|Tony Stark:||There are so many damn disturbances in space-time that I can't keep track of them all. Reed, can you?|
|Mr. Fantastic:||Just barely. Incursion points are appearing at an alarmingly rapid rate, each followed by a strange anomalous signature. It stands out like an actual time traveler.|
|Tony Stark:||You know this?|
|Beast:||He leaves a tachyon signature we have learned to recognize. I'll show you later if you wish; the process is incredibly fascinating since we use a rare molecular reac-|
|Maria Hill:||Thank you, Dr. McCoy. We're also seeing Sentinels coming up out of San Francisco Bay, and they appear to be under the control of the Crimson Dynamo.|
|Tony Stark:||That's what I was about to say.|
|Maria Hill:||Someone has given him a powerful tech upgrade. Not to mention more responsibility, if he's controlling Sentinels. How has he acquired this amount of power?|
|Nick Fury:||We'll find out when we track him down. Let's not ask him nicely; Havok is taking point on this operation.|
The Wrecking Crew has been sighted in San Francisco. We're putting a team together to handle them, but first let's make sure we've got them pinned down together.
A disabled Sentinel is posing a danger to crowds gathering around it. The sight of Valkyrie on a winged horse ought to get their attention and keep them back.
|Tony Stark:||Valkyrie, if your horse isn't doing anything, we could use a hand with crowd control near one of the fallen Sentinels.
Every once in a while they blow up after we knock them out.
|Agent Coulson:||Also every once in a while they get up again when we think they're down.|
|Valkyrie:||I will ride to your aid then... and hope to do more than show off Aragorn's excellent lines.|
|Tony Stark:||He is a good-looking horse.|
|Valkyrie:||A not entirely wasted ride. One of the Sentinels, as you warned, was not quite ready for the scrapheap.|
|Tony Stark:||Good thing you were there.|
There's a reporter sniffing around the Circle of 8's sacrifices. Send a hero to give her a quote and keep her from digging too deep before we have a handle on the situation.
A damaged Sentinel is leaking Iso-8 particles. Send Red Hulk to finish it off and get it away from vulnerable civilians.
|Nick Fury:||General Ross, we've got a Sentinel leaking Iso-8 particles in a populated area. We're evacuating as fast as we can, but we need someone to get that Sentinel out of there.|
|Red Hulk:||I may be red, Fury, but I'm not the Red Cross.|
|Nick Fury:||If it makes you feel better, there are other Sentinels there defending the damaged one. Feel free to take them all out.|
|Red Hulk:||That's more like it.|
|Red Hulk:||We done here? Because I'd really like to go relax. Maybe by smashing Banner's head in.|
|Nick Fury:||Ease off there, General. We've got no time for vendettas in the team.|
Kang left behind some kind of device when he was time-jumping in and out of San Francisco. Send a hero to bring it in before a civilian picks it up.
The Wrecking Crew have been sighted down by the Marina. She-Hulk's leading Thundra and Tigra to take them down.
|Tigra:||Well, looky here. The Wrecking Crew. Did Kang hire you boys, too, or are you freelancing?|
|None of your business, pussycat.||Wrecker:|
|She-Hulk:||It's my business, though. I still owe the four of you.|
|Ooooh, we're scared. The green girl's mad that we beat her up.||Piledriver:|
|Thundra:||Yes, she is. And I am angry on her behalf. Now is when we even the score.|
|It's a man's world still, girls. Remember that next time.||Wrecker:|
|You want another crack at us, ladies? You got it.||Wrecker:|
|She-Hulk:||Damn, they all went to sleep... and just when I was getting warmed up.|
MiniBoss - Crimson Dynamo
|Cyclops:||Crimson Dynamo. There he is.|
|Tony Stark:||Havok, can you peel off the Kang search and give us a hand with Crimson Dynamo real quick?|
|Havok:||Let's get this over with.|
|Sentinels are great wonders, Havok. I take one apart and use it in my armor.||Crimson Dynamo:|
|Havok:||You'll take orders from anyone who lets you play with a new toy, won't you?|
|If Kang gives orders, I am not to argue! I care only for power!
And, yes. Toys.
|See, this new tech is maybe not such a joke!||Crimson Dynamo:|
|Havok:||Boris, you don't learn. Sentinel tech or no, Iso-8 or no... doesn't matter if the other guy is just plain tougher than you.|
|Havok:||I guess Kang doesn't pay that well. Crimson Dynamo ran the minute things started to go against him. Then something in his suit went haywire.|
|Maria Hill:||We'll pick him up. Most of the Sentinels are down. Where's Kang?|
|Tony Stark:||Havok was on his trail. Alex, you stop for a coffee break?|
|Havok:||Closing in on Kang.|
Boss - Kang
|Nick Fury:||There's Kang. Get Havok there before Kang skips out of this timestream again.|
|Cyclops:||Alex, we've spotted Kang.|
|Havok:||I see him. On my way. Want to join in, brother?|
|Cyclops:||Lead on. I'll get there when I can.|
|Agent Coulson:||Agent, pick your team.|
|Havok:||Kang, you couldn't hire better backup than the Crimson Dynamo? Did you lose your wallet in 1984?|
|Bah. I have waited long enough to possess this slice of history. Now Iso-8 has made it irresistible.||Kang:|
|Havok:||Don't you already have it? I mean, haven't we already had this conversation?|
|I do hope your cosmic energies move faster than your wit, Alex Summers.
