|TSA: The Amazing SpiderMan vol 2
Author: Nomad88 PM
Peter Parker evolves into the role of Protector of New York as The Amazing Spider-Man, volume 2 in the series R/RRated: Fiction T - English - Adventure - Peter P./Spider-Man - Chapters: 78 - Words: 899,400 - Reviews: 736 - Favs: 155 - Follows: 111 - Updated: 04-21-13 - Published: 07-09-10 - id: 6126857
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Disclaimer: I DO NOT in any form or fashion OWN these CHARACTERS. I repeat I DO NOT OWN CHARACTERS, in fact the people who do own these characters deserve all of the Credit and those people are: STAN LEE, MARVEL, and of course DISNEY! They own everything I don't so knowing that I also want you to know that I'm not making any money off of this story. NO MONEY IS BEING MADE OR HANDED TO ME that I can assure you, so please don't sue me….again PLEASE DO NOT SUE ME! I have no money….none whatsoever…okay. Now that that is out of the way let's move on to the story.
Hey Readers, here I am back with another chapter for you. Now you readers already know we're in the middle of an EPIC EVENT! Part 1 was of course the set up and hopefully it set up the event nicely. Now it's time to get into the meat of the story and even more action as Spider-Man, the Avengers, and the other heroes learn of the Red Skull's recent power upgrade. So enough of me talking but before I go as usual I just want to say READ, REVIEW (A writer's main source of Motivation) and of course ENJOY!
Chapter 52: Red Skull Unleashed part 2
Avengers Mansion- Pool
Agent Maria Hill shifted uncomfortably in the wooden pool chair that she was currently sitting in, she was wearing a black bikini and black shades to cover her eyes. Under orders form Colonel Fury she was supposed to be relaxing and taking it easy because of her recent injury at the hands of the Chameleon. However no matter how much she tried to relax her mind kept replaying the fight over and over again and she couldn't believe how he easily beat her and then stabbed her in the stomach with her own knife nonetheless. Maria leaned up a bit and glanced at her stomach to see a long scar that was beginning to fading slightly. It would be a few more weeks before it was completely gone; at least that's what the doctors at SHIELD told her.
'Way to not screw up Maria' she thought to herself before dropping her head back onto the chair and shifting in her seat again.
"Will you please just pick a spot and relax" came the exasperated sigh of Janet Pym aka the Wasp. She was sitting in a pool chair next to the uncomfortable Agent and she was wearing a yellow bikini, yellow shades and happily sipping on a pina colada.
"I'm trying to relax…but I can't because I feel stupid" Maria replied turning to the right.
Janet put her drink in the drink holder and reached up and pulled her shades down a little bit so she could look at her companion.
"What. Stupid, how can you feel stupid, you're staying at one of the most luxurious mansions in the city, you're basking in the sun by the pool on a beautiful sunny day and you're wearing the hell out of that bikini you should feel far from stupid. You should feel at ease….you should feel happy. Lord knows I do" she replied.
"Happy, Wasp all of those things you just rattled off is meaningless to me okay. The only thing that would make me happy is if I was at my post on the Helicarrier doing actual good but no, I'm stuck here…babysitting you people" Maria said folding her arms across her chest.
Janet replaced her shades on her eyes and let out a sigh.
"You know something Maria, when you say things like that it really makes it hard for me to be your friend and by the way when we're not on mission it's just Janet not Wasp"
Maria eyed Janet for a second before releasing a sigh and holding her head down, she realized what she said might've been a bit callous and un-friendly.
"Wasp….Janet, look….. I didn't mean it like that"
"Yeah you did"
"Okay fine, I did mean it, but I didn't mean for it to come out like that okay. I'm just…going through a tough time; I botched the last mission…"
"Yeah I know all about" she said quickly.
"You do?" Maria questioned
"I uh….I kinda sorta eavesdropped on you and Carol talking when you first got here" Janet answered sheepishly. Maria scowled at her slightly.
"I don't like being spied on"
"Which is very funny seeing as how you're a spy. Look I don't blame you for going after the Chameleon and I'm sorry you got injured but you'll get another shot at him. Just don't dwell on your mistake learn from it and move on." said Janet picking up her drink and taking a sip.
Maria didn't respond but she did listen.
"Maria you need to lighten up a bit and also, you shouldn't really see 'babysitting us' as a curse but as a silver lining"
"Why a silver lining?" she asked.
"Well let's just say you weren't the only conversation I eavesdropped on" Janet whispered, "Get this, I was flying past the rec room and I over heard Tony and Steve talking and guess what, one of them has the hots for you"
"What, wh…." She started before Janet interrupted her.
"It was Tony"
"Yep, you lucky girl you" Janet said with a smile.
"How am I lucky? Doesn't he have the hots for any woman with a pulse?"
"And besides Stark isn't exactly my…..type" Maria added scrunching her face up at the thought of dating someone like Tony.
"Uh…. handsome, insanely rich, genius inventor and world renowned hero"
"Try arrogant jackass" Maria corrected, "I would never date someone like him"
"Who said anything about dating?" Janet asked with a smirk while sipping her drink.
Maria rolled her eyes and turned away from Janet.
"Janet it's never a good idea to mix work with pleasure" Maria replied
"Oh whatever that's a bunch of crap, look at Sharon and Steve. And you're telling me that if Tony came up to you right now and said let's get it on you wouldn't"
"No, I wouldn't"
Janet opened her mouth but a shadow passed across the two and both looked up to see Thor pass over head and descend towards the Mansion.
"What about Thor?" Janet asked sipping her drink with a smirk.
"….….okay maybe Thor" Maria replied.
The two women looked at each other before sharing a laugh.
Avengers Mansion- Rec Room
Tony Stark stood at the bar looking through window while sipping on a stiff drink, he was staring at the pool specifically he was looking at the two women relaxing by the pool.
"Wow, Maria is wearing the hell out of that bikini, and so is Janet. Pym is one lucky bastard…..right Steve….Steve"
Tony turned around to see that he was alone at the bar, he looked over and he saw his friend standing in front of the flat screen television watching the news. Tony took another sip of his drink before he walked over to the living legend Captain America aka Steve Rogers.
"Still fascinated by Flat screen TV's?" asked Tony with humor evident in his voice. It had been about a year and a half since Steve Rogers had been thawed from the ice and brought into the modern world. To his credit he adjusted rather quickly but there were still a few things that were new to him that he was having some trouble adjusting to, but it wasn't the flat screen TV.
"Very funny Tony but no….look at what's happening on the news" Steve replied pointing to the television.
Tony turned his eyes to TV.
"The Anti-Mutant Hysteria has grown to new heights as more and more protestors start to gather around the 5 boroughs of this great city as you can see on your screen now.
"THESE FREAKS COULD BE ANYWHERE I SAY WE HUNT EM ALL DOWN!"
"DOWN WITH MUTANTS! DOWN WITH MUTANTS!"
"But ladies and gentlemen it is not just in New York that the anti-mutant hysteria is raging on but in all of the major cities around the US. If you look on your screen you can see video feeds from Houston, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Seattle, and L.A. There was a recent poll conducted and since the reveal of mutants the support for Senator Kelly has skyrocketed and not only has he gained support from the general public but also powerful business men such as Graydon Creed.
Graydon: If you ask me these mutant-freaks are abominations lurking in the shadows ready to pounce upon us humans at the drop of hat. I agree with Senator Kelly's idea of creating a Mutant Registration Act that demands every mutant to turn themselves over to the government so they can asses the nature of their abilities. My fellow humans these are interesting and dangerous times we are living in which is why I have started a support group of sorts and I'm calling it the Friends of Humanity…"
Avengers Mansion- Rec Room
"I can't watch anymore of this" stated Steve turning away from the screen.
"Mute" said Tony and the TV instantly muted itself in the middle of Graydon's speech, the genius billionaire took a sip of his drink and sat down on the arm of the couch and stared at his friend.
"I wish that man would just shut up, he and Senator Kelly" said Steve folding his arms across his chest.
"And here I thought Captain America defended the rights of the people such as: Freedom of Speech" commented Tony
"Yes, every person does have a right to say what's on their mind and to express their opinion freely but, what this Graydon Creed, Senator Kelly, and the Anti-Mutant protestors are doing is stirring up hate and mistrust"
"There's the rub of Free Speech" Tony said sipping his drink again, "People are free say whatever the hell they want without fear of consequences, unless of course you count bad publicity as a consequence….Lord knows I've had my fair share, but you have to admit though what Creed said was true, we are living in interesting and dangerous times"
"You don't have to tell me that. Since I've been reintroduced to the new decade the only thing I see is that the world is a powder keg of anger with no end in sight"
Tony finished off his drink and he continued to look a Steve who had a serious look on his face.
"What do you think about this proposed Mutant Registration Act Tony?" Steve asked. Tony got up off the couch and headed back to the bar.
"I'm on the fence about it to tell you the truth. What about you?"
"I'm against it, no one, human or mutant should be forced to register themselves like this bill is suggesting"
"Okay, that's a valid point but on the other side of that, mutants are popping up everyday. Wasn't it just a week ago we were fighting Magneto who coincidentally is a mutant"
"And the only reason why were able to beat him or at least stop his plan was because the government had a file on him…we knew his abilities and what he was capable of, so maybe the Registration isn't as bad as you think"
"It is Tony. This Act is not based on the reason you just gave, it's based on fear and hate, anything based on fear and hate won't turn out well….trust me"
Tony let out a sigh and grabbed a bottle of vodka before pouring himself a drink and turning back to Steve.
