“The Temple at the End of Time!”
Len Wein, writer/editor / John Buscema * Joe Sinnott, illustrators/ Glynis Wein, colorist/ Joe Rosen, letterer
In the grim aftermath of the Time Twister’s passing, Thor has a theory toward how he and his friends survived. He suspects that the part of Sif that dwells within Jane Foster gave Jane the ability to bypass time and space that was once possessed by Sif and that she subconsciously used that ability to phase herself and her friends so that the holocaust passed around them.
Before they can explore this theory, Zarrko returns in his Time Cube. The survivors of Earth discuss the pending threat to the 20th Century, eventually hatching a scheme. Rather than face the Time Twisters in the 20th Century, they decide to travel to their point of origin at the End of Time.
They push the limits of the Time Cube and arrive just before the Primal Sun goes nova. They determine that the last remaining life in the universe can be found on a temple on a floating asteroid. After fighting some Protectroids, they find He Who Remains, the last person in the universe. He is tending to the gestating Time Twisters.
He Who Remains tells his visitors that the beings who become the Time Twisters were created to survive until a new Universe is born again, so that they can provide the new universe with the gift of knowledge gathered from the sum history of this universe. Jane tells He Who Remains that the plan will fail, that his charges’ mission will become garbled, and that they will not emerge in a new universe, but will travel backwards through this universe, slaughtering untold lives in the process.
Faced with this terrible news, He Who Remains sends his visitors away, back to their own time, while he stays behind to terminate the birth of those who had been his final hope.
This bleak finale changes the timestream. As a result, Zarrko never seeks the aid of Thor and his friends. Also, through the butterflied mechanics of time travel, the 50th Century is no longer a wasteland and Zarrko is no longer in charge, some guy named Derek is.
First Appearance: The Protectroids