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"The Eclipse may be more than just a rare celestial occurrence. Hit the streets to give Dr. Strange the time he needs to investigate the mystery."
— Mission Preview
|Maria Hill:||Agent, you might have noticed the eclipse that started yesterday... and didn't go away.
Someone or something has tidally locked the Earth and Moon, keeping us shadowed here in New York.
|Agent Coulson:||In London it's even stranger. The sun's not coming up there.|
|Dr. Strange:||This is an enchantment. I know not, as yet, who has done it... but the sudden appearance of vampires is an unsubtle hint.|
|Dr. Strange:||Demons as well.|
|Nick Fury:||Come on, Strange. You didn't just astrally project yourself here to pass the time. What's going on?|
|Dr. Strange:||I am here to warn you, Director. The eclipse madness will infect not just the vampires and demons--though they would be hazard enough--but the more mundane criminals of the city as well.|
|Nick Fury:||We'll stay on top of it. Can you do anything about this enchantment?|
|Dr. Strange:||I can... as soon as I have discerned its nature. I will begin at once.|
|Nick Fury:||Very good. People, I would like the vampire and demon population of this area reduced to zero. Move.|
|Tony Stark:||Let me know if you run into Kolchak. We'll bring him on board.|
Emergency responders trying to coordinate help for people at the edge of the eclipse zone are running into some toothy problems. Send a hero to cover them while they try to help people get out of the darkened area.
Medusa has just informed us that she captured a vampire right after they first appeared. Let's help her get it to a secure interrogation facility.
|Agent Coulson:||Agent, Medusa was one of our first field assets to encounter a vampire. She's got it wrapped up in her hair. Get it to a secure facility so we can interrogate it.|
|Medusa:||This was hardly the way I anticipated joining this battle.|
|Tony Stark:||No, it's great. I wish we had more people who could hair-cuff vampires.|
|Medusa:||I have released it into the custody of... what did you call them?|
|Agent Coulson:||Our Occult Debriefing and Interrogation Unit.|
We've got an astronomical simulation going that should outline the area of full eclipse. But we won't know for sure until we send a hero to run a Quinjet around that perimeter and find out exactly where the darkness ends.
We're combing S.H.I.E.L.D. records to see if there are any friendly vampires we might be able to bring in. Blade's an obvious one, but is there anyone else?
|Agent Coulson:||We're going to see if there are any vampires out there we can bring in on our side. But we need some help reaching out to potential candidates.
Well, first we need help locating them. Nico, we could use a hand.
|Nico Minoru:||A friendly vampire census? I always thought missions for S.H.I.E.L.D. would be more exciting.|
|Agent Coulson:||Is Hannibal King still around? What about Spitfire?|
|Nico Minoru:||I'm still working on it. Do these people even have cell phones?|
The National Park Service just called in an SOS from Liberty Island. Get Gorgon down there and make sure the rangers aren't demon food.
|Tony Stark:||We've got an emergency distress call from the Park Service on Liberty Island. Gorgon, we're stretched a little thin. Maybe you can jump down there and stamp out whatever problem they're having?|
|Gorgon:||I will. Then I'll come back here and stamp out your impulse to make stupid puns.|
|Tony Stark:||Well, wouldn't that be a kick in the teeth.|
|Gorgon:||The demons won't be a problem any more.|
|Tony Stark:||Much appreciated, Gorgon. We appreciate the steps you've taken to help out.|
|Gorgon:||I warned you--|
|Tony Stark:||Okay, sorry. Okay. I couldn't resist. That was the last one.|
MiniBoss - Jack O'LanternEdit
|Agent Coulson:||Spider-Man, we're tracking Jack O'Lantern, who has just received something from a demon at this location.
Swing by and relieve him of his package, if you would.
|Spider-Man:||Um, sure. Is this going to involve fighting demons, too? I need to know if I should wear my demon-fighting pants.|
|Agent Coulson:||There are quite a few demons around. Plan your wardrobe accordingly.|
|Spider-Man:||Hey, Jack, we hear you're having tea with demons. You know that's not cool, right?|
|Spider-Man, is there something about your blood? The demons got all excited when they smelled you.||Jack O'Lantern:|
|Spider-Man:||It's so nice to be wanted. Hey! Watch the fangs and spikes!|
|This is my time of year, web-head. I'm feeling strong!||Jack O'Lantern:|
|My pals here were hoping to get another bite at you.||Jack O'Lantern:|
|Spider-Man:||I know busting pumpkins is vandalism, but sometimes I just can't resist.|
|Spider-Man:||The thing Jack got from the demons was a key. I'd bring it back, but one of the demons swallowed it and ran off.|
|Maria Hill:||Hold tight there while we collect Jack O'Lantern.|
|Tony Stark:||A key? Forgive me if I don't like the sound of demons handing out keys. I mean, what are they going to unlock?|
|Maria Hill:||Spider-Man, forget what I said about staying there. Find that demon and see where it's taking the key.|
|Spider-Man:||Roger that, S.H.I.E.L.D. boss lady.|
MiniBoss - Grey GargoyleEdit
|Spider-Man:||I found Grey Gargoyle. He just had a little tete-a-tete with a vampire and a demon.
I guess that makes it a tete-a-tete-a-tete. Anyway, one of them gave him something.
|Tony Stark:||Good, precise intel as always.|
|Nick Fury:||Engage, Spider-Man. We have reason to believe Jack O'Lantern and Grey Gargoyle are both on a mission for the Hood.|
|Spider-Man:||We do? Exciting. I'll see what yon Gargoyle has to say about that.|
|Away, Spider-Man. Run to the sun if you want to live.||Grey Gargoyle:|
|Spider-Man:||I'd kind of rather bring the sun back here. Won't you miss stuff like flowers and rainbows?
