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Quote1 Legacy. That's the one word that keeps bouncing around my brain more than any other. The word that worries me. That keeps me awake at night. Which I'm sure sounds silly for someone my age. But lately I can't help it. I worry about whose legacy I should be aspiring to follow... in these very dark and trouble times. Or whose I should be running far away from. Quote2
-- Valeria Richards

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During the Stone Age one million years ago, a Homo erectus tries to pick up Mjolnir and is shooed by Odin, who had lost it there. He and the Phoenix start arguing about a huge menace that appeared on Midgard, and when Odin asks if any of the others survived the attack, everyone else comes up: they consist of a Black Panther, a Hulk-like Starbrand, a female Iron Fist, Agamotto and a Ghost Rider, whose ride, a mammoth, seemingly died during the confrontation with the mysterious foe. Agamotto explains that he knows the threat at hand: it's one of the Celestials, a race of almighty giants as old as time itself, but this one is more deranged and seems to be looking for something inside the Earth. Odin leads the group with the goal of killing the monster, forming a legacy that would get all the way to today's Avengers.

In present day, Robbie Reyes, the current Ghost Rider, wakes up from a dream where he was living the previously described experience of his ancestor. He finds himself in his car, being questioned by a police officer. He impulsively decides to run away as he realizes he somehow went from Los Angeles to Cape Town, in South Africa. Suddenly, he's attacked by the current Starbrand of Earth, its inherent defense mechanism, who intends to protect his planet by keeping something that lays nearby hidden. Robbie is confused and tries to explain to Starbrand that he has no idea what he's talking about, but Starbrand seems determined to kill him. Robbie's car intervenes, attacking Starbrand and letting him transform into his superhero form.

On Jotunheim, land of the Frost Giants, Loki is addressing a group of human-sized outcast Giants to stand up to their name and stop being a disappointment. Claiming that tonight's mission will change the world's vision of them, Loki sends them to Earth to retrieve a powerful object that will give them the power to change worlds. As the Giants pass through the portal, Loki explains that he's deceiving them, for he actually wants to save the world.

In a classified location, two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are accessing a S.H.I.E.L.D. Storage Facility with a group of U.S. Army soldiers. Apparently, they're being tasked with moving every one of the crates storaged in the high-security location after S.H.I.E.L.D.'s shut down. There's one crate, #4-1939, that was never recorder and whose content is unknown, though, and it happens to be the one Loki's Giants are supposed to steal. The Giants, for the occasion of the mission rebaptized Black Ice Berserkers, teleport in and attack the soldiers. Fortunately, the soldiers have brought along superhuman back-up.

Seconds later, the ceiling of Sublevel Nine, where the scuffle is taking place, is smashed by Mjolnir, and two of the Avengers, current Thor and Captain America, turn up, attacking the Giants. One of the foes takes a hostage, but is hit from behind by Ironheart, the "backup for the backup." Crate #4-1939 starts glowing with a blue light.

In a diner in the middle of the desert, Steven Rogers is listening to Roxx News. They talk about a nationwide manhunt for Deadpool, the rise in popularity of Wilson Fisk as possible mayor of New York City, and, most importantly, they wonder where does Captain America hide. After his evil doppelganger subdued the US for Hydra, he's asked to asnwer for what was done in his name.

In Asgardia, the Odinson, previously known as Thor, is getting drunk. On a nearby Rainbow Bridge, one of the Royal Asgardian Viziers, whose job is to foresee the future, kills himself as he sees something unspeakable: he leaves this world saying: "Mangog is coming" and every Asgardian shivers without knowing why.

In Dover, New Jersey, at a Stark Facility, Mary Jane Watson is urged to follow the security because of something that happened. Apparently, the comatose Tony Stark has vanished from his room and there were no signs of him waking up or of anybody entering the room.

Back to the fight between Starbrand and Ghost Rider, while the former seems to be taking the upper hand in the dispute, he explains that the times ahead are going to try them all, reshaping everything they know, especially for those whose hosts were there from the beginning, like the two of them.

