One of the most popular and frequently used concepts in recent superhero media is the idea of multiverse-alternate universes with infinite possibilities and infinite time-frames that create new versions of stories with beloved characters. Although, of course, the comic books these films are based in, the multiverse is nothing new.
Countless versions of superheroes have entered both established canon and alternate timelines and the results are always creative. Whether the heroes gain powers through new means, the most idealistic heroes going down dark paths, or just plain quirky and funny. Regardless, many of these variations have a penchant for the weird and unusual compared to their mainstream counterparts.
Venom allows a surprising degree of symbiosis diversity, often feeding off the worst impulses and desires of their hosts. Still, the symbiote has proved helpful, especially with his most surprising partner: Peter Parker’s former high school bully, Flash Thompson.
The Empire State alumnus turned paraplegic soldier decided to only use the symbiote for 48 hours at a time or risk eating the creature entirely. During this stint, Agent Venom became a member of teams such as Secret Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy.
superman red son
This seminal Elsworld story begs an interesting question: What if Superman landed in Soviet Russia as opposed to Smallville, Kansas? As a result, readers find a Russian Kal-El, who never goes by the name Clark Kent, wears a communist sickle and hammer instead of an “S” and becomes the leader of the Soviet Union to begin a peaceful (if somewhat totalitarian). ) Government.
Despite a radically different political system, this Superman still tries to fight for what he believes in, even if it pushes him to tough places.
Thomas Wayne Batman
In the world of Flashpoint, when Barry Allen travels back in time to stop his mother’s murder, he discovers that the world around him has inadvertently changed (most of it for the worst).
When he tries to talk to Batman, he finds that this Dark Knight is far more willing to kill, far less willing to listen, and far less technically developed. Barry quickly learns of the out-of-universe Bruce Wayne who was murdered that fateful night at Crime Alley and that his father Thomas became Batman, and mother Martha became the Joker.
Many superheroes have seen deep reflections of themselves, whether in multiple narratives or in the main story. But this creepy version of one of the most popular X-Men sets him apart. installed during age of apocalypse Story: The Dark Beast was a monstrous mad doctor working under Mr. Sinister. He delighted in his brutal experiments for both the Sinister and the Apocalypse, operating under the “Survival of the Fittest” philosophy.
This is a pretty dark twist, considering what a cheerful and well-educated man Hank McCoy is in the main theory. Unfortunately, he was one of several characters that survived the main 616 timeline, in which his experiments managed to continue.
Earth-3 Superwoman (Lois Lane)
Earth-3 is an alternate universe where all the members of the Justice League have devoted themselves to villainy and triumph, and this version is no exception. An Amazon native who adopted the identity of Lois Lane after exploring the outside world, she marries Ultraman (Superman’s evil counterpart) and joins the Crime Society as a Superwoman.
She can transform her golden lasso into any shape she wants and uses it to reveal her inhibitions. If that wasn’t frightening enough, she claims she is pregnant with a child who is destined to destroy the world, but reveals nothing further.
A Death Order by Norman Osborne, a Murder from Mutant Daken, and a small lab work from Morbius, the Living Vampire. It all resulted in this remarkable fusion of the Frankenstein monster and The Punisher, Frank Castle.
It’s an oddly apt combination as both characters are, in their own ways, driven by vengeance in their original works. In the case of Frank Castle, against the criminal world after his family is murdered, and in the case of Frankenstein Monster, revenge on the doctor who created him.
Deadpool, being one of the strangest characters in the comics, is no stranger to strange forms, from a small child to a dog to a psychically evil maniac who killed the entire Marvel universe. But perhaps a stranger version of this does not come to mind.
coming from Marvel Zombies This version of the universe, Merck with a Mouth, has a head cut off one who can still talk and ride with a small helicopter cap. With his half-mask to reveal a monstrous face, Headpool is surprisingly less murderous than his fellow zombies, but having a head in your own right will make you so.
brought to the attention of the mainstream Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Versethis version of Spider Man Talking Pig. Or rather, a spider bitten by a radioactive pig. Their universe is populated with anthropomorphic talking animals, but Spider-Ham is easily the most famous of the whole bunch.
Acting like a far more wacky cartoon character than a traditional superhero, Peter Porker balances his life battling villains like Doctor Doom and King-Pig with his secret identity as a reporter for the Daily Beagle. . This tiny critter has found itself a member of the Web Warriors, joining various spider-people throughout the multiverse.
lobo the duck
Yes, he really exists. Back in the ’90s, Marvel and DC came to a short-term deal that would not only see their multiverses collide, but create a new timeline where heroes and villains were combined to introduce interesting new characters. It was dubbed Amalgam, and perhaps his strangest fusion was that of Marvel cult favorite Howard the Duck and DC’s intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo.
Unfortunately, the series only lasted one issue, claimed to be a continuation of the other Lobo the Duck stories, which did not exist. Still, this great union of two cult favorites makes him one worth a mention.
Golden Oldie (Aunt May)
Being celestial like Galactus has chosen to herald many on its existence, most notably the Silver Surfer. And then there was the time she decided to be her herald, completing Peter Parker’s Aunt May with her superhero name: Golden Oldie.
What’s even funnier than the simple image of Aunt May dressed as a gold goddess is how she finds a way to satisfy a planet-eater’s hunger: by baking planet-shaped cakes—and it works. Initially created as a joke for a one-time parody comic, she managed to reappear in an issue of what if…?,
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