In Marvel's epic crossover, Iron Man has used a move exactly like the one in the movie Independence Day (1996), but the result wasn't exactly on plan.
Attention SPOILERS from the Marvel comic Empyre # 1 by Al Ewing, Dan Slott, Valerio Schiti, Marte Gracia and Joe Caramagna. The first issue of the new crossover of Marvel called Empyre, launched a massive chain of events that will dramatically affect Earth and the entire Universe. In this first issue, the Fantastic four and the Kree / Skrull Empire face to face with Iron Man, Thor and the rest of the Avengers and the Cotati in an attempt to resolve relationships between different races. The Kree and Skrull have teamed up to destroy Cotati under the leadership of Hulkling, the heir to both the Kree and Skrull empires, who were once a Young Avenger.
As the Fantastic Four try to come up with a diplomatic solution, the Avengers stand firm alongside Cotati in the comic. Empyre # 1. Iron Man believes the current situation is as simple as "space invaders versus Avengers" and he comes up with a plan to neutralize the entire fleet. Which bears a striking resemblance to an idea drawn directly from the character of Jeff Goldblum, David Levinson, in the classic science fiction movie Independence day from 1996.
Differences between film and comic.
In Independence Day, the Goldblum character plays a technician who discovers a hidden code in Earth's satellite system. The code transmits the countdown of the alien invaders to a coordinated attack on every major city on Earth. With his discoveries, Levinson realizes that a cyber virus would disable communications and force fields in the alien fleet and allow Earth's military to defend itself.
Levinson and Air Force fighter jet pilot Steven Hiller (played by Will Smith) take a restored alien fighter to the mothership to plant a virus with the help of a nuclear warhead. After that mission is successful, the entire alien fleet crashes. Iron Man's plan to deal with the alien army has a number of striking similarities.
Tony Stark's plan doesn't go well.
The Avengers have clashed with the Skrulls and Kree for years. Because of that, Iron Man has a familiarity with his systems that allows him to quickly design a "remote viral bundle" and attach it to the one thing that can overcome all of those defense systems, Thor's hammer, Mjolnir.
After the hammer flies through the entire fleet and comes face to face with the Hulkling's sword inside the mothership, the virus turns the entire fleet on and off in seconds.
While both plans attempted to destroy the alien fleets with a digital virus, the Avengers' plan only made matters worse. As soon as the Kree / Skrull fleet goes offline, the Cotati unveil their true intentions. Using the Death Blossom, Cotati's leader Quoi increases his power over the plant life of the Moon to attack everything in sight, including the Fantastic Four and the Kree / Skrull army. So Iron Man's plan goes wrong. Luckily this has only just begun and surely the Avengers will be able to face the new threat.
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