Super Serious 616 Presents: WHAT IF... Marvel was real
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Episode 174 - See it while you can (Avengers #12) -- January 1965

Episode 174 - See it while you can (Avengers #12) -- January 1965

Apologies for the gaps in new episode this summer. Even though we had pre-recorded, vacations and some technical difficulties (my computer lost the ability to charge last week) caused us to miss our regular Wednesday drops. We should be back on track going forward and you should get at least an episode a week dropped in this feed every Wednesday morning. We appreciate your patience.

In this episode:

Mike and Ed discuss the Avengers’ statement to the Daily Standard that the recent tremors felt around the world were created by the Mole Man attempting to speed up the planet’s rotation to destroy all life on the surface. Thank goodness for the Avengers, but how confident are we that villains such as the Mole Man will stop trying to wipe out humanity with new and creative ways? When villains have the ambition to destroy the planet and the technological means to do so, what should we as a society do to prepare? We don’t have all the answers, but we suggest you go and see the leaning Tower of Pisa before someone knocks it over for good…

Behind the issue:

We believe this is the first mention of the “Daily Standard”. Stan usually used the Daily Bugle whenever he needed a paper mentioned, but for some reason he made up a new paper in this issue for the Avengers to provide the exclusive.

In this issue:

Giant-Man is alerted by his ants to the fact that the Mole Man is up to something. He tries to engage the Avengers on this potential plot by the Mole Man, and to have them investigate, but they brush him off. And so he investigates on his own, going underground and being captured by the Mole Man and his followers. And then Mole Man’s plan is revealed - he is speeding up the Earth’s rotation, and people around the world start to feel it. The Avengers feel badly for blowing off Giant-Man, and they go to rescue him. A furious battle ensues underground, although the Mole Man and his crew escape. The Mole Man teams up with another Fantastic Four antagonist, the Red Ghost, and they battle the Avengers together. The Avengers ultimately defeat the terrible twosome and their followers, and stop the Earth from seeing up its rotation, and their heroism is reported in the Daily Standard.

Assumed before the next episode:

People are dealing with the fallout of the Earth briefly speeding up its rotation, which caused untold devastation and potentially longterm problems.

This episode takes place:

After the Daily Standard has reported this adventure on its front pages.

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