Warning: The following incorporates SPOILERS for Avengers #19
Marvel’s Universe is in chaos because the War of The Realms rages throughout Earth, and The Avengers battle to battle again on all fronts… making it the worst attainable time to study the group has a traitor of their midst. And not solely is that this betrayer the final recruit anybody will count on, however the villain he is serving is one the Avengers thought they defeated: Dracula. Yes, that Dracula, King of the Vampires.
When Black Panther became leader of the Avengers, his determination to recruit a brand new wave of heroes made good sense. First the Agents of Wakanda replaced SHIELD, who helped maintain the road whereas a vampire civil warfare broke out (it has been a wild yr). And when T’Challa invited Gorilla-Man AKA Kenneth Hale to turn into an Agent, it appeared the proper likelihood for the adventurer–cursed with immortality as a gorilla–to serve a brand new objective. But after saving the day in Avengers #19, Gorilla-Man’s victory is revealed to be a part of a a lot darker plan… as a result of Gorilla-Man has been working for Dracula, and simply set him as much as rise again to energy!
When the problem begins, Black Panther calls on Gorilla-Man, his newly appointed head of safety to assist defend Avengers Mountain (the group’s new base, constructed within an extended lifeless Celestial). Ken’s dialog concerning the destiny of Dracula–sent to rot in Chernobyl, final we saw–seems to be catching readers up. The fact of that imprisonment is later revealed, however when Ken arrives again at Avengers Mountain he is instantly put to work by T’Challa. His mission? Use the lifeless Celestial’s employees to create a weapon, defending the evacuees from the War of the Realms which have been gathered inside.
In true Marvel trend, the mountain falls below assault as Gorilla-Man is working to create the final word weapon. He succeeds simply in time, and falls off the mountain within the course of. His interior dialogue states that he ought to have died then, “saving Avengers Mountain. Saving the entire flaming world.” Even although he lives, Ken does have a near-death expertise. The Celestial itself speaks to him, revealing the key headquarters of Roxxon Energy Corporation’s villains (the Marvel company has been working with Malekith in the course of the War of the Realms, too). Now that the Avengers know the place to search out them, they’ve the primary lead because the battle broke out.
All of this ought to make Gorilla-Man happier than ever, having confirmed his price, and been given recommendation from Thor’s father Odin himself. But as Ken slumps by means of the jail cells of Avengers Tower speaking to himself about how issues have modified, he stops in entrance of the cell holding Sarge, the demon canine, an member of the brand new vampire world order. Sarge reminds Ken that he has no alternative within the matter… which is when Ken admits it. He’s been betraying the Avengers for a while, serving Dracula and his Kingdom of the Damned.
He clearly is not thrilled about it, but it surely’s apparently too late to show again. When did this betrayal occur? When did he declare his allegiance to Dracula? And how mad is his fellow animal Agent of Wakanda Ursa Major going to to be when he finds out that his good buddy has not solely betrayed him and the Avengers, however that Ursa Major was only a instrument in his plans. Presumably Dracula was moved by Ursa Major to Chernobyl, not as a result of it was really Black Panther’s plan, however that of his loyal legion. So what would make Ken betray the very superheroes he admires?
it is steered by Sarge that Dracula could have tempted Ken with the promise of eradicating his curse (whether or not he would wish to return to being a person, or simply with the ability to die is anybody’s guess). Is there any approach Gorilla-Man can get out this allegiance? Either approach, this could’t finish effectively. Dracula will be a part of the War of the Realms quickly, or maybe be there to rule over the items which can be left behind. Only then will Ken have the ability to resolve if his betrayal was price it.
Avengers #19 is accessible now from Marvel Comics, and at your native comedian store.