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Appearing in "The Weakest Point"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #311.

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Synopsis for "The Weakest Point"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #311.

Quasar and the Avengers' non-powered staff try to keep a group of mysterious robots from destroying Hydrobase, but fail.

Appearing in "Has the Whole World Gone Mad?!?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #312.

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Synopsis for "Has the Whole World Gone Mad?!?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #312.

Half of Freedom Force shows up at Avengers Park to beat up on our heroes.

Appearing in "Thieves Honor"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #313.

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Synopsis for "Thieves Honor"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #313.

Mandarin and Wizard grow tired of masterminding the acts of vengeance and confront the Avengers directly.

Appearing in "Beat Me in St. Louis!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers Annual #19.

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Synopsis for "Beat Me in St. Louis!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers Annual #19.

Merged with his "offspring," the Termini, Terminus is now a 300-foot colossus bent on destroying the Earth, and the Avengers East and West teams join forces with the self-appointed Great Lakes Avengers to combat him, but to no avail. Meanwhile, Thor, his hammer incorporated into the body of the monstrous menace, has been left adrift in space. Reaching a small planetoid, the Thunder God recites Asgardian runes reactivating the spell which makes Mjolnir always return whence it was thrown, and Terminus is pulled off the Earth with several Avengers in tow. The alien giant's lance is also his means of locomotion, so when the heroes wrest it away and hurl it into deep space, Terminus is forced to "feed" on his own energies to sustain himself, and swiftly implodes. Fortunately, Thor's hammer escapes the resulting black hole, enabling the Asgardian Avenger to transport his teammates home.

Appearing in "Tales from the Vault"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers Spotlight #26.

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  • Vault retrieval vehicle

Synopsis for "Tales from the Vault"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers Spotlight #26.

The Wizard arrives at the Vault as a new prisoner along with the rest of the Frightful Four. He is mocked by the Guardsmen, but after being processed and escorted to his cell he finds a mysterious person already inside, offering to break him out in exchange for a favor. Seeing him apparently talking to himself in the cell, a Guardsman returns to find his cell open. He confronts the Wizard but is smacked away by the villain who has somehow retrieved his costume and weaponry. Soon the Wizard has freed many other prisoners and disabled the Vault’s communications as a general jailbreak ensues. A beaten Guardsman manages to repair his helmet radio and get a signal out to notify the Avengers.

Iron Man is the first to arrive; he subdues Orka and manages to get the prison’s power back online. Hawkeye arrives separately and helps evacuate some of the staff; seeing Iron Man, he assumes he’s the one responsible for the jailbreak and attacks him. After a brief standoff they agree to work together, rescuing a large number of defeated Guardsman, defeating the Scarecrow and managing to keep Yetrigar from escaping. To seal the building off, Hawkeye uses an electromagnetic pulse arrow. Unfortunately this has the side effect of paralyzing Iron Man’s suit as well, essentially trapping him inside his armor as they wait for more Avengers to arrive.

Appearing in "Hurting Inside"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers Spotlight #27.

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Synopsis for "Hurting Inside"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers Spotlight #27.



Appearing in "Denver Doubles"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers Spotlight #28.

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Synopsis for "Denver Doubles"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers Spotlight #28.



Appearing in "What's the Point?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers Spotlight #29.

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Synopsis for "What's the Point?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers Spotlight #29.



Appearing in "The Plan Proceeds!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers West Coast Vol 2 #53.

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Synopsis for "The Plan Proceeds!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers West Coast Vol 2 #53.



Appearing in "The Troubled Earth"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers West Coast Vol 2 #54.

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Synopsis for "The Troubled Earth"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers West Coast Vol 2 #54.

The Prime Movers send Mole Man, Giganto, and Tricepholus to defeat the West Coast Avengers.

Appearing in "The Breaking Strain"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers West Coast Vol 2 #55.

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Synopsis for "The Breaking Strain"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers West Coast Vol 2 #55.

The two Avengers teams face the Prime Movers.

Appearing in "Submission"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #365.

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Synopsis for "Submission"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #365.

The Red Skull employs the Controller to hypnotize Namor into attacking Captain America.

Appearing in "Remote Control"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #366.

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Synopsis for "Remote Control"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #366.



Appearing in "Magnetic Repulsion"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #367.

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Synopsis for "Magnetic Repulsion"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #367.



Appearing in "Wrecked Him? He Nearly Killed Him!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Iron Man #251.

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Synopsis for "Wrecked Him? He Nearly Killed Him!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Iron Man #251.

Loki sends the Wrecker to defeat Iron Man at Stark Prosthetics.

Appearing in "Apothecary Now!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Iron Man #252.

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Synopsis for "Apothecary Now!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Iron Man #252.

After Iron Man defeats the Wrecker, the Kingpin sends Chemistro to finish him off. In the end, Chemistro's brother, Curtis, intervenes and saves Iron Man's life and defeats his brother.

Appearing in "The Absorption Principle"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Quasar #5.

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Synopsis for "The Absorption Principle"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Quasar #5.



Appearing in "Flies in a Cathedral"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Quasar #6.

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  • Unnamed Guardsmen
  • Peggy Carter (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
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    • Storm (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
    • Sunfire (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
    • Banshee (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
    • Wolverine (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
  • Krakoa (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)

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Synopsis for "Flies in a Cathedral"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Quasar #6.

Quasar is trying to catch up on some paperwork when the Avengers keep calling him, first to deal with Venom, then Klaw. After detaining Klaw, the Living Laser shows up and their scuffle brings them to the blue area of the moon, where the Red Ghost is infiltrating the Watcher's home. Quasar pursues the Laser,encounters the Watcher, and tangles with the Red Ghost.

Appearing in "Terminus Rising"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Quasar #7.

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Synopsis for "Terminus Rising"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Quasar #7.



Appearing in "The Gentleman's Name is Juggernaut!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #411.

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Synopsis for "The Gentleman's Name is Juggernaut!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #411.

Hercules and Eric are relaxing, but Eric is upset that Avengers Island has been destroyed. Loki releases the Juggernaut from Crossmore Prison in England and transports him to Queens, where he begins to go on a rampage. Thor arrives but between the Juggernaut’s power and Thor’s lapses of weakness, he takes a beating. But Juggernaut is startled by the arrival of the New Warriors.

Dwayne from Thor 411


Appearing in "The New Warriors!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #412.

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Synopsis for "The New Warriors!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #412.

The New Warriors manage to distract the Juggernaut long enough for Thor to recover. Thor manages to force the Juggernaut back into a hole, which they quickly fill with molten metal. Thor then transports the temporary prison to an asteroid in deep space. But Thor has a more personal war brewing on the home front. Marcy has come to claim Kevin.

Appearing in "Within Me Dwells a Monster!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #413.

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Synopsis for "Within Me Dwells a Monster!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #413.

Thor and Hercules visit Dr Strange to learn the secret behind his attacks of weakness. He learns that it was Loki who secretly ensorcelled him. During their study, Ulik begins to pound on the shield surrounding the Sanctum, and Hercules feels another wave of fear. To fight it, he races after Ulik.

