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Type: Alternate Earth

Environment: Earth-like

Usual means of access: Vibrational attunement, notably via the Probability Engine

Dominant Life Form: Humans (including human mutates)

Significant Inhabitants: Doc Iron (Victor von Doom), Frightful Four (Mr. Devious (Reed Richards), Human Pyre (Johnny Storm), Monsterman (Ben Grimm), Unstoppable Woman (Susan Storm))

First Appearance: Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four#25 (August, 2007)


(Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four#25 (fb)) - While in college, Victor von Doom tried to help his classmate, Reed Richards, with his design of an experimental spaceship and was concerned about its insufficient shielding against cosmic rays. Reed refused help and the flight left him and his three crew members fantastically altered by the cosmic rays.

(Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four#25 (fb) - BTS) - Paranoid, ashamed and delusional, Reed sought revenge against the world, commanding his fellow transformed crew members as willing henchmen into a team dubbed the Frightful Four.

(Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four#25 (fb)) - Seeing the destruction wrought by the Frightful Four, Victor crafted a suit of life-preserving armor that was armed with non-lethal weaponry to counter the villainous teams powers. He also set up a defensive base in the Baxter Building.

(Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four#25 (fb) - BTS) - Calling himself Doc Iron, Victor fought the Frightful Four on many occasions, although one time, the dastardly Johnny Storm (Human Pyre) of his dimension burned his face, scarring it so horribly that Victor refused to remove his faceplate from that point on. Each side continued to develop technology to counter the other's attacks.

(Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four#25) - Accidentally casting himself adrift across alternate dimensions, Johnny Storm of Earth-20051 stumbled into this reality entering Victor's inner sanctum. The Human Torch recognized the cold metallic voice of Victor and attacked him. Victor, concerned that his secret identity had been compromised, was able to stop the Torch's attack using vacuum pellets that ate up the oxygen around the lost hero, thus quenching his flames, before imprisoning him in a transparent tube. Although both were confused, Victor revealed his origins to the Human Torch, finishing just as the Frightful Four smashed their way in. The Unstoppable Woman knocked Doc Iron back with an invisible force field, setting him up to be pummeled by Monsterman. Mr. Devious was about to crush Doc Iron in his suit, but the Human Pyre discovered the Human Torch in his tube and suggested using the perceived "clone" to destroy Doc Iron. However, the Human Torch had now fathomed the role reversal of the two sides in this reality, and instead attacked the Frightful Four, standing side-by-side with Doc Iron, who had now recovered. The Human Torch briefly related his transdimensional origins to Doc Iron as the fight intensified. However, the two's defensive blasts accidentally hit the Probability Engine, transporting the Human Torch beyond this reality.

Comments: Created by Fred Van Lente (writer) and Cory Hamscher (art).

   This alternate Earth diverged when Reed Richards became twisted by paranoia in the wake of the initial space flight that cosmically irradiated him and his crew. However, this variation may be earlier than that as Victor tried to assist Reed with the design of his experimental spaceship but was rejected.

   The Human Pyre's flame burned redder than the Human Torch's.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Earth-200781 has no known connections to:

Doc Iron

Doc Iron

In an effort to counter the destructive acts of the Frightful Four, Victor von Doom crafted a suit of defensive armor to try to stop the villainous quartet, calling himself Doc Iron in an effort to keep a secret identity. His armor included various non-lethal technology designed to negate the Frightful Four's individual abilities, including vacuum pellets to extinguish the flames of the Human Pyre, helmet eyepieces that could detect the thermal signature of the invisible Unstoppable Woman, plus a centralized gravity projector to slow Monsterman, as well as electric blasts from his gauntlets. Just after encountering the Human Torch of Earth-20051, the Frightful Four finally breached his defenses and he was overwhelmed by their onslaught. He was saved from death by the freed Human Torch and stood alongside the Human Torch in trying to stop his nemeses. However, a blast directed at Mr. Devious missed and instead struck the Probability Engine, sending the Human Torch beyond his reality and leaving him to fight the destructive foursome alone.




--Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four#25

The Frightful Four attack!

Frightful Four

The Frightful Four formed in the wake of the crash landing of the fateful flight into space. The foursome acquired the powers of their Earth-616 and 20051 counterparts. However, Reed Richards' mind became unhinged with guilt and shame, and he descended into paranoia, attacking those he delusionally considered his enemies. He convinced his former crew members to join him in these attacks. Reed took on the name of Mr. Devious, Susan the Unstoppable Woman, Johnny the Human Pyre and Grimm the Monsterman. The team fought Doc Iron on many occasions, with the Human Pyre succeeding in burning Doc Iron's face during one fray. Reed's intellect allowed him to counter Doc Iron's countermeasures against his team, including a thermal lining for the Unstoppable Woman so that Doc Iron could not detect her heat signature, plus an exo-skeleton for Monsterman to negate the Doc Iron's gravity weapon. The quartet attacked Doom's base in the Baxter Building and were ready to kill him when the Human Pyre discovered the trapped Human Torch of Earth-20051 and the two fiery youths briefly dueled before the Torch fought next to Doc Iron against the Frightful Four. However, the Human Torch's sudden departure left Doc Iron alone against the team's vicious onslaught.



--Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four#25

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Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four#25 (August, 2007) - Fred Van Lente (writer), Cory Hamscher (art), Nathan Cosby (editor)

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Last Updated: 08/12/08

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