But can they move faster than I can, across time itself? I think not. You are welcome to try. I will amuse myself observing you.
|Havok:||Laugh while you can. This joke might not have the punchline you're expecting.|
|Conquest! This world is ripe for the taking!||Kang:|
|Havok:||Here we go again. You must get deja vu all the time.|
|Tony Stark:||Kang shifted timelines again. Havok, what's your status?|
|Havok:||You tell me. If there are more Sentinels, I'm going after them.|
|Beast:||We're reading more space-time disturbances radiating from Kang's time shift. Or is that an Incursion...?|
|Tony Stark:||You have a location?|
|Beast:||Look... wait. No. It's gone.|
|Nick Fury:||Then that concludes this operation. Let's get teams cleaning up those Sentinels.|
|Tony Stark:||Kang has vanished in a puff of tachyons, the Sentinels are scrap, Crimson Dynamo is on his way to the Raft yelling about suit malfunctions...|
|Nick Fury:||Par for the course.|
|Maria Hill:||We also found the remains of the Two-Gun Kid in an empty machine shop near South Basin.|
|Phoenix:||Sacrificing. That's what the Circle of 8 is doing. I am sure of it.|
|Nick Fury:||That's what we're thinking, too. But to what? Answers, people. They're not doing this just for fun.|
|Doctor Voodoo:||My belief is that the Circle of 8 seeks to appease these Incursions through sacrifice.|
|Agent Coulson:||I'm so glad you said that, Dr. Drumm. Nobody would have paid attention to me if I had, but I think you're right.|
|Nick Fury:||Find out.|
|Nick Fury:||The exit strategy is to stage a battle, then pull Taskmaster out once we've neutralized the White Gorillas. Is everyone clear?|
|Agent Coulson:||Got it, Boss. By then we should have gathered valuable intel about the current status of HYDRA infighting.|
|Tony Stark:||Speaking of the White Gorillas, they're amped up on Iso-8 and seeing everyone as an enemy right now. They took out Critical Mass. Found him dead near a S.H.I.E.L.D. landing facility not two hours ago.|
Send Spider-Man to make sure Taskmaster is still a viable asset. We're having trouble keeping a steady signal from his transponder.
|Spider-Man:||You got it, jefe. I love an excuse to swing around Wakanda.|
Some of the White Gorillas are heading out to poach the real white gorillas. Head them off and take them out.
One of T'Challa's top scientists has been kidnapped. She's being held at a known White Gorilla hideout. Extract her tout de suite.
A White Gorilla squad has a rocket emplacement near an Iso-8 refining facility. Get Rescue out there to protect air traffic until we can eliminate them.
|Rescue:||That's the kind of thing I'm good at. Let someone else do the shooting.|
|Maria Hill:||The White Gorilla position is cleared and secured, Rescue.|
|Rescue:||Yep, I can see smoke. Returning to the Helicarrier for further orders.|
A small HYDRA monitoring station has picked up our conversations with Taskmaster. We've jammed their signal. Destroy the station before they can get the intel to their commanders.
X-23 intercepted a group of White Gorillas, but we lost communication with her shortly after. Now we're getting reports of violent attacks in that same area. Kitty Pryde and Wolverine are moving in to investigate.
|Kitty Pryde:||Oh no. HYDRA's seeded this area with trigger scent. X-23's gone berserk!|
|Wolverine:||She won't stop 'til someone knocks her out. I'm on it.|
|Kitty Pryde:||No, I'll handle it. You're too lethal, Logan. You'd never forgive yourself if you killed her.|
|Wolverine:||Or if she killed you.|
|Kitty Pryde:||She can't kill what she can't touch. Trust me, I've got this.|
|Kitty Pryde:||Phew... I think she's coming to her senses.|
|Kitty Pryde:||Well, if nothing else, I'm giving her something to chase.
Maybe I can outlast the trigger scent...
|Kitty Pryde:||C'mon, Laura. I know you're in there.|
|X-23:||Whuuhhh... where... oh no, Katherine!|
|Kitty Pryde:||H-hey, there you are, Laura. You missed all the fun, I was just... ooooh...|
|Wolverine:||Easy, Pun'kin, I got ya. Medevac's standing by.|
|X-23:||I am so sorry, I could not stop, I...|
|Kitty Pryde:||Wanna make it up to me? Bring a box of salted caramel to my hospital bed.
And some trashy sci-fi novels. You can read them to me... just make sure you do all the voices.
|Wolverine:||Urgh. On second thought, you carry her.|
MiniBoss - Hydro-Man
|Tony Stark:||HYDRA has brought in a little mercenary help, in the sloshy form of Hydro-Man.
Hydro-Man's got some kind of portable kit that he's using to dose the White Gorillas with Iso-8 serum.