Appearing in "To Battle the Avengers"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Cloak and Dagger Vol 3 #9.

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Synopsis for "To Battle the Avengers"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Cloak and Dagger Vol 3 #9.



Appearing in "Gravity Storm"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #326.

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Synopsis for "Gravity Storm"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #326.

Peter Parker and his wife Mary Jane have moved into their new apartment and are throwing a housewarming party.[Continuity 1] As Peter opens up the gifts, Flash tries to follow the lead of his new activist girlfriend, Sambouka.[Continuity 2] While Mary Jane dances with Peter's old university friend Philip Chang, a number of the female party guests fawn over Harry Osborn's son Normie. Suddenly, some delivery men arrive to deliver flowers, and a number of high priced food, and an swan ice sculpture. Thinking that this was a gift from a modeling agency, Mary Jane is horrified when she reads the card that came with the gift. She runs to the room she shares with Peter in a hurry and her husband follows after her. Peter learns that the present came from Jonathan Caeser, Mary Jane's obsessed stalker.[Continuity 3] Peter asks to handle Caeser, but Mary Jane wants to deal with him her own way and tells him to give her a moment to compose herself before returning to the party.

The party winds down for the evening and the guests begin leaving. Peter leaves so he can check for assignments at the Daily Bugle, check in with his Aunt May, and talk to Dr. Evan Swan about his assignments on Monday morning. As he heads out, Flash and his date ask to tag along. Peter agrees although he's not impressed with the woman that Flash brought with him. On the way, Peter admits that he can't believe that Flash is going to take a crack at boxing. Sambuka thinks that the sport is barbaric and wonders why he would engage in such a career. This strikes a raw nerve with Flash, who snaps at her, saying that he's tired of being a total loser and wants to make something of himself again. Peter is surprised to hear this, thinking that Thompson's self-image has taken a beating following his recent troubles.[Continuity 4] When Peter arrives at the Daily Bugle looking for assignments, he finds that the staff is still reeling from Thomas Fireheart's recent hostile take over of the Daily Bugle.[Continuity 5] Peter heads up to the roof to change into Spider-Man and head back to Queens. As he prepares to take off his civilian clothes in the stairwell, he notices some newly installed security cameras. He goes up to the roof to complete changing and web-slings his way to Aunt May's house.

Meanwhile, the villain known as Graviton arrives in New York City. He has been assigned the task of attacking Spider-Man.[Continuity 6] His approach is intercepted by a police helicopter, but it is easily crushed by Graviton's powers. Soon he arrives at in the city, where he turns his attention to the Daily Bugle building. At that moment, Peter Parker arrives at his Aunt May's house in Forest Hills just in time to bid farewell to one of her last tenants, Anton Chekov, who is moving into a resident hotel. Inside, he comforts his Aunt May who is shutting down her rooming home so that she and Nathan Lubensky can privately enjoy his final days.[Continuity 7] While back at Peter and Mary Jane's new loft, Mary Jane and Liz Osborn are finishing up the cleaning following the housewarming party. That's when Harry comes back upstairs with Normie to tell Mary Jane that he got a phone call for her, that wasn't Peter. Mary Jane is horrified as she believes the caller was Jonathan Caeser.

Back in Manhattan, Graviton enters the Daily Bugle building. Inside he is confronted by a security guard, but he easily incapacitates the guard with his powers. He then decides to lift the Daily Bugle building into the air in order to attract Spider-Man's attention. At that moment, Peter arrives at Empire State University to see what the itinerary is for the start of the school week. There, he walks in on an experiment that is being conducted by Dr. Max Lubisch. Dr. Evan Swan introduces Peter to Lubisch, explaining that Max has come to run experiments on a previously unknown form of energy and that Peter will be assisting him starting Monday. Peter is excited but has to abruptly leave when he looks out the window and sees the Daily Bugle floating in the air. Changing into Spider-Man, the wall-crawler swings up to the Daily Bugle, where he spies Graviton in the offices. As Nick Katzenberg snaps photos of the villain, Spider-Man comes crashing in through the window to stop the villain. At first, Spider-Man can't get near Graviton due to his powers, until the villain is temporarily blinded by the flash from Katzenberg's camera. However, before Spider-Man can knock out his foe, Joy Mercado stop him, pointing out that if he knocks Graviton out, it could cause the Daily Bugle to come crashing down.

Graviton recovers from Spider-Man's attacks and pulls together a ball of metal and uses it to knock the wall-crawler outside. Graviton then uses his powers to increase Nick Katzenberg's gravity, pinning him to the floor. Spider-Man comes back inside and pulls Katzenberg off the floor before he can be crushed by a number of desks pulled toward him. Spider-Man is caught in-between the desks. Confident that he has defeated his foe, Graviton brings the ceiling down on him, resets the Daily Bugle and leaves. However, Spider-Man survived and is pulled from the rubble from emergency workers who arrive on the scene. When Nick Katzenberg takes photos of Spider-Man's humiliating rescue, Joy Mercado rips the camera out of his hands, angry that the shady photographer would so callously attempt to humiliate the man who saved their lives. After fruitlessly searching for Graviton, Peter Parker returns to his new apartment in Soho. He thinks that he is a complete loser until he arrives and discovers that Mary Jane has prepared a romantic evening for them. Telling his wife that he loves her, Peter reconsiders his opinion, thinking that he's not a total loser after all.

Spider-Man's involvement in the Acts of Vengeance conspiracy continues in The Spectacular Spider-Man #158...

Appearing in "Cunning Attractions!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #327.

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Synopsis for "Cunning Attractions!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #327.

This story continues from Web of Spider-Man #59...

Spider-Man is testing out his newfound powers, discovering that he can shape his webbing into any form with his mind, creating a massive scale model of an atomic structure.[Continuity 8] His wife Mary Jane is surprised at Peter's new powers, but wonders where they came from.[Continuity 9] This isn't the least of Peter's worries as he has been attacked by villains that he has never fought before or haven't seen in quite some time.[Continuity 10] Still learning how to control his new abilities, Peter fears that he might seriously hurt or kill someone. Mary Jane scolds Peter for thinking that way, telling him that he was given these new powers for a reason and he will soon figure out why. She then goes about cleaning up Peter's webbing, while Spider-Man tries to comprehend a time he wasn't married to Mary Jane.[Continuity 11]

Elsewhere in Manhattan, the Wizard reads the front page story about Spider-Man's battle with Titania.[Continuity 12] He tells Magneto, the Kingpin, and Doctor Doom about Spider-Man's victory was due some newly discovered powers. The Kingpin, having had the most experience with the wall-crawler, confirms that the masked hero has never had such power in the past. For their "Acts of Vengeance" to work, they need to find an adversary that Spider-Man has never faced before, but also has the power to match Spider-Man's new abilities. Magneto offers to do so, much to the surprise to his fellow prime movers as they had all agreed not to get directly involved in this conflict. However, Magneto points out that an unusual move is required for such an unusual set of circumstances. He also tells them that he has a personal interest to investigate. As Magneto leaves, Doctor Doom thinks about his own interests and vows to destroy Magneto should their interests interfere with one another.

