The Watcher witnesses the heroes’ last struggle. Cable and the Invisible Woman are unexpectedly joined by Apocalypse, who surprisingly proposes joining forces against Onslaught. He and Cable leave for the astral plane to save Franklin Richards from Onslaught’s clutches, leaving Susan behind. On the Astral Plane, Cable confronts Onslaught’s lackeys or telepathic versions thereof, while Apocalypse secretly plans to kill Franklin, rather than save him. The boy is saved by his mother, whose presence Cable kept hidden from Onslaught. Nevertheless, they are unable to free the boy, as Onslaught transports them back to the real world, where Apocalypse scoffs at the heroes’ foolishness.