Into the Negative Zone, Pt. 1


Dr. Reed Richards, Dr. Ulysses Klaw, Dr. William Lumpkin, and Dr. Harvey Elder. Four Baxter Building scientists. They are working on a special teleporter machine. However, the project has already exceeded their original budget plan.

REED: Alright. I think we're going to need help.

KLAW: Really, now?

REED: I will remind you that I am your boss, Ulysses. Please try and treat me with respect.

Reed walks out of the room.

REED: I'll be back shortly.

Klaw and the others continue their work.

KLAW: Control freak...

In the hall, Reed sees Johnny and Ben. Johnny flips a coin.

JOHNNY: Tails! Ha!

BEN: Hey, I said tails!

REED: What are you two doing?

BEN: Uh...

JOHNNY: Just trying to pass some time. There's not much for us to do around here. We're not science-types like YOU.

REED: Johnny, where's Susan? I haven't seen her at all today. She was supposed to help us on the teleporter.

JOHNNY: I dunno. It's not really my job to know where my sister is at twenty-four-seven...

REED: Well... uh... where's Dr. Pym?

JOHNNY: Who again?

REED: Never mind... gee, where is everyone today?

The three hear an explosion.

BEN: Uh-oh. Your science exploded.

REED: Yeah. Uh-oh.

In the lab, Klaw, Elder, and Lumpkin are down on the ground, screaming, as Reed runs in.

REED: What happened?

ELDER: The... the... the m-m-machine! Dr. Richards, it... it...

LUMPKIN: It blew up! Something went wrong with the machine and everything just went out of control!

Ben and Johnny walk in behind Reed.

BEN: Uh, Reed... what in the world is that?

Ben points at something, and Reed looks over at it, seeing a big purple orb in the middle of the room. It begins to expand, and a vortex opens up in the middle of it.

REED: Incredible! We've just opened a portal to another dimension!


REED: What?


Several objects from within the lab begin to get sucked into the vortex. Everyone in the lab screams. Johnny begins to get pulled into the vortex.

JOHNNY: Reed! Ben! HELP!

Ben grabs onto Johnny's arm and tries to save him.

BEN: Ah! Hold still!

JOHNNY: I can't!

Susan rushes in.

SUSAN: What's happening? JOHNNY?!?!

JOHNNY: Susaaaaan!!!!

Ben slips, and lets go of Johnny, who zooms into the vortex.

JOHNNY: Aaaaa---


Ben gets up.

BEN: We have to go in after him!

REED: But, Ben... it malfunctioned! There's no telling what could be on the other side!

Ben jumps into the vortex.

REED: Ben! No!

SUSAN: I can't believe... Johnny's... gone...

Klaw gets up.

KLAW: We... we can save them!

REED: How?

KLAW: It's crazy, but... we could go in through a ship or something. Some type of vehicle.

SUSAN: Or... a H.E.R.B.I.E....

REED: What?

SUSAN: Yeah. We can remote control a H.E.R.B.I.E. to go through the portal, and then we can find out what's on the other side, so we can prepare to go in ourselves.

REED: More like call SHIELD and have them go in! They're the professionals!

SUSAN: Look, Reed. I want my brother saved TODAY.

Susan runs out of the room.

REED: This is crazy...

Later, Susan has set up a computer so they can pilot a H.E.R.B.I.E. through the vortex, with a camera hooked up to see what the H.E.R.B.I.E. sees.

LUMPKIN: Will it work?

SUSAN: Let's hope so.

ELDER: Are we... are we gonna... s-s-save them?

Susan looks up from the computer.

SUSAN: We can try.

The H.E.R.B.I.E. is activated, and it begins hovering above the ground.

H.E.R.B.I.E. DRONE: H.E.R.B.I.E. Guard Drone 5.3241 online.

SUSAN: Let's do this...

The H.E.R.B.I.E. begins to fly towards the vortex, and is suddenly sucked into it.

REED: What's the camera show?

SUSAN: Let's see...



  • Dr. Reed Richards
  • Dr. Susan Storm
  • Johnathan Storm
  • Benjamin Grimm
  • Dr. Ulysses Klaw
  • Dr. William Lumpkin
  • Dr. Harvey Elder
  • Dr. Hank Pym (mentioned)
  • H.E.R.B.I.E. Drones
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