Well, fair enough, I'll take a compliment.
I grant you that no major movie has tried a "what-if" scenario of the sort that I propose, although I'd argue that the modest success of The Incredible Hulk
, rebooting the character so soon after Hulk
, suggests that it could be feasible. It would certainly be interesting to see how the general public would react. Given all this Avengers business, they might speculate to no end about a crossover movie uniting the universes. But until a major "what-if" along these lines, there's really no way of knowing, imo.
Well, there is a difference between a reboot and a "what-if" story.
I dunno, my thinking behind why a "what-if" story would fail is that it would basically be an "Elseworlds" story. And, lets face it, there is a reason why most of those tales only last one issue/mini-series.