In 1977, Marvel started creating the "What if" series, where a big toga wearing bald guy with cloudy eyes and a cape told the stories untold of, you guessed it, what if. For example, what if Spiderman wore women's underwear under his spidey suit, and one of his arch-nemeses found out and tried to blackmail him, or what if Wolverine's skeleton was engrafted with bubblegum instead of adamantium, and all sorts of other very viable scenarios that for some reason didn't actually happen.
In 2006, in an attempt to "spice things up", Marvel came up with the completely idiotic idea of a hacker who calls himself "The Watcher", who somehow manages, using the internet, to hack into an alternate dimension (that's right!) and browse through historical documents on the internet in order to satisfy his 'what if' needs.
That idea was so moronic that I just had to steal it. Googling the future, though, opens the door to a world of interestingly unreasonable opportunities and plot holes, as you will soon see on the upcoming strips.
And yes, I am aware that I just called my own idea (unoriginal as it may be) stupid, but the difference is that Marvel were actually serious about this idea. This sort of idiocy makes the choice of Sam "I have an IQ of 64 and therefore I assume my audience does too" Raimi as director of the Spiderman franchise make a lot more sense.
And yes, I am aware that this is our second (third, if you count Get Us a Record Deal) reference to Google. It's on purpose. We're hoping to catch their attention, and with any luck, they'll be so pissed they'd buy us off.