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Appearing in "The Fantastic Four Meet the Skrulls from Outer Space!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #2.

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  • Unnamed Central City citizens
    • Unnamed Oil-rig workers
    • Unnamed Jewelry store employees
    • Unnamed Power Plant Worker
  • Santa Claus (Mentioned)

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Synopsis for "The Fantastic Four Meet the Skrulls from Outer Space!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #2.

Part 1

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The Thing attacks an oil platform off the Texas shore. The Invisible Girl steals a valuable gem from a jewelry store. The Human Torch melts a statue when a town unveils it. Mister Fantastic shuts down a power plant. These impostors meet afterward and reveal how they used their shape-shifting abilities and alien technology to perpetrate their misdeeds. They are Skrulls, and they plan on invading Earth. Fearing the Fantastic Four will stand in their way, these four agents want to ruin their reputation. The real Fantastic Four, in "an isolated hunting lodge," hear the news with dismay.[Continuity 1]

Part 2

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Jonathan Storm (Earth-616) and Skrull Cows (Earth-616) from Fantastic Four Vol 1 2 0001

Johnny infiltrates the Skrulls

The United States Army surrounds the lodge. Wanted for the Skrulls' crimes, the Fantastic Four surrender.They escape from cells specifically designed to hold them and hole up in one of their "many secret apartment hideouts", in order to clear their names. They set a trap for the Skrulls by sending Johnny to sabotage a rocket launch, hoping it will draw them out. He melts through an unused gantry,[Continuity 2] avoids the army's artillery and flames off behind a hangar. "Reed" and "Susan" pick him up and take him back to their hideout. A Fantasti-Flare out the window brings the rest of the team.

Part 3

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The water-tower ship

A fight ensues and the Skrulls are taken, prisoner. The Fantastic Four steal the Skrulls' rocket ship and find their mother-ship in Earth orbit.[Continuity 3] Posing as the Skrull agents, they trick the captain into believing that Earth is too dangerous to invade by passing off images from Journey into Mystery and Strange Tales as real. Reed volunteers to stay behind and remove any trace of the Skrulls' presence on Earth. Convinced his army would be slaughtered, the captain calls off the invasion and awards Reed a medal for bravery.[Continuity 4] On the way home the Fantastic Four passes through the cosmic rays again, causing the Thing to briefly return to human form.

Part 4

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Once back on Earth the Fantastic Four clear their names by proving the existence of Skrulls to the military. The remaining three Skrulls transform into cows at Reed's instructions, and Reed hypnotizes them into believing they are real cows. They are left in a field where they can live out their lives.[Continuity 5][Continuity 6][Continuity 7][Continuity 8]

Appearing in 2nd story

This story is a reprint of the comic
New Avengers: Illuminati Vol 2 #1.

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Synopsis for 2nd story

This story is a reprint of the comic
New Avengers: Illuminati Vol 2 #1.



Appearing in "Secret Invasion: The Infiltration"

This story is a reprint of the comic
New Avengers: Illuminati Vol 2 #5.

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  • Black Bolt imposter (Death)
  • two other Skrulls (Death)
    • Thor Skrull (Only appearance; dies)[1]
    • X-Skrull (Only appearance; dies)[1]

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Synopsis for "Secret Invasion: The Infiltration"

This story is a reprint of the comic
New Avengers: Illuminati Vol 2 #5.



Appearing in "Revolution (Part 5)"

This story is a reprint of the comic
New Avengers #31.

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  • Rand Corporate jet (Behind the scenes)

Synopsis for "Revolution (Part 5)"

This story is a reprint of the comic
New Avengers #31.

Jessica Jones and Wong are at Doctor Strange’s house when all of a sudden, the Orb of Agamotto shows Doctor Strange impaled with a sword. The scene passes to Japan, where a violent fight between the Hand and the Secret Avengers is taking place. Luke Cage attacks Elektra, and Iron Fist faces off against Maya Lopez, aka Echo. Spider-Man is attacked and falls outside, where another legion of Hand ninjas is waiting. He is deluged in ninjas but Clint Barton, aka Ronin, comes to his rescue. Elektra then sets Luke Cage on fire.

