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Quote1 ...for that day, Henry Pym, Janet van Dyne and Rick Jones dedicated themselves -- to the memory of 'Anthony Stark, the first Iron Man... whose damaged heart finally stopped as he sacrificed the power of his chest device to save the lives of his Armored Avengers. Quote2
-- Uatu the Watcher

Appearing in "What If... The Avengers Had Never Been?"Edit

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Thor (First appearance)

Villains:

  • Hulk (First appearance)
  • Namor (First appearance)

Other Characters:

Locations:

Items:

Vehicles:




Synopsis for "What If... The Avengers Had Never Been?"Edit

Hulk's departure from the Avengers caused a rift that led to the end of the Avengers, since they felt they couldn't go after him. Stark contacts Rick Jones to find the Hulk, while Thor went back to Asgard and Jan and Hank went back to being "normal" people.

Like in Earth-616, Rick locates the Hulk and goes after him on his own, and is being held hostage when Stark goes to rescue him. They barely survived the Hulk encounter, and managed to make it back to the Mansion.

Also like in Earth-616, Namor and the Hulk teamed up and challenged the Avengers to a fight to the death, though in Earth-776, the Avengers were disbanded. Stark accepts the challenge, and builds Iron Man armor for Hank, Jan and Rick so they can all stand up to the Hulk and Namor together.

He introduces the armor to the other three, who can't control themselves in it, and decide to stay in retirement instead of wearing the armor, much to Stark's dismay. Alone again, he overrides the limits of his own armor, and transfers more than the maximum amount of energy into it, setting him up to fight one final ultimate battle.

He starts out the fight fairly well, but ends up about to be finished off when Jan, Hank, and Rick show up in their armor, able to turn the tides. Hank takes a hard hit from Hulk and is relying on his armor to keep him alive, so Tony transfers the energy that was keeping his heart going into Hank's armor, allowing him to have the Hulk on the ropes while Namor is continuing to pound on Rick. As soon as Hulk realizes that it's Rick that Namor is pounding on, he stops fighting the rest of the Avengers, and starts fighting with Namor. They fight to a standstill under the water, and part ways neutrally.

The rest of the Armored Avengers mourn Tony Stark's sacrifice and death.

  • Plot by Shooter and Kane, script by Shooter.
  • There are many hilariously sexist remarks made towards Jan, including:
Janet van Dyne (Earth-776)
Wasp
Hey! The Wasp is still here! Don't forget me!
Conversation Tail
Henry Pym (Earth-776)
Giant Man
Quiet, Jan! This is serious!
Conversation Tail
Janet van Dyne (Earth-776)
Wasp
Right! Why stick around if that dreamy Thor is gone!! (Sigh)
Conversation Tail
Henry Pym (Earth-776)
Giant Man
Jan, please!
Conversation Tail
Quote1 We're just plain Henry Pym, biochemist and Janet van Dyne, airhead heiress now, Iron Man! Quote2
--Hank Pym
Quote1 Henry Pym! Can't you see that this color clashes with my eye shadow! Quote2
--Wasp
Quote1 I wish Tony had consulted with my fashion designer, though. This does nothing for my figure, and-- Quote2
--Wasp
Henry Pym (Earth-776)
Giant Man
What's the problem!
Conversation Tail
Janet van Dyne (Earth-776)
Wasp
Can't it wait? Blue eyes, here, and I have a date!
Conversation Tail
Quote1 Oh, Iron Man! I'm so frightened! Do something! Please! Quote2
--Wasp


  • No trivia.


See AlsoEdit


  • None.


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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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