If Jessica Jones had joined the Avengers instead of becoming a private eye, she could have prevented House of M and all of its consequences.
Over 15 years after its publication, House of M remains one of Marvel’s most impactful events, bringing consequences that have lasted to this day. The reality-altering crossover not only served to further the Scarlet Witch‘s descent into madness and it also decimated the mutant population. Yet, if Jessica Jones had only joined the Avengers, all of this chaos could have been avoided.
In What If Jessica Jones Had Joined the Avengers, by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, many events in Jessica’s life remained the same. She still became the forgotten hero named Jewel and turned into the Purple Man’s puppet, an event that nearly ruined her life. Jessica was still sent to attack Daredevil, mistakenly going after the Avengers’ Scarlet Witch instead. Consequently, Jessica was brutally beaten and hospitalized by Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. When she awoke, Jessica was offered by Nick Fury himself to become S.H.I.E.L.D.’s link to the Avengers. In the Marvel Universe, Jessica turned down Fury’s offer, ending her costumed career.
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In this alternate universe, however, Jones was approached by Captain America. Steve Rogers reached out to his fellow hero, telling her all about how the Avengers saved him when he was frozen in suspended animation. Moreover, the Avengers provided Steve with a home when he adjusted to the new world, along with a purpose. With this in mind, Jessica accepted the offer and joined the Avengers.
This universe saw Jessica as part of the acclaimed Kurt Busiek/George Perez era of the team. Jessica started off as a link between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers, but she bonded with the group over time, gradually becoming one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Although she was hesitant at first, Jessica jumped into the fray whenever her teammates were in need. For example, when Captain America was hit during a battle with the Squadron Supreme, Jessica saved him.
Jessica’s most important contribution, however, was noticing Wanda Maximoff’s mental health issues. Indeed, Jessica walked in on Wanda talking to herself in her room. Concerned for the Scarlet Witch’s welfare, Jessica reported this incident to Captain America. The Sentinel of Liberty checked on Wanda, who agreed that she needed some help. With all in agreement, Wanda got the help she needed from Professor Xavier and Doctor Strange. The story ended when Jessica and Steve got together, ultimately getting married. This is a drastic change from Earth-616, where Jessica and Luke Cage got married and had a daughter.
Just by joining the Avengers, Jessica Jones would have prevented a lot of explosive events in the Marvel Universe. By catching Wanda before her nervous breakdown, Jessica would have stopped the events of “Avengers Disassembled” from ever happening. Heroes such as Hawkeye, the Vision and Ant-Man would never have died, and the New Avengers would have never needed to form. More importantly, if the Scarlet Witch never had her descent into madness, “House of M” would never have occurred. Without this reality-warping crossover, the mutant population would never have been decimated. Jessica’s actions would have essentially saved the mutant race. Additionally, Wanda wouldn’t be seen as such a malevolent figure by the mutant community.
Many events also spiraled out of House of M. During crossovers such as “Messiah Complex” and “Second Coming” the X-Men were fighting just to preserve the mutant race. Without the mutant decimation, the Children of the Atom wouldn’t have had to suffer through these brutal events. Moreover, Avengers vs. X-Men would never have happened, since this event revolved around Cyclops‘ hope to reignite the mutant race. Thanks to Jessica, the Avengers and X-Men would never have been forced to fight each other. If Jessica Jones had simply joined the Avengers, the Marvel Universe would have been spared a great deal of pain.
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