A man with a position of power. A stranger with nothing to lose, yet everything to fight for. In their minds they are not equals. But mentally, they could not be closer.
Castle fired rockets from his suit as Arcade flicked his fingers, redirecting them. One of them his the ferris wheel, which fell directly on to The Punisher.
Arcade chuckled. "So soon?" He turned his back only to hear a creaking sound. "Hm?" Castle was lifting the ferris wheel, and hurled it at Arcade.
Arcade moved his arm in a slashing motion, cutting the ride in half like a ribbon.
As he did, Frank caught him by surprise and hit him with a venom charged Unibeam from the Repentance armor. Arcade was knocked back a little but quickly recovered.
He brushed some dirt off his shoulder.
As he yawned it was clear to Frank the immense power he had. "Time to up this little game. I'm growing bored." Arcade said, charging the Gauntlet.
Using the stones, he conjured up all of Frank's former foes.
"You clearly aren't the challenge I thought you were." He said, as he began to ascend into the air. "Now, let this end quickly and I will be quick to kill your friends.
" "Friends?" Frank retorted. "I never had friends."
Suddenly Frank split into two, then four, then a multitude of himself. "See, I have nothing to live for. But I'm afraid you do. And I can't let that happen." They all said in unison.
As the army of Frank Castles stood their ground, the enemies charged. "A foolish delay!" Arcade shouted from the sky. "But it will not- AAAARGH!"
He screamed as a shuriken soared through the wrist with the Infinity Gauntlet, cutting off his hand. "Surprise." Blade said, before collapsing from the fatal wound Frank had delivered.
Arcade crashed to the ground, as his army fought all around him. "Get up you worthless scumbag. And let's finish this fight." Frank said, kicking him.
Arcade slowly stood. "Very well Castle. I shall show my TRUE power!" With that he shot a light at each of his resurrected horsemen, draining their powers.
The strength of the Hulk. The violence of Carnage. The skill of Captain America. The cosmic power of Fin Fang Foom. The indestructibility of Wolverine. The knowledge of Thanos. The wit of Loki.
All belonged to Arcade.
And as he turned into a new monstrous form, Frank felt fear for the first time