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Quote1 Do you remember when our secret brotherhood couldn't understand why the early death of everything was happening? Worlds--universes--crashing believed that there was someone--or something--behind it. Well, you were right. There was something behind it. Unfortunately, no one could stop the perfect annihilation plan that the Beyonders had put into motion...but we could stop them. So we did. We killed them and took their power for ourselves. I looked into the abyss that was omnipotence and ran away from it. Doom did not. Then he saved all that there was left to save. Now...he is God. Quote2
Sheriff Strange[src]


Prelude: Time Runs Out[]

Time Runs Out is the lead-up to Secret Wars (2015). The following is a brief rundown on relevant information from Time Runs Out that is recommended before starting Secret Wars.
Quote1 We weren't going to prevent the early death of the Multiverse. The Beyonders had built me too well... Quote2
Molecule Man[src]
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The Beyonders, the destroyers of the Multiverse

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An incursion, where two realities overlap at their Earths, destroying both

The Multiverse was collapsing. Beings from outside the Multiverse known as the Beyonders (the "Ivory Kings") sought to destroy it by creating Molecule Men in every reality to simultaneously destroy all realities. A time-travelling Doctor Doom ("Rabum Alal") and the Molecule Man of Earth-616 attempted to thwart their plan by killing Molecule Men early; however, the Molecule Men's deaths caused a contraction in the Multiverse, and realities began colliding with other realities with their Earths serving as the focal point: the incursions.[2][3]

Many groups were involved in the Game of Worlds, including the Illuminati and the Cabal, but in the end, nothing could stop the incursions from ending the Multiverse. Time ran out, and only two realities remained: Earth-616 and Earth-1610.[4]

The End of the Multiverse[]

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Quote1 We are Beyond. Dreamers. Destroyers. All of reality our whim. Who dares stand before us? Quote2
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Quote1 I. Doom. Quote2

On one side of the Multiverse, Doctor Doom, Doctor Strange, and the Molecule Man were confronting the Beyonders. They demanded to know who dared stand before them, and Doom presented himself.

Victor von Doom (Earth-616), Owen Reece (Earth-616), and Stephen Strange (Earth-616) from Secret Wars Vol 1 1 001

Doctor Doom, Doctor Strange, and the Molecule Man confronting the Beyonders

Meanwhile, on Earth-1610, Nick Fury was making the final arrangements for the upcoming and final incursion, and soon after sent all of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s fleet towards Earth-616. The fleet arrived to the incursion point, the Manhattan of Earth-616 and started firing at it. Numerous heroes tried to fend off the attackers. At the Baxter Building, Mister Fantastic was finishing getting ready the Life Raft to be used to save a small portion of humanity. The Iron Man from Earth-1610 deployed the Iron Man Six weapon, but the tide of the battle is turned in favor of the heroes of the Marvel Universe when the Guardians of the Galaxy and Cyclops' Sentinels arrived to help. Other powerhouse heroes like Doc Green and She-Hulk arrived to Earth-1610 and stormed the Triskelion.

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The final incursion

Once the Triskelion fell, the Maker deployed the Children of Tomorrow to attack. After the vessel transporting the Earth's "resurrection team" was destroyed by the Children, Mr. Fantastic was forced to put the life raft in action. As the life raft was deployed, Manifold teleported numerous heroes into it: Spider-Man, Star-Lord, Thor, Captain Marvel, and Cyclops, who had recently used a Phoenix Egg to become the Phoenix once more. The Cabal and the Maker were also able to create their own raft, with stolen designs from the original.

As Earth-616's life raft approached to the central point of the incursion, it suffered a hull breach, causing the portion containing the Richards family to drift away. The Invisible Woman tried to reconnect it to the rest of the structure, but failed, and it was destroyed. The rest of the life raft teleported away as the two universes collided and were destroyed.[5]

Battleworld, Eight Years Later[]

Elsewhere, in another world, a gathering of alternate versions of Thor witnessed the ceremony held at Doomgard in which the Thor of Higher Avalon joined their ranks. The Thor Corps are a police force under the command of their God, Doctor Doom. Old Man Thor and the new Thor set out to do justice. Meanwhile, in the Kingdom of Utopolis, the Foundation discovered one of the life rafts, partially buried in the ground.

