The Marvel End Times Atlas1 of 13Welcome back, 'Rama Readers! Our sojourn across Battleworld continues through 11 more of the as yet unidentified territories, the staging ground for Marvel's upcoming Secret Wars event. We've already accounted for 11 of the sectors, and now we move ahead to the rest.
With Secret Wars promising to destroy every one of Marvel's vast realities, combining elements of each into a single, unified timeline, the possibilities for which worlds will be represented are endless. Fortunately, we're here to narrow it down, providing our best educated guess as to the nature of each of Battleworld's zones.
Without further ado, here is part two of our Traveler's Guide to Battleworld!
23. New Quack City2 of 13New Quack City has the obvious connotation of originating in Howard the Duck's home reality of Duckworld, Earth-791021. However, New Quack City isn't a known Duckworld location, unlike New Stork, Duckhattan, or Wackington, D.C.
But, considering Howard has a high-profile new ongoing from Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones launching just before Secret Wars, and considering New Quack City's proximity to Marville - another territory with satirical origins - this one is a dead giveaway.
24. The Far East3 of 13The Far East doesn't give us a lot to go on. Beyond the name, there are really no clues to speak of. But common sense, and a little bit of intuition suggest that this region will probably be home to the Marvel Mangaverse of Earth-2301.
Home to numerous "Manga-fied" versions of popular Marvel characters, Earth-2301 has its own ninja Spider-Man, a team of X-Men who make their home in a dojo, and Antoinette Stark, Tony's twin sister, the Mangaverse has a wealth of characters to pull from. Lending credence to this theory is the appearance of several of its characters in Secret Wars promotional material, and its Spider-Man appearing in "Spider-Verse."
25. The Valley of Flame4 of 13The Valley of Flame was the setting of the short-lived comic Devil Dinosaur from the late '70's. Created by Jack Kirby in his second, more experimental tenure at Marvel, Devil Dinosaur followed the adventures of the titular sauropod and his ape-like companion, Moon Boy.
There's no reason to think this Valley of Flame won't be the one from Earth-78411, Devil Dinosaur's homeworld. And, as weird as Devil Dinosaur is, as with most things Kirby related, the characters are cult favorites, and have even appeared in mainstream Marvel titles over the years.
26. The Hydra Empire5 of 13The Hydra Empire is obviously tied to the neo-Nazi organization that has become widespread not just in Marvel's current continuity, but in its films as well. But which version of Hydra is the Hydra Empire? There are several distinct possibilities.
The Hydra Empire could tie-in to the current arc of All-New Captain America which has referenced an "Age of Hydra," or, drawing from another era of Captain America continuity, it may be related to Hydra splinter-cell the Secret Empire, which got its coils all the way to the White House during Steve Englehart's legendary Captain America run. Or, somewhat out of left field, it could tie to Earth X, where the Hydra are a race of conquering aliens. Even more obscure, it may relate to Earth-1720, a world visited by the Exiles where Hydra ruled.
27. 20996 of 13Set on Earth-928, Marvel 2099 was an early '90's publishing initiative that featured future versions of characters such as Spider-Man, the X-Men, and Doom, among many others. Many of the characters, particularly Spider-Man 2099, Miguel O'Hara, have become fan favorites since the line ended years ago.
With Spider-Man 2099 seeing a revival, set in present day, and the Superior Spider-Man having recently traveled to 2099, it makes perfect sense that Secret Wars would bring aspects of 2099 into the new "greatest hits" style Battleworld. After all, 2099 isn't as far off as it used to be.
28. Hala Field7 of 13While Hala Field isn't a known locale in the Marvel Universe, Hala certainly is.
The throneworld of the Kree empire, Hala is the birthplace of many prominent Kree, including Ronan, the Accuser, and is inextricably tied to the origins of many Marvel characters such as the Inhumans and Captain Marvel. But which version of Hala is Hala Field tied to?
Our best guess says it's Earth-200080, home of Noh-Varr, A.K.A. Marvel Boy. Created by Grant Morrison and J.G. Jones, Noh-Varr hails from a universe where the Kree have conquered much of the known galaxy. Noh-Varr has had a fairly high profile in recent years, with a stint on the Avengers, and as part of Kieron Gillen's acclaimed Young Avengers. Interestingly, Noh-Varr's Kree possessed "Kirby Engines" which allowed them to traverse the multiverse, which they called "Macrospace."
31. The Wastelands8 of 13The Wastelands is an easy territory to decode. The Secret Wars promo video tied this zone to a promo image for "Old Man Logan," a callback to a story by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, the team behind Civil War, which follows an aging Wolverine through a dystopian future.
Set on Earth-807128, Old Man Logan also featured bizarre, sometimes shocking twists on many Marvel characters, like the thuggish descendants of the Hulk. Given the popularity of Old Man Logan - and the likelihood that some version of Logan will make it out of Secret Wars - the Wastelands is an obvious choice.
32. Mutopia9 of 13Mutopia may well be tied to Marvel's House of M reality, given that it shares a title with a mini-series spinning out of that event. However, considering that another territory, the Monarchy of M, is already tied to that reality, it raises some questions.
Mutopia may simply be yet another world that explores a different point in the X-Men's timeline, or it could even tie to Utopia, the failed island haven for mutants from Matt Fraction's Uncanny X-Men run.
33. Westchester10 of 13While some fans were concerned with the lack of X-Men characters in the initial Secret Wars teaser material, but with several Battleworld regions with confirmed X-Men connections and several more unconfirmed, it looks like fans of Marvel's merry mutants have very little to worry about. And most interesting of all may be Westchester.
Tied, by the Secret Wars promo video, to a teaser titled X-Men '92 and featuring the cast of the X-Men cartoon that premiered that year, Westchester may be the first region that aims to pull in story aspects of non-comics media. And since the X-Men cartoon was many fans' gateway to the Marvel universe, the reasons to incorporate elements of the acclaimed series in Secret Wars are obvious.
34. Killville11 of 13Killville is another territory with no obvious ties to any particular Marvel story. But there are a few possibilities. Given the name "Killville," there's a solid chance this zone is tied to Earth-95216, home of the story Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe, in which an alternate Frank Castle does exactly what the title says, and slays alternate versions of many of Marvel's most prominent characters.
Further, this version of Frank Castle also appeared in Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, a similar story set on Earth-12101. It's possible Killville is some kind of mash-up of the two, a madcap world where violence is the prevailing philosophy. Of course, it could be something else entirely.
35. Arcadia12 of 13The name Arcadia carries no specific connotation in the Marvel Universe. Some fans have tied it to Arcade, longtime B-List X-Men villain, but this seems less likely than the territory representing one of Marvel's many still unaccounted for realities.
In a literary sense, "Arcadia" represents an idyllic world yearned for by renaissance artists and romantic poets. Of the remaining worlds that have been teased, the most likely candidate is Earth-88194, home of the Shadowline characters, part of Marvel's Epic imprint. With several characters, including the Knights of St. George appearing in Secret Wars promotional material, this is the best clue as to Arcadia's nature so far.
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