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Little is detailed about Cage’s life before the zombie plague arrived on Earth-2149, however it can be presumed that it followed much the same path as Earth-616 counterpart.

Cage was at Avengers Mansion when the Ash tried to blast his way into the mansion. He, and the other Avengers greeted the intruder. Cage grabbed him and demanded an explanation. The man began ranting about an Army of the Dead, and began to get a little hot under the collar before the Scarlet Witch spirited him away.

When they got reports of purple lightning and the Sentry attacking people downtown, the Avengers set off. When they arrived to tackle Sentry, they were quickly overpowered, bitten and infected with the zombie contagion. They then turned their attention on the general populace.

Cage, and the rest of the Avengers continued their rampage until their appetite was sated, at which point their minds cleared a little, and they decided to go back to Avengers Towers to work out how to beat this thing. Unfortunately, by the time they arrive back, the hunger had taken hold once more and they consumed Jarvis. After this snack they were still hungry, and so sent out an “Avengers Assemble” message, and waited…

When Beast and Reed Richards found a sizeable stash of meat in Latveria and the surrounding area, Cage and a huge horde of zombies headed off to lay siege to Castle Doomstadt. Unable to gain access to the fortress, presumably, Luke got held up by the risen Deadite Legion, and at some point returned to New York.

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In New York, Cage, Spiderman and a group of zombified Super-Heroes caught Reed Richards of Earth-1610) as he was lost in the ruined city. Reed got away when Magneto dropped hundreds of cars on the massed zombie horde. In the rubble of the destroyed Baxter Building, Luke and a group of zombies confronted a remaining Magneto. Magnus escaped once more, but they caught up with him once again when the Wasp snuck up behind him and bit his neck. Immobilised, Magneto was quickly torn apart by the gathered super-zombies.

Power Cosmic

Cage spotted Silver Surfer in the sky, and their minds were quickly driven back to food. The Silver Surfer was attacked by most of the Zombies, though none of them seemed to be able to hurt him until the Hulk bit the Silver Surfer’s head off. Cage and a few of the others managed to get some of the Herald’s flesh, and somehow became imbued with the Power Cosmic.

The newly Power Cosmic zombies decided to see if their necrotized compatriots tasted any better ‘cooked’ and so the blasted them. Cage managed to make a meal of Dr. Strange. But, just as they decided that they still tasted horrible Galactus appeared to devour the planet. The zombies tried to take the devourer of worlds, but were quickly overpowered. Cage took a blast from Galactus, losing the left side of his torso, so they decided to make a tactical withdrawal.

They others decided to try to combine their Power Cosmic into one beam by building a kind of gun. After constructing it from Vibranium from Wakanda, they dragged it out to confront Galactus. But as they set it up, they saw a group of zombified super-villains attacking the space god. Though he didn't go down immediately, it only took a couple of shots to fell the devourer of worlds. Then it fell to the two groups of zombies to fight over the remains. Cage took down Stilt-Man.

Galactus started to get up again, but the zombies fell on him before he could recover completely. As they finished off the world devourer, out of nowhere the dead bodies of the Fantastic Four flopped onto the street, followed closely by Doctor Doom. The zombies spotted him, and attacked.

After travelling through the cosmos, devouring planets as they went, the Zombie Galacti arrived at the Skrull home planet. During the journey, it appeared that Cage and Iron Man had developed some kind of bickering relationship, though the tension was quickly broken when Spiderman collided face first with a force field.

Wolverine ripped through the defensive field with his claws, and the Galacti squeezed through. Like many of the civilisations before, the Skrulls tried to defend themselves by firing missiles at them, but the zombified heroes destroyed them easily with the Power Cosmic.

They commented that they were quite weak, as travelling though the barren spaces in between systems, they sustained themselves by feeding off the Power Cosmic, but now needed to recharge.

On reaching the planet surface Tony and Luke first came across some kind of bug, and they attacked that, then turned to gorge on the Skrull populace. Hulk said that he was still hungry, and Cage reminded him that he was a zombie; that he would always be hungry. Hulk obviously didn’t take kindly to this over-simplification, and punched Cage far into the sky, who eventually came down through the Skrull Command Centre wall, and was met by the sight of not only several Skrulls, but also a Skrull Fantastic Four and the |new Fantastic Four.

