Comic Book Legends Revealed #409
COMIC LEGEND: An issue of What If…? indirectly led to the whole “Ms. Marvel gives birth to her boyfriend who mind controls her until she leaves this dimension with him” plotline.
The plot began in Avengers #197 by writer David Michelinie…
However, Avengers #200 was written by Michelinie as well as Jim Shooter, with plot assistance by Bob Layton and George Perez (Perez drew the issue).
This is because Shooter actually had stepped in and changed Michelinie’s ORIGINAL plot! Originally, Michelinie was going to reveal that Ms. Marvel was artificially impregnated by the Kree Supreme Intelligence, who had always wanted to have a human/Kree hybrid. In fact, as commenter fraser points out, in Ms. Marvel #19, the Supreme Intelligence had even expressed interest in using Ms. Marvel in this fashion…
So Michelinie was actually following up on a plot for her own title!
However, in a then-recent issue of What If…?, the issue concluded with the Supreme Intelligence using the dead body of Rick Jones to make…a Kree/human hybrid…
Shooter felt that the two stories were too similar (especially being released so close together) so he made Michelinie change his story, which resulted in the explanation we saw in the issue…
Think about how many things would have been different if we had just not had that one issue of What If…? I bet that issue’s writer, Tom DeFalco, never could have imagined how things changed just because of his issue! Would Ms. Marvel have even left the Avengers? If there wasn’t the Marcus story, would Chris Claremont have Rogue take her powers away? What would Rogue be like without her Ms. Marvel powers? So many, well, What Ifs!!
Thanks to the various commenters who pointed out this story in the Meta-Message column. I was waiting to feature it here, so I moderated all of your comments, but you didn’t know that, of course, so thanks for the help! Specifically Doug, FredII, Eric Henry and John Trumbull! Thanks, guys!
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