“So? What do I get out of it? I mean besides ‘not oblivion’? What do I get if I help you? What do I get if I end this universe?”
- -- The One-Above-All conversing with Mephisto
Earth-11213, otherwise known as the Shattered Earth, is a divergent timeline in the Marvel Comics Multiverse. It is a Darkest Timeline of Marvel whose main difference is a time crunch where everything that happened between 1939-Present happened between 1939-1984. The big branching-off point from the main Marvel Timeline was during Secret Wars in 1984. Instead of the Beyonder making his patchwork planet Battleworld from pieces of multiple worlds. He instead mixed up different pieces of different worlds with each other, resulting in all planets in the cosmos becoming Battleworlds. It is notable for somehow living longer than it was supposed to; prompting intervention from the One-Above-All himself, causing him to seek out help from Earth-11213's version of Mephisto.
This slightly altered Secret War resulted in a much darker turn of events where all Mutants were shipped off to D'Bari V, all Inhumans became the property of the Kree Empire, all meta-beings were forced to register due to an intergalactic accord, superweapons that once were in the hands of invaders, supervillains, and mystical threats were now littered across the United States being sold not on the Black Market but as an extension of the second amendment as if they were no more powerful than the everyday handgun. And darkest of all Thor Odinson, the once and future All-Father, was now a genocidal maniac; driven insane by the death of Jane Foster. Leaving the Ten Realms to be united under Loki’s nightmarish rule.
Is this a dystopian society? Strangely enough, no. It is a world far more akin to ours just with a few more explosions than normal. However the superscience continued to progress, and there are people out there who are trying to make a difference. Spider-Man & Silk were two of the few heroes who remained publicly active despite the IERHS Act; via a technicality that the Web-Warriors’ work was merely an extension of Parker Unlimited’s Humanitarian and Security efforts. Remy LeBeau and Luna Maximoff ran an Underground Railroad that brought Mutants and Inhumans alike seeking refuge safely to Bikini Atoll (the last remaining section of Battleworld). And (despite their best efforts) many supervillain organizations went underground.
However little did the inhabitants of this world know that this was not meant to be. For in the Realm Above All, The One Above All was faced with a puzzle that not even his underlings could solve. For Earth-11213 was a world that was not meant to die long ago, and yet it persists. Somewhere around the time of ten years ago, this stubborn Earth was supposed to end with the successful assassination of the Mad God Odinson and the subsequent murder of Loki, the now “Necro-Father”. But this did not happen and the universe lived on due to a young boy’s death.
This death served as the origin story of a new generation of heroes in this doomed world. This renaissance would only last three years as new generations of Avengers, X-Men, and Defenders came into existence. Joined by many other unaffiliated heroes and villains to match.
However, the One Above All did not like this as this world’s very act of being threatened the very existence of the larger multiverse. So to save the balance of the Marvel Multiverse, God made a deal with the Devil of that universe (the Mephisto of said world) to doom the inhabitants of Earth-11213.
Via the use of a human facsimile, Mephisto was able to manipulate and take control of the terrorist organization/astrological cult known as Zodiac and devised a plan to take out peacekeeping organizations (such as SHIELD) and assimilate other such terror groups (like Hydra) or eliminate any of those groups that opposed them (like AIM) and convert any remaining Humans, Inhumans, or Mutants into mindless zombies with animalistic features (because of the Zodiac gimmick).
Ultimately Mephisto’s plan was successful and 99.9% percent of the population was converted, leaving only the heroes and as many of the Mutant and Inhuman Refugees that they could smuggle away with them left on their doomed world. Fortunately for them, due to the spy work of a much older version of Natasha Romanoff, the almost-200 surviving members of society were transported to the main Marvel Universe in a trans-universal lifeboat.
In order to ensure the delivery of the survivors, the new Thor, Thunderstrike, Punisher, Deathlok, Black Panther, White Tiger, Sorceress Supreme, Hercules, Ghost Rider, and Power Man make their stand outside the lifeboat. Miraculously most of them made it out alive. Most of them. For there was one final casualty in the shattering of Earth-11213 and they were the ones responsible for the new age of heroes.