"Look Steve you're probably right okay, so can we just drop this depressing conversation and move onto more pressing matters. Did you see how sexy Maria and Janet looked I mean…."
"Tony I'm trying to have a serious conversation here" said Steve
Tony let out another sigh and took a long sip of his drink.
"Yeah I know, but why Steve, this doesn't even concern us. This is a problem for the government"
"We work for the government Tony"
"Wrong…you and the Shield Agents work for the government, the rest of us are independents" Tony corrected. Steve released another sigh before he looked directly into Tony's eyes.
"You might be an independent now Tony but sooner or later all of us will get pulled into this we'll all have to make a choice, either you're with it or against it"
"Well Steve my friend let's hope it'll never come to that. In the mean time though, I'll say a prayer and drink to peace" he said holding up his drink and then taking another long sip.
CLINK! CLINK! CLINK
Steve and Tony turned to the sound to see Thor entering the rec room.
"Ah greeting my brothers in arms. How are thee on this glorious morning?" asked Thor.
"Thor just the guy I wanted to see, I've been meaning to ask you something?"
"Ask away Man of Iron" Thor responded.
"It's Iron Man and that's only when I'm in the suit, call me Tony. I was wondering how beautiful are the women back in Asgard"
Steve tuned out the conversation; he shook his head at Tony's blasé and carefree attitude, he didn't see the threat that this Mutant Registration Act posed. He turned away from his teammates and turned his eyes back to the muted TV that was still showing more Anti-Mutant protestors.
'What is the world coming to?' he asked himself leaning against the bar counter and crossing his arms across his chest.
Avenger's Mansion- Dr. Banner's Room
Bruce Banner sat Indian style on the floor in his room with several scented candles surrounding him. The candles burned releasing a sweet and calming scent into the room, Bruce breathed in the scent slowly and a smile made its way to his face as he felt calm, cool and collected.
"I am in control, I am in control" he repeated in a slow and steady mantra like tone. Bruce opened his eyes and sitting in front of him also in Indian style was his alter ego: The Incredible Hulk who was looking at him with an angry scowl on his emerald green face.
"I am in control"
"Don't bet on in Banner" The Incredible Hulk rasped out.
"I am in control"
"Keep telling yourself that but you and I both know…."
"I am in control"
"Whose really in control" the Hulk.
"I am in control" Bruce kept repeating over and over again.
Avengers Mansion- Lower Levels- Training Room
"Okay Carol one more time" came the calm voice of Hank Pym aka Giant Man. He was standing next to a square machine that had a big red pad in the center of it. The machine looked like something used for working out but in reality it was a machine that he created to gage pressure. The reason why Hank had built the machine was because he wanted to get a reading on how much pressure was being exerted in a single punch. So far he had gotten readings on Thor, Janet, Steve, Tony in his Iron Man suit, his own, and he would've gotten the Hulk's but he didn't really need to seeing as how the Hulk is strong enough to shatter a mountain, he could mathematically figure that on his own, but now it was time to figure out their newest members strength level or at least new in the sense that she has super strength. Standing in front of the pressure gauge was Agent Carol Danvers aka Warbird.
During the Kree-Skrull War when Mar-Vell tried to protect her from a blast from Ronan the Accuser's hammer he wasn't able to protect her fully and she received a heavy dose of Cosmic Radiation and electrical energy from his Kree advanced suit. The end result she discovered was that she now possessed strange abilities such as: Super Strength, speed, increased stamina, invulnerability and not only could she fire powerful photon energy from her hands she also had the ability to absorb energy as well, but despite all of those abilities her favorite was the ability of self-propelled flight. She could fly and she had been making frequent use of that ability as of late. While the Kree-Skrull War had left her with powers she had still lost what she considered the love of her life and there wasn't a day that went by that she didn't think about him in some form or fashion, especially on her long early morning flights through the air.
"Hank come on, really, again?" sigh Carol putting her hands on her hips.
"I just want to be thorough"
"Fine, but this is it" she replied getting into a boxer's stance. Carol focused on the red pad and waited for the signal.
Hank looked down at the computer pad in his hands and then back up at Carol.
Carol narrowed her eyes and lashed out with a powerful punch that hit the pad dead in the center. The machine groaned under the pressure and the computer pad in Hank's hand lit up like a Christmas tree. He smiled to himself and then quickly pressed the upload button at the bottom of the screen.
"Perfect thank you for cooperation" he said to her, pressing a few more buttons on his computer pad.
"No Problem, but I have to ask, why are you doing this?"
"You know something Carol I think you're the first person to ask me that and as a reward I'm going to show you" he replied with a large smile. Hank turned to the entrance of the Training Room and he typed in a few more keys on the pad and he waited.
Carol looked at him strangely before turning to the entrance.
CLUNK! CLUNK! CLUNK! CLUNK!
Carol's eyes widen as she saw what looked like a robot entering the lab and walking towards them.
"What the hell is that?"
"Carol, I'd like to introduce you to Ultron" Hank said proudly, "Ultron say hello to Agent Danvers"
"Good Morning Agent Danvers" Ultron replied in his mechanical computerized voice.
"Uh Fury know about this?"
"No not yet, and I'm hoping we can keep this a secret. So far only you, Janet and Tony know about him. Ultron is my best kept secret, he's going to help me save the world"
"Save the world huh, how"
"Ultron is the next step in technology. He is the ultimate helper, assistant, enforcer, technician, doctor, spy, Avenger you name and Ultron can do it. The reason though why I wanted to gauge your punch along with everyone else is so that Ultron can have a base understanding of what to do in certain situations"
"Situations like what?"
"Well like I said Ultron is designed to be a little of everything. One of my visions is to have Ultron helping out the police force. He needs to know how to deal with those people that do not want to go to jail and those resisting arrest. Ultron himself is already strong but he needs to know how strong he needs to be. If he's dealing with a normal human he needs to adjust his strength to Janet's level of strength or mine, another example is if he's dealing with a villain on Hulk's level he can toggle to someone of your strength output….understand"
"Yeah" she replied.
Carol eyed the robot warily, she looked it up and down and to her surprise it was looking her up and down as well.
"Uh that sounds great and all but….I don't like Robots"
"Why?" asked Hank.
"Well I haven't been able to watch many movies of late, what with my job at Shield and being an Avenger, but I do remember a movie called the Terminator and this.." she said pointing at Ultron "Has skynet written all over it"
"HAHAHAHAHA! That's funny Carol but no, Ultron can never harm a human in that capacity, I designed him that way. I designed all of them that way" he replied looking down at his computer pad.
"Them?" she questioned turning to him.
"Yes, all 100 Ultron Units" he replied nonchalantly
"YOU MADE A HUNDRED OF THESE THINGS!" Carol shouted in shock.
BRNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN BRNNNNNNNNNNNNN BRNNNNNNNNNNNN
"That's the Avengers Alert system, let's go Hank" said Carol running towards the exit.
Hank looked down at his computer pad and he typed a few commands.
"Ultron stay here and practice toggling through your new strength meters okay. I'll be back as soon as I can"
"Yes Dr. Pym" Ultron replied.
Hank set the pad down on the floor and he ran out of the training room.
Avengers- War Room
Carol and Hank were the first two to arrive in the war room; they ran to the large circular sophisticated metal table in room. On the table there was the Avengers Symbol and it was beeping rapidly and loudly.
Carol touched the symbol making it glow before holographic image of the world appeared over table.
"What's the situation?" came the voice of Steve Rogers.
Carol and Hank turned to see the rest of the Avengers team rushing into the War Room.
"I don't know yet" She replied turning back to the map of the world. There was a rapidly blinking red dot in the Alps. Carol reached up and touched the blinking dot allowing the map to zoom into the location.
"Sensors are picking up a distress call from a Shield Helicarrier in the Alps" she said. Hank stepped up beside her and looked at the information given.
"A War class Helicarrier from the looks of it, with the serial number of: 75BA2345"
"Colonel Fury" Carol and Maria said at the same time staring at the number.
"That's the Helicarrier that Director Fury uses all of the time" said Maria
"Does it say what caused the Helicarrier to go down?" asked Tony
"No, but it must be something bad because that Helicarrier is built to withstand the most powerful of attacks" Maria responded.
"Avengers Suit up, we got the call so we're going" said Steve firmly. All of the Avengers wasted no time suiting up and heading for the Quinjet.
The Red Skull stood within the Blue Celestial's hand still staring at the Cosmic Cube. So many ideas and plans were running through his crazed mind that he didn't' know where to start. There were so many people he wanted to kill, so many people he wanted hurt but there was no one on the planet that he wanted to do both things to more than his arch nemesis Captain America. At the thought of his enemy the Red Skull gripped the cube tightly and gritted his teeth.
"I could juzt vish him here and kill him, but zhat vould be too eazy….too eazy, too quick. Zhe Captain muzt zuffer for his inzolence, and I know juzt how to do it. I vill destroy his beloved America and I vant him to be in zhe audience HAHAHAHA!" he laughed evilly before turning to the Blue Celestial.
"Take me to Vashington D.C."
The Blue Celestial stared at the Cosmic Cube for a second before raising its head and then looking to the left and to the right. Its head stopped in the due-south direction, the Blue Celestial glowed blue for a long second.
