|Tony Stark:||NYPD just called in on our special Circle of 8 murder hotline. They found a body with all the usual Circle of 8 trappings, and identified it as a minor-leaguer named Ace Spencer.|
|Maria Hill:||I won't even pretend I know who this person was.|
|Tony Stark:||I never had the pleasure either. But our more pressing problem is that A.I.M. is shadowing the Circle of 8. M.O.D.O.K. is after something.|
|Maria Hill:||Vision, you're on point. Try to keep the Circle of 8's body count low, but your primary objective is removing M.O.D.O.K.|
We're in a crowded area with narrow streets, lousy sightlines, and M.O.D.O.K. on the loose. Get a hero to coordinate evacuations along Canal Street. Let's get people out of harm's way.
AIM and Circle of 8 forces are gearing up for a fight. War Machine is patrolling nearby. He can pacify both sides.
|Tony Stark:||Rhodey, we're looking at a small-scale war brewing here between A.I.M. and the Circle of 8. How about you make an appearance and shut it down?|
|War Machine:||With prejudice.|
|War Machine:||The situation is under control.|
|Tony Stark:||That's what we like to hear.|
Circle of 8 forces are up to something at this location. Send a hero to crash their party before there's another ritual sacrifice.
Keep pushing people away from the center of Chinatown. M.O.D.O.K. is active here, and he won't care about mass casualties.
There are too many people getting close to the hammerfall site. We need someone there to protect it until a full S.H.I.E.L.D. team can cordon it off. Rescue's probably perfect for this.
|Agent Coulson:||Rescue, we need you to cover the hammer drop site. There are more gawkers and souvenir hunters than you would believe.
Just keep them away from it. They can look, as long as they don't touch.
|Rescue:||What should I do if they want to touch?|
|Tony Stark:||Just give'em a little flyby. You'll only have to do it once. Maybe twice.|
|Rescue:||You were right. I only had to do it once. I hope I didn't hurt him too much.|
|Agent Coulson:||Our team is on-site now. Thank you very much, Ms. Potts.|
|Rescue:||You're very welcome, Agent Coulson.|
Strucker, Viper, and Zemo have been sighted in the area. Seems like it's getting pretty heated. Falcon and Cap are on route to intercept.
|Captain America:||Sam, what's the situation look like from the air?|
|Falcon:||Three targets. Strucker, the Viper, and Zemo, bunched nice and close together. Looks like they're meeting and not fighting.|
|Captain America:||Let's break up their powwow.|
|Captain America's friend the Falcon! Surely you are not here alone?||Baron Strucker:|
|Captain America:||I'm right here, Strucker.|
|And we, Captain, are also right here.||Baron Zemo:|
|Falcon:||Then we've gotten to the good part.|
|Poor heroes. I'm sure both of you will be remembered fondly.||Viper:|
|Falcon:||I might not have Cap's history with you three, but I gotta say, I'm building up a good solid dislike.|
|Falcon:||Not every day you find three HYDRA leaders together while they're right in the middle of trying to kill each other.|
|Captain America:||I was thinking the same thing. Are they trying to cut Zola and the Red Skull? We ought to find out.|
|Falcon:||Back in the air, then. Let's get looking.|
MiniBoss - Skirn
|Agent Coulson:||Did you see that? Something just fell out of the sky. Field teams, cordon off that location, and--whoa.|
|She-Hulk:||I saw it. Let me get a closer look.|
|Vision:||I observed it as well. We will approach together.|
|Agent Coulson:||What are you seeing?|
|She-Hulk:||There's some kind of... what is this, a hammer? Look's like that what fell from the sky. I'm going to--|
|Vision:||I recommend against--|
|Agent Coulson:||Don't touch it!|
|There is no Jennifer. You speak to Skirn, Breaker of Men... and I will break you first.||Skirn:|
|Vision:||You are Jennifer Walters. Do not surrender to the hammer's enchantment!|
|Tony Stark:||I didn't quite catch that.|
|Vision:||I'm unable to identify this Language.|
|Maria Hill:||None of the Language databases here have it either.|
|Vision:||Fury. She is possessed by some magic. There may be no choice but violence.|
|Vision:||Stand down, Jennifer Walters. I do not wish any harm to an ally.|
|Vision:||I believe she intended only a brief skirmish. Certainly she appeared unhurt when she withdrew.|
|Agent Coulson:||We tend to agree. She--Skirn, is that what she called herself?--was just introducing herself.|
|Vision:||It was a memorable introduction, if that was indeed the goal.|
|Maria Hill:||The hammer did that? Vision, can you confirm?|
|Vision:||Yes. The transformation occurred when she touched the hammer.|
|Agent Coulson:||We've had some other unexplained meteoric events recently. Boss, it possible that there are more of these hammers?|
|Nick Fury:||Get searching. And watch the skies.|
|Maria Hill:||What do we do about She-Hulk?|
|Nick Fury:||We find her and we fix her.|
Boss - M.O.D.O.K.
|Maria Hill:||Agent, we have visual confirmation on M.O.D.O.K. Engage as soon as you're ready.
Vision, are you in place?
|Vision:||I am. M.O.D.O.K. has a team of scientists and appears focused on the drop site of the hammer--no. He has detected me.|
|Tony Stark:||There goes surprise. Hit him, Agent.|
|Synthezoid creature, your structure is quite intriguing. Upon rendering you inert, I will be pleased to disassemble and analyze your components.||M.O.D.O.K.:|
|Vision:||I have been the subject of quite enough analysis.|
|It is not the subject's prerogative to determine what is enough! It is only M.O.D.O.K.'s!
And while you flail after answers, M.O.D.O.K. knows what the Circle of 8 attempts! A.I.M. will master them! A.I.M. will master all!
|A.I.M. controls your destiny and this world's, synthezoid. Submit.||M.O.D.O.K.:|
|The technology of your creation is admirable, synthezoid. But your obstinacy is foolish.||M.O.D.O.K.:|
|Maria Hill:||So M.O.D.O.K. thinks he knows what the Circle of 8 is up to and admits so right after we witnessed She-Hulk's hammer-triggered transformation into some kind of possessed... monster. Why was A.I.M. on the scene at the hammer drop site so fast?|
|Agent Coulson:||We're on the right track here. These Circle of 8 killings have to be related to that hammer. I would bet Mr. Stark's favorite car on it.|
|Tony Stark:||Easy, Junior.|
|Nick Fury:||More apocalyptic nuts. Everyone wants to give the end of the world their own personal spin. Me, I'm only worried about stopping it.|
|Tony Stark:||We have M.O.D.O.K. out of our hair for the moment. Where's She-Hulk?|
|Nick Fury:||And what's Skirn?|
|Agent Coulson:||We're trying to find out, boss. All the research avenues are coming up empty so far.|
|Nick Fury:||Then while the eggheads do their job, we'll keep doing ours. Priority one is to find She-Hulk and figure out why M.O.D.O.K. is following the Circle of 8 around.|
|Maria Hill:||We should also consider the possibility that Baron Strucker was tracking M.O.D.O.K. when Captain America intercepted him.|
|Nick Fury:||That could mean HYDRA is considering reabsorbing A.I.M..
Too damn many loose ends. Get tying them up, people. And if there are more hammers out there, find them before the wrong people do.
|Maria Hill:||There's a private museum in this part of London. Not many people know about it.