|Ares:||I will pry it from the stiffening fingers of his severed hands.|
|Beast:||Take care, Ares. Diluting the Iso-8 serum makes it difficult to get a reliable analysis.|
|Ares:||You have mistaken me for the God of Caring About Laboratory Analysis.|
|Black Panther:||The White Gorilla danger grows the longer we stand deliberating.|
|Nick Fury:||Understood, T'Challa. Ares?|
|Oooooh, look at the big scary guy with the axe. How you gonna cut water, war god?||Hydro-Man:|
|Ares:||You can't stay water all the time, mortal. And I can cut anything else. You stick around, you'll find out.|
|Big time, baby! That's the God of War I just turned around!||Hydro-Man:|
|Ares:||How quickly can you trickle away this time, coward?|
|Tony Stark:||And there goes Hydro-Man into the dirt.|
|Ares:||He is fortunate I did not bury him in it.|
|Maria Hill:||We're keeping an eye on Taskmaster. He's attempting to stay off the radar, but he can't hide and still marshal large groups of White Gorillas.|
|Nick Fury:||That plays right into our plans. Ares, stay on him.|
Boss - Taskmaster
|Tony Stark:||Taskmaster pinged us the location of the White Gorilla boot camp.|
|Ares:||I see him.|
|Nick Fury:||Hit him, then. We need to make this charade look good.|
|Ares, soldier of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Your talents are wasted there. HYDRA would be a much better fit for a god of war.||Taskmaster:|
|Ares:||If all I wanted was mad-dog slaughter. But as you will see, I fight for order against the chaos you embrace.|
|Try me. Anything you can do, you'll see I can do better.||Taskmaster:|
|Ares:||Hardly, mimic. You ape what you see, but every copy is inferior to the original. Watch and find out.|
|I have learned all you can teach me, Ares. Guess I'm now a war god, too.||Taskmaster:|
|Ares:||You haven't seen anything yet. If you can keep up for an hour, I'll bury you with honor.|
|Honor? Who cares about honor?||Taskmaster:|
|Black Panther:||I see Taskmaster has fled.|
|Tony Stark:||We'll keep looking for him. Should we airlift our stray White Gorillas back to the correctional facility of your choice?|
|Black Panther:||I would consider it a favor.|
|Nick Fury:||It's done, then.|
|Black Panther:||When will we apprehend Taskmaster?|
|Nick Fury:||If he's on the run to another HYDRA encampment, we'll wait until we know where it is. Then we'll hit it and capture him.|
|Tony Stark:||Makes sense to me. But for now, Taskmaster's back on the good guys' side, HYDRA's stalled, and we're going to leave Wakandan justice to you.|
|Taskmaster:||Ares took his role a little too seriously. Someone needs to teach that guy a little something about restraint. Geez.|
|Ares:||I am no actor.|
|Black Panther:||My thanks, Stark.|
|Tony Stark:||No problem. You don't mind if we take Hydro-Man with us, do you?|
|Black Panther:||Not at all. However, I ask that you share whatever knowledge you gain from examining his suit.|
|Tony Stark:||Count on it. Agent, we're headed back to New York.|
|Squirrel Girl:||Nick! I mean, Director Fury. Where's Tony?|
|Nick Fury:||What do you need, Squirrel Girl?|
|Tony Stark:||Ay yi yi, that's a lot of symbiote goo. How many bodies? Four?|
|Squirrel Girl:||Hi, Mr. Stark!!!|
|Tony Stark:||...hi, Doreen.|
|Nick Fury:||I want a squad in the park to see what the Circle of 8 is up to.|
A group of Circle of 8 cultists has figured out Squirrel Girl's powers. They're going through the park killing every squirrel they see. Stop them before Doreen loses her mind.
It's possible the Circle of 8 is tapping into someone's powers to shift dimensions and timelines. Cable's the perfect guy to find out.
|Agent Coulson:||Call me paranoid, but ever since we dealt with Kang, I can’t stop thinking about what the Circle of 8 might do with time-travel technology.|
|Tony Stark:||You’re paranoid. And possibly contagious, because now you’ve got me worrying about it too.
Cable knows timey-wimey stuff better than anyone here. So, Nate, feel up to poking around for the Circle of 8?
|Cable:||You don’t just “poke around” the timestream if you want any future to come back to. But I’ll see what I can do.|
|Tony Stark:||Good. Maybe even the Circle of 8’s not crazy enough to mess with causality.|
The Circle of 8 have created some makeshift fortifications in this area. We need someone with the firepower to flush them out of their defenses.
The Hood is shifting around the park using portals. Guard this one until Dr. Strange can get there and shut it down. We don't need anything else coming through it.
The Circle of 8 has started a fire in one of the wooded areas of Central Park. We're going to fight fire with fire. Get Johnny Storm over there to help out.
|Tony Stark:||This is kind of the opposite of what you usually do, Johnny, but can you go act as a firebreak?|
|Agent Coulson:||Circle of 8 cultists have started a fire in the park and it's going to burn from Strawberry Fields all the way to the Met if we don't do something.|
|Tony Stark:||Iceman or Storm could freeze or drown the flames, but would create too much collateral damage to the flora and fauna. Your powers can starve the blaze, right?|
|Human Torch:||Sure, why not? Let's give it a try. Flame on!|
|Human Torch:||I am now the Human Extinguisher. And the Human Squirrel-Saver.|
|Tony Stark:||Next time we'll let you burn something. Promise.|
The U-Foes have abducted Mr. Fantastic! Reports are coming in that they may be forcing him to create new Iso-8 enhancements for them. The rest of the Fantastic Four are moving in to get him back.
|Thing:||The U-Foes have got Reed! Time to, ya know, do some clobberin'.|
|Glad to see you're taking your usual sophisticated approach, Grimm.||X-Ray:|
|Invisible Woman:||As if your approach is any more sophisticated...|
|Our reasons are. Reed has the key to an Iso-8 innovation that will make us more powerful than you could ever be!||Vapor:|
|Also I'm looking forward to the chance to pound some orange rocks.||Ironclad:|
|Thing:||Now yer speakin' my language!|
|If I can't buy an advantage, I'm willing to take it by force. Reed's ideas are already providing the edge we've been looking for!||Vector:|
|Let us show you some of Reed's latest... oh, I'm just going to say it... fantastic innovations!||Vapor:|
|Invisible Woman:||Reed, what were they after?|
|Mr. Fantastic:||Same thing they're always after. They want to be us, even if they go on and on about how they're better than us.