Meanwhile, Peter and Mary Jane have come to a gym to watch Flash Thompson's practice for one of his upcoming boxing matches. After practice is over, Flash introduces them to his newest girlfriend, a ditzy blonde named Blaze. When Peter asks Flash if he is worried about getting hurt, Thompson says he knows the risks and accepts them. When he goes off to hit the showers, Blaze attempts to hit on Peter, which isn't received well by Mary Jane. As Blaze rushes off to rejoin Flash, the Parkers worry about how Flash hasn't found a suitable girlfriend yet. However, their concerns go by the wayside as Peter has to report to class, giving Mary Jane hope that Peter will be too distracted in his work to worry about his new powers. At that moment, Magneto arrives in Central Park. He thinks about how the upcoming war between humans and mutants is fast approaching. He believes Spider-Man could be the key to mutant victory, believing his new powers might be the result of mutant abilities manifesting themselves at a later date.[Continuity 13] When a jogger mocks Magneto's costume, he uses his powers to press the man's headphones painfully to his ear. Worrying that any action might draw the Fantastic Four or the Avengers, Magneto decides to sit on a park bench and bide his time.

At that moment, at Empire State University, Peter Parker is going over Max Lubisch's lab to try and figure out how Max's experiment with an unknown energy source gave him his new powers. However, when Lubisch enters the lab, he is suspicious of Peter's intentions and kicks him out, leaving Parker with no answers. Changing into Spider-Man, the hero decides to go to an auto wrecking yard in Brooklyn to further test out his new powers. As he unleashes his powers on the wrecked cars, one of the employees calls it in his activities to one of the local news stations. At that same moment, Mary Jane is on set at the studio that films the soap opera "Secret Hospital". The scene she is in requires her to seduce and kiss another actor. After the director calls cut, MJ thinks about this is the first man she has kissed since she married Peter, but knows her husband won't feel threatened because he's strong. At that very moment, Spider-Man is testing out his augmented strength by lifting a garbage barge out of the water. His activities draw the attention of Magneto who arrives to battle the wall-crawler. Magneto uses his powers to hurl scrap metal at the hero. However, his new cosmic powers and enhanced spider-sense allows him to dodge the metal and blast the debris.

Magneto then takes control of a magnetic loading crane, boosting its power to the point magnetizes Spider-Man thanks to the metals in his bodily fluid. He is then tossed on a huge pile of broken glass, but the wall-crawler is unharmed. Magneto then tries to crush Spider-Man with some junked cars, but the hero is able to deflect these attacks by creating a massive web bat to knock them into the water. Spider-Man then leaps up into the air and attempts to blast Magneto, but the mutant terrorist deflects the blast with a magnetic shield. As the battle rages, Spider-Man's enhanced hearing alerts him to the fact that one of the cars he batted away has landed on a boat, endangering the passengers. Wondering how he can save them, the wall-crawler is amazed when he suddenly is capable of flight. As he flies away, Spider-Man wonders if there will be an end to these newfound powers. Witnessing the wall-crawler take flight, Magneto is convinced that Spider-Man is not a mutant as he is demonstrating multiple new powers when mutants typically only demonstrate one specific ability.[Continuity 14] Although this isn't the mutant he is looking for, Magneto departs and begins planning how he can manipulate Spider-Man's new powers for his own ends.

After Spider-Man brings the boat safely ashore, he notices that Magneto has departed and decides to leave himself. However, he is disturbed by his newly acquired ability of flight and heads off by web-slinging. Later, back at his Soho apartment, Peter tells Mary Jane about everything that happened. He is still worried about being able to control this seemingly limitless array of powers. Mary Jane points out that even with this great power, Peter was still able to save lives. Peter is still concerned, even though he saved lives this time, he fears that he might not be able to do so in the future.

Spider-Man's involvement in the Acts of Vengeance continues in The Spectacular Spider-Man #159...

Appearing in "Shaw's Gambit"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #328.

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Synopsis for "Shaw's Gambit"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #328.

Out in the Nevada Desert, the Hulk is smashing rubble to make himself more comfortable. He is also trying to keep his mind off the fact that Bruce Banner is regaining control of his life again, leaving the Hulk only with the evenings. To this point, the Hulk has come to the desert to be alone.[Continuity 15] As the Hulk begins to relax, a helicopter carrying Sebastian Shaw arrives in the area. Despite warnings from the Grey Gargoyle to stay away from the Hulk, he has come seeking out the gamma-spawned monster.[Continuity 16] Shaw has come at the behest of the prime movers of the Acts of Vengeance conspiracy have asked him to recruit the Hulk into attacking the cosmic-powered Spider-Man. Since Magneto, a fellow member of the Hellfire Club is a member of these prime movers Shaw suspects that his rival assigned him on this mission in the hopes it leads to Sebastian's destruction.[Continuity 17] Shaw lands his ship and approaches the Hulk, who is none too happy about the intrusion. However, he changes his tone and is willing to listen when Sebastian offers to pay the Hulk a large sum of money.

Hours later, Spider-Man has arrived at the Statue of Liberty where terrorists have threatend to destroy the landmark if their conditions are not met, and have taken a number of tourists hostage. Since a storm has prevented authorities from getting helicopters into the air, Spider-Man questions if he should do something to put an end to this situation. However, he has come to doubt his ability to control his new cosmic powers after he nearly killed Goliath in a recent battle.[Continuity 18] However, he decides to do it since he is already there. After nabbing one of the terrorists, Spider-Man goes leaping in and quickly subdues the villains with his mentally controlled webbing and his ability to fly. Soon, there is only one terrorist left standing, however it is the one with the remote detonator that can set off the bombs. However, before he can set off the bomb, Spider-Man encases it in webbing which he makes indestructible so that it contains the bomb blast. With the situation defused, Spider-Man leaves the situation to the authorities and flies back toward the city as he has to meet his wife Mary Jane and his friend Flash Thompson and his new girlfriend for a dinner date.[Continuity 19]

Later, at a restaraunt within the World Trade Center, Peter and Mary Jane meet up with Flash and his date, an abrasive woman named Amber.[Continuity 20] The woman is rude and complains throughout the entire meal. Later, when Flash suggests they take in a move together, Mary Jane declines telling Thompson that Mary Jane has a pre-dawn call for a location shoot and Peter is going to be tagging along. At 5 am the following morning, Peter and Mary Jane arrive on the set of of "Secret Hospital". Peter assures his wife that he will be able to keep himself entertained while she is getting ready. Soon, Peter's spider-sense begins going off and he spots Sebastian Shaw's helicopter arrive nearby and drop the Hulk down in Manhattan. The Hulk begins rampaging in the streets in an effort to draw out Spider-Man. When he tosses a truck containing two passengers, the wall-crawler arrives and saves their lives. The Hulk tells Spider-Man that he has been paid to fight him, leaving Spider-Man to why people have been attacking him for no reason.