Nine years before the universe’s shattering, Loki the Necro-Father enlisted the help of Eitri, King of the Dwarves, to help him assassinate Odinson, the Mad God. Eitri only agreed because the Norse Gods were now universally viewed as a malevolent alien race, responsible for the single largest genocide since Jean Grey (as the Phoenix) detonated the sun of D’Bari IV. So a new type of Destroyer armor was commissioned, one that used Pym Particles to shrink and grow as well as become even stronger and more durable than normal (even when it’s size was unaltered). What was supposed to happen afterward was that it would touch down in Newark, New Jersey (where Odinson was hiding), decimate the city, and kill Odinson. In Loki’s moment of fulfillment, Eitri would stab him in the back with a hot poker (as Loki was bonded to the Venom symbiote, and thus could only be killed via extreme temperatures). However, somehow there was a slight miscalculation in the flight path, causing the Destroyer to regrow in size too early when entering Earth’s orbit and burning up a little too much upon entry. Causing the same amount of death to the city (give or take a few Asgardians). This miscalculation caused one new unforeseen victim to be among the dead. A six-year-old boy who was getting a checkup with his pediatrician. Causing his older brother to hold a grudge against the Asgardians.
This older brother would soon go on to pick up Mjolnir, seeking to use it as a weapon against those he sought vengeance against for his brother Charlie’s death. Instead, he was confronted by a legacy of heroes and kings and was inspired to follow in their footsteps. The first hero was a boy from New Jersey who now lied dead, floating within the Superflow, the bloodstream of the multiverse so that the rest of the survivors could escape.
Shattered Earth #Alpha
WE SEE AN EMPTY WHITE VOID. THE ONLY THING VISIBLE IS THE RIGHT HAND OF AN OLD MAN WEARING A BLACK HOODIE. THE HAND RESTS ON A STACK OF COMIC BOOKS (ON TOP: Journey into Mystery #83, IN BETWEEN: Tales of Suspense #52, Amazing Fantasy #15, Tales of Suspense #57, Tales of Suspense #39, AT THE BOTTOM: The Incredible Hulk #1) LYING ON TOP OF A WOODEN TABLE. THE MYSTERIOUS MAN’S RIGHT-HAND HOLDS A DRAWING PENCIL JUST ABOVE A SHORTER STACK OF 3 SEPARATE SHEETS OF BLANK PAPER. A LIGHT BLUE TEXT BOX WITH A GOLDEN-YELLOW BORDER IS SEEN.
BLUE TEXT BOX: Okay, this is crazy…
A SECOND LIGHT REDDISH-PINKISH TEXT BOX APPEARS.
REDDISH-PINKISH TEXT BOX: I know, I know… I think I know how to help you. Just imagine there's a table.
BLUE TEXT BOX: Wait, what???
REDDISH-PINKISH TEXT BOX: Just go with it!
WE SEE THAT SAME TABLE WITH THE VERY SAME STACK OF COMIC BOOKS ON TOP OF IT.
REDDISH-PINKISH TEXT BOX: Imagine two legs represent the Darkest Timeline and the other two represent the prime universe.
BLUE TEXT BOX: Just tell me where this is going.
THE TABLE'S MEASLY STACK OF COMIC BOOKS NOW GROW INTO SEVERAL MOUNTAINS UPON MOUNTAINS OF COMICS ATOP IT.
REDDISH-PINKISH TEXT BOX: Each pair of legs are equal. They’re made to be equal. So they need to stay equal.
THE TABLE WITH MOUNTAIN OF COMICS ATOP IT, NOW HAS TWO OF THE FOUR LEGS CUT SHORT. REDDISH-
PINKISH TEXT BOX: If they’re not equal the table’s gonna be lopsided, right? That means that the stuff on top of the table, the multiverse, will fall on the floor; The table gets broken, the multiverse falls.
