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The people of "What If...?" comics are fascinating, as they give writers the flexibility to do pretty a lot whatever they desire via Marvel"s cast of characters. The funny thing is, though, that many authors have actually commonly wanted to do basically the same point -- kill lots and also lots of world.
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As it turns out, changing pretty much any type of decision ever before made in the Marvel Universe will lead to particular death and damage. If Wolverine stopped off at Starbucks instead of Dunkin" Donuts, for instance, then at leastern 12 X-Men would certainly have actually died. Interestingly sufficient, Wolverine has been at the center of many type of "What If...?" tales. As among Marvel"s a lot of well-known personalities, he always finds himself being eliminated off in those stories, commonly in some horrific method. Since Wolverine. Here, then, are the 15 best Wolverine deaths in "What If...?" comics.
It was a cshed speak to for the kick-off spot on the list. All of them were basic "everyone passed away at once" stories, however we figured that because this was specifically an "X-Men" related issue, it must take precedence over "What If...? Secret Wars" #1 (wbelow Dr. Doom successfully kills every one of the heroes on Battlehuman being, including Wolverine) and "What If...?" (Vol.2) #19, "What if the Vision Conquered the World?" (wright here an attempt to kill Vision with a nuclear bomb instead just killed virtually all of Earth"s heroes).
In this problem, from "What If...?" (Vol.2) #9 (by Roy Thomas, Rich Buckler and also Sam De La Rosa), the All-New, All-Different X-Men were developed and rescued their original countercomponents, simply favor in "Giant-Size X-Men" #1. However before, this time, once Jean Grey and Polaris sent Krakoa right into outer area, the X-Men were unable to get off the island also, so all the X-Men existing were eliminated. A brand-new team of X-Men was developed to fill in, led by the only surviving original X-Man, Beast (who was via the Avengers at the time). The "What If...?" issue also features among the coolest surreptitious crossover ever before.
This is the last Wolverine fatality that was merely part of a bigger team of human being dying. This one made the list because at leastern Wolverine"s fatality was particularly highlighted among the many kind of various other world that passed away. In "What If the Avengers had shed Operation: Galactic Storm" from "What If...?" #55 (the initially of a reasonably rare two-part "What If...?" story, by Len Kaminski, Craig Brasfield and Frank Turner), the Avengers actually quit the Shi"ar assassin, Deathbird, from killing the two leaders of the Kree Empire.
Oddly enough, that was actually a poor point (for Planet, at least), as it prevented the Supreme Intelligence taking manage and finishing the battle by, in result, nuking his own civilization (in a twisted attempt to build a stronger Kree race, as the survivors of his strike would mutate into even more powerful beings). The Kree leader ordered the devastation of Planet and Captain America had actually to sit and watch from countless miles ameans as the whole earth of Planet was ruined by an effective Kree weapon. Wolverine, in particular, was shown to be annihilated.
In the one-shot, "What If...? Wolverine: Father" #1 (by Rob Williams and Greg Tocchini), Wolverine found the visibility of his boy at his birth fairly than much later on in life (through which time his kid was the evil Daken). Here, Logan withattracted from culture and elevated his boy himself on a hill sanctuary, hiding their mutant powers from the son, that he called John. However, in trying to safeguard them from every one of the evils of the world, he additionally kept himself from doing some good, like turning down an sell from Professor Charles Xavier to join the All-New, All-Different X-Men bereason he did not want to leave his kid.
In the end, all of Wolverine"s efforts were for naught, as Sabretooth tracked them down anyway. John learned of his powers and also left his father, ultimately coming to be a criminal recognized as Daken. Wolverine had to track him down and kill his own kid via the one-of-a-kind Muramasa blade (which counteracted any type of healing powers). Logan then turned the blade on himself, blaming himself for exactly how his son turned out.
12 What If... Norman Osborn Won the Siege of Asgard?
The 200th worry of "What If...?" told the story of "What If Norman Osborn Had Won the Siege of Asgard?" Mark Guggenheim and Dave Wilkins tackled the topic, which basically rdeveloped about one minor suggest. In the end, Osborn was undone because Senattempt was beat by Thor and Iron Man. The concept right here, though, is that Senattempt (and the Void, that is part of the Sentry) was weakened by having to fight (and also kill) his very own teammate, Ares, ideal prior to the fight. So this time about, the Senattempt dispatched with Ares beforehand sufficient that he was entirely fresh in time for the huge battle.
