10 Marvel Heroes That Should Meet with Their Past-Selves

<i>by <a href=http://www.twitter.com/graemem>Graeme McMillan, Newsarama Contributor</a></i> <p>With the release of <em>All-New X-Men #6</em> this week, Charles Xavier's original class of students settle into the contemporary Marvel Universe on a seemingly ongoing basis, and it's clear that any resultant time stream effects haven't destroyed the MU just yet. <p>With this in mind, why not bring more characters from the past to face off against their current incarnations? Here are some suggestions for more Marvel heroes that could mix things up by traveling through time and saying hello to their future selves. <p><i>Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's <a href=http://www.facebook.com/Newsarama><b>FACEBOOK</b></a> and <a href=http://twitter.com/newsarama><b>TWITTER</b></a>!</i> <p>

LUKE CAGE

Nowadays, Cage is a family man and a former leader of not only the Avengers, but also the Thunderbolts. Once upon a time, though, he was a hero for hire out for everything he could get after escaping from wrongful imprisonment and with a chip on his shoulder against the establishment. <p>What would the one-time Power Man make of today's Luke and which one of them would be the first to say "Sweet Christmas!" when faced with the other?

STORM

When she first appeared, Storm was a serene, at times almost timid, goddess out of place in the western world (and, perhaps, the X-Men themselves). <p>Thanks to the many, many events that have she's been through since then including death and rebirth, being reduced to a child and then re-aged, and a brief marriage to T'Challa that made her into the queen of an entire nation the present-day Storm has proven herself to be one of the strongest and most capable characters in the Marvel Universe... But would her former self recognize her growth as a good thing, or something to be afraid of?

HANK PYM

Poor, poor Hank Pym. Thanks to inhaling chemicals, mental breakdowns and just general insecurity, he's never had the most complete sense of self. Imagine, then, what would happen if today's Pym someone who's struggled with his identity countless times and eventually returned to his early guise as Giant Man was presented with any of the people he used to be... Or all of them? <p>Considering the many superhero personas he's adopted over the years, a collection of time-tossed Pyms could make up their own superhero team. If nothing else, the inter-team dynamics of Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket, Doctor Pym and The Wasp would make for some fascinating reading, don't you agree?

MAGNETO

<em>All-New X-Men</em> is offering some insight into the contradiction between the man Magneto used to be and the man he is today, but instead of seeing that through the eyes of the original X-Men, it would be great to see how today's Erik Lensherr reacted to meeting the version of himself that we were first introduced to back in <em>X-Men #1</em> 50 years ago. <p>Would he be sympathetic? Embarrassed? Or even worse... would he go back to being the genocidal maniac that wanted warfare between humanity and mutantkind again?

IRON MAN

What's that you say? Facing today's Tony Stark with the version that first built the Iron Man armor doesn't sound like the kind of thing that would spark some interesting stories? <p>Well, sure; Tony Today isn't <em>that</em> different from Original Tony. That's why it'd be interesting to see Marvel NOW! Tony have to deal with the prospect of teaming up with <a href=http://marvel.wikia.com/Anthony_Stark_%28Earth-96020%29>Teen Tony Stark</a>, the young version of the character who appeared in Marvel's 1990s "The Crossing" storyline to replace the traditional Stark for a short time. <p>Would "our" Tony Stark find his younger version as odd and unlikely a choice for replacement Iron Man as the readers did? Would yesterday's Tony be able to look at today's technology in ways that the regular Tony can't see for being too stuck in his ways? Would anyone at Marvel be able to handle the prospect of going back to the Teen Tony well one more time?

HAWKEYE

Sure, nowadays everyone's all "Yeah, Hawkeye's the <em>best</em>!" thanks to his <em>Avengers</em> role and depiction as the everyman superhero in the amazing Fraction/Aja series, but when Clint Barton first appeared, he was a jerk. <p>In fact, he wasn't just a jerk, he was a <em>villainous</em> jerk angry at the world and happy to do wrong in order to strike back at the world that had treated him so badly. One would suspect that today's Clint would be more than a little sympathetic to his former self, but also somewhat impatient and embarrassed about what an ass he tended to be, way back when... And isn't that, dear reader, the stuff that great comics could be made out of?

THE SCARLET WITCH

Once upon a time, Wanda Maximoff was a shy, unassuming girl who just happened to have powers that allowed her to fight crime as one of the second team of Avengers even if she clung to her brother Pietro just a little too tightly when not out on a mission. <p>Just how would that girl react to meeting the woman that she became and then discovering the terrible events (magical children, mind-control and subconsciously re-writing reality on more than one occasion) that contributed to that transformation? And would today's Wanda be able to stop herself from trying to save her former self from having to go through everything she had?

BETTY ROSS

For most of her comics career, Betty has lacked any real agency as an individual she's been Thunderbolt Ross' daughter and Bruce Banner's girlfriend and wife, only really getting the chance to stand on her own two feet after being transformed (without her consent, of course) into the Red She-Hulk. <p>Bringing the original Betty who feared the Hulk together with the Betty of today, who <em>is</em> a Hulk, raises the question: Which of the two would be more horrified with the other?

HULK

And <em>talking</em> of Hulks, ol' greenskin has gone from being a monster hunted by the authorities to working for the most authoritative authority in the Marvel Universe. If someone brought the original, grey and cranky Hulk to today's Marvel Universe, would the current Hulk be sent in to take him down? <p>Clearly, the answer is yes, giving us the recipe for a smashfest the likes of which we can only dream of. Forget about Red Hulk vs. Green Hulk or Hulk vs. Son of Hulk or whatever: <em>Hulk vs. Hulk</em>. Who wouldn't want to see this?

SPIDER-MAN

The most obvious pairing of all, especially considering the current state of Spider-Man in the Marvel NOW!verse. Peter Parker's spider-sense would tingle like there's no tomorrow around Otto Spidey, but considering that Spider-Man would look and sound like the real thing, would Peter be able to know for sure that he wasn't who he claims to be or would he just assume that at some point in the future, he'll turn into a giant jerk? <p>Meanwhile, how would Otto keep from revealing his ultimate triumph to the former Spider-Man, and potentially ruin his own timeline? Is there some way that we can convince Dan Slott to reveal that there's a time machine lying around Horizon's HQ, just so that he can make this storyline actually happen?

10 Marvel Heroes That Should Meet with Their Past-Selves

Date: 16 January 2013 Time: 08:57 PM ET