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"Portals are opening up all over the city, and the legions of Hell are pouring through them."
— Mission Preview
|Maria Hill:||Agent, you're about to get a bird's-eye view of New York City. Note the portals to demonic realms.|
|Tony Stark:||So we've brought in some expert help.|
|Maria Hill:||We'd like you to meet Johnny Blaze, better known as—|
|Ghost Rider:||Ghost Rider.|
There are more kinds of demons running around than we can count. If we can keep track of which ones we're dealing with here, that information might pay off. Get Dr. Strange working on building a demon encyclopedia.
|Maria Hill:||Dr. Strange has offered his assistance in tracing the origins of these demons.|
|Tony Stark:||We'd be stupid to turn him down. Much appreciated, Strange.|
|Dr. Strange:||The beings of the infernal realms are a specialty of mine.|
|Dr. Strange:||The news is not good. All of the demonic districts are contributing to this effort.
And I fear they are reaching out to other entities as well. I heard the name Dormammu.
|Maria Hill:||We haven't seen him, or any Mindless Ones.|
|Dr. Strange:||Not yet. For now, Mephisto and his lieutenants are a likelier threat.|
The demon presence has brought out New York's cuckoos in record numbers. We need some help with crowd control here before all these apocalyptic wackos accidentally get their wish.
We might get a better handle on the nature of Iso-8 if we study it outside the influence of Earth's gravity and atmosphere. Reed Richards has an experiment ready.
|Maria Hill:||Reed Richards has an idea that we can understand Iso-8 better if we get it outside Earth's atmosphere.|
|Mr. Fantastic:||After observing how it starts to decay in various terrestrial environments, I think studying it in a vacuum will yield worthwhile data.|
|Nick Fury:||How fast can you get to space and back?|
|Mr. Fantastic:||Pretty fast. But you can't rush an experiment.|
|Tony Stark:||Rush this one. We need the data--and as much as my ego hates to admit this, we need you around too.|
|Mr. Fantastic:||I was right.|
|Tony Stark:||Look at how self-satisfied he is.|
|Maria Hill:||Can it, Stark.|
|Mr. Fantastic:||The Iso-8 reveals more of its true structure when studied in space. We can use this data.|
Some of the records from the Hellfire Club mention demonic entities in league with the Circle of 8. Whether it's true or not, we need to know. Send someone to get the records back here so we can sift through them.
Is there a demonic influence in the Syndicate? We don't know. Our mole inside the Latverian Embassy might.
MiniBoss - The HoodEdit
|Ghost Rider:||Let's ride.|
|Johnny. Pal. Just visiting? I was going to stop by your place upstairs.||The Hood:|
|Ghost Rider:||Love what you've done with the pits of torment.
I'll be sure to cast you into one so you can get the full effect.
|Once the demonic realms get a taste of this new Iso-8, Johnny, we'll see who casts who. Wait and see.
You won't have to wait long.
|Rattle your chain somewhere else, baldy. The real powers have work to do.||The Hood:|
|Ghost Rider:||If you thought you'd already paid for your sins, pal, better think again.|
|Ghost Rider:||Well, I'm back. Happy to see me?|
|Tony Stark:||How was the... where did you go?|
|Ghost Rider:||Somewhere hellish. I told the Hood after I kicked his ass that he could either stay there or go to the real Hell.
Either way, I was rolling up the portal and heading home.
