The Black Panthers suffered a major setback to their revolution with the battle in Harlem. The FBI pressed on, attempting to escalate their campaign to assassinate the party’s leaders. Many noticed, however, that all-out war on the government’s part didn’t seem very different from the situation before. The only difference, many new revolutionaries noted, was that now people were fighting back.
A new team of mutants, calling themselves the Marauders, pledged their support, promising to assassinate J. Edgar Hoover. Rogue and Logan went to the Burton Canyon facility to save him. Kevin Sydney was out infiltrating the Black Panthers, and Sean Cassidy was recovering from his injuries suffered during the battle in Harlem, leaving Carl Westin alone to fight off the Marauders. Despite J. Edgar Hoover’s resistance and Sean’s anger, they couldn’t deny that they needed the help.
The Marauders nearly divided Logan and Rogue enough for Prism to get to J. Edgar Hoover, but Logan recognized the feint in time to stop him. At that very moment, though, Kevin revealed that he’d been in the facility the entire time when he shot J. Edgar Hoover in the back of the head. He took the Director’s appearance, promising to help the X-Men de-escalate the problem with the Black Panthers by taking the Director’s place.
Meanwhile, Warren Worthington III made his move to overthrow his father and take over Worthington Industries, while Hank McCoy infiltrated a secret Worthington Industries facility to learn more about the Sentinel program.
Worthington Industries created giants for the core of the new Sentinel. Such creatures would break under their own weight, so they required the armor created by Shaw Industries to stay alive. Hank discovered that the giants were actually clones of Warren Worthington III. Understanding that the X-gene makes the body psychologically malleable, the clones were subjected to psychological conditioning, including torture and invasive sessions with telepaths, to break their minds and use their self-image to twist them into giants. Worthington Industries was not able to do all of this on their own, however. They contracted Dr. Nathaniel Essex and relied heavily on findings he was able to procure while experimenting on concentration camp prisoners while working with the Nazis in World War II.
After falling from grace, Warren’s father was found dead in his home, burned down with a scent of brimstone. A white king chess piece had been placed in his mouth.
With the FBI de-escalating its campaign against the Black Panthers, Dr. Martin Luther King helped organize a campaign with help from the Xavier Institute. They began with a march in Harlem, into the heart of the violence, to position themselves directly between the Black Panthers and the police. In Oakland and Chicago as well, where the violence had spread, activists and mutants placed themselves bodily between the two sides to bring an end to the fighting. Wakanda opened its borders to black nationalists from the United States, inviting those who yearned for a healthy black community to join them in Africa.