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Two weeks earlier, Dr. Hank Pym journeyed into the Quantum Realm, searching for his long-lost wife. But in this universe, Janet van Dyne contracted a Quantum Virus that corrupted her brain. So when she finally reunited with her husband after thirty long years...
~ Uatu the Watcher explaining how the zombie invasion started
The zombie virus is passed through saliva. So, the less skin you're showing, the less there is to bite. Step two, hygiene. Zombies are attracted to the smell of human flesh.
~ Peter Parker/Spider-Man about the zombies

The Zombies are the titular main antagonists of "What If... Zombies?!", the fifth episode of the Marvel animated anthology series What If...? They come from an alternate universe where Janet van Dyne was infected by a Quantum virus. When Hank Pym brought her back from the Quantum Realm, she had already infected him. Afterwards they ended up infecting almost the entire world.

History

Hope van Dyne and Scott Lang helped Hope's dad Hank Pym with his trip into the Quantum Realm in order to rescue his wife Janet van Dyne. It had been thirty years since she disappeared. When Hank found Janet, it turned out the Janet had been infected by a quantum virus which had turned her into a zombie. She attacked Hank who also turned into a zombie. As soon as they returned to the Earthly Plane, they attacked both Hope van Dyke and Scott Lang, turning Scott into a zombie whereas Hope escaped. Within hours the virus spread all over America turning all infected into Zombies. It really went bad when The Avengers turned up to fight the threat, they lost the fight and turned into zombies themselves.

After two weeks Bruce Banner fell in the Sanctum Sanctorum to warn everyone about the coming of Thanos, but there were no one there to meet him except for Doctor Strange’s Cloak oOf Levitation. As Bruce walked out into the street, he saw how the neighborhood had been abandoned. Then Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian from Thanos’ Black Order landed in search of an Infinity Stone as it happened in Infinity War.

Soon thereafter, Bruce saw Tony Stark, Doctor Strange, and Wong as they attack Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian. At first Bruce was excited to see his friends win over Thanos's minions so easily, but as he discovered that they also bite the enemies, it became obvious to be that something was very wrong. They were all turned into zombies! Fortunately Hope van Dyne, her ants, the cloak of Levitation and Peter Parker arrived at that moment and saved Bruce from being infected by the zombie virus.

It later emerges that Happy Hogan, Bucky Barnes, Okoye, Kurt, and Sharon Carter have not been infected by the virus as well. The group then decided to travel to Camp Lehigh in New Jersey in hope for a cure against the virus, because they have received a message from another survivor. As they tried to start a train to go to Camp Lehigh, Hank Hogan got infected with the virus from Clint Barton, but Sharon killed him. At the same time Sam Wilson attacked Barnes and Okoye but they managed to kill him.

Just as all the zombies started to surround the group got the train running, but Sharon heard a sound from the roof of the train. It was Steve Rogers who then attacked and infected Sharon. Barnes ran to help Sharon only to be too late and be forced to fight his best friend, Barnes ends up cutting Rogers in two with Rogers' own shield. At the same time van Dyne defeated Sharon by exploding her body. Unfortunately, she had a cut in her suit and were therefore infected by the virus when she got covered with Sharon as she exploded. The transformation into zombie were not as quick as the others probably because of the way she were infected.

Suddenly the train came to a hold just outside Camp Lehigh because in had run out of fuel. Then van Dyne did one last heroic act, growing to a giant and thereby being able to help the others inside the cam where they are safe. The group are puzzled as they discover how no of all the zombies surrounding the camp were trying to come inside. It turned out is were because of the radiation from Visions Mind Stone. Vision had also cured Scott Lang or at least his head which now spread out his jokes from inside a glass. The group then decided that they could use the stone to cure everyone if they went to Wakada. There they could use a satellite to send the stone's frequencies out to the global population.

Vision did not seem happy about them coming to the camp, and Barnes discovered why as he found T'Challa laying a stretcher with only one leg. At the same time as T'Challa told Barnes that they had walked into a trap, Barnes discovers Zombie Maximoff. Vision had rescued T'Challa only to use him a food to keep Maximoff calm. Her powers were to strong and therefore she could not be cured by the Mind Stone. He had not had in him to kill her and had instead feed her with survivors. Maximoff, who had not been eating for days kills Kurt and Okoye. Vision then helped the remaining group escape, told them where they could find a Quadjet, and the he took out the Mind Stone as a way to make amends for his sins by not killing Maximoff. Maximoff became filled with grief and at the same time all the zombies outside the camp started attacking now the Mind Stone no longer were active. As Maximoff attacked Barnes he turned into Hulk. He then decided to rescue the rest the group by running out to all the zombies. As the Quadjet flied away, Hulk attacked Maximoff. Only because T'Challa could use the boosters on the Quadjet, they get away from a zombified van Dyne.

