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This story is a reprint of the comic
Secret Empire #0.

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Synopsis for 1st story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Secret Empire #0.

Japan, 1945. Captain America is fighting his way through a blizzard in the mountains when he encounters the Kraken in the opening to a cave. They make their way down a staircase while going over Steve's accomplishments as a Hydra spy within the Allied forces. The Kraken reveals they have reached the source of Hydra's power. Together with a man identified as Hydra's Father, Kraken reveals Captain America the Allies are going to use a Cosmic Cube to rewrite reality itself and win the war. A chained up old man casts in a pond images of the future, explaining that the Red Skull will recover the cube and will use it to restore Steve back to his reality before the Allies interfered, and he must do all that is necessary to restore the world that was once that happens. The Earth suddenly rumbles and Kraken orders Steve to jump into the pond to protect himself explaining once he awakes, he will find himself in the altered version of reality. Kraken encourages Steve as reality begins to fade away.

In the present, Captain America is on the Helicarrier's bridge and Commander Sharon Carter approaches him, giving a sitrep on three critical situations that have arisen. The Chitauri Wave, consisting of trillions of these aliens, is approaching the Earth while the Planetary Defense Shield has been taken down by a Hydra bomber. Alpha Flight, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and other heroes hold the line while the Tony Stark A.I. in the Iron Man armor and Ironheart are trying to fix the Shield's damage. Meanwhile, New York is being attacked by the Army of Evil, a group of supervillain ex-prisoners of Pleasant Hill swearing revenge as well as other supervillains that weren't imprisoned at Pleasant Hill. The Defenders and several other vigilantes confront the villains. At the same time in Sokovia, six Helicarriers are approaching the war-torn nation's airspace after the base in the area, Helicarrier Crescent, fell off the radar.

In all fronts, the heroes are dealt critical blows. Alpha Flight finds itself being slowly overpowered, with numerous heroes being taken down, including Quasar and Hyperion; the Shield's repair takes a turn for the worse; and Nitro causes an explosion in Manhattan which levels an entire block as well as it defeating the Defenders. Once the United States designates a full state of emergency, thus putting Steve in immediate command of national security, Cap rallies the heroes one more time.

Almost suddenly, the Shield's systems auxiliary lines go back operational, enabling the armor-clad heroes to activate the Shield. Due to their mindless nature, the Chitauri continue to advance, plowing into the Shield to their demise, ensuring control of the situation to Alpha Flight. In New York, the villains appear to retreat after the Avengers Unity Division arrive to help out. Furthermore, the other Helicarriers make contact with Crescent. However, the airship turns out to be in a collision course, and crashes into Helicarrier Illiad, with the systems not responding to employ evasive actions.

After the impact, Illiad is boarded by Hydra footsoldiers. It's also discovered all crew aboard the Crescent is under the control of Doctor Faustus. Captain America steps in the line of fire and utters a sign that identifies himself as Hydra's Supreme Leader. Sharon is perplexed by the situation, and is then taken away under Rogers' orders. Before communicating with Captain Marvel, Cap orders his subordinates to use Iliad's comms deck to broadcast Faustus' brainwashing message to the rest of the fleet to take over the Helicarriers.

Alpha Flight continues to fight the Chitauri fleet while back down on Earth, Iron Man and Ironheart discover the Shield is no longer responding. Iron Man theorizes that the Hydra bombing simply caused superficial damage to hide the fact the Shield's systems were being tampered with and failing on purpose. As they continue to figure out the situation, they are surrounded by Hydra agents. Back in the other side of the Shield, Carol alerts Steve the Shield isn't responding to her attempts to open a portal back to Earth. He soon reveals his intention to leave her and Alpha Flight trapped between the upcoming Chitauri waves and the Shield.

Iron Man and Ironheart escape from Hydra, having figured out the plan of whoever was in control of the Shield, to use the Chitauri forces as a bait to lure a lineup of first responders heavy hitters while the Shield was down, and then lock them out. When Iron Man suggests to get out a distress call, he realizes the next place to be hit, where anybody of the people attending the crisis was if it wasn't in space, New York. In the coast of Manhattan, Baron Zemo uses the Darkhold to boost Blackout's powers and have him isolate half the island in a Darkforce dome. Once Iron Man and Ironheart get the reports of what occured in the Big Apple, Iron Man calls any hero available to where he believes will be the next target, Washington, D.C.. His hunch turns out to be correct as all of the Helicarriers taken over by Hydra are now hovering above the White House.

Appearing in 2nd story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Secret Empire #2.

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Synopsis for 2nd story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Secret Empire #2.

