WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Avengers #690 by Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub, Pepe Larraz, David Curiel and Cory Petit, on sale now.
After 15 issues of twists, turns and resurrections, the Avengers "No Surrender" weekly series has come to its epic conclusion. It took the combined efforts of three different Avengers teams -- plus a retconned original Avenger -- to put an end to the Grandmaster and Challenger's cosmic game.
As Earth's Mightiest Heroes lick their wounds and look to rebuild their broken home, Avengers #690 sets up future adventures for the weekly storyline's heroes and villains, while also bringing long-simmering conflicts to a suitable end.
Voyager And Challenger Bid Farewell
"No Surrender" introduced two new Elders of the Universe in Voyager, the daughter of the Grandmaster, and the original Grandmaster, who now goes by the name Challenger. Grandmaster secretly inserted Voyager into the Avengers ranks to shift the game in his favor, but Voyager eventually rebelled against her father to help the heroes. Challenger, on the other hand, wanted revenge against his brother for banishing him eons ago and stealing his name.
With Challenger defeated, Voyager hopes to find a way to rekindle the kindness that once existed inside him. Also, the Avengers let it be known that they're open to having Voyager be an official member of the team. Afterall, they're used to helping reformed villains like Hawkeye, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch walk the righteous path.
Black Order Gets A New Master, The Lethal Legion Stays Together
Additional villains for "No Surrender" included Grandmaster’s Lethal Legion and Challenger’s Black Order. As the series progressed, both teams faded further and further into the background to give more of the spotlight to other characters. However, that just leaves their status and whereabouts up in the air. First, we find the Black Order on the planet Angargal, where they are confronted by the Grandmaster. It appears the Elder of the Universe was impressed by the group's performance during "No Surrender," and would now like to employ the villains for his own mysterious agenda. Could Grandmaster be looking to make a play at revenge against Earth's Mightiest Heroes for his humiliating poker loss to Lightning?
Next, we find the Lethal Legion on Knowhere as they debate the merits of staying together as a team. Individually, each member would be dead if the Grandmaster hadn't plucked them from obscurity, so the crew comes to the realization that they would fare much better if they remained together. We can probably expect to see them pop up again in the Marvel Universe down the line.