So the Inhumans bugged out and left us to face the music. I dunno, I was raised to believe in old school, karmic wisdom. You know, like 'necessity is the mother of strange bedfellows' and 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend.' And 'just because an ad hoc but charismatically led team of intergalactic heroes makes a bad first impression, you don't ditch them and leave them to face a full-scale maximum prejudice Shi'ar assault.' Stuff like that.
Hey, Thanos! Hey, Thanos, baby! Over here, big fellah! Yoooohooo! Look what I got! Eh? Pretty, huh? Yeah, that's right. Come on. You know you want it. Cosmic Cube. Unbelievably powerful. Grants wishes. Twists realities. You had one yourself once, right? You may be feral, mindless -- but you can still feel the heat of it, can't you? Familiar. Kang gave me this. Kang the flarking conqueror. He handed it to me at the other end of time so I could beat Magus with it. It was broken, pretty much spent. It had just enough juice in it for one last zap. I zapped Adam with it. Though I'd used it up. I figured it was just a hunk of junk crystal. But it turns out Magus tricked me. Our whole fight with him was one big illusion. I only thought I used this thing. So it's still got power enough for that one last shot. Bang.
And I need you to read this last wish in my head. This dream. Read it carefully. I almost made it work. The Guardians were more than I could ever have hoped for! But the universe is also more dangerous than I ever imagined! Look around! This is the kind of thing that can happen! The galaxy doesn't need guardians! It doesn't need brave souls! If it's going to survive another one of these, it's going to need absolute bad-asses! It's going to need the biggest guns of all! Cosmic heavy hitters as scary as the menaces they have to face! It's going to need flarking annihilators!
Gamora, get back here now! You opened this door! I was very happy to never open it for you, but you did this. If you never want to talk to me again after this, that's fine... But you are going to hear the truth from beginning to end. You're going to hear the truth.
And like you said-- We don't have to know everything. That's okay. But we need to know we can trust each other no matter what. That you are right about, but... I was so torn. I betray him or I betray you. If you want to leave, you can leave. But I hope you stay. He asked us to keep this from you because he loved you. And I did because I loved him. And for all the #@$% we don't know, you need to know... We all love you.
Kitty, you are an amazing woman. You're a teacher, a scholar, a warrior, and you're out here running around the galaxy trying to do whatever you can to make it a better place. But lady, you cannot dress yourself to save your life.
The universe was burning. By the time we arrived, nothing was left... no heroes. No villains. No life. Only ashes. And ghosts. As if the whole world had been... turned off. Elsewhere, the oceans boiled. Devoid of life under a black sun, the waves crashed against beaches made of bone. And above it, the stars turned fallow and fell. Rotten and cancerous. Rejected by their creator. And then we saw it. High atop a throne of annihilation... there was Death.
We were--- we thought we were sacrificing ourselves to keep Thanos in the Cancerverse as that universe imploded around him. And us. We thought we were going out in a blaze of glory. A hero's death. Drax was dead--- I wanted it to mean something. Stopping Thanos once and for all, for all time, was worth it. Shoving that Cosmic Cube up his purple butt as the universe folded around him... well, wouldn't that make every damn thing we've been through worth it? Not only would our universe survive... But maybe you--- maybe you'd get to live the rest of your life, finally, without the burden of your nightmare of a father hanging over you.