They want Iso-8, they want new tech, they want the means and creativity to live the life that's just beyond their grasp...
|Human Torch:||All because they know they don't measure up.|
MiniBoss - Bullseye
|Squirrel Girl:||Um, Mr. Stark... See that guy watching the Circle of 8? Guess who it is! That's Bullseye!!!|
|Tony Stark:||Bullseye? What the hell?|
|Nick Fury:||Steer clear of him, Squirrel Girl.|
|Squirrel Girl:||Director Fury, you are a gentleman, and also a wee bit patronizing sometimes!|
|Squirrel Girl:||Why are you keeping an eye on the Circle of 8? Jealous that someone's crazier than you?|
|You keep joking, bunny-tooth. Laugh all the way to my trophy case. I'll put your tail in a real prominent place... after I take out all your ratty little friends.||Bullseye:|
|Squirrel Girl:||You can't hit every squirrel in the park all at once.|
|You don't think so? Let's find out!||Bullseye:|
|There are too damn many squirrels in this park anyway. And too many heroes!||Bullseye:|
|More squirrelly target practice!||Bullseye:|
|Squirrel Girl:||I was right. Bullseye found out it's a little harder to hit squirrels than he thought. I mean, when you're used to human-sized targets sometimes you think you're a better shot than you really are.|
|Tony Stark:||Way to go, kid.|
|Maria Hill:||Do we know where Bullseye went? Or why he was watching the Circle of 8?|
|Squirrel Girl:||He ducked out while I was distracted by the chanting. I don't know if you guys heard, but a bunch of the Circle of 8 weirdos were calling for Captain America to fight them!|
|Nick Fury:||They wanted a fight with him?|
|Squirrel Girl:||Yeah, they were talking about some kind of champion proving himself.|
|Captain America:||If they're asking for it...|
|Nick Fury:||Not a chance. Let's interrogate the prisoners and see what they know about this.|
Boss - The Hood
|Nick Fury:||The Hood. Is he in on the Circle of 8? It's the kind of group that might appeal to him.
Squirrel Girl, we need you to get close to the Hood. Do not engage until your team is in place.
|Squirrel Girl:||You sound worried. Think I can't take care of myself? Geez, you don't know anything! I'll show you guys, just you wait!|
|Tony Stark:||Wonder how the Hood feels about squirrels.|
|Nick Fury:||We're about to find out.|
|If I'd known about you when I was still a thief, you and your furry friends could've made quite the fortune spying for me.||The Hood:|
|Squirrel Girl:||They'd have done it. I mean, they steal everything they can get their paws on if they think they can eat it.
Even if they think they might be able to eat it someday. They're like the animal version of disaster preppers.
|Might be a good idea, considering what's about to happen. To you, to the world...
Times are about to get real interesting.
|Animal version of disaster preppers. Funny. I like that one.||The Hood:|
|Squirrel Girl:||Are you actually trying to demonically possess my squirrels? I mean, seriously?|
|Nick Fury:||This is interesting. The Hood pulled his disappearing-through-a-portal trick in the Circle of 8's hideout.|
|Tony Stark:||They didn't seem to know it was coming.|
|Nick Fury:||The squirrels have opinions?|
|Squirrel Girl:||You ever heard a squirrel? They're practically made of opinions.|
|Nick Fury:||I have seen a lot of strange things in my time at S.H.I.E.L.D., but they just keep getting stranger. Realities cannibalizing each other...|
|Maria Hill:||...loony cults performing mass human sacrifice...|
|Tony Stark:||...heroes fighting by using a telepathic link to squirrels...|
|Nick Fury:||That's another one.|
|Squirrel Girl:||Well, I can retire. Or maybe just take my talents elsewhere, if you don't want someone around who can take on Bullseye and the Hood.|
|Maria Hill:||You know that's not what he meant, Squirrel Girl.|
|Squirrel Girl:||Whatev. If you say so.
Listen, I've got some nuts to crack, and then I need to groom my tail, so...
|Tony Stark:||We'll be calling on you again. Don't go far.|
|Maria Hill:||An update on the bodies we found: someone massacred four symbiotes. We believe them to be Riot, Agony, Phage, and Lasher.|
|Agent Coulson:||Is the Circle of 8 trying to harness the symbiotes? Or are they eliminating them?|
|Maria Hill:||It's hard to tell if the symbiotes themselves were destroyed or just their hosts.|
|Tony Stark:||Should we ask Flash what he thinks about it?|
|Agent Coulson:||He was there. He couldn't tell, either. We're running down all the leads we can.|
|Nick Fury:||And how do you propose to do this?|
|Emma Frost:||Not me. Us. Starting here in San Francisco, I'm going to tear through every Hellfire Club safe house I can find, and I'm going to get rid of the riffraff.
Agent, you may feel free to help. You'll learn quite a bit along the way.
Usually when we see the Hellfire Club, the Brotherhood isn't far behind. Send a hero out with Iso-8 monitoring equipment to run a sweep for Test Subjects.
There's been a security breach at Worthington Industries. Angel's going to need to take care of it.
|Maria Hill:||Angel, you're tapped into the Hellfire Club. Unfortunately, they may also be tapped into you.|
|Angel:||What's that supposed to mean?|
|Agent Coulson:||They've penetrated Worthington Industries security. We found out from intel gathered at a Hellfire Club safe house.|
|Angel:||All right. I know what you're going to say. I'll take care of it.|
|Angel:||I found the leak at Worthington Industries. It won't be a problem anymore.|
|Nick Fury:||Good to hear. Moving along.|
This Hellfire Club safe house has psionic shielding preventing us from seeing who's inside. Send Nightcrawler to do more direct surveillance.
|Tony Stark:||Kurt, we're going to need you to get bamfy.|
|Nightcrawler:||It's what I do best.|
|Maria Hill:||This is a Hellfire Club safe house. It's psionically shielded so we don't know who's inside. We'd like you to find out.|
|Nightcrawler:||I will return shortly.|
|Nightcrawler:||The house was quite actively guarded. I have solved that issue and you are free to investigate.|
|Tony Stark:||Was one of the guards shielding the place?|
|Nightcrawler:||No, I have brought with me the device I assume is responsible. I will bring it to Beast.|
There's encrypted documentation of Hellfire Club movements--and possibly membership--in this blown safe house. Get it to the Helicarrier pronto.
There are unexploded pumpkin bombs all over the place. Green Goblin must have dropped them. Get a hero over here to keep people away while we collect them.