The wall-crawler plows into the Hulk, slamming him into a building. Staggered, the gamma-spawned brute realizes that Spider-Man is stronger than before. However, he notices that his skintone is beginning to change, alerting him to the fact that it is dawn and he is changing back into Bruce Banner. Before the transformation can finish, the Hulk smashes a passing ambulance and leaps away, telling the web-slinger to meet him the following night on Roosevelt Island. Learning that the ambulance was carrying a stabbing victim who requires surgery, Spider-Man flies the patient to the nearest hospital. At daybreak, Bruce Banner wakes up in an alley, and wonders what his alter-ego has gotten him into this time. As the day passes, Peter Parker finds that he can't focus on a lecture at Empire State University. While in the city, Bruce Banner has to call in sick at his job at a nuclear research facility in Yucca Flats. While at Shaw Industries, Sebastian Shaw reads about the Hulk's battle with Spider-Man the night before and decides to give the brute one last chance to destroy the wall-crawler. That evening, Spider-Man arrives in the ruins on Roosevelt Island for his meeting with the Hulk. He is unaware that there are two children who have come here to secretly smoke cigarettes that they stole from their parents.

Soon the Hulk arrives and tries to smash Spider-Man, but the hero is too agile to allow a blow to land. Needing to end the battle quickly, Spider-Man is surprised when he is able to fire beams of light from his eyes that temporarily blind his foe. That's when the two kids come out in a foolish attempt to help the wall-crawler. Not wanting the children to get hurt, Spider-Man strikes the Hulk so hard he is sent soaring into the sky. The Hulk finds himself in planetary orbit. With no air, he wonders how long he will last before he reverts back to Bruce Banner and dies in the vacuum of space. However, when it doesn't appear that the Hulk is coming back down, Spider-Man rushes into the sky and pulls the Hulk back down to Earth. Putting on a brave face, the Hulk tells Spider-Man that he could have saved himself somehow, but decides to spare the wall-crawler for now and leaves. Hearing that the Hulk intended to kill him, Spider-Man begins to wonder if he can even die now that he has all this power. The next day, Peter tells his wife Mary Jane about what happened and how he hates them and wishes they will go away. Elsewhere, Sebastian Shaw has his men transport Bruce Banner back to Nevada. Concerned about Spider-Man's new powers, Shaw decides to plot a means of destroying Spider-Man once and for all.

Appearing in "Power Prey!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #329.

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Synopsis for "Power Prey!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #329.

At the headquarters of Shaw Industries, Sebastian Shaw has recovered three different models of the mutant-hunting Sentinel robots. He intends to use the robots in an attempt to destroy Spider-Man, who had recently gained cosmic powers.[Continuity 21] His scientists have been researching the origins of Spider-Man's new powers and determined that they came about shortly after Doctor Max Lubisch was experimenting with unknown energy fields at Empire State University. Interested in learning this, Shaw decides to pay Doctor Lubisch a visit.

Three days later, Peter Parker is helping his wife Mary Jane learn her lines for an episode of "Secret Hospital".[Continuity 22] However, Peter can't focus on the lines because his thoughts are consumed with the mystery of where his new powers came from. Deciding to clear his head, Peter puts on his Spider-Man costume and goes web-slinging. Watching her husband go, Mary Jane thinks they have come a long way in their relationship as she no longer fears what may happen when he goes out as Spider-Man. Three hours earlier, Sebastian Shaw has been forcing Max Lubisch to build a device that will negate Spider-Man's new powers. Lubisch is furious at being commanded around, but Shaw reminds him that he has influence upon ESU's board of directors and could have his funding cut. Meanwhile, Spider-Man has just stopped a mugging, wondering why he wastes his time on such trivialities but stops himself from letting his new powers make him arrogant. At the same time, the villain known as Graviton has just learned that Spider-Man survived their last encounter.[Continuity 23] Even though his employers have since disbanded, Graviton has decided to track down the wall-crawler and end his life.[Continuity 24] While above the planet Earth, Loki is furious that his Acts of Vengeance scheme had failed and has decided that he will send the planet Earth one last parting gift. Casting a spell, Loki's magic merges the three Sentinels in Sebastian Shaw's lab into a gestalt being calling itself the Tri-Sentinel. Upon activation, the powerful Sentinel takes off on his mission.

Soon after, Spider-Man's spider-sense goes off on warning him of danger. Using his enhanced senses he begins to zero in on the Tri-Sentinel. However, before he can go after the robot his spider-sense gives off an even more powerful warning. This distracts him long enough for Graviton to carry out his secret attack. Having no time to deal with the costumed villain, Spider-Man swats him away with a single blast of cosmic energy. Although this defeats Graviton, it also alerts Sebastian Shaw of Spider-Man's current activity and orders Lubisch to prepare their portal energy projector. The scientist blasts Spider-Man with the weapon, however instead of stripping the wall-crawler of his powers, it fully unlocks them. Suddenly, Spider-Man turns into Captain Universe. Connected with the Uni-Power, Spider-Man is flooded with the sentient power-sources' memories. He learns that the Uni-Power chose him to stop the Tri-Sentinel from destroying a nuclear power plant, killing thousands of people in the process. Witnessing Spider-Man speed after the Tri-Sentinel, Shaw orders his men to continue following the wall-crawler. Spider-Man catches up with the Tri-Sentinel, stopping it from destroying the Amity Point Nuclear Power Plant. When Spider-Man tries to blast the robot, it creates an energy shield to block the blast. Likewise, when he tries to web up the robot, the Tri-Sentinel breaks free.

When the robot smashes one of the reactor's cooling towers, Spider-Man tries to repair the damage but is snared in the Tri-Sentinel's coils. It's at this point that Sebastian Shaw arrives on the scene and is horrified to see what happened to the three Sentinels that happened at his lab. Still, the robot is able to deflect all of Spider-Man's attacks. Realizing the danger, Shaw decides to do something to stop the Tri-Sentinel. He activates a fail-safe in the robots to try and make them self-destruct. This causes the Tri-Sentinel to become inert, giving Spider-Man the time he needs to channel all the power of Captain Universe. Suddenly, the Tri-Sentinel overrides the self-destruct request and prepares to smash the nuclear reactor. Thankfully it never gets the chance as Spider-Man unleashes a powerful blast that shatters the Tri-Sentinel into pieces. In the aftermath of the battle, Sebastian Shaw decides to flee the scene. Meanwhile, Spider-Man recovers from the blast and discovers that the Uni-Power has left him and he is back to normal. Exhausted from his ordeal, Spider-Man decides to rest before making the trek back home. There, Peter laments that he could have done more with the power he had, and feels like he wasted the opportunity to do more.[Continuity 25] Mary Jane assures Peter that he did whatever he could do and he shouldn't beat himself up over it. They abruptly end their conversation when they hear someone coming up the freight elevator to their apartment. It is Flash Thompson and he has come to introduce Peter and Mary Jane to his new girlfriend: Felicia Hardy.

Appearing in "The Paste and the Power (Or a Very Sticky Situation)"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #158.

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Synopsis for "The Paste and the Power (Or a Very Sticky Situation)"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #158.

Spider-Man's involvement in the Acts of Vengeance event continues from Amazing Spider-Man #326..