I know I would. So I'm going to have to ask you to hand over whatever you got from the Fang and Claw Club back there.
|Now if Jack O'Lantern has completed his errand, we may begin...||Grey Gargoyle:|
|Now the vampires have your scent. I told you to run.||Grey Gargoyle:|
|Spider-Man:||Too many vampires. I mean, one would be too many, really, but there were too many for me to stop Grey Gargoyle from getting away.|
|Nick Fury:||Stay on him. If our intel is good, he's going to meet the Hood.|
|Spider-Man:||I hear and obey, O Mighty Leader.|
Boss - MorbiusEdit
|Spider-Man:||It's everybody's favorite fake vampire, Doctor Michael Morbius. Don't look now--ugh, seriously, don't. He kind of fell off the no-blood-drinking wagon.|
|Maria Hill:||There might be a chance to gain some intel about the vampires here, Spider-Man.|
|Nick Fury:||Slap some sense into Morbius and see if we can get him on our side.|
|Spider-Man:||But I don't have my counseling license. I'll get sued.|
|Spider-Man:||Whoa. Morbius. Didn't you have some kind of serum you made so you didn't have to go around gnawing on people's veins?|
|I cannot fight my nature. Leave me, or I will feed on you next!||Morbius:|
|Spider-Man:||So the serum didn't work, is what you're saying.|
|Don't you judge me. I tried... how I tried... but the air is thick with the scent of blood, and vampires run rampant. How am I to resist? I must feed!||Morbius:|
|Spider-Man:||Oh boy. This is going to be harder than I thought.|
|Spider-Man:||Hey! Knucklehead! You're not a real vampire! Remember? Snap out of it!|
|So hungry... ow!||Morbius:|
|This hunger... I can't control it. Must feed...||Morbius:|
|Spider-Man:||I thought we had an agreement. You don't drink people's blood and S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn't put you in a cage.|
|Spider-Man:||I don't like hitting you, but--well, actually, I do like hitting you, but I know I shouldn't. What I'm trying to say is I'll stop if you drop the vampire act and tell me about the real vampires.|
|You mean Dracula.||Morbius:|
|Spider-Man:||Dracula? Um, yeah. I didn't know I meant that, but yeah, that's totally what I mean.|
|Spider-Man:||And you think Dracula is going to let you join the party?|
|That's what I... no. I know he won't. I was just... hungry.||Morbius:|
|Spider-Man:||Then you need to come on in and we'll get you some help.|
Epic Boss - The HoodEdit
|Tony Stark:||The good news is they're fighting the vampires.
The bad news is the Hood just stepped out of the portal with more demons. We need to shut it down, like, yesterday.
|Dr. Strange:||I will do it. Parker Robbins does nothing on his own. We must discover which demons he has allied himself with this time... although I suspect Mephisto.|
|Maria Hill:||That's what Morbius said, that Mephisto and Dracula were in on this together.|
|Dr. Strange:||It shall be confirmed shortly--or new information brought to light.|
|Strange, I figured you'd watch from the comfy confines of the Sanctum Sanctorum. Getting your hands dirty already?||The Hood:|
|I don't see any Vishanti around, Strange. You know what I do see? Lots and lots of demons. You've got a problem, pal.||The Hood:|
|Bet you never expected to see the Moon turned into a weapon, did you? Wait'll you see what comes next.||The Hood:|
|Dr. Strange:||I have closed the portal, but the Hood escaped through it... to whatever demonic realm he is using as a recruiting ground.|
|Maria Hill:||Do we know he's working with Mephisto? Or could he have his own plan?|
|Dr. Strange:||He channels the powers of the Nisanti. That race of demons is not one of Mephisto's creations... but that does not rule out an alliance of convenience.|
|Agent Coulson:||We'll see what Jack O'Lantern knows about it. He's probably been stewing on the Raft long enough to be chatty.|
Epic Boss - The Hood/DormammuEdit
|Dr. Strange:||Now we face Dormammu and the Hood together. Robbins has sought new allies now that his previous partnership proved insufficient.
We too should add to our ranks. Eric Brooks?
|Blade:||I'm along for the ride. Long as there aren't any vampires, I'll get some exercise with demons.|
|Dr. Strange:||Dread Dormammu, you scavenge at Mephisto's leftovers? I had thought you possessed of more pride.|
|Pride enough that your gibes do not shake me, Strange. They tell me only that you are desperate.||Dormammu:|
|Yeah, nobody's got a bigger mouth than a scared little man.||The Hood:|
|Blade:||Desperate? Hardly. You saved us the trouble of hunting you down in the Dark Dimension.|
|Oh, you will see the Dark Dimension soon enough. I will bring it to you all...||Dormammu:|
|Now vampire and demon alike will answer to Dormammu!||Dormammu:|
|Dr. Strange:||Dormammu, it seems, has not fully committed to your cause, Parker Robbins.|
|Go to hell.||The Hood:|
|Blade:||What's the line from Faustus... "Why this is hell, nor am I out of it."|
|Brits. Always quoting poetry. Okay, Strange, you got me. Let's see how long you can keep me.||The Hood:|
|Dr. Strange:||It is as I feared. Dracula and Mephisto have combined their powers to perform this eclipse ritual. Morbius confirms it.|
|Spider-Man:||We've got him in some kind of Blood-Drinkers Anonymous. As long as we can keep him on the program, he'll help. So at least we've got that going for us.|
|Dr. Strange:||A crucial update. Have you more news or may I proceed?|
|Spider-Man:||Yup. Go ahead.|
|Dr. Strange:||Good. To the matter at hand: I can end it and restore the normal diurnal course of the sun... but I will need a few things.|
|Nick Fury:||Such as?|
|Dr. Strange:||Also, there are certain... components... that will easily be found here in New York.|
|Spider-Man:||Rat tailes? Bedbug eggs?|
|Dr. Strange:||Demon parts. I will give you a list.|
|Tony Stark:||Demon parts. By the pricking of my thumbs, et cetera and so on. Okay, Agent, we're splitting up.|
|Nick Fury:||Hill and Coulson, you're staying here. Stark and I will handle things in London. Let's get Strange his demon parts and get the sun coming up again.|
"Split your resources to combat the Demon threat in New York and the Vampire menace in London."