Bishop has just arrived from the near future. It seems the Living Pharaoh will soon arrive to absorb the energy from Havok and become the Living Monolith. We'll use Havok as bait, but Bishop will be there to make sure history doesn't repeat itself.
|Havok:||We knew you were coming this time, Abdol. You're not going to use me as a battery.|
|I have had more than enough time to develop new resources, Summers. Now I shall demonstrate!||Living Pharaoh:|
|Bishop:||Not going to happen. This one's for Beast; we still owe you for being Apocalypse's stooge. We're pulling the plug on the Monolith.|
|You will only die in the attempt.||Living Pharaoh:|
|Come, Havok. I am defenseless. Strike me down with all of your hatred!||Living Pharaoh:|
|Bishop:||Don't do it, Havok. We can take him together.|
|Now, Havok, I will drain you dry... the Living Monolith will grow more powerful yet!||Living Pharaoh:|
|Bishop:||Next time I find you in space, I plan to leave you there. Should have done it last time.|
|You won't have another chance!||Living Pharaoh:|
|Havok:||We interrupted Abdol's transformation into the Living Monolith. He's back in human form, out cold and ready to go somewhere with bars on the windows.|
|Tony Stark:||There's always room for one more in the Vault.|
MiniBoss - Dragoness
|Tony Stark:||We're not seeing any of the big Hellfire Club players. They must be lying low because they know Emma's on a rampage.|
|Emma Frost:||Dragoness made the mistake of showing herself. I'm going to make sure she regrets it.
Once I send this message, it might shake loose some of the more prominent pieces on the black half of the board.
|Emma Frost:||The Hellfire Club isn't meant to be a front for terrorists. You're not the kind of member we're looking for.|
|Who is 'we'? Are you the membership secretary now? Sebastian's in charge of the Hellfire Club.||Dragoness:|
|Emma Frost:||Not as far as I'm concerned. Get out. Burn the house down on your way to the door if it makes you feel better, but you will not stay here.|
|It seems the rest of the Hellfire Club doesn't support your little endeavor, Emma. You're on the outside looking in.||Dragoness:|
|Didn't get the message last time? I'll talk slower so you understand.||Dragoness:|
|Emma Frost:||I'm afraid Dragoness isn't finding the Hellfire Club very welcoming right now.|
|Agent Coulson:||Organizational standards must be upheld, Miss Frost.|
|Emma Frost:||Well, aren't you a charmer. Much more the caliber I'm looking for...|
|Nick Fury:||If you headhunt Coulson away to the Hellfire Club, Frost, we're going to have words.|
|Agent Coulson:||Oh Nicholas. Perish the thought.|
Boss - Green Goblin
|Emma Frost:||Green Goblin's decided to reactivate his Hellfire Club membership, it seems.|
|Maria Hill:||Funny time for him to do it, what with the mutant infighting.|
|Emma Frost:||No, that's perfect. He sees instability and he's looking to take advantage of it. But I'll bet he isn't counting on having to deal with me.|
|Miss Frost. This period of flux within the Hellfire Club can work to our mutual advantage.||Green Goblin:|
|Emma Frost:||Darling, I was once a wide-eyed innocent, but those days are long past. I would sooner trust Juggernaut in a china shop than believe in your good intentions.|
|Then you may trust in my determination and will. I will have what I want. Walking over bodies just adds spice to the victory.||Green Goblin:|
|If you can hear my thoughts now, Miss Frost, then you know this will be a fight not just for the Hellfire Club...
...but for your life!
|Seems I'll have to make some of my own changes to membership procedures.||Green Goblin:|
|Detente, perhaps?||Green Goblin:|
|Emma Frost:||I'm afraid not. You remain persona non grata.|
|Emma Frost:||This part of San Francisco, at least, is now under our control. My control, specifically.|
|Agent Coulson:||We're not going to be retraining Hellfire assets to fight for S.H.I.E.L.D., are we? The clearance issues give me heartburn.|
|Tony Stark:||You can ease up on the antacids, Sparky. The chances of that are exactly zero.|
|Nick Fury:||Where's the Green Goblin, Emma?|
|Emma Frost:||He did what he always does, Nicholas. He tested the situation and when he found it not to his liking, he fled.|
|Nick Fury:||Then let's round up the rest of the Hellfire Club strays and move on. We just got a police report about Circle of 8 rituals in what might be a Hellfire Club safe house.|
|Agent Coulson:||San Francisco police found the bodies of Hardball and Stilt-Man in a basement of one of the Hellfire Club safe houses.|
|Tony Stark:||Emma, care to comment on whether the Hellfire Club is in bed with the Circle of 8?|
|Emma Frost:||Decidedly not. Although I wouldn't put it past Dragoness to let the Circle of 8 use Hellfire Club space for their rituals, just so she could watch.|
|Tony Stark:||That's quite a cosmopolitan organization, the Hellfire Club. Classy.|
|Emma Frost:||While you're mocking, Tony, don't forget that you're a member, too.|
|Tony Stark:||Don't blame me. It's my dad's fault. But when your hostile takeover is complete, I'll sit on the board and be a rook or something if you want.
