Appearing in "The End Times Begin!"
- New Avengers
- Daniel Drumm (Behind the scenes)
Synopsis for "The End Times Begin!"
Daimon Hellstrom is attempting to contact Doctor Strange to warn him of trouble on the astral plane when he is interrupted by a visit from Victoria Hand. She comes bearing a message from Captain America -- or so she claims -- but as soon as Hellstrom lets his guard down she produces a magic lance and stabs him through the chest, killing him.
At Avengers Mansion, the New Avengers are dealing with the sad news that Luke Cage and Jessica Jones are packing up and leaving the team, each in his or her own way. Iron Fist is noticeably distracted; Carol Danvers, in her new garb as Captain Marvel, tells Jessica that baby Danielle's safety should come first.
Elsewhere, Victoria Hand attacks mystic Jennifer Kale and engages her in battle. Kale appears to teleport away before Hand can deliver the killing blow, though the noise alerts the police. Hand escapes through a portal before they discover her.
Victoria Hand returns to Avengers Mansion to find Luke loading the moving van. To the bafflement of the team, an FBI Special Agent and his team appear, followed by Maria Hill and S.H.I.E.L.D. They want to arrest Hand in connection with the disappearance of Jennifer Kale, but there is some evident conflict between the two groups. In the confusion, Hand suddenly seems confused, screams, and faints. Captain Marvel picks her up to carry her inside, and a little smile shows that the malevolent spirit who was possessing Hand is now inside Carol Danvers.
END TIMES HAVE ARRIVED!
• The final explosive arc for long-time Avengers writer Brian Michael Bendis.
• Now that the New Avengers have sacrificed all they had to fight the Phoenix, many are asking hard questions: Is it time for New Avengers to call it quits?
• Meanwhile, one of the New Avengers deadliest foes hatches his elaborate plot for revenge!