THE THINGS ATOP THE TABLE ARE SEEN SLIDING OFF, FALLING ONTO THE INVISIBLE FLOOR. EVENTUALLY FADING AWAY, BECOMING ONE WITH THE EMPTY WHITE VOID.
BLUE TEXT BOX: What if it... you know… ends anyway?
REDDISH-PINKISH TEXT BOX: From what I've come to understand there's something you need to know about the concept of the quote-unquote darkest timeline. A lot of people expect the darkest time to adhere to Murphy’s Law, but that’s not true, it’s not absolute chaos where everything’s going wrong all the time.
WE SEE GLIMPSES OF DIFFERENT APOCALYPTIC AND/OR DYSTOPIAN TIMELINES.
REDDISH-PINKISH TEXT BOX: There are rules, three of them to be exact.
WE SEE GLIMPSES OF THE CANCERVERSE, THE AGE OF APOCALYPSE, AGE OF ULTRON, EARTH-X, AND THE MARVEL RUINS UNIVERSES.
REDDISH-PINKISH TEXT BOX: Rule #1: it never ends on a grand finale, it always ends on a whimper. Rule #2: it always adheres to the rules of the prime timeline. Rule #3: (the most important rule) it can’t exist without the prime and vice versa, if it dies “naturally” like you said, it must be swiftly replaced by another.
EACH RESPECTIVE TIMELINE IS SEEN EXPLODING, LEAVING AN EMPTY VOID IN ITS PLACE.
REDDISH-PINKISH TEXT BOX: Imagine you just temporarily take the stuff off the table, flip the table over, replace the legs, flip it back over, then put the stuff back on top.
LIGHT BLUE TEXT BOX: I’m sorry... what???
THE DESK REAPPEARS, THIS TIME IN THE SAME ABYSS THAT REPLACED THE DESTROYED TIMELINES. THE DESK IS NOW LOPSIDED WITH NOTHING ON IT AND MISSING TWO LEGS. THE LONE LIGHT BLUE TEXT BOX IS SEEN ASKING A SINGLE QUESTION. LIGHT
BLUE TEXT BOX: What happens if it isn’t replaced?
THE PINKISH-REDDISH TEXT BOX APPEARS UNDER A FEW OF THE REMAINING, NOW SCATTERED, COMIC BOOKS (PREVIOUSLY SHOWN IN A NEAT STACK).
PINKISH-REDDISH TEXT BOX: Broken table.
The Branching Off-Point
WE SEE THE VACUUM OF SPACE, THE HEROES HOLD STEADY AS THANOS AND HIS ARMADA APPROACHES. THE BEYONDER WATCHES IN THE DISTANCE. HE CHORTLES AT THEIR SQUABBLE.
THE BEYONDER: How many times have you faced the Titan in the last 40 years? But now that is no longer! So many times I’ve done this experiment, but oh! How I love this rivalry you have!
IRON MAN ALONGSIDE THOR (Jane Foster), THOR ODINSON (wielding the War Hammer), and CAPTAIN AMERICA (Steve Rogers), YELLS AT THE BEYONDER. IRON MAN WEARS AN ALL COPPER SUIT REMINISCENT OF THE CLASSIC 2020 ARMOR. A MAD MAX-STYLE FACE CAGE PROTRUDES FROM THE LOWER HALF OF THE HELMET. IN PLACE OF THE EYES ARE A SINGLE GLOWING BLUE VISOR. IRON MAN TAKES A STEP FORWARD TOWARD THE BEYONDER.
TONY: HEY! (pointing at the Beyonder) TONY: Shut up, Elvis Shakespeare!
JANE: Indeed, brother Stark. Beyonder!!! Remove these vile magiks so I may grant you the most dishonorable and humiliating death a coward like you deserves!
BEYONDER: Ugh, you heroes are no fun!
THE BEYONDER THROWS HIS ARMS DOWNWARD, LIKE A SPOILED CHILD WHO DIDN'T GET HIS WAY.
