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Quote1.png This all started with the Human Torch, but it'll end with the Masked Raider. Quote2.png
-- Masked Raider


Appearing in "Eight Bells"

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In 1939, Professor Horton is paid a visit by Doctors Carlo Zota, Jerome Hamilton, and Maris Morlack of the Scientists Guild (aka The Three Xs) to investigate Horton's "Synthetic Man". So Horton shows them his experiment, the Human Torch, and activates the android.

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In 1940, Leslie Lenrow aka "The Ferret", and formerly known as Denis Piper, is paid a visit in his private detective agency by the Three Xs. The three men explain to Piper why they are here: they believe that once World War II ends in Allied victory, a generation of "X-Humans" will shape what comes next. The Three Xs claims that they represent that new generation of humanity and, if necessary, will create it. They simply want Piper's mask that he once wore as The Operative and it is allegedly said by the person who gave it to Piper was "magic." Piper never did found out if it was true, as it is just cloth to his eyes. So he gives it to the Xs who they want to use it to fight the Nazis.

Appearing in "The Other Door"

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In 1941, Steve Rogers is being led to Project Rebirth. While passing by an open door, he spots inside the room are The Three Xs studying an eldritch tome and The Operative's mask floating and shining "like starlight." Also in the room is a almost naked bespectacled man waiting nearby, nervous, and wearing a bizarre apparatus around his neck. The door is suddenly slam shuts in Steve's face. Steve is then inform by his guide that Project Rebirth is not the only secret found here and that Steve is not their only success. He is advise to "forget the path not taken" as Steve is guide away from the door bearing the sign reading "Project Thunderer".

Appearing in "The Loop"

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Nine months ago, Bobby Da Costa is discussing with Jimmy Woo about The Three Xs that he has been recently studying. They were a trio of 1940s scientific investigators who popularized the letter "X" as a shorthand for humanity's next phase. In another world, they would have been the "X-Men." But they mysteriously vanished. The Xs were not mutants and Bobby is not certain that they even knew about the Mutant Gene. But they were present at the creation of the first Human Torch, and Jerry Carstairs, aka The Thunder and aka The Dark Avenger. This left Bobby wondering if this is all just "synchronicity" or "our kind of thing." Jimmy shares his thoughts on what he thinks is "loops."

Appearing in "Fight For Love"

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Appearing in 6th story

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Appearing in "Patsy Walker: Hellcat and Six Tips for Selfie Success"

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Appearing in "Calling Frequency X"

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Following the death of William Nasland, the second incarnation of Captain America, at the hands of the mad android Adam-II, Jerry Carstairs angrily confronts Carlo Zota and accuses him of being responsible for the creation of Adam-II. Carlo was responsible for bankrolling Professor Horton to create another android like the Human Torch. It was Carlo who supply Adam-II's programming with The Three Xs's ideas for the next stage of mankind and leading to the android's madness. Disgusted, Carstairs quits working for the Science Guild and taking The Operative's mask—Carstairs swears that if the Xs attempt to come for it, then he will take them down.

Appearing in "Deep Dives"

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Appearing in "The Black Rider"

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Appearing in "Make Mine a Manhattan"

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Appearing in "The Last Stand of The Dark Avenger"

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Appearing in "Dr. Strange: Spin Cycle"

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Appearing in "The Journey"

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Appearing in "The Return of Not Brand Ecch"

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Appearing in "Ken Hale in The Membrane"

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Appearing in "The Guild of Strange Science"

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Appearing in "Rebels and Judges"

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Appearing in "Denis Piper's Last Heist"

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Appearing in "Strange Worlds"

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Appearing in "The Last Word"

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Appearing in "The Interview"

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Appearing in "Till You Die"

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Appearing in "Professor Cold Call"

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Appearing in 25th story

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Appearing in "A Midwinter Night's Dream"

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Appearing in "Little Blackagar in Slumberland"

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Appearing in "One Heart"

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Appearing in "Him"

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Appearing in "Seven Things You Can Count On"

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Appearing in "The Farmer"

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Appearing in "Of Kings and Sinners"

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Appearing in "Invisible No More..."

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Appearing in "Blade Week"

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Appearing in "Because of Her"

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Appearing in "Enter--Stage Center"

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Appearing in "We Are What We Are"

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Appearing in "Heirs of the Tiger"

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Appearing in "Red Four"

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Appearing in "Blind Justice"

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Appearing in "Nighttime in the City"

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Appearing in "She"

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Appearing in "End of the Day"

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Appearing in "The Prince of Power Returns"

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Appearing in "Over Troubled Waters"

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Appearing in "We're Calling Him Ben"

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Appearing in "The Privilege"

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Appearing in "The Tender, Flakey Taste of Weltschmerz!"

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  • A Star is Born IV: A New Hopelessness (Named only)

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Appearing in "Jet Lag"

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Appearing in "The Big Bounce"

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Appearing in "Damage Control in The McDuffie Device"

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Appearing in "Mystery Lessons"

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Appearing in "Force of X"

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Appearing in "The Thing and Spider-Man in Trading Foes!"

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Appearing in "Bloodbath"

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Solicit Synopsis

THE GREATEST TALENT EVER ASSEMBLED FOR ONE STORY!

THIS IS THE BIG ONE! In celebration of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary, we have gathered together the greatest array of talent ever to be assembled between the covers of a single comic book! Names from the past, from the present, and even the future! Every page is filled with all-new work from this cavalcade of comic book luminaries!

There is a mystery that threads throughout the Marvel Universe — one that has its origins in MARVEL COMICS #1 and which unites a disparate array of heroes and villains throughout the decades! What is the Eternity Mask, and who is responsible for the conspiracy to keep it hidden? And what new player will make their startling debut as these secrets are peeled away?

Featuring the entirety of the Marvel Universe of characters!

Notes

  • A trailer was released by Marvel on YouTube to promote this issue:


Trivia

  • The sixth story's essay by Mark Waid was modified, with early previews for this issue sent out to retailers including a version of the text that was more critical of America and called for people to take action.[2]

See Also

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. McMillan, Graeme (27 August 2019). Marvel Removes Essay Critical of America in 80th Anniversary Issue. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on 4 September 2019.



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