|Tony Stark:||What did he decide? Never mind. You took care of the problem and I don't care. Let's keep this moving.|
MiniBoss - Jack O'LanternEdit
|Nick Fury:||Jack O'Lantern is holding the leash on this group of demons and goons.|
|Tony Stark:||Either the Hood brought him in or he was drawn by the siren call of demonic mayhem.|
|Nick Fury:||He's not leadership material. If he's not working for the Hood, both of them are following someone else's orders. Let's find out who.|
|Nice bike. Too bad you can't outrun your demons.||Jack O'Lantern:|
|Ghost Rider:||Do I look like I'm running?|
|You look like you're running now.||Jack O'Lantern:|
|Ghost Rider:||You're scaring the kids. Think I'm going to carve you a new face.|
|Maria Hill:||No sign that any of the human bad guys belong to the Maggia or the Hand.|
|Nick Fury:||They're probably just ordinary dregs Jack O'Lantern put together to run with the demons... and grub up Iso-8 for their masters.|
|Ghost Rider:||There's plenty of it still around.|
Boss - SatanaEdit
|Nick Fury:||That's Satana. Daimon Hellstrom's sister.|
|Ghost Rider:||The bad seed of the two. Not that he's exactly good.|
|Maria Hill:||Satana? Strange partnership, her and the Hood.|
|Tony Stark:||Must be working for them.|
|Nick Fury:||At least until her brother finds out.|
|Ghost Rider:||Don't be so sure. They're not close. Demon parents don't encourage sibling bonds.|
|Tony Stark:||She can go to therapy later, after Ghost Rider chain-whips some answers out of her.|
|Ghost Rider:||I'm up for that.|
|Nick Fury:||Well, you're going to have to head through the portal to do it. Satana just made the jump.|
|Ghost Rider:||She can run, but she can't hide.|
|Ghost Rider:||So when Daimon says you're the bad sister, what does he mean by bad?|
|Is that a come-on?||Satana:|
|Ghost Rider:||Don't flatter yourself.|
|Then don't flatter my brother by thinking he cares about me. When I send you back to Hell, you can tell him we're coming for him, too.||Satana:|
|Ghost Rider:||Who's we?|
|Demonic legions. Principalities of darkness. You want me to be more specific? You'll find out soon enough.||Satana:|
|You've got to do something about your hair before you start asking girls out.||Satana:|
|Ghost Rider:||She's tougher than she looks.|
|Ghost Rider:||Oh, you heard that? I take it back.|
|Ghost Rider:||Did she say she was going to send me back to Hell?
And she thought I was going to take her brother a message? I hate that guy.
Anyway. Where are the rest of the demons?
|Tony Stark:||Oh, you know. Still pouring through portals all over the city.
Maybe you could do something about that.
|Tony Stark:||Not good seeing the Hood and Satana working the same angle. The Hood's been working with Dormammu since the Pulse.|
|Maria Hill:||The Hood works with any demon who will make him more powerful. I don't think we should jump to conclusions about Dormammu. Satana's enough to worry about.|
|Tony Stark:||You won't feel that way if the streets fill up with Mindless Ones.|
|Nick Fury:||Whoa, everyone. Ease up on the speculation. We've got demons. Let's worry about that for now.|
"Dormammu has threatened before, but with the boundaries between realities weakened, he is striking at Dr Strange's own home."
— Mission Preview
|Maria Hill:||Things are getting demonic in Greenwich Village.|
|Tony Stark:||What else is new?|
|Nick Fury:||Stark, do me two favors. Avoid the most obvious jokes and get assets into the field to handle these demonic portals.|
|Maria Hill:||Dr. Strange has been kind enough to map out some of the portals for us so we know where to start.|
|Dr. Strange:||This is my place. These are my people. Dormammu's provocations must not be tolerated.|
|Tony Stark:||What makes you think Dormammu's involved?|
|Dr. Strange:||I do not think it, Stark. I know it. Soon you will too.|
We're going to do an Iso-8 swap with the X-Men. If we combine resources, we can put the demonic and Phoenix strains together and see how they react.
|Quicksilver:||I'm getting a little sick of being your Pony Express, Stark.|
|Tony Stark:||It's not my fault you're fast. You want to help or not?|
|Tony Stark:||What took you so long?|
A demonic portal has opened in the foundations of a skyscraper, destabilizing the whole structure. We need someone very, VERY strong to keep it from collapsing while we send a strike team to close the portal.
