Decode the miraculous designs of Leonardo Da Vinci. Devour the truths and reel with the lies of Isaac Newton. Puzzle at the perilous predictions of Nostradamus. Discover the Forever Machines of Nikola Tesla. Stemming from the pages of the most critically-acclaimed series of 2010, Jonathan Hickman (FANTASTIC FOUR, ULTIMATE THOR) and company bring you the apocrypha of the Marvel Universe. The foundations will shake, crumble and fall.
Chapter 1: Colossus
1497 Florence: Leonardo DaVinci’s men report that Michelangelo refuses to listen and they fail to bring him to join SHIELD. Leonardo tells his students a story about how in 226 BC Archimedes defeated a Kree Sentry using the Colossus of Rhodes, which he turned into a massive robotic fighting suit. He ‘stood in the gap.’
Chapter 2: The Hidden Message
1806 Rome: Three men find their way into Nostradamus’ dungeon cell and ask him to speak to them. Later, back in the city two of the three are killed with arrows as they make their way back. One finally reaches Michelangelo and reports that Nostradamus says that he ‘perseveres’ before dying from the arrows stuck in him.
1955: In an unknown location Michelangelo fixes the injured Nikola Tesla in some incredible machinery and tech, after he was first mortally wounded by Stark and Richards. He implants a quantum power source in him, making Tesla ‘The Machine,’ giving him full control of the ‘mechanism.’ Michelangelo tells Tesla his son needs him.
Tesla goes to Rome and meets the white haired lady - he relates to her how he traveled to the Zargos Mountains where he found a massive hidden chamber full of life support pods sustaining three turban wearing individuals. They are the Last Caliphate, the three brothers of causality, who are now ‘waking from centuries of sleep.’ She then gives him the key to Iter which he will later give to Leonid in 1956.
In the Immortal City in the 1950’s, Isaac Newton reflects. In 1707 Gottfried Leibniz had confronted him in Hannover over the murders of the famous scientists John Flamsteed, Robert Hooke, Blaise Pascal and philosopher John Locke. Newton killed Leibniz.