As a result, the Senattempt was practically a one-male killing machine. His Dark Avengers teammates did their fair share of killing, too, favor once Daken (as Dark Wolverine) eliminated the Thing. But Senattempt killed a totality bunch of heroes, consisting of memorably decapitating both Wolverine and X-23 in one swing of his arm.
"What If...?" (Vol.2) #29 was the second component of a two-parter, the initially issue of which experienced what would take place if Dr. Erskine was not eliminated after Steve Rogers gained the Super-Soldier Serum and if the USA Government had made a complete army of Super Soldiers. After time passed, Captain America took over the country through his Super Soldiers and also basically became a dictator; people who didn"t look like Captain America"s Aryan ideal were put right into camps or eliminated duration. At the finish of the issue, though, a team of soldiers came throughout one of the rebels to the federal government, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and in the occurring battle, they came throughout the real Captain America!
As it turned out in the second component (written by George Caragonne and also drawn by Ron Wilchild and Ralph Cabrera), the actual Captain America had actually been frozen in ice for years. The Red Skull was simply pretending to be Cap. So the actual Cap put together a team to take the Skull dvery own. They referred to as themselves the Avengers, among the members of whom was the Hulk. The Hulk, though, was actually a version of Wolverine who had been transcreated into a Wendigo; luckily, his mutant powers allowed him to maintain manage over the readjust, making him his own distinctive being. The Avengers finished up releasing the civilization from the Red Skull, but initially they had actually to soptimal his hundreds of Super Soldiers. In the process, they were all killed.
10 What If... Stryfe and also Apocalypse Had Killed the X-Men?
In "What If...?" #69 (by Mariano Nicieza, Justiniano and Roy Richardson), the "X-Cutioner"s Song" crossover took a much various road based on a fairly odd chain of events. It all started when Apocalypse failed in his attempt to save Professor X"s life. Then it acquired weird. Professor X"s death sent off a giant psychic fatality throes-type deal, which distracted Stryfe, who was on the moon with his "paleas," Cyclops and Jean Grey. He was using his telekinesis to keep them defended from being out on the moon without spacesuits or breathable oxygen. The distraction, though, caused him to drop his shield, and both Cyclops and Jean Grey died. This, of course, enraged the remainder of the X-Men, who were likewise on the moon (in the Blue Area, which has oxygen, being the house of the Watcher).
Wolverine and the other X-Men attacked Stryfe, yet he sent the Dark Riders to fight them. Wolverine, being Wolverine, sliced them up nicely. This, but, worn down him dvery own sufficient for Stryfe to quickly pick him up and toss him out of the Blue Area of the Moon and off into outer space, wright here he promptly suffocated.
Mary Jo Duffy, Jerry Bingham and John Stuart delivered "What If...?" #27, which answered the question, "What if Phoenix had lived?" It followed the original fundamental concept that rather of Phoenix sacrificing herself, the Shi"ar would certainly provide her, in impact, a psychic lobotomy. She would then go back to Earth with the remainder of the X-Men. However, in a later battle once Cyclops was in hazard, Phoenix melted via said lobotomy and went back to her powers.
She managed to regulate herself okay at first, yet over time she would certainly store sneaking off into space to ruin something. At initially, it would certainly be something little and also then something bigger and ultimately she was back to ruining stars, however just ones approximately uninhabited planets. Kitty Pryde found she was doing this, though, and once she confronted her, she struck out and eliminated Kitty, turning right into Dark Phoenix. She then quickly ruined the X-Men. When Colossus did a "fastball special" and threw Wolverine at her, she stopped him, reversed his direction and also sent out him ago at Colossus, utilizing her powers to switch Colossus" power off, so Wolverine stabbed his friend to death. She then sent Wolverine to his death in a pile of hellfire she had actually created to kill Nightcrawler.
8 What If... Danger Had Become the Bride of Ultron?
The one-swarm, "What If...?: Astonishing X-Men" #1 had actually 2 stories in it. The initially one was around Jean Grey being carried earlier rather of Colossus. The second one, by Matteo Caselli and Mike Getty, faced Danger, the X-Men"s Danger Room, that had actually end up being sentient. In the real comics, Danger turned versus the X-Men, however was ultimately beat via the help of Professor X. Here, though, Danger instead hooks up with Ultron.