Wong frees Doctor Strange’s astral form and he sends the Hand ninjas to sleep, also freeing Echo from the Hand’s mind control. Furious, Echo targets Elektra, who is still fighting Cage. Echo violently stabs and disembowels Elektra, killing her. As the Hand ninjas leave, Wolverine smells a smell that he does not recognize. The Avengers gather around Elektra’s corpse, only to discover that she was a Skrull…

Appearing in "The Trust (Part 1)"

This story is a reprint of the comic
New Avengers #32.

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  • Rand Corporate Jet

Synopsis for "The Trust (Part 1)"

This story is a reprint of the comic
New Avengers #32.

With a bound, deceased Skrull-Elektra in the aisle of a Rand Corporation plane, the New Avengers fly in silence out of Japan toward New York City. In the plane's seats, each Avenger is brooding over the impact of there having been a Skrull leading The Hand. Spider-Man, with his usual verbosity, breaks the silence by starting a conversation over the situation. Wolverine informs Spidey why everyone is so reticent to speak: they realize that any one of them could be a Skrull and Skrulls could have infiltrated just about any organization on earth. Wolverine pointedly comments on each member on the plane itself, including Luke Cage and Doctor Strange.

Spider-Woman posits taking the body to Tony Stark, the others rebuke her suggestion. Spider-Man says they could bring the body to the media, but Spider-Woman says the government would just cover it up Suddenly Danny Rand (Iron Fist), who is piloting the plane, informs them that they cannot land in New York and then the engines and power to the plane quit. The plane crashes and Spider-Woman and Wolverine face off over the body, but Spider-Woman zaps him and takes the body away from the crash site.

Appearing in "The Breakup"

This story is a reprint of the comic
New Avengers #38.

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Synopsis for "The Breakup"

This story is a reprint of the comic
New Avengers #38.

Luke Cage searches for his wife, Jessica Jones, at her office, but can not find her. Luke Cage suddenly realizes that she must be in Avengers Tower and calls her. Jessica tells him that she has signed the Superhuman Registration Act to keep their daughter safe. Luke is infuriated at her, but she reasons that she has to protect her daughter's well-being above her husband's and Luke angrily destroys the phone. Jarvis asks Jessica what she thinks her husband will do next, and Jessica replies that he will trash the tower's lobby.

Luke meets Jessica outside the Avengers Tower. Jessica tries to convince Luke to sign the Registration Act, but he accuses her of betrayal and ending their marriage. He argues that the Tower is not safe because of the recent Skrull Invasion. Jessica defends her stance, saying she does not believe Iron Man is a Skrull. As the couple continue to quarrel, Jarvis monitors their conversation through the Tower's security cameras. The New Avengers arrive and Ms. Marvel decides to handle the situation.

Ms. Marvel breaks apart the arguing couple and Jessica goes back into the Avengers Tower. Ms. Marvel asks Luke if he is thinking about signing the Registration Act. Ms. Marvel is soon joined by her Mighty Avengers, who threaten to take Luke Cage in. Ms. Marvel tells them Luke Cage is still thinking about changing over, but "Spider-Woman" speaks the truth: that he would rather die than sign it. Luke accuses them of being Skrulls and walks away.

Later, Danny Rand shows the New Avengers a floor of the building he got from his corporation, which they could use as a base of operation.

Appearing in "Echo"

This story is a reprint of the comic
New Avengers #39.

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Synopsis for "Echo"

This story is a reprint of the comic
New Avengers #39.

We begin with Echo telling Wolverine that she doesn’t believe in this whole Skrull conspiracy theory. Echo thinks that the Secret Avengers may just be making up this entire Skrull conspiracy just to make themselves feel better so they won’t think about what disasters their lives have become. Wolverine disagrees and says that something big is about to happen.

Wolverine then confesses that the main reason that he remained up with the New Avengers was because he wasn’t going to let them leave Echo in Japan. Echo tells Wolverine to not hit on her again. Wolverine says that he isn’t hitting on her. That she will hit on him.

We cut to Echo out jumping from rooftop to rooftop and meeting up with Daredevil. Echo tells Daredevil that she just wanted to see him and wanted to know why he sent Captain America for her. Daredevil acts confused as to what Echo is talking about. Echo then asks Daredevil who he is really.