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God Emperor Doom; Susan, Franklin, and Valeria von Doom; and Sheriff Strange

After retrieving Mister Sinister from the Bar Sinister, the Thors brought him to Castle Doom for trial. After being found guilty of allying himself with King Hyperion, the Baron of Utopolis, Sinister demanded his right of meeting his accuser in the arena. His accuser, Brian Braddock of Higher Avalon confronted Sinister and was defeated. Before Sinister could deliver the final blow, Doom stopped the fight. Doom confronted Braddock, who apparently had helped the Kingdom of Manhattan in planning to overthrown Doom. Jamie Braddock revealed himself to be the traitor, and he was sent to the Shield to be punished by being exiled to one of the deadliest domains of the world, the Deadlands. After the trial was held, Valeria von Doom informed Sheriff Stephen Strange about the Foundation's discovery, and that the readings from it concluded it would date from before the "beginning of time" (when Doom created this world). The Thors investigated the life raft, and from it emerged the Cabal, who immediately killed the Old Thor. When Thanos demanded one of the Moloids present in the scene to inform them of their location, the Moloid revealed they were in Battleworld.[6]

Back to Castle Doom, Sheriff Strange was reading Emperor Doom a report of minor incidents that had occurred in Battleworld. The routine was interrupted by Doom, who dismissed the reports, and felt something was wrong with Stephen. Strange and Doom started discussing the nature of Battleworld and what was before it, when the Sheriff was interrupted by news from Doomgard. Sheriff Strange traveled to Utopolis, to investigate the life raft and the death of the Old Thor. After sending the Thor Corps to scout for the strangers, Strange revealed the existence of another person still inside the life raft, the Spider-Man of Earth-1610.

At one of the towers of Castle Doom, Sue Storm met with Emperor Doom, where Victor ultimately confessed he felt he was failing his duty as a god, he felt he wasn't capable of properly inspiring his people, and even though Battleworld is the perfect world he wanted, he considered himself its only flaw, which included the scars on his face, which he hadn't been able to cure. Sue repudiated Victor's claims and praised him, suggesting him that to create a stronger link with his people he should establish contact with them.

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Survivors of the two life rafts

Strange brought Spider-Man and the Thor of Higher Avalon to his secret Sanctum Sanctorum, the hidden Isle of Agamotto, a place of remembrance for the lost world. Strange revealed he had found a vessel similar to the raft the Cabal had came from three years ago. Once it was opened, the survivors from the side of Earth-616 were revealed. Strange greeted the other inhabitants of his native universe, specially his fellow Illuminati, Black Panther and Mr. Fantastic. When questioned, Strange revealed eight years had passed since the last incursion, and the creation of Battleworld, a patchwork planet constructed with the remnants of incursion points between collapsing worlds, where nobody remembered their past lives.

In Utopolis, night had fallen and the Cabal had made a fire, and a few moments later, they were pinned down by the Thor Corps,[7] and engaged with them in combat. Meanwhile, Sheriff Strange explained to the new-found survivors that when Doom and him confronted the Beyonders, they were able to kill them, and while Stephen didn't, Doom took their power for himself and used it to build Battleworld from the remains of the Multiverse. The hammer of the Thor from Higher Avalon started glowing, meaning he was being called for battle. Shortly after Doom was informed of the conflict against the Cabal, Strange and the heroes from Earth-616 stepped in and turned the tide of the battle in favor of the Thor Corps.

Doom remained unwilling to take part of the conflict until he saw Mr. Fantastic in the scene, he immediately teleported to Utopolis, and stopped the fray, demanding the newcomers to recognize his authority. Cyclops tried to best Doom, but was killed with little effort. To prevent Doom from prejudicially acting upon the interlopers, Stephen used his magic to teleport them away. Following the disappearance of the Cabal and the heroes from Earth-616, Doom confronted Strange for disobeying him, and ultimately killed him after Stephen accused him of being afraid of Richards.[8]

The following day, a funeral was held for Stephen Strange in Doomstadt, with the cause of his death kept a secret by Doom himself. Once the dusk had fallen, Doom tasked Valeria to use the resources of the Foundation to find the interlopers who had been scattered across the world, denying to provide any more information than that. Once Valeria left, Doom opened a portal below a Molecule Man statue in his garden, walking down a set of stairs to meet the Molecule Man and informed him of Strange's death. The Molecule Man made remembrance of the day when he, Doom and Strange confronted the Beyonders. During Doom's mission to thwart the Beyonders' plan by killing Molecule Men across the Multiverse, they had realized that it was not going to work; the Beyonders had built the Molecule Men too well and killing them early was still causing the Multiverse to die. Changing the plan, they began to capture the Molecule Men, and when they confronted the Beyonders, Doom unleashed the countless Molecule Men he had gathered to kill them; the Molecule Man acted as a conduit to steal the Beyonders' power and give it to Doom. The Molecule Man finished his chat with Doom by informing him that with Strange's death, he had most likely started an unraveling that could take everyone down.