Those that do, know it has a collection of Egyptian artifacts you won't see anywhere else.
|Agent Coulson:||And among those in-the-know people are the Circle of 8. They're up to something and the museum is the focus.|
|Maria Hill:||Moon Knight's on the scene and reports demonic presence in the area... plus he's sighted Kang.|
|Moon Knight:||There are definitely demons. Also these Circle of 8 dirtbags.|
|Agent Coulson:||There are Circle of 8 cultists chanting for Moon Knight to come out and prove he's worthy. Worthy of what?|
|Moon Knight:||I'll find out. And along the way, I'll settle things with Kang.|
We've got some skulking to do. Send a hero to follow this Circle of 8 cultist. She's headed to a rendezvous and we'd love to know who else is going to be there.
|Maria Hill:||If we can follow this cultist unnoticed, she might lead us to a Circle of 8 stronghold.|
|Agent Coulson:||Or at least we might prevent another sacrifice.|
|Maria Hill:||Nothing. She went for a walk in Hampstead Heath, but we didn't see any signal or exchange.|
|Agent Coulson:||They're playing our game, too. We'll have to be sharper.|
All kinds of weird magical emanations are coming from the area around the museum. Get Iron Man take a look, his suit shouldn't be affected.
The museum's owners are demanding that S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the tab for any damage. Send someone big and menacing to remind them who the good guys are.
The Circle of 8 presence and other supernatural activities are bringing the crazies out. Send a hero to help public-safety personnel keep the local kooks at a safe distance.
We're going to borrow Dr. Strange's occult expertise for an examination of some relics recovered from the museum collections. Doctor?
|Nick Fury:||Strange, we'd like you to take a look at some of this stuff and see if it connects with any lore you're familiar with.|
|Dr. Strange:||I shall. All occult traditions flow from very few sources.|
|Dr. Strange:||The Egyptian materials are precisely what you would expect. The others... these are quite remarkable.
They seem Norse, but I have never encountered anything like them.
Mephisto has stepped through a demonic portal and is asking for the Ghost Rider. What is he up to?
|Ghost Rider:||You picked a bad time to step through that portal.|
|Au contraire. It's always a good time to get a good deep breath of human terror and sin.
...Actually, I came to talk to you.
|Ghost Rider:||That never works out well.|
|Ghost Rider:||He already is. Just not for you.|
|Is that a no? I'll give you a moment to reconsider.||Mephisto:|
|Ghost Rider:||I don't need it.|
|Have you come to accept my offer? I won't keep asking forever.||Mephisto:|
|Ghost Rider:||The thing about tricking a man out of his soul, Mephisto, is that you have a hard time regaining that man's trust.|
|Regrettable. Isn't holding a grudge sinful in some way?||Mephisto:|
|Ghost Rider:||Fury. Mephisto's looking to recruit allies for the Incursions, but I have my doubts.|
|Nick Fury:||He tried to recruit you?|
|Ghost Rider:||Yeah. Keep your eyes peeled. Something's about to boil over in the underworld.|
MiniBoss - Baron Mordo
|Dr. Strange:||Baron Mordo is trying to get something out of the museum. There are powerful magical wards upon it, but they will not stop him for long.
Moon Knight, he is setting demons loose to destroy the collection. He must believe that one of the other items is the source of the protections.
|Moon Knight:||That's exactly what he's doing. I can feel the power of the ward diminishing.|
|Tony Stark:||Now maybe you and your Khonshu-Fu can help express our disapproval of the situation.|
|This world is in its death throes. We will extract from it what we can, and you will perish in futile defense of something that was already fated to be annihilated.||Baron Mordo:|
|Moon Knight:||Or I'll send you back through a portal in pieces and we'll get down to the business of saving what can be saved.|
|Resolute to the end. Insane, but resolute.||Baron Mordo:|
|Moon Knight:||If that's a surprise, you haven't been paying attention.|
|Fool! Khonshu has deserted you, if he ever looked upon you at all.||Baron Mordo:|
|A great harvest of souls is coming, and nothing you do will prevent it.||Baron Mordo:|
|Moon Knight:||I took care of him. Wonder if he still thinks I'm crazy.|
|Tony Stark:||Do you care?|
|Moon Knight:||I'm curious. It's not the same as caring.|
Boss - Kang
|Tony Stark:||There's Kang. Our Egyptian get-together is in full swing.|
|Maria Hill:||Everything but the setting. Kang's looking around the Norse artifacts. That's not usually his area of expertise.|
|Tony Stark:||Moon Knight can ask him to explain.|
|Nick Fury:||I wouldn't count on him talking. We need to clear this museum, get its collection on a Helicarrier, and find out what makes it so powerful.
After we put some dents in Kang's mask. Get to it, people.
|Moon Knight:||Is this the Old Kingdom reunion? I didn't get an invitation.|
|Moon Knight:||Is that what Mordo was after too? Saving museum collections? Give me a break. And if by apocalypse you mean Incursions, we already know.|
|All resistance will gain you is submission or death at my hands, during the last days of this universe.||Kang:|
|Moon Knight:||That would scare me if I hadn't forgotten how to be scared.|
|You will remember soon. Unless you prove yourself to the Circle of 8, in which case your fate will be quite... different.||Kang:|
|You have the power of Khonshu? Khonshu is a dead god, and this will soon be a dead world. You will see.||Kang:|
|Again, avatar of Khonshu? Do you seek to prove yourself, as Jennifer Walters did?||Kang:|
|Tony Stark:||Looks like Kang's retreated. So are you worthy now?|
|Moon Knight:||The Circle of 8 mob isn't saying it any more. I don't know. What was that all about?|
|Agent Coulson:||We're working through the museum's artifacts to see if we can answer that question. Stay tuned.|
|Nick Fury:||If the Circle of 8 have something to do with these hammers, we need to hit them harder than ever. I need some answers, people! Who's behind the Circle of 8 and how do they know what is going on?|
|Tony Stark:||And how do they determine who is "worthy"? I mean, you'd think I'd be at the top of that list.|
|Emma Frost:||I was close enough to touch Kang's mind and he is certain that the Circle of 8's actions are related to the hammers falling. And Tony, darling, they use worthy as a noun, not an adjective.|
|Tony Stark:||Thanks for the grammar check. But Kang is also kind of nuts, right? What is it with these Egyptian guys all being crazy?|
|Moon Knight:||Watch it, Stark.|
|Tony Stark:||Says the Circle of 8's new favorite worthy-guy. You watch it.|
|Emma Frost:||It's the time travel that makes Kang crazy. But it doesn't make him wrong. I think we had better prepare for the worst.|
|Maria Hill:||Turns out we didn't eradicate the Hellfire Club presence in London after all. Iron Fist, fill us in?|
|Iron Fist:||I've been pursuing leads related to the Circle of 8. They led to London, and now to the Hellfire Club.
I don't know if the Hellfire Club is controlling the Circle of 8 or not, but they sure know more than they're letting on.
|Tony Stark:||Does this have something to do with whatever happened to She-Hulk?|
|Iron Fist:||That's one more thing I'll try to find out.|
|Tony Stark:||So the Hellfire Club might have its hands on the strings controlling another enemy group. Shocking!
