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E.G.G Q&A: E.G.G v.s A.I.M Part 1- Captive
This Q&A Session contains full spoilers for E.G.G Episode 53: E.G.G v.s A.I.M Part 1- Captive! If you have not read it, please click here to do so now!
Josh and Acacia awoke from their kidnapping to find that they were being held prisoner by none other than Josh's girlfriend: Maya Hansen. As it turned out, Maya worked for A.I.M the entire time, and used Josh to get close to Eileen so that she could extract her blood and perfect Extremis. With Eileen defenseless, Maya began draining her as Josh and Acacia made their escape, putting the entire facility on high alert. Meanwhile, desperate to find the agents of E.G.G, Kyle and Squirrel Girl go seek James for help.
Maya Hansen is evil!?!?
“Yo! Butthead! Yeah, you hear me talking to you! Why don’t you face me coward!”
“Josh please,” a female voice replied. “That’s no way to speak to your girlfriend.” She spun around in the, revealing herself to be Maya.
“Maya? What… What is this? What’s going on?”
“Evolution.” She said, standing up. “The next step in the ever expanding universe. Something… incredible.”
“What are you talking about?” Acacia asked.
“I’m gonna change the world.” She walked up to Josh and Acacia. “And you two have a front row seat.”
“Where are we Maya?” Josh asked.
“You wasted your time with Hammer.” She replied. “You’re in the operating base of Advanced Idea Mechanics.”
“Wait, you mean…”
“I’m an A.I.M scientist. Always have been.”
“No, it ca-”
“It can’t be? Why do they always say that?” She smiled and got close to Josh. “And you were so easy to fool.” Josh was speechless.
“So… so our entire relationship…” Josh stammered.
“A lie!” Maya exclaimed. “You should have seen yourself on the beach that day. So sad and pathetic looking. All of your friends having fun and you left alone in the cold. I almost felt sorry for you.”
“Hey, that’s enough.” Acacia demanded. Maya smiled.
“Either way.” She said. “It was easy enough to rope you in, it was only a matter of time before you led me to E.G.G Base. After the Technovore virus failed to do its job, I had to get in closer, and ensure your capture personally.” Josh violently pulled against his restraints.
“Why Maya? Why! I really cared about you, you know that? I thought we had something, something no one else had. We were honest, and open with each other, I confided everything in you! I… I thought you were the one…”
“Hm, well I’m sorry.” Maya said, leaving the room. “It was never real.”
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Sorry Jayas in the room, but Maya Hansen is evil! Now I'm sure all of my fellow True Believers are rolling their eyes and going "Ugh, I already knew that!" But let's savor the surprise for the new kids! Either way, yes, Maya is an evil A.I.M scientist, so... Yeah, I think her and Josh are finished. Who know though, the are still Skywards out there, for some strange reason...
“My name is Maya Hansen. I created Extremis.” She answered.
“Yes, my partner was Aldrich Killian. He killed himself after the Agent Mallen incident. I’m sure you’ve heard of that?”
“The Extremis drove him crazy…” Eileen said. “Iron Man had to kill him to stop him.”
“Since then I’ve tried to perfect the formula, for Aldrich. I didn’t want him to die, with nothing to his name but a failed experiment that gave birth to a maniac. So I tried again. I created Extremis 2.0, a significant improvement, but with one small problem.”
“Which was?” Maya sighed.
“It worked, sometimes, a shining example is a man named Savin. He’s been on for nearly a year without a glitch. But others… there was an instability in the formula. The test subjects, after a short while, tended to… explode.”
“I had to risk it! Don’t you see the scientific applications of Extremis!”
“I can shoot lightning and breathe fire.”
“Side effects! You were dead! Dead! But the Extremis rewrote your biology and brought you back to life. That is what I’m trying to do here. Save lives. The 2.0 was even better, it contained regenerative properties, similar to that of Wolverine himself! But I just couldn’t stabilize it! Day and night, I slaved over my notes, reworking the equation again and again! I was so close! It was like someone was waving the answer in front of my face, and wouldn’t let me grab it!”
“I still don’t see what any of this has to do with me.” Maya smiled.
“Oh Eileen, you are my dream come true.” She replied. “When I heard that your body had not only accepted the Extremis, but enhanced it! I was overjoyed. I had to find out why, how, what exactly it was that made you the marvel you are. Then the Inner Circle kidnapped you, and I was so angry. Livid. They were taking my beautiful creation away from me. But they revealed the truth: You’re a mutant! I had never even begun to explore the possibilities of Extremis on mutant physiology! But I digress. It took a while, but now I finally have you my sweet.”
“What do you want with me?” Eileen asked.
“You’re going to help me initiate the next step of evolution. Make my dream a reality. Make Aldrich’s dream a reality. I’m going to use your blood for Extremis 3.0.”
“What? No! You can’t!” Eileen pulled against the restraints. “Haven’t enough people died for you to create this?”
“Death is necessary in evolution, Eileen. Survival of the fittest, natural selection, all of the laws of nature apply here.”
