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Synopsis for "We Are Gathered Here"

Following their respective bachelor and bachelorette parties, Rick Jones is upset to have learned that his wife-to-be, Marlo Chandler, was in an adult film. While Marlo is dealing with a hangover, Rick demands to know what she was thinking. She explains that she did it when she was 18 for an old boyfriend who she broke up with shortly thereafter. When Rick demands an apology, she tells him that he's sorry that this has upset him so much. Everyone from the parties starts to argue, and Marlo gets fed up and goes to bed. She has a dream where she is walking along a beach. In it she wishes she could make everything better for her wedding day. She is then approached by a mysterious man in a trench coat and hat who offers to make her wedding day magical at the cost of her soul. Unaware that this is really Mephisto, and thinking that this is only a dream, Marlo agrees to the deal, shaking the devil's hand. Marlo wakes up to the sound of her Rick knocking on her door, who proceeds to apologize for how he reacted earlier. Marlo is a little disturbed by how dramatically Rick seems to have changed his mind in such a short period of time.

Later that day, as the wedding is about to begin, Marlo's brothers Keith and Ray encounter difficulties in trying to seat all of the superheroes who have attended. In one of the rooms, the Hulk and Captain America are helping a very nervous Rick Jones into his tuxedo. While in another room, Marlo is being helped into her dress by her mother, Betty Ross, Suzi Barangetti, and Mona. While looking in the mirror, Marlo is frightened by the brief appearance of Mephisto reflected back at her. The attention then turns to the members of the Pantheon as Rick greets them. Paris puts Ulysses in a sour mood by pointing out how Hector is getting along well with Northstar. When Ulysses tries to interrupt them, the Hulk stops and drags Ulysses off for a talk. Rick is also surprised to see that his old friends Rom and Brandy Clark have come for the wedding.

Soon the wedding ceremony commences and as the priest begins, the wedding is suddenly interrupted by the arrival of Drax. Everyone is surprised when Drax presents an invitation, even though he wasn't mailed one. Nonetheless, they have Drax sit next to Adam Warlock. Next, the wedding is interrupted by the Wizard, Absorbing Man, Mister Hyde and the Living Laser. However, they have not come not as wedding crashers, but as attendees, as they too have invitations. The Hulk is about to start a fight with them anyway, however, Doc Samson convinces him to stand down. Rick then agrees to allow the villains to stay for the ceremony. Things get even worse when Kree and Skrull ships arrive with more attendees. The special occasion does little to soften the relations between the two races. When one of the Kree tries to start a fight with Talos the Tamed, the Silver Surfer steps in to prevent the situation from escalating further. Just before the ceremony is over, it is interrupted by a final surprise guest, Mephisto, who has come to claim Marlo's soul. However, he faces opposition from both the Silver Surfer and the Hulk.

The Hulk resolves to handle the situation himself, and seeing a bright light in the sky, he admits his belief in the possibility of a higher power. This apparently gives the Hulk the strength to beat Mephisto back, forcing him into retreat. However, Mephisto gloats how this "defeat" is part of a much larger scheme to damn the Hulk. The wedding is quickly completed and Rick and Marlo are made man and wife. During the reception, Marlo is congratulated by the various guests including the embodiment of Death, who has come to give Marlo a gift. Once Marlo accepts it, Death quickly leaves. Marlo isn't sure who the woman was, but she and Rick open the box and find a beautiful hairbrush inside.

Solicit Synopsis

  • We don't have andy massive, city-ravaging brawls or slugfests, or even a skirmish.
  • You're invited to the wedding of Rick Jones and Marlo Chandler.
  • Plus...MEPHISTO!

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Continuity Notes

  • Cap mentions that Rick was not as nervous when he fought Baron Zemo whom the pair fought multiple times between Avengers #6-15.
  • Mephisto states that he is trying to get revenge against the Hulk for defeating one of his other aspects. He is referring to Satannish who the Hulk fought back in Incredible Hulk #356-359.
  • The priest in this story is depicted as Peter David. Unlike most real life people, Marvel Comics creators are exempt from the topical reference rules of the Sliding Timescale. All Marvel staff who appear in modern age appear in their relative prime, regardless of their physical age.

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