Marvel Comics 2
Parent companyMarvel Comics
Country of originUnited States

Marvel Comics 2 was an imprint from Marvel Comics whose comic books depict an alternative future timeline for the Marvel Universe. The imprint was spun off from the events of What If? #105 (February 1998), which was the first appearance of the character Spider-Girl, Spider-Man's daughter from an alternative future. This Earth has been designated as Earth-982.[1]

Publication history

The MC2 Universe's superheroes, based on the Marvel Comics' main canon's characters. Cover art of Avengers Next #1 (November 2006 Marvel Comics). Art by Mike Wieringo.

The MC2 Universe was conceived by writer/editor Tom DeFalco as a possible alternate future for the Marvel Universe,[1] set in the present day, with the first appearances of most Marvel heroes having taken place fifteen years earlier than in main continuity. The goal of the line was to produce comic books that were more accessible to a wider audience than Marvel’s main line of books and weren't entrenched in years of continuity, which was later repeated with the Ultimate Marvel imprint.

Three MC2 titles were launched in October 1998 as twelve-issue maxiseries:[2]

A-Next and J2 ended after twelve issues and were replaced by:

Spider-Girl meanwhile continued publication. However, with the collapse of a deal to sell the comics in Kmart and Target both Fantastic Five and Wild Thing were cancelled after five issues, leaving Spider-Girl as the only title in the MC2 Universe still published.[2][3] A few spin-off limited series were launched during the time Spider-Girl was published, such as Darkdevil and Spider-Girl Presents The Buzz.

The Spider-Girl title was nearly cancelled several times due to low sales. Each time, campaigns by Tom DeFalco and fans of the title prevented cancellation. Fans created a webpage,, to help drum up support for the book. In an effort to boost sales on the title, Marvel reprinted Spider-Girl in small "Digest-sized" trade paperbacks.

A five-issue limited series set in the MC2 Universe titled Last Hero Standing was printed. In 2006, Marvel released another limited series set in the MC2 Universe titled Last Planet Standing. The series was intended to wrap up all the loose ends in the MC2 Universe and destroy it at the series' conclusion. As a result, Spider-Girl was slated to be cancelled at issue 100, where the character would die.[4] Due to backlash from DeFalco and fans, Marvel quashed the move and announced the relaunching of Spider-Girl under the title of Amazing Spider-Girl.[5] The "Amazing" title lasted until early 2009, when the book was again cancelled due to low sales. A third title, The Spectacular Spider-Girl, was then launched. Initially a digital exclusive, the Spectacular book was incorporated into the Amazing Spider-Man Family anthology magazine. After Amazing Spider-Man Family and its successor, Web of Spider-Man, folded, a final four-issue Spectacular Spider-Girl mini-series was produced, allowing many of the long-running plot threads from the book to be tied up. The final MC2-oriented story to date, a one-shot called Spider-Girl: The End, was published in 2010, which gave the title character a happy ending while leaving the door open for further adventures.

In 2008, a prequel strip, Mr. and Mrs. Spider-Man, was launched in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man Family. DeFalco confirmed on the official Spider-Girl boards that this strip would serve as the definitive continuity of the MC2 Spider-Man timeline. However, the Mr. and Mrs. Spider-Man strips were quickly ended so the Spider-Man Family title could make room for the relaunched Spider-Girl book.

American Dream has appeared in both her own 2008 limited series and the 2011 five-issue limited series Captain America Corps, marking the first time an MC2 character has met or teamed up with characters from the mainstream Marvel universe.

Spider-Girl returned in the Spider-Verse storyline in 2014. During the story, it was revealed that when she traveled back in time to meet Spider-Man in his youth in her original series, she had entered Earth-616, the mainstream Marvel universe, before the point which it branched out into the MC2 universe. Her father, however, unfortunately died protecting May and Benjy from Daemos. As Daemos drained Peter's life force, May fled with Ben in her arms. Upon May's return home, Mary Jane passes Peter's former costume down to her, though Mayday eventually begins wearing a new outfit and eventually returns to her old one. Following Spider-Geddon it is revealed that the Multiversal entity known as The Other has chosen and sought Peter as its host, thus resurrecting him.[6]

The MC2 Universe also appears in the Secret Wars event in the Spider-Island tie-in backup.

Comments on style

DeFalco explained in an interview his views on the MC2 imprint:[7]

The Pulse: "A lot of people characterize the MC2 universe as having an 'old school' feel. Why do you think "modern" comic readers want to read something that feels like the best of the Silver Age?" DeFalco: "We are 'old school' because A) our heroes act like heroes…B) we don’t believe in decompression…C) we tell single-issue stories with subplots that build from issue to issue… and D) there’s a lot of action and angst in every issue."



