In the Baxter Building, Reed, Johnny and Ben were joined by Spider-Man. They all sat dejectedly around a table, and no-one spoke. Then there was a swirl of smoke and a flash of eldritch light, and Doctor Strange stood in the corner. Reed jumped up eagerly.
“Stephen, thank you for coming. I’ve eliminated any scientific reasons for what’s happened to Sue and Mary Jane Watson. That only leaves a mystical explanation. Have you been able to learn anything?”
“I have journeyed onto the astral plane and I have found an unusually high level of arcane power focused on the women. It has the unmistakable whiff of Mephisto about it! If he is responsible, I may be able to counter it but it will require great power and may take some time.”
“Please hurry, and let us know if we can help in any way.”
In his infernal realm, Mephisto was aware that forces were gathering against him. He could sense someone probing and scrying and trying to locate the source of the Curse of Agreement and the Seed of Sin. No doubt it was that interfering dabbler, Doctor Strange! The Lord of Lies would not be undone so easily.