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Subj: Al Ewing's estimate of the length of the Marvel Universe timeline since FF #1
Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 at 08:46:27 pm CDT (Viewed 136 times)
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Posted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 at 06:05:57 am CDT (Viewed 268 times)
First, let's put Hickman's timelines from Powers of X aside until the series is over and meaning of them are clear(er).
In Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3 #1 (2014), Dan Slott put it at 13 years since 15-year-old Peter Parker got bit by the spider. There was a one-year jump during and immediately after the events of Secret Wars. So MAYBE 15 years since the spider bite to 2019. (That would mean Peter turned 30 without it being noted in the comic!) How much time between FF #1 and the bite? Open to interpretation (there have been estimates made before) but I would say no more than six months.
In Marvel Comics #1000, Al Ewing makes two time references that directly reference the post-FF #1 era. The first was that the events of FF #66-67 (1967) feature Him (Adam Warlock) and the Enclave, was 13 years ago. PP and Johnny Storm were supposed to have graduated their respective high schools the same spring and entered different colleges that fall. (Peter: ASM V1 #31, Johnny: FF V1 #50)
How long between FF 50 and 66-67? Not more than six months, probably less. Peter and Johnny are likely (still) 19 years old. That means 4 years since the spider bite plus 13 years since then equals 17 years between Amazing Fantasy #15 and today. Let's go with 17 years since FF #1, since 18 years just seems like too much. Seventeen years is pretty consistent with the Spider-Man estimates from recent years noted above.
The other Al Ewing estimate in #1000 is 11 years ago for (Uncanny) X-Men #120 (1978). Only two years between 1967 and 1978 (our time) is a stretch, but...possible. So it does not in my mind affect the above estimates.
One final note: FF #67 was followed almost immediately by FF Annual #5, where Sue's pregnancy (with Franklin) was announced. Ewing's first estimate affects the age of Franklin, and to a lesser degree, Valeria - more on that on the FF board sometime soon