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Quote1 I learned that the difference between living and dying is managing fear. Not being afraid so afraid of losing the things you love that you hold them too tight. I used to believe in universal contraction. Entropy and the end of all things. Well, I changed my mind. I'm letting go. Because now I believe in expansion. I believe we endure. Don't you see? Everything lives. Quote2
Reed Richards

Appearing in "Beyond"

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Synopsis for "Beyond"

Doctor 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 could not tolerate the kind of weakness Reed has shown. His plan is cut short as the Molecule Man sliced him and freed Mr. Fantastic.

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, and 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, the 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.

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.

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 to rebuilt realities with the help of his son Franklin Richards and the Molecule Man. 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.

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  • 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.[1]
  • Even writer Jonathan Hickman and editor Tom Brevoort are not sure whether Black Panther used the Reality Gem or the Time Gem at the end. They went back and forth between the two and do not remember which they picked at the end, but both gems work for what they wanted to achieve.[2]


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  1. Brevoort, Tom (27 August 2015) New Brevoort Formspring - Hi Tom, long time listener, first time caller... Retrieved on 15 September 2015.
  2. Richards, Dave (13 January 2016) Hickman & Brevoort Discuss "Secret Wars'" End & Ushering in the New Marvel Universe CBR. Retrieved on 5 July 2022.