— Mission Preview
|Blade:||If you're here to kill vampires, you're in the right place.|
|Blade:||But along the way, we're going to kill a large number of vampires
Ready, Agent? Let's move. Dawn's not going to come if we don't find this book.
|Psylocke:||I'll canvas Hellfire Club houses and see if we can't do this the easiest way. Sebastian Shaw is a sociopath, but even he might find a permanently nocturnal London full of vampires an inconvenience.|
Time for the latest Hellfire sweep. Let's see if we can narrow down Shaw's location. If not, maybe we'll get lucky and run across Dracula.
After our mutant civil war, we should keep an eye out for mutants looking to come after the Hellfire Club... and for Sentinels looking to finish them off.
There's a vampire nest in the Tube. Blade's on another assignment. We can't let them stay there. Send a hero in.
There are demon portals open in this area. Is the Hood making an appearance. If not, who? Find out.
|Tony Stark:||Demonic portals? Here?|
|Nick Fury:||Let's shut 'em down.|
|Tony Stark:||They were closed again by the time we got there... but there's no observable demon presence.
Does that mean someone was going in...?
We've lost touch with some of our Excalibur colleagues. Take a look around in case something's happened to them.
|Nick Fury:||Have we spoken to any member of Excalibur since we got here?|
|Nick Fury:||Where are they all? Did MI-13 send them all on a mission we didn't know about?|
|Psylocke:||If so, they didn't tell me.|
MiniBoss - SeleneEdit
|Blade:||Looking for Dracula, but who did I find? Selene. Seems our vampires have a little help from the Hellfire Club.|
|Nick Fury:||Take her out. If nothing else, it'll send a message to Dracula and Shaw that friendships have consequences.|
|Blade:||Selene. Making friends with the bloodsuckers?|
|I don't have any friends, Blade. Dracula has... asked a favor of Sebastian. I have my own aims to pursue.||Selene:|
|Blade:||Dracula has a deal with Mephisto. What's he need Shaw for?|
|You'll have to ask him. Or ask Sebastian.||Selene:|
|Blade:||I'll do that, once I'm through with you.|
|Fool. No one is ever through with me, unless I decide they are.||Selene:|
|You chase vampires. Adorable. Meanwhile others have set their sights on greater goals.||Selene:|
|Blade:||If you're stopping me from killing vampires, that puts you on the wrong side. Bad decision.|
|You're quite determined. Perhaps I should give you want you want... although you might not want it once you have it.||Selene:|
|Blade:||Enough riddles. Where's Shaw?|
|Watch me go, and I'll show you.||Selene:|
|Blade:||S.H.I.E.L.D.: Vampires are down. Selene is gone.|
|Tony Stark:||She'll be running to tell Shaw we're looking for him. Psylocke, step up your search.|
|Psylocke:||If you think you can do it faster, you're welcome to try.|
|Tony Stark:||I'm just offering some gentle encouragement, and a reminder that vampires and demons are, you know, feeding on people.|
|Psylocke:||Oh, do tell. I hadn't any idea of that. I shall hurry!|
|Nick Fury:||What's with you two?|
|Tony Stark:||Don't ask me. Some people don't appreciate my leadership qualities.|
MiniBoss - MystiqueEdit
|Psylocke:||Hellfire Club gathering spots have turned up empty so far... until now. Mystique is here.|
|Tony Stark:||Shaw wouldn't trust her with the book, would he?|
|Psylocke:||I should think not. On the other hand, he's not known for his predictability.|
|Nick Fury:||If you think the book might be there, go in. If not, keep looking. This will be simpler if we can go straight to the top.|
|Psylocke:||This doesn't have to be violent... as much as both of us might like that. I'm looking for a book. Sebastian Shaw either has it or knows where it is. So I need to know where he is.|
|You're a turncoat and Nick Fury's plaything. The only thing you're going to get here is a shortcut to a coffin.||Mystique:|
|Psylocke:||I suppose it does have to get violent, then. Can't say I didn't try.|
|You got a little more than you bargained for, didn't you, traitor?||Mystique:|
|Psylocke:||Maybe you don't have the book. But now you've made this personal.|
|Psylocke:||While Blade's off hacking away at vampires, I'm doing all the hard work, it seems.|
|Tony Stark:||Poor thing. Any sign of the book?|
|Psylocke:||It's not here. Mystique? If you want to walk out of here, start talking.|
|I know Shaw's not himself. That means opportunity. I don't care about vampires, or the book.||Mystique:|
|Psylocke:||Then stay clear of S.H.I.E.L.D. until we've made our contact with Shaw.|
|Deal. As long as you stay clear of me.||Mystique:|
|Nick Fury:||Psylocke, we know where Shaw is. If we can get the book from him without restarting a war with the Hellfire Club, I'd prefer to do that.|
|Psylocke:||You'll forgive me if I don't have much faith that this plan will work.|
|Nick Fury:||Oh, I'm real forgiving, as long as orders are followed.|
Boss - Sebastian ShawEdit
|Psylocke:||For once I took the simple approach and just knocked on the door. Shaw has invited me in.|
|Nick Fury:||The team goes with you. Don't get into a long conversation with him, Psylocke. Get the book and get out.|
|Psylocke:||He's--his mind is under someone else's control, Fury. I can tell.|
|Tony Stark:||I love this. The master plotter Sebastian Shaw, turned into someone else's cat's-paw.|
|Psylocke:||Shaw, I'm here for a book called the Darkhold. We know you have it. Strange needs it, or we're not going to see the sun around here for a long time.|
|Catering to Doctor Strange's interests is not one of my preferred activities. Now, if there's nothing else...||Sebastian Shaw:|
|Psylocke:||Don't tell me you're happy to have London turned into a vampire playground.|
|I feel no particular impulse to discuss my happiness with you. The Hellfire Club keeps its own counsel and makes its own decisions.||Sebastian Shaw:|
|Psylocke:||And chooses the wrong side with astonishing consistency. Hand over the book.|
|I will not.||Sebastian Shaw:|
|Psylocke:||Then you're about to learn an unpleasant truth, Sebastian.|
|This will be the extent of my dealings with S.H.I.E.L.D. on this matter, I trust?||Sebastian Shaw:|
|I grow impatient with this interference.||Sebastian Shaw:|
|Dracula... this means a war. Even he cannot shrug off the Hellfire Club.
