Welcome to Unsung Marvel Moments, where we bring you the Marvel moments worth talking about! Each week we’ll be highlighting some of the most exciting, emotional, and action-packed scenes in Marvel’s comics that we think deserve your attention. We got you covered on the Marvel moments you don’t want to miss! 

But beware, spoilers are abound! 

Marvel Comics put out quite the number of tearjerkers this week with their releases of X-MEN RED ANNUAL #1 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800! These installments, amongst others released this week, feature some truly bold endings that fans will not forget for some time.

So, without further ado, let’s dive into this week’s selections for ComicsVerse’s Unsung Marvel Moments!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800: Rest in Peace

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 page 54. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Marvel Comics has hyped up its 800th installment of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN for months now, and it’s finally here! The saga with the Red Goblin continues as Spider-Man makes his final stand against Norman Osborn’s latest persona. Upon the end of the issue, Spider-Man succeeds in defeating Norman and ending the Red Goblin, seemingly, for good.

Unfortunately though, taking down Norman does not come without tragic consequences.

Flash Thompson, also known as Anti-Venom, dies by Spider-Man’s side after he saves numerous people from the Red Goblin’s wrath. Now, what makes his demise especially emotional is that he refers to Peter Parker as his friend when he passes.

This Week in Unsung Marvel Moments — May 23rd, 2018

The issue eventually segues into Flash’s funeral. There, Peter reflects on his relationship with his ex-bully. Sure, they’ve had a series of rough patches, but somehow their relationship evolved. Somehow, they became friends. Somehow, Peter ended up seeing Flash as a hero.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 is a jam-packed issue full of epic battles and heartwarming reunions, particularly amongst the Osborns, now known as the Lymans. Within all these memorable Marvel moments, though, lies the stand-out in which Flash Thompson affirms himself as an integral part of the Spider-Man mythos whose legacy will surely persist beyond this 800th installment.

MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #6: No Rest for the Doomed

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MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #6 page 6. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE has truly taken the Fantastic Four where they have never gone before! In this installment, Ben Grimm and Johnny Storm make a final stand against the Doctor Doom of an alternate universe, a universe where the Fantastic Four failed to defeat Galactus. As a result of this failure, Doom merged with Galactus, becoming a terrifying threat! Additionally, the Reed Richards of that universe began spending his life in isolation and shame.

Thankfully, hope persists as MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #6 features a resounding victory as Reed, Ben, and Johnny team up alongside Silver Surfer and Emma Frost to end Galactus-Doom’s tyranny.

So, this week’s Unsung Marvel Moment comes with the page featured above. The Thing himself goes toe-to-toe with a Galactus-sized Doctor Doom, and it’s awesome!

Artists Jim Cheung, Walden Wong, and Frank Martin nail the scale of these cosmic battles that are totally out of this world. From The Thing’s fist-fight with Doctor Doom to Emma Frost’s telepathic attack on Galactus-Doom, the artwork of MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #6 is something you don’t want to miss!

In regard to the issue’s narrative, new questions arise. Ben still hasn’t informed Johnny the truth of the-Reed-and-Sue-of-their-universe’s fate. So, will this victory they accomplished together allow them to overcome the secrets that have been kept?

I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see.

X-MEN RED ANNUAL #1: The New-Old Jean Grey

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X-MEN RED ANNUAL #1 page 25. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

In X-MEN RED, Jean Grey is back in business: stoping human supremacists, taking down Cassandra Nova, and being her normal kick-ass self. But, what happened right after PHOENIX RESURRECTION and before the start of X-MEN RED? Surely Jean had some catching up to do after fifteen years gone?

Writer Tom Taylor and artists Pascal Alixe and Chris Sotomayor use X-MEN RED ANNUAL #1 to trace Jean’s journey of discovery as she tries to adjust to a completely changed world. A lot of things have changed, including the deaths of some of her closest friends, but at the same time, a lot of things are still the same. Jean visits Rachel Grey (her “daughter” from an alternate universe), Laura Kinney (Wolverine’s closest family), and, surprisingly, Black Bolt of the Inhumans.

Jean Grey Learns How to Forgive

All of Jean’s meetings are emotional, but the most difficult visit for Jean is Black Bolt. As different as things are from 20th century X-Men comics (back when Cyclops and Marvel Girl were the couple to beat) Jean still cares deeply for her dead husband. Realizing that Black Bolt — one of the supposed “good guys” — killed Cyclops is scarring. But, instead of lashing out and killing him, like she totally could, Jean does something considerably nicer: she asks for an apology. Since the King of the Inhumans can’t talk, Jean uses some fancy telepathy that allows Black Bolt to speak using her voice instead of his own. In that way, he’s finally able to tell Cyclops’ “widow” the simple words, “I’m sorry.”

Even if you’re not a fan of the Jean/Cyclops relationship, that moment is pretty heartbreaking. It’s sort of a culmination of everything they went through as a couple. Though, strangely, I don’t think Jean talking to Black Bolt so soon after her resurrection has anything to do with Jean being hung up on her husband. I actually think Jean has to forgive Black Bolt in order to get over Scott and his untimely death.

The fact that Jean and Black Bolt both say “I’m sorry” (through Jean’s telepathy) is particularly important. Just as Black Bolt is apologizing to Jean, Jean is apologizing to Scott. She has to apologize for being gone so long and missing his death. Her grief and regret are finally able to die after that duel apology.

What Lies Beyond

Next week’s slate for Marvel Comics features plenty of new beginnings with the starts of THE IMMORTAL HULK, DEADPOOL, and DOCTOR STRANGE! Along with these highly-anticipated firsts comes the continuation of Jean Grey and co.’s journey in X-MEN: RED #5!

So, stay tuned for what adventures lie ahead within the unpredictable Marvel Universe!

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