Spider-Man is swinging across the city in order to meet his wife, Mary Jane, at one of their favorite diner.[Continuity 26] Suddenly, his spider-sense goes off, allowing him to narrowly avoid a stream of paste fired at him by the Trapster.[Continuity 27] Caught off guard, Spider-Man is soon sent slipping and falling through the ceiling of the diner where he was meeting his wife. Along the way down, the Trapster covers the hero in quick-drying paste. Before the frightened eyes of his wife, Spider-Man struggles to move as the past begins to dry. With the last of his strength, the wall-crawler pitches himself out a window and into the waters of the Southside Sea Port. Thinking that he had killed Spider-Man, the Trapster gloats for a moment before fleeing the scene. While down below, Mary Jane worries about her husband as they wait for the wall-crawler to rise to the surface of the water. In the murky waters, Spider-Man sinks to the bottom.[Continuity 28] However, his final gambit pays off, as the cold waters caused the paste to become brittle enough for Spider-Man to break free and return to the surface before he drowns.

Grateful that her husband survived, Mary Jane pays for her coffee and heads home. When she returns to their SoHo apartment, she finds Peter in the shower. Peter admits that he was afraid that he was going to be taken out by such a loser. The couple is just happy that Peter survived, and as much as Peter would like to stay home with his wife, he remembers that he is assisting Dr. Max Lubisch at Empire State University later that day. Meanwhile, at the offices of the Kingpin, the crime boss has been approached by a mysterious man in a suit who tells him that he has mismanaged his campaigns against Spider-Man and Daredevil. The Kingpin is angered at this insult, but the mystery man assures him that he can provide the key to victory. To this, the man's finger begins to glow and he releases a beam of energy against a wall which turns into a door. Passing through the door, they are transported to a room where the Wizard, Magneto, and Doctor Doom are receiving a report from the Trapster. The Trapster assures them that he managed to kill Spider-Man. However, the Kingpin isn't convinced and demands that the Trapster find his body. Satisfied with this, the Wizard and his two allies explain to Doctor Doom that they are working on destroying their mutual enemies by pitting them against enemies that they are unfamiliar with. Impressed, the Kingpin agrees to join these prime moves in their acts of vengeance.

Meanwhile, in at the federal courthouse in Pennsylvania, Joe Robertson is attempting to appeal his prison sentence.[Continuity 29] With him is his family, J. Jonah Jameson, and his lawyer Cynthia Bernhammer. Cynthia tells Joe that things are not looking good for his appeal. This prompts Daily Bugle photographer, Nick Katzenberg, to snap a phone and come up with a sleazy headline. Bernhammer tells Katzenberg to put his camera away or she will hurt him. Surprisingly, Katzenberg complies. Joe discovers that Jameson is picking up the legal fees out of his personal funds since being ousted as publisher of the Daily Bugle by Thomas Fireheart.[Continuity 30] They are then approached by Stuart McPhee, the brother of Lemuel McPhee, the man that Joe knew in prison as Bruiser. McPhee explains that he became an advisor to the White House on domestic affairs, and says he has a slim chance of getting Joe a presidential pardon.

On Monday morning, Peter Parker is assisting Dr. Max Lubisch with his latest invention, a device that is seeking to tap into a mysterious extra-dimensional energy source. Peter is concerned about their safety, but Lubisch insists that they will be fine. As they activate the machine, Peter's fear that it is overloading the electrical system comes true. As the device begins to overload, Peter's spider-sense warns him that the device is about to explode. In a split second, Peter pushes Lubisch out of the way, taking the brunt of the blast. Bombarded with the strange energy, Peter's body glows for a moment. Seeing that Max is knocked out, Peter tries to get his bearings, but suddenly, his spider-sense begins screaming. Looking out the window he sees that the power surge had shorted out power lines, which threaten students that are out on the quad. Peter quickly changes into Spider-Man and heads out to save them. With the powerlines whipping out of control, Spider-Man grabs at the wires to save those below. Although he is giving a powerful electrical jolt, the wall-crawler miraculously survives. Confused by what happened, Spider-Man decides to get to higher ground so he can think. However, no sooner is he there, his spider-sense begins going off like crazy as he senses everything going on around him. Trying to focus his mind, Spider-Man somehow overhears the Trapster down by the Southshore Pier looking for the wall-crawler's body. Spider-Man decides to pay the Trapster back for making him look like a fool in front of his wife.

Spider-Man swings down to where the Trapster and confronts him. Surprised to see the hero alive, the Trapster is prepared. Activating a device on his belt that triggers a missile launcher hidden inside his van. With the missile approaching him, Spider-Man fires a web-line in the hopes of using it to redirect the missile away from him. However, much to his surprise, his webbing forms a massive hand and crushes the missile. The Trapster then fires a bunch of paste filled projectiles at the hero. Surprisingly, Spider-Man fires blasts of energy from his fingers that easily destroy the projectiles. Beginning to panic, the Trapster fires a stream of paste, however, Spider-Man begins blasting them with more energy until it causes the Trapsters paste supply to explode all over his body. By this point, a crowd has formed around the wall-crawler congratulating him for his defeat of the Trapster. They are surprised that he displayed powers that they were unaware he had. This is a surprise to Spider-Man as well, and he feels uneasy about what caused these new powers to emerge and is scared by the amount of power he now weilds.

.. The Acts of Vengeance conspiracy continues against Spider-Man in Web of Spider-Man #59.

Appearing in "These Shattered Senses Or A Tale of the Brothers Grimm"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #159.

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Synopsis for "These Shattered Senses Or A Tale of the Brothers Grimm"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #159.

This story continues from Amazing Spider-Man #327...

At the Los Angeles County Jail, Percy and Barton Grimes are locked into their new cell. However, no sooner are the in the whole prison begins to shake. Suddenly, the Grimes' cell is pulled into the sky. This escape is orchestrated by the Wizard who has also procured their Brothers Grimm costumes. The Wizard invites them to join his Acts of Vengeance, offering to eliminate their enemy Iron Man in exchange for the pair killing Spider-Man. Back in New York City, Spider-Man floats above the Manhattan skyline trying to process how he has gained these new powers.[Continuity 31] Following his battles with the Trapster, Titania, and Magneto, the hero struggles with being able to control these powers and still use them responsibly.[Continuity 32] It's then that Spider-Man realizes that he is floating high in the air. Panicking, the masked hero begins to fall. He quickly fires a web-line and gets on the side of a bridge.

Suddenly, Spider-Man's spider-sense goes off, causing him pain. He notices a strange spy camera, the second one he has seen recently. Spider-Man fires a web-line at the device, destroying it. Watching from his hideout, Doctor Doom is disappointed that the spy camera has been destroyed as he wishes to learn more about Spider-Man's new powers as he seeks to take control of the power for himself. He is then called by the Wizard, who informs Doom that the Brothers Grimm have been freed from prison and have agreed to try and kill Spider-Man. Doom suggests that they concentrate on lower midtown where Spider-Man's activities seem to be most common. Doctor Doom intends to observe the battle to continue his secret research. Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., Stuart McPhee and Cynthia Bernhammer are en route to the White House where they hope to convince the President of the United States to grant a pardon to Joe Robertson. As they rehash Robertson's case.[Continuity 33] McPhee explains that he took on the case because he abandoned his brother due to his criminal activities.[Continuity 34] Watching McPhee leave, Cynthia thinks about how admirable he is. However, she isn't romantically interested in him. Instead, she finds herself drawn to Nick Katzenberg, a photographer for the Daily Bugle.

