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Welcome to the four hundred and seventy-fourth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and seventy-three. This week, did the original ending of Age of Ultron feature Marvelman becoming part of the Marvel Universe? Was Nightmare originally supposed to be Nightcrawler’s father? And did Pat Boone actually draw a cartoon in the official Pat Boone comic book!?
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COMIC LEGEND: Age of Ultron was originally going to end with Marvelman entering the Marvel Universe.
Last year, the ending of Marvel’s major event, Age of Ultron, was shrouded in such secrecy that the last issue was shipped in a black bag so as to not reveal the ending.
That ending was that due to the repeated manipulation of the Marvel timeline during the event (Ultron went back in time to take over the world. Wolverine went back in time to kill Hank Pym to stop Ultron from ever being made. Wolverine then went back in time to stop his other self from killing Hank Pym after the Hank Pym-less timeline ended up being bad, as well) the Marvel multiverse, in effect, snapped. Cracks starting popping up everywhere and characters ended up in other dimensions. Galactus ended up in the Ultimate Universe and Angela, a character originally created in the pages of Spawn, ended up in the Marvel Universe (part of a deal between Marvel and Angela creator Neil Gaiman)…
However, around the same time that they made a deal to acquire Angela, Marvel ALSO had a deal to do Marvelman comic books…
Reader Tama last week asked:
I was just wondering if theres any truth to the legend that the real reason why Age of Ultron was delayed so long is because Marvel originally wanted to have Marvelman enter the MU at the end but had to settle for Angela instead due to ongoing legal battles over the rights to Marvelman at the time
Age of Ultron was, indeed, pushed back a while.
However, the ending with Angela had been rumored for such a long time that it seemed hard for me to believe that Marvel ever had another ending in question, but I figured I would make sure and ask Tom Brevoort, who was the editor on the project. Tom succinctly responded to Tama’s question of whether there was any truth to the Marvelman rumor with – “Nope, none.”
And there you have it!
Thanks Tama for the suggestion and thanks Tom for the answer!
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On the next page, how did Roger Stern keep Nightcrawler’s father from being the Doctor Strange villain, Nightmare?
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