The floating factories arrive on target but as they start to move towards the event horizon, the Black Celestial intercepts them and feeds them to Galactus. Reed's plan has failed as Gladiator arrives late due to a malfunction in his ship to learn of the failure. They must depart before the Celestial feeds them to Galactus as Thor whisks them away back to Earth. Reed follows a hunch that the main base of the Celestial is back on Earth as he goes to investigate. There, they learn that the Celestial is going to destroy this universe and create a new one where he is a God. Since the Celestial draws energy from this base, they decide to destroy it but before they can, Johnny kidnaps Sue and they both perish when the base is destroyed. Grieving, Reed leads the team and the Celestial back to Galactus where he tricks the Celestial into the event horizon, killing the Celestial and stopping Galactus, for the moment.