Appearing in "This is What Comes Next"
- Storm (Regent Ororo Munroe)
- Magneto (Erik "Magnus" Lehnsherr)
- Captain America (Steve Rogers)
- Galactic Council
- Earth's representatives
- Kymellian Empire
- Rigellian Empire
- Zn'rx Empire
- Empress Kuga (First appearance)
- Galactic Rim Collective
- Orbis Stellaris
- Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda
- Riitho (First appearance)
- Kree/Skrull Alliance
- Shi'ar Empire
- Spartax Empire
- Utopian Kree
- Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff)
- Guardian (Mac Hudson)
- Thing (Ben Grimm)
- Several unidentified party attendees
- X-Men (Mentioned)
- Iron Man (Tony Stark) (Mentioned)
- Ashura (Named only)
- White Wolf (Kasper Cole) (Named only)
- Empress Victoria (Named only)
- Knull (Mentioned)
- Black Panther (T'Challa) (Mentioned)
- Hulkling (Emperor Theodore Altman-Kaplan / Dorrek VIII) (Named only)
- Anya (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- Sol System
- Captain America's Uniform and Shield
- Guardian's Battle-suit
- Flowers of Krakoa
- Hellfire Gala's ticket flowers
- Doctor Doom's Armor
- Nova Helmet
- Mysterium (Real name first revealed)
- Adamantium (Mentioned)
- Magneto's Helmet
Synopsis for "This is What Comes Next"
At 1:10 AM, as people are leaving the Hellfire Gala Henry Gyrich (who is currently working for Orchis, the organization comprised of former S.H.I.E.L.D., S.T.R.I.K.E., S.W.O.R.D., A.R.M.O.R., A.I.M., Alpha Flight, H.A.M.M.E.R., and HYDRA members) talks with a shaken Guardian (James Hudson) to convince him to join Orchis and fight against Krakoa after what they saw.
On another part of the island, Doctor Doom finds Captain America and asks for his thoughts about what they saw. Captain America admits he is still shell-shocked. Doctor Doom admits that he sees them both as equals when it comes to how they are both faces of their respective nations. Captain America chuckles and talks about how when he woke up from being on ice Tony Stark showed him videos of a man walking on the Moon that gave him hope for all mankind again. He goes on to say that he then wondered how far humanity came while he was frozen but Tony changed the subject.
Captain America then says he along with everyone else is again in a position to watch how far things will go. Doctor Doom wonders if Captain America is afraid. Captain America says he has never been afraid of the future as he will always believe in a better tomorrow. Saying this, Captain America quietly says he was hoping they would all journey to that better tomorrow together.
Doctor Doom tells Captain America that there will be a day Captain America will need his help. Doctor Doom guarantees when that day comes he won’t make a gala performance out of it.
Doctor Doom then teleports away in one of his portals.
In the diplomatic suite of S.W.O.R.D. Station One Station Commander Abigail Brand has assembled the Galactic Council representatives to give them a presentation on the new sister station that was created called The Keep and Planet Arakko set-up. The representatives included are Orbis Stellaris (Galactic Rim Collective), Nymbis Sternhoff (Great Kymellia), Mentacle (House of Rigel), Empress Kuga (Zn’Rx Empire), (Intergalactic Empire Of Wakanda), Paibok (Kree/Skrull Alliance), Smasher (Shi’ar Empire), Peter Quill (Astrologers of Sparta X), Noh-Varr (Utopian Kree), and Richard Rider (Earth’s partial representative).
The Galactic Council representatives all voice that they are not impressed with what Station Commander Brand showed them of Mars terraforming as they have their own things to deal with. Nova and Smasher bring up how Krakoa did not consult anyone about turning Mars into Planet Arakko. Frenzy reminds Nova that he has not acted well in his role as Earth representative given his absence in the fight against Knull (King In Black event). Nova says he was busy stopping homicidal Gods and saving seven billion people.
Station Commander Brand brings everyone’s attention back to what she assembled the Galactic Council representatives for. Station Commander Brand knew that what was shown wouldn’t impress the Galactic Council which is why she is there to present to them with the meta-material known as Mysterium (which was obtained in the first mission of of the team that took place in S.W.O.R.D #1). Wiz-Kid brings some Mysterium to show how powerful of a material it is.
Station Commander Brand then reveals that they are giving every Galactic Council representative one hundred tons of mysterium to help with the economics of their planets and kingdoms. Brand says that Mysterium can be used for a new galactic currency called Sol, though they do not plan on flooding the market with this currency.
While Smasher is excited for the Shi’ar Empire's use of it Riitho says Wakanda has no need of Mysterium.
Nova then asks what Brand and Krakoa true motives for gifting Mysterium to them. Brand smiles and says that all they are asking for is that from this day moving forward if any Galactic Council members have business with the Sol System they go to and recognize Planet Arakko, not Earth, as the capital planet of the Sol System.
Doctor Doom suddenly teleports in and demands to know why he should care about Brand’s proposition. Doctor Doom goes on to state while Brand talked about how Earth lacked political unity he wonders how Planet Arakko is any different. Brand says they can make that happen. Doctor Doom states without a true king of Mars the foundation of the planet will crumble. Brand states she has an answer for that as well and points to Manifold to use his powers.
Storm then shows up on S.W.O.R.D. Station One. Storm declares that she is the Regent of Mars and the voice of the Sol System.
Back on Earth, at 3:17 am Magneto sits alone drinking whisky. Scarlet Witch suddenly shows up. She admits that while she got Magneto’s invitation to the Hellfire Gala she did not feel it was appropriate for her to attend after all she has done and the fact she is not a mutant.
After a silent moment, Magneto talks about his deceased daughter (Anya Eisenhardt) and how he failed his entire family. Wanda reminds Magneto she is not his daughter. Magneto says he knows that but it only takes them both believing they are family for it to be true.
Wanda takes Magneto hand and they hug each other. Magneto tells Wanda that she will always be his daughter and he’ll do whatever he can to make things right.
THIS IS WHAT COMES NEXT.
On Earth, the HELLFIRE GALA is in full swing. But on S.W.O.R.D. Station One, a very different guest list comes together…as Abigail Brand finally unveils her plans for Mysterium – and the future of human and mutantkind.