Back in New York, Spider-Man returns to Empire State University, as they are cleaning up against a power surge. Suddenly, Spider-Man's spider-sense goes off again. Looking around, the only thing he can see is J. Jonah Jameson. The wall-crawler is confused that his spider-sense would warn him of Jameson. He decides to check it out, as Peter Parker. Jonah is happy to see Peter and begins buttering him up to try and secure his services for a new photojournalism magazine now that Thomas Fireheart owns the Daily Bugle.[Continuity 35] Peter's spider-sense goes off again, causing him pain. Brushing off Jonah's concern, Peter tells him that he has to think over his offer and walks off. Changing back into Spider-Man, the masked hero searches the city to find out what is setting off his spider-sense. He then witnesses as Madison Square Garden begins to rise into the air. At first, Spider-Man thinks Graviton is back but notices that the building has a number of the Wizard's anti-gravity discs.[Continuity 36]

Swinging into action, Spider-Man is suddenly ambushed by the Brothers Grimm. They toss exploding pies at the stadium, knocking people off the building. When Spider-Man swings down to catch the falling people. This leaves him open to being struck with eggs filled with tear gas. After getting the people to the ground, Spider-Man sakes off the gas. This is when the Brothers Grimm attempt to crush Spider-Man by dropping Madison Square Garden on him. However, the wall-crawler stops the falling stadium with his cosmically powered webbing. He then swings after the fleeing Brothers Grimm. Catching up to the pair, the wall-crawler easily subdues the Brothers Grim. With the battle over, Spider-Man takes a moment to try and get himself under control when suddenly his spider-sense goes off again. Spotting another spy camera, Spider-Man destroys it with some webbing. From his hideout, Doctor Doom has finished his observation of Spider-Man's new powers and has decided to make it his own. Later, Peter Parker returns to his apartment to learn that his wife Mary Jane won't be coming home for dinner.[Continuity 37] Cooking himself a TV dinner, Peter worries about his newfound powers and feels like his life is spinning out of control. Trying to cheer himself up, Peter thinks it should be lucky that things could be worse, he could be Nick Katzenberg.

Spider-Man's involvement in Acts of Vengeance continues in Web of Spider-Man #60...

Appearing in "The Metal in Men's Souls"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #160.

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Synopsis for "The Metal in Men's Souls"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #160.

This story continues from Amazing Spider-Man #328...

Doctor Doom has assigned some of his minions to recover the robot known as TESS-One from the ocean floor near New York Bay.[Continuity 38] The salvage operation is witnessed by Von Doom himself and when one of his men accidentally allows one of the clamps to slip, he shot the man dead. Once the robot is raised from the waters, Doctor Doom goes over the files from Project Power that details how TESS-One was originally built to stop rogue super-soldiers.[Continuity 39] Once on the surface, one of Doctor Doom's minions comes to inform him that he is being summoned by Magneto and Kingpin, two of his co-conspirators in the Acts of Vengeance scheme. They want to discuss the anti-super-human sentiment being discussed in the US Congress. Doom informs him that he will come as soon as he can, as American politics are not a concern to him.[Continuity 40]

That afternoon, in Times Square, the Rhino, Hydro-Man and the Shocker are battling each other. Spider-Man arrives on the scene to stop them, but suddenly he is jolted by a powerful surge from his spider-sense. The three of them stop their battle to turn their attention to Spider-Man. However, the hero blasts them with his newly acquired cosmic powers.[Continuity 41] The crowd is less than happy to see the wall-crawler after reports of damage done to the Triboro Bridge and the Staten Island Ferry.[Continuity 42] As they begin pelting the wall-crawler with garbage, Spider-Man decides to flee. Unfortunately, this embarrassing scene is photographed by Nick Katzenberg. While at the home of J. Jonah Jameson, Jonah is furious about the recent developments in Washington. After saying costumed vigilantes are menaces for years, and now that Washington is finally listening, he doesn't have a newspaper to cover it thanks to Thomas Fireheart buying the Daily Bugle.[Continuity 43] his wife Marla tells him to calm down but Jonah will do no such thing. He tells his wife that he intends to get a new magazine running to complete with the Bugle. When he wishes that Joe Robertson was present, his lawyer Cynthia Bernhammer tells him that the President is considering Joe's case.[Continuity 44] That's when they are interrupted by Nick Katzenberg who heard rumors that Jonah was starting a new publication and offers to sell him the photos of Spider-Man's battle in Times Square. However, he will only continue to work for Jonah if he rescinds the job offer he made for Peter Parker.

Meanwhile, at the Kingpin's office tower, Doctor Doom is performing repairs and modifications on TESS-One. His work is interrupted by the Kingpin and their mysterious benefactor. They have come to express their concerns that Doctor Doom is deviating from their plan to focus on his obsessed with Spider-Man's new powers.[Continuity 45] However, Doom insists that he will destroy Spider-Man once and for all. Activating TESS-One, he puts on a demonstration to assure them that the robot will destroy the wall-crawler. When the Kingpin asks if the robot may turn against them, Doom assures him that it is under his control. This explanation is of grave concern of their benefactor.

While back at her apartment in Soho, Mary Jane is struggling to hang her wedding photo.[Continuity 46] She is assisted by her husband who sneaks up on her from above, scaring her a bit. When Peter tells her about the situation in Times Square, she is not surprised that people thought he was a menace with his new powers and admits that from a distance they certainly look that way. This angers Peter, who jumps to the conclusion that his wife is siding with the anti-superhero fanatics. When she tries to explain herself more clearly, Peter puts his mask back on and leaves out the skylight, leaving Mary Jane to wonder what has gotten into him. Spider-Man is thinking the same thing as he swings away, noticing that since he got his new powers he has become hyper-sensitive. As if on cue, Spider-Man is jolted by a powerful warning from his spider-sense. Suddenly, TESS-One comes flying toward him and tries to ram into the hero. Spider-Man dodges and the robot smashes through the side of a building.[Continuity 47] Fast acting, Spider-Man uses his new powers to manipulate his webbing into a net to catch the people who end up falling out, as well as create a load bearing support to keep the building from collapsing.

The robot tries to dive bomb Spider-Man again, smashing a statue of Christopher Columbus. Once again the wall-crawler uses his webbing to safe people from the debris. However, the crowd of people is angry with Spider-Man, calling him a menace. Struck by another powerful jolt of his spider-sense, Spider-Man is warned about another pass by TESS-One. This time, the web-slinger is ready and strikes the robot with a blow powerful enough to sends it flying across town. Following the robot, Spider-Man discovers the robot has crashed into the Queensboro Bridge. When he arrives on the scene, Spider-Man is surprised to see that TESS-One is absorbing the super-structure of the bridge to repair itself. Watching the battle remotely, Doctor Doom hopes that TESS-One will use this ability to absorb Spider-Man's new powers. On the surface of the bridge, TESS-One begins throwing occupied cars at the hero. Hearing the people beg Spider-Man not to hurt them even as he is saving their lives angers the wall-crawler. Fed up with being blamed for everything, Spider-Man gives in to his anger and unleashes a full power blast on TESS-One blowing the robot to bits. This show of power frightens everyone off the bridge, much to Spider-Man's dismay.

