I actually have a story in mind, that I keep toying around with. The back story is taken from various media formats, mostly X-Men Evolution. Well, for those of you who don't know, Mesmero in that format was a tattooed, powerful, telepath who knew martial arts and spoke with a middle eastern accent; over all, he was just a much better character than what he is in comics. Well, I always had a "What if" based around him, basically saying "What if Mesmero was the son of Shadow King?"
The story would play out with Shadow King contacting Mesmero from the Astral Plain, telling him to get a body for him ready, and they go on to take over the world.
The only thing thats with you your whole life is complete and utter darkness.
i would like to see a Planet Hulk 'What if?' where there is no explosion and hulk stays on planet with his queen and son. brings together all the people of the planet. the have to face something like the annihilation wave lead by Ravenous.
What if Ozymandias had attempted to recreate the accident that gave Jon his power on himself?
What if that same event had happened to Batman in the DC universe what would Bruce have done with all that power? Or Superman, or any of your favorite heroes?
For that matter I've always wondered why anyone else never tried that? I mean it seemed like the science of it was pretty easy to replicate since it'd be repeated several times before anyway and who wouldn't want a shot at godlike power?
None of them sparkle!
Sig by Scythe!
WHAT IF... Doctor Doom perfected his dimensional experiments?
After successful tests Doom perfects his plans, travels into the hell dimension and outwits Mephisto to free his mother's spirit (kind of like he did in Triumph and Torment but much earlier). Before ascending to a higher plane his mother begs him use his life for good.
Doom returns flushed with success and a changed man, and actually becomes friends with Reed Richards.
Later Reed invites Doom to accompany him on the experimental flight (moonshot, stardrive, whatever it is supposed to be these days). Doom, believing in Reed's capabilities, doesn't check the shielding and they are hit by cosmic rays.
All five return to earth with super-powers and form the Fantastic Five...
WHAT IF... Reed Richards and Doctor Doom both got their calculations right to begin with?
After successful tests Doom perfects his plans, travels into the hell dimension and outwits Mephisto to free his mother's spirit (kind of like he did in Triumph and Torment but much earlier).
Doom returns flushed with success and deciding to develop his new powers of magic, as well as finishing college with a reputation as a genius.
Later Reed puts adequate shields on the ship and the foursome return as heroes but without any super powers.
Don't know where this would go after that...
WHAT IF... Jesus not died? (in the Marvel Universe)
Jesus chooses not to die for the sins of man, but instead remains on earth to preach his beliefs, with diminished powers. Earth develops a different form of Christianity but still based on his beliefs and teachings.
As the centuries pass Jesus continues to use his abilities to help man, coming into conflict with beings such as Apocalypse, Selene, and Dracula, and living into the age of Marvels.
He becomes a founding member of the Avengers, even converting Thor to Christianity, and helping protect the world against the rise of a new generation of threats such as Dr. Doom, Magneto, and the Juggernaut, alien invasions, and supernatural incursions into the earthly plane.
Eventually, the star-god Galactus arrives to consume the earth. In the ensuing battle with earth's heroes the Silver Surfer is killed but Galactus cannot be stopped. Finally, rather than see his precious earth destroyed, Jesus chooses to become the new Herald of Galactus, pledging to lead him away from inhabited worlds and down a more peaceful path.
In return earth is spared, and once again Jesus becomes remembered for sacrificing himself for all mankind.