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Marvel Day: In ‘What If’, Phoenix Stops Galactus And Terrax In The Shi’ar Galaxy Then Goes On To Consume A Star, Earth And The Universe

The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe.
 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Mary Jo Duffy


Penciler(s)

Jerry Bingham


Inker(s)

John Stuart


Colorist(s)

Carl Gafford


Cover

Frank Miller


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

April 7, 1981

IN EXTINCTION

‘WHAT IF THE PHOENIX HAD NOT DIED’ ?

The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe.
The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe. Marvel Comics.
In our short-story of love, passion, destruction and extinction, we begin with Uatu in the Earth-616 universe. 

To begin,the Watcher ponders the Phoenix's journey with the X-Men. In his musings, he contemplates an alternate reality...

Here, Phoenix did not die! Instead, the X-Men lost their battle against the Shi'ar and the Phoenix Force was psychically lobotomized from Jean Grey. But in reality, this was further from the truth.

On a fateful day, the X-Men were called into battle by Lilandra. On the alien planet Arama, our children of the atom were to face Galactus trying to consume the planet... and his herald Terrax! A fierce battle followed during which Terrax struck down the X-Men, even threatening Cyclops.

At that moment, we realized that the Phoenix had been laying dormant. Violently, she emerged and removed the Power Cosmic from Terrax. Then, she valiantly engaged Galactus in combat. Soon, she defeated him and repelled his invasion. However, Jean is overwhelmed by the fury and the passion of the Phoenix. A cosmic fiery bird of death and rebirth, Phoenix destroyed asteroids and consumed a star.

Eventually, the X-Men returned to Earth. When Shadowcat berated Jean for losing control, the telepath killed her. Soon, Dark Phoenix destroyed the X-Men one by one. Finally, the death of her lover, Cyclops, was the last straw.

In a fit of rage, folly and cosmic madness, the fiery bird consumed Earth, then the galaxy, and finally, the universe and beyond.

Here ends the story of the Phoenix which should serve as a cautionary tale to not let this fiery cosmic bird to reign unimpeded in the cosmos.

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SOURCES

Phoenix Force (Earth-81727) in Marvel Database.
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Metropolis Battles: Phoenix (Rachel Summers) vs Galactus.

 

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

In 'Excalibur' (1993) #61, the Phoenix figures out that the elemental converter is draining the planet of its life-force.
In ‘Excalibur’ (1993) #61, the Phoenix (Rachel Summers) figures out that the elemental converter is draining the planet of its life-force. Photo/Marvel Comics

The two contestants meet on a frozen, abandoned planet. On the left side is Phoenix (Rachel Summers), the Starchilde and on the right side is Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds.

Let’s look at the stats.

Phoenix – Earth-811
SUPER-STRENGTH: UNIVERSAL
SUPER-SPEED: UNIVERSAL
DURABILITY: UNIVERSAL
ENERGy PROJECTION: MULTIVERSAL
FIGHTING SKILLS: EXTRA-DIMENSIONAL
INTELLIGENCE: COSMIC
PARAPHERNALIA
  • X-Men Blackbird.
WEAKNESSES
  • Magic.
Galactus – Earth-811
SUPER-STRENGTH: UNIVERSAL
SUPER-SPEED: UNIVERSAL
DURABILITY: UNIVERSAL
ENERGY PROJECTION: UNIVERSAL
FIGHTING SKILLS: COSMIC
INTELLIGENCE: UNIVERSAL
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Taa II.
  • Elemental Converter.
  • Sphere-shaped star ship.
  • Punishers.
WEAKNESSES
  • Cosmic Hunger.
  • Magic.

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THE FIGHT

In ‘Excalibur’ (1993) #61, Phoenix (Rachel Summers) battles Galactus over consumption of a frozen planet.

Read on!

WINNER: GALACTUS WINS

PHOENIX (RACHEL SUMMERS) IN COMICS

In ‘Excalibur Special Edition’ (1988) #1, after defeating Technet and the Warwolves, Captain Britain, Shadowcat, Nightcrawler, Rachel Summers and Meggan Puceanu form Excalibur in order to continue Professor X‘s dream of equality and peace for mutantkind.

In 'Excalibur Special Edition' (1988) #1, after defeating Technet and the Warwolves, Captain Britain, Shadowcat, Nightcrawler, Rachel Summers and Meggan Puceanu form Excalibur.
In ‘Excalibur Special Edition’ (1988) #1, after defeating Technet and the Warwolves, Captain Britain, Shadowcat, Nightcrawler, Rachel Summers and Meggan Puceanu form Excalibur. Photo/Marvel Comics

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LINKS

Excalibur Vol 1 61 in Marvel Database.
Rachel Summers (Earth-811) in Marvel Database.
Excalibur Special Edition Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.