It would be enough to make us suspect the motives of all Hellfire Club personnel, if we weren't so open-minded and trusting.
|Emma Frost:||Don't blame me.|
|Tony Stark:||Nobody said a word about you, Emma.|
|Emma Frost:||One of you was about to. I won't say who.|
|Nick Fury:||I will. It was me. How come we're finding out about this from Iron Fist instead of you?|
|Emma Frost:||Nicholas, I hate repeating myself, but for you, darling, I will: A lot happens on the Black side of the Hellfire Club that I don't know about. Sebastian and I aren't close.|
Captain Britain's itching to get after the Hellfire Club. We're happy to scratch that itch.
|Captain Britain:||I hate to miss out on the fight, when it's right here in my backyard.|
|Tony Stark:||You won't miss out on anything. This is what the generals call a target-rich environment. Go on, give the Hellfire Club a little taste of the Otherworld.|
|Captain Britain:||That was just a warmup, I hope.|
|Tony Stark:||You bet. Stick around, we'll have plenty for you to do.|
A Hellfire Club detachment broke away from a S.H.I.E.L.D. fire team and is on the run. Get a hero after them before they get loose in the city.
Black Knight has found a Hellfire Club meeting. He's waiting for the all-clear to break it up.
|Black Knight:||I'm on top of a Hellfire Club meeting here. Go in, or does S.H.I.E.L.D. have some kind of plan they're not sharing with us locals?|
|Tony Stark:||You're clear to discharge your chivalric duties, Dane. Hie thee hence.|
|Tony Stark:||Didn't happen to run into any Dark Avengers, did you?|
|Black Knight:||Afraid not. Not even any chess pieces. Pretty mundane stuff.|
|Tony Stark:||Too bad. Better luck next time.|
This abandoned Hellfire Club safe house is full of potential intel, but it's also booby-trapped. Send a hero who can slip through the defensive measures and recover the materials.
The Hellfire Club has left us a little present: A bomb, protected by some serious cybersecurity. If ever there was a job for a guy with two brains, it's this one. Call Fantomex.
|Agent Coulson:||There's a heavily redundant security system protecting what we're pretty sure is a bomb at this location.|
|Maria Hill:||Looks like if we try to go in, the security breach will set off the bomb. We need someone who can simultaneously hack the security and defuse the bomb.|
|Agent Coulson:||Fantomex, you're our man for this mission. Think you're up to it?|
|Fantomex:||You should be asking EVA. She'll be doing the heavy lifting with the hack while I disable the bomb.|
|Maria Hill:||Okay. Is she up to it?|
|Fantomex:||We'll find out, won't we?|
|Fantomex:||Done. No problem. Here's the bomb if you want it.|
|Agent Coulson:||Ah. Yes. Maybe you could just... leave that outside.|
The God of War calls out War Machine to prove how apt his name really is.
|Ares:||So. You call yourself War Machine.|
|War Machine:||I didn't at first, but yeah. Now I'm kind of used to it.|
|Ares:||I have seen war machines in every human age and tested myself against them.|
|War Machine:||Are you saying what I think you're saying?|
|Ares:||It's your turn.|
|Ares:||I can do better. In that suit, none could stand before me...|
|War Machine:||You can't have my suit. It was a gift.|
|Ares:||It will be a trophy.|
|War Machine:||So. I call myself War Machine.|
|Ares:||It is a name you have earned, James Rhodes. Let us spill blood together sometime.|
MiniBoss - Dark Wolverine
|Tony Stark:||Daken. That's Daken, isn't it?|
|Iron Fist:||That's right. I'm looking right at him.|
|Tony Stark:||I never pegged him for the sort of social climber who would want to get into the Hellfire Club.|
|Emma Frost:||Easy for you to say, Mr. Hereditary Membership. Danny, do me the favor of clearing Daken out while I check if Sebastian is in the area?|
|Iron Fist:||Happy to help. Come on, Agent. Let's go.|
|Iron Fist:||I know the Hellfire Club is a perfect place for a homicidal nut to go incognito, but Emma Frost sent me to kick you out. Sorry.|
|You will be sorry when I leave your guts on the floor.||Dark Wolverine:|
|Looks like you need to learn a little more from your imaginary dragon friend.||Dark Wolverine:|
|I'd bet on my claws over your fist every time.||Dark Wolverine:|
|Iron Fist:||Daken's on the run. I'll go after him.|
|Tony Stark:||Stick with the mission, Danny. We need to know what connections there are between the Hellfire Club and the Circle of 8. Stay on that.|
|Iron Fist:||Okay, but somebody better chase Daken down before he cuts his way across London.|
|Agent Coulson:||We're on it.|
MiniBoss - Dark Widow
|Tony Stark:||Yelena Belova. There's an infestation of Dark Avengers around here.|
|Maria Hill:||She and Daken are the only ones left, I think. The others have moved on to new opportunities for mayhem.|
|Tony Stark:||Get after her. Whether or not the Hellfire Club's tied up with the Circle of 8, we don't need the help of a bunch of crazed misanthropes.|
|A martial-arts challenge. I have heard of your chi powers, Iron Fist. Now I will tell my friends how I bested them.||Dark Widow:|
|Iron Fist:||You're a brainwashed mercenary assassin. You don't have any friends.|
|Morons. The Hellfire Club is your real enemy!||Dark Widow:|
|Iron Fist:||Emma's busy, but she asked me to throw you out of the Hellfire Club for her.|
|Iron Fist:||Now I know what to expect if I ever fight you, Natasha.|
|Black Widow:||Don't be insulting. I'm better than she is.|
|Agent Coulson:||Any Circle of 8 materials there, Iron Fist?|
|Iron Fist:||It looks like a training facility. Not much to gather in the way of intel. I'll keep looking.|
Boss - Dark Hawkeye
|Iron Fist:||It's the Dark Hawkeye... or Bullseye, or whatever we're supposed to call him. Did we decide? That's three of the one-time Dark Avengers skulking around London.|
|Professor X:||But Sebastian Shaw is not here. Nor are any of the other mutants who might be expected to make a play for control of the Hellfire Club. Unusual.|
|Tony Stark:||I'm starting to think we're looking at a new sheriff in Hellfire-ville.|
|Agent Coulson:||I think it's more likely the Dark Avengers are attacking the Hellfire Club to keep them from controlling the Circle of 8.|
|Tony Stark:||Maybe. We'll find out soon enough.|
|I hear you can heal yourself. True?||Dark Hawkeye:|
|Iron Fist:||I have the great honor of bearing the powers bestowed upon the Iron Fist.|
|Gonna dummy up, huh? Guess I'll have to find out by experiment.||Dark Hawkeye:|
|Iron Fist:||I love experiments... especially the ones with unexpected results.|
|Meh. Not impressed.||Dark Hawkeye:|
|Iron Fist:||Any experiment needs to be run at least twice to confirm the results.|
|Iron Fist:||With them out of the way, we can resume clearing the Hellfire Club's fighting forces out of here.|
|Maria Hill:||That we can. The Circle of 8's sacrifices aren't stopping, though. Spymaster is the latest.|
|Tony Stark:||Seriously? Which Spymaster was it? There were several of them, you know... and they all wanted a piece of me.|
|Maria Hill:||We've just gotten word from teams in the museum that they found the remains of Captain Ultra and Darkoth.|
|Agent Coulson:||I'm wondering if it's possible that the sacrifices are related to the hammer.|
|Tony Stark:||Don't jump to conclusions, Coulson. For all we know, the hammer came from an Incursion.|
|Agent Coulson:||We know the Circle of 8 are connected to this hammer somehow. A.I.M. confirmed as much.|
|Maria Hill:||Then we need to break up the Circle of 8. Fast. If Coulson is right, and the Circle of 8 are still out there making kills, then there could be more hammers on the horizon. Let's get to work.|
Epic Boss - Green Goblin
|Tony Stark:||Dammit. I wish I'd placed a bet on this.|
|Maria Hill:||On what?|
|Tony Stark:||On seeing the Green Goblin ride his little scooter toward a known Hellfire Club safe house.|
|Maria Hill:||So, you knew all this ahead of time.|
|Tony Stark:||Knew? Nope. Guessed? You damn bet I did.
