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In the fictional Marvel Comics multiverse, Earth-616 or Earth 616 is the name used to identify the primary continuity in which most Marvel Comics titles take place. Marvel Comics is an American comic book company owned by Marvel Publishing Inc Within Marvel Comics, most tales take place within the fictional Marvel Universe, which in turn is part of a larger multiverse. In Fiction, continuity (also called time-scheme) is consistency of the characteristics of persons plot, objects places and events seen by the reader or Marvel Comics is an American comic book company owned by Marvel Publishing Inc
The term was first used in "Rough Justice," a story credited to both Alan Moore and Alan Davis published in July 1983 by Marvel UK in the anthology comic The Daredevils (and was later reprinted in the Captain Britain trade paperback). Alan Moore (born November 18 1953 in Northampton) is an English Writer most famous for his influential work in Comics, including the acclaimed Alan Davis (born 1956 is a British writer and artist of Comic books Biography UK work Alan Davis was born on June 18, 1956 Marvel UK was an Imprint of Marvel Comics formed in 1972 to reprint US produced stories for the British weekly comic market though The Daredevils was a Comic book magazine published by Marvel UK in 1983. Captain Britain ( Brian Braddock) briefly known as Britannic is a Fictional character, a Superhero appearing in the comic books published by Saturnyne uses the term to differentiate Brian Braddock, the Captain Britain of the regular Marvel Comics universe, from the other members of the Captain Britain Corps. Opal Luna Saturnyne is the name of a fictional Comic book character created by Dave Thorpe and Alan Davis for their Captain Britain Marvel Comics is an American comic book company owned by Marvel Publishing Inc In Marvel Comics, the Captain Britain Corps are a league of Super-heroes all known as or appear as an alternate version of Captain Britain. The designation was later confirmed by the American branch of Marvel Comics in the Excalibur title, which frequently referenced Captain Britain's early UK-published adventures. Excalibur is a Marvel Comics Superhero group an offshoot of the X-Men, usually based in the United Kingdom. This comic was written by Chris Claremont, who had created Captain Britain, and by Alan Davis, the artist on the UK-published series. Chris Claremont (born November 30, 1950) is a writer of American Comic books known for his 16-year (1975-1991 stint on Uncanny X-Men Captain Britain ( Brian Braddock) briefly known as Britannic is a Fictional character, a Superhero appearing in the comic books published by
Alan Moore is usually credited with creating the term (for example by Marvel editor Tom Brevoort). Tom Brevoort is an American Comic book editor Since the 1980s he has worked for Marvel Comics. However, Alan Davis has stated that the designation of Earth 616 was actually first made by Dave Thorpe, the previous writer of the UK-published Captain Britain stories. Alan Davis (born 1956 is a British writer and artist of Comic books Biography UK work Alan Davis was born on June 18, 1956 See also David Thorpe Dave Thorpe or David Thorpe (born 1954 is a British writer who is best known for his work on Captain Britain. Captain Britain ( Brian Braddock) briefly known as Britannic is a Fictional character, a Superhero appearing in the comic books published by 
In addition, a difference of opinion exists regarding the selection of the number 616. In 2005, Alan Moore's son-in-law John Reppion (who is married to Alan Moore's daughter Leah Moore), stated on an Internet message board that the number 616 was arbitrarily chosen by Moore and had no significant meaning, saying it "was just a random number of no significance chosen because people always seemed to be talking about 'earth 2' or 'earth 4' but never any higher numbers. John Mark Reppion (born 1978 in Liverpool, England) is a British Writer. Leah Moore (born February 4, 1978, in Northampton) is an English Writer. An, or message board, is a Bulletin board system in the form of a discussion site " However, Alan Davis contends that Thorpe specifically chose the true Number of the Beast to reflect his feelings about the modern superhero genre. The Number of the Beast is a concept from the Book of Revelation of the New Testament of the Christian Bible.
Most references to Earth-616 appear in Marvel UK titles, in Excalibur, or in Marvel reference texts such as the guide to Alternate Universes (2005). In addition, there are a number of other references to Earth-616:
The term has also appeared in Exiles (in, among others, the House of M tie-in issues) and is in regular use by the writers of Marvel's Official Handbooks for the simplicity of the term. This article is about the Marvel Comics series for other uses in comics see Exiles (comics The Exiles are a group of Fictional characters House of M is an eight-issue Comic book Limited series and crossover storyline published by Marvel Comics in 2005.
There has been at least one attempt within Marvel canon to change the designation of Earth-616. In the final story arc of X-Man (issues #71-74), writer Steven Grant began to refer to the planet as "Earth 611" due to the destruction of several other Earths (which were all apparently "higher on the list" of the multiverse than the Marvel Earth) by a godlike entity. X-Man ( Nathaniel "Nate" Grey) is a Fictional character, a Superhero in the and related to the X-Men franchise Steven Grant (born October 22, 1953) is an American Comic-book writer best known for his 1985-1986 Marvel Comics mini-series This change, an allusion to the events of DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths, was not adopted by other writers. Crisis on Infinite Earths is a twelve-issue American comic book Limited series (identified as a "12-part maxi-series" and crossover
Marvel Editor in Chief Joe Quesada and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort have each stated their dislike for the term Earth 616. Joseph "Joe" Quesada (born December 1 1962) is an American Comic book editor writer and artist Tom Brevoort is an American Comic book editor Since the 1980s he has worked for Marvel Comics.
|“||I can tell you for sure that those of us actually working on the books virtually never use the term — and I kind of wince inside whenever I hear somebody use it. It just sounds so stupid to my ear, and so counter to the kind of mindset we try to foster in regard to the stories we create and the thinking we try to employ.||”|
— Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort
|“||I never use it, I hate the term pure and simple and agree with Tom’s assessment of it. I can’t remember ever hearing it in the office and only really see it used online for the most part. I think the term really came into vogue when the Ultimate Universe came into prominence, but in my world, the language and distinctions are simple, there is the Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe. Anything other than that reeks of all that DC Earth 1, Earth 2, Earth Prime stuff which I’ve never really taken to, but then again, I got into DC when they got rid of all that stuff so it was from and for a different era than my own.||”|
— Marvel Editor in Chief Joe Quesada