Back on Doomstadt, the Department of Science of the Foundation set out to find the interlopers. Jane Foster had infiltrated the Thor Corps, Black Panther and Namor found themselves in Egyptia, Captain Marvel had been captured by the forces of Bar Sinister, Black Swan had appeared in Doomstadt, Thanos was teleported to the other side of the Shield,[9] and both Star-Lord and Miles Morales ended up in the Kingdom of Manhattan.[10][11]

Three weeks later, Battleworld was in disarray, with disorder having escalated into open rebellion in several kingdoms, with somebody called "the Prophet" forming an army against Doom, Victor would later order some of his most loyal Barons to deal with the threat of the Prophet. Of the interlopers only Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glaive had been captured, while Black Swan offered help to Doom. While the Foundation were investigating, they found the source of Doom's power, and informed Valeria, who had become suspicious of her father, of this.

Owen Reece (Earth-616), Miles Morales (Earth-1610) and Peter Parker (Earth-616) from Secret Wars Vol 1 6 002

The source of Doom's power

Somewhere in Battleworld, the two Reed Richards teamed up and started trying to find a way to defeat Doctor Doom, with Earth-616's Reed being unwilling to kill him, unlike his Earth-1610 counterpart. The Reeds had also started investigating the source of Doom's power, for which they sent both of the Spider-Men, Peter and Miles, to infiltrate Castle Doom using a device to guide them to said source, located under a statue of the Molecule Man. The Spider-Men encountered Valeria, who chose not to go with them due to her worry that, she would be not be capable of facing what would happen if she found the truth behind her father. In order to make the Spider-Men deserving of Valeria keeping her mouth shut about their presence in the Castle, she demanded to know if any of the people in the raft had killed Strange, and Peter confirmed Valeria's suspicions, that nobody from the raft was responsible. After opening a trapdoor under the statue, the Spider-Men delve into its depths and come across the Molecule Man. Owen questioned them if they had brought him something to eat, and Miles gave him a burger he had had in his pocket. After satisfying his hunger, Owen reveals that he's the battery behind Doom's power, at the arachid hero's request to find the source of Emperor Doom's power.

Meanwhile, Namor and Black Panther arrived to Strange's Hidden Isle of Agamotto, using the Key of Agamotto given to them by Strange, they entered, and after identifying themselves as member of the Illuminati to a projection of the deceased Sorcerer Supreme, they were given access to some powerful items Strange had collected over the years, including the Siege Courageous and an Infinity Gauntlet that worked only in Doomstadt.

Thanos, who had been captured by the Hel-Rangers, started talking to the sentient structure that formed the Shield, a giant alternate version of the Thing (Ben Grimm), and convinced him to reject Doom, and rise, causing the Shield to fall down.[12]

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Rebelling against God Emperor Doom

The Prophet, who was revealed to be none other than Maximus, marched his troops forward to Castle Doom, where some of the most powerful Barons held the line. But betrayal was present during the assault, and Baron Sinister took the chance to turn against his fellow Baroness the Goblin Queen. Sinister was subsequently struck down by Baron Apocalypse. The expected reinforcements in the form of the Thor Corps joined the battle, but fighting against Doom's side, as Jane Foster had managed to convince the fellow Thors to fight against their god. Baron Maestro soon joined the battle with his army of Worldbreakers.

The two Reed Richards continued to plot from the distance, and they planned to use the fight in the steps of Castle Doom to infiltrate the building and steal "the most valuable thing that's left from the Multiverse" from Doom. Black Panther and Namor traveled to the Deadlands for reinforcements, and Black Panther used his title as the King of the Dead to convince the zombies to join the forces opposing Doom.[13]

While the battle in Doomstadt waged on, the two Reed Richards were transported by Star-Lord to Castle Doom. The Thing from the Shield joined the brawl, and easily destroyed anything in his way. Franklin von Doom opposed him using his Galactus, and The Thing decided to surrender after learning the kid he was fighting was the son of Sue Storm. When God Emperor Doom joined the battle against the recently-arrived Annihilation Wave, Valeria convinced her mother to run away in order to show her something.

As the two Reeds looked for Doom's power source, Star-Lord remained behind repairing their ship, and he was confronted by Black Swan. The ensuing fight, during which Quill was easily overpowered, took the two of them to Doom's throne room, below Yggdrasill. Star-Lord used a splint of Groot on the magical tree, which engulfed it entirely, and turned Yggdrasill into a giant Groot that destroyed the castle from the inside out. Valeria and Sue witnessed the fall of their home from the castle gardener's, and they encountered the two Reeds trying to access to the Molecule Man's chamber.

Back in the battlefield, Thanos unsuccessfully confronted Doom, and was easily killed. In the moment right after that, the Siege Courageous opened up and a horde of zombies came out. After the zombies, Namor and Black Panther, who had the Infinity Gauntlet, came out proclaiming this to be the end of Doom's reign.[14]

Doom tried to convince T'Challa and Namor to stop fighting by promising them to rebuild Wakanda and Atlantis, but they refused the offer and struck Doom down. Victor quickly regenerated from his own corpse and after dealing an energy blast at T'Challa and Namor which only killed the latter, continued fighting.

