One of the final origin stories is an odd one. This origin is very Fantastic Four-centric as X-51 is not involved in retelling, it is solely up to a conversation between Reed Richards and Uatu. Yes, we already had the origin of the Fantastic Four, but that is why this one is so odd. It focuses on the supporting characters, villains like the Puppet-Master and Galactus, as well as the Silver Surfer. This ends with the realization that Galactus is the sworn enemy of the Celestials. He is not the destroyer of worlds, he is the destroyer of the Celestial embryo within those worlds (coincidentally, that also destroys the world, but Galactus can’t be worried about schematics).
This brings us back to New York, where the Skull has taken over. Iron Man has decided not to intervene as his fortress cannot be penetrated, while Vision worries about the well being of those outside the fortress walls (the android having more compassion than the human, that trope never gets old, while Wolverine has decided against helping either, because he’s lazy. We also find out that who everyone thought was Jean Grey living with Logan, turned out to be Madelyne Pryor the whole time. Outside, we see Cap waking up in an alleyway. Apparently Spiderman saved him as seeing May in the clutches of the Skull was just what Peter needed to don the old costume (an actual costume from a costume shop this time). They teleport back to Ben Grimm, and set up the plan using the clay versions of the Marvel Heroes that Alicia, Ben’s Wife, created.
We head into space to see Black Bolt give his life against the Celestials. Did he go out there single-handed on a suicide mission though? Nope, he apparently went out there to call someone to aid him and the Earth with the only voice that could span the entirety of space (even without oxygen I guess).
Back on Earth, the Clay heroes and the regular heroes are fighting the Skull’s minions. We see the battle progress until a Cap version of the Clay Avengers makes it through the fray and grabs the Skull. The Skull grabs at him, removing some of the clay to show that it’s the real Cap underneath, who promptly kills the Skull. Seriously. Cap straight-up murdered the kid. That ends the threat of the Skull, but right as everyone breathes a sigh of relief, we jump right in to the bigger threat, the Celestials. Reed contacts Iron Man and explains the situation, and Iron Man, finally realizing he may have to get his hands dirty, sends Vision away and rockets into space in a giant Iron Man suit. Apparently the impenetrable fortress he had holed himself up in was a giant Iron Man suit all along.
Again, the Appendix is very dense but it offers some very cool insights into the true history of the Marvel universe, I’ll try and touch on all the good bits. Apparently, the Celestials mutate the populace of a world until they all have the same power set, such as the Skrulls, that can change their shape. The Kree, the Skrull’s mortal enemies, were pissed that the Celestials gave them this advantage, so they created the Inhuman race as an equalizer, their secret weapon against the Skrulls and the Celestials. The Skull was put on earth to prevent the overpowered population from destroying everything and killing the Celestial inside. With the death of the Skull, the Celestials have given up hope when it comes to Earth and are coming to wipe out the entire global population so that nothing can disturb their seedling.
Next Issue: That’s some pretty grim shit. Will Iron Man make a difference? Will the Celestials be stopped? With two issues left, what is the fate of the planet?