BEYONDER: Even in the world where you were all talking animals you took this (does air quotes) BEYONDER: “fighting-to-the-death thing” so seriously…
CAPTAIN AMERICA: War is not a game. War is a travesty. No one should seek one out. No one should seek to create one. Not even a God. You may claim to be a god but I think you’re just a child playing dress-up. Smashing his toys together to see who would win in a fight. Thing is; we’re not your playthings. And this world, this universe, is our home. And we’re not giving it up without a fight. Even if that means we have to stop fighting each other. And start. Fighting. You.
THE BEYONDER LOUNGES ON A BLACK LEATHER RECLINER, DRINKING A LARGE SODA, AS IF HE’S A MOVIEGOER UNIMPRESSED BY THE PREVIEWS. INSIDE THE HULL OF THE SANCTUARY II, THANOS GETS UP FROM HIS CAPTAIN’S CHAIR. THE BEYONDER PERKS UP.
THANOS: I agree with the star-spangled one.
THE BEYONDER SITS BACK DOWN, DISAPPOINTED. HE POUTS.
THANOS: But not for the same reason. You call yourself a god. But, the only true god is Death, herself. And I would do anything to defend her honor.
THE BEYONDER GETS UP AND PUTS HIS HANDS ON HIS HIPS.
THE BEYONDER: Fine. Fine! I hear what you’re saying... YOU WANT STAKES! The winner of this war gets to try to kill me. There! Happy?
TONY AND THANOS GIVE DIFFERENT RESPONSES AT THE SAME TIME.
--TONY: No, why in the name of-- --THANOS: I agree to these terms.
TONY: I hate alien warlords so much!
THE BAD GUYS BEGIN TO CHARGE AT THE HEROES OF EARTH. THE HEROES DECIDE TO SPLIT UP; ONE GROUP GOES TO PROTECT THE BATTLE-EARTH, THE OTHER GOES TO FIGHT THE ARMADA. THE SECOND GROUP BEGINS TO STRATEGIZE HOW TO DEFEAT THE ARMADA.
CAP: Quill? You’re the space experts, any ideas on how to defeat the armada?
QUILL: Um… okay… got a pen and paper? Separate the Black Order from one another and the rest of the Chitauri. The Black Order is stronger as a group but without each other well… it’ll be easy pickings… it'd still be pretty hard actually... you know what I mean.
CAP: Got it, break them up--
ROCKET: What the blonde idiot is forgetting is the Chitauri that are connected to a hive mind and are only fueled by rage, adrenaline, and bloodlust. Thing is they're fruit flies that think they're yellow jackets. You know, like Drax, for instance. So instead of using their fruit fly brains they rely on controllers for intelligence. The controllers being the Order. Because they’re idiotic fruit flies they’re really easy to kill but that’s the point. They’re meant to exhaust you. They’re deadly, and there's a near-endless amount of them. So what you’re gonna wanna do is separate the Black Order from them. Because they lose their intelligence they’ll regress into a berserker rage (except they’re now more vulnerable than before), causing them to burn out, leading them to lose consciousness. You know, more like Gorgeous Gammy over here!
GAMORA: Oh, frak you!
KITTY PRYDE: What the trash panda means is… The Black Order are their controllers. Without them leading the charge, the Chitauri will burn out faster, and that means they’ll be super easy to kill.
JANE: I shall taketh the Dwarf.
RIGHT AS CAPTAIN AMERICA IS ABOUT TO SAY SOMETHING JANE FOSTER TURNS OFF HER COMMUNICATOR.
JANE: Finally I can stop talking like some Shakespearean idiot.
SHE SPOTS BLACK DWARF AND SLAMS HIM INTO THE BLUE AREA OF THE MOON, SEPARATING HIM FROM HIS ARMY OF CHITAURI SOLDIERS. THEY BEGIN TO BRAWL. DWARF THROWS A PUNCH BUT JANE CATCHES HIS HUMONGOUS FIST. SHE THROWS THE HAMMER OVER BLACK DWARF’S SHOULDER. SHE GRUNTS OUT OF PAIN.
