|This has got to be the worst alternate universe ever. -Peter Parker (Earth-616)
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Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars, or more commonly called Secret Wars is a twelve-issue comic book crossover limited series storyline published from May 1984 to April 1985 by Marvel Comics.
The series was written by Jim Shooter with art by Mike Zeck and Bob Layton.
The storyline takes place in Earth-616.
A cosmic being called the Beyonder observes the mainstream Marvel universe. Fascinated by the presence of superheroes on Earth and their potential, this entity chooses a group of both heroes and supervillains and teleports characters against their will to "Battleworld", a planet created by the Beyonder in a distant galaxy. This world has also been stocked with alien weapons and technology. The Beyonder then yells: "I am from beyond! Slay your enemies and all that you desire shall be yours! Nothing you dream of is impossible for me to accomplish!"
The heroes include the Avengers:
Three members of the Fantastic Four:
Mutant team X-Men:
Magneto is featured as a hero, but immediately becomes non-aligned when the Avengers question his presence.
The villains include:
- Absorbing Man
- Doctor Doom
- Doctor Octopus
- The Enchantress
- Kang the Conqueror
- The Lizard
- Molecule Man
- The Wrecking Crew
The cosmic entity Galactus also appears as a villain who immediately becomes a non-aligned entity.
There are several significant developments in the series: villainesses Titania and Volcana are created, the second Spider-Woman, Julia Carpenter, is introduced, Spider-Man finds and wears the black suit for the first time, initially unaware that it is actually an alien symbiote, Doctor Doom temporarily steals the Beyonder's power, having fallen in love with the alien healer Zsaji (who sacrifices her life on Battleworld to save the heroes), mutant Colossus ends his romantic relationship with a heartbroken Kitty Pryde, and the Thing chooses to remain behind on Battleworld and explores the galaxy for a year, with She-Hulk temporarily joining the Fantastic Four as his replacement.
A form of the Secret Wars storyline appeared in the animated television series Spider-Man, where the Beyonder and Madame Web selected Spider-Man to lead a team of heroes (consisting of himself, the Fantastic Four, Captain America, Black Cat, Iron Man and Storm) against the villains Doctor Doom, Doctor Octopus, Lizard, Alistair Smythe, and Red Skull. The goal was allegedly to determine whether good or evil were stronger, but it was revealed after the war to have been carried out to determine which of several alternate Spider-Men was worthy to lead a team to save the universe.
One completely written chapter of "Secret Wars" involved the X-Men, but transporting the X-Men cast to L.A. (where production for the Spider-Man animated series was based) from Canada (where the X-Men animated series was based) was too costly in the previous episodes the X-Men appeared in, so the episode was dropped and only Storm was used for the rest of the chapters of Secret Wars due to the fact that Iona Morris (who was the first voice of Storm) lives in L.A. Hulk and She-Hulk weren't used in these episodes because the Hulk show was on UPN.