Movies and television enjoy playing with time travel but comic books have always revelled in it. Time travel, glimpses into the future and potential realities are as common place in sequential art as amnesia is on a daytime soap.
While a cliche, it is one of the best ways to reveal the directions a character could take, either because of a specific decision or just the path the character is walking, without having to actually commit it. It's a weird paradox of having your cake and seeing what happens if you were to then eat it, and most of the time, the results are brilliant.
While the typical future is rarely positive - and most on this list are certainly not filled with sunshine and lollipops - there's the rare occasion that the future is much like our own; not technically an evil authoritarian dystopia, but there's certainly forces that try.
With Jason Aaron's run on Thor coming to an earth-shattering end as his future King Thor battles against Loki for the fate of the perennially perilous Marvel Universe, it's time to see what other heroes have had their futures revealed.
11. Fat Thor - Guardians Of The Galaxy #40
Before Jason Aaron ever brought about the epic future of All-Father Thor, there was another, lesser future for Thor. Set in the year 3000-ish, the original Guardians of the Galaxy had to stop an invasion from Asgard by Loki and his army of Inhumans - granted, that's also insane in it's own right - but this Pillsbury Dough God is there to mostly get slapped around.
In this future, Thor married Sif and they had a child, but instead of continuing his adventures, he remained on Asgard to help raise their unruly child. Domestic life hit him hard, with his only solace being up-all-night drinking contests with Volstagg.
While not the brightest future for the God of Thunder, the 'Fat Thor' may have life again after the positive reception Chris Hemsworth's version in Avengers: Endgame being teased for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, as well as the newly unveiled Thor 4.