As long as it doesn't cut into my workshop time.
|Nick Fury:||Lately, this has been Brotherhood territory. Are they working with the Asgardian bad guys now?|
|Maria Hill:||Haven't seen any Brotherhood activity. The Enchantress is in San Francisco, though. We've had confirmed contact.|
|Agent Coulson:||We currently believe she's struck a deal with Malekith in return for Dark Elf reinforcements.|
|Tony Stark:||Not good. Since when does she make deals with Dark Elves? Running out of men to manipulate?|
|Thor:||For that, she has a plentiful supply. She cares only about exploiting chaos she can create.|
|Tony Stark:||It's all about you, blondie. Just like everything she does.|
Quicksilver's been summoned by Professor Xavier. Send him off to find out what Xavier needs.
|Professor X:||Pietro, you must get to Utopia immediately.|
|Professor X:||I will tell you when you arrive.|
|Tony Stark:||What did Xavier want?|
|Quicksilver:||He wanted to set the plan before we begin searching for Sugar Man.|
|Tony Stark:||Sugar Man? I hope the plan involves a magnifying glass.|
We've spotted Jotun and Dark Elves meeting. This can't be good. Send Vision to find out just how bad it is.
|Tony Stark:||Jotun and Dark Elves are meeting together here. Vision, can you ghost into the meeting, eavesdrop a little, and then take them out?|
|Vision:||That is within my capabilities, yes.|
|Tony Stark:||I mean will you?|
|Vision:||I answer that in the affirmative as well.|
|Vision:||The Enchantress had given them rewards. They were arguing over how those rewards were to be divided.|
|Agent Coulson:||What kind of rewards?|
|Vision:||Weapons. They are still at the location. I can transport them but it would perhaps be more efficient for you to do that while I engage other hostile forces.|
|Agent Coulson:||Right as always. We're on our way.|
We saw a group of Test Subjects here. They could be Sugar Man's, and if they aren't we need to know how they got there. Bring them in.
A small, fast-moving group of Dark Elves is heading south out of the city. Send Fandral to head them off.
|Maria Hill:||Fandral, there are Dark Elves trying to get out of the city in the direction of the South Bay.|
|Fandral:||They won't get far.|
|Fandral:||No Dark Elves have gotten past the borders of this city.|
|Tony Stark:||That's what we like to hear. But did you accomplish it in style?|
|Fandral:||Is there any other way to accomplish a thing?|
A Dark Elf was just caught trying to hide in a group of larpers over in the Presidio. He's holding hostages. Take him out.
Sugar Man stole some genetic samples of the X-Men from Utopia. Psylocke's leading an infiltration team to return the favor.
|My experimental meat is loose! Oh yeah! Let's see what it does against some real mutants.||Sugar Man:|
|Psylocke:||Spiral, Fantomex: Disable the Test Subjects and let's focus on Sugar Man.|
|Spiral:||Disable? I was thinking of a more permanent solution.|
|Fantomex:||We are survivors. We know what it is like to suffer the kind of experiments you conduct.|
|Yeah, well, now you're presents. Let's get you in a lab and see what you can do...||Sugar Man:|
|I got some top-shelf raw material now, oh yeah.||Sugar Man:|
|When we get done here, I have a plan: Put all three of you together into one body. Wind you up, see what you can do.||Sugar Man:|
|Spiral:||Dammit, he shrank away again. Let's all start stomping around in case we get lucky and crush him.|
|Psylocke:||Fantomex, can EVA find him?|
|Fantomex:||No luck. He's gone.|
|Maria Hill:||Back to the Helicarrier, team. Bring those Test Subjects along. We'll see if we can undo some of Sugar Man's modifications.|
MiniBoss - Executioner
|Nick Fury:||These Jotun are taking the Executioner's orders. And as far as they listen to anyone, the Dark Elves seem to be following him too.|
|Maria Hill:||Will the Jotun fight on their own?|
|Nick Fury:||You mean after we take out the Executioner? Any idea, Thor?|
|Thor:||They are not known for being leaders in battle.|
|Nick Fury:||Make 'em leaderless and maybe they'll go the hell back home.|
|Thor:||Where is your Wrecking Crew, Skurge? Where are your Jotun now?
Down to the last dregs. But they were dregs to begin with.
|Midgard's downtrodden will fight on our side, Odinson. The Enchantress knows this.
You have only seen the beginning of this battle.
|It is no longer only Jotun. The Dark Elves of Svartalfheim rise with us against you!||Executioner:|
|Do you feel the strength of chaos, Odinson? I do.||Executioner:|
|Thor:||Skurge proved no more courageous than his Jotun underlings.
It is unlike him to flee before the battle is decided.
|Tony Stark:||Then someone told him to. Must be the Enchantress, no?|
|Thor:||That would be a wise assumption. However, use of Dark Elves is a concern.|
|Nick Fury:||If she's getting some sway down in Svartalfheim, we need to keep one eye on the Dark Elves at the same time.|
Boss - Ragnarok
|Tony Stark:||Whoa, double-take. He really does look like you from the right angle, Thor.
I mean that as a compliment.
|Thor:||When I am through with him, Stark, I will return to the Helicarrier and erase your smirk.|
|Maria Hill:||Boys. We're on the same team. You can fight more after we've saved the world.|
|Impostor! You assume the visage of the Thunder God, and your life is forfeit for this theft!||Dark Thor:|
|Thor:||Amora has stewed your brain, cyborg. You are not the first to suffer her attentions. Nor will you be the last.|
|Mighty Mjolnir will make a stew of your brain, thief of faces. I will feed it to stray dogs when I have bashed it from your skull.||Dark Thor:|
|Thor:||Your imitation of me grows poorer. 'Tis time it ended. Enchantress, if you be here as well, show yourself!|
|You call to her in vain, pretender. She answers only the call of the true Odinson!||Dark Thor:|
|Thor:||And now you are proved a fool, for every man knows that the Enchantress answers what calls she will.|
|Back up your slander with blows!||Dark Thor:|
|By strength of arms I prove myself! Yield, impostor!||Dark Thor:|
|My brother has put you up to this, has he not? He will suffer for it... after you do!||Dark Thor:|
|Thor:||He fought well. It is no fault of his that he was created to do ill.|
|Agent Coulson:||All of us have our doom, isn't that how the Vikings put it?|
|Thor:||It is, Son of Coul. Among all your other surprises, do you also read the Edda?|
|Agent Coulson:||Well, not the original. I need the English translation.|
|Tony Stark:||Boy, I hate to break up this lovefest, but we have, you know, frost giants still running around that we should get rid of?|
|Thor:||Stark, I have never met a man who needed so badly the attention of those he considered his inferiors.|
Epic Boss - Enchantress
|Nick Fury:||The Enchantress never can resist making herself known. If she wasn't vain, we'd be in a lot worse trouble.|
|Thor:||Were she not vain, Fury, she would keep to herself in Asgard.|
|Tony Stark:||You're kind of skipping the part where you rejected her and provoked her savage hatred for all eternity.|
|Thor:||Going too far is the only thing you really know how to do, isn't it?|
|Maria Hill:||Maybe we can talk about the Enchantress again?|
|Hogun:||She has made a move to exert influence in Svartalfheim. We must expect her to try to extend it from there... to Muspelheim, maybe?|
|Tony Stark:||Let's put that plan on permanent hiatus. Thor, your spurned admirer needs some closure here.|
|Thor:||Witch, you ally yourself with those who would destroy us all.|
|Us? No, Odinson, I have no need of the Circle of 8... or their master.