'Ezellent…zhe Capital of America, zhe Captain and his Avenger friendz vill come running and zhen zhey vill fall to zhe MIGHT OF ZHE RED SKULL' he thought to himself right as he vanished in a swirl of blue.
"On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the worst. How completely screwed are we?" asked Hawkeye who was leaning on Mockingbird for support because of his sprained his ankle.
"Well Clint, we are currently running about a 20" Mockingbird replied.
"That's what I figured"
"HURRY UP!" Colonel Fury called over his shoulder. Currently he, Mockingbird, and Colonel Fury were working there way down the snowy mountain and to the crash site where the Helicarrier went down. They knew they were going in the right direction because of the trail of smoke and uprooted trees.
"Going as fast as we can" Hawkeye replied under his breath "He is definitely off the list for best man"
"If we don't figure out a way to stop the Red Skull there isn't going be a wedding, and I don't want a big wedding either"
"Thank God, because neither do I"
"THERE IT IS!" shouted Colonel Fury coming to a stop.
The three spies stood on a small cliff and down below laid the remains of the Helicarrier, from their position they could see burning metal and bloody bodies sprawled out in the snow.
Colonel Fury steeled himself and pursed his lips in a straight line.
"Come on" he stated turning the left.
"CARTER!" Colonel Fury shouted at the top of his lungs while running through the snow. The colonel reached the crash site and he stopped for a second as he came across an overturned SHIELD Agent. He bent down and rolled the agent over but sadly he was dead, half of his face was burnt off. Colonel Fury closed his eye for a second before he opened it again.
"Rest easy soldier" he whispered.
Colonel Fury's head snapped up at the sound, he squinted his eye and he saw Agent Sharon Carter limping around the corner of the Helicarrier remains. She was using a broken tree branch as a cane of sorts. She looked worse for wear with a makeshift splint on her left leg, blood soaked bandages around her waist, right arm and forehead.
"Over here Director" she said seeing him. The Colonel stood up and he hurried over to her.
"About 11 survivors myself included everyone else….." she started before hanging her head and shaking her head, "Sir this is my fault if hadn't…"
"Stop, this is isn't your fault it's the Red Skull's and that's the last I want to hear of it. Where are the survivors?"
"Behind me, on the other side of the helicarrier"
"Any communication equipment still working?" he asked.
"Negative sir, but before we crashed I was able to….." Agent Carter started before they heard the unmistakable sound of a jet engine, followed by the wind and snow picking up slightly. Fury, Sharon, Hawkeye and Mockingbird looked up to see the Avenger's Quinjet arriving on the scene.
"I was able to get a call off to the Avengers"
"Hooray…back up" said Hawkeye staring up at the Quinjet that was coming in for a landing.
"And that kids is the Washington Monument dedicated to this country's first President General George Washington"
A teacher was standing in front of the Washington Monument teaching a 7th grade class that was on a field trip. The Teacher sighed to himself because he could see the bored expressions on their faces. He rolled his eyes and pointed to the Monument again.
"Come on students this is history here"
"I thought this trip was going to be fun Mr. McPhillan" came the bored response of one of the students.
"Well then what you call this then…"
"I call it bor…."
The 7th graders stared up at the Monument in shock, the teacher looked at their faces and he turned around.
"Good Lord" he whispered.
The Blue Celestial had appeared a few inches behind the Monument looking imposing as ever.
"Awesome!" exclaimed the 7th grader.
Everyone in the area came to halt, everyone immediately dropped whatever it was that they were doing and they stared at the Blue Celestial in a mixture of shock and awe. People stepped out of their cars; some stepped out of their buildings while others ran to the roof.
"God in heaven" a woman standing on her roof whispered.
A few tense moments passed before the Blue Celestial raised its right hand and then unleashed a dark blue blast that blew the Washington Monument to pieces blowing chunks of it everywhere.
"AHHHHHHHHHHH RUN!" the people down below shouted in panic.
"HAHAHAHAHAHA!" the Red Skull cackled manically from the Blue Celestial's palm, "RUN! ALL OF YOU RUN! HAHAHAHA! ZHAT'S IT MY CELEZTIAL KILL ZHEM! KILL ZHEM ALL!"
The Blue Celestial fired off several blast of dark blue energy that hit and devastated the entire area. Buildings blast to smithereens tossing people every which way. The people down below doing their best to dodge the debris but failing miserably.
A group of people were trying to run away when the dark blue energy passed over them and disintegrated them instantly leaving nothing behind.
"MR. PRESIDENT!" shouted several secret service men running into the oval office, but the President was already aware. He stood at his window with the shades pulled up staring across the way at the giant Celestial.
"MOBILIZE EVERYONE! AND GET THE AVENGERS OVER HERE NOW! Christ in Heaven"
Iron Man landed on the ground next to the Quinjet and in his possession he had Sin, Crossbones, and The Taskmaster. He tossed them to the ground which earned several groans of pain.
"Iron bastard" Taskmaster growled in pain, his costume was torn in several places and he had burns, cuts and lacerations adorning his body and the same could be said for Crossbones and Sin because they were sporting their own injuries.
"Shut up" Iron Man responded, "Look who I found trying to escape"
"Secure them" came the voice Agent Sharon Carter.
A few of the remaining Shield agents walked over to the three flunkies and trained their weapons upon them. Hawkeye who had his ankle tightly wrapped walked over and pulled out an arrow and strung it up in his bow.
"I should shoot the three of you just on GP, helping that maniac" he growled.
"Easy there Robin Hood we still have to question these guys"
"Thank you for the spy lesson Astro Boy but I think I got this" Hawkeye replied.
Iron Man looked up to see Agent Hill waving him over, he wasted no time in walking over to her and she then led him into the Quinjet.
"Alright so what's going on?" Iron Man asked.
"We're about to find out" Warbird replied. Warbird's Avenger outfit consisted of a form fitting black and gray bodysuit, with black gloves on her hands and a black domino mask to cover her eyes. The Avengers, Mockingbird, and Colonel Fury were in the Quinjet looking at the viewing screen that was replaying the footage from Mockingbird's contact lenses. Mockingbird fast forwards the footage to Monica explaining the Cosmic Cube. The Avengers all reacted the same but none were more shocked and angry than Captain America, the Red Skull has once again found a means to ultimate power. Steve gritted his teeth in anger as his eyes focused on his smiling face. A hand found its way to his shoulder and he glanced to the left to see Sharon. The two shared a look before turning back to the screen but there eyes widen as they saw the rip in the Gateway and the Blue Celestial clawing it's way through.
"Dear Lord" Bruce whispered leaning closer to the screen "What the hell is that?"
Mockingbird paused the video and turned to him.
"We don't know, but it's damn powerful and now under the control of the Red Skull thanks to that damn Cube" she said.
"I know what the beast is?" came the low voice of Thor. Everyone in the quinjet turned to him waiting for an answer. The God of Thunder raised his head to his allies and he gave them a steely look, "It is a Celestial….I recognize the markings"
"What the hell is a Celestial?" Maria asked.
"A World Shaper. A God" he replied.
"A God. You mean like you?" Janet asked.
"No maiden Wasp, not like I." He replied in a low tone. The Avengers looked at Thor and they saw the look in his eyes but before anyone could ask him why he was so spooked a rapid beeping caught their attention.
"We're being called" said Hank leaning towards the control and flipping a switch.
"AVENGERS! THE CAPTIAL IS UNDER ATTACK! THIS GIANT BLUE THING SHOWED UP AND STARTED KILLING PEOPLE! THE PRESIDENT ORDER EVERYONE MOBILIZED! WE…."
The video feed was suddenly cut.
"DIRECTOR FURY!" came a yell.
Everyone turned to the Quinjuet entrance and rushed to the outside. Colonel Fury reached the outside just in time to see Sin, Crossbones, and Taskmaster vanish in a swirl of blue.
"DAMN IT!" he growled before turning to the Avengers "We have to stop this insane son of a bitch"
"How?" asked Janet looking at her teammates and then back to Fury "He has the Cube which allows him to do anything and he's commanding a God. How the hell do stop him"
"We get the Cube from him" stated Captain America seriously, "Iron Man, Thor, Warbird and Giant Man. You four fly ahead of us and get back to the states and protect the President and if you can get that Cube away from the Red Skull do it. Thor you've fought this Celestial thing before so you'll take point against it"
"Nay Captain America, I've never battled a Celestial but my father Odin has, I've read the tales of his battle in the Book of Odin"
"Well how did he beat it?" asked Iron Man.
"He did not; it was one of the few battles he has lost"
"Great" Iron Man replied.
"Well stall it until we can catch up and stop the Red Skull" Captain America replied
"Aye, that I can do"
"Good now all of you get going" he said.
Iron Man's boots activated and he took to the sky, Thor winded his arm and threw his hammer and thanks to the strap on his hand he was pulled along sailing quickly after Iron Man.
"Be careful" said Wasp to husband giving him a quick kiss. Hank quickly shrunk down to ant size and grabbed onto Warbird's shoulder.
"Hold on tight Hank" she said before she too took the sky after her teammates.
"I think I know how to handle the Cube and the Celestial" said Fury suddenly catching everyone off guard.
"How?" asked Captain America.
"We'll need help from some people who are experts on all things Cosmic….The Fantastic Four." answered Fury, "LISTEN UP! EVERYONE ON BOARD THE QUINJET!" he shouted.
