Type: Divergent Earth

Environment: Earth-like

Usual means of access: Presumably vibrational attunement

Dominant Life Form: Humans

Significant Inhabitants: The Avengers (Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Tigra, Wasp, Yellowjacket), Carrothers, Elfqueen, Edwin Jarvis, Jenkins, Monckley, Snort

Significant Locations: Avengers Mansion, the Fortune Jewelry Building

First Appearance: What If? I#35 (October, 1982)

History: (What If? I#35/3) - During a stressful time in the marriage of Yellowjacket and the Wasp, the Avengers were attacked by the otherdimensional Elfqueen. When Yellowjacket hit her with an electric burst after she had surrendered, the Elfqueen retaliated by crushing Yellowjacket with a van, killing him. Following Yellowjacket's funeral, the Wasp was extremely distrought and angry at Captain America for being angry at Yellowjacket for striking a surrendering foe. She then went to the press and told them, despite the truth that Captain America gave them, that Yellowjacket had died in the line of duty, protecting innocent lives. Back inside Avengers Mansion, Captain America tried to explain why he had been angry with Yellowjacket, but the Wasp ignored his words and accused him using Yellowjacket as a scapegoat. Tigra then took the Wasp for some fresh air, where she invited her to go shopping at Bloomingdale's to help take her mind off of the tragedy. The Wasp declined and decided to visit one of the rougher parts of New York City, where two small-time hoods attempted to rob her. Calling herself the Black Wasp, she savagely attacked the crooks and even gave them an extra wasp's sting "for Hank." At the next Avengers meeting, Captain America confronted the Wasp about her recent activities as the Black Wasp, but before their argument could continue, Jarvis interrupted their meeting to inform them of an out-of-control at the Fortune Jewelry Building. As the fire raged, the building's ceiling nearly collapsed atop Captain America, while the Wasp just stood and watched, feeling that Captain America did not warn Yellowjacket when the Elfqueen attacked. Fortunately, Tigra pushed Cap out of the way and took the ceiling herself, forcing the Wasp to see that Yellowjacket's death was an accident and that Avengers protect one another. Making it out ok, Tigra and the other Avengers returned to the mansion, where the Wasp decided to quit the team, feeling like she didn't belong there anymore.

Comments: Created by Alan Zelenetz, Greg LaRocque, Mike Esposito, and Crew.

This reality diverged from the events in Avengers I#212 (October, 1981).

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Following Yellowjacket's death, Janet Van Dyne became obsessed with avenging him. She went into a bad part of town and allowed two small-time crooks, Monckley and Snort, to attempt to rob her. When they tried, she savagely attacked them with Wasp's Stings and introduced herself as the Black Wasp. She then gave them an extra sting "for Hank." When she returned to the Avengers, Captain America confronted her about her recent violence against criminals, but before their conversation could continue, Jarvis informed them of a fire at a local jewelry store. During the fire, the Wasp did not warn Captain America of a falling ceiling, feeling that he didn't warn Yellowjacket of the Elfqueen's attack. Instead, Tigra took to the brunt of the ceiling and saved Cap. Feeling ashamed of her recent spat of vengeance, the Black Wasp decided to quit the Avengers.

-- What If? I#35/3


What If? I#35, p27, pan1 (Yellowjacket's funeral)

 p32, pan7 (Black Wasp)

What If? I#35 (October, 1982) - Alan Zelenetz (writer), Greg LaRocque (pencils), Mike Esposit and crew (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)

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Last Updated: 06/18/05

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