Now as Peter Parker, Scott Lang and T'Challa were flying to Wakanda, they were humanity's last hope. What they didn't know was that a zombified Thanos was waiting for them in Wakanda with the five stones in his gauntlet. It's unknown if Peter, Scott and T'Challa managed to restore humanity or if they fell against Thanos and the zombies, as the Watcher acknowledged that there may still be hope for such universe. As for any possible hope, it should be noted that Thor, the Guardians of the Galaxy (minus Gamora) and Captain Marvel are still out there in outer space, so the galaxy will stay safe as long they aren't infected.

Notable Members

Zombified Janet van Dyne

Janet van Dyne is the main antagonist of "What If... Zombies!?", the fifth episode of the Marvel animated anthology series What If...?. She is the wife of Hank Pym and the mother of Hope van Dyne. She operated under the codename Wasp as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. until she sacrificed herself to disarm a Soviet ICBM bound for the United States in 1987, saving millions of lives but also becoming lost to the Quantum Realm.

After Scott Lang entered the Quantum Realm, van Dyne was able to send a message to him, causing him to notify her family. They then began working on a way to retrieve her from the Quantum Realm, something Pym had been desperately trying to do for some time, having been given hope that she was alive. After entering the Quantum Realm, Dr. Pym finally reunites with his wife, only to find out that she was infected by a Quantum Virus. Unfortunately, it was too late for him to escape, and he ended up as the second and another of the victims of the virus, just like the most of the world's population in a few weeks.

Zombified Hank Pym

Doctor Henry Jonathan "Hank" Pym is the husband of Janet van Dyne and the father of Hope van Dyne, who was turned into a zombie, and started a zombie apocalypse in an alternative 2018.

Zombified Iron Man

Main article: Iron Man (Zombie)

Zombified Doctor Strange

Main article: Doctor Strange (Zombie)

Zombified Wong

Main article: Wong (Zombie)

Zombified Cull Obsidian

Cull Obsidian was a member of the Black Order.

Zombified Ebony Maw

Ebony Maw was a member of the Black Order and one of the children of Thanos.

Zombified Hawkeye

Main article: Hawkeye (Zombie)

Zombified Falcon

Main article: Falcon (Zombie)

Zombified Happy Hogan

Main article: Happy Hogan (Zombie)

Zombified Captain America

Main article: Captain America (Zombie)

Zombified Sharon Carter

Main article: Sharon Carter (Zombie)

Zombified Scarlet Witch

Main article: Scarlet Witch (Zombie)

Zombified Wasp

Main article: Wasp (Zombie)

Zombified Thanos

Thanos is a genocidal warlord from Titan, whose main objective was to bring stability to the universe by wiping out half of all life at every level. Thanos and his Black Order set about on a ferocious crusade to obtain the Stones. However, in 2018, when Thanos arrived on Earth, he became infected with a quantum virus and was transformed into a zombie.

Powers and Abilities

They can infect others with the virus which turns the victims into zombies. They can smell humans. They keep their powers.

Characteristic Traits

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Trivia

  • In the comics, zombies are prominently featured on Earth-2149, where a contagious disease ended up with the zombification of most of the Marvel heroes and villains.
  • This quantum virus that created these zombies doesn't actually create undead; they're technically still alive, with the fact the decapitated Iron Man showed no life.
    • Vision's research revealed it overloads the limbic system; devolving the infected to a basic animal mindset. Explaining why they can still use their tools and powers.
    • Likely due to a pack animal instinct, zombies never attack each other and lose interest in an uninfected body once they have a bite.