The reaming Avengers and Shield Agents quickly got aboard the Quinjet.
Absolute destruction was everywhere, buildings were there one second and the next they were gone, people running scared, Police trying to evacuate the city but failing and it was all thanks to the imposing Blue Celestial.
The Blue Celestial released another blast of energy causing even more mayhem before it lowered its hand. The Red Skull looked at the ravished area with glee in his eyes to which he then turned to the last remaining building: The White House. He could see Military tanks, vehicles and soldiers already lining up to make their final stand.
"Fight all you like it von't do you any good" he said.
The Red Skull turned to see his daughter; Crossbones and the Taskmaster appear behind him.
"Good you are all here" he said turning to them fully.
"Holy hell" whispered the Taskmaster as he saw the completely leveled area; he walked to the edge of the Blue Celestials hands and stared at the chaos.
"Glorious isn't it and zhis iz only zhe beginning" said the Red Skull.
"Daddy what is this thing?" asked Sin looking at the Blue Celestial.
"It iz a God zhat is under meine control Sin, but zhat is the leazt of your vorries" he said.
Sin, Crossbones and the Taskmaster turned to him.
"What should we be worried about?" asked Crossbones.
"Why zerving me of course. HAHAHAHAHA" he laughed holding up the Cosmic Cube. The Cube crackled with vibrant blue energy before three thick beams of energy rocketed from the cube and hit the three villains head on.
"AHHHHHHHHHH!" all three of them shouted in pain.
White House Gates
In front of the White House gates was the U.S. Army. Once they had gotten the call to mobilize it didn't take them long to reach the front of the White House. They had pulled out all of the stops: Tanks, Hulk buster robots, etc... Men and Women dressed in army gear had their weapons out and trained on the Blue Celestial but the mere sight of it sent shivers through their spines.
SCREEECH! Went the sound of a Military Jeep arriving on the scene, the doors opened and General Thunderbolt Ross stepped. The hardened General looked at the Celestial and the destruction it had caused and he gritted his teeth. He grabbed his radio from his belt and brought it to his lips.
"WHERE THE HELL ARE MY JETS WHY AREN"T YOU SHOOTING THAT THING DOWN!"
"Sir F 16's inbound"
"FIRE EVERYTHING BRING THAT SON OF A BITCH DOWN!" shouted the General looking towards the sky. In the distance he could see the F 16 fighter jets flying onto the scene.
FWASH! Came a loud sound.
General Ross turned his eyes back to the front to see the Red Skull, Sin, Crossbones, and the Taskmaster standing there.
"Red Skull" he growled.
"General" the Skull replied with a smile on his face "Kill Zhem"
Sin, Crossbones and the Taskmaster charged forward.
The soldiers opened fire but to their surprise their bullets bounced off all three of them.
"SORRY BOYS ONLY ONES DYING TODAY ARE YOU!" shouted Sin as she held up her hand and unleashed powerful beam of red energy from her hands. The beam ripped through the soliders in front of her and made one of the military jeeps explode in a shower of metal. Sin laughed manically while she held up her hands making them glow again. She turned to the right and eyed the soldiers who had managed to escape her initial strike and she ran towards them.
Crossbones made a mad dash towards the Hulk Buster robots that were standing towards the back of the Military line.
The Hulk busters followed his beeline and they immediately opened fire. Their powerful bullets ricochet off of his body. The burly man raised his head and fired a beam of red energy from his eyes that sliced off one of the Hulk buster's arms. Crossbones leapt off of the ground and he rammed his shoulder into the chest of the Hulk buster knocking it down in the process.
Crossbones jammed his fingers towards the head of the Hulk Buster he was on top of and he ripped it off and tossed it at another Hulk Buster.
Crossbones peered down at the frightened solider and he smiled a sadistic smile.
"Hiyah" he said before his eyes glowed and he unleashed another blast.
The Taskmaster engaged the soldiers in hand to hand combat, he focused and then threw out a kick that nailed a soldier in the stomach but once the attack landed the soldier suddenly caught on fire and began to burn.
"AHHHHH!" he screamed in pain, but his cries fell upon deaf ears. The Taskmaster jumped in the air and knocked the gun away of the next soldier and then grabbed him by the front of his shirt and pulled him close. The Taskmaster opened his mouth and blue fire erupted from his lips and consumed the soldier burning him to ashes.
The remaining soldiers stopped in their tracks and looked upon the Taskmaster who slowed turned towards them.
"Running would be a good idea" he said menacingly to them, but to his slight surprise the soldiers raised their weapons and fired at him but the bullets bounced off of him, "Your Funeral" he replied shrugging his shoulders before charging at them.
While his flunkies were dealing with the last line of defense the Red Skull calming walked right down the middle of all the mayhem around him. His eyes trained solely on the White House, he reached the gates and with the cube he blew the gates clear off the hinges.
Secret Service men poured out of the White house with their weapons drawn and without question opened fired on the Red Skull, but their bullets turned to dust and blew way into the wind. The Red Skull gripped the cube tightly and suddenly all of the Secret Service men were lifted into the air. They struggled in the air for a second before the Red Skull held up his free hand and then clenched it into a fist.
CRACK! SNAP! CRACK! Went the sound of the bones snapping as the bodies of the hovering men bent and contorted in odd and painful angles. The Red Skull lowered his hand and the Secret Service men dropped to the ground dead.
"MR. PREZIDENT I BELIEVE YOU AND I HAVE ZOMETHING TO DISCUZZ!" The Skull roared before the Cosmic Cube glowed blue.
The President of the United States appeared on the ground in a flash of blue in front of the Red Skull. The President looked up from his spot on the ground and his eyes locked with those of the Red Skull.
"You" The President growled "You're behind this"
"Yez…I am, and now Mr. Prezident ve vill dizcuzz your uncondizonal zurrendor"
"Zhen you vill DIE!" he shouted holding up the Cosmic Cube but before he could do anything a shadow formed over two of them. Both of them looked up to see Giant Man's foot coming directly towards them.
"OH MY G…" started the President before Iron Man swooped in and scooped him up just as Giant's Man's foot stomped down on the Red Skull.
"IRON MAN THANK GOD! WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?" The President Shouted.
"In a nutshell Mr. President, The Red Skull has unlimited Power" he replied
In The Air
F 16's neared the Blue Celestial's each of the fighter jets had their missiles locked and aimed at the Celestials head and as soon as they were in range they released the Missiles.
The Missiles rocketed towards their target and they hit it dead on but the missiles didn't do any damage.
The Blue Celestial turned its head to the F16's and gathered dark blue energy around its eyes again and just as before two beams of energy flew towards the jets with the intentions of disintegrated them.
THROOM! THROOM! THROOM! The clouds gathered and darkened and several large lightening bolts shot from the sky barely shielding the jets from the beam of energy, but the lightening was enough for the jets to maneuver to safety and out of harms way.
The Blue Celestial tilted its head upwards slightly to see a hammer spinning Thor descending from the clouds.
"Cease your destruction or face the God of Thunder" he commanded bravely. The Celestial looked at him for a second before its booming voice filled the air once again.
"Anomaly. Asgaridan. Threat. Destroy"
"You will try but you will not succeed…HAVE AT THEE!" Thor shouted throwing his Hammer forward.
Dark Blue formed around the Blue Celestial's eyes and fired at Thor. Thor swerved out of the way but he was still heading directly for it, he concentrated and his hammer crackled with lightening. Thor cocked his arm back and he slammed his Hammer directly into the Celestial's chest with all of his might.
CLANG! Went the sound followed by a brightly flash of light that was followed by a devastating strike of Lightening.
White House- Front Lawn
Giant Man grinded his foot into the ground and then lifted it up, but he didn't see the Red Skull anywhere.
"I AM HERE!"
Giant Man turned to see the Red Skull floating behind him smiling evilly.
"Itz about time you Avengerz zhowed your facez vhere is zhe Captain"
"He's right here" Giant Man replied bring his giant hands up and clapping them together.
KRAPOW! Went the sound of Giant Man's hands being forced apart, he looked at his hands to see sever scorch marks upon them.
"RAH!" shouted the Red Skull firing a beam of Blue Energy at him. Giant Man glowed blue and shrunk down to the size of an ant and landed on the back of a yellowjacket and the insect flew him to safety.
The Red Skull looked around in shock for a second at his sudden disappearance.
"VHERE ARE YOU!"
"HERE!" came a voice but it didn't belong to Giant Man it belonged to Warbird.
Warbird came flying in and barreled into the Red Skull's back fist first, she directed the both of them down towards the ground where they left and large crater. Warbird stood over the fallen Red Skull and she held out her hands and unleashed her dark red-orange photon blast until him burying him deeper into the crater.
Warbird shut the beam off after a second and allowed her eyes to drift to the Cosmic Cube. She smiled and leaned down and grabbed the Cube.
"Always watch your six" she stated looking down at the beaten Red Skull.
Warbird turned her in time to see Sin unleashed a blast of blue energy that hit her dead in the back and sent her flying and making her drop the Cube in the process.
White House- Interior
Warbird went smashing through the walls of the White House bouncing off of the floor until she came to a painful stop in the Blue Room.
"Ow" she whispered while picking herself up. Sin came flying in the room looking to take her head off with one of her glowing fist, but Warbird's training kicked in and she immediately ducked under the punch and responded with a glowing uppercut of her own, then a right cross, then a left followed by another uppercut that lifted Sin up and to the ceiling where she bounced off and back to the ground. Warbird grabbed her by the ankle and then spun her around and threw her through the giant hole in the Blue Room.