Danny, I know you were looking forward to a night on the town, but we'll need you to um fight the Green Goblin first.
|Iron Fist:||Oh, man. I had tickets to Gilbert and Sullivan.|
|Iron Fist:||Tony suspected you'd try to start something with the Hellfire Club.|
|Stark? He's not stupid, I'll admit, but he isn't as smart as he thinks he is.
Though the obvious tends to occur to him sooner or later.
|Iron Fist:||I'll relay the compliment.|
|Oh, please do.||Green Goblin:|
|Idiots. You're busy fighting me when I'm the only one who can save us all.||Green Goblin:|
|All your kung-fu is just dressed-up brawn, Iron Fist. And brains beat brawn every time.||Green Goblin:|
|Iron Fist:||Well, that's it. He's gone.
There's a ton of Hellfire Club stuff around here. Weapons, files... all kinds of bizarre crap.
|Maria Hill:||We're coming in to sift through it.|
|Agent Coulson:||So Osborn was trying to keep the Hellfire Club from joining with the Circle of 8 or maybe he just wanted them for himself.|
|Maria Hill:||That would be a quick way for him to find more manpower, now that his H.A.M.M.E.R. project is over and done with.|
|Tony Stark:||He's not stupid. The obvious occurs to him sooner or later.|
|Tony Stark:||Well, this is a new wrinkle.
The Green Goblin making a play for the Hellfire Club? Makes sense if you're a power-hungry loon.
|Maria Hill:||Or he could be retaliating. The Hellfire Club could be after the Green Goblin's Iso-8 formula. He might just be protecting his interests.|
|Agent Coulson:||Could be. We need to know more.|
|Maria Hill:||Yes. We also need to get back to New York. Strange is reporting a demonic assault on the Sanctum Sanctorum.|
|Agent Coulson:||There hasn't been a meteor impact in the area. I mean a hammer impact. That's what those are, right?|
|Dr. Strange:||No, it is a different enemy we face now. You must defend the portals opening in the Bronx first. I will hold the Sanctum Sanctorum for now.|
|Maria Hill:||We've got another demon problem.|
|Tony Stark:||How do we know it's not the same demon problem.|
|Maria Hill:||Last time they were after the corrupted Iso-8. This time there's none of that around. Two plus two.|
|Tony Stark:||That's Human Math. Demon Math is different. It's more like two plus two equals deranged insatiable lust for power and blood.|
|Nick Fury:||All right. It's not Halloween, I don't care about math, and I've had about enough of demons in the greatest city in the world.
Johnny Blaze, ride 'em down.
|Ghost Rider:||They're roadkill, Fury. They just don't know it yet.
I think the Circle of 8 was around here, too. There's a body that looks like it to be used to be Hairbag.
|Agent Coulson:||We'll sweep him up too.|
Demons have pinned down a team of emergency responders trying to help people wounded near this portal. They need some firepower, and quick.
Stop this group of demons from getting across the river into Manhattan. Doesn't matter how you do it, as long as it's done fast.
We need to get data about meteor impacts to Avengers Tower for analysis, to see if we can pinpoint any other hammerfalls. It's too important to email. Send a hero to take it there personally.
Before we can mount a full response to this phase of the demon invasion, we could use a little intel from the afterlife. Doctor Voodoo can maybe have a chat with some of his favorite loas to get us the lowdown.
|Doctor Voodoo:||Before we mount any kind of counterattack, allow me to consult the loas.
This will not take long.
|Doctor Voodoo:||Interesting. The spirit say these demons are feeding on the spreading fear.|
|Nick Fury:||We don't want them to get any stronger. Lets get rid of the source, people.|
Now that we know there's an Asgardian angle to these hammers, we better find out what else is going on. Send Sif to search for any other signs of Asgardian influence.
Some habits die hard. Looks like Satana's trying to get back in her father's good graces... if he has any. Her brother would like a word with her.
|Daimon Hellstrom:||You're keeping some bad company, sister.|
|I'm keeping my options open. If another universe is going to destroy this one, I want a seat on the lifeboat.||Satana:|
|Daimon Hellstrom:||And you think Mephisto is going to save you a spot? You can't be that gullible.|
|My brother who puts on his white hat to fight for S.H.I.E.L.D. lectures me about being gullible. Are you going to keep me in line so the Great Eyepatch will pat you on the head? Pathetic.||Satana:|
|Daimon Hellstrom:||No, I'm going to keep you out of the way while we try to stop Mephisto from making the world his personal smorgasbord.|
|Call it what you want. Nobody tells me what to do.||Satana:|
|The world's collapsing around us and you're worried about looking bad to Fury. Well, how do you look now?||Satana:|
|Give up, Daimon.||Satana:|
|Daimon Hellstrom:||Not a chance in hell.|
|Daimon Hellstrom:||That ought to make an impression.|
|Agent Coulson:||Let's hope so, but your sister seems... stubborn is maybe the polite way to put it.|
|Daimon Hellstrom:||You're telling me.|
MiniBoss - Skadi
|Agent Coulson:||Ghost Rider, we're looking at some kind of new demon... or at least that's what we think it is. Maybe you can get a closer look and tell us for sure.|
|Ghost Rider:||I see what you're looking at. If that's a demon, it's no kind I've ever seen. I'll let you know.|
|I am Skadi. Whatever I was before merely led up to this purpose. All who would oppose me face the powers of the True King of Asgard!||Skadi:|
|Ghost Rider:||Asgard? S.H.I.E.L.D., are you hearing this? Your supposed demon says she's from Asgard.|
|Agent Coulson:||Copy that, Ghost Rider. Engage. We're looking into it.|
|My father is coming. If you do not know of Cul Borson yet, you soon will... and yet soon will be too late.||Skadi:|
|The Serpent prepares to strike. You may fear him, but your fear will not save you.||Skadi:|
|Ghost Rider:||I'm not up on my Asgardian demonology. Who's Cul Borson again?|
|Tony Stark:||That Skadi thing left some scraps behind. Running DNA analysis... whoa. It's Sin.|
|Maria Hill:||As in the Red Skull's daughter Sin?|
|Tony Stark:||Yeah, only... different.|
|Ghost Rider:||She's different, all right. The same way She-Hulk is different.|
|Thor:||Fury, I bring grim tidings from my father.|
|Nick Fury:||From Odin? Did he happen to say who the hell this Cul Borson is?|
|Agent Coulson:||Wait... "Bor's son". Maybe my Norse mythology is rusty, but wasn't Bor--|
|Thor:||My grandfather, yes. Cul is Odin's elder brother, though he prefers to be known as the Serpent.|
|Nick Fury:||And what does this Serpent want?|
|Maria Hill:||Sin spoke as if Cul was her father.|
|Tony Stark:||So now she's going to bring them back together?|
|Thor:||She-Hulk was the first. The rest will come... unless we stop Skadi.|
Boss - Mephisto
|Maria Hill:||You're going to get another crack at Mephisto, Ghost Rider.|
|Ghost Rider:||Let's ride.|
|The pawn makes his move against the king.||Mephisto:|
|Ghost Rider:||I stopped being your pawn a long time ago, Mephisto. Any last words before I send you back to hell?|
|Such impatience! If only you took the time to understand our plan in its entirety.||Mephisto:|
|Ghost Rider:||That's something you never understood about me, Mephisto. I don't want to understand you.