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Super Power: Professor Xavier’s Immense Telepathy

 

SUPER POWER

Watch this video by Variant Comics titled “How Powerful Is Professor X?”

IN MARVEL COMICS

PROFESSOR X’S MUTATION

In 'New X-Men' (2002) #121, the fetus of Charles Xavier attempts to kill his twin in his mother's womb.
In ‘New X-Men’ (2002) #121, the fetus of Charles Xavier attempts to kill his twin in his mother’s womb. Photo/Marvel Comics

Professor X’s mutation is telepathy, which is the ability to hear the thoughts of others. In his mother’s womb, Charles recognized his twin as evil and attempted to kill it, causing his mother’s miscarriage. Professor X is the mutant son of wealthy nuclear researcher Dr. Brian Xavier and his wife Sharon-Xavier Marko.

Charles’ childhood years were filled with abuse and drama. His mother re-married his father’s colleague after his death, Dr. Kurt Marko. As his mutant powers arose, at around ten, Charles became bald. Charles formed a telepathic link with Dr. Marko’s son Cain Marko, who later became the Juggernaut, as well as his mother; both Cain and Sharon suffered abuse from Dr. Marko.

Dr. Marko had married Sharon for money. When Sharon learnt that Dr. Marko did not have feelings for her, she became an alcoholic. She died heart-broken, leaving Charles with Dr. Marko and Cain’s abusive relationships.

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AN ALPHA LEVEL MUTANT

Professor X has been classified as an Alpha Level mutant. From an entry titled “Charles Xavier (Earth-616)” on Marvel Database:

“Powers

Charles Xavier is an Alpha-Level Mutant, said to possess the most powerful brain in existence, and to be the world’s greatest telepath possessing vast psionic powers:

Telepathy: Xavier is able to read minds and project his own thoughts into the minds of others within a radius of 250 miles (on Earth). With extreme effort he can greatly extend that radius. When synched with Cerebro or Cerebra, he can connect to every mind on a planet. After he was thrown into the M’Kraan Crystal, it not only restored his mutation, but made his telepathy more powerful than it had been previously, thereby making him the world’s most powerful telepath once again.

“Charles Xavier (Earth-616)”, Marvel Database

CEREBRO

In 'X-Men' (1964) #7, Professor Xavier speaks of Cerebro an ESP device used to detect mutants on Earth.
In ‘X-Men’ (1964) #7, Professor Xavier speaks of Cerebro an ESP device used to detect mutants on Earth. Photo/Marvel Comics

Professor X is a genius intellect with PhDs in Genetics and Biophysics from Oxford University. Professor X met with Fred Duncan investigating the growing number of mutants. Professor X told Duncan of his plan to locate mutant youngsters and enroll them at his “School For Gifted Youngsters.” Professor X planned on protecting the mutants from human oppression, giving them an education and teach them how to use their abilities. Using a mutant detection device called Cerebro, Professor X set on locating the mutant youngsters.

Cerebro is an ESP (Extra-Sensory Perception) machine that amplifies a telepath’s brainwaves and speeds up the user’s brain neuron speed. Only experienced telepaths can use Cerebro since non-telepaths can be overwhelmed.

Read on!

Cerebro’s main function was to locate mutant signatures, but was also integrated in the mansion, as the school’s A. I. Cerebro served the Professor for many years and, at times, was used against him. After the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants kidnapped young Emma FrostMagneto took her to Xavier’s School, to use Cerebro and kill all humans. During the invasion of the alien Z’Nox, Prof. Xavier used Cerebro to probe every human mind on the planet. On one occasion, Warhawk was hired, by the White Queen, to leave a bug in Cerebro, that enabled her to access Professor Xavier’s findings on Cerebro. After Nightcrawler was injured in battle and lost, Shadowcat re-calibrated Cerebro, for non telepaths to use, to search for Nightcrawler and Phoenix.

“Cerebro (Mutant Detector), Marvel Database

SUPER FEAT OF THE DAY: IN THE ‘DARK PHOENIX SAGA’ (1980), PROFESSOR X ENGAGES IN A PSI-WAR WITH PHOENIX

During the 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' saga, Professor X fights the Dark Phoenix in a psi-war.
During the ‘Dark Phoenix’ saga (1980), Professor X fights the Dark Phoenix in a psi-war. Photo/Marvel Comics

LINKS

Charles Xavier (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
New X-Men Vol 1 121 in Marvel Database.
Cerebro in Marvel Database.
X-Men Vol 1 7 in Marvel Database.
Dark Phoenix Saga in Marvel Database.

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