Take the book. If you kill Dracula with it, I will be the first to congratulate you. Now go.
|Psylocke:||Fury. I have the book.|
|Tony Stark:||Get it back here pronto. Do not pass Go, do not--|
|Psylocke:||I was talking to Fury.|
|Tony Stark:||Oh, well, I'm sure he'll tell you to take your time and maybe read passages aloud while you stroll back here.|
|Nick Fury:||Psylocke. Bicker with Stark another time. Stark. Shut up. We need that book.|
|Tony Stark:||Okay, we have the book, we pissed off Shaw, Blade got to decapitate a bunch of vampires... everyone happy?
Good. Let's move.
|Nick Fury:||Hold on. Sunuvah--
Captain Britain just destroyed our Quinjet. Now he's coming after us... and he's not alone.
|Psylocke:||Spitfire's not one of them, is she?|
|Nick Fury:||Haven't seen her yet, but it's hard to tell.|
|Tony Stark:||I don't think it's going to be as easy to get out of here as we thought.|
"Split your resources to combat the Demon threat in New York and the Vampire menace in London."
— Mission Preview
|Maria Hill:||Jack O'Lantern confirmed that Mephisto and the Hood aren't working together.|
|Agent Coulson:||In fact what he said was, "Mephisto? I'da steered clear of this if I'd known Mephisto was involved."|
|Maria Hill:||The Hood's going to need himself some new lackeys.|
|Agent Coulson:||Or Mephisto's going to make him an offer he can't refuse.|
|Maria Hill:||Either way, we'll need to be on guard for both of them while we start collecting demon parts for Strange. Spider-Man, here's the list.|
|Spider-Man:||What!? Look at--no way I can find all this stuff on my own. I'm only one wall-crawler.|
|Agent Coulson:||Then take your pal Morbius. Divvy up the list.|
|Spider-Man:||Who says all the good heroic jobs are taken? Let's hit those mean streets, Morby.|
|Morbius:||If I had known I would be forced to suffer your nicknames, I might have made a different choice.|
|Spider-Man:||That's the spirit!|
Send a hero to collect the first batch of demon parts and get them to Strange.
|Dr. Strange:||Yes. These will be useful. Continue your collection.|
We need to get a group of demons in one place to make collections easier. Send a hero to act as bait for Spider-Man and our strike team to set an ambush.
|Agent Coulson:||Let's see if we can't speed up the collection a little. Who wants to volunteer to go out and be a bird with a broken wing? If we can draw a lot of demons in, we can take them down all at once and harvest them.|
|Agent Coulson:||That's a lot of demon parts. It's going to take a while to sort through them all.|
Morbius is going to need another dose of serum soon, but we can't lose the time bringing him in. Get a hero to his location with a fresh dose.
|Morbius:||I'm starting to get hungry...|
|Agent Coulson:||Hang in there, Morbius. We've got a snack headed your way.|
|Morbius:||Okay. I'm okay again. Back to the hunt.|
Send a hero to hunt down stray demons and make sure there aren't any more portals we haven't found. Plus, the more demons we find, the more we can add to our collection for Strange.
Spider-Man and Morbius have collected a whole bagful of demon parts. Get them to Strange so we can be sure he has what he needs.
|Dr. Strange:||Once I have examined these, I will know whether I have enough to suffice for the incantation.|
MiniBoss - Auspex LordEdit
|Spider-Man:||Zoiks. That's a lot of demons. Morby? Strange? Anyone? Could use a little extra muscle here.|
|Spider-Man:||Okay, demons, this is where I'm supposed to deliver some kind of fiery speech about how you can't take over the world and turn it into a fiery hellscape.
So, yeah. Impressed?
|Spider-Man:||Hey, about that backup I was asking for...?|
|Spider-Man:||Okay, once more unto the demony breach! Cowabunga!|
|Spider-Man:||Turns out I'm better at fighting demons than I thought.|
|Agent Coulson:||We knew you could handle it.|
|Spider-Man:||You did? That makes one of us.|
|Agent Coulson:||See if you can fill out Strange's grocery list from those demons. The sooner we get him started, the better.|
|Spider-Man:||I forgot my demon dissection toolkit. Anyone got a Swiss Army knife?|
MiniBoss - BlackheartEdit
|Maria Hill:||Baron Mordo has unleashed Blackheart. While we're collecting demon parts, Blackheart's collecting souls.|
|Dr. Strange:||Mordo is working a powerful ritual to open a permanent portal from Mephisto's realm to ours.|
|Agent Coulson:||Permanent as in we wouldn't be able to close it?|
It is only possible as long as the moon is held in place, but if that portal is opened, Mephisto's legions will march through it a hundred at a time.
