The multiverse is set to become an important part of the MCU phase 4 and beyond. However, it is a big space which makes it difficult to speculate on specific comic issues.
The current expectation is that the multiverse will be used to bring in the Fox properties such as X-Men and the Fantastic Four. While I do not doubt this, I think there are more opportunities beyond this.
In this article, I attempt to break down the different investment opportunities that the multiverse can afford. Most of it is based on my own speculation as there is little to no new news on Marvel movies since the covid started.
Opportunity #1: The multiverse teams/guardians
There are 3 specific groups that have always been associated with the multiverse
- Captain Britain Corps
- Time Variance Authority
Out of the 3, the Time Variance Authority has already been hinted at to appear in Loki Disney+. This has caused its first appearance in Thor #372 to have a short bump but prices have come down since then.
Among these 3 groups, the Time Variance Authority is the least interesting due to its lack of development in comics (only 33 comic appearances for the past 40 years). As such, it is not surprising to see the lukewarm reaction in the secondary market.
I think it is only a matter of time before the other 2 group have some sort of presence. These 2 groups have better development and should see stronger interest if they are indeed included in the MCU’s multiverse future.
Date of Publication: 1983
Sale number: No Information
Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of the Captain Britain Corps
Lets first talk about Captain Britain Corps. They appeared in Daredevils #6, which is part of the Alan Moore run. It is actually a pretty epic run as Alan Moore mixes in a lot of different concepts and ideas that were later used in the Watchmen as well as by other writers.
More specifically, the run introduces a lot of multiverse ideas and concepts. It will not be surprising to me if some of these were adapted for the MCU.
The most famous of the Corps members will be Captain Britain of Earth 616, who has been rumored to appear in the MCU. In fact, his family name was mention in the Endgame movie. It will not take much to link from him to the entire Corps.
The comic itself is pretty hard to fun as it is a British magazine style of comic, like Captain Britain #1. However, it is not expensive so picking it up should not cost you much.
Date of Publication: 2001
Sale number: 59,786
Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of the Exiles
Another group of more exciting multiverse protectors are the Exiles. As a comic, they were pretty popular enough to last 100 issues, which is pretty rare after the 2000s.
As a concept, it offers something different to the likes of Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and even Thunderbolts. This idea has already sort of been used by DC comics in their CWS series “Legends of Tomorrow”, which proven its viability. Having a team to explore the multiverse as a Disney+ show seems very doable and interesting.
The team first appeared in their own debut series in 2001. This is still a cover price book so it makes for a great lottery book.
Opportunity #2: Alternate versions of existing heroes
It has been rumored that we will be seeing different versions of existing characters in Doctor Strange #2. Some of these versions might have appeared in comics first and might get hot when news arrive.
If you are skeptic, just remember that Spider Gwen is nothing more than an alternate version of Gwen Stacy.
I personally believe that most of these alternate versions will not affect prices on the secondary market. However, I do think there will be 1-2 unexpected success that fans suddenly can’t get enough off.
One way to look for such characters is to look at famous else world stories. For example, Earth X was a pretty big storyline back in 2000s and there were many interesting variations of existing characters.
Opportunity #3: New characters
There are some characters who only appear in the multiverse. One example is the Squadron Supreme, which I already wrote about here.
There are many other examples including Killraven, MC2, New Universe etc. While it is too early to start buying into any of these, it is good to keep these in mind as we wait for more information to be revealed.
The multiverse represents another wide open opportunity for smart comic investors to plan ahead. What I have written here is just scratching the surface of what is possible. I will be exploring more in future articles.