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Uh... She crazy! Talk about your illusions of grandeur, Maya wants to not only recreate the deadly Extremis virus, but make it bigger and better! By sucking Eileen dry! Man, that sucks. I hope everyone see what I did there, but in case you didn't, here's what's going down:
Extremis 1.0- From the comics
Extremis 2.0- From the movies (Iron Man 3)
Extremis 3.0- From Eileen's blood!
There, hope that cleared things up for you guys!
Josh's great escape!
“Wait a sec!”
“Look! Over there!”
“On the desk!” Acacia looked.
“I don’t see anything. Just papers and…”
“Right there! That metal bracelet! It’s my Colantotte!”
“Oh, I see it! Sweet, so you can get your Joshinator armor?”
“Uh… no. I’m still working out range issues… It can’t really travel more than ten feet.”
“But… remember how I told you it holds a permanent magnetic charge?”
“Well, I can reverse the polarity of that charge, and also increase the magnetic field.”
“… Yeah, I’m more of a visual learner…”
“Ugh. Colantotte, activate.” The light on the bracelet lit up blue. “Increase magnetic field, 250 amps.” The bracelet made a noise, then flew over to the table and magnetically attached to the restraint.”
“No way!” Acacia said.
“Good, now, Colantotte, reverse polarization!” The light on the bracelet turned red and the restraint blew off of Josh’s arm as Josh caught the bracelet in his mouth and fastened it on his wrist.
“How’d you do that?” Acacia asked.
“Like charges repel, this restraint was obviously magnetically locked by a negative charge. When I reversed my Colantotte charge to negative, coupled with the increased strength of the magnetic field, it blew that thing clean off!”
“Awesome!” Acacia exclaimed, as Josh got his other restraint off.
“Alright,” He said. “Now let’s get free, stop Maya, and take down A.I.M.”
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What a smart use of the Colantotte! For those of you who don't know, Colantotte is a real bracelt that was actuall featured in the first Avenger's movie. Tony used it to call the Mark VII to him and get the drop on Loki! Josh used it's magnetic charges to escape Maya's trap. Remember, though they do a lot of stupid things, the E.G.G gang is actually pretty smart. Inventors and all that. I thought this was a cool way for Josh to show off his smarts and escape!
Suddenly the grass began to blow. James looked up to see a S.H.I.E.L.D flying car, a black Ferrari specifically, descending towards him.
“Whoa!” The boy said. “That is so cool!”
“Yeah… Hey, listen, it’s kinda late. You should get home before your mom starts to worry.”
“No buts. Go on now.”
“Aw…” The kid sulked off as the car landed. James cautiously approached, his hand on his holster. Just then Squirrel Girl leapt out and began prancing around the grass on all fours.
“What the…” James began. She spotted James and her tail perked up in excitement.
“I found him!” She exclaimed. She began pouncing towards him.
“Oh no… no!” James turned and began to run but she tackled him to the ground. “Ah! Get off me! Who… what are you?”
“Wow, you’re a lot cuter up close!” She exclaimed. She sniffed his hair, then licked his cheek.
“Ah, gross! Stop it! Get off me!”
“You taste weird. Hey, you’re the guy that came out of the portal, right?”
“With that other guy in the blue suit and the skull on his chest?”
“How did you…”
“Squirrel Girl,” Rice said, approaching. “That’s enough, get off him.” Squirrel Girl hopped off and scampered behind Rice. Rice helped James up.
“Sorry about that, she gets… eager.”
“I see.” James said, dusting himself off. Rice held out his hand.
“Kyle Rice, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” He said as James shook.
“S.H.I.E.L.D, huh?” James asked.
“Yes, I’ve been watching you for a long time now.”
“Ugh, Nick Fury. He said he was gonna be spying on me. Well you can go tell him…”
“No, no, you’ve got it wrong. I’m not spying on you, or anyone for that matter. I’m surveying E.G.G, keeping you guys out of… emanate danger.”
“Uh-huh…” James said skeptically. “Do Josh, Eileen and Acacia know about this?”
“No, but that’s the reason I’m here.” Rice inhaled. “They’ve gone missing, and I need your help getting them back.”
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Alright! Alright! Alright! Agent Rice and games are teaming up! How will this S.H.I.E.L.D Agent and future fighter (and their furry companion) fare in the battle against A.I.M? We'll find out soon enough! I really liked the idea of Agent Rice going to James for help, because he's been in the background all this time, but he's slowly noticing that keeping E.G.G out of trouble is cracking up to be a much, much harder job than he'd anticipated!
See you tomorrow!
Make sure you tune in tomorrow, October 23, to read the second part of the cool new E.G.G 4-part event: E.G.G v.s A.I.M! Leave all your questions so I can answer them in the Q&A next Thursday, October 29! The race to escape A.I.M begins!
E.G.G v.s A.I.M Part 2: The plan is revealed! While Josh's evil ex drains Eileen, he and Acacia try to find their way out of this madhouse. But it is not an easy feat, especially when contending with foes such as the mighty M.O.D.O.K! Meanwhile, Agent Rice and James form an alliance to save the not so lucky friends... Catch all the action tomorrow, October 23, in E.G.G Episode 54: E.G.G v.s A.I.M Part 2- Only for Killing!