One member of the Squadron Supreme was able to single-handedly defeat the King in Black, which points to some very serious flaws in Mephisto’s plan.
WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for “The Last Utopian Meets the Last Son of the Gods” by Jason Aaron, Erica D’Urso, Jason Keith and VC’s Cory Petit, from the pages of Heroes Reborn #6, on sale now.
The Marvel Universe has always been home to some of the most powerful and horrifying entities in the entirety of comics, and the world of Heroes Reborn is no different. In a timeline where the Avengers never formed and were replaced by the Squadron Supreme’s as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Marvel’s most powerful villains found themselves facing a different breed of hero. But the way that the Wonder Woman-esque Power Princess has taken care of Knull the Symbiote God by herself is as impressive as anything the Squadron achieved together.
In Heroes Reborn #6, Zarda is locked in brutal combat with the Destroyer of Asgard, All-Gog. This mighty warrior has ended the lives of a number of gods in his time, but he is still no match for Power Princess. After All-Gog swallows her Uru bracers, Zarda recalls them to herself, tearing the villain open and leaving him helpless as he is turned to stone. Soon enough, All-Gog finds his new, unmoving form left in Zarda’s garden alongside many of the other foes that she has bested throughout the years, including Hela, Janet Van Dyne and even the dark god of the symbiotes Knull.
When Knull first revealed himself in 2018’s Venom #3 by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, he was instantly established as one of the most dangerous Marvel villains ever. Having existed since before creation itself, Knull’s eternal slumber in the endless void of the universe was rudely interrupted by the Celestials when they gave light and life to reality. In return, Knull reached into his own shadow and drew from it the very first symbiote, All-Black, with which he decapitated a Celestial in one swing before going on a deicidal crusade throughout the cosmos.
It took countless years for Knull to be imprisoned, and thousands more for him to be released again onto the universe during the events of King in Black. When the might of nearly every single living hero and villain proved to be futile in the face of Knull, Eddie Brock stood as a near-immortal God of Light to finally end his reign of terror and claim the King in Black’s throne for himself.
Somehow, Power Princess was able to do all of this on her own, though there is little doubt that Knull’s power had been greatly reduced by Mephisto’s machinations that gave birth to this reality. It is near impossible to imagine that Zarda could have turned Knull to stone so easily unless he had been nerfed in some fashion, and it has already been made perfectly clear that things are not as they should be in Mephisto’s world.
There is also the chance that, as the primary Knull had already been ended by Eddie Brock in the main timeline, this Knull is merely a manifestation of Mephisto’s powers and not in any way related to the real deal. It’s unlikely that any of this will matter too much in the grand scheme of things, but it is an important insight into the mechanics of this reality and what the rules might be. With so few Avengers left to try and set things right, they’re going to need every ounce of help they can get, and if there is a clue hidden somewhere in the Squadron’s own trophies as to how to take them down, someone should be making a note of it.
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