TRANSCRIPT RECORDING of PSY-OPS operative Marvin Flumm who began “Speaking in Tongues” upon his psychic probing of the portal opened to “Dark Dimension” in NYC:
You do not wish to hear me but you do. You fight my presence, and your fight strengthens me though I have no need of strength to enter your mind and your soul. You are chattel to me, and food.
I have used your kind as eyes and ears and hands and tongues since you have had those organs to use. What do you know of Dormammu?
What do you know of infinity? Only that you fear it.
You believe Strange will protect you. He cannot. Even Strange is human, and even he must die when Dormammu wills it.
You open doors and think that you can control what will come through them. You sense the power of this realm, of the spaces beyond your space, and you dare to think you can bend it to your will. In doing so, you do Dormammu’s bidding. Dormammu uses you to do his work, and his work is to destroy you. When you destroy yourselves, you do his work. Blind and weak and stupid, you think yourselves the measure of the universe, and unwittingly you become my tools.
Come to me. I beckon you. See what lies beyond the doors you have opened. Reach to take the power you feel, and open yourself to my will. Then, in the last moment before the void, you may know Dormammu.
The feeding of the Mindless Ones sharpens my hunger. Doors open. Beyond them I smell fear, and even more deliciously I smell the courage of fools.
Soon all you will have left is despair, and I will feast on that as well.
PROVIDED BY DOCTOR STEPHEN STRANGE
S.H.I.E.L.D. BRIEF: Dormammu
[Excerpt from page 1053, Bloodstone’s Taxonomy of Daemons (13th ed., 1617) provided to SHIELD by Doctor Stephen Strange:] “The most feared beings of the Inner Aether are the flame-wielders of the Faltine, more rapacious and evil than any terrestrial demon. They rule their Darke Dimension with the enchantments of the ancient Mhuruuks and transform any who dare oppose their rule into the fearsome Mindless Ones, Shamblers of the Outer Darke who live only to end the lives of others.
“In the fifty-eighth cycle of the Penultimate Instar of Shuma-Gorath, two siblings of the Faltine, Umar and her brother Dormammu, harnessed the power of the Mindless Ones to annihilate the ten thousand-year rule of King Olnar and seize the throne of the Darke for themselves.
“Dormammu promptly betrayed his elder sister, banishing Umar to a nether dimension without benefit of time and space for all eternity, and began casting about for new dimensions to absorb into his kingdom.
“At some point Dormammu discovered the existence of this plane of Earth and has never ceased to try and conquer it, whether by direct wizardry or through foolish human cat’s paws who have been tricked into serving him through false promises of wealth and power.”