JANE (THOUGHT BOX): I’m beginning to feel it.
BLACK DWARF: You missed, godling!
JANE: When will you boys ever learn?
MJOLNIR ROCKETS BACK TOWARDS JANE’S OPEN PALM, WHICH IS NOW HOLDING BACK BLACK DWARF’S LEFT SHOULDER. BLACK DWARF FAINTLY HEARS THE HAMMER BARRELING TOWARDS HIM.
BLACK DWARF: Hmm? JANE (THOUGHT BOX): I’m dying.
MJOLNIR METEORS INTO HIS SHOULDER. THE HULKING BEAST SHRIEKS IN PAIN. SHE USES THE MOMENTUM OF A SECOND PUNCH TO THROW HIM INTO THE GROUND. HE FALLS ON HIS FACE. SHE SMIRKS.
JANE: Heroes don’t miss.
JANE (THOUGHT BOX): My blood is boiling. Every bone, every muscle, every vein in my body aches.
JANE THROWS THE HAMMER AWAY FROM HIM. SHE TAKES OFF HER HELMET AND BASHES IT INTO THE BACK OF DWARF’S HEAD AGAIN AND AGAIN! HER SMILE GROWS BIGGER AND MORE MONSTROUS WITH EVERY HIT SHE LANDS.
JANE (THOUGHT BOX): It’s like I’m on fire on a cellular level yet… I’ve never felt more alive.
RIGHT AS THE HELMET BEGINS TO CRACK, MJOLNIR JETTISONS INTO HIS RIGHT HIP, KNOCKING HIM SQUARE ONTO HIS BACK. MJOLNIR ROCKETS PAST DWARF’S BODY ONLY TO SWERVE BACK INTO JANE’S PALM. JANE TURNS AWAY FROM BLACK DWARF, WINDING UP THE HAMMER AS SHE RUNS. SHE CONTINUES TO BUILD UP SPEED AND MOMENTUM FOR A FINISHING BLOW. BLACK DWARF IS CONFUSED, HE TRIES TO SIT UP. JANE TURNS BACK AND LAUNCHES HERSELF INTO THE AIR. SHE STRIKES DOWNWARD AT BLACK DWARF’S HEAD. WE SEE HER EYES ROLL INTO THE BACK OF HER HEAD. HER SMILE CLOSES AND BECOMES A CONTENT TRANQUIL EXPRESSION.
JANE (THOUGHT BOX): I think this is the way I want to go.
HER BODY GOES LIMP MIDAIR. THE HAMMER FALLS ON BLACK DWARF’S FACE, CRUSHING HIS SKULL. JANE REVERTS TO HER MORTAL FORM.
JANE (THOUGHT BOX): Fighting the good fight.
ODINSON WIELDING THE WAR HAMMER IS FIGHTING THE ARMADA. HE STOPS AND STARES TOWARD THE MOON. IRON MAN TAKES NOTICE.
ODINSON: Lady Jane?
TONY (WHISPERING IN REALIZATION): Jane? (turns back to Odinson) TONY: Whoa there, He-Man. We'll worry about Dr. Foster later but--
ODINSON TAKES OFF TOWARDS THE MOON.
TONY: --we gotta focus.
TEARS WELL UP IN THE UNWORTHY GOD’S EYES.
ODINSON: Jane Foster. You deserved better. You deserved honor. Honor I did not give you. You deserved to die as what you were. How I should have seen you all these years.
TONY AND CAP TAKE TO THE MOON TO COMFORT ODINSON.
CAP: I’m sorry, Thor. We know how much she meant to you.
CAP PUTS HIS HAND ON ODINSON’S SHOULDER. ODINSON SWIPES IT AWAY.
ODINSON: She was a warrior! No god in the history of Asgard was braver than she! She deserved a warrior’s death!
TONY TRIES TO CONSOLE HIM, HELP HIM TO HIS FEET.
TONY: C’mon… why don’t you go protect the Earth from invading forces with Coulson’s team?
