I'm waiting in my cold cell when the bell begins to chime

Reflecting on my past life and it doesn't have much time

'Cause at 5 o'clock, they take me to the Gallows Pole

The sands of time for me are running low…

Iron Maiden - "Hallowed by thy name"

Thor and Iron Man were secured with uru chains and brought to Doomgard as prisoners. They marched through the halls and corridors, defeated, with their hands tied and surrounded by Thors. They knew that fighting now would be futile and would not end any differently to their first one, so they saved their strength and tried to rest by walking, hoping that they may get a chance later on. Old Thor was waiting on a throne at the Hall of Homicide, with stairs leading to it. "Thunderer Thorlief, also known as Ultimate Thor, you are here because you committed heresy. You protected heretics and claimed yourself a heretic as well." Iron Man tried to say something but was quickly silenced by one of the Thors. Thor walked the stairs to the throne and stayed a few steps above, so that everyone could see him. "Brothers, I am calling from the Valley of the Kings, with nothing to atone. I will make my defense. But we are not lawyers with crackerjack clothes! We're warriors, warriors of Battleworld! Like thunder from the sky, sworn to fight and die, we're warriors, warriors of Battleworld! Let me tell you the tale of my world, and then decide if we're worthy! What say you?". Old Thor was about to protest, but the Thors agreed to it. Having lived with them for years, Thor knew that if there was something they could not resist, it was an epic.

Thor and Iron Man were released from their chains but knew that it was not wise to try any attack. Thor did not intend to do that, anyway. He raised his hammer high and started his narration.

"Here to the Triskelion, I wander. Through this black night, I ponder. The head of our mighty hammers, did clash. Fallen by our axes, Hulk's smashed!"

"Glory and fame, Ultimate is our name. Souls full of thunder. Hearts of steel. Killers of men, on Ultimatum's end, sworn to avenge our fallen brothers, to the end!"

"One day, too, I may fall. I will enter Odin's Hall. I will die, hammer in hand. My name and my deeds will scorch the land"

"Glory and fame, Ultimate is our name. Souls full of thunder. Hearts of steel. Killers of men, on Ultimatum's end, sworn to avenge our fallen brothers"

"Sons of the gods, today we shall die, open Valhalla's door. Let the Cataclysm begin, with hammers in the wind. Hail, gods of waaaaaar!"

"Sons of Odin, we all, by the hammer of Thor, ride down from the sky. A spider is born, another shall fall. This day heroes will die!"

At this point, all the Thors (even Old Thor) were enjoying the narrations and joined it in a massive chorus, and the hall turned into a cacophony of fists, hammers, swords, maces, chains and beer mugs raised to the air.

"GLORY AND FAME, ULTIMATE IS OUR NAME. SOULS FULL OF THUNDER, HEARTS OF STEEL. KILLERS OF MEN, ON ULTIMATUM'S END, SWORN TO AVENGE OUR FALLEN BROTHERS"

"SONS OF THE GODS, TODAY WE SHALL DIE, OPEN VALHALLA'S DOOR. LET THE CATACLYSM BEGIN, WITH HAMMERS IN THE WIND. HAIL, GODS OF WAR!"

"SONS OF THE GODS, TODAY WE SHALL DIE, OPEN VALHALLA'S DOOR. LET THE CATACLYSM BEGIN, WITH HAMMERS IN THE WIND. HAIL, GODS OF WAR!"

"LET THE CATACLYSM BEGIN, WITH HAMMERS IN THE WIND. HAIL, GODS OF WAR!"

"HAAAIIIIIIL"

"GOOOOODS"

"OF"

"WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR!"

And all Thors rejoiced. A satisfied Thor told Stark "Ha! If Ragnar Lothbrock could see me now!". Tony was a bit confused by all this. "That was… a weird speech, to say the least. But I don't question the results". "Ha! A speech? That was a Heavy Metal song, with the lyrics slightly changed to fit our needs! And which Viking brethren with blood in his veins can resist a song of Manowar?" Then he addressed the Thors again. "Listen, brothers! This is Iron Man, my brother in arms! Together we fought several battles and vanquished several fools!" The Thors, still enthusiastic, hailed him. "Before you found him, he has been in the Green Lands!" Iron Man was about to protest that he had not been in any such place, but Thor ignored him and continued. "And he fought several Hulks! And you know what they told him? You know what were they saying about you, my brothers? These guys called you sissy boys, buddies. You really gonna let them get away with that?"

A thunderous "NO!" cried out in unison filled the hall. "So sound the death tone on our march for revenge! Spill the blood of our enemies, the oath a friend! Fight the holy war for the crown and the ring! Six magic rivers were made by the blood of the Red King! Wherever we ride, it's metal we bring! Thor King of Metal, Thor Metal King! Death to the false ones, dance on a string, 'till the blood on your sword is the blood of the Red King, 'till the blood on your hand is the blood of the Red King!"

All the Thors marched out of the hall, hammers in hand, ready to punish the Hulks for their insolence. How proud those soldiers stand, with mace and shield in hand. Horns sound the charge, into glory ride, over the top of the vanquished pride. Iron Man was about to go as well, but Thor placed his hand over his shoulder. "Now, Tony. This is our moment. They have completely forgotten about us." And then he understood. The Thors were never going to hear their pleas of innocence or hear their story about the multiverse, so he did not try it a second time. Instead, he misdirected them to a wild goose chase, allowing them to escape. But when they were sneaking away, they found Beta Ray Thor, the one with a face that looked like a horse's skull. "This won't end like the last time", said Iron Man. "Now it's two against one, not two against two dozens". But Thor calmly lowered Iron Man's hand and asked his companion to explain himself. "You were right before, in the desert. I remembered my old life. I remembered my name, not Beta Ray Thor, but Beta Ray Bill. I remembered the Korbinites, the Thor of my world, and how his Asgard helped me, welcomed me as one of their own, and even granted me a similar hammer. I know now that this world is a mockery, created somehow by Dr. Doom. But if I joined you then, we would have been three prisoners instead of two. I was looking for a chance to free you, but I did not expect that you could do it yourselves. But promise me that if our worlds are restored, you'll talk to me about this "Manowar". Iron Man had his doubts, couldn't he be still working for Doom? But Beta Ray Bill did not answer, because Thor answered first: if he was really still loyal to Doom, he would have revealed the ruse when the Thors were still leaving, instead of letting them go and risk a fight of one against two. He also reminded him that, although he had suddenly remembered his true life, he still remembered the life that he had been living in Battleworld so far: he knows Beta Ray Bill, and knows that he can be trusted.

Unsure of the whereabouts of the other heroes, the three flew to the location of the battle. It was unlikely for them to still be there, but they did not really have any other ideas of where to look. And no, there was nobody there. Thor and Beta Ray Bill discussed the nearby domains, trying to guess in which of them they may be, until Iron Man detected a wanderer, far away from them, almost at the line of the horizon. This made no sense, what could a wanderer possibly be doing there? Where did he come from? It was worth checking. They landed next to him, asked him if he needed any help… and they were thunderstruck when he turned to them.

It was Peter Parker.

He's walking like a small child

But watch his eyes burn you away

Black holes in his golden stare

God knows he wants to go home

Children of the damned

He's walking like a dead man

If he had lived he would crucified us all

Now he's standing on his last step

He thought oblivion? Well, it beckons us all

Children of the damned

Iron Maiden - "Children of the damned"