In the Great Karoo Region, South Africa, two agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on their last day are escorting two archeologists, who appear to be about to excavate an uncanny finding. Suddenly, the Starbrand lands between them in an explosion: he's terrorized by the fact that the "fallen" is drawing him there and he resolves once again to not let the Rider find the location. After the scare, the archeologists decide to keep digging.

In a Roxxie Burger restroom stall, Deadpool is asking forgiveness (in his own way) to God for his sins, when he's attacked by policemen who intend to arrest him for the murder of agent Phil Coulson. He's unimpressed, and resumes praying as he's riddled with bullets.

At the Sanctum Sanctorum, Doctor Strange tells Iron Fist that someone tried to enter his sacred house, but fortunately his magic shrubbery stopped him. That person, walking away from the mansion, is Norman Osborn.

At the Avengers Mansion, Jarvis tells Nadia Van Dyne, a.k.a. the Wasp, that he feels something is wrong, although everything seems perfectly normal. He looks at the statue of the original Avengers, unaware that a new figure stands among the six original Avengers in the sculpture.

Back to the fight between Avengers and Giants, the trio are handling the invaders well, but one of them, hiding in the shadows, manages to escape with the craved crate.

On top of a skyscraper in New York City, the two members of the Fantastic Four left on Earth, Ben Grimm and the Human Torch, discuss whether the world still needs the original superhero group or not, now that they have so many superhumans around. Ben answers there'll always be need for the Fantastic Four, then lights their symbol in the sky with a flare gun.

In the Benhazin Star System on the planet of Bast, the Throneworld of the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda, rests Birnin T'Challa.

In New Mexico, at the Alpha Flight Deep Space Monitoring Station, while no-one is on monitor duty, a distress call by an unidentified voice comes from the planet Sakaar, asking for help from the Hulk, not realizing it is someone else whose energy signature they detected.

In the scuffle between Starbrand and Ghost Rider, Starbrand is winning, but suddenly Robbie's host takes control and attacks his rival with penance. Starbrand feels all the people who died because of him and implodes, vanishing and leaving Robbie without his powers. He's confused by the situation, so he resolves to never sleep in his car again. He drives away from the scene, unaware that he is entering into the aforementioned archaeological site. Here, the two archaeologists enter the cave they dug and find the Celestial fallen to Earth one million years ago. He wakes up and speaks the following words: "Summon... the final host. Cleanse them all" as he kills the archaeologists.

At the S.H.I.E.L.D. Facility, the head of the soldiers thanks the Avengers for saving them and capturing the Frozen Giants. Meanwhile, the one Giant who ran away with the case asks for Loki to open the portal and take him back home, but is run over by a beer truck. The Giant is furious, and ready to kill the driver, but he's easily defeated by him, revealed to be Logan, apparently back from the dead. Meanwhile, Jean Grey finds the Adamantium casing inside which Logan had died opened up. She then salutes the return of her old friend. Back to the scene of the confrontation between Wolverina and the Giant, Logan rests after having killed his enemy. He places a beer can inside the opened chest of the Giant and proceeds to open the crate, holding in his hands the Space Stone and saying "Ain't we a helluva pair?"

While Gamora of the Guardians of the Galaxy realizes another Stone has been found, Loki enters the excavation site saying he would have liked a Stone of his own, but that there are other sources of power, like the Fallen Celestial. It repeats "Summon... the Final Host" and Loki agrees to it.

The narrator of this story is revealed to be Valeria Richards. She ends her story by saying that never before in the history of the universe cataclysm has been looming in so many different ways at the same time and never before heroes have appeared so uncapable of escaping them. She proceeds to create another universe and then races her brother, Franklin Richards to the next one.

Solicit Synopsis

EVERYTHING STARTS HERE!

It begins at the dawn of the human race, and ends with a child’s prayer! In between, empires fall, mysteries brew, secrets are revealed, quests are undertaken and legends are forged! All leading up to the dramatic return you’ve been waiting for — and one you’ve been dreading! Jason Aaron (MIGHTY THOR) and Esad Ribic (SECRET WARS) usher in a new dawn — one whose rays will touch every corner of the Marvel Universe in the days to come! MARVEL LEGACY: It’s everything you’ve been longing for — and more!

Notes

  • For a complete overview of comics that follow up on this one-shot, go here.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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