EARTH-Avengers: Wonder Man Lived

Type: Alternate/Divergent Earth;
Core Continuum Designation: Earth-9916

Environment: Essentially Earth-like

Usual means of access: Vibrational attunement

Dominant Life Form: Same as or similar to Earth-616 dimension

Significant Inhabitants: Ant-Man/Giant-Man (Henry Pym), Avengers, Baron (Heinrich) Zemo and his Masters of Evil, Black Panther (T'Challa), Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff), Captain America, Daredevil, Dr. Doom, Enchantress, Executioner, Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Invisible Girl, Mr. Fantastic, Thing), Nick Fury, Grim Reaper (Pietro Maximoff), Hawkeye, Hercules, Iron Man, Edwin Jarvis, Kang, Magneto (deceased), Mandarin, Power Man (Erik Josten), Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Man, Swordsman (Jacques DuQuesne, deceased), Thor, Timespinner/Spider-Man robot, Ultron, Vision, Wasp, Wonder Man, X-Men (Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, Marvel Girl), others present at the wedding

First Appearance: What If...? II#5 (November, 1999)

History:
(What If...? II#5) - After being empowered and poisoned by Zemo, Wonder Man informed the Avengers of Zemo's trap, rather than leading them into it. The Avengers (Captain America, Giant-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Wasp) and Wonder Man defeated the Masters of Evil, while Hank Pym and Reed Richards worked together to develop a cure, preventing Wonder Man from entering a death-like state. Wonder Man then joined the Avengers, improving their power, and leading to a slightly earlier retirement of Giant-Man and the Wasp, due to the lack of need for Giant-Man's strength. Wonder Man remained with the group during their first membership shake-up (with Thor and Iron Man leaving, in exchange for Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch, forming "Cap's Kooky Quintet"), but he quickly developed an enemy in Quicksilver who distrusted his motives and interest in the Scarlet Witch. Pietro  pressured Wanda to deny her feelings, while Dr. Doom and the Swordsman opted against opposing the Avengers due to Wonder Man's power (the latter would-be foe being slain by the Mandarin for his refusal). As Hank Pym continued retirement, he and the Wasp (who did rejoin the team) were married earlier. After the wedding, Simon convinced Wanda that they could no longer deny their feelings for each other; this led to Quicksilver quitting the team.

    While Hercules opted against staying with the team (again, due to the power they already had from Wonder Man), Quicksilver joined with Magneto, assuming the identity of the Grim Reaper and attacking the Avengers. Joined by the Black Panther, the heroes prevailed and unmasked the Reaper, though Pietro soon escaped. Returning to Magneto, Quicksilver helped send the Avengers into conflict against the X-Men, but when Magneto tried to kill the Scarlet Witch for her betrayal of humanity, Quicksilver rushed to save her and was killed in her stead. Furious, Wanda unleashed a powerful hex, slaying Magneto. After recovering from her grief, Wanda accepted Simon's proposal and the two were married.

    Meanwhile, Ultron plotted against the Avengers, creating the Vision. Rather than using the mind patterns of another for the Vision--feeling that that personality could betray him, Ultron transferred his own programming into the Vision. During the Vision's subsequent assault on the Avengers (joined by Ant-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor), Wonder Man was mortally wounded when the Vision reached into his chest and traumatized his heart. Ant-Man entered the Vision's body via his mouth and pulled his main synapse, deactivating him. However, Pym then purged the Vision's programming and transferred Simon's brain patterns into the Vision.

    Eventually, Wanda Williams accepted her husband's new body, to some degree converging a divergent reality.

Comments: Created by Jim Valentino and Sam DeLaRosa.

This reality diverges from Avengers I#9. Although events prior to Avengers I#9 can probably be ASSumed to be the same for this reality as for Earth-616, only characters definitively seen are listed here.

The title of the What If issue was "What if the Vision had destroyed the Avengers?", which isn't quite accurate. The point of divergence is Wonder Man coming clean with Avengers sooner and not being thrown into a death-like state. Still, Wonder Man did die, his brain patterns were preserved in the Vision, and the Avengers were not destroyed. However, Quicksilver and Magneto were slain.

Profile by Snood.

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What If...? II#5 cover


 

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Last Updated: 09/26/04

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