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The Contest's Second Phase

The Contest's First Phase
War:

Contest of Champions

Location:

Unknown

Outcome:

The Red Team wins.
The Yellow Team, having suffered two casualties, is forced to "ride their squad harder".

Combatants


Commanders


Deaths

None.


"Mercy? Buddy, I hate to tell you, but you are in the wrong place for that."
Venom to Outlaw[src]

The Contest's First Phase is a conflict in The Collector and The Grandmaster's Contest of Champions.

Background

Outlaw is Dragged In

"Right! This what you wanted, is it? Have a pop at me? You the one been creeping about all day, yeah? Thought I wouldn't notice? Come on, mate, I know you're here. Too late to be shy. You didn't get the train up for nothing, did you? Come on. Show me where you're hiding."
Outlaw looking for someone[src]

When Nigel Higgins is at his house and he hears a noise, he dresses up in his old Outlaw getup (which he hasn't worn in years) and checks it out. However, he is attacked by a Summoner and placed inside a crystal.[1]

Battle

Outlaw Joins the Fray

"Lookin' a little lost there, Jolly Roger."
Venom to Outlaw[src]

Outlaw awakes from the crystal and finds himself in an unknown land. Outlaw sees a Brachiosaurus, then complains that he's in Jurassic Park. Suddenly, Venom appears behind Outlaw, saying that Outlaw looks a little lost and that he and "his buddy Pete" will "show [him] right to the door".

Outlaw shoots Venom three times, but Venom simply spits the bullets out, complaining that they taste like detergent. Outlaw says that the bullets (named "mercy bullets") are made out of hardened gel and that they are non-lethal. Venom says that Outlaw is in the wrong place for mercy. A mysterious green swordsman wearing a cloak says that she agrees before stabbing Venom from behind.

The swordsman, named Gamora, says that she assumes Outlaw is on their side, and that, for his sake, he had better be. Outlaw, confused, tells Gamora that he just fell out of a crystal. Gamora tells Outlaw that they were kidnapped, their enemies have made themselves known, and that now they must fight. When a voice calls out for Gamora, she tells Outlaw to aid the "man of iron" while she finishes off Venom. Outlaw, still confused, runs off.[1]

Joe Fixit

"Hey, Hulk."
"Don't call me that! My name's Fixit! Joe Fixit!"
"Well, here's a tip, "Joe." Next time, disable the unibeam first. Nice or not nice. There is no try."
Iron Man and Joe Fixit[src]

Outlaw finds Iron Man being beaten up by Joe Fixit. Outlaw finally realizes what Gamora meant by "man of iron", then throws a stun grenade at Joe Fixit. The grenade explodes and blinds Fixit, and he complains that he was "tryin' ta be nice".

Iron Man, trying to get Fixit's attention, calls him "Hulk". Fixit shouts that his name is not "Hulk", it's "Joe Fixit". Iron Man says that, whether nice or not nice, there is no "try". Iron Man hits Fixit with a chest beam, defeating Fixit.[1]

Moon-Boy and Devil Dinosaur

"UGG HYDRA! AK-OKK HYDRA! OOK UKK OGG--"
Moon-Boy's last words[src]

Outlaw helps Iron Man up and asks if he's alright. Iron Man says he is, thanks to Outlaw, but he doesn't know what's going on. Outlaw says he doesn't either before Iron Man cuts him off, saying that his fight with Fixit took out his power reserves and that, until his backup battery recharges, he is the "Very Vincible Iron Man". Suddenly, the two hear a roar, and Outlaw says he saw "something like that" earlier.

The two have been found by Moon-Boy, Agent of Hydra and Devil Hydrasaur. Outlaw shoots and kills Moon-Boy. Iron Man asks if he thought it was a good idea. Outlaw says that it "seemed like one at the time" and that now he is not so sure before complaining that it is the story of his life. Suddenly, Gamora appears and says that Outlaw should count himself lucky that the story goes on. Gamora hops onto Devil Hydrasaur and stabs him through the head, killing him.

A voice announces that all members of the Yellow Team have been defeated and that the Red Team has won the match. The three are then teleported to the Battlerealm, where they meet The Collector, Maestro, Guillotine, and Stick.[1]

Aftermath

Ares' Resurrection

"Behold the prize. Formed from the fires of universal rebirth--crystals of pure creative force, left behind in this dry world of matter. The birth caul of the omniverse--fresh and new. And here--in this broken section of space-time--abundant beyond measure. The humans of your world have named this substance ISO-8. They fuss over the smallest fragments of it. As well they might. For what I hold is the raw stuff of reality itself--concentrated into its most potent form. The Iso-Sphere. And even this mere section of it--the section I have won through my pawns in the Contest of Champions--gives me power to rival the gods. And to prove it--on the advice of my Summoner--"
"Charmed."
"--I kidnapped one from his own afterlife."
The Collector and Maestro[src]

Following the Red Team's victory, The Collector shows off the portion of the Iso-Sphere that he has won. The Collector claims that the Iso-Sphere gives him the power to rival the gods, and to prove it he resurrects Ares. Gamora, tired of The Collector toying with them, tries to fight them, but is held back by Stick. Ares starts a fight between the Red Team and Maestro, but Maestro easily defeats them all. Maestro then tells The Collector to ready the healing crystals, as the Red Team will be fighting the next day.[2]

Iron Man's Removal

"Whatever. I'm done with this game, Maestro. Even if I wanted to fight--between you and Joe Fixit, this prototype armor's a wreck. It's barely staying on--"
"Yes, of course. You're entirely right, Stark. You're of no further use to me. So... you can go... the quick way."
Iron Man and The Collector[src]

The Collector and Maestro fill the Red Team in on the strategy for The Contest's Second Phase. Iron Man tells Maestro that he's done with the Contest, given that his armor is a wreck and is barely staying on. The Collector tells Iron Man that he is entirely right, and that he is no longer of any use to the immortal. The Collector then seemingly kills Iron Man (though, unbeknownst to the rest of the Red Team, The Collector simply teleported Stark back to his bed).[3]

Appearances

Appearances for The Contest's First Phase

References

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