Ultron uptons his code into Danger"s matrix via the intent of making Danger his bride. The 2 then take on the X-Men and it does not go well (for the mutants). Wolverine is a tough man, however he is no enhance for a device that Ultron had provided to good effect on Thor in the past: the Encephalo-Beam. With the X-Men overcame, Danger and Ultron head for the stars to take on the civilization that gave Xavier the modern technology to develop Danger in the initially place, the Shi"ar!
Jim Valentino, Rik Levins and also Ralph Cabrera were the imaginative team on "What If...?" (Vol.2) #25, which postulated what would certainly have actually taken place had Set actually concerned Earth. The crossover, "Atlantis Attacks," faced a multi-faceted plan that was to outcome through the world of Planet transcreated right into lizard creatures and also Set entering this measurement. The heroes of Earth regulated to speak both plans, which was especially crucial for a choice of some of the most effective female heroes, that had been chosen to be the brides of Set once he reverted.
However before, in this truth, the drugs did transdevelop the populace of Planet into lizard creatures and Set did present up on Earth killing a bunch of heroes. It inevitably came down to simply a choose team of heroes and villains that were resistant to the lizard virus, consisting of Wolverine and Sabretooth. They took their battle to the lizard creatures and eliminated a whole bunch of them, however then Set"s brides confirmed up and also their combined could was too a lot for the continuing to be heroes. Scarlet Witch used her power to revolve Wolverine right into anti-matter, which collided through Aquarian"s positive pressure area and they both went kablooey.
6 What If... Phoenix Had Fallen for Wolverine?
"What If...?" #60 was a special "Wedding Album" problem to coincide through Cyclops and also Jean Grey"s wedding, which was happening at that suggest in time. The concern was composed and also drawn by Kurt Busiek, Ron Randall and Art Nichols. The first two stories answered the inquiries of what if Scott and Jean had married incredibly early on and had then left the X-Men, and also what if Scott and Jean had actually never fallen in love at all? The 3rd story, though, dealt with just how things would certainly have gone had actually Phoenix hooked up through Wolverine after he joined the X-Men.
Things went pretty much the same as they did in the original continuity, but a big difference occurred in the final fight versus the Shi"ar. Similar to the original continuity, Jean continued to be close to her love, just this time that love was Wolverine. In the original story, Phoenix was able to focus on her love for Cyclops and also calm herself dvery own to control the Dark Phoenix lengthy sufficient so that she can kill herself first. In this continuity, though, their bond was still fresh and for this reason not strong sufficient to calm her down (and also really, Wolverine was never before good at calming people down), so she couldn"t kill herself before she turned into Dark Phoenix and also then damaged the totality universe.
"What If...?" #50 came finish through a one-of-a-kind foil variant cover, the just concern of "What If...?" to ever gain a special cover. The foil cover proved Wolverine"s adamantium skeleton in a grave, as this concern shows the Hulk killing him. John Arcudi and Armando Gil pick up from wbelow the mid-point of Hulk and Wolverine"s fight ended in "Incredible Hulk" #340, where Wolverine had actually torn out the guts of the currently weaker grey Hulk. The Hulk regulated to heal himself, but slowly, and therefore the fight only slowly re-involved. It gave time for Hulk"s friends in the Hulkbuster van to catch as much as the fight and also break it up so that the two heroes parted firm. Wolverine continued towards Dallas with the remainder of the X-Men while Hulk acquired back with his friends in the Hulkbuster van.
In this reality, though, the Hulk healed a tiny little bit faster and thus the fight picked up appropriate ameans, through the Hulk in much better form and also enraged. He decides to finish Wolverine once and also for all, attacking him via such savagery that he manages to sever before Wolverine"s adamantium spinal cord, a tremendous feat of stamina for any type of Hulk, let alone the grey Hulk! Hulk"s friends show up, yet this time they were too late. Wolverine was dead.