|Tony Stark:||Hercules, we have a job for you.|
|Hercules:||Indeed! What labour might this be? Must needs I slay a few thousand spawn of Hades? Seduce some queen of the fiery realms? Truly, there is no task too great for the mighty—|
|Tony Stark:||We need you to hold up a building.|
|Hercules:||...That is all?! Pffft. Out of the way, Man of Iron.|
|Tony Stark:||I hope holding a 50 story high-rise over your head wasn't too boring for you, big guy.|
|Hercules:||Twas better than cleaning the Augean Stables, at least.|
A horde of demons have taken a cache of Iso-8 back through a portal with them. Only a fearless master thief could retrieve it. Luckily, we know one.
|Maria Hill:||You sure about this, LeBeau? It IS a hell, after all.|
|Gambit:||Haven't you heard? L'enfer jus' be a state of mind, chere. Now we see how rusty at the thievin' trade I be.|
|Gambit:||You know, dis not be the first time I steal jewels for a beautiful woman...|
|Maria Hill:||Don't even think about it.|
|Gambit:||Heh. Mebbe it's not jus' thievin' I be rusty at.|
We know the Maggia are trading in occult items. If that trade is going to bring them into this fight on the side of the demons, we need to know. Daredevil is the guy to find out.
|Tony Stark:||The Maggia have been active in the occult black market since the Pulse, and some of their goons have fought with demons.
It would behoove us to know whether the Maggia leadership is involved.
|Daredevil:||I can find out.|
|Tony Stark:||That's what I was hoping you'd say.|
|Tony Stark:||S.H.I.E.L.D.'s own devil spying on demons. How'd it go?|
|Tony Stark:||Good to know. I like being able to check things off the potential-complication list.|
Our contacts in government intelligence agencies have gathered files on supernatural and occult phenomena. They're top secret, so we need someone we can trust to bring them in for analysis and vetting.
MiniBoss - Mindless OnesEdit
|Tony Stark:||Mindless Ones?|
|Nick Fury:||Yep. Demons aren't bad enough, we have to have different kinds of demons.
From different planes.
|Tony Stark:||And let us not forget: with different masters.
So you think Dormammu's around again.
|Ghost Rider:||He is. But as Director Fury was about to say, perhaps we should address the immediate threat first.|
|Nick Fury:||What he said. Hit the Mindless Ones until they're bodiless too.|
Demons, you have no place in this dimension.
|Dr. Strange:||These Mindless Ones are only a vanguard. More will be coming, and soon.|
|Nick Fury:||Then you better get your feet back on the ground and take care of these first.|
|Dr. Strange:||By the hoary hosts of Hoggoth, prepare to learn what it means to be destroyed!|
|Tony Stark:||Are we sure that Satana or the Hood don't have control over Mindless Ones?|
|Dr. Strange:||The Hood does, or has. But these new demons are from our own infernal dimensions, not Dormammu's.|
|Maria Hill:||But the Hood has talked about Dormammu.|
|Ghost Rider:||Yeah, he has.|
|Nick Fury:||So who's in charge here?|
|Ghost Rider:||That's the thing with demons. They all think they're in charge.|
MiniBoss - MoonstoneEdit
|Nick Fury:||Moonstone is running a gang of Mindless Ones here, along with a bunch of mutts she must have sprung from the Raft.|
|Tony Stark:||She's always on the lookout for something new. Everyone wants in on the demon-wrangling game now.|
|Nick Fury:||There's more to it than that. She always thinks she's smarter than everyone else.|
|Maria Hill:||We know her gem reacts powerfully to Iso-8. My guess is she's using the Mindless Ones to gather it for her.|
|Nick Fury:||The question is, who's the next step up the food chain from her?|
|Ghost Rider:||You ally yourself with demonic powers, sooner or later you wake up and find them gnawing on your soul.|
|That's what we call projection, Johnny Blaze. It happened to you and because of the trauma, all you can see is that same trauma for everyone else.