All I want is to get back what's mine and avenge what you did to me.
|Pity. But I suppose it is the order of things that foot soldiers die without understanding their general's strategy.
Yours not to reason why, Ghost Rider. Yours is but to do... and die.
|Your fight was always in vain, Johnny Blaze. Let go of your hope. All souls will belong to me in time...||Mephisto:|
|The more you fight me, my son, the deeper you fall into the well of despair. There is no escape.||Mephisto:|
|Ghost Rider:||Demons. Always running their mouths about plans. Only plan he's making now is how to put himself back together.|
|Maria Hill:||Some of the portals are sealing on their own. The demons are falling back.|
|Tony Stark:||Finish clearing the area, Ghost Rider. There are a few strays still out here.|
|Ghost Rider:||Now I'm curious. What was this all about? Couldn't have been a ploy just to nail me.|
|Maria Hill:||We're keeping all eyes out for the other shoe. Our feeling is its about to drop.|
|Nick Fury:||So now we've had a look at the first two of the Worthy. Thoughts?|
|Tony Stark:||Yeah. I have a thought. I hope we never see all eight of them together... assuming that's what the Circle of 8 is all about.|
|Maria Hill:||I have a thought, too. How do we free She-Hulk?|
|Thor:||If she was transformed by the hammer, perhaps removing the hammer will change her back.|
|Tony Stark:||Aaannd how do we do that?|
|Thor:||Kill the Serpent.|
|Tony Stark:||Oh, okay. As long as it's not difficult or anything.|
|Thor:||It is the only way.|
|Professor X:||There is more, and worse. Listen:|
|Odin, my brother. At last you will answer for your betrayal.||Cul Borson:|
|Odin:||Skadi has brought you out of your prison, Cul? And you are the same, after these centuries. A creature of grudges and hate.|
|Odin:||I protected Asgard from you before, and will again... at any cost. If Midgard must burn to save Asgard, so be it.|
|Tony Stark:||Charles, we appreciate the intel, but did I ever mention how I hate having thoughts beamed into my head?|
|Nick Fury:||I hear you, Stark. Especially thoughts that involve burning Earth. We need to get a couple of things straight with Odin.
I'll be damned if this planet is going to be collateral damage in a brotherly spat over Asgard.
|Maria Hill:||All S.H.I.E.L.D. assets in the field, redeploy downtown to Greenwich Village!|
|Tony Stark:||While we were chasing Mephisto in the Bronx, Dormammu cracked open multiple portals down here.
Demons and Mindless Ones are running amok in the village, and Circle of 8 cultists are pitching in too.
It's a loony-fest. Worse than Halloween Parade.
|Maria Hill:||Strange is closing the portals as fast as they open, but our magical resources are stretched thin. Luckily we've gotten a boost in that department.|
|Nick Fury:||Meet Jericho Drumm, better known as Dr. Voodoo. Maybe the only sorcerer alive in the same league of Dr. Strange.|
|Doctor Voodoo:||Maybe. But we don't play exactly the same game, magically speaking.|
|Tony Stark:||That might be a good thing. I don't say this often, but I think Strange might need a hand here.|
Circle of 8 members just killed a demon here. They're taking it somewhere, for God only knows what purpose. Stop them.
We're mobilizing all magical assets. The Scarlet Witch's Chaos magic will help to disrupt portals and slow down the demonic invasion.
|Agent Coulson:||Wanda, new portals are opening faster than we can close them individually.|
|Scarlet Witch:||Then we ought to close a number of them at once. Is that what you're getting at?|
|Agent Coulson:||Yes. Thank you. Any ideas?|
|Scarlet Witch:||Portals between worlds only work if they're perfectly stable. A little chaos spread over the process should help.|
|Agent Coulson:||That's exactly what we were hoping for. Thank you.|
|Scarlet Witch:||Coulson, I love you for your courtesy. You're welcome.|
There's a demon loose in this building, headed for a yoga studio. Hunt it down before everyone's in Corpse Pose.
Various Demonic factions have already appeared, in the Bronx and now Greenwich Village. Are there others waiting for their chance? Send Magik to find out.
|Tony Stark:||Magik, in the spirit of magical and occult solidarity, maybe you could do a little scouting in the demonic planes.|
|Magik:||My stepping discs only go to Limbo before I can teleport elsewhere.|
|Tony Stark:||Limbo's good. It's full of demons, right? We need to know what's going on there.|
|Magik:||I'm going to tell you basically what Sifdid when she came back from Bifrost.
Demons are watching. If they think fear is getting the better of us, they're all going to come at once. A horde like we've never seen.
|Nick Fury:||You heard her, people. We do not give in to fear.|
We've got the upper hand. Send a hero to do a perimeter sweep and make sure that all field teams are intact and no demons have gotten out of the area.
Hood's making a move for the Sanctum, but Jericho has his hands full at the moment... wait, what? Castle's cutting him off!? Well, better get a clean up crew on stand-by.
|Punisher:||You know what happens to a punk when he finds a demon cloak and boots that let him fly?|
|Punisher:||He stays a punk.|
|I like my guns better than yours, Castle. See why?||The Hood:|
|Let's see what you got this time.||The Hood:|
|Punisher:||Nothing different. You think I'm going to change for street scum like you?|
|Punisher:||Next time I won't just shoot him in the head. I'll shoot him in the head, run him over with the van, and then shoot him in whatever's left of his head some more.|
|Tony Stark:||Let us know how that works out, Frank.|
MiniBoss - Blackheart
|Tony Stark:||Blackheart!? He and Mephisto were just at each other's throats.|
|Maria Hill:||As if we didn't know.|
|Tony Stark:||We've got enough problems on what my childhood geek friends would call the Prime Material Plane. No demons wanted.|
|Agent Coulson:||It's good to see you letting your geek flag fly, Mr. Stark.|
|Tony Stark:||Jericho, you're on.|
|Doctor Voodoo:||Very well.|
|Doctor Voodoo:||You're feast is over, demon. Now you leave this world.|
|Better men that have you tried, Drumm. When I consume your soul, I will do it slowly... and take special pleasure in hearing you beg for release.||Blackheart:|
|Doctor Voodoo:||I have never begged for a thing in my life. And if I die, you can be damn sure I won't start begging then.|
|There are so many left to kill before this world meets its end...||Blackheart:|
|I will tear your brother's spirit from your body and use it to destroy those you love.||Blackheart:|
|Nick Fury:||What hell is going on in there?|
|Doctor Voodoo:||I have forced Blackheart back into the Dark Dimension. How long he will remain there, I do not know.|
|Nick Fury:||Good enough for now. What's the status of the Mindless Ones?|
|Doctor Voodoo:||There are none left there. I do see the remains of Will-O-The-Wisp and Mister Doll. The Circle of 8 continue their killings.|
Boss - Dormammu
|Dr. Strange:||Dormammu is besieging the very walls of Sanctum Sanctorum. Jericho, your presence is welcome.|
|Doctor Voodoo:||Sorcerers have to stick together. Now's the time to bind some demons and shut some portals for good.|
|Nick Fury:||Jericho, the Circle of 8 cultists are calling your name. Seems they think this is a test to see if your fit to be one of the Worthy.|
|Doctor Voodoo:||It will be a cold day in hell when I allow the mob to tell me whether or not I'm worthy.|
|You seek to protect Strange, but who will protect you, Jericho Drumm.||Dormammu:|
|Doctor Voodoo:||Ask yourself the same question, Faltine. What schemes does Mephisto hatch while you turn your attention to us?|
|The Dark Dimension is mine alone. He is a tool, and the tool that turns on its user is soon destroyed.
