Total Nerd Insanely Convincing Marvel Comic Books Fan Theories  

Stephan Roget
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List Rules Vote up the fan theories about Marvel Comics that make you think twice about its veracity.

The internet is rife with fan theories about the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as any Google search will prove, but tracking down fan theories about Marvel Comics themselves is a little trickier. It makes sense that there would be plenty of Marvel Comics fan theories out there, given that fans have had over half a century to come up with them, but the extreme popularity of the MCU has helped obscure their online presence. However, if you know where to look, you can find more than a few convincing conspiracies about what’s really going on in the pages of all Marvel publications.

Decades of plot twists have left more than a handful of Marvel Comics mysteries out there, just begging to be solved. Fans have stepped in to provide what they feel are adequate answers. As it is with any fandom, most Marvel fan theories are complete bologna pulled directly from their creator’s lower digestive tract. However, there are a rare few that provide enough evidence and reasoning to make even the most seasoned comic book reader cock their eyebrow with intrigue. Check out the fan theories about Marvel Comics below and vote up the ones that just might be true. 

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Wolverine And Sabretooth Are Related

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That Wolverine and Sabretooth are related in some way seems like an obvious theory for fans to come up with. They’re both quite old, have similar mutant abilities, and share an intertwined and mysterious past that stretches back more than a century. Theories have ranged from Wolverine and Sabretooth being brothers to Sabretooth being Wolverine’s father, which seems to be the originally intended storyline as discovered by CBR’s Brian Cronin. In fact, the comics would eventually reveal that Sabretooth was Logan’s dad, before retconning that and declaring once and for all that the two are not related in any way.

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Franklin Richards And The Sliding Timescale

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Have you ever wondered why nobody in the Marvel Universe seems to age? Interestingly enough, at one point, Marvel characters aged in relative real-time, with Peter Parker going through high school and then college before suddenly becoming trapped in his early '20s. In fact, almost all Marvel characters found their ages suddenly stationary after 1968, which just so happened to be the first appearance of Franklin Richards, the son of Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman.

Coincidence? Perhaps not. Franklin ended up being an enormously powerful mutant with reality warping abilities, and some, like the fine folks over at the website, “Fantastic Four (1961-1989): The Great American Novel,” theorize that Franklin’s abilities are either consciously or subconsciously causing the “sliding” of Marvel’s timescale.

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Who Is The Third Summers Brother?

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It was quite the revelation when X-Men fans discovered that Cyclops had a secret younger brother, Havok, so speculation was obviously intense when Mr. Sinister hinted that the Summers brothers might have an additional sibling. Popular theories included Gambit being the third Summers brother, but a more plausible outcome was that Adam X the X-Treme, the most ‘90s character ever, was the missing mutant.

In fact, ComicBookResources’ Brian Cronin did some behind-the-scenes sleuthing and figured out that Adam X was actually intended to be a Summers brother, but his overwhelming unpopularity convinced Marvel to go in a different direction. A newly invented character, Vulcan, was eventually revealed as the third brother, although fans still speculate that there’s more to the story. 

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Marvel Is Sabotaging The X-Men

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Some fan theories go outside the bounds of the comics themselves and speculate about real-world happenings. Such is the case with the theory that Marvel Comics has been actively trying to sabotage both the X-Men and the Fantastic Four because they don’t own the film rights for those properties. While the Fantastic Four was merely canceled, fans claim that Marvel’s intentions for the X-Men have been more sinister, and they’ve got a decent amount of evidence to back them up, as compiled by CinemaBlend.

Marvel recently ran an event where the Terrigen Mists of the Inhumans, a stand-in group for mutants in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, proved lethal to mutants and forced most of the X-Men off of Earth for a while. Marvel has also killed off Professor X, Cyclops, and Wolverine in the books, leaving the team without their most iconic leaders. However, it should be noted that Marvel continues to publish dozens of X-Men titles each month, making it questionable just how hard they’re trying to obscure the property.