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Back when the idea of Spider-Man as connected to a "totem" was first brought up, it made a pretty good point. Characters do have a rogues gallery whose nature reflects their own nature. Spider-Man fights many bird/mammal/bug/mollusc type villains (although also of course a lot of gangster and generically high technology villains). Iron Man fights many people in power armour, or other high tech costumes, plus a fair number of actual robots. The X-men fight mutants and humans with advanced anti-mutant technology, and anti-mutant technology that decided to move out of dad's house and get it's own place. So much so that some writers have had trouble remembering that Juggernaut isn't a mutant. Doctor Strange specifically fights supernatural menaces. The Fantastic Four fought lots and lots of aliens and enclaves of people who live in hidden kingdoms with super-advanced technology. In a lot of ways, particularly before they started to have all the big crossover events it was like these characters lived in different universes but would occasionally step outside of them to meet each other. And you see more of this with cinematic Marvel, where in back in the first and second phases of the Cinematic Marvel Universe it was like the comic book, the comic book universe had been fragmented with the X-Men setting...which was always a bit out of synch with the rest of 616. The MCU started with "no magic" being the one of the rules along with "no telepathy, precognition et al". They couldn't stick to the guns of course so now we have Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider, the Darkhold... But what if someone pulled a Crisis on Infinite Earths in reverse on 616? Instead of consolidating or erasing a plethora of worlds so that you would end up with with thinks like Milo Morale and Peter Parker of Jay Garrick and Barry West on the same world, you instead broke them apart and ended their kitchen sink nature spawning maybe a dozen different worlds defined by the kind of origins and character themes available to the inhabitants? What happens then?