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Movies
Iron Man
Iron Monger | William Ginter Riva
Ten Rings: Raza Hamidmi Al-Wazar | Abu Bakaar | Ahmed | Omar
The Incredible Hulk
Strategic Operations Command Center: Abomination | Thunderbolt Ross | Kathleen Sparr
Others: Samuel Sterns | Tough Guy Leader
Iron Man 2
Whiplash
Hammer Industries: Justin Hammer | Jack | Hammer Drones
Ten Rings: Ten Rings Agent
Others: Senator Stern | Anton Vanko
Thor
Loki Laufeyson | The Destroyer
Frost Giants: Laufey | Grundroth | Hailstrum | Raze | Jotunheim Beast
Others: Jasper Sitwell
Captain America: The First Avenger
HYDRA: Red Skull | Arnim Zola | Heinz Kruger | HYDRA Lieutenant | Velt
Nazis: Adolf Hitler | Roeder | Hutter | Schneider
The Avengers
Loki Laufeyson
Chitauri: The Other | Leviathans
HYDRA: Gideon Malick | Jasper Sitwell
Others: Georgi Luchkov | Thanos
Iron Man 3
A.I.M.: Aldrich Killian | Eric Savin | Trevor Slattery | Ellen Brandt | Sweat Shop Agent | Ponytail Express | Maya Hansen | Extremis Soldiers
Others: Vice President Rodriguez
Thor: The Dark World
Dark Elves: Malekith the Accursed | Kurse the Strong
Marauders: Duhg | Kronan Marauder
Others: Loki Laufeyson | Jotunheim Beast | The Collector
All Hail the King
Inmates: Trevor Slattery | Herman | White Power Dave
Ten Rings: Jackson Norriss | The Mandarin
Others: Justin Hammer
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
HYDRA/STRIKE: Alexander Pierce | Winter Soldier | Brock Rumlow | Jack Rollins | Jasper Sitwell | Russo | Senator Stern | Arnim Zola | Wolfgang von Strucker | List | Scarlet Witch | Quicksilver
Others: Georges Batroc | Ferdinand Lopez | Gerald Durand
Guardians of the Galaxy
Kree Empire: Ronan the Accuser | Nebula | Korath the Pursuer | Sakaaran Mercenaries | Exolon Monks
Yondu Ravager Clan: Yondu Udonta | Kraglin Obfonteri | Horuz | Vorker
Chitauri: The Other
Others: Garthan Saal | Eson the Searcher | Moloka Dar | Monstrous Inmate | The Collector | Dark Elf | Thanos
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Ultron | Ultron Sentinels
HYDRA: Wolfgang von Strucker | List | Scarlet Witch | Quicksilver
Red Room: Madame B | Black Widows
Chitauri: Leviathans
Others: Ulysses Klaue | Thanos
Ant-Man
Yellowjacket
HYDRA/Ten Rings: Mitchell Carson | HYDRA Buyer
Others: Winter Soldier
Captain America: Civil War
Helmut Zemo
HYDRA: Vasily Karpov | Winter Soldier | Josef | Winter Soldiers
Hero Mercs: Crossbones
Others: Thunderbolt Ross | Scarlet Witch
Doctor Strange
Zealots: Kaecilius | Lucian Aster
Others: Karl Mordo | Dormammu
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Ego
Sovereign: Ayesha | Sovereign Admiral | Zylak | Sovereign Chambermaid
Yondu Ravager Clan: Yondu Udonta | Kraglin Obfonteri | Tullk | Oblo | Taserface | Gef | Retch | Halfnut | Brahl | Vorker | Narblik | Huhtar
Others: Nebula | Abilisk | The Grandmaster | Thanos
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Bestman Salvage: Vulture | Tinkerer | Shocker #1 | Shocker #2 | Randy Vale
Others: Mac Gargan | Aaron Davis
Thor: Ragnarok
Berserker Army: Hela Odinsdottir | Skurge | Fenris Wolf
Sakaaran Guards: The Grandmaster | Topaz
Fire Demons: Surtur | Fire Dragon
Others: Loki Laufeyson | Thanos
Black Panther
Erik Killmonger | Ulysses Klaue | W'Kabi | Linbani | Linda | Dave
Sambisan Militants: Sambisan Captain
Others: M'Baku | Winter Soldier | Helmut Zemo | N'Jobu
Avengers: Infinity War
Black Order: Thanos | Ebony Maw | Proxima Midnight | Corvus Glaive | Cull Obsidian | Nebula | Outriders | Chitauri | Leviathans
Others: Red Skull | The Collector | Loki Laufeyson | Winter Soldier | M'Baku | Scarlet Witch | Thunderbolt Ross
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Ghost
Sonny Burch | Uzman | Anitolov | Knox | Stoltz
Others: Bill Foster | Elihas Starr | Thanos
Captain Marvel
Kree Empire/Starforce: Yon-Rogg | Minn-Erva | Korath the Pursuer | Att-lass | Bron-Char | Ronan the Accuser | Soh-Larr | Supreme Intelligence
Skrulls: Talos | Norex
Others: Thanos
Avengers: Endgame
Black Order: Thanos | Ebony Maw | Proxima Midnight | Corvus Glaive | Cull Obsidian | Nebula | Outriders | Sakaaran Mercenaries | Chitauri | Leviathans | Chitauri Gorillas
HYDRA/STRIKE: Red Skull | Alexander Pierce | Crossbones | Jasper Sitwell | Jack Rollins
Others: Loki Laufeyson | Winter Soldier | M'Baku | Scarlet Witch | Kraglin Obfonteri | Dark Elves | Thunderbolt Ross | Akihiko | Loki Laufeyson (Variant L1130)
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Mysterio's Crew: Mysterio | William Ginter Riva | Victoria Snow | Gutes Guterman | Janice Lincoln | Doug
Elementals: Molten Man | Hydro-Man | Sandman | Cyclone | Elemental Fusion
Skrulls: Talos
Others: Obadiah Stane | J. Jonah Jameson
Black Widow
Red Room: General Dreykov | Taskmaster | Black Widows
Others: Thunderbolt Ross | Valentina Allegra de Fontaine
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Ten Rings: Mandarin | Death Dealer | Razor Fist | Gao Lei
Soul Eaters: Dweller-In-Darkness
Others: Abomination | Trevor Slattery
Eternals
Ikaris | Sprite
Deviants: Kro
Celestials: Arishem the Judge | Tiamut

