(Note: Jack O’Lantern is here speaking with Danny Rand/Iron Fist. The interference on the recording is due to energies discharged from an unvaried source (what Rand claims is “an interrupted magical ritual” -- see Summary of Developments No. 6). Shortly after this recording, Jack O’Lantern escaped a S.H.I.E.L.D. assault team. He is still at large. Rand’s part in the interaction has been erased for security reasons.)
Danny, you got to understand. You give me a beatdown, I take it, because later I’m gonna laugh at the beatdown you’re gonna get. You’re messing with things you don’t understand at all—even you, with your chi and your dragon thing and all that. You maybe understand it better than most, but you still don’t understand it. He’s in my head. I don’t know who. There’s a voice, he talks to me. Says he’s talking to Elektra too, and the Hand. They’re all his, he says. They’re his Hand. I’m part of his hand too. What we just did…
No, I don’t know what it was exactly. Something big is gonna happen, though. Count on that. And when it does, you’d better be on the right side. S.H.I.E.L.D. can maybe fight Hydra, AIM, all those guys, but you can’t fight this. I’m talking other worlds. I’m talking beings that see us like bugs if we’re lucky.
Yeah, me too. Yeah, hell yeah I’m scared. I wouldn’t be doing this if I wasn’t.
But I’m not scared of you.
Elektra? Her I’m scared of. I heard rumors she was a Skrull or something, but she’s not. I don’t think she’s all the way human anymore, but she’s not an alien. That thing I was telling you talks to me? She hears it a lot louder than I do. She’s like one of its confidants. Her and the Hood.
Me, I’m just doing what I’m told. And I’m told to take you out.
PREPARED BY JASPER SITWELL
S.H.I.E.L.D. PERSONNEL FILE: Jack O'Lantern
Criminal Record: Extensive
Unique Weapons: Electrical wrist blasters, specialized grenades (sleep gas, tear gas, hallucinogenic); one-man hoverdisc; costume made of reinforced Kevlar and bulletproof helmet has internal air supply.
Known History: Little is known of the man currently beneath the mask of Jack O’Lantern, only that he is one of the more professional and successful costumed mercenaries to enter the world of Black Ops of late. Cunning and dangerous, agents should approach him with extreme caution.
Observations: “Sometimes it seems like every day is Halloween. Not just because I’m usually in a goofy costume swinging around town and interacting with other people in goofy costumes…but a bunch of those costumes are modeled after characters in old spooky stories.
"Green Goblin, Hobgoblin, Jack O’Lantern - all with pumpkin grenades. What’s with the gourds? I don’t get it." — Spider-Man