Type: Divergent Earth

Environment: Earth-like

Usual means of access: Presumably vibrational attunement

Dominant Life Form: Humans

Significant Inhabitants: The Avengers (Giant-Man, Human Torch (Ben Grimm), Iron Man, Thor, Wasp), Bijou the "Monster from Mars," Fantastic Four (retired), the Miracle Man, the Mole Man and his subterranean monsters, Angelica Parsons, Judith Parsons, Reed Richards, the Skrulls, Johnny Storm, Sue Storm

Significant Locations: New York City, New York

First Appearance: What If? II#11 (March, 1990)

History: (What If? II#11 (fb)) - When the experiment rocket piloted by Ben Grimm and carrying Reed Richards, Sue Storm, and Johnny Storm crashed to Earth, the foursome was bombarded with radioactive cosmic rays. Upon its landing, Johnny Storm burst into flame, flying high into the air. Soon after, the other three did the same.

 (What If? II#11 (fb)) - Not long after their transformation, the foursome became known as the Fantastic Four, battling such menaces as the Mole Man and the alien Skrulls. After their defeat of the Skrulls, the Fantastic Four battled the mystic Miracle Man, who used his abilities to bring to life a statue advertising a monster movie called "The Monster from Mars." During the battle, the Miracle Man led the monster and the Fantastic Four into a rundown part of New York City, where the Fantastic Four thought they could use their powers to the fullest, as they thought it was condemned and uninhabited. Unknown to them, when they set fire to the statue of the monster, the fire also engulfed a local apartment building, killing young Angelica Parsons, who was inside. After the Fantastic Four defeated the Miracle Man, a police officer informed them of the fire at the apartment complex and the foursome rushed to aid in the extinguishing of it. The three male members of the Fantastic Four used their powers to absorb the fire into themselves, while Sue Storm flew inside the building, where she found a fireman standing over the lifeless body of Angelica Parsons. When she returned with the delirious fireman, Judith Parsons, Angelica's mother, accused the team of being murderers.

 (What If? II#11) - Following the death of Angelica Parsons due to their carelessness, Sue Storm became a nun, while Reed Richards devoted all of his time to his scientific work. Johnny Storm used his resistance to fire to make himself a celebrity on the racing circuit and Ben Grimm went on to use the name of the Human Torch as the Avengers' first recruit.

Comments: Created by Jim Valentino and Chris Ivy.

This Earth diverged from the events in Fantastic Four I#1 (November, 1961).

One thing of note: This alternate reality was officially given the number of Earth-9031 in the Marvel Encyclopedia Vol. 6: Fantastic Four.

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Ben Grimm was just as hot-tempered as his Earth-616 counterpart, despite his ability to control fire and flames. After the Fantastic Four's dissolution following the death of Angelica Parsons, Ben Grimm took on the codename of the Human Torch and became the Avengers' first recruit, since Johnny Storm was not present to find the amnesiac Sub-Mariner, who was in turn, not present to free Captain America from his suspended animation.

--What If? II#11




Judith was a young single mother who lived in a rundown apartment complex with her daughter, Angelica. When the Miracle Man animated the wooden monster statue, the Fantastic Four led the animated creature into what they thought were abandoned buildings. As they flew past the rundown apartment complex, the FF didn't notice young Angelica Parsons playing with her doll inside one of the buildings. With Judith at work, Angelica was killed when the FF accidentally set the complex on fire with their fiery powers. Once the building was set ablaze, Judith managed to see the fire from the cafe where she worked and ran to save her daughter. Unfortunately, she was too late. As the firemen pulled Judith away from the blaze, Judith exclaimed that the Fantastic Four were murderers and that they had killed her daughter.

--What If? II#11 (fb)



Reed Richards was a scientist at heart, just like his Earth-616 counterpart. Following the death of Angelica Parsons and the ending of the Fantastic Four's partnership, Reed opted not to use his flame powers as a superhero, but instead devoted his time into his inventions and science.

--What If? II#11


Johnny Storm was very similar in personality to his Earth-616 counterpart and after the falling apart of the Fantastic Four, Johnny used his flame powers as a world class race car driver, since he was unafraid of any fire that might ensue during a crash. Since he had stopped being a superhero, Johnny was never present at the Bowery flophouse to find the amnesiac Namor the Sub-Mariner, leaving Captain America to remain frozen in ice.

--What If? II#11


Sue Storm was a very caring individual, like her Earth-616 counterpart. When the Fantastic Four failed to save the life of young Angelica Parsons, who died due to their carelessness with their flame powers, Sue Storm devoted her life to God and became a nun, never again using her flame powers.

--What If? II#11


What If? II#11, p3, pan3 (the Fantastic Four with flame powers)

 p10, pan4 (Sue Storm, Reed Richards, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm images)

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Last Updated: 06/18/05

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