I think I know how to help.
|I'm going to provide you with some new trauma to loosen your fixation. How does that sound?||Moonstone:|
|It's hard to confront the deep truths about ourselves. Naturally you flee them at first.||Moonstone:|
|Ghost Rider:||I'm ready for another therapy session.|
|Ghost Rider:||Nope. All my old traumas are still right there.|
|Tony Stark:||She's not much of a therapist. Must be why she went into the villain business.|
Boss - Baron MordoEdit
|Tony Stark:||Strange, you look a little singed around the edges. Where you been?|
|Dr. Strange:||I thought it would be Dormammu himself. But instead it is Baron Mordo overseeing these infernal legions.|
|Maria Hill:||The same Baron Mordo who tried to kill Mockingbird?|
|Tony Stark:||How many Baron Mordos -- or Barons Mordo -- can there be?|
|Nick Fury:||Let's make it one less. But we're going to have to head through one of those portals to do it.|
|Ghost Rider:||Don't worry, Agent. You don't notice the smell after a while.|
|Dr. Strange:||I claim this battle. You will not survive a trip to these dimensions without my protection.|
|Welcome to one of the worlds below, Stephen Strange. You know, of course, that you have only come here to die.||Baron Mordo:|
|Dr. Strange:||The boasting of inferior mystics never ceases to be tiresome.|
|And have you brought a friend? Ah. Ghost Rider. You know there are still those who would welcome you... down below.||Baron Mordo:|
|Ghost Rider:||I'll take this one, Strange. Mordo needs the kind of attitude adjustment you get from a chain.|
|Dr. Strange:||You may watch, John Blaze. But this fight belongs to the Sorcerer Supreme!|
|Things have changed since last we met, Strange. The cosmos shifts around you.||Baron Mordo:|
|In this age of cosmic chaos, great power awaits those with the will to seize it!||Baron Mordo:|
|Ghost Rider:||For your first trip to the outskirts of Hell, Agent, you did pretty well.
Most people fall apart before the demons ever get a crack at them.
Anyway. Good job. You too, Strange. Glad I could sit back and watch.
Epic Boss - DormammuEdit
|Tony Stark:||There's Dormammu his fiery-headed self.|
|Ghost Rider:||Watch it.|
|Tony Stark:||Touchy. He's got a fiery head. Can I not refer to it?|
|Ghost Rider:||I'm saying that when you point it out in this context, you create a hostile work environment for everyone who might have a flaming head.|
|Dr. Strange:||While you draft your lawsuit, perhaps I will confront this demonic peril.|
|Ghost Rider:||Be my guest.|
|Strange, I had hoped to claim a different soul today. But yours will do.||Dormammu:|
|Dr. Strange:||Mine would be the greater prize, could you win it. Alas, you cannot.|
|When arrogance becomes fear, Strange, that is one of the finest sauces to drizzle over a human soul.||Dormammu:|
|Chaos rises, Strange, and you will fall!||Dormammu:|
|Dr. Strange:||You think yourself the bringer of chaos, Dormammu, but in the end you are just another of its servants.
It will destroy you... or would if I had not the power to destroy you first.
|Maria Hill:||He's back. Dr. Strange, report, please.|
|Dr. Strange:||As you can see, the portal is closed. Dormammu remains in the Dark Dimension.|
|Tony Stark:||Did you get a chance to chat about his new friend Baron Mordo?|
|Dr. Strange:||Our conversation was limited, Stark. It was not a social call.
His minions included the demons we previously saw with Baron Mordo. Conclusions are not difficult to draw.
|Tony Stark:||Greenwich Village is officially demon-free... for now.|
|Maria Hill:||Dr. Strange, have you had any other incursions into the Sanctum Sanctorum?|
|Dr. Strange:||It is secure. The rest of the city, I fear, is not.|
|Nick Fury:||He speaks the truth, people. First the demons ran amok in the library, then they went after Strange... they're hungry.|
|Tony Stark:||Hungry enough to eat in Hell's Kitchen? Because a whole lot of portals just opened up there.|
"More Portals have opened up in Hell's Kitchen. Close them before these hellspawn make themselves at home."
— Mission Preview
|Tony Stark:||Strange, turns out you didn't do us any favors by dispelling Dormammu's gang.