"Bitch" Warbird whispered pushing off of the ground and flying back outside.
Warbird flew outside and back towards the Red Skull but a shadow formed over her, she looked up to see Crossbones who was airborne and had a giant chunk of a Hulk Buster Robot in his hands.
Crossbones came down and brought the Hulk Buster directly on top of her.
Nick Fury sat in the Director's chair of the New Helicarrier. When the Avengers arrived he immediately put in a call for a pick up from Helicarrier that was nearby. Once the Quinjet docked with the spare Helicarrier he sounded the red Alarm and directed all Shield forces to Washington D.C. to stop the Red Skull.
"How far away are we?" he asked staring at the screen.
"Sir, we're not far, maybe 10-15 minutes" Agent Carter responded.
"FASTER!" he shouted "We can't let the psychopath do what I think he's going to do"
"Sir our engines are operating at optimum levels we're going as fast as we can, too fast for a ship this size. What do you think the Skull is going to do?"
"Kill the President" he answered.
All of the Agents on the bridge went silent at the answer; they looked between each other and then back at the Colonel.
"Let's Pray the Avengers get there in time"
"Get ready Team we're coming up on the Capital now" said Captain America.
"What's the Plan Cap?" Bruce asked looking at the Screen. They all could see the tall and imposing Blue Celestial in the distance, and they could make out the lightening bolts that were hitting it as well.
"Wasp and I will deal with the Skull while you"
"Back up Thor" he completed.
"Get ready we're coming up on the drop point"
"Here comes the part I hate" said Bruce stepping away from the screen and heading towards the ramp of the Quinjet.
Captain America hit a button and the ramp opened and began to lower. Bruce scrunched his face up as he felt the wind hit him, he pushed the whipping wind feeling aside and he closed his eyes and focused.
Captain America pulled up on the controls and passed over the Blue Celestial.
"NOW!' he shouted.
Bruce's eyes snapped open and they had an unmistakable green tint to them, he let out a growl and then jumped out of the quinjet rapidly falling towards the Blue Celestial.
"Do you think he and Thor will be able to stop that thing?" Janet asked.
"We can only hope" Captain America replied.
The Blue Celestial
Thor dodged another eye beam blast from the Blue Celestial and conjured another powerful lightening strike that hit the Celestial in the neck. The Celestial stumbled slightly before righting itself. The Strike hit it but it didn't do enough damage to knock it down or stop its assault.
The God of Thunder let out a breath as he eyed the Celestial.
"The beast will not go down" he said to himself while winding his arm.
Thor looked up to see The Incredible Hulk falling through the air and towards the Blue Celestials.
The Green Behemoth cocked his massive fist back and thrusted it forward.
The Blue Celestial's head jerked to the side throwing it off balance slightly. Thor quickly winded his arm and threw his Hammer forward; he sailed towards the off balanced Celestial.
CLANG! Went the sound of Thor hammer hitting the Celestial in the forehead.
The Blue Celestial's head tilted back and he teetered before it lost its foot and fell backwards.
BABOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM! Went the sound of it hitting the ground.
White House- Front Lawn
The Red Skull gritted his teeth and painfully lifted up his head, he could see the Cube a few inches away from him. He shakily reached out for the Cube and when his hand touched the cool surface all of the pain that wracked his body instantly disappeared and he was able to stand up.
The Skull released an angry growl and effortlessly jumped out of the medium sized crater Warbird had put him in.
"Vhere is that…." He stated before receiving a fist to the face.
The Red Skull went skidding across the ground like rag dog but despite that he held onto the Cube for dear life even as he came to hard stop. He turned over to see who attacked him and it was none other than Iron Man and he flying directly for him again.
The Red Skull grinned and held up the cube.
Iron Man held up his hand and fired his repulsor rays.
A blue tunnel opened in front of the Red Skull and the recently fired repulsor rays flew through the tunnel. Another tunnel opened right over Iron Man and his repulsor rays emerged and hit him in the back sending him to the ground.
"BUFFOON! I AM ALL POWERFUL!" The Red Skull shouted.
The Red Skull's head jerked to the side as he felt something else hit him; he recovered quickly and turned to the sky to see Captain America descending upon him. He held up his hand but Cap reached him frist and grabbed his outstretched hand and moved it way from him. The blast of cosmic energy fired out and hit the ground beside them tearing through the lawn and lifting up a large chunk of land in the process.
"Rogers" he said venomously
"Schmidt" Cap replied back just as venomously.
"Now zhat you are here you vill see there is no defeating me zhis time"
The two enemies glanced into the distance to see the Celestial go down to the surprise of the Red Skull.
"Sure about that Skull, its looks like our God is better than yours"
"NO!" the Red Skull roared bringing his head forward and head butting Cap in the face. Cap went back but he managed to bring his foot up and kick the Skull's hand and send the Cube flying upwards.
"IRON MAN!" he shouted
Iron Man flew in and grabbed the airborne Cube.
"GOT IT!" he shouted.
"NO!" Red Skull shouted.
Iron Man hand the Cube but out of no where the Taskmaster appeared and rammed his shield into Iron Man's face plate and thanks to the Taskmaster's recent upgrade of cosmic powers his strength overwhelmed him and brought him down hard onto the ground and the sudden jolt threw the Cosmic Cube from his hands.
"Damn it" Iron Man growled seeing it bounce across the ground.
The Taskmaster stared down at him then opened his mouth unleashing fire upon him.
Crossbones smirked at his handy work but he didn't get a chance to celebrate because the heap of metal that was the Hulk Buster armor began to shift and move until it was lifted up. Hovering under the chunk of metal was Warbird with an angry scowl on her face.
"Don't you know boys aren't supposed to hit girls" she said throwing the chunk of metal at him but he dove out of the way, he landed in a crouch and allowed his hands to glow.
"And when we do hit girls aren't they supposed to cry" he countered thrusting his hands outward. Warbird swerved out of the way and flew towards Crossbones, while Crossbones leapt in the air. The two sailed towards each other, Warbird cocked her fist back and as Crossbones neared she made her fist glow.
"Haven't you heard Crossbones…..? Big Girls Don't Cry"
BAM! Went the sound of her fist going across his jaw and sending him flying back through the air away from her.
"They get even" she finished before flying after him.
Sin finally righted herself in the air and immediately her hands went to her face trying to quell the pain radiating from her jaw. Warbird's fist hurt like hell despite the fact that Sin herself was super-powered.
The sadistic young woman narrowed her eyes and searched for her foe only to see her exit the white house and then be buried under a pile of rubble thanks to her boyfriend Crossbones.
"KILL HER BROCK! KILL HER!"
BUDABUDABUDABUDA! Came the sound of bullets being fired, the bullets flew and hit Sin and bounced off of her. She turned her head to see the Quinjet rapidly firing at her.
"EAT LEAD EAT IT!" shouted Wasp at the top of her lungs as she continued to fire upon Sin.
Sin growled and held up both hands unleashing a singular red blast of energy that effortlessly ripped through the Quinjet breaking it in half and causing the front end to explode.
"HAHAHAHA!" Sin Laughed
"JAN! NOOOOOOO!" came a shout.
Sin scrunched her face up in confusing but she wasn't confused for long as giant fist came straight at her face.
Giant Man stood at 40ft; he grabbed Sin and with all of his might threw her down to the ground where she hit the pavement hard. He raised his fist and brought it down upon the prone Sin who was attempting to sit up.
Giant Man raised his fist again and with all of his might brought it down upon her one more time shaking the ground in the process.
"Jesus Hank did you kill her" came a voice.
Giant Man turns his head in every which way as he heard the voice.
The Wasp flew into his vision and just the sight of her sent a wave of relief through his body.
"Jan honey that…"
"Yeah I know a close one but I'm alright"
Sin burst from the ground, she flew upwards and punched Giant Man in the chin making him stumble. The Wasp flew towards Sin and started zapping her in the face with her stingers.
Across the Way
Thor and the Hulk pounded away on the head of the Blue Celestial but no matter how hard the Hulk wailed onto the beings head his massive fists could not dent or break the armor and the same could be said for Thor as he brought his hammer down as hard as he could but no damage was down.
The Blue Celestial lied on the ground motionless for a second before it began to move.
"Connection Broken. Destroy Control" Its voice boomed. The Blue Celestials' eyes glowed dark blue before unleashing a blast that caught Thor and blasted him off of its face.
"HULK SMASH!" The Hulk yelled bringing both of his fists down on the side of the Celestials head again making it jerk to the side again. The Blue Celestial reached up to its head and grabbed the Hulk in its hands and then slammed him down to the ground. The armored being then started to climb its way to its feet; it looked straight ahead and at the White House.
"Control. Destroy." It stated while starting towards the white house.
White House- Front Lawn
Captain America kicked the Red Skull in the stomach and delivered a powerful right cross to the jaw. The Skull spun with the blow and retaliated with a spinning back fist that busted Cap's lip. Cap paid no attention to the minor cut and grabbed the Red Skull's outstretched hand and tossed him over his shoulder. The Skull was airborne for a second before he righted himself and landed in a crouch and sprung at him with palm strike to the jaw.
Crossbones went skidding across the ground. He spit out some blood and looked up to see Warbird heading right for him, he thrusted out his hands but she effortlessly barrel rolled through the air and fired a photon blast at him that nailed him in the chest.
