- Forgive me, Marilla -- but you, like this morning's surprise -- had to die.
- -- Iron Man
Appearing in "The Crossing..."Edit
- Beast (Hank McCoy)
- Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff)
- Giant-Man (Hank Pym)
- Hawkeye (Clint Barton)
- Iron Man (Tony Stark)
- Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff)
- Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff)
- US Agent (John Walker)
- Wasp (Janet van Dyne)
- Yellowjacket (Rita DeMara) (Death)
Synopsis for "The Crossing..."Edit
Due to chronal shifting Yellowjacket (Rita DeMara) is transported from the 31st century of Earth-691 to the near future of Earth-95411. There she founds the local version of the Avengers to be hunted enemies of the state. The local versions of Black Widow and Hawkeye appear and get killed. She continues to jump through time, followed by a teenaged Luna. She witnesses a version of the Avengers fighting for the Avengers Mansion. (This was a foreshadowing of the events depicted in Avengers: Timeslide). Yellowjacket and Luna finally arrive in the present of Earth-616.
Luna tells Yellowjacket that her own presence there is forbidden and that "he" will kill her if "he" finds out. (Unclear who "he" is). Luna then warns Yellowjacket to leave before "it" began. "It" being the events leading to the divergence of Earth-95411. The girl then disappears. Yellowjacket does not understand what the girl was talking about and heads towards the Avengers Mansion to warn them about their potential future. She rings the doorbell and Iron Man (Tony Stark) opens the door. He somehow knows what she witnessed on Earth-95411 and figures she knows too much. He kills her and drags the corpse to the interior of the Mansion. The younger Luna watched the murder though a window.
The next day, teenaged Luna attempts to return to Earth-616 and partly failed. She remained out of synch with these Earth's temporal pattern. She located Hercules and warned him about a threat to "the oldest among the Avengers", Gilgamesh. She disappeared and feared that Hercules would not remember her warning. Sure enough, Hercules lost all memories their meeting.
In the Mansion, Black Widow, Giant-Man, and the Wasp examine the mysterious, locked door in the sub-basement. (Which appeared regularly since the recreation of the Mansion in Avengers 375). Later the Avengers play cards and socialize. The relatively cheerful mood is ruined when Hawkeye starts blaming Iron Man for the death of Mockingbird, since he was not there to help her. Suddenly all scanners in the sub-basement die and there is a tapping noise coming from the mysterious door, as if someone is knocking from the other side. (Something which had previously occurred in Avengers 385).
In the Mansion's roof, Gilgamesh appears, rapidly aging and under attack by soldiers of "Kang". The Avengers soon come to his aid and Quicksilver manages to drag him to safety. The Avengers won the battle and the soldiers fled. The Avengers then examined the poor physical condition of Gilgamesh, with his now aged and shriveled body.
Following the battle, the teenaged Luna attempted to travel to Earth-616 again. Again she was out of synch, and disappeared before she had a chance to interact with anyone.
Later, Tony Stark broods in his office. Black Widow arrives to say that she is sorry for all the interruptions. Near midnight, Marilla is worried because Luna seems upset. She goes searching for Luna's favorite teddy bear in hopes it will cheer up the child. She finds it on the steps leading to the sub-basement. Marilla is surprised to see an unusual light coming from the sub-basement. She investigates and finds Iron Man next to the now opened mysterious door. She talks to him, saying that the other Avengers will be happy to find that he solved the mystery. He turns to look at her, and the look in his eyes warns Marilla that something is wrong. He fires a repulsor blast at her, aiming for her head. She is killed immediately.
- Chromium wraparound cover.
- Credits give special thanks to Helcio DeCarvalho and Nel Yomtov.
- The Crossing continues from Avengers #390 (September 1995) and continues in Force Works #16 (October 1995).
- This issue is reprinted in other comics and books, see references for more info.
- No trivia.
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