4 What If... The X-Men Lost Inferno?
The artistic team of Danny Fingeroth, Ron Lim and also Keith Williams told the compelling story of Earth being dominated by demons in "What If...?" (Vol.2) #6, after the X-Men lost Inferno. Only a ragtag group of Doctor Stvariety, Thor, Baron Morcarry out, Shadowcat, Human being Torch, She-Hulk, Spider-Man and USAgent remained unpossessed by demons. Meanwhile, Wolverine was leading the demonically possessed X-Men as the lead of the invasion of Earth. In their first battle, virtually all of the remaining heroes were killed, including Thor (that covered for the escape of Stselection, Morexecute, Torch and Kitty).
Things got a bit better once the heroes were able to complimentary Rachel Summers, the Phoenix. However before, points got worse aobtain once it turned out that Baron Morcarry out marketed them out, which begs the question... why would certainly you ever trust Baron Mordo? In the end, it was just Kitty, Stvariety and also Rachel vs. Morperform, the Goblyn Queen and also every one of her possessed X-Men, including Wolverine leading the charge. Things took a dramatic adjust, but, when Wolverine accidentally eliminated Kitty Pryde. The shock lugged him earlier in manage of his body and also he killed Morexecute, however not prior to Mordo killed him, too. Eventually, Rachel had actually to usage the Phoenix Force to wipe the Planet clean and mankind had to start all over aget.
In "What If...?" (Vol.2) #24 (by Roy Thomas, R.J.M. Lofficier and also Tom Morgan), Wolverine and also the rest of the X-Men were transformed right into vampires by Dracula. However before, Wolverine then quickly made a decision that he should be in charge, so he dealt with and also killed Dracula, becoming the new lord of the vampires. He soon turned the remainder of the superheroes of the Marvel Universe into vampires and ruled New York City, making certain to kill seemingly the only threat to their power, Doctor Stselection, the Sorcerer Supreme (making use of Juggernaut to kill him).
However, one man remained alive and also killing vampires: Frank Castle, the Punisher. As it turned out, Doctor Starray was still out tright here in his astral create and also he sent his Cloak of Levitation and Eye of Agamatto to the Punisher (which created a striking visual). Punisher quickly discovered himself fighting his means to Strange"s Sanctum Sanctorum to obtain access to the Darkhost, so that he could recite the Montesi Formula. During their battle, vampire Kitty Pryde was accidentally eliminated by the Punisher. Therefore, simply prefer the previous entry on this list, Wolverine was struck by Kitty"s fatality that he reacquired his humanity. After initially killing the Punisher (he did kill Kitty, after all), Wolverine then recited the Montesi formula, killing all of the vampires... including himself.
2 What If... Wolverine Killed the Hulk?
In "What If..?" #31, created by Rich Margopoulos and attracted by Bob Budiansky and Mike Esposito, Wolverine finished up killing the Hulk in their first encounter and also it really saw his head. He started picking fights, reasoning that he was so great because he beat the Hulk. Ultimately, he accidentally ended up killing a guy in a bar fight. When James Hudchild refoffered to cover up the killing, Wolverine went on the lam and finished up joining the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
Magneto then had actually him go undercover as a new hero wanting to sign up with the X-Men. Once Wolverine was on the X-Men, though, he ended up falling for Marvel Girl and realized that he wanted to be a hero. So, in the big battle where he was expected to turn the tide in Magneto"s favor, he rather turned on Magneto. However before, after his huge moment heroically deciding to not be a villain, Wolverine is then murdered by Magneto, as soon as the Master of Magnetism used Logan"s own clegislations to kill him. It"s a really bleak story, honestly.
In "What If...? Featuring Wolverine: Enemy of the State" #1, Jimmie Robinchild, Carmine Di Giandomenico and also Robert Campanella ceded yet another excellent "What If...?" story that connected Wolverine and also Kitty Pryde. This time around, though, rather than Kitty Pryde"s death shaking Wolverine out of being evil, it is Kitty"s responsibility to take out a brainwaburned Logan, that had been increased from the dead and turned evil by The Hand.
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Robinson plays the entirety "deserve to Kitty rotate Wolverine excellent again?" angle well, also after Wolverine murders Invisible Woman, Magneto and Captain America right in front of her. She still has hope that her frifinish have the right to be saved, yet eventually she provides the final decision to phase her hand also right into Wolverine"s brain and then solidify it, losing her very own arm, yet also killing him instantly. It"s a brutal photo but it"s also an effective story of Kitty Pryde making the most challenging of decisions. That"s why it is our #1 pick.
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