One of my favorite Marvel comics back in the day was the ‘What
If…’ series. It was a comic which considered the outcome of
alternate paths characters in the Marvel universe might have taken.
What if the Fantastic Four had never been exposed to cosmic rays?
As it turns out, in a rather cataclysmic recasting of the theme
presented in Capra’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ the Fantastic Four
wouldn’t have been around to save us from Galactus, leaving the
giant humanoid free to ‘eat’ the planet Earth (or at least the
‘life force’ of the planet) and producing a landscape that bore a
striking resemblance to Swiss cheese when viewed from space…”