Wildly Convincing Marvel Comic Books Fan Theories

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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. 

  • 1
    985 VOTES

    Captain America Is Owed Some Serious Back Pay

    Sometimes, fan theories are a matter of “doing the math,” and that’s exactly what Reddit user anon33249038 did. The Redditor wondered just how much backpay the US Armed Forces might owe Captain America, being that he never really left active service and had technically been serving for over 70 years continuously.

    That user calculated the backpay at around $3 million based on quarterly payments, but a spokesman of the actual US Army pointed out that they would actually owe Cap a lot more money than that because it would actually be monthly payments. 

    985 votes
  • 2
    1,138 VOTES

    Spider-Man’s Spider Sense Draws Him To Danger

    Why is it that Spider-Man seems to find himself in the middle of more dangerous situations than the rest of the New York vigilantes combined? His Spider Sense might be the answer. On the surface, Spidey’s sixth sense lets him know when danger is imminent, allowing him to react with impossible quickness.

    However, Reddit user JeffRyan1 thinks that the Spider Sense might also be working on a subconscious level, drawing Spider-Man towards the danger it detects so that he can constantly be fighting to keep the city safe. It would explain Spidey’s exhausting crimefighting schedule!

    1,138 votes
  • 3
    873 VOTES

    The Beyonders Are Marvel’s Corporate Powers

    The Beyonders are one of the most interesting alien races in the history of the Marvel Universe. Originally, there was only one Beyonder, and he was powerful enough to warp reality in order to hold an ultimate contest between the powers of good and evil for his own amusement. Later on, it was discovered that there was an entire race of Beyonders, and that they had created the Marvel multiverse. Unfortunately, they also wanted to destroy it because they had grown tired with it.

    Reddit user seer358 thinks this sounds familiar, and suspects that the Beyonders are actually a clever metaphor for the corporate powers that be at Marvel Publishing. Corporate interests are constantly demanding that comic book universes be rebooted and made fresh, with no regard for the continuity that came before, just like how the Beyonders want to destroy everything and start all over again. 

    873 votes
  • 4
    765 VOTES

    Mjolnir Is Sentient

    Thor’s mystical hammer, Mjolnir, is one of the most interesting objects in the Marvel Universe. It appears to operate with some level of sentience, given that it chooses which individuals are worthy enough to wield its might. Recently, the hammer has been acting even more sentient than usual, as it aids the new Thor, Jane Foster, while she learns the Asgardian ropes.

    This led user WaxHawk on the ComicBookResources forums to speculate that Mjolnir is sentient and is trying to live up to the wishes of its previous owner, Thor, after he has deemed himself unworthy. The two characters to pick up the hammer since Thor dropped it - Jane and Captain America - are both people Thor highly respects. 

    765 votes
  • 5
    709 VOTES

    Franklin Richards Caused The "Sliding" Of Marvel's Time Scale

    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.

    709 votes
  • 6
    1,010 VOTES

    Wolverine And Sabretooth Are Related

    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.

    1,010 votes