You I will not destroy. Not quickly. Fight, and whet my appetite for the feast to come.
|Do you abandon your friend? Hope quails before Dread Dormammu!||Dormammu:|
|Strange does not come to aid you?||Dormammu:|
|Doctor Voodoo:||He may. He may not. I do not fight you to prove Stephen Strange's friendship or his trust. You will not make me doubt.|
|Doctor Voodoo:||I have forced Dormammu back through the portal in the Sanctum Sanctorum.
Strange, now is the time to close the portal! I cannot do that while I hold Dormammu back!
|Dr. Strange:||From the book of the Vishanti, I inscribe the sealing sigils on the portal. Begone, Dormammu, and never return.|
|Tony Stark:||If only.|
|Dr. Strange:||Every battle must be fought in the belief that is the last battle, Stark.|
|Tony Stark:||I'll settle for winning the battle today, Strange. Is he gone? Jericho?|
|Doctor Voodoo:||He is gone. The portal is shut.|
|Tony Stark:||Outstanding. Strange, you can come out of your house now.|
|Nick Fury:||Jericho. Strange. What just happened? What was this all about?|
|Doctor Voodoo:||This was a power play in the Demonic Realms. Dormammu is trying to control Mephisto, but the natural demons mistrust him because he is not one of them.|
|Dr. Strange:||At the same time, they are all striking at the arcane forces allied with S.H.I.E.L.D. This is why they tried to lure Ghost Rider out, and attacked Sanctum Sanctorum.|
|Doctor Voodoo:||Even what they want the same thing, demons cannot resist fighting each other as well.|
|Agent Coulson:||That might be the only thing that's kept us alive this long.|
|Doctor Voodoo:||No, Agent Coulson. What has kept us alive this long is the one thing demons do not have. Belief.|
|Nick Fury:||Maybe. But along with belief, I'm going to make sure we have bullets.|
|Deadpool:||Hey, Agent Whatsyourname. You and me need to talk. S.H.I.E.L.D.'s about to tell you all about how I'm a loose cannon and they need to...
Oh. Shhh shh shh. They're here.
|Maria Hill:||The Kingpin is attempting a takeover of the Maggia.
A unified underworld is more than a gambling racket. Their smuggling network, for one thing, is a prime conduit for black-market Iso-8.
|Nick Fury:||That alone is enough reason to keep the pressure on Kingpin and stop him from consolidating control.|
|Tony Stark:||Also, we need to keep Deadpool busy. He's getting antsy, and when he gets antsy, he does things...|
|Deadpool:||See? Told you.|
|Tony Stark:||...I was about to say things that he regrets. But I don't think he knows what regret is.|
|Nick Fury:||Things we regret, is what you meant.|
|Deadpool:||Not true. I spread my regrets around for everyone. I am so generous with regrets that I don't keep any for myself.|
If you're in the middle of a gang war, sometimes you need to take the direct approach to end it. Nobody's more direct than Ares.
|Nick Fury:||Ares, we're going to ask you something simple.|
|Nick Fury:||This Maggia war is about to spiral out of control. You hit the streets and every thug and gang member you see. Take them out, but contain the problem in Hell's Kitchen.|
|Ares:||I like your approach, Fury.|
|Ares:||I think I made myself clear.|
The Punisher's getting antsy with all these criminals showing themselves. Distract him with a mission that will make him feel useful.
|Nick Fury:||Castle, We're detailing you to pick off stray Maggia elements near the Kingpin's HQ. Use your discretion.|
|Punisher:||I don't have discretion, Fury. Why don't I take the Kingpin out instead?|
|Nick Fury:||I got two words for you, Frank: Mission creep. Just isolate the Kingpin. That's all you need to do.|
|Punisher:||Okay. Understood. Scum sweep it is.|
|Punisher:||I'm only stopping to reload.|
The Kingpin is sending a goon squad to threaten Daredevil's pal Foggy Nelson. Cut them off before they capture Foggy. We can't lose Daredevil to a rescue mission. We need him with us.
This Maggia courier has orders to start a jailbreak at Ryker's. Intercept him.
Hammerhead is using Deadpool to take over the Maggia. Time to call in some Heroues... for Hire.
|That nutcase Deadpool gave me an opening. I'm gonna go right through it, and Fisk won't be able to do a damn thing.
Stay out of my way, and I'll make it worth your while to take the day off.
|Iron Fist:||Not today. The Heroes for Hire are working for free.|
|Luke Cage:||Funny what happens when the world's about to end.|
|Chumps. I didn't know S.H.I.E.L.D. needed charity. Maybe I'll write them a check to them once I'm through with you. Get 'em, boys!||Hammerhead:|
|Who runs the Maggia? Me, that's who! And that's how it's gonna stay!||Hammerhead:|
|Iron Fist:||At it again? Well, it's not an exaggeration when people call you hard-headed.|
|Hardy har har.||Hammerhead:|
|Iron Fist:||One less Maggia problem to deal with.|
|Luke Cage:||Temporarily, at least. He never stays gone for long.|
|Agent Coulson:||Being a crime boss takes perseverance. And pinstripes.|
MiniBoss - Madame Masque
|Maria Hill:||Madame Masque has taken charge of a Maggia cell here, Agent. We're not sure whether she's operating under the Kingpin or not.|
|Permit me to clarify.||Kingpin:|
|Agent Coulson:||Security breach in bridge comm systems.|
|You will find that a number of my new subordinates have been alerted to your operations, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. I will be delegating responsibility for the Maggia response to my generals in the field.||Kingpin:|
|Deadpool:||That's what I said!|
|Agent Coulson:||Tracking his... nope. Lost it. We'll find out where he is soon enough.|
|Organized crime is modernizing, going multinational, and S.H.I.E.L.D. sends out a lunatic.||Madame Masque:|
|Deadpool:||It's the creative approach. There was a seminar about it.
Get what I'm doing there, Agent? Ha! Like I'd ever sit through a seminar.
|Gentlemen, remove this distraction.||Madame Masque:|
|Deadpool:||I didn't really lose. Only problem is that I couldn't see and all the blood fell out of my body. But I totally won. You told her that, right?|
|Deadpool:||Can we do the entrance again? The angle was all wrong, and my costume, jeez, looked like I had a sock on my head.|
|Deadpool:||Can I take her mask off? Pretty please, with birdseed on it?|
|Deadpool:||What if I do? You gonna stop me?|
|Tony Stark:||Wade, you of all people should know why someone would want to keep their face hidden.|
|Deadpool:||Ouch. Okay, okay. Party pooper.|
MiniBoss - Boomerang
|Maria Hill:||Boomerang just mowed down a group of Maggia soldiers here.|
|Nick Fury:||They must not be on board with the new management. Deadpool?|
|Deadpool:||I thought you'd never ask!|
|Agent Coulson:||We've also learned that the Circle of 8 killed Almighty Dollar at this location. The Maggia could be trying to control his leftover assets.|
|Deadpool:||Aw man! That's a shame. We could've used him to buy more Command Points.|
|Fury send you a crack a fruity and bring me in?||Boomerang:|
|Deadpool:||Crack a fruity? I love that! I'm gonna be Australian from here on out.
