Type: Divergent Earth

Environment: Earth-like

Usual means of access: Presumably vibrational attunement

Dominant Life Form: Mutants

Significant Inhabitants: Rick Bogart, Trish Bogart, Dr. Robyn Hanover, Magneto, Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (Mastermind, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Toad), Mister Sinister, Mister Sinister's X-Men (Cyclops, Havok, Malice, Sabretooth, Sauron), Ororo Munroe, Professor X, Professor X's X-Men (Angel, Banshee, Beast, Marvel Girl, Mimic)

Significant Locations: Cairo, Egypt; Cape Citadel; Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters in Westchester, New York; the State Home for Foundlings in Sage, Nebraska;

First Appearance: What If? II#74 (June, 1995)

History: (What If? II#74 (fb)) - While Mister Sinister was keeping a close eye on Scott Summers at an orphanage, he discovered that Dr. Robyn Hanover had arranged for Rick & Trish Bogart to adopt young Scott. Instead of killing them to keep Scott under his control, he allowed the Bogarts to live, but they eventually backed out of the adoption a mere hour before taking Scott home. Disguising himself as a young orphan named Nate, Mister Sinister befriended Scott, gaining further control over the young mutant. Soon after, Sinister cloned the young mutant named Jean Grey and allowed the clone to become possessed by the mutant entity known as Malice to unlock the clone's latent telekinetic abilities. Some time later, Sinister also confronted the frail child named Karl Lykos and force-fed him mutant energies, triggering his transformation into the pterodactyl-man called Sauron. Gathering Scott, the Jean Grey clone, Sauron, Scott's younger brother Alex, and the hired goon, Sabretooth, Sinister formed what he called his X-Men.

 (What If? II#74) - Ten years later, when Magneto attacked the Cape Citadel base demanding its weapons, Sinister's X-Men were there to stop him. As the battle continued between Sinister's X-Men and Magneto, Sauron and Sabretooth got into an argument over who got to kill Magneto. Cyclops ordered them to stop arguing and claimed that he would do it, but Magneto managed to get back on his feet and escape into the air. After returning to their base under the State Home for Foundlings in Sage, Nebraska, Cyclops apologized to Mister Sinister for failing to stop Magneto. Sinister explained that he was merely angry at the thought of Magneto loose in the world, but another situation had arisen that they needed to prepare for.

When the others left to prepare for their upcoming mission, Sinister spoke personally to Sabretooth and ordered to never again go against the orders given to Scott, as Sinister had spent years molding Scott. Soon after, the X-Men visited Cairo, Egypt in search of a mutant located by Mister Sinister's Gene Screen. The mutant signature was identified as a young Ororo Munroe and Scott attempted to ease Ororo's fears of the X-Men, but was interrupted by another group of mutants calling themselves X-Men. Before any introductions could be made, Sabretooth jumped to attacked the other mutants, but was knocked back by the mutant known as Banshee. The Angel saved Ororo while Marvel Girl stopped, feeling like she had met Cyclops once before. As she hesitated, Malice attacked Marvel Girl, while Havok battled the Beast. In the air, Angel managed to sit Ororo safely atop a local building, but was ambushed by Sauron. As Marvel Girl and Malice continued their battle of telekinesis, Mister Sinister telepathically contacted Sabretooth and ordered him to kill Marvel Girl.

As the battle raged on, Marvel Girl noticed that Sauron had turned his attention to the young Ororo. Marvel Girl managed to telekinetically bind a noose around Sauron's neck and kill him via hanging. Sabretooth quickly made his move, grabbing Marvel Girl by the neck, while Sinister telepathically ordered Cyclops and Havok to return to their headquarters, as Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants were attacking. Instead of going to save Sinister, Cyclops turned on the team and blasted Sabretooth away from Marvel Girl. Not long after, Cyclops felt the psychic pain that Sinister was feeling due to his battle with the Brotherhood, causing him to turn away from Marvel Girl and flee. Marvel Girl ordered the Angel to follow him. Cyclops made it back to his headquarters, where he found the "dying" Mister Sinister. Sinister asked Scott to keep his vision alive, just as Professor X's X-Men arrived to see Scott cradling his "dying" mentor. Six weeks later, Cyclops and Havok had joined Professor X's X-Men as the still-alive Sinister monologued about how he now had a wolf in the fold.

Comments: Created by Simon Furman, Nathaniel Palant, and Mike Halblieb.

This reality diverged from the events seen in X-Men Classic II#41-42.

This reality's designation was revealed in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Vol.2

Classic X-Men#42 shows that Jean Grey had made telepathic contact with Summers, though he dismissed it at that point as a bit of imagination.
Storm's age seems off, since X-Men the Hidden Years would suggest that she was already in Kenya during this rough timeframe. Storm should be roughly similar in age to Cyclops and Jean Grey.
--John McDonagh

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After Magneto's defeat at Cape Citadel by Sinister's team of X-Men,he formed the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants using the same mutants as he did on Earth-616. Instead of taking over Santo Marco, the Brotherhood attacked Sinister's headquarters and Sinister himself, until they "killed" him. Thinking Sinister to be dead, the Brotherhood fled when Professor X's X-Men arrived on the scene.

The roster was (from left to right): Toad, Mastermind, Magneto, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch.

--What If? II#74





Mister Sinister formed his X-Men as a way of further manipulating Scott Summers. He brought together Scott, his brother Alex, a clone of Jean Grey, the mutant Sauron, and the hired mercenary skills of Sabretooth. Using the X-Men, Sinister sent them out to kill Magneto during his first outing against Cape Citadel, but Cyclops hesitated and Magneto escaped. Sinister then sent the X-Men out to retrieve possible mutant candidate Ororo Munroe, but his X-Men were stopped by Professor Xavier's X-Men. Returning to their headquarters in time to see Magneto gain vengeance against Sinister by "killing" him with his Brotherhood, Cyclops and Havok eventually joined Professor Xavier's X-Men, as Sauron had been previously killed by Marvel Girl when he threatened to kill Ororo and Sabretooth wasn't much a team player anyways.

The roster was: (clockwise from top left): Malice, Cyclops, Sabretooth, and Havok (at the bottom left, next to Magneto). Not pictured in this pic is Sauron, who can be seen in the main pic at the top of page.

--What If? II#74




Ororo Munroe was a young mutant in Cairo, Egypt, who both Professor X and Mister Sinister sought out for their own X-Men. The two teams fought over Ororo until Sinister called Cyclops and Havok back to him. Professor X's team followed the duo, leaving Storm behind.

--What If? II#74



While Sinister was forming his X-Men, Professor Charles Xavier was also forming his force for mutant/human co-existence, also called the X-Men. When Magneto was stopped by Sinister's X-Men, Professor X sent his team to retrieve the young mutant named Ororo Munroe from Cairo, Egypt, as a possible candidate for his School for Gifted Younsters. When Cyclops and Havok were called back to Mister Sinister, Marvel Girl led Xavier's X-Men to follow them. After Sinister seemingly died, Cyclops and Havok joined Xavier's team.

Their roster was: (from left to right: The Beast, Mimic, Banshee, the Angel, and Marvel Girl)

--What If? II#74






images: (not counting ads)

What If? II#74, front cover (Mister Sinister with his X-Men, main pic)

 p2, splash page (Mister Sinister's X-Men, battling Magneto)

 p14, pan5 (Professor X's X-Men, confronting Sinister's team)

 p19, pan1 (Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants)

 p19, pan3 (Ororo Munroe)

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Last Updated: 06/30/05

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