One of the most popular and frequently used concepts in recent superhero media is the idea of the multiverse – alternate universes with infinite possibilities and infinite deadlines who create new versions of stories with beloved characters. Although, of course, in the comics that these movies are based on, the multiverse is nothing new.
Countless versions of superheroes have permeated both established canon and alternate timelines and the results are always creative. Whether heroes find powers in new ways, the more idealistic heroes taking darker paths, or just plain weird and funny. Either way, many of these variants have a penchant for the weird and unusual compared to their mainstream counterparts.
The Venom symbiote allows for a surprising degree of variety, often feeding on the worst impulses and desires of its hosts. Still, the symbiote proved useful, especially with its most surprising partner: Peter Parker’s former high school bully, Flash Thompson.
The Empire State elders-turned-paraplegic soldiers decided to only use the symbiote for 48 hours straight or risk the creature consuming it completely. During this stint, Agent Venom became a member of teams such as the Secret Avengers and the guardians of the galaxy.
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This seminal Somewhere else story answers an interesting question: what if Superman landed in Soviet Russia rather than Smallville, Kansas? As a result, readers got a Russian Kal-El who never calls himself Clark Kent, wears the communist hammer and sickle instead of the “S”, and becomes the leader of the Soviet Union to begin a peaceful (albeit somewhat totalitarian). reign.
Despite a radically different political system, this Superman still tries to fight for what he believes in, even if it pushes him into tough places.
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When he tries to talk to Batman, he finds this Dark Knight to be far more willing to kill, far less willing to listen, and far less technologically developed. Barry quickly realizes that this universe’s Bruce Wayne was the one who was murdered that fateful night in Crime Alley and that his father Thomas became Batman and his mother Martha became the Joker.
Many superheroes have seen darker reflections of themselves, whether in multiverse stories or main storylines. But this spooky version of one of the most popular x-men makes it distinct. Created during the age of apocalypse storyline, Dark Beast was a monstrous mad doctor working under Mister Sinister. He reveled in his cruel experiences for Sinister and Apocalypse, working under a “survival of the fittest” philosophy.
It’s a very dark turn considering what a cheerful, well-educated man, Hank McCoy, is in the main canon. Unfortunately, he was one of many characters who escaped to the main 616 timeline, in which his experiments managed to continue.
Earth-3 Superwoman (Lois Lane)
Earth-3 is an alternate universe where all members of the Justice League dedicated themselves to wickedness and conquest, and this variant is no exception. A native of the Amazon who adopted the identity of Lois Lane after discovering the outside world, she married Ultraman (Superman’s evil counterpart) and joined the Crime Society as Superwoman.
She can change her golden lasso into any shape she wants and uses it to reveal the inhibitions of anyone it holds. If that wasn’t scary enough, she claims she’s pregnant with a child destined to destroy the world but didn’t reveal more.
A death order from Norman Osborn, a kill from the mutant Daken, and a little lab work from Morbius, the Living Vampire. All of this has resulted in this remarkable fusion of Frankenstein monster and The PunisherFrank Castle.
It’s an oddly fitting combination since both characters are, in their own way, driven by revenge in their original works. In the case of Frank Castle, against the criminal world after the murder of his family, and in the case of Frankenstein’s monster, revenge against the doctor who created him.
dead Poolbeing one of the wackiest characters in comics, is no stranger to weird variations, from a small child to a dog to a psychotically evil maniac who killed everyone. wonder universe. But perhaps no stranger version comes to mind than this.
Coming from the Marvel Zombies universe, this version of the Merc with a Mouth is a decapitated zombie head that can still talk and walks around with a small helicopter hat. With half of his mask ripped off to reveal a monstrous visage, Headpool is surprisingly less deadly than his fellow zombies, but being a head in and of itself will get you.
Brought to the attention of the general public in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Versethis version of Spider Man is a talking pig. Or rather, a spider bitten by a radioactive pig. His universe is populated by anthropomorphic talking animals, but Spider-Ham is by far the most famous of the whole bunch.
Acting much more like a wacky cartoon character than a traditional superhero, Peter Porker balances his life battling villains like Ducktor Doom and the King-Pig with his secret identity as a reporter for the Daily Beagle. This little creature found himself a member of the Web Warriors, joining various spiders across the multiverse.
Lobo the duck
Yes, it really does exist. In the 90s, Marvel and CC came to a short-lived 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. This was dubbed Amalgam, and perhaps their weirdest fusion was that of cult-favorite Marvel howard the duck and DC’s intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo.
Unfortunately, this series only lasted one issue which claimed to be a continuation of other Lobo the Duck stories, which did not exist. Still, this great union of two cult favorites is worth mentioning.
Golden Oldie (Aunt May)
The celestial being Galactus has chosen many heralds in his lifetime, most notably the Silver Surfer. And then there was the moment he decided that Peter Parker’s Aunt May would be his herald, with her superhero name: Golden Oldie.
Even funnier than the simple image of Aunt May cast in the guise of a golden goddess is how she finds a way to satisfy the planet eater’s hunger: by baking planet-sized cakes – and it works. Originally created as a joke for a one-off parody comic, she managed to reappear in an issue of What if…?.
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