely battled against Galactus and the Silver Surfer, and defeat seemed certain. Realizing the one chance to save Earth, Uatu broke his oath of non-interference, fighting Galactus directly himself. Even Uatu's power was not enough against Galactus, who defeated him; Galactus then consumed the powerful energies of the Watcher, temporarily satiating his eternal hunger. Afterwards, Galactus returned Uatu to the Watcher's Homeworld, where he was burned at a funeral pyre. The Silver Surfer, intrigued by the fact that a Watcher would sacrifice his life for humanity, elected to remain on Earth, and Galactus released him from his vow.
Comments: Created by Jim Valentino and Sam DeLarosa (with Russ Severi).
Only characters directly mentioned or seen are listed. Others may or may not have had the same involvement on this world, despite it apparently having a single point of divergence.
It may or may not have been mentioned, but Alicia Masters apparently never met the Surfer in this world, and thus never convinced him to turn against Galactus.
Profile by Snood.
No known connection to:
other alternate Earths
What If...? II#41 (cover)
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
Last Updated: 11/14/04
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