Cage began eating the Skrull military, when Thing smashed down a piece of the ceiling, while Storm used a hurricane to blast it at the zombified hero. The debris was easily deflected by a force field put up by Cage.

With Cage and the new Fantastic Four facing each other, Black Panther unmasked for him, and Luke recognised his old friend. He told the Wakandan that they had wondered where he had gone. Luke was also confused to see Johnny, and Ben seemingly cured. In a moment of genius, Cage realised that T’Challa couldn’t have gotten this far out, and if Banner, Stark, and Richards couldn’t find a cure, nobody could. Meaning, they must be extradimensional. Cage then demandd their teleportation device.

Both the Fantastic Four and the Skrull Fantastic Four attacked Cage, and after a brief battle, he followed them to a Skrull escape ship. In order for the others to escape the Skrull Fantastic Four turned and attacked Cage once more. ed Defeating, and infecting the Skrull Fantastic Four, Cage finally rejoined the rest of the Zombie Galacti, where they quickly returned to bickering and arguing. Stark lost his temper and tried to blast Cage with a bolt of Power Cosmic, but it had no effect on a similarly powered being. Luke simply walked up to Stark and punches him high through the air.

With Ironman now absent, Cage took opportunity of the peace and quiet to tell the others of his discovery of a possible way to get to another Earth. Cage blasted a zombified Skrull Torch as he tried to sneak up on the New Fantastic FourF. They confront the New Fantastic Four in a crashed Skrull ship, and demanded that they hand over the Transdimensional device that they had been using, the Zombie Galacti got into an argument about what they had become again, and the Fantastic Four used the distraction to escape.

Wolverine decided instead to search the Skrull ship for any injured Skrulls to snack on, but only came across Thanos, and his mistress Death. They offered the Zombies a reward for their destruction; an end to their undeadness, though Spider-Man discovered that they were far from what they seem. As the projections of Thanos and Death disappeared, the two Skrulls beneath begged for their lives.

With the last of the Skrulls eaten, the Zombie Galacti decided to explore the Galactus element to their powers, and began to consume the planet, eventually leaving themselves floating in space.

40 Years Later

At the edge of the known universe, Cage and the other Zombie Galacti were joined by Thanos, Firelord, Gladiator, and Dark Phoenix. At some point in the previous forty years, Luke had reverted to his original tattered costume, and obtained an alien replacement arm.

It seems that they consumed most of the universe, and so decided to make their way back to Earth in order to rebuild the teleportation device originally built by Tony Stark.

Earth Z

He was one of the surviving zombies and was transported to Earth Z, and was leading the Skrull military in an attempt to stop the zombie Avengers of that dimension from spreading the infection. Sadly, it failed, and he was killed. His brain was used as a trophy in Avengers Tower.

Powers

See Luke Cage (Earth-616)#Powers

The Power Cosmic: The Zombie Galacti each possess a share of the Power Cosmic which was granted to Silver Surfer by Galactus. They have the ability to absorb and tap ambient cosmic energy into their bodies at will, and expel those energies violently, or in more subtle ways. They can channel beams of energy through their hands with great destructive force. Presumably, other uses of their Power Cosmic include the ability to phase through objects, accelerate the evolution of life forms, see the past by peeling back the layers of time, time travel, trans dimensional travel, the manipulation/absorption and discharge of any form of energy or radiation, though the only other use of power cosmic that is seen is teleportation through hyperspace. The distances which they can teleport is almost limitless.
Essentially, the Power Cosmic gives the Zombie Galacti mastery over the four fundamental forces of the universe:

  • Electro-magnetism
  • Manipulation of Gravity
  • Ability to store and discharge nuclear force (Strong/Weak Force).

Abilities

See Luke Cage (Earth-616)#Abilities



  • Cage wore his costume from his '70s Power Man days.
  • It is peculiar how Cage was infected seeing as how he had unbreakable skin.
  • When Marvel Zombies writer Robert Kirkman was pitching ideas for the series, he originally planned a non-infected Luke Cage fighting zombies to be the protagonist of the book. This idea was scrapped later on when the zombified version of Luke Cage appeared in Ultimate Fantastic Four #22.[1]

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Footnotes

  1. Cronin, Brian (5 February 2016). Comic Book Legends Revealed #561. Comic Book Resources. Retrieved on 5 February 2016.



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