It is not the fault of chaos that order cannot stand against it.
|Thor:||I do not blame chaos. I blame those who pledge themselves to it.|
|Come, Odinson. You do not wish to fight me.||Enchantress:|
|Why do you still fight? Chaos is ever in the ascendant.||Enchantress:|
|Thor:||And yet order must fight to the last. The world is not let go so easily as you would wish.|
|Thor:||The Enchantress has transported herself away.|
|Scarlet Witch:||I can verify that. The magical efforts to infiltrate the Brotherhood and Utopia have stopped.|
|Tony Stark:||We're clearing the rest of the Jotun and Dark Elves. Are we Asgard-free?|
|Tony Stark:||You know what I mean.|
|Tony Stark:||You don't still want to fight, do you, big man?|
|Maria Hill:||Stark. We have better things to do than indulge your grudges.|
|Thor:||But with our foes vanquished, I do not have anything better to do than wipe the smirk from Stark's face.|
|Tony Stark:||Except you won't be able to because my face will be behind a mask, and--|
|Thor:||I will use the inside of the mask to smear your face around to the back of your head.|
|Tony Stark:||Now that just doesn't make sense. Nick, are you listening to this? Did we accidentally bring Ragnarok back in instead of Thor?|
|Nick Fury:||Stark, pick a fight with someone else. One of the bad guys, maybe.|
|Agent Coulson:||HYDRA is making another move in Wakanda. Their faux-Avengers are all on the scene, and Man-Ape is turning the White Gorillas into Iso-8-deranged soldiers again.|
|Hercules:||HYDRA! What do these little men know of that great beast? If it lived, it would devour them all and then die of indigestion, belching from every head.|
|Tony Stark:||Hercules, what are you doing here, anyway?|
|Hercules:||If that blood-sotted half-brother of mine can take his axe to HYDRA, I can do him one better!|
|Tony Stark:||Sibling rivalry, Nick. Underestimated recruiting tool.|
|Nick Fury:||I'll keep that in mind.|
|Black Panther:||Step lightly in my country, Fury.|
|Nick Fury:||You don't have to tell me that, T'Challa. We kept Ares on a short leash, and we'll do the same with Hercules.|
|Tony Stark:||Agent, you and Herc work together. Let's get HYDRA out of Wakanda once and for all.|
Send a hero out on a HYDRA search-and-destroy in this area. They've sent a courier to Man-Ape and we need to cut him off.
We've found a White Gorilla training camp. Send the Punisher to cut their training short... permanently.
|Tony Stark:||Frank, we're about to turn you loose on a White Gorilla training camp. Don't give us any details when you come back.|
|Punisher:||I wasn't going to.|
|Punisher:||What's next? All I need is time to reload and put gas in the van.|
HYDRA has pirated a design of Bruce Banner's for a self-destruct control panel, and he's the only one who can crack its security. Send the Hulk here to let Banner deactivate it... before the HYDRA base explodes.
|Tony Stark:||Hulk, we might need you to let Banner out to play for a minute.|
|Tony Stark:||There's a control panel at a HYDRA base that looks like it's modeled on a Banner design. We need the data inside and we don't have time to crack it.|
|Tony Stark:||Oh, just a little self-destruct sequence. Check it out. But if it looks like it's going to blow, make sure you turn green again first.|
|Hulk:||I got your data.|
|Agent Coulson:||Good. Now we should know where the rest of the HYDRA bases are... at least in this part of Wakanda.|
|Hulk:||Now don't ask me about Banner again.|
HYDRA has blocked the only road between an Iso-8 deposit and the City of Wakanda. Send Havok to clear the path.
|Maria Hill:||Havok, HYDRA just air-dropped a Power Armor on the only road between an Iso-8 impact site and the City of Wakanda.|
|Havok:||It won't be there for long.|
|Havok:||The road is clear again. Tell the recovery teams to start their trucks.|
HYDRA soldiers have hijacked one of T'Challa's stealth-modified Dagger Quinjets. Send a hero to recover it without crashing it.