|Agent Coulson:||That's a pretty vivid picture. Agent, we still need those demon parts, but your number one priority is interrupting Mordo's ritual.|
|Maria Hill:||I don't think any of us want to live in a world permanently linked to Mephisto's level of hell.|
|Spider-Man:||Morbius, ol' buddy ol' pal, let's fight us a demon.|
|Morbius:||Blackheart, you've taken enough souls for today.|
|In the count of harvested souls, there is no such thing as enough.||Blackheart:|
|What are you? Mortal, vampire...?||Blackheart:|
|Morbius:||I don't always know myself.|
|Whatever life force you possess, I will feed on it as it leaves your body.||Blackheart:|
|The harvest of souls continues...||Blackheart:|
|Morbius:||I may not have a soul anymore, but if I do, I'll put it on the line.|
|Morbius:||Blackheart is dispelled. Is that enough to stop Mordo?|
|Maria Hill:||We don't know. The only way to be sure is to go after Mordo and make sure he doesn't finish his ritual.|
|Agent Coulson:||Strange has pinpointed his location. He doesn't look to be slowing down, so either he has enough souls or he's trying to open the portal anyway.|
|Maria Hill:||We can't take the chance that it'll work. Go after him.|
Boss - Baron MordoEdit
|Dr. Strange:||Baron Mordo is here. Morbius, he would destroy you if you tried to confront him now. I will do it myself, though it cost me precious time in the preparation of the spell to break Mephisto's darkness.|
|Morbius:||Lead the way, Strange.|
|You arrive just in time to witness the merging of two worlds, Strange. Behold!||Baron Mordo:|
|Dr. Strange:||No, Mordo--I arrive just in time to prevent it! Oshtur's Bane be upon you!|
|Do you see, Strange? The portal's form, glimmering into existence...||Baron Mordo:|
|Dr. Strange:||It is not complete yet, Mordo--and by the Vishanti, it shall never be!|
|Sorcerer Supreme, you face a power greater even than yours! The portal begins to take form...||Baron Mordo:|
|The powers of other realms batter at your protections, Strange. They will not be kept out forever.||Baron Mordo:|
|Dr. Strange:||Yes! The portal draws in on itself, and draws Mordo with it.|
|Dr. Strange:||He is gone. One wonders what sort of welcome Mephisto will offer.|
|Maria Hill:||Mephisto needs Mordo, doesn't he?|
|Dr. Strange:||He does, yes. But that will not prevent him from inflicting punishment. Those who pledge themselves to Mephisto find that no failure comes without great pain.|
|Agent Coulson:||And we thought the boss was hard on us.|
|Spider-Man:||How'd we do?|
|Agent Coulson:||We've got most of what Strange needs. Also, there's no permament demon superhighway open into the heart of Manhattan.|
|Spider-Man:||So pretty good, right?|
|Agent Coulson:||Communications aren't so good with all the occult interference.
We'll have to wait until they get back to find out how things went.
What we can do right here is make sure Strange has what he needs until the book gets here.
"Even the best laid plans never seem to survive contact with the enemy. Especially when the ring leaders of this accord are Dracula and Mephisto"
— Mission Preview
|Tony Stark:||I should have known we weren't going to get out of here easy.|
|Blade:||Dracula has shown his hand. He knows we have the book and he doesn't want it to get back to New York.
So he's pulled a mind-control stunt and we've got Black Knight, Union Jack and Captain Britain all standing between us and a clean getaway.
|Nick Fury:||MI-13 is lending us a new Quinjet, but there's a catch: They won't clear us for takeoff until we break whatever spell these three are under.
The clock's ticking, people.
|Nick Fury:||Sound off, everyone. We need all Strike Team Lamia members in close communication if we're going to get out of here and not leave anyone behind.|
|Psylocke:||I've heard from Fantomex and Blade. Fury, have the rest been in contact?|
|Nick Fury:||We've got everyone. Keep moving.|
MiniBoss - Black KnightEdit
|Nick Fury:||Black Knight's just disabled MI-13's flight control facility. He's got vampires with him. We're not going to get far with them running MI-13's air traffic.|
|Blade:||I'm ready. Vampires shouldn't be much trouble, but I don't want to hurt Dane any more than I have to.|
|Nick Fury:||Is there any special technique to break mind control?|
|Blade:||Other than killing the vampire who did it? Not really. Couple of sharp blows to the head works sometimes.|
|Nick Fury:||Then give that a try.|
|Blade:||Dane. You in there?|
|Hand over the book and live... at least, as long as Dracula permits it.||Black Knight:|
|Blade:||Dane, I'm trying to--|
|Hand over the book.||Black Knight:|
|Blade:||Never mind. We'll do this the hard way.|
|The book.||Black Knight:|
|Blade:||Thought you were in your right mind again... but I guess you need a little extra help.|
|Blade:||You got your head on straight again?|
|Black Knight:||Much appreciated, mate.|
|Blade:||You can pay me back by helping out with Dracula.|
MiniBoss - Captain BritainEdit
|Tony Stark:||Captain Britain's cut off our approach to the Quinjet. Psylocke's our closest asset. This is going to be awkward.|
|Nick Fury:||Just how Dracula wants it. He's pulling out all the stops to hold us here while he tries to get the book.|
|Tony Stark:||Psylocke? Your brother's headed right for you. We can't get to the Quinjet until we get--|
|Psylocke:||Yes. I know. Although one wonders why you can't just fly bloody commercial.|
|Tony Stark:||I'm sorry, have we met? Commercial? Me?|
|Yield up the book and your S.H.I.E.L.D. allies may depart. Not you, though, I'm afraid. The Braddock twins are needed here.
Dracula has need of the book, my sister. Let us not bicker.
|Psylocke:||Oh, we won't bicker, Bri. What we're going to do is much more fun than that.