Know why? Because Mephisto himself has picked up Satana and Baron Mordo.
|Ghost Rider:||You're like a demonic employment agency. Anyone who fights you gets a job with some lesser lord of Hell.|
|Dr. Strange:||Joke if you must, O man named Johnny Blaze with a flaming skull head.|
|Ghost Rider:||You making fun of--?|
|Tony Stark:||Pointing out irony. Not the same as making fun. But Strange, snark is my department. From you, we need a briefing.|
|Dr. Strange:||There are demons on the doorstep. Mephisto stirs. The threat of Dormammu lingers. Anything else?|
|Tony Stark:||Well, if you put it like that, yeah. Fix things. Make it all go away.
I know this is Hell's Kitchen, but it's not serving this kind of demonic riffraff.
The demonic portals have a tendency to start fires. One of them has gotten out of control. We need the Human Torch to set a firebreak to contain it.
|Maria Hill:||There's a big fire burning around one of the portals. The Fire Department can't get to it because of all the demons in the area.
If it isn't brought under control, we're going to watch Hell's Kitchen burn right to the waterfront.
|Tony Stark:||What we need is a firebreak, and maybe we've got just the way to make one. Torch?|
|Human Torch:||It isn't every day someone asks me to put out fires, but sure. I'm on it.|
|Human Torch:||The fire's under control. Oh, and while I was there I took care of some of the demons.|
|Tony Stark:||Glad to see you seizing the opportunity, Torch. The citizens of the Kitchen thank you.|
There's a cache of Iso-8 in the sewers near here. The demons haven't found it yet, but they will. We need a hero to get there before they do... preferably someone whose sense of smell isn't too sensitive.
This building used to be a church. Demons have broken into the basement to do some kind of ritual. Get them out of there before they can finish it
A single demon is headed north through the city carrying something. It's not attacking anyone and looks like it's on some kind of mission. The closest hero is Luke Cage. Deploy him to take this courier out before it can deliver its goods.
|Maria Hill:||One of the demons is loose and headed up through Central Park with something small. Maybe a letter.|
|Tony Stark:||Cage, you're in the area already. Can you intercept and take it down while it's still isolated?|
|Luke Cage:||On my way.|
|Luke Cage:||It's down for good. Made kind of a mess.|
|Maria Hill:||What was it carrying?|
|Luke Cage:||I think it was headed out of town. You were right, it had a letter. Only thing written on the outside is Christ's Crown.|
|Maria Hill:||What is that?|
|Tony Stark:||I don't know. What's in the letter?|
|Luke Cage:||It's sealed. I didn't open it in case there was some kind of spell on it.|
|Tony Stark:||Good move. Let's get it to Strange so he can take a look.|
We don't know what the Kingpin is up to, and it's making us nervous that he hasn't made a move. See if you can get someone inside Fisk HQ. Quietly.
MiniBoss - SatanaEdit
|Tony Stark:||Satana again. I feel like we should call her brother.|
|Ghost Rider:||I feel like you didn't pay attention when I said she and Daimon were... you know. Estranged.
The way you get estranged when one of you is an evil minion of the demonic realms. And the other isn't.
|Tony Stark:||Still. It's family.|
|Ghost Rider:||Want to go for a ride?|
|Johnny, have I ever said yes?||Satana:|
|Ghost Rider:||Can't blame a guy for trying.|
|I don't blame you. But I won't mourn you either, once you're dead.||Satana:|
|Go to hell. Ha! It's funny when I say it.||Satana:|
|Johnny, don't ever say I led you on.
Except maybe to certain doom.
|Ghost Rider:||I couldn't pin her down. You know why? Because she went to Hell.
Sorry, Nick. I wasn't going to chase her. Not ready to go back just yet.
|Nick Fury:||Understood. Good work getting this particular plane of existence a little more under control.|
MiniBoss - Baron MordoEdit
|Maria Hill:||Baron Mordo. Is he here to keep an eye on Satana?|
|Ghost Rider:||Doubt it. My guess is they're both here to keep the thugs and demonic creepy-crawlies pointed in the right direction.|
|Maria Hill:||Which direction is that?
