One item of particular interest popped up during the Mondo Marvel panel at Baltimore over the weekend. As covered in our panel report, a fan posed the following and received an answer from Brian Michael Bendis.
Q: Who was the secret character behind Osborn to keep the Cabal in line?
A: Bendis: You WILL find out in Siege: The Cabal in December. The reveal is already drawn.
I have to say that I’m expecting this guy.
As I referenced in last week’s Right to Assemble column on the mothership, the Mephisto twist has to come back into play at some point. It’s sensible dramatic unity. It’s sensible dramatic consequence. At some point, Peter Parker will have to pay the emotional cost of sacrificing his marriage to save Aunt May or else, to me, it totally invalidates what Peter Parker should be all about. (I know that Tom Brevoort said it’s about youth and not responsibility, but I don’t buy that any more than I bought Secret Defenders).
From a practical standpoint, look at the original Cabal: Norman, Doom, Emma, Namor, The Hood, and Loki. Emma and Namor have split, but who has the power to keep Doom, The Hood, and LOKI in check? You could probably convincingly occupy Doom with any number of things Reed-Richards-related (“WHAT?! Richards has a new 108″ plasma? None out-gear Doom! RICHARDS!!!!”), and any number of guys could take out Robbins if they separate him from the, well, hood. But Loki? You need a whole lot of gun for that, and the one that makes sense is the Big Evil.
What do you think readers? Is this the endgame of several years worth of story? Is THAT the final straw? It’s always made sense that Spider-Man would be the one to land the final punch on Norman, but you need an extra layer of threat, something so mind-bogglingly huge, that you need the Power Trio to put the band back together. That would make it a day unlike any other, and I think that’s your shadowy figure. Please discuss.