Iron Man threw out a punch but the Taskmaster easily deflected the shot and responded with a knee to the gut. Iron Man doubled over but he held out his hands and fired a repulsor ray at the ground causing a ripple that tossed the Taskmaster off of his feet. The Taskmaster flipped in the air and landed on the ground and quickly tossed his Shield and the Shield connected to Iron Man's face.
Giant Man and Wasp were both shrunk and flying around Sin. The Wasp would Zap Sin with her bio-electric stingers and while she was distracted Giant Man would grow and deliver a powerful blow.
All of the Avengers were engaged in their own hectic battle, and while they battle the Skull and his forces the Cosmic Cube laid on the ground still glowing with vibrant blue light but since the Skull no longer had the Cube in his hands he didn't have any control over the Blue Celestial that was making it's way towards the group. Closer and Closer the armor being stepped and with each step the ground shook but there was so much chaos and fighting going on that none of the parties noticed until the Blue Celestial was towering over them casting it's large shadow.
Everyone turned to the Celestial and stared upon it.
The Celestial looked at them and at the Cosmic Cube.
"DESTROY" it stated holding up its large hand.
"NO!" shouted the Red Skull, he kicked Captain America in the groin and then punched him in the nose, "VHERE IS ZHE CUBE!"
HE spotted the Cosmic Cube to the right of him and he jumped towards it.
"NO!" yelled Captain America diving after him but he came up short. The Skull's hand grabbed the Cube and held it up.
"STOP! DESTORY ZHEM! DESTROYZHE AVENGERZ!"
The Cosmic Cube crackled and the Blue Celestial stopped and it looked at the Cube.
Warbird flew upwards and started firing some of her Photon blast at the Celestial but they were ineffective. The Blue Celestial looked at the flying Avenger and raised its hand.
Warbird's eyes widen as the Celestial's hand came right towards her and smacked her.
WHAM! Warbird went flying through the air and into the distance.
"WARBIRD!" Wasp shouted in fear.
The Blue Celestials hands glowed as it raised one in the direction Warbird went and one in the direction of the remaining Avengers.
"NAY CELESTIAL!" came a loud shout.
Everyone turned to see Thor land in front of the Celestial and stare it down unafraid. They all saw that his Asgardian clothes were signed some places and his cape was practically gone. The God of Thunder eyed his foe and he took in several breaths of air.
"I will not be defeated" he said to himself gripping Mjolnir as tightly as he could. Mjolnir crackled with electricity and the clouds darkened even more, "Father I need your help…. give me your strength" he whispered before lifting Mjolnir upwards. Lightening shot downwards and towards the hammer and it swirled around it gathering and storing electricity.
"More" said Thor gritting his teeth and his eyes tighter. Several lightening strikes hit the hammer adding to the lightening already stored within, the wind violently kicked up causing everyone to cover their eyes and brace themselves. The Asgardian cracked open his eyes and he looked at the towering Celestial, "You….Will….Not….Destroy Anything Else…for I am the Son of Odin….I am The God of Thunder…I AM THOR!" he roared pointing his hammer at the armor being.
There was a giant flash of white light as the lightening struck the Blue Celestial full on.
Thor dropped to a knee and he took in several breaths, he had never conjured up such power before and expelled it so quickly. The white light began to subside and Thor looked up and his eyes widen in shock because standing there unharmed was the Blue Celestial.
"It can't be"
"Asgardian. Destroy" It said while holding out its hand and fires a wide beam of dark energy onto him.
"ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!" yelled Thor as the beam engulfed him completely. Iron Man and Captain America who were nearby stood still in shock as they saw their friend and Ally be consumed by the blast and just as quickly as the blast came it was shut off and all that remained was crater and Thor's Hammer.
"NOOO!" screamed Wasp.
"HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA!" The Red Skull laughed loudly.
Captain America gritted his teeth and turned his eyes to the laughing Red Skull.
"MURDERER!" he roared lunging at his foe but the Red Skull gripped the Cube and metal binding appeared and wrapped around Cap tightly making him hit the ground roughly. The Super Soldier struggled against the metal bindings but they held tightly. The Red Skull stepped on Cap's chest and stared down at him.
"My God iz Greater zhan yourz it zeems eh Captain. Now I zhink zhis Battle iz over" he said holding up the Cosmic Cube.
Suddenly Iron Man, Wasp and Giant Man dropped to the ground like a ton of bricks unable to move a muscle.
New York, Manhattan- Daily Bugle
"Urich what is this crap?" asked J. Jonah Jameson as he tossed a sheet of paper on his desk and looked up at arguably his best reporter.
"News Jonah" he replied rolling his eyes.
"This isn't news it's…" he started before being interrupted.
"Mr. Jameson this is the news nowadays…everyone wants to be a Superhero, and Everyone wants to know about them" Indy interjected quickly leaning on his desk.
"I don't" he replied
"Well if you were the only person reading Mr. Jameson then maybe it would be something else but this is what everyone wants"
"I have to admit Jonah she's right, plus there is something about the Mob War going on. This new girl in town….what was her name?" asked Ben
"Jewel" Indy replied
"Right she saved some people that were about to get caught in the crossfire and not only that these other two guys"
"Power Man and Iron Fist"
"Yeah them they even have their own firm called Heroes for Hire out in Harlem and they are doing a tremendous amount of good and lets not forget about Daredevil and…"
The door opened and in walked Peter Parker.
"Hey, guess who's got some new Spider-Man pics fresh out of the dark room" he said.
"BAH!" J. Jonah shouted standing up from his seat "Costumed Morons all of them, thinking that they're above the Law especially…"
"Did I come at a bad time?" Peter asked walking to stand next to Indy.
"Just in time for another one of Mr. Jameson's rants"
"Ah, the bulging vein in his neck tells me he's about to talk about…."
"…..Spider-Man, the worst of them. The Masked vigilante thinking he can police this town better than the police. ANARCHY IN THE MAKING! Spider-Man, Daredevil, Power guy and Iron Feet"
"Power Man and Iron Fist" Indy whispered.
"Avengers, All of them, these costumed people breed chaos, I betcha this mob war is the fault of…"
Robbie Robertson burst into J. Jonah's office and ran towards the desk and grabbed the remote and aimed it at the flat screen TV. He then pressed the on button and flipped through the channels until he landed on a news station.
"Robbie what the…"
"Shut up Jonah and look" he replied pointing to the TV.
Peter looked at the TV and could see a reporter talking rapidly, she had some cuts and bruises and her outfit was ripped, his eyes then drifted to the caption at the bottom.
"Red Skull vs. Avengers" he said out loud
"It's like nothing I've ever seen before….its some sort of…Robot or…something. It just showed up and started killing anyone in its way. Hundreds dead...burned…..charred… (sob). Excuse me. If you look over my shoulder you can see the Avengers battling the Red Skull and his….OH MY GOD! IT"S COMING THIS WAY!"
The camera pans to the Blue Celestial approaching the White House, it stands over the White house and raises its hand glowing blue but it suddenly stopped and then Thor appeared.
"It's THOR! THOR IS…." Started the reporter for the wind kicked up and the lightening hit the Celestial and everything went white. The White light subsided and the Camera focused in on Thor right as he was blasted by the Celestial.
"NO!...Oh My…Thor. Thor is Dead! The Red Skull has…Captured the Avengers!"
Washington D.C: White House
"It iz over Captain….ceaze your struggling"
"NEVER! And it's not over" Captain America replied staring into his eyes.
THUD!" came a sound behind the Red Skull.
"GRAHHHHHHHH!" growled the Hulk running towards the Skull as fast as he could. The Red Skull whipped around in the nick of time to halt the Hulk's assault. The Red Skull smiled and he looked down at the ground.
Suddenly it began to shake and split apart, the frozen Hulk slowly began to lower down into the split earth and once he was deep enough the Red Skull commanded the earth to close again.
Captain America struggled even harder one he saw the Hulk disappear into the ground but it was useless.
The Red Skull turned back to him and leaned down close, with his free hand the Red Skull gripped Cap's mask and yanked it off of his head.
"You have been defeat Rogerz….I am better zhan you and I Vant to hear you zay it" he said in a low dangerous voice, "Tell me zhat I am better zhan you"
The Red Skull slapped Steve across the face and he stood up.
"You vill zay it Rogerz I can assure you…" The Skull trailed off before he gripped the Cube tightly.
The President of the United States appeared on the ground next to Captain America, The Red Skull wasted no time in grabbing him by the throat and lifting him up.
"Say it Rogerz or I vill Kill him"
Captain America's eyes widen in shock at the threat and he was tempted to say the words but he restrained himself.
"STEVE FOR GOD SAKE'S JUST SAY IT!" shouted Iron Man from the ground. He was desperately trying to move but he couldn't, no matter how hard he tried or commanded his suit.
"NO! IF I SAY IT THEN THIS SICK GAME HE'S PLAYING WILL REALLY BE OVER AND HE'LL KILL ALL OF US! He'll destroy the world" Cap shouted staring up into the eyes of the Red Skull.
"YOU DON"T KNOW THAT!" Iron Man yelled back.
"YES I DO!"
"Maybe I vill, Maybe I von't you'll vill have to say it"
"Zhen zay good-bye to your Prezident"
"NO!" Cap and Iron Man shouted right as the President exploded in a shower of blood.
