WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Old Man Quill #2 by Ethan Sacks, Robert Gill, Andres Mossa and Joe Caramagna, in stores now.
The Old Man Logan universe is a dark place. On one fateful night, the supervillains of the world united under the Red Skull and launched simultaneous attacks on the Avengers, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. As a result, almost every superhero in the world was killed overnight (save for a few exceptions like Wolverine, Hawkeye and Daredevil).
Decades later, the country is mostly a wasteland, and what little people are left live under the rule of the supervillains. For a time, they answered to the Red Skull. But following his death, we found out in Old Man Quill #1 that a new villain had taken his place as ruler of the United States: Doctor Doom.
But while the villain himself was nowhere to be seen in the first issue of this new series, Old Man Quill #2 finally shows us this dark future's version of Doctor Doom -- and not only does he rule with an iron fist, he sits upon a stone throne that is the stuff of nightmares.
As the issue takes us inside Doom's Lair in a country dubbed New Latveria, the Fantastic Four supervillain is seen sitting mightily on his lavish throne. But the texture of the throne can easily be recognized by any Marvel fan. This chair is not made up of mere stone. No, this is the rock that once made up Ben Grimm -- The Thing. That's right, Doctor Doom is sitting on The Thing's corpse, and it's both gruesome and yet so very Doom all at the same time.
The original Old Man Logan series showed us how the X-Men were killed, while Old Man Hawkeye gave us a few more answers about what happened to some of the Avengers. We're still not certain what became of the Fantastic Four, but, like the Avengers, we've got partial answers, and Old Man Quill may finally show us how Ben Grimm died in this reality.
By the look of things, it sure seems like Doctor Doom is the one responsible for The Thing's death. His throne is clearly a monument to his victory, a symbol of his final triumph over his once mortal enemies. After all this time, Doom won -- and he wants everyone to know it.