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Disney Celebrates the X-Men and Avengers' 60th Anniversary With What If...? Variant Covers

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Classic Disney characters will grace the covers of Marvel's comics in 2024 to celebrate the Avengers and X-Men's 60th anniversary.


The Disney What If...? variant cover series will be a monthly program adorning select issues of Amazing Spider-Man. There are twelve covers, and they will be released monthly throughout 2024. They will feature Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and other classic Disney characters in milestone moments from Avengers and X-Men history. Marvel revealed the first three covers, one recreating Avengers #1 with Peg Leg Pete as Loki, another with Mickey and friends as the original X-Men, and the third showing the iconic Disney characters assembling as the Avengers, even giving Goofy Captain America's shield and Pluto Thor's hammer.



AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #41

  • Disney What If...? Variant Cover by LORENZO PASTROVICCHIO

  • On sale January 3, 2024

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #43

  • Disney What If...? Variant Cover by LORENZO PASTROVICCHIO

  • On sale February 14, 2024

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #45

  • Disney What If...? Variant Cover by VITALE MANGIATORDI

  • On sale March 6, 2024


Disney Characters in Marvel's Silver Age

This year, Marvel joined forces with The Walt Disney Company to celebrate their 100th anniversary with the Disney 100 variant covers. Now, its characters are back in 2024 to be featured in covers celebrating the anniversary of two of Marvel's most iconic teams -- the Avengers and the X-Men. The new What If...? variant covers draw inspiration from the comic book stories that explore how the Marvel Universe might be different if key moments didn't occur as fans knew them. The first three covers start things off in Marvel's Silver Age with the first appearances of the Avengers and X-Men from 1963 but feature Disney's characters taking on the roles of superheroes and villains.


For the Avengers #1 recreation on the Amazing Spider-Man #41 variant cover, the famously short-tempered Donald Duck transforms into the Incredible Hulk while Goofy wields the Mjolnir as Thor, facing off against Peg Leg Pete as the realm's God of Mischief, Loki. Pete resumes the role of super villain but as Magneto for the What If...? recreation of X-Men #1 on Amazing Spider-Man #43 in a scene that sees Mickey Mouse as Cyclops. Lastly, Avengers #16 gets recreated by the Disney legends, showcasing them as Earth's Mightiest Heroes in a comic that originally featured a brand-new Avengers roster -- with Disney's spin including Minnie Mouse as Scarlet Witch and Mickey Mouse as Quicksilver.

The Disney What If...? variant covers will be released in 2024, starting with Amazing Spider-Man #41 on sale Jan. 3.

Source: Marvel



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