Suddenly, Daredevil turns into Echo and then attacks Echo. The Skrull-Echo displays all the powers of the X-Men. The Skrull tells Echo to surrender so that it can take her place on the Secret Avengers. Suddenly, Wolverine appears on the scene and attacks the Skrull.

Wolverine and Echo have a pretty nasty brawl with the Skrull and finally are able to hurt it bad enough where it decides to retreat and live to fight another day. After the Skrull runs away, Echo tells Wolverine that she know believes him that there is a Skrull conspiracy. Wolverine says “I told you so.” Echo asks Wolverine why he followed her. Wolverine responds that he figured she was the most likely person that the Skrulls would try to replace in order to infiltrate the Secret Avengers because Echo has the least amount of ties and the least history.

We zip forward to "Avengers Apartment". Hawkeye and Echo are hanging out drinking coffee. Hawkeye tells Echo that she knows how she feels. That when he first joined the Avengers that he didn’t know if he belonged. He felt useless next to members like Thor. But, one day, you get your shot and you are the right person at the right time and all of a sudden you are an Avenger.

Echo interrupts saying that they need to be honest. That this is not the Avengers. (Well, I’d certainly agree with that statement.) Hawkeye counters that that is exactly what everyone said when he joined the Avengers. The press bashed them. And then one day those days became the glory days. That it never feels like it at the time, but at some point today becomes yesterday and yesterday becomes the glory days. Hawkeye says that he will certainly look back on this conversation fondly.

Hawkeye then apologizes for the other day. Echo says if Hawkeye means when she walked in on him in the shower. Hawkeye says no, he meant after the fight with the Hood when he patched Echo’s arm. Hawkeye said that he wanted to kiss her. Echo says that she knows. Hawkeye asks if she would have minded. Echo says “No.”

Hawkeye then asks why Echo didn’t kiss him. Echo replies that she wasn’t going to if Hawkeye was going to chicken out. Hawkeye then leans in and plants a big wet juicy kiss on Echo probably with some tongue flickering as well.

We cut to Echo waking up in bed. Hawkeye is asleep next to her. Echo covers her eyes and everything goes to black.

Appearing in 8th story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Mighty Avengers #7.

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  • Doctor Doom (Behind the scenes)
    • Latverian scientists (Behind the scenes)
  • Ultron (Mentioned); (Behind the scenes)
  • Dard'van (Behind the scenes)

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Synopsis for 8th story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Mighty Avengers #7.

"Spider-Woman" shows the Elektra Skrull corpse to Iron Man. She tells him to turn off his mainframe communication so that she knows he can trust him. She also informs him that her fellow New Avengers think this means the Skrulls are planning another invasion, but this time with some means they can not detect. Spider-Woman says even though her teammates believe Tony Stark is a Skrull, she still has trust in him. Tony Stark asks Spider-Woman to join his Mighty Avengers, reasoning that if she joins, a Skrull on his team right now might act out of the ordinary.

At the Avengers Tower, Tony welcomes his team to the Avengers. After they tease Tony for his temporary female form he acquired during the recent Ultron incident, Simon Williams expresses his thankfulness for the friends he has, and the team remembers the recent assassination of Captain America.

With that, Tony introduces the newest member of their group: Spider-Woman. Ms. Marvel and Black Widow both express disbelief that she would be allowed to join, but Tony stands firm and they soon give in. Next, Wasp tells Simon Williams that it is time for him to choose a new look, unveiling an assortment of costume choices. However, Simon asserts that he likes his present look.

In space, two astronauts work on collecting the debris from the recently destroyed Sular experiment satellites. However, one piece of debris accidentally releases a capsule, which falls down to Earth on the streets of New York City. The capsule opens, and the Venom Virus starts to infect various New Yorkers.

Back at the Avengers Tower, Lindy Reynolds asks Tony do do her a favor. She says that because he has to find a way to power down or even kill her husband, the Sentry, before he kills everybody. Commander Maria Hill calls Tony, saying they have a situation in New York City, and the Avengers assemble for the battle.

Appearing in "Second Best"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers: The Initiative Annual #1.

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  • Hydra (Only in flashback)

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  • Gauntlet Armor (Only in flashback) (Dispersion)
    • Sword (Only in flashback) (Origin revealed)
    • Right Arm (Only in flashback) (Origin revealed)
  • Tactigon (Only in flashback) (Origin revealed)

Synopsis for "Second Best"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers: The Initiative Annual #1.