G'day, cobber -- gack!
Okay, tough guy. Fair dinkum! You get the one stabarang through the heart free, but now we're gonna fight. I mean, barney!
|Hoo roo, you wally.||Boomerang:|
|Deadpool:||We're gonna go round again, and once you kark it she'll be apples!|
|Deadpool:||I feel strongly that you didn't congratulate me enough for not killing him.
Resentment is choking off the delicate flowers of my innate good nature.
|Nick Fury:||Give it a rest.|
|Tony Stark:||Well done, Deadpool. Admirable restraint. Go on and resume cutting a swath through the Maggia.|
|Deadpool:||That wasn't sincere. You'll miss me when I'm gone.|
Boss - Lizard
|Maria Hill:||We're getting the streets of the Kitchen back under control. Now it's time to go after the Kingpin himself.|
|Deadpool:||It sounds so dramatic when you say it.|
|I do detest being the bearer of bad news, but I will not be available for appointments today. Instead perhaps you could meet my colleague, Dr. Curtis Connors.||Kingpin:|
|Maria Hill:||The Lizard...?|
|Deadpool:||THE LIZARD!? Awe. Some. He regenerates! So I can hack pieces off him, and it's okay because they'll grow back! Where is he?|
|Deadpool:||The big show. The man in pinstripes. This is the kind of fight that makes the wholesale massacre of underlings totally worthwhile.
Now let's just hope the devs don't nerf me to death before the fight begins.
If only I had my favorite pal (next to Bob) with me. Oh, Spider-Mannnnn, where aaarrrreee yyooouuuu...?
|S.H.I.E.L.D.'s standards are slipping.||Kingpin:|
|Deadpool:||Blamity blam blam, pinstriped sniveler! Fink!|
|One does, occasionally, wish for the quieter breed of assassin.||Kingpin:|
|Thisss is my show now, Fisssk. Kibitz all you want, but I'm going to take care of businessss.||Lizard:|
|Your healing factor hasss some work to do, it ssseems...||Lizard:|
|Deadpool:||Thought I'd stop by again and see if you'd polished up your villain monologues.
Come on, I hate starting a fight without a monologue.
|Maria Hill:||Deadpool just jumped from the Fisk tower with a... I guess you could say it's a makeshift parachute.|
|Deadpool:||Would you trust any elevator maintained by a corrupt crime boss? Not when you've got trophy pants!|
|Tony Stark:||I never know what he hell he's talking about.|
|Nick Fury:||It's okay. Usually he doesn't either.|
|Maria Hill:||Can we cut the noise and get an operational report?|
|Deadpool:||Hey wait! I wanna fight the Epic Boss!|
Epic Boss - Savin
|Nick Fury:||Savin. And here I had my money on Grim Reaper. Or even Count Nefaria. Been a while since we saw him.|
|Tony Stark:||He must want out of the corporate world. If he can set himself up in the Maggia, no more nine-to-five, that's for sure.|
|I have set a challenge for you, S.H.I.E.L.D.. This is a new age for the Maggia, with a new focus on recruiting top talent. Can you keep up?||Kingpin:|
|Deadpool:||I can hear it coming...|
|Agent Coulson:||He's got top talent, we've got Deadpool. Rolling the dice here...|
|Deadpool:||Okay, Agent Sparky. I'll show you talent.|
|You're pretty good at killing, I hear. Problem is, I'm not so good at dying.||Savin:|
|Deadpool:||I can help with that! If there's one thing I'm good at, it's helping people get better at dying. Service is what I'm all about, Extremis Boy.|
|We'll find out how good you are, if you ever shut up long enough to fight.||Savin:|
|Deadpool:||I could have Extremis nanobug-whatevers. They'd be right at home in this Apollonian temple of a body. Gimme some.|
|Come and get them.||Savin:|
|Deadpool:||I SAID GIMME SOME!|
|Let me know when that whole Weapon X thing kicks in and you turn into a tough guy again.||Savin:|
|So tell me. What can I learn from Weapon X? Other than how to turn into a lunatic who sometimes doesn't know what country he's in.||Savin:|
|Deadpool:||Don't make fun of Weapon X. Or of my healing factor. Or of my costume. Those are rules.|
|Deadpool:||Ahh, that was fun. Time to pack up my health bar and hit the road!|
|Tony Stark:||Well, if the Kingpin was counting his money before, he'll be adding up casualty figures now.|
|Deadpool:||Man, there's a lot of these little green and red boxes these days. Good thing I have so many pouches!|
|Maria Hill:||We are going to have to be very careful how we use him.|
|Agent Coulson:||With all due respect, that may be the understatement of the decade.|
|Agent Coulson:||We've got the Kitchen under control again.|
|Tony Stark:||As under control as it ever is, at least.|
|Maria Hill:||Incoming from Fisk.|
|Tony Stark:||Oh, is he going to taunt us a second time?|
|Our battle is joined, S.H.I.E.L.D.. But only just. The next act will bring new surprises. Farewell for now.||Kingpin:|
|Maria Hill:||The only surprise would be if he fought for himself.|
|Nick Fury:||He's lost his taste for direct confrontation. A new leaf for the Kingpin.|
|Maria Hill:||We'll stay on the Maggia factions and keep them from unifying. Anyone who's ever tried to run the Maggia will take another crack now that the Kingpin has broken things open.|
|Tony Stark:||Gang war. Let's add that to the list of sideshows at the end of the world.|
- ↑ Original Text (OT):They found a body with all the usual Circle of 8 trappings, and identified it as a minor-leaguer who like to call himself Ace.
- ↑ OT:I think I remember him.
- ↑ OT:I never had the pleasure
- ↑ OT:But our more pressing problem is A.I.M is shadowing the Circle of 8. M.O.D.O.K. is after something.
- ↑ OT:Rescue, we need you to cover the hammerfall site
- ↑ OT:Give
- ↑ OT:hate
- ↑ OT:Not every day you find three HYDRA leaders right together while they're in the middle of trying to kill each other
- ↑ OT:would
- ↑ OT:When she touched the hammer, the transformation occurred
- ↑ OT:Are there more of those hammers out there? We had some unexplained meteor events.
- ↑ Removed from OT:Whether she wants that or not.
- ↑ OT:There's M.O.D.O.K. Visual Confirmation. Agent, engage as soon as you're ready
- ↑ OT:M.O.D.O.K. has a team of scientists and appears focused on the site of the hammerfall--no
- ↑ OT:Upon rendering you inert I will be pleased to disassemble and analyze you
- ↑ OT:It is not the subject's prerogative to determine that!
- ↑ OT:So M.O.D.O.K. thinks he knows what the Circle of 8 is up to... and he says this right when we see She-Hulk turn into some kind of monster
- ↑ OT:These Circle of 8 killings are related to the hammer
- ↑ OT:Everyone thinks they have to give the end of the world their own personal spin
- ↑ OT:got
- ↑ OT:This line belonged to Agent Coulson
- ↑ OT:This line belonged to Tony Stark
- ↑ OT:This line belonged to Nick Fury
- ↑ OT:
All kinds of weird magical emanations are coming from the area around the museum. We need Nico Minoru to get some wards up and protect the area.