That evening, Doctor Doom recovers the remains of TESS-One from the East River. Although the robot has been destroyed, Doom hopes that it completed the task of analyizing Spider-Man's powers.

This story continues in Web of Spider-Man #61...

Appearing in "With Great Power"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Spider-Man #59.

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Synopsis for "With Great Power"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Spider-Man #59.

This story continues from The Spectacular Spider-Man #158...

Peter Parker is brooding on the roof of his Soho apartment when he is joined by his wife Mary Jane.[Continuity 48] Peter tells his wife that he feels like he is losing his mind. He tells her how he was just an average superhero until he was jolted with an overloading energy field and now he has more power than he thinks he could ever control.[Continuity 49] Mary Jane assures Peter that he is still the man that she loves, and that no matter how much power he has, he will always use it responsibly. When she suggests that he come downstairs to talk about it, Peter tells her that he needs to get to the Daily Bugle for a meeting in ten minutes. Putting on his Spider-Man mask, Peter then swings off. Mary Jane wishes her husband would think about how he worries how his decisions affect others when he should be more concerned with himself.

Elsewhere, Doctor Doom is carrying on his scheme in the Acts of Vengeance conspiracy. He has tracked down Titania who escaped from the Vault along with many other supervillains during the Wizard's jailbreak.[Continuity 50] Titania hopes that Doom wants her to battle She-Hulk again, but Doom tells her that she was soundly defeated by her last time they fought.[Continuity 51] Doctor Doom explains that they are pairing villains up against foes that have not battled with them before. He points out his own constant defeats against the Fantastic Four, reminding Titania of her own failed attempt at battling the heroes.[Continuity 52] Doom tells her that she will be targeting Spider-Man. However, Titania still has an irrational fear of the hero after their last clash.[Continuity 53] Using a device to alter Titania's emotions, Doctor Doom convinces her that Spider-Man is much weaker than she is and that he must have somehow tricked her when he beat her in battle. Her fear becoming rage, Titania vows to crush Spider-Man with her bare hands. As she leaves, Doctor Doom muses over his ulterior motives, that the battle between Spider-Man and Titania will allow him to further examine Spider-Man's new powers so he can figure out how to take them for himself.

While at the Daily Bugle, the staff has a meeting with Thomas Fireheart, the new owner of the newspaper.[Continuity 54] He tells them that the Daily Bugle is changing their editorial policy regarding Spider-Man, saying that from now on they will only be reporting on the wall-crawler in a positive light. When Peter Parker arrives, he bumps into Nick Katzenberg, who is less than enthusiastic to see Peter Parker. Meanwhile, Kate Cushing is accusing Fireheart of being as biased as J. Jonah Jameson was, telling him that they need to maintain balanced journalism. Thomas is intrigued by what Kate has to say and invites her into his office so they can discuss it further. Joy Mercado and Peter comment on the difference between Fireheart and Jonah. Nick Katzenberg adds his own two cents, complaining about Fireheart being a sellout. While he is ranting, Joy grabs his envelope of photographs and finds a number of pictures of Cynthia Bernhammer, the Daily Bugle's legal counsel who is defending Joe Robertson.[Continuity 55] Seeing that Nick has feelings for the lawyer, both Peter and Joy tease him about it.

Suddenly, Peter's spider-sense begins going off and Titania comes crashing into the office demanding to know where Spider-Man is. As she rampages across the office, Peter sneaks into a dark room to change into Spider-Man. Hearing the commotion outside, Thomas Fireheart knocks out Kate Cushing so he can change into the Puma. Outside, Titania is threatening Nick Katzenberg, demanding that he tell her where she can find Spider-Man. That's when the Puma tries to attack her but Titania knocks him out the window. However, Spider-Man is outside to catch the Puma and safely deposits him on a nearby rooftop. Distracted, the wall-crawler is grabbed by the throat by Titania. Spider-Man struggles to get free, sending both he and Titania falling out of the building to the ground below. They crash through the street, both surviving the fall, but Spider-Man is quickly knocked out onto the street. Spider-Man can hardly believe that he survived a 30-story fall and how he has been able to shrug off Titania's brutal attacks. As he tries to figure out what is happening to him, Titania climbs up onto the street, but before she can attack Spider-Man anew, the Puma leaps in to stop her. During their struggle, the Puma rips a part of Titania's costume which had a remote camera that allowed Doctor Doom to observe the battle as well as maintain her rage.

No longer under the influence of Doctor Doom, Titania begins to fear the wall-crawler again. When Spider-Man tells Titania that they have been fighting for the past 20 minutes, she overcomes her fear and attacks him again, much to Spider-Man's chagrin. She begins pounding on the wall-crawler until he loses his temper. Suddenly, he unleashes a powerful blast of energy that knocks her out. In the aftermath of the battle, Spider-Man's spider-sense begins going off. Looking for danger, Spider-Man is shocked to discover that he has telescopic vision. All he can see is Nick Katzenberg taking photos. The wall-crawler is unaware that Doctor Doom has re-established visual contact with Spider-Man and is more determined than ever to acquire Spider-Man's new power.

This story continues in Amazing Spider-Man #327...

Appearing in "The Harder They Fall"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Spider-Man #60.

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Synopsis for "The Harder They Fall"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Spider-Man #60.

This story continues from The Spectacular Spider-Man #159...

Spider-Man is battling Goliath on the Triboro Bridge. As he is dodging the giant's fists, Spider-Man tries to convince him to stop fighting since he is yet another villain who has attacked him out of the blue.[Continuity 56] As Goliath continues the battle, Nick Katzenberg finds themselves stuck in traffic. However, he doesn't mind as it gives him a front row seat to take photos for the Daily Bugle. Katzenberg begins thinking of the negative headlines to further ruin Spider-Man's headlines. Spider-Man recalls how the last time he fought Goliath he was working under the alias of the Smuggler.[Continuity 57] However, Spider-Man is unimpressed with the new powers of the former Smuggler, as he is not the same Spider-Man he fought before. Suddenly, Spider-Man gives up his webs and begins flying in the air and is able to knock out Goliath with a few blows, sending the titan crashing to the ground. With the battle over, Spider-Man swings away, once more troubled by his newfound powers.[Continuity 58] Watching Spider-Man swinging away, Katzenberg thinks about the money he will make from pictures of the wall-crawler causing damage to the bridge. When the police arrive on the scene they begin to wonder how they are going to clear this mess when suddenly Goliath shrinks down to his natural size. As the police prepare to arrest Goliath, a van pulls up and a man claiming to be from the FBI tells them that they will be taking the super-powered criminal into their custody. What they are not aware of is the fact that these men are actually in the employ by the Kingpin who wants Goliath brought back to his office tower as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man is continuing his way to Queens to pay a visit to his Aunt May. On the way, he is still disturbed by the new powers he suddenly has following being exposed to an unknown energy source during an experiment at Empire State University. He wishes he could ask his Aunt May for advice but he doesn't want to burden her because she is dealing with the fact that her fiancee Nathan Lubenski is dying of heart disease.[Continuity 59] Changing into his civilian clothing and greets his Aunt. Nathan tells Peter that he feels great, but when Peter pulls May aside, she admits that he has been getting weaker each day. Seeing that Peter is troubled by something, May asks what's wrong. Peter asks for her advice on what she would do, hypothetically, if she had the power of life over death. Such a question comes to a shock to Aunt May. Elsewhere, Goliath is brought before the Kingpin, Magneto, and Doctor Doom. They are unhappy that Goliath failed on his mission to eliminate Spider-Man. Doctor Doom points out that Spider-Man is no longer a known quantity, but he has devised something to even the odds against the wall-crawler. Doom thinks to himself how he will use this to turn against his allies in the Acts of Vengeance conspiracy. Back in Queens, Aunt May answers Peter's shocking question. She tells him that such power given to a normal human being would be quite a burden, pointing out how would one decide who lives and who dies. She says that at her age she has come to accept death. She has learned to accept the death of her husband Ben, and she will accept it when it is Nathan's time to go as well.[Continuity 60] Her answers satisfied Peter and he thanks her for her advice.