While Doom and Black Panther use their power against each other, Mister Fantastic and the Maker visited the Molecule Man. Owen once asked his visitors if they had brought him anything to eat, but they had not. The Maker quickly betrayed his counterpart and trapped him in a temporal bubble, claiming that he couldn't tolerate the kind of weakness Reed has shown. His plan is cut short as the Molecule Man sliced him and freed Mr. Fantastic.

Reed Richards (Earth-616) and Victor von Doom (Earth-616) from Secret Wars Vol 1 9 001

Doom and Reed's final struggle

Black Panther's battle against Doom came to an end after Victor crushed the Infinity Gauntlet. After subduing T'Challa, he realizes the fight had merely been a distraction. Doom quickly teleported to the Molecule Man's statue and delved into his chamber, and tried to destroy Richards with a snap of his fingers. He was surprised when his power did not work, and the Molecule Man asked him if he had brought him something to eat, to which Doom replied he did not. Thus, Owen claimed that Reed and Doom were in equal ground. Mister Fantastic and Doom engage in a furious combat, with Reed claiming that even though Victor did good, he could have done better, because he was too afraid of losing Battleworld he held it too tight. Doom accused Richards of believing he could have done better had he had Doom's power, and when Reed conceded he did, so did Doom. On the grounds that both agreed, the Molecule Man gave the power of the Beyonders to Reed, destroying Battleworld in the process. While the inhabitants were trying to outrun their imminent demise, Black Panther held tight to the Reality Gem of his Infinity Gauntlet as the world went white. When everything came back, T'Challa reappeared in the returned Marvel Universe.

A New Multiverse[]

Eight months later, Miles Morales appeared to be an inhabitant of the Marvel Universe instead of the destroyed Ultimate Universe. The young hero recalled when he and Peter Parker were leaving the Molecule Man's chamber in Battleworld, and Owen had stated he owed Miles one for the burger.

Reed Richards (Earth-616), Franklin Richards (Earth-616), Susan Storm (Earth-616), and Owen Reece (Earth-616) from Secret Wars Vol 1 9 001

Rebirth of the Multiverse

In another side of the universe, the returned Future Foundation was created and charting the reborn Multiverse. Reed Richards used the power of the Beyonders that the Molecule Man gave him to rebuilt realities with the help of Franklin Richards and the Molecule Man himself. Reed told Sue that he had learned that the difference between living and dying was managing fear, and not being so afraid of losing the things you loved that you held them too tight. Reed used to believe in entropy, but he now believed in expansion and resilience, in that everything lives.

Meanwhile, in Latveria, Doctor Doom had returned to his castle. He took off his mask and noticed his scars were gone, and proceeded to laugh.[15]



Last Days[]

The Marvel Universe is on the verge of destruction!
What will our heroes do with their final hours before it all ends?
Before a new chapter can begin, this one must end!


The Marvel Universe is no more!
All that exists is a single titanic patchwork planet - BATTLEWORLD!
The Secret Wars are waged across the fragments of hundreds of devastated universes during the explosive events of the core SECRET WARS series!


While the Secret Wars rage, the building blocks of a new Marvel Universe take form within the war-torn Domains that make up Battleworld!
The future of Marvel begins here!

Additionally, Free Comic Book Day featured a promotional Free Comic Book Day 2015 (Secret Wars) #1 comic as a prologue to kick off the event. A New York Bulletin Secret Wars Newspaper was released providing an early description of the Battleworld. A prologue to Armor Wars called Armor Wars was featured in a Toys "R" Us promotion.[16] Secret Wars: Official Guide to the Marvel Multiverse #1, as well as Secret Wars Too #1 were later released.


Battleworld (Latverion) from Secret Wars Vol 1 2 001

Following numerous incursions across the Multiverse the remains of various realities have been fused together to create a new Battleworld. All of these realities are known as domains, and most have the ability to interact with each other. Only three (consisting of The Deadlands, Perfection, and New Xandar) are separated from the rest by the Shield, simply for the fact that all three contain threats that if loosed would destroy the other domains.[6]


  • Two videos were released by Marvel on YouTube to promote this event:
  • All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe #1 provides a profile for Secret Wars, descriptions for Battleworld's domains and the reality designations for their realities.
  • Secret Wars was originally an 8-issue mini-series; however, an excess of 40 pages in the script of the seventh issue led Marvel to break what would have been the seventh issue into the seventh and eighth issue, and turning what would have been the eighth issue into the ninth issue.[17]


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Cover of issue #5 illustrates Doctor Doom with the power of the Beyonders, drawn to look like the one from Secret Wars II

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