CAP: Tony’s right, why don’t you take a rest from the fight?
ODINSON: I’M NOT YOUR FOOT SOLDIER, ROGERS! She deserved a warrior's death! So in her honor, I, THOR, THE ODIN SON, SHALL END THIS WAR! AND KILL THE BEYONDER, MYSELF!
HE TAKES TOWARD THE CENTER OF THE FIGHT, HE FACES THE ARMADA AND SWINGS THE WAR HAMMER. A WAVE OF ELECTRICITY IS SENT BARRELING TOWARDS THE FLEET OF SHIPS. IT PASSES THROUGH THE SHIPS, CUTTING THE FLEET IN HALF. ODINSON TURNS BACK AROUND, PLEASED WITH HIMSELF. AND IS ABOUT TO TAKE OFF TOWARDS THE BEYONDER BUT HE NOTICES THAT EVERYONE ELSE HAS A LOOK OF SHOCK, TERROR AND/OR DISBELIEF ON THEIR FACE.
CAPTAIN MARVEL: Thor, what have you done?
ODINSON TURNS BACK TO FIND THE ENERGY WAVE HAS CONTINUED PAST THE ARMADA AND HAS NOW CUT SEVERAL BATTLEWORLDS IN HALF AS WELLED AS KILLED MANY HEROES AND FOES ALIKE.
ODINSON: Odin’s beard…
ODINSON HORRIFIED AT WHAT HE HAS DONE TAKES OFF FOR BATTLE-EARTH. AS CAPTAIN AMERICA TURNS BACK FOR MJOLNIR INSTEAD OF ALLOWING THE CAPTAIN TO PICK HER UP, SHE INSTEAD TAKES TO ORBIT AROUND THE EARTH. THE ENEMY SURRENDERS. THE TWO SIDES ARE ABOUT TO MEET FOR AN ARMISTICE UNTIL THE BEYONDER SPEAKS UP.
BEYONDER: NOW THAT’S QUALITY CONTENT! The drama! The passion! The suspense! You even got the bad guys to surrender! (claps) BEYONDER: Well done! Well done! Now for the honor of killing me… kill them. Kill them! Kill them! KILL THEM!
A HOLOGRAM OF THE KREE SUPREME INTELLIGENCE SPRINGS FROM A KREE BATTLESHIP.
SUPREME INTELLIGENCE: Too many lives were lost on both sides. The best course of action is to cease conflict immediately.
BEYONDER: Aw poo…
THE CASUALTIES INCLUDING COUNTLESS DEAD HEROES INCLUDING DIRECTOR PHIL COULSON AND HIS TEAM THE SECRET WARRIORS (EXCEPT FOR QUAKE) AND AN ALMOST EQUAL NUMBER OF INJURED HEROES INCLUDING A GRAVELY INJURED TONY STARK. DAISY JOHNSON, NOW THE DE FACTO LEADER OF SHIELD SPEAKS TO THE AVENGERS ON COMMS.
DAISY JOHNSON (ON COMMLINK): Well... looks like it's time to make history…
+14 HOURS LATER,
DAISY JOHNSON ENTERS THE TRISKELION. THE AGENTS ALL SALUTE TO HER. A SHORT SLIGHTLY OVERWEIGHT BALDING AGENT WITH THE LAST NAME KOENIG ON HIS NAME TAG APPROACHES HER.
KOENIG: The United Nations called; now that the galaxy is unscrambled, there's a major refugee crisis. They say runaway aliens are popping up all over the world. Oh! I almost forgot, the World Security Council still need to ratify your appointment.
DIR. JOHNSON: Anything else, Koenig?
KOENIG: Did I mention they completely disapproved of your draft of the IERHS Act and that they want to take a stab at it, themselves?
THE NEWLY CHRISTENED DIRECTOR CUPS HER HEAD IN HER HAND.
+2 YEARS LATER,
WE SEE LAURA KINNEY, STRAIGHTENING A Ph.D. ON HER WALL. THE NEWS PLAYS ON THE TV.
