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David Allen Perrin
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Posted: 12 March 2019 at 12:39pm | IP Logged | 1  

https://io9.gizmodo.com/report-marvels-plans-for-disney-coul d-include-an-anim-1833231667

Oooh...intriguing!


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Jozef Brandt
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Heck, half the stuff Marvel puts in the comics (and movies for that matter) these days is more off-book and unlikely than "What If" ever was...so it's not like it's going to hurt.

Finally get that live action Forbush Man I've always wanted?  
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Well, in this case it would be animated Forbush Man....

Disney+ is going to make me drop Netflix I suspect.
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Some time ago, I wrote a post in which I compared premises from back issues of What If? with then-current and recent plotlines in the comics themselves. That was a fun exercise. 

The fact that so many of those were eventually realized in the main stories themselves has me wondering what current plotlines would have looked like back in the day had they been done as single issues of What If? Like... What If Peter Parker became a multimillionaire playboy? What If... every Spider-Man from every universe met every other Spider-Man? What If... Doctor Octopus were the New Spider-Man? 

One that I find particularly fun to conjure with is the potential four-story issue on Cyclops, similar to the structure of What If? 15 starring Nova. What If Cyclops Became... Phoenix? ... a murderous Black Ops agent? ... a teenager (again)? ... Dead? 

I don't see myself ever subscribing to these ever-increasing splinter networks and quickly becoming a grumpy old man who never knows what these new programs are that everyone is talking about. Still, it would be fun to check out episodes of What If? over at someone else's house someday. I did love that comic back when it was being published. 

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@Brian:

Yes, I remember your post, although I don't think I replied to it at the time!

I wanted to ask JB what his thoughts were on 'What If'. Was it a good way for writers to scratch an itch and tell stories that otherwise couldn't be told, or did it set a dangerous precedent BY telling the stories, so that they somehow worked themselves into the Marvel Universe proper?

I think that your post probably proved it's the latter! :)
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I wanted to ask JB what his thoughts were on 'What If'. Was it a good way for writers to scratch an itch and tell stories that otherwise couldn't be told, or did it set a dangerous precedent BY telling the stories, so that they somehow worked themselves into the Marvel Universe proper?

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Yes.

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Posted: 16 March 2019 at 11:35am | IP Logged | 7  

Mr. Brake - avoid asking Mr. Byrne "either-or" questions. He doesn't like "either-or" questions. You wouldn't like him when he gets "either-or" questions.

Actually, I've always seen a "yes" answer. Just pose your straight forward question.

IMO, I would probably say that both aspects of your question are so. But it took a lot of writers who couldn't be original to read the original "What If-" books to have to get their story ideas.
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Posted: 16 March 2019 at 12:13pm | IP Logged | 8  


More Marvel paired with Disney animation is okay by me!



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More Marvel paired with Disney animation is okay by me!

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Yes, sweet -- but creating movies into which audiences cannot walk "cold". I like the "imaginary story" motif, but they DO demand fairly extensive knowledge of the "real" backstory.

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I liked WHAT IF at least part of the time. (Great variance in quality from issue to issue.)

What I hated was Marvel's decision later on to make every WHAT IF story part of the Marvel Multiverse. And to give every universe a number.

Marvel is supposed to be different than DC! I love DC having a multiverse (again)! Marvel shouldn't have one! (Fine, the Squadron Supreme gets "Earth-S." But that should be IT.)

Even possible far futures get numbered. The original version of the Guardians of the Galaxy are on Earth-some-number.

(OK, admission, I liked the multiverse story in the recent Marvel 2-in-1 series with the Thing and the Torch. There can be exceptions. Just don't number the f*cking Earths and don't use them again!)
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Marvel’s “prime” Earth is 616. I’m SURE it’s just a coincidence that that’s the Number of the Beast in some versions of the Bible.
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Though usually credited to Alan Moore, Alan Davis reportedly said that previous "Captain Britain" writer for Marvel's UK line came up with the designation number for the Marvel Universe because Dave Thorpe "wasn't a fan of the modern superhero genre" and expressed this in his stories, "such as recording his opinion of the Marvel Universe with the designation 616.

So, basically the number given to the "real" Marvel Universe was given by someone who had disdain for it and the genre.

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