Television
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 1)
HYDRA/Centipede Group: John Garrett | Grant Ward | Ian Quinn | Raina | Edison Po | Jasper Sitwell | Deathlok | Debbie | Vanchat | Scorch | Kaminsky
Others: Camilla Reyes | Franklin Hall | Blizzard | Lorelei | Marcus Daniels | Christian Ward | Jakob Nystrom
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 2)
HYDRA: Daniel Whitehall | Grant Ward | Wolfgang von Strucker | List | Sunil Bakshi | Absorbing Man | Agent 33 | Blizzard | Kebo
Inhuman Afterlife: Jiaying | Gordon | Calvin L. Johnson | Raina | Alisha Whitley
Others:Lash | Vin-Tak | Katya Belyakov | Christian Ward
Agent Carter (Season 1)
Johann Fennhoff | Dottie Underwood | Arnim Zola | Anton Vanko
Daredevil (Season 1)
Kingpin | James Wesley | Leland Owlsley | Vanessa Marianna | Turk Barrett | Christian Blake | John Healy | Bill Fisk
The Hand: Madame Gao | Nobu Yoshioka
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (Season 3)
HYDRA: Hive | Grant Ward | Gideon Malick | Kebo | Werner von Strucker | Giyera | Lucio | Hellfire | Alisha Whitley | Primitives
Watchdogs: Felix Blake | Holden Radcliffe | Aida
Others: Lash | Victor Ramon | Absorbing Man
Agent Carter (Season 2)
Whitney Frost | Dottie Underwood
Jessica Jones (Season 1)
Kilgrave | Will Simpson | Dorothy Walker | Audrey Eastman
Daredevil (Season 2)
The Hand: Nobu Yoshioka | Madame Gao
Others: Punisher | Elektra Natchios | Blacksmith | Turk Barrett | Kingpin
Luke Cage (Season 1)
Diamondback | Cottonmouth | Black Mariah | Shades | Turk Barrett
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (Season 4)
Eli Morrow | Holden Radcliffe | Aida | Lucy Bauer
Watchdogs: Anton Ivanov | Tucker Shockley | Ellen Nadeer | Hellfire
HYDRA: Dr. Leopold Fitz | Alistair Fitz
Iron Fist (Season 1)
Harold Meachum
The Hand: Madame Gao | Bakuto
Others: Jim Pierce
The Defenders
The Hand: Alexandra Reid | Elektra Natchios | Madame Gao | Bakuto | Murakami | Sowande
Others: Turk Barrett
Inhumans
Maximus
The Punisher (Season 1)
Punisher | Agent Orange | Jigsaw | Lewis Wilson | Blacksmith | Turk Barrett | Morty Bennett | Carson Wolf | Tony Gnucci | Lance | Paulie | Leo
Runaways (Season 1)
The Pride: Jonah | Leslie Dean | Tina Minoru | Robert Minoru | Geoffrey Wilder | Catherine Wilder | Victor Stein | Janet Stein | Dale Yorkes | Stacey Yorkes
Others: Frank Dean | Darius Davis | Detective Flores
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 5)
Graviton
Kree Empire: Kasius | Sinara | Faulnak | Vicar | Tye
HYDRA: General Hale | Ruby Hale | Qovas | Werner von Strucker | Anton Ivanov | Absorbing Man | Dr. Leopold Fitz
Others: Grill | Samuel Voss | Thanos
Jessica Jones (Season 2)
Alisa Jones | Karl Malus | Pryce Cheng | Dorothy Walker | Turk Barrett
Cloak and Dagger (Season 1)
Roxxon Corporation: Peter Scarborough | Terrors
Others: Detective Connors
Luke Cage (Season 2)
Black Mariah | Bushmaster | Shades | Turk Barrett
Iron Fist (Season 2)
Steel Serpent | Typhoid Mary | Turk Barrett
Daredevil (Season 3)
Kingpin | Bullseye | Vanessa Marianna | Tammy Hattley | Felix Manning | Rosalie Carbone
Runaways (Season 2)
Magistrate Family: Jonah
The Pride: Leslie Dean | Victor Stein | Janet Stein | Tina Minoru | Robert Minoru | Geoffrey Wilder | Catherine Wilder | Dale Yorkes | Stacey Yorkes
