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The Avengers Universe, Marvel Media Universe, Earth-I, Earth-20080502, MCU, Marvel Universe, CU
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First appearance

Iron Man
(April 30, 2008)



Earth-199999 has all the features of our reality: the same countries, same personalities, and many of the same historical events. However, it also contains many fictional additions that have reshaped the world historically and developmentally. Super-advanced technology, and the interference of non-human races, sets the stage for a science fiction environment. A multinational policing agency in the form of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been created as a result of these things. A select few people have also appeared who are more than human, setting the stage for a world with superheroes and villains.

Super Heroes and Villains

The tradition of using costumed identities to fight (or commit) evil had long existed in this world, first by Captain America in the 1940s and then by Iron Man in the modern times. Earth-199999's major heroes (the ones who get involved in most of the important events) are Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk, ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury, and ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Black Widow and Hawkeye. Most of these heroes make up the Avengers; the world's premier superhero team. Although they are a recent addition to this universe, they have so far included most of Earth-199999's major heroes as members.

Of course, as one would expect in a universe with superheroes, there would inevitably have to be crime and evil, and this universe is by far no exception. Loki, the Abomination, A.I.M, Hydra and Thanos are among them.


The Big Bang

Before the Big Bang, there were six singularities. These opened up and their resulting Big Bang created the universe. The six then compacted into primordial nuggets that came to be known as Infinity Stones.[1]

Thousands of Years Ago

Some time later, Malekith sought to harness the power of the Aether, one of the Infinity Stones, to plunge the Nine Realms into darkness as it was before life was breathed into it. His attempt was foiled by the Asgardians and their king Bor. Malekith resorted to sacrificing most of his army, and fell into sleep for five thousand years, until the next Convergence.[2]

The Dark Ages

After the defeat of the Dark Elves, Asgardians came to the planet known as Earth, visiting the peoples of Northern Europe and teaching them language and culture. Most importantly Asgardians protected them from the Frost Giants. Early Norse cultures learned much from these visits, although in time the Asgardians would withdraw and their memory would fall into legend.[3]

During the mid tenth century the current king of Asgard; [Odin Borson (Earth-199999)


The Avengers


Stark Industries

U.S. Military


Howling Commandos

The Ten Rings

Culver University

Hammer Advanced Weapons Systems


Warriors Three



Project Centipede


World Security Council



Dark Elves

Norse Paganist Hate Group

The Collector's Museum

Seagate Prison

Guardians of the Galaxy


Nova Corps

Kree Empire

Izzy Hartley's Mercenaries

Other Characters


The following characters only appear in tie-in materials, making their existence semi-canonical


Extra-terrestrial Locations

Extra-dimensional Locations

Nine Realms


The Marvel Cinematic Universe contains a wide array of material in a number of formats, including:

Official designation revealed in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Volume 5 hardcover.


  • Earth-199999 reality seems to be more scientifically oriented than Earth-616. For example, Whereas the gods from the original comics have genuinely supernatural powers, in Earth-199999, the Asgardians' powers seems to be from exotic and advanced alien technology. Numerous "magical" artifacts have technological aspects and functions, Yggdrasil is a cosmical nimbus, and both Thor and Jane claim that to be "science" (Jane even cites Clarke's third law: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic"). However, the nature of the Asgardians' power and magic in general on Earth-199999 is not fully explored nor truly discards the possibility of supernatural. For example, Asgard is shown as a flat world, which clearly contradicts laws of physics, and it's also revealed that Asgardian "technology" is powered by the "Odin Force", which seems to be a sort of supernatural energy used by the Asgardians. Thor's own affirmation over this - "Your ancestors called it magic, but you call it science. I come from a land where they are one and the same." - is rather ambiguous, since while Thor is apparently agreeing with Jane's affirmation that the gods are aliens with advanced technology, this may also be interpreted that Asgardians have genuine magical powers, but that they see and use it like a alternative kind of science. If this latter is correct, then Asgardians' magic follows Niven's law: "Any sufficiently rigorously defined magic is indistinguishable from technology".
  • This universe was visited off-screen by the Young Avengers when they traveled the Multiverse looking for Speed.[7]
  • Marvel Television has allied with Netflix to create four 13-episode series focused on "Daredevil," followed by "Jessica Jones," "Iron Fist" and "Luke Cage," which would culminate in a "Defenders" mini-series.[8] These series will take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as stated by MCU writer Drew Pearce[9]


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