This Free Comic Book Day, Marvel is offering what it has promised is an important chapter in Secret Empire, with a story that offers a, well, let’s just say “shocking” twist ending.
Spoilers ahead for Marvel’s Secret Empire Free Comic Book Day story
Throughout the story, the Avengers, Thunderbolts, and other Marvel heroes battle Hydra forces as word quickly spreads about their takeover. Just as the heroes think they’ve won, a Hydra-controlled S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier arrives, revealing none other than Steve Rogers – who assures the assembled heroes that what they are experiencing is real.
As they move in to attack, Steve enacts powerful countermeasures that cancel out the Avengers’ powers, subduing them all.
As Steve walks over the unconscious bodies of his fallen allies, he casually reaches down and lifts Mjolnir – seizing the power of Thor.
It’s unclear where Mjolnir will wind up – with no sign or mention of this event in Secret Empire so far, despite this event presumably taking place between Secret Empire #0 and Secret Empire #1.
Secret Empire #2 is due out on shelves May 17.