Nico, we're not sure what's going on in there, but whatever it is, we don't need any arcane boogeymen spilling out into the streets of London.
Anything you can do to help keep the energies trapped in the museum area?
There's plenty I can do. Give me a minute to figure out the best option.
I've inscribed wards all around the area. They should contain anything inside, and if they don't, we'll be alerted.
Lots of noise. Big flash. Maybe some fire.
Good. Keep it subtle.
- ↑ OT:All occult traditions flow from a very few sources
- ↑ OT:They seem Norse, but I have never heard of them
- ↑ OT:We're reading powerful magical wards on it, but they won't stop him for long
- ↑ OT:He must think that one of the other items is the source of the protections
- ↑ OT:Maybe now you and your Khonshu-Fu can let him feel our disapproval
- ↑ OT:Khonshu deserts you, fool. If he ever looked upon you at all. Only the demonic powers grow stronger as worlds collide.
- ↑ Not in OT
- ↑ OT:But Kang's looking around the Norse artifacts. That's not usually his area, is it?
- ↑ OT:We don't need explanations
- ↑ Not in OT
- ↑ OT:If Circle of 8 have something to do with these hammers, we need to start thinking about this in a whole new way. How does the Circle of 8 know what they're doing? Who's telling them?
- ↑ Not in OT
- ↑ OT:Also, they use worthy as a noun, not an adjective
- ↑ OT:With Kang, it's the time travel that makes him crazy
- ↑ OT:What a surprise. The Hellfire Club has its hands on the strings controlling another enemy group.
- ↑ OT:What I was going to say is how come we're finding out about this from Iron Fist instead of you?
- ↑ OT:Fantomex, you're our man for this mission. EVA will do the hack, you disable the bomb. Think you're up to it?
- ↑ OT:The way you've laid it out, seems more important to know whether EVA is up to it.
- ↑ OT:Okay. Is she?
- ↑ OT:Danny, do me the favor of clearing Daken out while I see whether Sebastian is in the area?
- ↑ OT:I'll bet on my claws over your fist every time.
- ↑ OT:Whether or not the Hellfire Club's tied up with the Circle of 8, we don't want them to become a haven for every crazed misanthrope out there.
- ↑ Removed from OT:
At least, not more than they already are.
- ↑ OT:I don't see much dragon strength there. Disappointing.
- ↑ OT:Now I know what to expect if I ever fight Black Widow.
- ↑ OT:And that would be...?
- ↑ OT:Oh, I don't know... the guy who put together the Dark Avengers in the first place?
- ↑ Removed from OT:
I think it's more likely the Dark Avengers are attacking the Hellfire Club to keep them from controlling the Circle of 8.
Maybe. We'll find out soon enough.
- ↑ Not in OT
- ↑ OT:I'm starting to think that the sacrifices are related to the hammers
- ↑ Removed from OT:
What, a certain number of these sacrifices equals one hammer falling from the sky?
Something like that.
- ↑ Not in OT
- ↑ Not in OT
- ↑ OT:Then if we don't start breaking up the Circle of 8 faster, She-Hulk isn't going to be the only one transformed.
- ↑ OT:Danny, I know you were looking forward to a night at the theater, but we'll need you to... um... fight the Green Goblin first.
- ↑ OT:Stark? He's not as smart as he thinks he is, but he's not stupid.
- ↑ OT:The obvious tends to occur to him sooner or later.
- ↑ OT:Interesting. Is the Green Goblin allying himself with the Hellfire Club? Seemed like they were fighting.
- ↑ OT:That would be a quick way for him to find more manpower, now that the H.A.M.M.E.R. thing didn't work out.
- ↑ This line belonged to Nick Fury
- ↑ OT:The Green Goblin sending his former Dark Avenger goons after the Hellfire Club?
- ↑ This line belonged to Tony Stark
- ↑ OT:There appears to be a demonic assault on the Sanctum Sanctorum underway.
- ↑ OT:Haribag
- ↑ OT:Before we mount any kind of counterattack, let me see what the loas are saying.
- ↑ OT:
Now that we know there's an Asgardian angle to these hammers, we better find out what else is going on in the Nine Realms. Send Heimdall to take a look from his favorite perch on the Bifrost.
Heimdall, we're concerned that recent developments might mean there's... ah, unrest... in some of the Nine Realms.
We would very much appreciate it if you could do some reconnaissance, as only you can.
Nothing will escape my notice. Be assured of that.
I saw only the usual scheming against Asgard. The appearance of the Worthy has turned many eyes toward Midgard, but no one is yet prepared to act.
Glad to hear it.
Be not too glad. Skadi and Skirn will not be the last of the Worthy to wield hammers.
- ↑ OT:No, I'm going to keep you from getting in the way while we try to stop Mephisto from making the world his personal smorgasbord.
- ↑ OT:I am Skadi. Whatever I was before, that now becomes part of Skadi, and all who would oppose me face the powers of the true King of Asgard!
- ↑ OT:That's Sin. Isn't it?
- ↑ OT:Yeah, only... different.
- ↑ OT:She-Hulk was the first. The rest will come... unless we stop her.
- ↑ OT:
Chess talk? What, are you in the Hellfire Club now too?
Indulging in a bit of fun, my son. When you have seen our plan in its entirety, you will understand why. Mephisto:
- ↑ Removed from OT:The Sanctum Sanctorum is under direct assault.
- ↑ OT:Heimdall
- ↑ Not in OT
- ↑ OT:I never begged for a thing in my life
- ↑ OT:It'll be a cold day in hell when I let the mob tell me whether I'm worthy or not
- ↑ OT:flee
- ↑ OT:At the same time, they are all striking at S.H.I.E.L.D.'s arcane strength. Which is why they tried to lure Ghost Rider out, and then they attacked the Sanctum Sanctorum.
- ↑ This line belonged to Nick Fury
- ↑ OT:You hit the streets and every thug and gang member you see, take them out. Contain the problem in Hell's Kitchen.
- ↑ OT:I got two words for you, Frank: Mission creep. Isolate the Kingpin. That's all.
- ↑ OT:Squirrel Girl has an excellent urban intelligence-gathering network. Let's put it to use.
- ↑ OT:
In case you guys were wondering, I can tell you. Fisk is holed up in his tower.
The squirrels told you that?
You say that like you don't believe it.
Oh, I believe it. It's just weird.
Squirrel Girl, how about you use your, um, contacts to scout around for other gangster types?
I saw the Hood, but he's not getting involved. I think he's still sore from fighting the Punisher.
That was it, though.
Good. That's what we were hoping to hear.
- ↑ OT:made
- ↑ OT:I will be delegating responsibility for the Maggia response to them.
- ↑ OT:Wade, a lady has to have some mysteries.
- ↑ Not in OT
- ↑ Not in OT
- ↑ OT:Hoo roo, gumby
- ↑ OT:This is where I'd break the frame and say something outside a panel if I was in a comic. Oh, yellow boxes...
- ↑ OT:business
- ↑ OT:gobbledygook
- ↑ OT:Vene, vidi, blam blam blam. Touchdown!
- ↑ OT:Come on, little yellow boxes. We're done for now.
- ↑ OT:Do do do do doo, feelin' stabby...
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