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Marvel: 1602

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First appearance

Marvel 1602 #1
(November, 2003)

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History

Origins

The origins of the 1602 universe (Earth-311), actually began in an alternate future reality designated Earth-460. The Earth-460 version of Purple Man had become President-For-Life, and many of Earth's other heroes had either died from old age or been hunted down and killed. Only Captain America remained to fight for democracy, but he too was betrayed and captured. Not wanting to leave any remains that could serve as a rallying point for rebellion, the Purple Man instead had him sent into the past of Earth-616.

Captain America found himself in America shortly before the Europeans that would found the Roanoke colony (an event which, in the real world, occurred in July, 1587). For some reason, the Captain's arrival caused the creation of the other heroes and villains and the subsequent destabilization of reality. Eventually, the destabilization was fixed by Captain America's return to his own timeline, and the alternate history he unwittingly created was separated from Earth-616 and preserved as a new dimension, called Earth-311.

Following the split, Earth-311 is kept within a jewel by Uatu the Watcher.

World of 1602

Cover of 1602 #1

The world of Earth-311 is much as it was in the year 1602 on Earth-616.

Political powers mentioned include England, Scotland, the Catholic Church centered on Rome, and Latveria. Latveria is ruled by Count Otto von Doom, who is called "the Handsome" and intends to rule the world. England is ruled at first by Elizabeth I, and later by James VI of Scotland following Elizabeth's assassination by Doom's minions (a year earlier than her death in the real world). The Roanoke Colony in America also declares its independence from Britain after many super-powered individuals flee persecution under James I.

Mutants exist, but they are most commonly referred to as the "witchbreed" (they are at one point called "mutantur", Latin for "changing ones"). The Catholic Church, as well as devout Protestants such as James VI, consider the witchbreed as devil-worshipers and hunt them down. The Inquisitor Enrique, himself a witchbreed, allows witchbreed to survive if they can pass as human so that they might eventually join his "Brotherhood of Those Who Will Inherit The Earth". Elizabeth I also allows witchbreed to live in England, where they are taught at Carlos Javier's Select School for Sons of Gentlefolk. James VI's first act after Elizabeth's death is to round up and imprison all of Javier's students, and they are forced to escape to America.

Also notable is the continued existence of dinosaurs, which are variously referred to as "leather wings" and "thunder lizards" depending on their species. These dinosaurs exist throughout Earth-311 (examples are depicted in Latveria, the size of small birds, and in Carlos' Javier's school, kept as pets), but most prominently in the so-called New World, where many larger specimens are located. The reason for these creatures' existence is unclear, although it may be a reference to the Savage Land of Earth-616 and the "savage" American natives.

Earth-311 is also beset by bizarre weather, including lightning storms without rain and blood red skies. Earthquakes, floods, rains of lizards, and other natural disasters are also reported. These phenomena are caused by the destabilization of reality (in turn caused by Captain America's presence in the time line), and end once Earth-311 is separated from Earth-616.

Notes

  • Earth-311 is an off-shoot of Earth-616, in which Marvel heroes of the Silver Age of Comic Books have been awakened 400 years early in England. Events from this universe are depicted in the miniseries Marvel 1602, as well as its tree sequels: 1602: New World, 1602: Fantastick Four and 1602: Spider-Man.
  • The reality contains familiar faces from Marvel Comics, re-imagined for the new historical context. Characters include Peter Parquagh (this reality's version of Peter Parker), Matthew Murdoch (Matt Murdock) and Sir Nicholas Fury (Nick Fury). Also included are historical figures, such as the monarchs Elizabeth I and James I of England, William Shakespeare and Virginia Dare, the first English child born in America.

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