In the #MarvelComics universe, the good guys usually win. Even in alternate realities, there are a lot of Earths out there where this is true. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is, in fact, a reality (Earth-199999). There are even some where the world is, for the most part, peaceful (Earth-12). And while it may take awhile, the villain usually goes back to their base defeated. However, there are some universes out there where this is not the case. The regular Earth-616 may be wacky and dangerous, but there are #Marvel universes that are full of death and catastrophe. I would like to share some of my favorite Marvel universes where the world went to absolute poop.
7. Marvel Zombies (Earth-2149)
With popular movies and shows like The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later and Zombieland, everyone has heard of zombies. In these movies the undead have taken over or populate most of the world. In Marvel's Earth-2149, the zombie virus took over and infected most the super people of the world. Little by little they ate most of the world's inhabitants, including animals. If that wasn't bad enough, Silver Surfer and Galactus came down and Wolverine, Luke Cage, Hulk, Iron Man, Hank Pym and Spider-Man ate them both and took their powers!
Eventually, this left the zombie heroes to search the universe, eating the beings and planets they could sink their teeth into.
6. King Hyperion (Earth-4023)
There are a ton of Hyperions in the Marvel multiverse. However, this one is the baddest of the bad. He killed every super person on his planet, then told world leaders to name him Sovereign of the World. This shouldn't shock you, but they declined to meet his demands. Instead, they tried to kill him with nuclear bombs.
Unfortunately, those bombs killed everyone on the planet except Hyperion, who became the ruler of a giant ball of nothing — a fate he deemed worse than death.
5. Rule With An Iron Fist (Earth-42777)
Tony Stark a.k.a. #IronMan is one of the greatest #Avengers of all time. Despite his heroics, Stark is arrogant. In one particular reality, Stark went beyond anything I thought he was capable of. On Earth-42777, he created famine around the world, funded a war between humans and mutants, and attempted to kill any superhuman in his way. Why did he do this? So he could rule the world.
In this case, the joke was on him. While he caused millions of deaths in his rise to power, he was left with a horribly disfigured face and was unable to leave his armor without dying. From that point on, Marvel's vainest hero could only see his face with an image inducer.
4. Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe (Earth-12101)
#Deadpool has always been one of the most dangerous characters in comic books. The only thing that stops him from being more deadly are the restraints he keeps on himself because of his need to be a better person. On Earth-12101, that filter was removed and Deadpool showed exactly what he was capable of.
As the title suggests, Deadpool decided to kill every super person or unpowered hero and villain in the Marvel Universe. He even had a plan that killed Dr. Doom, Dr. Strange and Spider-Man. If you were a normal person on Earth-12101, life returns to the way it used to be before supers. If you're a hero or a villain, well, this world stinks.
3. Marvel Universe Vs... (Earth-11080)
Earth-11080 is a world where the people of Earth gave in to primal instinct. During one of the Punisher's raids against crime, he accidentally released chemicals into the sewer. This affected the drinking water and resulted in a world of super-charged, tribal savagery.
Since the super beings of the world were the alphas, they all joined factions to survive. While you'd assume that the Hulk's tribe would be the most dangerous, it wasn't. Spider-Man and his Spider Tribe became the strongest and most vicious, allowing them to survive the longest. The last hero on Earth ended up being the Punisher, who was immune to the virus. He continued his war, and set out to kill anyone in New York that was affected by the chemical leak.
2. Age Of Ultron (Earth-61112)
On Earth-61112, #Ultron won his war and started a machine apocalypse that would make Skynet jealous! Ultron and his robot minions killed Thor, The Hulk, most of the X-Men and Fantastic Four, along with most of the world's population.
Only a small group of heroes survived, who were left hiding scared in an abandoned S.H.I.E.L.D. Hellicarrier. Times were so bad that even Steve Rogers had given up hope. After the small group made their way to the future to take out Ultron, they died in their attempts. In this dystopian universe, the team didn't ever stand a chance.
1. Old Man Logan (Earth-807128)
This is probably my favorite apocalyptic reality for one reason: We get to see what happens if the villains really got their act together and took over the world.
Not only did the bad guys of Earth-807128 win, they won in spectacular fashion. Red Skull gathered all of the villains and pulled their resources together to obliterate the heroes in some way, shape or form. They even made Wolverine think he was killing multiple villains when he was actually killing his friends, including the #XMen.
Red Skull's plan was amazing, and after everything was said and done, they split the world up between the generals, giving The Hulk his own space in California. In the end, the villains destroyed most of the planet and left it as a barren wasteland.
There are a plethora of really weird, messed up Marvel realities out their. Somewhere, Sue Storm and Wolverine are together running Hydra, Xavier is evil while Magneto is the voice of reason, and Galactus brings life to new planets while the Silver Surfer destroys them. These are just a few examples from the Exiles comic, which I highly recommend. If you're interested in alternative realities, there are also tons of What If... comics that explore different events that could have been (What if Jessica Jones joined the Avengers, for example). I would suggest checking out as many as you can!
What's your favorite Marvel reality? Let me know in the comments below!