As we've seen before, the Illuminati have the best of intentions, but are generally lousy when it comes to their execution; yet you'd think that they could at least get Christmas right, wouldn't you? Still, when Santa Claus comes asking for a favor, it's very difficult to turn the old boy down in his hour of need--and when his reindeer are unavailable to provide his crucial transportation on Christmas Eve, the Illuminati come up with the power he'll need to fulfill his annual commitment.
Unfortunately, as usual, they go a little overboard--and Santa is provided the means to reshape the universe. Well, you know what they say about absolute power...
All the resources of Charles Xavier, Mister Fantastic, the Sub-Mariner, Dr. Strange, Black Bolt, and Iron Man might be needed in order to defeat the awesome powers of the Infinity Gems when wielded by "Dark Santa" here. Thank goodness these men never end up using all their resources, because we'd really be in trouble then. Instead, Santa is brought down by that most powerful of wintertime weapons--a hurled snowball.
If Iron Man chimes in with a way to handle a problem, it's usually time for the rest of us to head for the hills, as a rule. But this time he might be onto something!
Come on--it was only a matter of time before Tony Stark took over Christmas, right?