Collected editions

Title Material collected ISBN Release date
Spider-Girl: A Fresh Start Spider-Girl #1–2 978-0785107200 1998-31-12
Spider-Girl Spider-Girl #0–8 978-0785108153 2001-05-11
Last Hero Standing Last Hero Standing #0–5 978-0785118237 2005-12-10
Last Planet Standing Last Planet Standing #0–5 978-0785119982 2006-18-10
Amazing Spider-Girl vol. 1: Whatever Happened to the Daughter of Spider-Man? The Amazing Spider-Girl #0–6 978-0785123415 2007-30-05
Avengers Next: Rebirth Avengers Next #1–5 978-0785125181 2007-13-06
Amazing Spider-Girl vol. 2: Comes the Carnage! The Amazing Spider-Girl #7–12 978-0785123422 2007-28-11
Fantastic Five: The Final Doom Fantastic Five vol. 2 #1–5 978-0785127925 2008-09-01
Amazing Spider-Girl vol. 3: Mind Games The Amazing Spider-Girl #13–18 978-0785125587 2008-28-05
American Dream: Beyond Courage American Dream #1–5 978-0785131847 2008-15-10
Amazing Spider-Girl vol. 4: Brand New May The Amazing Spider-Girl #19–24 978-0785129745 2008-24-12
Amazing Spider-Girl vol. 5: Maybreak The Amazing Spider-Girl #25-30 978-0785131878 2009-01-07
Spectacular Spider-Girl: Who Killed Gwen Reilly? Spider-Man Family #1–8, Web of Spider-Man #1–4 978-0785143192 2010-24-03
Spectacular Spider-Girl: The Last Stand Spectacular Spider-Girl #1–4, Spider-Girl: The End, and material from Web of Spider-Man #5–7 978-0785148999 2010-24-03
Captain America Corps Captain America Corpsl #1-5 978-0785155638 2011-21-12
Spider-Girl: The Complete Collection Vol. 1 What If? (1989) #105, Spider-Girl #1-15 and #½, Spider-Girl Annual '99 978-1302912482 2018-07-08
Spider-Girl: The Complete Collection Vol. 2 Spider-Girl #16-32 978-1302918446 2019-06-08
Spider-Girl: The Complete Collection Vol. 3 Spider-Girl #33-50 978-1302923716 2021-30-03
Spider-Girl: The Complete Collection Vol. 4 Spider-Girl #51-67 978-1302934798 2022-12-04

Digest size paperbacks

Title Material collected ISBN Release date
Spider-Girl vol. 1: Legacy Spider-Girl #0–5 978-0785114413 2004-01-04
Spider-Girl vol. 2: Like Father Like Daughter Spider-Girl #6–11 978-0785116578 2004-15-12
Spider-Girl vol. 3: Avenging Allies Spider-Girl #12–16 &Spider-Girl Annual '99 978-0785116585 2005-13-04
Spider-Girl vol. 4: Turning Point Spider-Girl #17–21 and #½ 978-0785118718 2005-21-09
Spider-Girl vol. 5: Endgame Spider-Girl #22-27 978-0785120346 2006-25-01
Spider-Girl Presents Juggernaut Jr vol. 1: Secrets and Lies J2 #1-6 978-0785120476 2006-29-03
Spider-Girl vol. 6: Too Many Spiders! Spider-Girl #28-33 978-0785121565 2006-21-06
Spider-Girl Presents A-Next vol. 1: Second Coming A-Next #1-6 978-0785121312 2006-23-08
Spider-Girl Presents Fantastic Five vol. 1: In Search of Doom Fantastic Five #1-5 978-0785121329 2006-20-09
Spider-Girl vol. 7: Betrayed Spider-Girl #34-38 978-0785121572 2006-15-11
Spider-Girl vol. 8: Duty Calls Spider-Girl #39-44 978-0785124955 2007-18-04
Spider-Girl Presents The Buzz” and “DarkDevil The Buzz #1–3, DarkDevil #1–3 978-0785126010 2007-05-09
Spider-Girl vol. 9: Secret Lives Spider-Girl #45-50 978-0785126027 2007-31-10
Spider-Girl Presents Wild Thing Crash Course Wild Thing' #0–5 978-0785126065 2007-05-12
Spider-Girl vol. 10: Season of the Serpent Spider-Girl #52-59 978-0785132134 2009-11-02
Spider-Girl vol. 11: Marked for Death Spider-Girl #60-66 978-0785137412 2009-08-12
Spider-Girl vol. 12: The Games Villains Play Spider-Girl #67-72 978-0785144823 2010-24-03