The ComicBookMovie.com Online Alternate Universe

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By DEVLIN712 - 12/30/2013
We love comics. Marvel, DC, Independent; we all fall under that umbrella somewhere. We fight and argue over who is the best but at the core of it we are no more than fans. So what better reason to work together? Well here's how we can, this is the ComicBookMovie.com Online Alternate Universe!



What is the OAU?


The OAU is an idea, one that would help us put aside the constant Marvel v DC flame war.
Before I answer let me say this, we have users with amazing art skills and users who could go toe to toe with Goyer. But most of all, we have ideas. Everyone has their own opinion, "Zod didn't need to die!" and "Shane Black took a dump on my childhood", are tossed around a lot. What if we had an opportunity to put right what the studios have done wrong?
But back to the main question, the OAU is exactly what the title says, an Online Alternate Universe for our favourite characters, split up into the MarvelOAU and the DCOAU. A fan made continuity contributed to by anyone.
Whether you want to write an epic 8 issue arc that pits the Brotherhood of Mutants against Galactus or just a 10 line dialogue between Superman and Zod, it's all in fhere , all contributing to the over all story.

Same characters, new origins, new lives.


How does it benefit the site?


We are a big HUGE website. Our reach rextends throughout every corner of the web. From Reddit to 4chan or Deviant to Tumblr, we are everywhere.
If the idea catches on and word gets out people will come to the site to read, generating more traffic and more monthly users of the site.


So, it's up to you. We need everything from DC experts to Marvel experts, artists and creative minds. Take what you will from this, maybe I'm mad. What do you think? Would the CBM.com OAU work? Sign off below.
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Alphadog - 12/30/2013, 6:54 AM
From what i understood we would all be under one continuity. So if I wrote an article where i said that Wonder Woman was born out of clay and another user wanted her to be the daughter of Zeus than the one who wrote the first article would be the one that choses the origin right? If so than this could not work. There would be 30 pages long discussions between the users for pretty much every article. Every day we would need a guide to summarize what people added to the universe and after one month no one would be able to follow all of this. I like the idea but it's way too complicated for almost any site in the internet.
DEVLIN712 - 12/30/2013, 7:01 AM
AlphaDog
Good point, I suppose you can't trust anything on the internet to go smoothly or as planned
Doopie - 12/30/2013, 7:25 AM
it's a nice idea but i echo what Alphadog is saying...perhaps there is an alternative tho...

say two people want to do the origin of WW for example, how bout they both make one and then everyone else votes...one with the most votes becomes canon?
DEVLIN712 - 12/30/2013, 7:29 AM
Doopie
Good idea, it gives more control to everyone. Say in advance a time for the story to be in by and then they are all voted on
kinghulk - 12/30/2013, 8:12 AM
wait so what are we working to make a comic version of the movie or something? wondering cos he mentioned artists
DEVLIN712 - 12/30/2013, 8:16 AM
Kinghulk
Not so much a version of the movies, more so an alternate comic universe, like the Ultimate Universe. Somewhere where the whole site can throw in their bit
kinghulk - 12/30/2013, 8:35 AM
that sounds cool, so i could imagine up a whole alternate future of the 616 universe or a alternate ending to the avengers where the chitauri dont just collapse, or have the black panther there with them.
DEVLIN712 - 12/30/2013, 8:42 AM
kinghulk
Yeah, the Avengers could have a new origin, Peter Parker could hate people, What If: Deadpool was part of the Avengers.
You rewrite comic book cannon
DatNerdyKid - 12/30/2013, 9:03 AM
I.
Am.
Loving.
This.
Idea.

FINALLY the ideas I have for my own MCU and DCCU can come to light! Or I may just have to put them on Youtube...
kinghulk - 12/30/2013, 9:05 AM
i like the idea so how do we go about starting this then, will the be a special section on the site or something called the OAU?
DEVLIN712 - 12/30/2013, 9:38 AM
Kinghulk
Not sure, having a dedicated section might be a lot to ask for. I'd think more along the lines of putting it in Fan Fic and tag it with:

MarvelOAU
or
DC-OAU
Doopie - 12/30/2013, 9:57 AM
this could work, there are certainly a lot of creative types about.

where to start with the stories tho? how about chronologically, starting with superman?
DEVLIN712 - 12/30/2013, 10:21 AM
Doopie
That's what I was thinking, lead with the big characters from each universe and have the others follow suit.
Start with Batman or Superman in DC and Spiderman or the X-Men on the Marvel side
kinghulk - 12/30/2013, 10:41 AM
i might be useful when it gets to marvel stuff, good luck with this, starting it will be the hardest.
Doopie - 12/30/2013, 11:04 AM
How about an 'origins of the cosmos' type story which shows the marvel and DC universe beginnings? Perhaps by two rival godlike beings trying to outdo each other...The original flame war!
kinghulk - 12/30/2013, 11:09 AM
just for lols the god's names could be snyder/nolan and Feige.
Doopie - 12/30/2013, 11:27 AM
I was thinking Stan Lee would be one, perhaps Kirby instead
kinghulk - 12/30/2013, 11:31 AM
yeah that probably better, you could combine both of their names instead of only using 1.
Doopie - 12/30/2013, 11:34 AM
Great idea, or maybe Kirby God does the work and Lee God claims the credit :)
DEVLIN712 - 12/30/2013, 11:38 AM
What if it culminates in an epic God sized Lee v Kirby fight?
Alphadog - 12/30/2013, 11:41 AM
If you really want to do this then yoU have to do it quick. Don't let the idea fade from the minds. Throughout this month post multiple articles for people to plan this out. Write at least two more articles this week and at the end of the month i think you should have 12 articles minimun. The most important thing is to be persistent. Good luck. I will be supporting you.
BenjiWest - 12/30/2013, 11:41 AM
New Flame Wars!!! MOAU SUX!!!!
GliderMan - 12/30/2013, 11:44 AM
I like this idea.
DEVLIN712 - 12/30/2013, 12:10 PM
Here was the plan I had in my head:

By the end of January have released:

MOAU Spider-Man #1
MOAU Avengers #1

DCOAU Superman #1
DCOAU Batman #1


Trying to get 4 done right off the bat might be a bit much so maybe 2 would do.
I just want to get something out there and see what people think of it. If people like it maybe more will get involved and the number of releases would increase.
I should also add that there would no pressure on all those involved, we have lives outside of the website, deadlines wouldn't be enforced.
Doopie - 12/30/2013, 12:30 PM
I'm up for it. I reckon I've got a good idea for a Superman origin story. A bit different from the norm but I suppose that's the idea right?
DEVLIN712 - 12/30/2013, 12:38 PM
Doopie
Definitely, if it ain't different what's the point of reading?
NovaCorpsFan - 12/30/2013, 1:04 PM
Sign me the [frick] up!
NovaCorpsFan - 12/30/2013, 1:06 PM
Mind if I work on some Ghost Rider and Silver Surfer stuff?
kinghulk - 12/30/2013, 1:07 PM
i could come up with a random story but comeing up with a new origin for a character might be difficult.
DEVLIN712 - 12/30/2013, 1:13 PM
Nova
Sure, great to have someone on board (Get it? Board... Silver Surfer... I'm sorry... I'll see myself out...)

kinghulk
Origins don't have to be new, they don't even have to be explained, you could start with Batman looking out over Gotham and jump right into the story. Someone else can come up with one at a later date
DEVLIN712 - 12/30/2013, 1:15 PM
I was talking to one of the site's head honchos, they recommend I arrange a chat meeting where we brainstorm ideas/stories. That way we can ensure everything stays in continuity with one and other.
Any thoughts?
kinghulk - 12/30/2013, 1:19 PM
what if i where to use one hero say iron man and use batmans origin, that would be interesting, stark initially starting out a a vigilate, but he soon gets to much attention after killing a scientist after finding out hes been working for a group of terrorists called the 10 rings. then he is captured and when they discover that the iron mask is tony stark is the vigilante they force him to build weapons with the help of Yinsen. after a daring escape he leaves the cave a hero determined to uncover the leader of the 10 rings the mysterious mandarin.

how does that sound?
DEVLIN712 - 12/30/2013, 1:22 PM
Kinghulk
It's up to you. I want to give as much power to everyone as I can. If you want to pick up Iron Man, you chose the story.
If you're going with Batman's origin I'd give the Mandarin a central role to young Stark's life, like Ra's trained Bruce.
But it's up to you
kinghulk - 12/30/2013, 1:26 PM
that sound like a good idea, i could mix the 2, but i would like to know what people think about the idea. let me know when/if you get that chat up and going, im pumped for this now.
DEVLIN712 - 12/30/2013, 1:34 PM
In relation to the chat
How should I set it up? Skype seems like the best option to me, what do you all think?
magneto616 - 12/30/2013, 2:02 PM
What would be the format for these "issues"? Scripts? Prose? Also, can we create our own series, like Green Arrow/Nightwing #1 or something?
DEVLIN712 - 12/30/2013, 2:09 PM
Coldsnap
Sure, series are great. As for format, it depends. If we have artists I'd suggest that e give them the scripts and they draw them.
If not, I suppose script would be the best format to publish
Teo - 12/30/2013, 2:20 PM
This is by far the greatest idea ever to grace the homepage of this site.
Kudos,i wish my english wars up to the level of sending something!
I ve always had a bunch of ideas regarding a Canon of mine...likewise:

What if the superhuman were created by an alien virus,accidentally unleashed on Earth by some fragments of a meteor?
Army,government,scientist all gathered to find a cure or an occupation to the newly born superhumans...
We could have an italian Hulk,some sort of Captain America(an american soldier contaminated by the virus that undergone some sperimental treatment and eventually became even more powerful..)
And so on!
NovaCorpsFan - 12/30/2013, 2:27 PM
I can't wait to reinvent GR and SS. Two of my favourite characters.

Doopie, I think we should exchange emails in this Chat session at some point. (for Funhouses and whatever, that way the script can just be on the site once when you've drawn it all and the finished product is ready, y'know).
NovaCorpsFan - 12/30/2013, 2:30 PM
You know what I discovered about Nova recently?

He's the only hero ever turned into blocks of variously shaped wood.
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