Collecting Marvel’s E-199999 Universe


  I am a huge fan of Marvel's cinematic universe.  Marvel has really done the unthinkable.  Since Iron Man's film debut they have takes second rate characters and made them cultural icons.  They produce far more quality content than forgettable adaptations and cartoons and they are not afraid to take calculated risks.  Considering the fact that Marvel's  E-199999 universe is what's really driving the popularity of comic properties I am featuring keys and firsts from this earth designation.  Marvel has adapted many of it's films into comics but they have also provided plenty of original content which tie directly into E-199999.   As time goes on it is these versions and stories which will be remembered by the younger generations making them quite important.

Here are my favorites:


Captain America Civil War One-Shot

First appearance of Helmut Zemo

With a sick Del Mundo cover,  this one as well as many other guidebook comics are actually not that easy to find.  Considering Marvel has confirms that Zemo will return, this version of the character was calculating enough to actually win.  How many Marvel cinematic villains can say that?  We have no idea what he will look like down the road but I am hoping Marvel takes the best from the source material and weaves something new.

First 616 appearance:  Captain America 168




 The Art of Thor Ragnarok HC

First published Valkyrie design

This may not be a comic but the first published art for the costume appears within it's pages.

Valkyrie was the breakout star of Thor Ragnarok, so much so that Marvel decided to take a movie character and insert her into the 616.  That doesn't happen to often!

First 616 appearance: Exiles 1 ( 2018 )




Captain America First Vengeance 1

First appearance of Bucky Barnes

Since Bucky is set to become the White Wolf he has become a totally different character all together making him unique to the E-19999.  He remains popular with fans and I look forward to his new look in Black Panther 2.

First 616 appearance: Captain America Comics 1




Captain America Vengeance 3

First Peggy Carter

Despite a failed TV show Peggy is also a fan favorite.  I am still seeing her cosplay at cons everywhere I go.

First 616 appearance: Tales of Suspense 77




Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude 2

First appearance of Groot

We all know that the first appearance of Groot is an ancient comic that most people will never find.  But the Groot we all love was redesigned for GOTG.  No one cared about Groot prior to this film and he ended up a breakout star who still generates a ton of money in merchandising for Disney. First 616 appearance: Tales to Astonish 13




I am Iron Man 1

First appearance of J.A.R.V.I.S.

The old butler for the Avengers was also the subject of a cinematic retooling and in a nifty piece of writing not only was Iron Man's onboard A.I. but ended up becoming the E-199999 Vision!

First 616 appearance: The Invincible Iron Man 10 and 11





Infinity War Prelude 1

First appearance of the iron spider armor

I have mentioned this a few times but one cannot deny the power of this book as it has been selling well since it came out.  While others buy ASM 529 the costume's real first is here.  Other than the additional arms the suits are not the same as it was recently revealed that the design was based on Alex Ross's costume from his most recent Spidey run.

First 616 appearance: ASM 528,529




Thor Dark World Prelude 1

First full appearance of the E-199999 Thanos and Chitauri

Easily the greatest cinematic comic villain ever,  the first appearance of the E-19999 Thanos should not be denied.

In addition Marvel was unable to use the Skrulls so they used the Ultimate version, the Chitauri.

First 616 Appearance; Iron Man 55 ( Thanos ) / The Ultimates 8 ( Chitauri )




Captain America Road to War

(  El Capitan Theater Exclusive & Mattina Variant only )

First appearance of the Vision and cover


Because the costume and concept are a complete re-imagining of the character,  this one makes my list.  Remember that the Vision's voice was originally the E-199999 J.A.R.V.I.S. who first appeared as a voiced A.I. in the Walmart DVD pack for Iron Man in a mini comic called Security Measures.  That rare comic was only reprinted in the collected Trade for I am Iron Man.

First 616 appearance:  The Avengers 57




Guardians of the Galaxy Guide to the Cinematic Universe One shot

First appearance of The E-199999 Ravagers

There is still a rumored Ravagers coming from James Gunn.  If that every happens look for this one.

Star Lord 2 ( 2016 ): First 616 Ravagers and first Ravagers overall




Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude TPB ( 2014 )

In 2014 Marvel released a digital GOTG prequel comic called Guardians of the Galaxy Infinite 1.


It is the first appearance of the E-19999 Starlord and many other key E-199999 characters including Thanos, Groot and Yondu.  This is significant because Starlord, Yondu and Groot are vastly different from their 616 counterparts.  They are popular today because of the film not due to anything published in a comic.  Thanos, Groot and Yondu only appear on computer screens via cameo so other books are more important but it is the E-199999 Starlord first.


First 616 appearance:  Marvel Preview 4




Iron Man Security Measures

First appearance of Phil Coulson

Not only is this the first appearance of the E-19999 Phil but it's his first appearance overall.  He was later incorporated into the 616 in Battle Scars 1,7 both of which are criminally undervalued.

NOTE:  Iron Man/Hulk/Fury one-shot is the first full appearance of Phil in a regular comic and it is important because it published  E-199999 material that is canon but was never filmed. It is also the first canon appearance of the E-199999 universe!


Then there is the first appearance of E-199999's designation.  This is key as it is the first time E-199999 is mentioned anywhere.







Young Avengers 8 Volume 2

E-199999 was mentioned and visited off panel



UPDATE!!! ( 5/21/2018 )


Infinity Countdown Captain Marvel 1

First appearance of the E-199999 Captain Marvel

Well I have to add this book as it introduces the E-199999 Captain Marvel ( Brie Larsen ) into the 616 comic book universe.  It's a blink and miss cameo but a first none the less!


  • misfit138

    Good stuff. Thank you.

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    “Easily the greatest cinematic comic villain ever” but playing devil’s advocate – Ledger’s Joker vs Brolin’s Thanos, for one film only. Tough for me as Batman is my comic but Brolin was easily the best in Marvel to date and it was a REALLY good performance. Discuss.

    And just curious – Iron Man’s nanobyte armor 1st appearance(s) – Superior Iron Man 1 and/or Avengers FCBD 2015?

    • Topher

      Ledger’s Joker is #2. If the Nolanverse had continued and was relevant today maybe an argument could be made!

      Great point on Model Prime, that FCBD issue is the first. I am not sure what he is really using though, Model Prime or Bleeding Edge.

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        One of the greatest mysteries ever that I fear we’ll never know the answer to is just what Nolan’s ideas were for the 3rd movie. I know he claims they didn’t plan anything, but he had to have at least had some vague ideas. Out of respect for Heath of course, but he’ll never spill the beans.

        Thanks as always for the hard work on the site. My wife hates you guys 😉

  • Skot Whitman

    interesting write up.

    I think we’re going to see more of the versions of characters used in movies showing up in the comics. As a previous example, the line up in DC’s SS movie ended up being similar to the line up in Rebirth, that was done on purpose.

    It seems like it’s much easier for the comic publishers to retool or reboot comics to reflect the movie version rather than the other way around… which I don’t personally believe to be true, but at least that’s what they tell themselves at both DC and Marvel.

  • Ben C

    This is killer, Love this sort of stuff as it hips me to books I can certainly find and for short cash.

    Thanks Topher!!

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