Secretary Gyrich is giving a briefing to Congressman Woodman about the origins of the Initiative's alien armor parts, the Gauntlet Armor and the Tactigon.

Flashback: Two extremely powerful aliens were detected fighting in Earth orbit, who seemingly disabled each other and plummeted to Earth in pieces. Satellites tracked the most powerful piece to the Sudan Desert, and US Army Sergeant Joseph Green was sent to retrieve it. Arriving on-site, Green's platoon found Hydra also there, and scrambled in a firefight to retrieve the item. Green and a Hydra agent reached the site at the same time, and discovered two pieces: a sword and a gauntlet. The Hydra agent immediately grabs for the sword, but can't pick it up. Green picks up the gauntlet, puts it over his right arm, and instinctively uses it to smash the Hydra agent. With the dust settled, Green finds he can't take the gauntlet off, and reflects that it's a heck of a price to pay for being there second.

Forward to the briefing: Sergeant Green is in a coma,[2] and Congressman Woodman asks if the Gauntlet can be removed. Gyrich recommends against it, reminding him that since the Tactigon was similarly removed from Armory,[3] the Initiative scientists haven't been able to make it work.[4] Woodman ponders the connection between these two weapons.

Notes

Continuity

  1. In a flashback to the FF's origin, Reed specifically states that the rocket in Fantastic Four #1 was meant to go to Mars. As Marvel has continued to publish stories eventually they had to institute a Sliding Timescale as a means of slowing down the advance of time in the Marvel Universe over the length of publications in real time. This was to prevent aging their characters quickly as well as updating dated plot concepts, generalizing real-life events or dates that are mentioned in various stories. When Fantastic Four #1 was published in 1961, Reed's spaceship is specifically referred to as a rocket, and his intentions for his mission is to beat the Soviet Union in the space race. Contextually, the story was published during the height of the US/Soviet Space Race, which saw both countries competing to see which one could develop manned space flights. Since then, many retellings of the Fantastic Four's origin have changed the details of Reed Richard's space flight, updating concepts so that they were not considered dated by more modern readers. Fantastic Four #236, the origin of the Fantastic Four was updated, it was stated that Reed's experimental ship was intended to travel to the edge of the solar system and while it needed a rocket booster to reach escape velocity from Earth's atmosphere it relied on a Star Drive to reach its destination. This tale also goes on to expand on how the quartet was mutated. While Fantastic Four #1 merely states that it was cosmic rays, Fantastic Four #236 goes further to explain that these rays passed through the Van Allen Belt that is held around the Earth by its magnetic field. Fantastic Four #358 published in 1991 states that the "Star Drive" was intended to bring them into hyperspace in order to visit other solar systems. It's also stated in this story that unusual sunspot activity from Earth's sun also played a role in boosting the strength of the cosmic rays that mutated the Fantastic Four.
  2. This is the first issue where the Human Torch uses his catchphrase "Flame on!"
  3. This is not the first time Reed has encountered the Skrulls. A few years previous he exposed a Skrull spy on Earth, as seen in Marvel: The Lost Generation #11.
  4. The disappearance of the fourth Skrull in this story is explained in Avengers #66 which states that Reed Richards allowed that Skrull to return home.
  5. This story does not give a specific location for where Reed left the cows. Fantastic Four Annual #17, however, places them in King's Crossing, New York, and looks at the consequences of transforming the Skrulls into cows and their effect on the town. Also during this period the Skrull cows bred with normal cows producing a Skrull/Cow hybrid as revealed in Skrull Kill Krew Vol 2 #1
  6. The Skrull cows return as major players during the Kree-Skrull War depicted in Avengers #89-97.
  7. Years later Mister Fantastic repeats the "Skrull Cow" solution to deal with Skrull invaders during a trip back in time to the year 1776 in Fantastic Four Vol 4 #10.
  8. New Avengers #40 revealed that one of these Skrulls was a relative to Emperor Dorrek VII, who considered this an insult. This was partial motivation for Dorrek to begin the Super-Skrull program that eventually led to the Secret Invasion of Earth many years later.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. Avengers: The Initiative #6
  3. Avengers: The Initiative #1
  4. Avengers: The Initiative #8



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