10 Marvel Characters House Of M Fundamentally Changed | CBR – CBR – Comic Book Resources

Released in 2005, House of M changed the way Marvel dealt with its enormous mutant population – and more than a few popular characters.
Released in 2005, House of M changed the way Marvel dealt with its enormous mutant population. By saying “No more mutants,” the Scarlet Witch, who could barely control her universe-altering magics at the time, eliminated nearly 90% of the Homo Superior race. They became simple humans.
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Though a tragedy, what Wanda did before she uttered those three words was even more devastating to several heroes who populated Earth-616. While her goal was to provide them with a utopia, she changed some characters so drastically in the House of M universe that the effects were felt long after the event.
The hero known as Ant-Man/Giant-Man/Yellowjacket is also an incredibly successful scientist. Not everyone can create Pym Particles that allow an individual to shrink and grow at will. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case when Hank was inserted into the Witch’s pocket universe.
There, he was a Sapien scientist among a plethora of mutants who had taken over the world. Hired to work for Stark Industries, Pym began experiments to isolate the mutant gene. However, Dr. Hank McCoy dissuaded him from continuing. Essentially, he felt Pym was trying to do something illegal because the other realized normal humans were a dying race.
Readers know Otto as the villain/hero Doctor Octopus – a founding member of Spider-Man’s rogues gallery. In Wanda’s utopian universe, he never had a set of robotic arms fused to his spinal column. Instead, Otto was an atomic researcher asked by the U.S. government to find a cure for the mutant threat before Magneto and his warriors took over the world.
That wasn’t it for the scientist. He comprehended that mutants had amazing immune systems. He decided to research this even without their live stem cells from Homo Superior specimens. Perhaps, like Pym, Otto was trying to develop something for a dying race.
On Earth-616, the X-Man Iceman has always been known for his light touch. Where other members take their role seriously, Bobby is always ready to lighten the mood. This didn’t happen in the pocket universe.
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That version’s mutants weren’t as tolerated and Bobby ended up in an internment camp, one that was taken down by Apocalypse and his Horsemen. Instead of Angel becoming one of Apocalypse’s minions, as it happened in the current Marvel universe, Bobby leapt at the chance to be part of his Horsemen.
In this pocket universe, Robert Reynolds isn’t the Superman-like hero known as Sentry. Instead, he’s a mild-mannered worker in a mild-mannered home with a mild-mannered wife and son. Yet, somewhere deep inside, he thinks he has superhuman strength and the ability to fly. It causes him to see things that aren’t there.
Instead of trying to bring those powers out so he can be like the other mutants, Robert visits a renowned psychologist, Dr. Stephen Strange. He believes that Robert has Dead-End Syndrome, which is a feeling of inadequacy among Sapiens. In other words, there’s no heroic glory in Robert’s future.
Steve Rogers was still a successful recipient of the Super-Soldier Serum during World War II. He also helped the Allies defeat the Axis alongside the Invaders. However, in the pocket universe created by the Scarlet Witch, he didn’t end up frozen at the bottom of the ocean. Instead, Rogers continued his life after World War II. He became the first person to walk on the moon in 1955.
In the second issue of House of M, readers find an 89-year-old Captain Rogers leading a quiet life in the Bronx. While the X-Men and Avengers who become aware of their environment say he’s worthless, Steve still retains his strength and stamina. He simply decides not to use them.
The man known on Earth-616 as the Falcon is without his wings in the pocket universe. He isn’t even a part of the Human Resistance Movement. Instead, he’s one of the remaining human police detectives in New York.
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Unfortunately, he isn’t treated with the respect he deserves. Especially by Luke Cage, who leads the Sapien resistance. As Wilson questions Cage about an attack on the Kingpin, the latter tries to tear down Sam’s confidence. In this universe, it seems Wilson isn’t Captain America material.
A quartet of astronauts led by Reed Richards was never bathed in cosmic rays in the timeline created by Wanda. Thus, the Fantastic Four never existed. However, a radicalized version of the team, the Fearsome Four, was formed by Victor von Doom.
This version consists of Doom as leader, his wife (Invincible Woman), son (The Inhuman Torch), and a being made of orange rocks simply known as The It. Of the group, only The It has a similar design to Earth-616’s Thing. The Fearsome Four doesn’t battle inter-dimensional villains. Instead, they’re at the beck and call of Doom and Magneto to quell various uprisings.
Those aware of Emma Frost’s history in the normal Marvel universe know of her original urges for wealth and power. These feelings barely waned when she joined the X-Men. Though she had a knack for training young mutants there was always an underlying threat of competition with others.
Not the case in the pocket universe. Tired of using her powers for personal and financial gains, Frost trains to be a child psychologist that helps families deal with sudden mutant transformations. She meets pilot Scott Summers, gets married, and settles into a middle-class life in Connecticut.
Of all the people affected by Wanda’s magicks, Magneto is the one who had his wishes truly fulfilled. Instead of continually battling other mutants for superiority, Magnus becomes their leader. He takes the offensive against humans by defeating their Sentinels.
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Instead of making the Sapiens his slaves, Magneto is benevolent and lets them live while he assumes leadership of the world. On one hand, he didn’t want to emulate the Nazis that killed his family members. On the other, he also knew humans would be extinct in a few generations.
Although everyone seemed greatly affected by their jump into the pocket universe, Peter Parker had the most adverse reaction. Overall, the Parker Luck was in full force and it caused him to crash when he realized what happened.
It seemed like a perfect life. Peter was married to Gwen Stacy and Uncle Ben was still alive. However, once people discovered he was a Sapien, Spider-Man and his family were at risk. Not long after, Peter became aware of his circumstances. He was definitely not happy after that.
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