Created by Stan Lee and John Buscema in 1968’s The Silver Surfer #3, Mephisto has morphed into a demonic villain that has plagued the Marvel Comics universe for decades. Based mainly on Faustian legend, the character has fought the likes of Silver Surfer, Thor, and of course, the ever-damned soul of Johnny Blaze, Danny Ketch, and recently Robbie Reyes as Ghost Rider, the spirit of vengeance. Ever since the rider made an ill-fated deal with Mephisto, the two have been fighting as archenemies in an ongoing battle.
After the events of Secret Empire, Mephisto turned his demonic and evil intentions toward Las Vegas, the city of sin.
Naturally, when Doctor Strange attempts to bring Vegas back from the depths of destruction, he becomes resistant to the idea of Mephisto’s intervening.
As a result of confronting the demon, Strange as well as the Avengers land in scalding hot water, falling under the influence of Mephisto’s control. SPOILERS for Doctor Strange: Damnation #2 by writers Donny Cates, Nick Spencer, and artist Szymon Kudranski incoming.