Appearing in "Secret Histories: Part One"
- Secret Avengers (First appearance) (Main story and flashback)
- Valkyrie (Brunnhilde) (Joins team)
- Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff) (Joins team)
- Commander Steve Rogers (Main story and flashback) (Joins team)
- Beast (Hank McCoy) (Joins team)
- Sharon Carter (Joins team)
- Moon Knight (Marc Spector) (Main story and flashback) (Joins team)
- Ant-Man (Eric O'Grady) (Main story and flashback) (Joins team)
- War Machine (Jim Rhodes) (Joins team)
- Nova (Richard Rider) (Only in flashback) (Joins team)
- Xandarian Worldmind (Only in flashback)
- Roxxon Energy Corporation
- Shadow Council (First appearance)
- Agent Fury
- Two other unnamed agents
- Aragorn (Mentioned)
- S.H.I.E.L.D. (Referenced)
- Invaders (Mentioned)
- Murphy (Roxxon security guard) (Mentioned)
- God (Yahweh) (Invoked)
- Thunderbolts (Referenced)
- H.A.M.M.E.R. (Referenced)
- Norman Osborn (Mentioned)
- Project: P.E.G.A.S.U.S. (Mentioned)
- Maria Hill (Mentioned)
- Victoria Hand (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- Earth (Main story and flashback)
- Asgard (Mentioned)
- Mars (Main story and flashback)
- Roxxon Domed Mining Base (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Hell (Invoked)
- Black Widow's Gauntlets
- Crown of Tentacles (First appearance) (Unnamed)
- Serpent Crown (Mentioned)
- Moon Knight's Suit
- Ant-Man's Helmet and Suit
- War Machine Armor Model 5 (First appearance)
- Thorned Crown (First appearance) (Only in flashback) (Unnamed)
- Secret Avengers Roving H.Q. (First appearance)
- Kree Warship
- World War II (Mentioned)
Synopsis for "Secret Histories: Part One"
In Dubai, a high ranking Roxxon executive is entering his personal apartment with two women, one dark-haired, the other blond, all the while bragging about his security. He tries to kiss the blond one, revealed to be Valkyrie, who gets very agitated and breaks hers and Black Widow's cover. After slamming the man into a book shelf, the two heroines arm up and face off against Roxxon security forces. Captain Steve Rogers crashes through the window to back them up and manages to secure a box containing an unknown glowing object. As Sharon Carter arrives with their ride, Valkyrie apologizes for blowing their cover, though Rogers assure her that no one knows who they are. As they take off, two masked men close by report to their boss that someone has beaten them to their prize.
On the Secret Avengers' transport, Beast determines that the object they recovered is a distant cousin of the Serpent Crown. Rogers theorizes that it may be a part of a set. Furthermore, the former observes that its parts are moving, as if it was alive. Rogers tells him to do whatever he can to figure out how Roxxon acquired it. He then heads up to the bridge, where Sharon is flying their craft. She asks him if he's comfortable with running a black ops team. He answers that it's similar to how things were back in the Invaders and it's best to do some good. After some talking, they kiss.
At Roxxon HQ in Wilminton, Delaware, Moon Knight and Ant-Man infiltrate the place and disable two guards. As Ant-Man shrinks down and enters a vent, he comments that this isn't what he expected when he was asked to become an Avenger.
Flashing back to two weeks ago, Rogers approaches Moon Knight, offering him a place on the team, saying that black ops work is the perfect for a skeptic like him. A week later, Rogers approaches Ant-Man, giving him a one-time offers to help redeem himself.
Once the two spies access the computer systems, they send all the intel to their team. From the data, they learn that a Roxxon operation on Mars was shut down a month ago for no reason, at the same time that the word "Serpent" Crown came out.
Meanwhile, the same mysterious men are tailing the Secret Avengers. Over the radio, their unknown leader promises to join up with them soon.
Two nights later, Rogers has his team assembled at a former H.A.M.M.E.R. facility. He explains to them that they have to go to Mars. To get there, they have a modified Kree warship. As they board, Rogers asks Valkyrie if she is comfortable with going to another planet. She replies that it can't be as bad as going undercover. Rogers tells her that he doesn't know, but they need someone with her power set for this. Once they are prepared, War Machine asks Rogers what happened to the man he sent to Mars. The answer is that he lost contact with him.
Flashing back to earlier, Nova is on Mars, fleeing a bunch of vehicles firing weapons of pre-Celestial origin. He plows right into a mountain, where he finds an artificially formed cavern, where a thorned crown resembling the Serpent Crown is lying somewhere. Worldmind tries warning him to leave this place, but he does not listen, taking off his his helmet and reaching for the crown.
In transit to Mars, Sharon is complaining to Rogers that she should be with him. He tells her that someone needs to stay are watch over their ride, as well as keep an eye on Maria Hill and Victoria Hand. But once she signs off, she notices someone creeping around in the back. Grabbing her gun, she tells this person that they have made a big mistake. Unfortunately, she is ambushes from behind. Her attacker is revealed to be Nick Fury, who apologizes for striking her, before declaring that she has something that belongs to the Shadow Council.
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