And why? It can't be just lust for power. They've always got that. Something about the Iso-8, maybe... it's roused them.
|Ghost Rider:||I don't know anything about Iso-8. But I do know demons. They don't need a reason. If they don't have one, they'll make one up.|
|Ghost Rider:||Satana and Baron Mordo. What a pair. Does the Hood know you guys are, um, together?|
|The powers of chaos grow stronger, Ghost Rider.||Baron Mordo:|
|Ghost Rider:||Jeez, Dormammu lets you play with his Mindless Ones once, and look how it goes to your head.|
|My head, dear boy? Your own bears a resemblance to Dormammu's. Lest you forget.||Baron Mordo:|
|Ghost Rider:||Thanks to Mephisto. I haven't forgotten. Or forgiven.|
|It's a demon-eat-devil world out there, Johnny Blaze. Maybe you're not ready for it anymore.||Baron Mordo:|
|Ghost Rider:||If a demon ate a devil, would that be cannibalism?|
|You'd be better off worrying what they'll call it when they eat you, John Blaze.||Baron Mordo:|
|Ghost Rider:||I said I wasn't going to do that, but then I did it. Went right through a portal to Hell.
You S.H.I.E.L.D. masterminds have a lot to answer for. I'm gonna have nightmares.
But Baron Mordo's on the run, at least for now.
|Nick Fury:||That sounds like objective achieved, Ghost Rider. Let's move on. We can all congratulate each other later.|
Boss - MephistoEdit
|Nick Fury:||The big guns are coming out. They've found a way to empower themselves with the Iso-8 and now Mephisto's here to preside over the moment.
But we have Iso-8 on our side too, and we can beat the devil at his own game.
|Maria Hill:||We could use some intel before we go after him. What can you tell us, Johnny?|
|Ghost Rider:||He's bad. Big and mean and bad. Liar and deceiver. He made me what I am, and we'd all be better off if he was dead.|
|Nick Fury:||You're the expert. Go kick his ass.|
|Ghost Rider:||Oh, I will. Mephisto and me, we have a score to settle.|
|Johnny Blaze, my child. Your destiny awaits.||Mephisto:|
|Ghost Rider:||I'm my own man, devil. You're not my father and you don't tell me what to do.|
|A deal's a deal, John. Can't go back on your word.||Mephisto:|
|Ghost Rider:||You want my soul? Come and get it.|
|I'm here to collect a debt, John. Sooner or later you'll pay up.||Mephisto:|
|Ghost Rider:||There's unfinished business between you and me. Always will be, until I get back what's mine.|
|Tony Stark:||Done and dusted, right, Johnny my man?|
|Ghost Rider:||Shut up, Stark. You know better.|
|Tony Stark:||Hey, don't take it out on me because you made a bad deal with the devil.|
|Maria Hill:||Ghost Rider. If we're looking at Dormammu and Mephisto together, what—|
|Ghost Rider:||Don't forget the Hood.|
|Tony Stark:||How could we forget the Hood? Let's get together on the Helicarrier and figure out what the hell is going on.|
|Nick Fury:||Three separate demonic invasions, three neighborhoods. All shut down and zipped up tight. Well done, people.|
|Tony Stark:||Johnny, you feel like joining the team here, fighting for the good guys against the bad guys, all that?|
|Ghost Rider:||I don't wear a uniform.|
|Tony Stark:||Perish the thought.|
|Ghost Rider:||Then I'm in. Long as the infernal realms keep puking up demons for me to kill.|
|Maria Hill:||That's more or less guaranteed. Welcome aboard.|
|Nick Fury:||When I joined the Army I never thought I'd be congratulating sorcerers on closing up demonic portals.
But there it is, so: well done, team. You're making S.H.I.E.L.D. proud.
Research - Infernal FangEdit
|Dr. Strange:||There is power in the leavings of the dark hordes. We should research these Infernal Fangs to see if they can be used for our cause.|
Research - Infernal Blade to SoulfinderEdit
|Dr. Strange:||By the Hoary Hosts of Hogoth! The blade quivers with power... and hunger. I sense it asks for much in return for its puissance.
I beg you, Agent, use this weapon carefully. May the Vishanti watch over you!
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