We're going to fight. You and me, no holds barred. Because that's the only way I'm going to snap your mind out of Dracula's control.
|Then you face the powers of the Otherworld.||Captain Britain:|
|Psylocke:||Wouldn't have it any other way.|
|This ends when you hand over the book.||Captain Britain:|
|Psylocke:||For a moment there, I thought I'd knocked your own personality back into your head. Guess I'll have to do it again.|
|Captain Britain:||Well done, Betsy. Let's go get the bastard.|
|Psylocke:||Sounds good to me.|
|Nick Fury:||Hold on. If you're going to take Dracula on directly, you might want to make sure the rest of Excalibur is in their right minds.|
|Blade:||Or we can take the shortcut and restore them by putting a stake through Dracula.|
|Nick Fury:||That's another option. I'm just saying, think it through.|
|Tony Stark:||But fast. We need to get the book to Strange.|
MiniBoss - Union JackEdit
|Tony Stark:||Fantomex, you're closest to Union Jack. He's leading a vampire strike force right to the hangar holding our loaner Quinjet.|
|Fantomex:||Tower defense! My favorite kind of game. The Quinjet shall not be touched!|
|Did you bring the book? If not, you'd better go get it. I'll count to a hundred before I start wrecking Quinjets.||Union Jack:|
|Fantomex:||I don't carry books into a fight. I like to keep my reading time separate from my battling-against-brainwashed-pals time.|
|The book. I'm already on twelve.||Union Jack:|
|Fantomex:||You're not listening.|
|The book. And fast.||Union Jack:|
|Fantomex:||Looks like we haven't knocked Dracula all the way out of Jack's head yet. If at first you don't succeed...|
|Union Jack:||That was a hell of a wallop... but I guess I ought to thank you.|
|Fantomex:||You're welcome. Any Dracula left in your head?|
|Union Jack:||No. All me. Sorry about that.|
|Fantomex:||No apology necessary. We've all been mind-controlled here and there. Occupational hazard.|
MiniBoss - Malefactor DuctusEdit
|Tony Stark:||Blade, it's your lucky day. There's a group of vampires right on your tail. If you don't stake them, or feed them garlic or something, they're going to get to the Quinjet before we do.|
|Blade:||One, two, three... good. Lots of targets.|
|Blade:||I can only kill them so fast, Stark. Where's the backup?|
|Blade:||Now that's what I was put on earth to do.|
|Nick Fury:||Any other mind-controlled allies out there? We can't take off until everyone's accounted for.|
|Blade:||And until I've accounted for Dracula.|
|Tony Stark:||That would be great. Let's make that happen.|
Boss - DraculaEdit
|Blade:||Dracula himself. I keep a stake sharpened just for him. Maybe today's the day I get a chance to use it.|
|Tony Stark:||Watch out for his mind-control thing. If he can do it to Captain Britain, he might be able to do it to any of us.|
|Blade:||It's called a glamor.|
|Tony Stark:||What's called a glamor?|
|Blade:||That vampire mind control.|
|Tony Stark:||Oh. Well, don't get glamored, then.|
|I imagine you're having quite the time, vampire hunter. When was the last time you had so many targets to choose from?||Dracula:|
|Blade:||I like to keep busy.|
|If that's so, you won't want to kill me. What would you do then?||Dracula:|
|Blade:||Retire someplace quiet where the dead stay dead.|
|What a charming idea.||Dracula:|
|You carve your way through my minions, Blade, and think yourself prepared to face me? Think again.||Dracula:|
|I'm afraid you cannot leave with that book. I have need of it myself.||Dracula:|
|Blade:||I had him and he knew it.|
|Tony Stark:||That explains the vanishing in a puff of smoke.|
|Blade:||Fog, Stark. He turns into fog.|
|Tony Stark:||Looked like a puff of smoke to me, but I'm no expert.|
|Nick Fury:||Get to the Quinjet. If Dracula skipped out on this fight, he'll be waiting for us in New York. Count on it.|
|Tony Stark:||On the plus side, our Excalibur buddies aren't glamored anymore. They'll sweep up any vampire mess we have to leave behind.|
|Tony Stark:||All right. We've got the book and our UK pals are out from under Dracula's glamor. Let's get out of here. Has team Expurgo in New York finished collecting demon parts?|
|Nick Fury:||We'll find out when we get there. Psylocke is on board. Let's go.|
|Tony Stark:||Blade, you fancy a ride to New York? Probably lots of vampires there. We also think that's where Dracula is headed.|
|Blade:||I brought my passport just in case.|
|Tony Stark:||What, no comment about my correct idiomatic usage of fancy?|
|Blade:||When do we leave?|
"Even the best laid plans never seem to survive contact with the enemy. Especially when the ring leaders of this accord are Dracula and Mephisto"
— Mission Preview
|Agent Coulson:||Mephisto has sucker-punched us, Agent.|
|Maria Hill:||While we were focused on Baron Mordo, he tricked Johnny Storm and the Scarlet Witch into signing contracts for their souls.|
|Agent Coulson:||We're not sure how he did it, but both of them have family vulnerabilities.|
|Maria Hill:||They're both active in the area near Avengers Mansion, leading groups of demons.|
|Agent Coulson:||Hold them back from destroying the mansion until we can draw Mephisto out and see how we can break those contracts.|
|Dr. Strange:||Defeating Mephisto directly is the only way. I will handle that, but first we must force him to show himself.|
|Agent Coulson:||Do we know that Torch and the Scarlet Witch are the only ones Mephisto got to? We can't be sure. Someone needs to make contact with the other members of Strike Team Expurgo.|
|Morbius:||I've talked to everyone. The only one I'm not sure about is Deadpool.|
|Agent Coulson:||Nothing unusual about that.|
MiniBoss - Sicuspcis LordEdit
|Dr. Strange:||A demonic force. Perfect. I shall eliminate these myself.|
|Agent Coulson:||Shouldn't you be finishing the counterspell to get the moon moving again? And the sun coming up? That would be good.|
|Dr. Strange:||Do not presume to tell Stephen Strange how to proceed in matters arcane, Agent Coulson.|
|Agent Coulson:||Understood. I'm strictly in an advisory role.|
|Dr. Strange:||The Eye of Agamotto holds you in its gaze, demons. None of you shall survive its regard.|
|Dr. Strange:||The demonic hosts test me, Agent. My powers are divided.|
|Dr. Strange:||Now we finish this. Your malformed bodies shall be the material of the spell that defeats your master!|
|Dr. Strange:||Mephisto's gambit will backfire. The bodies of these demons will empower the spell I work...|
MiniBoss - Human TorchEdit
|Spider-Man:||Okay. Deep breath. Here's my good friend Johnny Storm trying to burn down Avengers Mansion.