New York – Daily Bugle
"OH MY GOD!" shouted everyone in the office as they saw the President being murdered.
"That… was… That…" was all J. Jonah Jameson was able to get out before he collapsed in his seat shocked beyond belief. Robbie was shocked as well and had back himself against J. Jonah's desk trying to catch his breath. Ben and Indy stared at the screen for a second before glancing to the right where Peter was standing just a few moments ago and to their slight surprise he was gone. They turned to the door to see that it was open.
Roof- Daily Bugle
Peter was rapidly changing into his Spider-Man outfit.
'My God…The Red Skull just killed the President….' He thought to himself as he put on his boot, How was he able to do that to the Hulk and what the hell is that Blue Thing…..Shield is probably mobilizing, but if the Skull beat the Avengers then Shield is gonna need my help…..wait. If the Red Skull can beat the Avengers what hope do I have'
Peter put on his gloves and then stopped once he got to his mask, he looked down at his mask for a second as he mulled over the question he just asked himself.
'This one might be out of your league Parker. The Avengers are trained to handle stuff like this, end of the world disasters. You fight Mob bosses, ninjas and the occasion wacko in a mask. Don't forget that you're just a kid from Queens who can stick to walls…..what can you do against a guy that beat Captain America and Iron Man…..'
Peter pursed his lips and raised his head.
"I'll do what I can…" he stated finally before slipping on his mask, "And pray that it's enough. So the million dollar question is how do I get to Washington D.C. in time to help…I know. The Fantastic Four"
Spider-Man jumped off the roof, fired a web and swung away.
Washington. D.C- White House
"His death is on your conscious Rogerz" said the Red Skull
"No you murdering psychopath…it's on yours and believe me when you go down I'll be the one to end you" Cap growled back.
The Red Skull kicked him in the face and grinded his teeth together.
"STILL DEFIANT! Fine I zee you'll need another ezample of how far I am villing to go…."
"STOP! YOU WIN!" shouted Wasp, "YOU BEAT US!"
"QUIET YOU COW I DO NOT VANT TO HEAR IT FROM YOU! I WANT TO HEAR IT FROM ZHE GREAT CAPTAIN AMERICA!"
"You know Rogerz, I am a bit of an expert vhen it comes to you and I know for a fact zhat you vere born in New York City, Brooklyn to be exact. How vould you feel if your hometown vas…Burnt to a crisp"
"YOU SON OF…" Cap started before receiving another kick to the face.
The Red Skull eyed the Blue Celestial that stood stoically in its spot and then his eyes traveled to the ground where he had buried the Incredible Hulk. A devious smiled crossed his lips as an idea crossed his mind.
"Celestial…..can you duplicate yourself? Answer Me"
"HAHAHAHAHAHA EZELLENT!" he replied looking at the glowing Cosmic Cube.
New York, Manhattan- In the Air
Spider-Man swung through the air as fast as he could, the only thought on his mind was to reach the Fantastic Four to see if they could give him a ride to Washington D.C to help out the Avengers with the Red Skull. He swung high in air the air and then over the roof top of building and dead ahead was the Baxter Building.
"Final….SPIDER SENSE!" he shouted while twisting his body through the air and firing a web to save himself.
"What the hell" he said to himself looking up to see what he sensed but he didn't see anything at first, the air started to shimmer and a Shield transport jet de-cloaked and continued on towards the Baxter Building.
"Shield" Spider-Man stated swinging towards the Balcony of the Baxter Building.
Reed, Johnny, Sue and Ben were suited up in their uniforms when they saw a Shield Transport Jet land on their balcony. The doors opened and the ramp lowered and out ran Maria Hill.
"Agent Hill what the heck are you doing here?" asked Ben in his usual growling voice.
"Why do you think I need help Grimm" she replied
Everyone turned to see Spider-Man swing through the open balcony and then land on the ground in-between them and then whipped around to Agent Hill.
"You know you almost killed me right?" he snapped.
"You were in the way and with the threat we're facing I didn't have enough time to follows the rules of the skies now out of my way" she said pushing him aside "We got big problems"
"Yeah the Red Skull we're all over that we were heading out just now" said Johnny.
"Cool, so you guys can give me a ride then" Spider-man chimed.
"Sure Spider-Man" came Sue's voice, "With you going I won't have to worry so much"
"What?" he asked
"Um I'm kinda pregnant so I can't go"
Spider-Man glanced down to see that Sue was indeed heavily Pregnant.
"Congrats I didn't even kn…."
"Will you idiots listen to me please. Dr. Richards you need to look at this" Maria snapped holding up a disc.
"What is it?" Reed asked taking the disc.
"We were hopping you could tell us and please put a rush on it"
"Everyone to the Computer" said Reed stretching his legs and walking over to the main computer.
Few Minutes Later
"COSMIC CUBE!" shouted Spider-man in disbelief "The Red Skull has a Cube that can grant him anything he wants?"
"It's the Infinity gems all over again" said Sue
"Except this wacko actually wants earth" Johnny added.
"The Cosmic Cube is only part of the problem, The Celestial…that's what Thor called it, it came from the gateway… so its from another dimension right?" Maria asked looking at Reed.
Reed folded his arms across his chest and paused the video. He stared at the Gateway and he pursed his lips into a thin line.
"No, if a hole that big were to be ripped in our dimension it would've caused a chain reaction that would've destroyed all life in our galaxy. A.I.M it seems created a rip through space…..a tunnel perhaps"
"A wormhole" Spider-Man stated "They created a wormhole through our space?" asked Spider-Man
"Precisely" said Reed.
"Wait so this thing, this Celestial it's from our plain of existence?" asked Sue
"That's exactly what I'm saying Sue, I mean is it so hard to believe. If I'm not mistaken Galactus is larger than this thing and he operates in our plain of existence" Reed reasoned.
"Okay so this thing came through the Wormhole, is there anyway to send it back and away from the Red Skull?" asked Agent Hill.
"I don't know Maybe….but…"
THUD! THUD! THUD!
The ground began to shake in an odd pattern all most like footsteps.
"What the heck?" asked Ben trying to keep his balance.
'Spider sense' thought Spider-man running towards the open Balcony, and he was closely followed by Agent Hill and the Fantastic Four.
They all stared out into the distance and they could see the Blue Celestial walking towards the City from the water.
"Holy crap…it's like Galactus's son or something" said Johnny slightly in awe of its size.
"I for one would like to know just what the hell we're dealing with" said Ben staring at the approaching armored being.
"It is an infant Celestial" came a soothing and familiar voice. The heroes turned to see the floating ethereal form of Uatu aka The Watcher.
"UATU!" Reed eclaimed
"Hello Dr. Richards" The Watcher replied to him.
"What are you doing here?" asked Sue.
"I'm here because the battle that is about to happen can only end one of two ways. The first being that mere human mortals defied…a Celestial, which is a very significant feat in itself and the other Susan Storm is because this battle just might be the end of what you would call the Milky Way Galaxy" he replied
The Blue Celestial stepped onto land and came to a stop.
SCREEEEECH! CRASH! Went the sound of several cars coming to stop and crashing.
"AHHHHH!" scream civilians looking at the giant Celestial.
"The Destruction of the Milky Way Galaxy….our Galaxy" repeated Spider-man with raised eyebrows.
"Huh…must be Thursday" said Johnny folding his arms across his chest.
"Uatu what is a Celestial exactly?" asked Reed.
"A question that we the watchers do not even know Dr. Richards. All we Watchers know is that they are very old and very powerful."
"They?" Maria questioned.
"Yes, the Celestial you see before you is only one of a collection, and it's an Infant. The Celestials are an ancient race of Cosmic Gods or scientists rather that take it upon themselves to experiment on lesser races...rush the natural development of a species. They have also been known to tamper with the genetic structure of DNA in several races to give them potential far greater than what they should have" the Watcher replied, "Currently we know that they tampered with the Skrulls DNA and we know that they have even experiment on Earth and human DNA billions of years ago"
"WHAT!" everyone shouted.
"I believe you know of their work Dr. Richards"
Reed scrunched up his eyes up in confusion before the answer came to him.
"Mutants" Reed answered putting a hand to his chin.
"Just as I thought, the X-Gene is not normal and it….."
"HEY WE'RE GETTING OFF TOPIC, HOW THE HELL DO WE KILL IT OR SEND IT BACK FROM WHERE IT CAME FROM!" shouted Agent Hill staring at Uatu.
"You will not kill it Agent Hill for you can not…..it serves….."
"A purpose…just like Galactus" She interrupted.
"Yes it and the others in the collection of Celestials keep balance to a degree, but you won't kill it because it serves the Fulcrum…..or Eternity we don't know which, but we do know that it would not be wise to anger either of them"
"Fulcrum or Eternity….do we even want to know?" asked Spider-man
"It would take too long to explain and it is doubtful you would understand"
"How do we stop it and the Cosmic Cube?" asked Maria letting out a sigh of frustration.
"The Ultimate Nullifier, Dr. Richards do you still have it?" he asked.
"I do" Reed replied.
"Then your answer is simple. Good luck Heroes and know that I will be rooting for you and the survival of your Galaxy. One last thing before I go, you must hurry because the other Celestials will be drawn to earth, they tend to know when one of their infants are missing" the Watcher said before he vanished.
"Great…no pressure" Spider-man and Johnny said at the same time.
"And if that's the infant I'd hate to see the adult" Ben added turning back to the balcony and looking at the Blue Celestial.
