12 Major Marvel Characters Who Have Wild Super-Kids In The Distant Future

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The Marvel Multiverse is populated with Watchers who witness everything that has, will, or can possibly occur, and through their eyes, countless readers have witnessed all sorts of future versions of Marvel characters. While the majority of these tales focus on the immediate future of the heroes fans know and love, some go further ahead in the timeline, reaching as far as the next generation - or several generations - of Marvel superhero descendants.

Superheroes occasionally produce children of their own within continuity, and there’s never any shortage of superhero family drama in comic books. But there’s something special about glimpsing a character’s long-term legacy - which can sometimes span thousands of years into the fictional future. 

  • By the time the modern era of Marvel Comics comes around, Thor is said to be around a million years old - and he’s still only middle-aged. Several possible futures have shown that the Odinson is destined to be one of the last living beings in the Marvel Universe, including one in which he rules over a lifeless Nine Realms several millennia from now, accompanied only by his granddaughters.

    Ellisiv, Frigg, and Atli Wodendottir call themselves the Goddesses of Thunder, and they earn the title by each being about as powerful as Thor was in his own youth. Each of them bears their own legendary weapon: Frigg carries Stormbreaker, Atli has Jarnbjorn, and Ellisiv wields Hridgandr, the spiked mace of Hogun. They also tend to ride Thor’s immortal goats, Toothgrinder and Toothgnasher, into battle.

    Thousands of years into the future, they aid their grandfather in erasing Gorr the God Butcher’s influence from the universe, fending off Galactus, and even bringing life back to Midgard, which has stood barren for generations. Together, they fight back the literal end of time and end up in charge of Midgard, holding joint custody of Mjolnir.

  • The character of Ashley Barton, hailing from the post-apocalyptic Old Man Logan future, is the daughter of Hawkeye and the granddaughter of Spider-Man - and that’s not a typo. Years after the supervillains united to slay all the heroes and take over the world, a surviving Clint Barton married Peter Parker’s daughter and produced Ashley, who would eventually grow to take on the mantle of Spider-Woman with most of her grandpa’s powers on hand. 

    Ashley, however, takes a dark turn after her parents get divorced and her mom shacks up with a friendly Ultron drone. She ropes her father and Old Man Logan into a “rebellion” against the new Kingpin, but it turns out to all be a front for her attempt to take over his territory. Ashley slays the Kingpin, tries to slay her father, and consolidates her power as the new Spider-Kingpin. Old Man Hawkeye barely escapes with his life.

    Years later, Ashley gets recruited into a multi-dimensional team of spider-people for the events of Spider-Verse and starts coming around to the heroic side of her heritage. 

  • Marvel’s mutants have seen the future, and the future is chimera. In the modern day, the mutant nation of Krakoa has effectively defeated mortality, unlocking the secret to the endless resurrection of all those who possess an X-Gene. A thousand years into one possible future, it’s been revealed that this miraculous technology will be regularly employed to create mutant chimeras - some of which are already being produced by Mr. Sinister in the present - pieced together from the genetic material of prominent mutants of the past. 

    Rasputin IV is probably the crowning achievement of the program. She’s an amalgamation of the DNA of Quentin Quire, Laura Kinney, Kitty Pryde, Gunther Bain, and, perhaps most importantly, Piotr Rasputin, better known as Colossus. Rasputin IV bears Colossus’s name, his trademark metallic skin, and his sister’s Soulsword. 

    In her relatively short existence, Rasputin IV and her allies battle the machine-worshipping Church of Ascendancy, the Human-Machine Monolith, and a series of Nimrods, ultimately giving up her life so that knowledge of the future can be sent back to the past - with the goal of preventing such a future from ever coming to pass.

  • Kang the Conqueror is a major Marvel character in his own right - or perhaps it’s more accurate to say “major Marvel characters,” because there are countless Kangs and Kang variants populating the Marvel Multiverse. But they all sprang forth from a single man, Nathaniel Richards, born into one possible 30th-century future, and that man is descended from both Reed Richards and Victor von Doom.

    Kang’s exact heritage has been teased since his on-page debut, but his ancestry is now undeniable. Through the time-traveling shenanigans of Reed’s father - also named Nathaniel Richards - the Richards family DNA got intermingled with that of Doom’s descendants, and then centuries down the road, Kang was born. In fact, it was that Nathaniel’s peacemaking meddling that led to Kang being so bored in the future that he turned to time-conquering to sate his thirst for adventure.

    Kang and several of his variants have since come into contact with both Reed and Doom - usually in conflict with the former, but occasionally teaming up with the latter. If anything, this gives just one more reason for Kang to be obsessed with the Earth-616 reality, on top of his continual inability to conquer it.

  • One of the many possible futures featured in the pages of Marvel Comics' What If…? series is one in which the Scarlet Witch does not say "No more mutants" at the culmination of her "House of M" alternate reality, but instead utters "No more powers." This results in this particular Marvel Universe being returned to relative normal, but minus all superpowers, save for those derived from technology.

    A world in which Iron Man and his ilk are the only superheroes is a vastly different one, but it’s not an inherently bad future. Peter and Mary Jane Parker are still able to find happiness within it, and they settle down to a post-Spider-Man retirement in which they have a daughter, May, and live long enough to see the birth of their granddaughter, Anna Parker

    A couple of playground incidents, however, prove that Wanda Maximoff’s incantation couldn’t last forever. Anna starts sticking to walls and leaping through the air like her grandfather used to, making her the first in a new generation of metahumans - and, presumably, not the last.

  • Several centuries into the future, a team of New Defenders realizes that Earth is dying, so they travel into the past to consult with the modern-day Fantastic Four. The group’s most surprising member is undoubtedly an Invisible Woman who has lived to be more than 500 years old thanks to Reed Richards’s technology - but not nearly as shocking as the appearance of Alex Ultron.

    Metaphorically a future descendant of the despotic robot, Alex Ultron is technically Ultron 16.0, the latest evolution of the programming created by Hank Pym in the late 20th century. Somehow, this iteration of Ultron has evolved to be far more benevolent and significantly less genocidal. Upon returning to its future, Alex further evolves into an enormous spaceship, leaves Earth, and then transforms into Planet Ultron, home of the Ultron Collective. 

    Instead of destroying worlds, this Ultron upgrade creates them.