NEWS ANCHOR: With the passing of the IERHS Act comes certain drawbacks. For instance, many weapons of alien and mystic origin have gone missing. Many suspecting a lack of resources lead to many black-market arms dealers intercepting the collection of the weapons and/or the theft of the weapons from secure facilities.
LAURA GETS A KNOCK ON THE DOOR TO HER PLACE OF WORK. SHE OPENS IT AND SEES THE YOUNG MOLLY HAYES.
MOLLY: Hi, I'm Molly. My friends and I got separated and I don’t wanna go to the D’Bari homeworld. And I was told--
LAURA: Hi Molly, I’m Laura, You came to the right place.
LAURA LEADS HER INSIDE AND CLOSES THE DOOR BEHIND HER.
LAURA (TEXT BOX): The Howlett Family Shelter is open for business.
+4 YEARS LATER,
ARNIM ZOLA LEANS ON A TABLE IN A WAR ROOM WHERE THE LEADERS OF HYDRA ARE SEATED.
ZOLA: Heroes are outlawed! Most, if not all of them are forced to retire. We all know the governments of the world cannot stop the might of Hydra.
GORGON: It is true. It is a new era for our organization.
DOCTOR FAUSTUS: They will never see us--
FAUSTUS TURNS AND LOOKS TOWARD THE DOOR. EVERYONE ELSE TURNS AFTER HIM.
ZEMO: Who are you?
THE SILHOUETTE OF AN ADULT FEMALE STANDS IN THE DOORWAY, SHE SNAPS HER FINGERS. SHOTS ARE FIRED AND EVERYONE IS SHOT EXCEPT FOR HIVE.
WOMAN IN SHADOWS: Hello, it’s so nice to meet you. I’m a big fan. I was wondering if you could… approve of my bid for Supreme Leader?
THE MONSTER WEARS A SLIGHT SMIRK. THE WOMAN'S GLOVED HAND EXTENDS TOWARDS THE MONSTER. HIVE SHAKES IT.
WOMAN IN SHADOWS: A new era indeed.
+7 YEARS LATER,
CHANGAMIRE: My queen. I have the most terrible news
SHURI: Spit it out, Changamire…
CHANGAMIRE: The Great Mound is empty.
SHURI: What could have caused this? The Vibranium in the Mound was the lifeblood of Wakanda.
CHANGAMIRE: Given the fact it was raided by countless enemy organizations in recent years, that, combined with the large quantity that was used in the Secret War— it’s gone. It’s all gone, my queen.
SHURI GLARES AT HER SUBJECT.
-10 YEARS AGO,
EITRI: All-Father Loki! To what do I owe the honor?
LOKI: I’m not the All-Father... yet. Odin is all alone out there with the rest of resistance, stripped of his power. But you and the rest of the Dwarves, Knull bless you, did not pick a side. So, I have to ask, you will be willing to help your glorious ruler?
EITRI: What makes you so sure I’ll say yes?
LOKI: Because my job for you Is something utterly delicious! A problem that anyone would give anything to help me solve! Regardless of allegiance!
EITRI: And what do you need of me?
LOKI: Your help to kill the Odinson of course!
SOMETIME AFTER, WE SEE THE OLD WHITE MAN FROM BEFORE (NOW GLOWING YELLOW) SHAKING HANDS WITH A CLAWED PINK-SKINNED DEMON IN A BESPOKE RED BUSINESS SUIT.
PINKISH-REDDISH TEXT BOX: They said that the assassination was supposed to work. And that Loki would be killed not too soon after. Ending on a whimper. But something happened. It’s like the world refused to die.
LIGHT BLUE TEXT BOX: Broken table… is that’s why that world was destroyed?
PINKISH-REDDISH TEXT BOX: Yes and no.
LIGHT BLUE TEXT BOX: Then why was it destroyed? What happened next?
PINKISH-REDDISH TEXT BOX: Well that’s more complicated…
- Newark, New Jersey
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- San Francisco, California
- Miami, Florida
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- K'un L'un
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