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The Private War of Dr. Doom

Season Two, Episode 27


Director(s) Gary Hartle

Story by Christopher Yost

Summary Lucia von Bardas is reviewing the heroes and threat levels for her Master, and as Thor and Ant-Man are not accounted for, she recommends the attack be postponed.  Dr. Doom refuses to delay - if the Avengers get in the way, they must be... destroyed!

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The Thing and the Human Torch visit the Avengers Mansion for a friendly game of poker.  As soon as the Hulk sees the Thing, he charges.

Meanwhile Iron Man and Wasp are paying a call on the Baxter Building. Stark flirts with the Invisible Woman.  Wasp and the Invisible Woman pair off for "girl talk" while Iron Man joins Mr. Fantastic in Reed's lab, where he's working on a cure for Ravonna, the consort of Kang.

Meanwhile, the poker game is underway, but not for long before the Hulk attacks the Thing... again.  Thor stayed behind in Asgard, more or less. The Black Panther had four aces, in any case.

Back in the lab, Iron Man confirms that Hank Pym is on a leave of absence from the Avengers, and offers Mr. Fantastic some relationship advice.  Reed observes how distant the Invisible Woman has been the last few weeks.

Doom gives the order for the attack to begin, and Doombots attack at both the Baxter Building and the Avengers Mansion, having infiltrated both grounds undetected.  The Doombots do well, but both Mr. Fantastic and the Black Panther question why the timing of the attack.

After a short while, the remaining Doombots are shut down by Dr. Doom.  Wasp and the Invisible Woman are captured,  The Doombots go into self-destruct mode, forming a daisy chain to increase their destructive power.  Mr. Fantastic  and the Black Panther focus on disarming the Doombots, while the Iron Man goes off in pursuit.

Iron Man catches the aircraft and boards it breifly, but his armor is fried by Von Bardas, and he is forced to return to the Baxter Building.  The others join him, and a discussion ensues on how to proceed, while Captain AmeriSkrull (Steve Rogers was replaced at the end of Season One, remember?) watches and assesses.

On the one hand, Dr. Doom is certain to have set a trap for the Fantastic Four, on top of which they can't invade a sovereign country.  On the other hand, Iron Man has a plan...

Meanwhile, the Wasp and the Invisible Woman are in a prison device inside of Castle Von Doom, presumably in Latveria.  Wasp wakes, and awakens the Invisible Woman.  Dr. Doom is calibrating his machines, and ignores the Wasp's "prattle" and bluster.

The Avengers Quinjet, with the Human Torch outside, is closing on the castle, and Von Bardas activates its missle defenses.  The Quinjet and the Human Torch evade the barage, but retreat out of Latverian airspace. 

Sudeenly, Dr. Doom whirls and fires - Iron Man, the Black Panther, and Mr. Fantastic had snuck into the castle, undetected until then.  More Doombots enter the fray, as do the other Avengers and the balance of the Fantastic Four. 

Dr. Doom fights the combined team to a standstill, then frees the Wasp and the Invisible Woman, and commands them to go.  Mr. Fantastic questions Doom as to why, and Iron Man reminds Doom that this isn't over - the fight will continue another day. 

As the Avengers and the Fantastic Four travel back to the United States, Dr, Doom is reviewing the data he got on Wasp and the Invisible Woman, revealing the Invisible Woman to be a Skrull!
Commentary  * Iron Man uses on old suit of armor, as his old Mark VII armor (and others) were destroyed in their fight with Ultron or in Asgard.

* Captain AmeriSkrull is sporting a new uniform, without any kind of a shield at this point.

* Hawkeye is rated by Von Bardas as a "low thrreat level" - I protest!

* Bah!  Eitri, the Lord of the Dwarves, kept Stark's Asgard Uru armor!

* Captain AmeriSkrull doesn't seem to have anywhere near Steve Rogers' level of combat acumen and skill. 

* Iron Man's original objection is that Dr. Doom will have prepared a trap, and that invading Latveria is a foreign policy problem -- but his plan doesn't address either issue.  Dr. Doom is still well-prepared for the combined might of both teams, and they still intruded on Latverian air-space/territory in their attack on Castle Von Doom; the only difference was the stealth approach.