Streets of Manhattan
The Blue Celestial raised its hand and a powerful beam of energy fired out and hit the ground shaking and destroying everything in its path.
"AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!" screamed the New Yorkers down below running as fast as they could away from the Blue Celestial.
In the path of the running people appeared the Incredible Hulk but he was different, instead of being emerald green as usual he was a dark Charcoal Gray. The Gray Hulk had pupiless white eyes but the civilians could see that he was looking at them.
"GRAHH!" the Gray Hulk screamed bringing both hands down unto the ground causing a ripple throwing people off their feet.
THUD! THUD! THUD! THUD!
The Incredible Gray Hulk turned around to see several more versions of himself landing on the ground. The Hulks looked at each other before jumping in the air and crashing through any building in their path.
"If you guys got a plan now's the time" Growled Ben turning back to his team, the gathered heroes could hear the screams and see the Blue Celestial blowing everything to smithereens.
Reed nodded his head and turned to the right; he held out his arm and stretched it until it was to an inconspicuous looking section of the wall in his lab. He touched it with his hand and it beeped before shifting and folding apart revealing the hovering ultimate Nullifier. Reed grabbed the device and retracted his arm and then he gave the device to Spider-Man.
"Use it against the Celestial; stall it until I can build another wormhole that will transport the Celestial out of our Galaxy"
"Right. Ben, Johnny with me…let's go" said Spider-Man turning around and heading for the Shield Transport Jet that was on the Balcony.
"I'm coming with you guys….just to make sure you don't get any funny ideas…like I don't know accidentally killing it and pissing off the Celestial parents" Agent Hill said quickly following behind them.
Reed and Sue watched them load up before turning to each other.
"Come on Sue we have a lot of work to do"
In the Air
It didn't take long for them load up on the Shield Transport Jet and race towards the Blue Celestial. As they flew through the air they could see the destruction the Celestial was causing, they each gritted their teeth and swallowed a lump in their throat.
"Does anyone else have about a pound of sweat in their boots or is that just me?" Spider-Man asked.
"Man up bug boy, this is the type of mission that we can't afford to be afraid"
"I never said I was afraid Agent Hill, nervous yeah. I mean here we are again, going up against impossible odds with a plan that may or may not work, oh and not to mention our planet excuse me Our Galaxy is hanging in the balance"
"Definitely Thursday" Ben said
"Look just relax and take a deep breath and turn that Nullifier on we're reaching the Celestial now" she replied back.
Spider-Man rolled his eyes and held up the Ultimate Nullifier. He gripped it tightly and the mechanism began to glow a deep orange and black hue.
The Blue Celestial stopped its assault and lifted its head.
"ANOMALY. POWER PRIMORDIAL DETECTED. THREAT LEVEL HIGH. DESTROY!"
The Blue Celestial searched until it locked onto the transport jet that was approaching it.
"Uh, is it just me or is that thing looking at us?" asked Ben pointing at the Celestial because it suddenly stopped its assault and turned to their direction.
"It's not just you, but we're cloaked and…." Agent Hill started.
"You really think that matters to a Cosmic being" said Johnny.
Their eyes widen when they saw the Blue Celestial raise its hand and allowed it to glow with dark blue energy.
"BEN GET US OUT OF HERE!" shouted Johnny.
A Beam of energy fired right at them.
Ben pushed down on the controls causing them to go into a nose dive and avoid the initial blast, but the blast kept coming making Ben put his piloting skills into overdrive.
Streets of Manhattan
POW! POW! POW! Went the sound of a several police officers shooting at the approaching Charcoal Gray Hulk but the bullets bounce off of its Gray skin.
"RAHHH!" the Gray Hulk shouted back handing the officers and sending them flying. The Hulk let out a yell and its yell was echoed by the dozens of other Gray Hulks behind him. The Hulks dashed into the city destroying everything. Picking up cars and tossing them through and over building, slamming their fist into the ground causing massive ripples that knocked everyone down. No one was safe from the wrath of the Gray Hulks.
"DESTROY" Boomed the Blue Celestials' voice, it looked down at the Gray Hulk's for a second.
All of the Gray Hulks stopped their rampage and turned toward the Blue Celestial and then towards the flying Shield Transport.
"GRAHH!" they yelled running and then jumping in the air.
In the Air
Ben pulled up on the controls and curved upwards and out of the way of another dark blue energy beam. He continued to twist and tug and the controls which in turn weaved them around the blast of energy that was threatening to knock them out of the sky.
"ANY TIME YOU WANNA FIRE BACK WEB HEAD!" Ben shouted.
"I don't know the range on this thing you gotta get us closer" Spider-Man replied.
"Any closer and we'll all be deep fried"
Spider-Man unhooked himself from his seat and he headed for the ramp, using his clinging abilities to steady himself.
"Make another pass and then lower the ramp and I'll….." he started before a familiar feeling passed along his spine and to his brain putting him in a hyper state of awareness.
'SPIDER SENSE! DANGER!'
BAM! Everyone jumped at the sight of the Gray Hulk whose head burst through the bottom of the transport.
"WHAT THE HELL!" Shouted Johnny seeing the Hulk.
The Gray Hulk wiggled and ripped through the metal making the hole he made even wider and causing the Transport to lose altitude.
Agent Hill glanced back and one look told her all she needed to know.
"THAT'S NOT THE REAL HULK!"
"GET RID OF EM' FLAME BRAIN!" shouted Ben.
"FLAME ON!" yelled Johnny igniting and flooding the emerging Gray Hulk with Fire.
"GRAHHH!" the beast yelled as the flames burned his gray Flesh.
BAM! BAM! RIP! SCHRRRRIP!
Everyone looked up to see another Gray Hulk sticking its massive gray fingers through the roof and ripping a hole through the top of the transport like paper.
"WE'RE GOING DOWN!" yelled Ben as the Gray Hulk on the roof ripped the whole top off allowing a rush of air inside. Spider-Man stuck to the ground as the Transport began to spiral downwards. Flames and sparks of electricity showered the inside of the transport. Agent Hill gripped her seat tightly bracing herself against the g-force of their spiral downwards. Johnny was still flooding the first Gray Hulk with fire just as the second one dropped inside. The second Gray Hulk's added weight was enough to make bottom hole the first Gray Hulk made start to get bigger and bigger until it finally snapped in half.
"OH SH****!" yelled Spider-man as the broken end twisted through the air and to the ground below.
Spider-Man crawled along the spiraling end all the while trying to decide what to do, he carefully clipped the Ultimate Nullifier to his utility belt and then he glanced behind himself and acting on instinct jumped off the end. He fell through the air for a moment before shooting a web.
The web swinger swung out of the way of the falling end allowing it to pass him. He let out a sigh of relief but it was then his Spider sense alerted him to more danger. He turned his head to the left to see another Gray Hulk heading right for him with his fist cocked back.
"Crap….this might hurt" he said.
WHAM! The Gray Hulk punched him and sent him flying through the air before bouncing along the asphalt of an parking deck and then crashing into and bouncing off of a parked car.
"Ugh….I was right" he whispered trying to get up but failing.
The Gray Hulk landed on the ground and the mindless dupe of the Incredible Hulk stomped toward its prey. The snarl on its face showing its state of mind and his intentions. Spider-Man sees him coming and tries to move but even though the thing before him wasn't the real Hulk, his hits weren't any less powerful.
Spider-Man gritted his teeth and rolled over onto his back just as the Hulk stopped and stood over him.
"Uh Hi… Hulk….ugh…. remember me from before. I saved Betty…argh….remember. We had a long talk….. some sushi…. and hey we both got blew up in that Warehouse explosion…good times. " the wall-crawler groaned out, "Any of this ringing a bell"
The Gray Hulk didn't respond he let out a growl before raising both of his massive muscular fists high in the air.
"DESTROY!" he growled angrily.
"Didn't think so. I was wrong before…this might hurt" Spider-man commented right as the Hulk brought both of his fist down upon him.
End Chapter: Read and Review: Hey Readers it's Me Nomad88 back again with the closing comments. First off HAPPY 4th of JULY! Second WHOOO! Thus ends the second part to the Red Skull Unleashed, was it epic enough for you readers. Where you shocked, amazed, or something in-between. I know the chapter started off kinda slow and that was because I just wanted to give a little insight into how some of the Avengers you know interact with each other. In this chapter I had Tony and Steve, Maria and Janet, and lastly Carol and Hank and as this story progresses I'm going to try to mix it up a little bit more. So I hope you readers didn't mind, but anyway this chapter started slow but it started to gain steam and then it exploded…..at least I hope. Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four are now involved and let me tell you things are only going to escalate. A lot of things happened in this chapter but not all of it is limited to the Event that's going on, so tell me, can any of you readers pick those things out. HAHA! Well my loyal readers we have one more chapter to go which is gonna be the conclusion to this Epic Event. I hope you readers have been enjoying it so far, If anyone has any questions, comments, rants feel free to send it to me either in the review or through a PM Message and I'll get back to you ASAP. Remember to Read and Review and then meet me back here next time, This is Nomad88 saying later….
Ps: Yeah no Batman or Secret Warrior, again if you're upset I apologize and if you want an explanation just send me a PM and I'll get back to you. Also Readers this is July so you know what that means BARBEQUE AND FIREWORKS!…..THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN! and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES! This just might be the best month of the year HAHA! This is me saying Later…..
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