Following Hydra's assault, the Underground mobilizes rescue efforts in the many damaged areas of Las Vegas, where very few people survived. Observing the atmosphere of despair, Black Widow declares that Captain America has to die.

Meanwhile, inside the Darkforce dome in Manhattan, Luke Cage and Iron Fist are looting a pharmacy for supplies when they find themselves surrounded by demonic creatures. They are assisted by Jessica Jones, and the three all go to Mercy General Hospital, where Claire Temple is helping nurse the injured and ill. An entire wing of patients is afflicted with typhoid due to water supply contamination, and hepatitis A has broken out due to poor sanitation. The climate outside the hospital is no better, there's no power or communication with the outside world, food and drinkable water is becoming scarce, and people are crowding together. Dagger is the only source of light for the entire island, using her Lightforce abilities to cast light for hours at a time, but her performance is getting worse, barely enduring for four hours when she used to reach twelve in the beginning. In another part of Manhattan, a group of armed men attempt to ransack a church for medicines. Kingpin intervenes, killing one of the would-be robbers and offering his protection to the church, with the sole condition that once the crisis is over, they remember it was him who kept them safe.

At The Mount, the heroes have barely returned when Black Widow calls their attention with a gunshot. She seeks out volunteers to help her assassinate Steve Rogers, claiming they have no other choice left. The Tony Stark A.I. interrupts her in order to reveal a recording from Rick Jones, taken from the data disk given to him by Shaun Lucas. In the posthumous video message, Rick unveils the cause of Captain America's change of sides, explaining Kobik and her involvement with the Red Skull. Jones also explains that once Kobik had been turned back into Cube fragments, Erik Selvig scattered the shards to keep them from Hydra. Before being forced to cut off the video, Jones reveals he has attached all of Hydra's intel on the search for the fragments to the video. Rick encourages the heroes not to lose hope, and the transmission ends. Hawkeye back ups Tony's idea of looking for the fragments, whereas Black Widow opposes it. When Hawkeye argues that the real Steve Rogers would oppose killing, Natasha retorts that if the real Steve knew what he was being used for, he would beg them to kill him, and leaves.

After giving a speech in light of the attack on Las Vegas, Captain America talks with Baron Zemo in private. It's revealed Rogers didn't order the attack. He had actually given Madame Hydra the power to do it. The other members of the High Council are unaware of that, for which their dissension has been quelled. Zemo additionally commends Steve's decision, claiming that it's a display of his strength as a leader, capable of having the devotion and faith he gives to the people he loves returned to him. When they touch on the topic of the Cosmic Cube fragments, Captain America tasks Baron Zemo with locating the pieces whatever the cost.

Back at The Mount, Hawkeye comes up to Black Widow. They attempt to discuss their differences, and reflect on how Bucky Barnes's death affected Natasha in a similar way to which Bruce Banner's influenced Clint. When he asks Natasha to give him one more chance, she tries to make him promise that if his plan doesn't work, he'll do it her way. Clint hesitates, and replies that he can't help who he is. After sharing a kiss, Natasha knocks Clint out and runs away on a motorcycle.

Once he wakes up, Clint alerts A.I. Tony about Natasha's leave. From inside a vent, Spider-Man spies on them. Noticing that with Black Widow on the move they need to move faster, Tony reveals he has devised a way to track down the Cube fragments, and has assembled a group of volunteers to find them: Hercules, Ant-Man, Quicksilver and Mockingbird. When Clint comments on the fact that Selvig couldn't have hidden the fragments within Hydra territory, Ant-Man suggests seeking help with a certain someone in order to get out of the country.

A day later, Black Widow arrives to a safehouse in Colorado, and notices that Spider-Man has been following her. When Natasha questions if Miles has followed her to stop her, he states that she won't do it, bringing up the fact that according to Ulysses Cain's vision, he's the one to do it. Miles admits that he's through with running from this possible destiny, and wishes to confront it and let whatever might happen, happen. The young members of the Underground have followed Miles, and decide to join Natasha, but object the prospect of killing. Black Widow proceeds to welcome them to the Red Room. In Montana, A.I. Tony's team arrives to a truck stop, where Scott Langs directs them to the person that could help them cross the border, Sam Wilson.

Somewhere else, in the middle of a forest, a young woman is running away from three members of the Serpent Society, they catch up to her and proceed to beat her up. A shadowed figure appears from behind and confronts the villains, effortlessly defeating them. The woman reaches for his hand, asking for her rescuer's identity. He identifies himself as Steve Rogers, wearing a torn WWII army uniform, and states that he's trying to get home.

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