Others: Frank Dean | Darius Davis | Detective Flores | Topher | Anthony Wall/AWOL
The Punisher (Season 2)
Punisher | Anderson Schultz | John Pilgrim | Jigsaw | Eliza Schultz | Krista Dumont | Turk Barrett
Cloak & Dagger (Season 2)
D'Spayre | Mayhem | Detective Connors | Lia Dewan
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 6)
Izel | Shrike
Sarge's Squad: Sarge | Snowflake | Jaco | Pax
Others: Malachi | Atarah | Dr. Leopold Fitz | Id Simmons | Isaiah | Baal-Gad
Jessica Jones (Season 3)
Trish Walker | Gregory Sallinger | Dorothy Walker
Runaways (Season 3)
The Coven: Morgan le Fay | Cassandra | Bronwyn
The Pride: | Victor Stein | Janet Stein | Leslie Dean | Tina Minoru | Robert Minoru | Geoffrey Wilder | Catherine Wilder | Dale Yorkes | Stacey Yorkes
Magistrate Family: Jonah
Others: Anthony Wall/AWOL
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 7)
Nathaniel Malick | Sibyl | Luke | Abel | Wilfred Malick | Kora | John Garrett
Helstrom
Marduk Helstrom | Kthara | Basar | Magoth | Raum
WandaVision
Scarlet Witch | Agatha Harkness
Salem Witches Coven: Evanora Harkness
Others: Tyler Hayward | Skrulls
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier | Sharon Carter | Baron Zemo
Flag Smashers: Flag-Smasher | Dovich | Gigi | DeeDee | Lennox | Nico | Matias | Diego
LAF: Georges Batroc | Louie
Others: Senator Atwood | Valentina Allegra de Fontaine
Loki (Season 1)
Loki Laufeyson's Variants: Loki Laufeyson (Variant L1130) | Sylvie Laufeydottir | Kid Loki | Boastful Loki | President Loki | Glamshades Loki | Pokey Loki | Bicycle Loki
Time Variance Authority: He Who Remains | Ravonna Renslayer | Miss Minutes | Hunter D-90 | Minuteman 90018371
Others: Alioth
What If...? (Season 1)
Main Antagonists: Infinity Ultron | Red Skull | HYDRA's Champion | The Collector | Yellowjacket | Strange Supreme | Zombies (Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, Falcon, Doctor Strange, Wong, Ebony Maw, Cull Obsidian, Hank Pym, Janet van Dyne, Hope van Dyne, Happy Hogan, Sharon Carter, Scarlet Witch & Thanos) | Vision | Prince Killmonger | Arnim Zola
Others: Arnim Zola | Heinz Kruger | Black Order (Thanos | Ebony Maw | Proxima Midnight | Corvus Glaive | Cull Obsidian) | Ego | Brock Rumlow | Jack Rollins | Loki Laufeyson | Thunderbolt Ross | Whiplash | The Destroyer | Dormammu | Ulysses Klaue | Georges Batroc
Hawkeye
Tracksuit Mafia: Echo | Clown | Ivan Banionis | Tomas Delgado | Enrique | Dmitri
Other: Swordsman

See Also
Agent Carter Villains | Ant-Man Villains | Avengers Villains | Black Panther Villains | Black Widow Villains | Blade Villains | Captain America Villains | Captain Marvel Villains | Cloak & Dagger Villains | Daredevil Villains | Deadpool Villains | Defenders Villains | Doctor Strange Villains | Fantastic Four Villains | Ghost Rider Villains | Guardians of the Galaxy Villains | Hawkeye Villains | Hulk Villains | Inhumans Villains | Iron Fist Villains | Iron Man Villains | Jessica Jones Villains | Luke Cage Villains | Moon Knight Villains | Ms. Marvel Villains | Punisher Villains | Runaways Villains | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Villains | She-Hulk Villains | Spider-Man Villains | Thor Villains

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