According to General Ross's sources, there's a HYDRA facility hidden deep in this part of the jungle. He's specifically requested Hulk to assist him in taking it apart.
|Hulk:||No HYDRA base here. Now what?|
|Red Hulk:||Now I beat the living hell out of you. Then maybe I dig a hole and put what's left of you into it.|
|Hulk:||...Hrmph. So you lied to Fury. He won't like that.|
|Red Hulk:||Forget about Fury. No S.H.I.E.L.D., no Avengers. Just you, me, and some old scores to settle.|
|Red Hulk:||Nice breeze you got there. Cooled me down a bit. Too bad next time I'll be protected from it.|
|Hulk:||You going to talk some more? ...Good.|
|Red Hulk:||That's just the start. You haven't even started to feel revenge yet.|
|Red Hulk:||Get up, Banner. I'll kill you some other day.|
|Hulk:||This... not over...|
|Red Hulk:||You're damn right it isn't. That was too much fun to only do once.|
MiniBoss - Bowman
|Black Panther:||Bowman is holding this location. He must be keeping an approach to the Vibranium Mound clear for M'Baku.|
|Tony Stark:||But M'Baku's some kind of Luddite, isn't he? Why would he want it?|
|Maria Hill:||Even Luddites find a good rationalization when new tech is going to give them an advantage.|
|Stand down, tough guy, before we make you clean out another stable.||Bowman:|
|Hercules:||You joke! Ha ha! I joke in return: When Olympus sees fit to send me on more chores, I will find them easier when I can use your skull as a dustpan! Ha ha!|
|If you don't let 'em get close, the muscle guys don't stand a chance.||Bowman:|
|Hercules:||Arrows are for cowards! If you must resort to missiles, use the missiles of a warrior! Throw stones!|
|Hercules:||This Bowman found that no arrow can slow down the Son of Zeus. What next?|
|Tony Stark:||Stay ready, Hercules. We're about to lock you into another mission.|
MiniBoss - Tactical Force
|Maria Hill:||Tactical Force is commanding a squad of HYDRA and White Gorilla troops here.|
|Hercules:||Armor cannot protect a man from his own cowardice. We shall see if this Iron Man impostor can withstand the blows that slew the Nemean Lion.|
|Cool it, Hercules. Someone went and got you all worked up for nothing.||Tactical Force:|
|Hercules:||For nothing? By Olympus, not so! For battle!|
|Now S.H.I.E.L.D. will leave us alone... time to make the move on Man-Ape.||Tactical Force:|
|Hercules:||Patroclus and Hector both died wearing the armor of Achilles. Do you think the garb of Iron Man will save you?|
|Hercules:||Worked up! Indeed! What next? Stark! What next? Do enemies still stand against us?|
|Tony Stark:||Oh, we've got plenty of enemies. Wakanda is lousy with HYDRA and White Gorillas gone bonkers on Iso-8. Plenty for us to do.|
|Hercules:||I see. Then to the task!|
Boss - Militant/Hammer
|Maria Hill:||Militant and Hammer have just connected with a group of HYDRA soldiers and White Gorillas at this location.|
|Black Panther:||These events have brought too much bloodshed and fear to my people. It must be repaid in kind.|
|Hercules:||Fear not, T'Challa -- of course you fear nothing, as do I! -- I will erase this blot of HYDRA from your nation's soil.|
|Hercules:||You. You pretend to the might and valor of Captain America?|
|No pretense. You don't see him around trying to fight us.||Militant:|
|Hercules:||And you. Do you truly imagine yourself to be the Thunder God, the Odinson? He is a barbarian oaf, but mighty. Are you so mighty?|
|You dare tell me I'm not?||Hammer:|
|One god down.||Hammer:|
|Only a demigod. Let's not get carried away.||Militant:|
|Hercules:||You still wear garments to mimic the Avengers? Then learn the lesson Patroclus and Hector learned when they wore the armor of another!|
|Hercules:||The gift of battle is a mighty gift indeed! Which of these dogs and cowards shall we crush and dismember next?|
|Tony Stark:||Well, let's take a look at our strategic map here... any of them? Whatever's left, hit it. But if you see Man-Ape, hit him first.|
|Hercules:||You speak my language, Stark.|
Epic Boss - Man-Ape
|Maria Hill:||Man-Ape is at the center of this group of White Gorillas. And they're inside a ring of HYDRA commandos.|
|Agent Coulson:||Time to earn our stripes, team. T'Challa, operational command is yours if you wish.|
|Black Panther:||Your courtesy is noted and appreciated, Agent Coulson. Carry out the operation as you know best. I will find my role to play.|
|You wish to test your strength against M'Baku, who has eaten of the White Gorilla's blood?||Man-Ape:|
|Hercules:||I have seen many men drink blood. None of them were ever stronger than me.
Also, I thought you were a hater of techne. Why do you ply your White Gorillas with Iso-8?
|Iso-8 fell from the sky. It is no technology. It is raw power. And only raw power will see us through these attacks from other worlds!||Man-Ape:|
|Hercules:||Concern yourself with attacks from my other fist first!|
|The Greeks. What are they? Nothing now. Olive oil and discontent. A new world is in birth!||Man-Ape:|
|Hercules:||Does your gorilla blood give you power, Man-Ape? I have the blood of Zeus! And did not have to wallow in it.|
|Nick Fury:||Crack all of 'em you want, Hercules. Same goes for the White Gorilla forces. Just make sure you minimize the damage to the actual animal-variety white gorillas.|
|Hercules:||I have no quarrel with apes... but I killed the Hydra myself and it galls me to see these suagroi rallying to that banner. To battle!|
|Tony Stark:||A confession: I do take a special pleasure in watching those plagiarizing fake-ass unoriginal ripoff versions of us take a beating. Especially when you're handing it out, Hercules.|
|Hercules:||You honor me.|
|Tony Stark:||You hand out a fine beating.|
|Hercules:||The gods have granted me certain blessings.|
|Tony Stark:||What's with all this humility? Aren't you supposed to be boasting about breaking bones and winning the adoration of women?|
|Hercules:||I shall await Ares' arrival before speaking again of my grandiloquence.|
|Tony Stark:||Totally understand. Well, good work out there, Agent. Man-Ape is still out there somewhere. He's not going to let a little thing like HYDRA putting a price on his head stop him.|
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