WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Amazing Spider-Man # 74
As one of the greatest sources of evil in the Marvel Comics Universe, the demon Mephisto has access to all sorts of secrets that would bring other characters to their knees – including the truth about the true sacred timeline of the Marvel Universe and what it means to his fascination Spider Man. Alternate futures are ubiquitous in comics, but the one and only true future of the Marvel universe has always remained nebulous. Now readers may have finally received confirmation of which fan timeline is canonical.
This reveal comes from the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man # 74 by Nick Spencer, Mark Bagley, and more as Spencer concludes his three year saga with the world famous web slinger. But just because Spencer finished with the Spider-Man doesn’t mean it is Mephisto. And the devil’s interest is never good.
The Amazing Spider-Man # 74 ends the “Kind Saga” with a healthy dose of revelations and surprises, with no shocking motivation for Mephisto’s involvement in Peter Parker’s life dating back to One More Day. ”While the threat of the Kindred finished, Doctor Strange is still not done with the demon. And when Strange asks Mephisto about his fascination with Peter Parker, the villain reveals a vision he had before Peter’s birth – a vision of Peter Parker and Mary Jane’s adult daughter putting an end to his rule – that he has tried for years impede.
While Mephisto’s vision explains why he’s been meddling in Peter’s life for years, it also gives fans a glimpse into the most important future timeline of the Marvel Universe. Spider-Man’s daughter is nowhere near the only heroine fans see, as the wreckage of Mephisto’s future is littered with the broken bodies of Brian Michael Bendis’ future X-Men from the timeline featured in “The Battle of the Atom” was presented. Eagle-eyed fans can also catch a glimpse of Captain America’s future son, James Rogers, implying the existence of fan-favorite Next Avengers.
In comics especially, the future is always in flux, but the fact that Mephisto tried for years to prevent this particular timeline could very well mean how inevitable it really is. Mephisto’s manipulative efforts should make it easy to avoid a future. But if that timeline is the set path for the Marvel Universe, or at least the Time Variance Authority protected path recently popularized by Loki on Disney +, then that would mean that even an entity like Mephisto is powerless to do it to stop.
It’s very unlikely that the comics will ever catch up to that point in the timeline, but it adds an interesting layer to today’s Marvel Universe as well as the limits of Mephisto’s abilities. Despite his vaunted power as the King of Hell, even he cannot withstand the inevitable flow of time. And for a being like Mephisto there is no worse feeling than powerlessness.
Even though Spider Man Fans are unlikely to be seeing this future anytime soon, it is precisely existence that changes what they thought they knew about Marvel Comics Timeline. The future is always changing, but rarely is it seen so seemingly inevitable. Still, if at all Mephisto unable to stop it, things may be a little more set in stone than anyone would ever have thought.
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