Flying backwards, holding onto the Beetle suit, Maelstrom sees an armorless man floating in midair crest above the top of the Beetle armor. At least he had the common sense to wear some sory of spandex jumpsuit under his armor. The man has a starled look and seems to mouth "Oh" before plummeting towards the earth. His fall is, fortunately for him, broken by a thick canopy of trees.
Maelstrom feels a small twinge of satisfaction before being reminded of his predicament by the scenery rapidly rising around him. Letting go of the Beetle suit and flailing his arms wildly, Maelstrom and the suit also diappear into the canopy of a row of trees not far away, accompanied by an "oof". A few random pieces of Beetle-armor rain down from the tree, but the majority of it remains lodged in the upper branches. Maelstrom, lying comfortably in a leafy cushion, is thankful for the soft catch and momentary rest before being shocked back into the present by having to forcefully remove a small, broken tree branch from a rather embarrassing spot.
The now-unarmored Beetle climbs down from the tree and hastily searches for his missing pride. Looking up, he sees Beorn is still holding it.
TV news crews are starting to set up a short distance away with a few daring (stupid?) souls moving a little too close for their own good, but managing not to place themselves in danger...yet...
At this time, a yellow van no one recognizes comes speeding into the park, heading directly towards the assembled heroes and villains.
Inside the van, Blackbird sits behind the steering wheel, glancing over towards EnergyStar, awaiting her directions.
Meanwhile (unbeknownst to our heroes)...
A small puddle of water.
A short distance away, in Central Park, the sounds of combat can be heard. But here, we see a small pool of water. The resulting pool of water that splashed off of Maelstrom as a series of droplets only a few minutes ago, causing him to believe it was starting to rain.
Pulling back a bit, we see several small puddles, all gathered in parallel lines, passing across Central Park and leading back towards Avengers Mansion. Possibly the result of the world's most accurate rain clouds? Not likely...
Scanning up, the raindrops forming the puddles seem to manifest out of thin air, as if either spontaneously forming and falling to the ground below or dripping off some huge, invisible object. The source of the drips seems to be moving further and further away from Central Park...and closer and closer to Avengers' Mansion. Eventually, the source of the rain stops moving...directly over Avengers mansion.
Drip. Drip. Drip.
After a few minutes, the cloak of invisibility is dropped, and an absolutley massive object, blotting out the sun from the street below, is revealed to be floating directly over Avengers' mansion.
Originally Posted by Tila (EnergyStar)[Tila] calls to Human Torch on her communicator and asks him to have the FF bring them some weapons.
"Oh, it's not under 'Fantastic 4', it's under 'Fantastic F'...well, that's dumb..."
Suddenly the room grows extremely dark, as if something outside had extinguished the sun itself.
"What the..." Peering out the window and realizing he can't see anything from this vantage point (except that there seems to be sunlight on the buildings in the distance), the Torch calmly walks to the mansion's front door and steps outside.
The Avengers' butler, Jarvis, stands dumbfounded, staring at the sky, a dish rag and a plate in his hands. Jim Hammond walks over to stand next to him, also staring to the sky.
"What is that?", the Torch asks, half-expecting not to get an answer.
"I believe that might be Hydro-Base, Master Hammond", Jarvis replies, never taking his eyes from off the massive floating island.
"ATTENTION: SECURITY BREACH. ATTENTION: SECURITY BREACH.", the Avengers' security system begins to squeal over and over, snapping Jarvis and the Torch back into the present. The two men quickly exchange glances and then rush back into the mansion.
Across and down the street, within sight range of the mansion, a man with a noticable blue hue to his skin also stands staring up at the floating island, a sense of wonder and amazement frozen on his face.