Marvel’s Civil War: Front Line #7 revealed a new player in the ongoing milieu: A mystery man working in league with Norman Osborn a.k.a. the Green Goblin to override control of the villain by Tony Stark’s pro-registration camp. The shadowed man hands Osborn another vial of serum, and the two strike a bargain: the serum will suppress the nanites that keep the Goblin’s whereabouts and emotional intent at all times, rendering him effectively invisible. In exchange, the Goblin will act on the mystery man’s behalf at the right time and place.
It almost has to be one of the major players on the pro registration side. Tony Stark is out, unless he can somehow grow and ungrow a goatee at will. The shadowing in this picture makes it look like mystery man might have a mustache, but it’s hard to say:
Hank Pym seems too obvious, and he has cracked up before, spectacularly so. He’d probably be the first one they’d suspect, not the last. There aren’t too many heroes on that side left that would be all that shocking. Nobody’s gonna care if Doc Samson betrays them.
I’m guessing Reed (Mister Fantastic) Richards. On at least three different occasions during CW, Reed has told the story of his Uncle Ted, and how his outspoken, eccentric nature clashed with the House Un-American Activities Commission. His Uncle fought the system and was destroyed professionally and personally. Reed always follows up by saying that right or wrong, it was the law, and his uncle was wrong not to comply. I don’t think that that’s what he learned from Uncle Ted at all. He probably learned out that if you’re gonna fight the system, be quiet about it.
So I’m guessing this is Mister Fantastic here in shadows, secretly undermining Stark. I wonder at his sinister demeanor in this sequence though:
If it is Reed, is he just playing up to the big bad super villain, or is something else going on here? Ambition? Revenge? Control? That doesn’t sound like Reed. He might have something more ambitious than just opposing the SHRA. What if Reed decided the whole mess might just be better off with him in charge? What if he grew tired of fools and incompetents in charge of the world? What if Mister Fantastic…went bad?
Probably not gonna happen. And I may be wrong about it being Reed. Feel free to present your own crackpot theories, or shoot holes in mine, in my comments section!