Read enough comics and eventually, every fan has their own favorite alternate timeline. There’s certainly no shortage of them. In a world of mutants, aliens, and beings with powers beyond the laws of physics, it’s no surprise we’re constantly coming up with more of them to subject the heroes and world through.

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But while they make a ton of these, most of them are fairly short-lived. Many times, they’ll be the focal point during an ongoing series’ arc, maybe they’ll get a mini-series, and occasionally their own ongoing series. Whatever they do, it’s rarely ever enough, so here are the ten possible Marvel Futures we’d like to see more of.


The Age of Apocalypse timeline might be one of the most popular versions of the Marvel Universe ever. For a timeline that was supposed to be “dead” at one point, it’s been revived countless times in the 2000s. Originally a world where Apocalypse managed to conquer everything and rule over humanity, turning mutants into a ruling class, its storyline has far outstripped the original premise.

We’ve seen Magneto create the X-Men, and humans try to save what's left of their society by creating their own ragtag groups to fight back against incredibly powerful mutants. It’s a world teetering on the verge of destruction and fans are addicted to finding out whether or not it will survive.


The X-Men are forced to deal with so many horrible futures that it can be difficult to tell them apart. In most of them, the ending is simply that the Sentinels rule forever and manage to wipe out all mutants. But Xavier’s Security Enforcers takes place after Scott Summers manages to lead a rebellion against the Sentinels, who’ve also turned on their human creators.

This is a society in which mutants have faced their worst enemies, watched things get really bad, and still managed to come out on top. Now, it is a matter of keeping the peace in this new era. Watching the X-Men build a team that can protect both humans and mutants seems like the purest version of Xavier’s mission.


Long before former WWE champion Dave Bautista slapped on some green paint and made us realize he had some incredible comedic chops, there was another version of the Guardians of the Galaxy. This version was a group of freedom fighters in the year 3000 battling against the threat of the Badoon, an alien race which has become the dominant fighting force in the galaxy and seeks to take over Earth.

Though they don’t have near the clout they did before the 2008 series established a new team in the modern era, a story featuring these characters would be a fun way to give the Marvel Cosmic comics a fresh coat of paint.


This was a weird timeline introduced in X-Men: Millennial Visions. After one of Wolverine’s berserker rages winds up killing the Professor and leaves Logan unable to move, he decides to take over as the head of a new version of the X-Men.

This group had a pretty fascinating collection of members, including Nightcrawler and Scarlet Witch's daughter, the son of Apocalypse, and a living version of the Legacy Virus. It’s so delightfully weird that it would be neat to explore this future, instead of just having Nocturne plucked from the timeline to join the Exiles.


This series is perfect for fans of Spider-Man and Mary Jane who always wished their relationship could have continued rather than being broken up for the sake of keeping Peter “young.” In this world, most of the heroes are gone after a supervillain called the Regent steals their powers.

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In the aftermath of the villain's defeat, keeping everyone safe becomes a family business, as Peter brings Mary Jane into battle with a costume that lets her borrow Peter’s own powers, while Annie aids them both as a child hero. Originally just a Secret Wars mini-series, Renew Your Vows got its own brief series, but it would be great to revisit this future one more time to see Annie all grown up.


David Michelinie and Bob Layton are perhaps the most memorable creators to work on Iron Man before the modern era. They introduced James Rhodes, they showed off the specialized Iron Man armors, they even did “Demon in a Bottle.” So when Marvel decided to do one of their “The End” one-shots for Iron Man, they couldn’t have picked a better pair.

This book shows Tony Stark picking a successor for Iron Man before heading out into space to be with his one true love, Bethany Cabe. Though it’s titled “The End,” there’s so much more that we could pull from a series where Stark has to face his own mortality and the new Iron Man that exists on Earth.


During Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers run, just before “Time Runs Out,” we got to see the heroes caught in a temporal field thanks to the Time Gem being broken. This field sent the Avengers further and further into the future, giving us wildly different versions of the Earth each time.

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First a few decades, then a few centuries, then thousands of years. Each one looked more interesting than the last. Hickman was in a rush to get to Secret Wars, but we could have easily spent entire mini-series detailing what those timelines were like, how their heroes behaved. One had Franklin Richards and a literal Avengers World existing in orbit. How have they not gone back to this already?


It seems a bit ironic to want to continue something referred to as “The End,” but there is just so much potential for further expansion. Longtime X-Men scribe Chris Claremont teamed up with Sean Chen to create the “final” story of the X-Men, but it just wound up turning into an entirely different series called GeNext.

Set ten years later, GeNext focuses on the children of many of the X-Men characters attending Xavier’s school. This would be perfect if only to allow for an opportunity to see a world where mutants are allowed to grow up and have children instead of only ever focusing on an unending war.

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Marvel Comics 2 was another imprint from the late '90s. It feels like the “true” version of the Marvel Universe in a ton of ways, as it hearkens back to a more classic style of storytelling while also showing a legitimate future where the heroes aren’t necessarily failures.

Originally, this imprint wasn’t terribly successful, as most of its comics only lasted roughly a year. However, Spider-Girl’s incredible success shows there can be stories told within this timeline. Perhaps in a series that followed the universe as a whole instead of just a single character?

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In the early '90s, Marvel released a new comic book imprint set 100 years into the future. Released from the constraints of current continuity, creators were free to create new characters, some of which had impressive and unique origins, while others were fairly familiar.

All of the heroes had to deal with mega-corporations that had conquered society, making Marvel 2099 among the most realistic futures explored by the publisher. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait very long, as Marvel’s been teasing the return of this universe quite a bit recently.

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