Nobody said it would be easy, Spidey. One... two... three...
Here we go.
|Spider-Man:||Johnny, buddy, pal, what did you do?|
|It was either me or Sue, Pete. I couldn't let that happen to her.||Human Torch:|
|Spider-Man:||Not judging you. I'm just playing Spider-Decoy until we figure out how to get you out of this mess.|
|There's no way out. Not once you sign up with Mephisto. Don't make this harder than it is.||Human Torch:|
|Spider-Man:||Me make it harder? Who started shooting fireballs?|
|Don't make me do that again.||Human Torch:|
|Spider-Man:||Whatever Mephisto promised you, I'll double it. How's that sound?|
|Spider-Man:||Did that do any good? I mean, I didn't see any flights of angels or anything, like Mephisto let him go.|
|Maria Hill:||That's because Mephisto didn't let him go. We're fighting a holding action here until Strange can handle Mephisto face-to-face.|
|Spider-Man:||You mean I might have to do this again? Can't I just maybe stick needles in my eyes instead?|
MiniBoss - Scarlet WitchEdit
|Maria Hill:||Morbius, you're about to come into direct contact with the Scarlet Witch.|
|Morbius:||Is that your way of saying she's going to--never mind. I see her. What am I supposed to do?|
|Agent Coulson:||Try to stay alive. She's been coerced into fighting for Mephisto, but she might have enough will to not kill you.|
|Morbius:||Nice pep talk.|
|Agent Coulson:||It's the best we can do.|
|Spider-Man:||Plus I'll be tagging along. Don't worry about it, Morby old pal. Piece of cake. She's only like a super chaos magician. No prob.|
|Morbius. You're the sacrificial lamb they sent out?||Scarlet Witch:|
|Morbius:||It's an unfamiliar role for me, but I'm trying to make the most of it.|
|You do know it's a role one only gets to play once.||Scarlet Witch:|
|Morbius:||You could sound a little sadder about that.|
|My feelings are not yours to dictate.||Scarlet Witch:|
|There's no going back. Mephisto will have us all sooner or later.||Scarlet Witch:|
|Morbius:||I'm going to take another shot. Maybe it'll buy Strange the time he needs.|
|Morbius:||You were right. She didn't kill me. But I think all I did was slow her down. As soon as her powers recover, she'll be right back at it.|
|Maria Hill:||We know. Our only chance is if Strange can force Maphisto out into the open before that happens.|
MiniBoss - DeadpoolEdit
|Nevermind, Agent Coulson. Stand down. Port arms. Whatever. I got this.
Spider-Man, you and me are gonna fight.
|Agent, click through this dialogue so me and Spider-Man can fight.
Just one more click.
Okay, one more. Let's get bloody!
|Spider-Man:||Deadpool, man, I wouldn't have figured you to sell your soul to the devil.|
|Sell my soul? I couldn't get a nickel for that thing.||Deadpool:|
|Is that what everyone's doing? I just thought we were shuffling up the sides to keep things interesting.||Deadpool:|
|This is great. I get to fight whoever I want and if I lose, I can pretend Mephisto had my soul and act all grateful. Tell the designers I said thanks!||Deadpool:|
|Nevermind. It's a meta thing. You wouldn't understand.||Deadpool:|
|Man, if I'd known I was supposed to sell my soul, I'd've gotten it spruced up a little to maximize my return.||Deadpool:|
|Wait a sec. Before we start fighting, whose side am I on? It helps to know that so I can figure out who to mock.||Deadpool:|
|Spider-Man:||Just so I have this straight...|
|Deadpool:||HOW SHOULD I KNOW?
I'm outta here. This party got lame.
Boss - MephistoEdit
|Agent Coulson:||Agent, you heard Strange. I'd take his advice.|
|You know I dislike being summoned, Strange. And surely you are not fool enough to believe you can constrain me now that I am here?||Mephisto:|
|Dr. Strange:||I care little for what you dislike, demon, and even less for constraining you. It is breaking you I am after, and with the power of the Vishanti I shall!
The Eye of Agamotto will pierce your lies and free those you have deceived!
|The battle is joined, and sooner than I had thought. I thank you for that, Strange. It is too long since I took a life.||Mephisto:|
|Fight for your friends' souls, Strange. Perhaps you will even win them back. It is of no consequence. There are always others willing to bargain for their fondest desires...||Mephisto:|
|Dr. Strange:||And there are always others willing to purify this world of the dark taint of your presence, Mephisto. Begone!|
|Who will be next to sign a contract...?||Mephisto:|
|Strange, you can either free your friends or protect yourself. Which will you choose?||Mephisto:|
|Maria Hill:||We think it's coming back from London, but we don't have an exact time for its arrival.|
|Dr. Strange:||Mephisto will not wait long. He and Dracula together will build their powers, and I must turn my attention to final preparations.|
|Agent Coulson:||Understood. We'll handle it from here.|
|Maria Hill:||Johnny Storm and the Scarlet Witch are free of their debt to Mephisto, thanks to Strange.|
|Scarlet Witch:||I owe you a debt, Stephen.|
|Dr. Strange:||Careful, Wanda. Thinking you owe a debt what was got you into your predicament to begin with.|
|Scarlet Witch:||Even so. I'm grateful.|
|Human Torch:||Me too. Mephisto... he played me for a sucker. I feel stupid.|
|Dr. Strange:||This is Mephisto's specialty. He has had millenia of practice. Now you are free. We move on.|
|Agent Coulson:||And now we return the favor by giving him enough time to get his magical ducks in a row.|
|Maria Hill:||Hold on, Agent. Fury and Stark are on their way back from London. We're heading into the endgame.|
"Dr. Strange has all he needs to stop the eclipse and restore order to the planet. With the true intentions of this dark alliance finally revealed. S.H.I.E.L.D. is in for a climactic final battle."
