The MCU is set in Earth-199999, and in the comics:

"Marvel has given several What If stories official numerical designations to make them contiguous with the Marvel Multiverse and differentiate them from the main Marvel Universe of Earth-616.[citation needed]"

Do the alternative universes in the Disney+ anthology also have designations, or are they considered part of Earth-199999 somehow?

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    [Citation needed] = "Someone made this up"
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 1, 2023 at 9:00
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    @Valorum if you look through that article you'll see examples with multiversal designations, for the What If universes, for instance Earth-717
    – AncientSwordRage
    Commented Apr 1, 2023 at 9:01
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    The way I see it, if the story deviated from another one, it would make sense to give it a different designation; although it's not guaranteed that they did give one explicitly.
    – Clockwork
    Commented Apr 1, 2023 at 10:45
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    Given that the designation Earth-199999 was contradicted in one of the movies, this is likely to fall into "depends who you ask" territory.
    – IMSoP
    Commented Apr 24, 2023 at 17:47
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    @MerajalMaksud I'm not sure what you mean. Yes, there are many movies; at least one of them has mentioned Earth-616; to my knowledge, none has confirmed Earth-199999.
    – IMSoP
    Commented Apr 27, 2023 at 9:49

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The first season of What If? has already designated each new universe in the show except Gamora's. And for Earth-199999 becoming Earth-616, I'd say all these "MCU" Earths are 199999 up until the specific, crucial moments that change the timelines; the Earth-616 version of Earth-199999 is the timeline where they "defeated" Thanos. And with the events of Loki Season 2, Earth-616 is now just another Earth.

  • Is this just your own guess or can you provide any evidence for it?
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 30, 2023 at 2:19

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