PREPARED BY JASPER SITWELL
Classification: Professional Criminal
Unique Weapons: Four super-strong mechanical arms fused to his body that are controlled by his mind alone.
Known History: A nuclear accident fused the arms Octavius used to manipulate fissionable material — and drove him mad. His megalomania and paranoia has driven him to ever more apocalyptic schemes to earn him the awe and respect he believes the world has denied him.
Observations: “You’d think in all the times I’ve sent Doc Ock to prison, he’d have hit the weight room. At least once. Guy’s got more baby fat than a maternity ward.” — Spider-Man
PREPARED BY MARIA HILL
RAW INTELLIGENCE: Dr. Octopus
The following SIGINT (signal intelligence) material was recovered during intelligence operations directed toward Otto Octavius (Dr. Octopus). It is presented without comment. Further analysis and action are required.
Ages end, sometimes without us knowing it. In this case, however, we have been given a sign of the End of Times. The Pulse, so-called, that is the sign I speak of.
My tentacles did not work for a full twelve hours after the event. Even so mighty a mind as mine took that long to assess the damage of the event and make the necessary repairs. One reels at the contemplation of damage to systems and facilities not blessed with minds the equal of my own.
There is much to learn about Iso-8. I have had little of it to work with, but already I can see that it is a material unlike any other ever seen on Earth. It appears to be endlessly adaptable, intensifying whatever energies are present and enhancing the properties of the materials to which it is alloyed. Much is yet to be learned, and time is short.
Why? Because Iso-8 does not come from our universe. Of this I am certain. It has broken through from an alternate dimension, a space I cannot name. The Pulse itself, I believe, was the radiation wave front of the rupture between this continuum and that. Once such a rupture is opened, how can it be closed? It cannot. Our universe is doomed, perhaps, and this sad excuse for a civilization is certainly in its final days.
I intend to build a bunker to ride out the impending—I should perhaps say ongoing—apocalypse. The changes wrought by the Pulse and by Iso-8 have only begun. I have unlocked the secrets of the atom, and I will unlock the secrets of Iso-8. When the wave of chaos has passed, I will re-emerge and the world will be mine to rule.
One even hopes that Spider-Man will survive, so that I may enjoy the pleasure of destroying him after the end of the world…
INTERVIEW WITH DR. OCTOPUS Raw footage of interview with freelance journalist Rae Menendez. Never aired. Footage has been tentatively dated to the week following the Pulse. The setting is believed to be a subterranean lab facility, as yet not located. S.H.I.E.L.D. investigators have also been unable to locate Menendez.
RM: Rae Menendez with a man, though now feared by many, remains one of the world’s foremost authorities on radiation, Dr. Otto Octavius. Dr. Octavius—
OO: Octopus. My moniker is now my name. I answer to no other.
RM: Octopus. Okay. I’ll get right to it. Why is this the End Times? Haven’t we heard this story before?
OO: Every story has been told more than once. The difference is that in this case the fabric of our universe has been torn open, and something else is pouring in.
RM: Like what?
OO: The unknown. Different sensitives perceive it in different ways. Some will create cults. Some will gravitate to strong authority figures. Others will go mad. Iso-8 is the dust of this unknown.
RM: Tell me about this Iso-8 stuff. What is it, radioactive?
OO: Oh, it’s much more than that. Iso-8 is, at a subatomic level, mutable. It attaches itself to the essential characteristic of whatever material it touches, and intensifies that characteristic.
RM: You lost me.
OO: Unsurprising. Iso-8 is the perfect catalyst. It makes things happen around it. It is the distilled essence of the energies from which our cosmos is built. We are fools to harness it, but we would not be human if we did not.
RM: Sounds like you’re saying humans are fools.
OO: This cannot be a secret to a journalist. Of course humans are fools, and of course there are exceptions. I am one. I see the nature of Iso-8. I see it for what it is. And I see what it means for this planet and this universe.
RM: Back to the End Times.
OO: Yes. These are the End Times. Many things will end, and one of them will be the sense that our universe is ours alone, or that it is the only universe. There are things beyond it. They are about to introduce themselves.