— Mission Preview
|Maria Hill:||Team Lamia is back from London with the Darkhold. Strange, this is your show now. Tell us what you need.|
|Nick Fury:||You're saying we're looking at an army of demon-vampire hybrids.|
|Dr. Strange:||Yes. The more powerful demons and vampires we have already seen are early examples of this.
We do not wish to see the finished product, you may be certain of that.
|Nick Fury:||Agent, you heard the Doctor. He needs time, and if we don't give it to him, the world is going to be an eternal shadow playground for demon vampires.|
|Tony Stark:||If that's not incentive enough to fight, we all need to be in another line of work.|
Mini-Boss - Subcintus LordEdit
|Nick Fury:||An elite demon force just deployed through a portal. They're headed for the Sanctum Sanctorum, and they're not leaving anything alive on their way.|
|Agent Coulson:||Agent, Spider-Man's headed to cut them off, but he's going to need some help.|
|Spider-Man:||Okay, demons. More demons. I remember feeling pretty good about fighting demons after the last time I did it.
So how come I'm not exactly filled with optimism?
|Spider-Man:||Guys. A little help here?|
|Spider-Man:||This demon overpopulation problem is getting ridiculous.|
|Spider-Man:||I'm here. Whew. That was... well, let's just say I hope I never have to do that again.|
|Maria Hill:||Hold your position. There might be more of them.|
|Spider-Man:||Oh, great. I was hoping you'd say that.|
Mini-Boss - Mafioso DuctusEdit
|Agent Coulson:||Dracula's sending in his shock troops. These might be some of those souped-up demon vampires Strange was talking about.|
|Agent Coulson:||It's not like you can tell by looking at them. Morbius and Blade will have to tell us for sure.|
|Tony Stark:||Things are about to get fangy.|
|Morbius:||Should one of us comment on the irony that we're fighting together against other vampires?|
|Blade:||I don't do irony.|
|Blade:||Get up, Morbius, before I add you to the pile. We're not done yet.|
|Blade:||There's always more vampires to kill. Gives me a reason to live.|
|Tony Stark:||Blade, give us a sit-rep. How were those super-vampires?|
|Blade:||They die just like all the rest.|
|Morbius:||Only not as easily.|
|Tony Stark:||Then let's make sure Strange doesn't have to deal with them while he finishes doing whatever he's doing in there.|
Boss - Mephisto/DraculaEdit
|Maria Hill:||Mephisto and Dracula have broken through Strange's defenses!|
|Agent Coulson:||We couldn't keep them out of the Sanctum Sanctorum.|
|Tony Stark:||Strange better bring his A game. All we can do is cheer him on at this point.|
|Your inner sanctum is no longer yours alone, Strange.||Mephisto:|
|Soon the Darkhold will no longer be yours, either. And when we have taken it, we will take your life.||Dracula:|
|Dr. Strange:||The Darkhold's pages contain the end of your story, Dracula. Mephisto's end I will write myself.|
|Will you? How will you find the time to write when your soul is feeding my legions?||Mephisto:|
|Dr. Strange:||It is inscribed already, in the work I have done. Now, by the gaze of the eternal Vishanti, you will be consumed by the darksome chaos that first gave you form!|
|I feel the course of your power in the very veins of this place, Strange... but you have not yet begun to see my true strength.
Feed, Dracula! Once your fangs are stained with Strange's blood, our mastery of this world will be complete!
|Dr. Strange:||By the Moons of Munnopor, I am no vampire's repast! Breathe deep the Vapors of Valtorr, and let that breath be your last!|
|First, I feed... then, Mephisto, you may claim what is left.||Dracula:|
|What hope remains to you, Strange? You are isolated and alone. Yield your soul to me, and you at least will be spared...||Mephisto:|
|Dr. Strange:||It is done. Not the combined power of Mephisto and Dracula can overmaster the might of the Vishanti and the Sorcerer Supreme.
But my task is not yet complete. The pages of the Darkhold have yet to be turned, and the ritual completed...
|Tony Stark:||Get to it, then, willya?|
|Dr. Strange:||Your banality is invulnerable, Stark.|
|Agent Coulson:||Strange is completing the ritual...|
|Maria Hill:||The moon. It's moving! It worked!|
|Dr. Strange:||Yes. It worked. It was always going to work, Agent Hill. We have answered a dire challenge, and restored the natural order of day and night.|
|Nick Fury:||So the sun's going to come up tomorrow.|
|Dr. Strange:||It will.|
|Tony Stark:||That's the best news I've heard in weeks. I didn't want to book another session at the tanning salon.
But Morbius, you better get used to hiding out during the day again. At least until we can do something about your condition.
|Blade:||I'll do something about his condition.|
|Tony Stark:||Come on, there, Sir Stake-a-lot. Morbius chalked up a lot of demon and vampire kills. He's officially a good guy now.|
|Morbius:||S.H.I.E.L.D. techs are getting the serum optimized. I'm... I can control my hunger now. Time to get along.|
|Tony Stark:||Hey, look at that. I think it's about to be dawn. Man, I've never been so happy to find out I stayed up all night.|
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