Avengers : Standoff
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This week the complete Standoff story has been added to the service. The story spins out of Captain America in which Rick Jones, under the alias of Whisperer, outs a S.H.I.E.L.D program in which they plan to use Cosmic Cube fragments to alter reality, to the public. Sam Wilson and Steve Roger have a falling out over it and Maria Hill spins it to seem like it never made it past being a concept, when in ‘reality’ it was already in use.
S.H.I.E.L.D. used the fragments which had become a sentient being in the form of a little girl to make a prison for super villains that altered who they were and their perception of reality. Eventually a group of villains, led by Zemo, became aware of what happened to them and set out to strike back against S.H.I.E.L.D. and both Avengers teams (Unity squad and ANAD) got drawn into the conflict.
This crossover is notable mainly because it leads to the events currently happening in Captain America: Steve Rogers. At the end of Standoff, Rogersville is restored to his youthful state by Kobik, the sentient Cosmic Cube. Unknown to everyone, the cube was loyal to Red Skull because it was made of fragments of his original cube. When Kobik changes them into what she thinks is their best possible self. When she did it to Rogers, she not only restored his youth, but also altered his past to make him loyal to Hydra.
Other than what happens to Rogers, the event led to Maria Hill losing her authority and eventually her position due to the machinations of Rogers. He is placed in her position and this will lead to the next big event Secret Empire.
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