An hour later, Nick Katzenberg has arrived at the Daily Bugle to show his photos of Spider-Man to Kate Cushing and the Daily Bugle's new owner, Thomas Fireheart.[Continuity 61] Katzenberg is shocked when Fireheart rejects the photos, telling him that the Daily Bugle is changing its editorial policy regarding Spider-Man. Nick is furious, thinking that Fireheart is worse than J. Jonah Jameson, however, he gets no sympathy from Kate. When Thomas returns to his office he finds Spider-Man waiting for him, and is furious at the intrusion and demands to know why Spider-Man has come to his office. The wall-crawler asks him to stop Daily Bugle's sudden attempts to promote Spider-Man as a hero. However, Fireheart refuses as he owes the masked hero a debt to honor.[Continuity 62] Their argument is interrupted when Glory Grant comes into the office to give Thomas to tell him that he as an urgent phone call. Seeing Spider-Man, and remembering how was responsible for the death of her lover Eduardo Lobo, leaves the room in tears.[Continuity 63] When the woman leaves, Thomas tells Spider-Man that he has nothing more to talk about and tells him to leave. When Thomas answers the phone, Spider-Man is surprised to discover that his new powers have also enhanced his hearing and he is able to hear that Fireheart is talking to the Kingpin. Hearing that the Kingpin is looking to talk to Spider-Man, the wall-crawler grabs the phone. He demands to know if the Kingpin has anything to do with the villains that have been attacking him out of the blue recently. The mob boss tells Spider-Man to meet him in Battery Park to discuss the matter. When Fireheart offers to aid him as the Puma, Spider-Man declines the offer and leaves.

When Spider-Man arrives in Battery Park, he finds the Kingpin waiting for him in a limo. The Kingpin expresses his upset that Spider-Man interfered with his gang war with the Lobo Brothers, cutting his business in half now that Hammerhead and the Chameleon are in town. Suddenly, Spider-Man's spider-sense begins going off painfully, warning him of danger all around him. Suddenly, the massive hands of Goliath begin ripping out of the ground. As the Kingpin flees the scene, Goliath pulls himself out of the ground. Although he finds it hard to breathe, Goliath gloats about how Doctor Doom boosted his size-changing powers allowing him to become even larger than before. Spider-Man dodges Goliath's blows, warning the villain to stop attacking or he'll get hurt. Suddenly, Spider-Man is shocked when he fires beams of energy from his eyes, striking his foe. However, the blast of energy causes Goliath to grow even larger. Monitoring the battle from his hideout, Doctor Doom is satisfied that the device he implanted in Goliath to boost his powers is working. He has set the device up to absorb Spider-Man's new energy powers for examination. Seeing his foe grow in size, Spider-Man notices that Goliath's increased size is making it harder for his heart to beat. Seeking to stop Spider-Man, Goliath grabs a ferry off the water, threatening to harm the passengers inside. Spider-Man orders him to put the people down and blasts him again. The strain on Goliath's heart becomes too hard and he keels over. Spider-Man quickly uses his newfound powers to catch the ferry and prevent the tidal wave from Goliath's collapse from affecting the shore.

In the aftermath of the battle, Spider-Man cannot find any trace of Goliath and presumes the villain is dead. He realizes that this was a situation where he had to choose between life and death. He concludes that his Aunt May is right, this much power is a burden, but like it or not, he is stuck with it. While back at Doctor Doom's hideout, the villain's monitoring devices have all overloaded. He is satisfied with the results testing Spider-Man's powers and is ready to take them for himself.

This story continues in Amazing Spider-Man #328...

Appearing in "Dragon in the Dark"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Spider-Man #61.

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Synopsis for "Dragon in the Dark"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Spider-Man #61.

Atop the Empire State Building, Spider-Man looks down upon New York City. Thinking of his newfound powers, he just wants to help people but they have only made the public more afraid of him like he is some kind of monster, and he's not too certain if he isn't.[Continuity 64] As it begins to rain he shouts out to the heavens, asking whoever may be listening how he can maintain great responsibility when he has too much power. Fed up with these new cosmic powers, Spider-Man decides to quit, tossing his mask off the side of the building. As it so happens, the Wizard is passing by and has the good fortune of catching Spider-Man's mask as it flutters to the ground. Seeing the wall-crawler swinging away, he decides to take this to his fellow prime movers in the Acts of Vengeance conspiracy what they think about this latest development. When he meets with Doctor Doom, the Red Skull, Magneto, the Mandarin, and the Kingpin, they believe that it is a fake. The Wizard insists that this is the genuine article, saying he overheard Spider-Man complaining about having too much power. This does not sit well with the Kingpin, as he does not want his old foe to quit unless he was utterly destroyed. The Wizard suggests that they use the mask to track the masked hero. Doctor Doom finds this ridiculous and excuses himself to continue his own experiments, telling them that when they have something worthy of his attention to getting in touch with him. Their mysterious benefactor suspects that Doom is engaging in his own agenda.

The Wizard still insists his plan will work and shows them how they will track Spider-Man down, with the android known as Dragon Man. The Wizard explains that he upgraded Dragon Man and is certain that the creature can destroy the wall-crawler. With that, the mad scientist has the Dragon Man get Spider-Man's scent from her mask. Meanwhile, Peter Parker is back at his Soho apartment has taken a shower.[Continuity 65] Getting dressed he finds a note from his wife Mary Jane reminding him that they are meeting with her cousin Kristy for supper.[Continuity 66] On his way out, he runs into Liz Osborn and her son Normie, who are on their way home. He asks Peter if Mary Jane can come and watch Normie, and Peter is sure she'll agree. She notices that Peter looks a little down, but he brushes this off as being worn down from being busy. After Peter leaves, Liz thinks how she knows better after all the years she has known Peter she can tell when he is depressed about something.

At that moment, Dragon Man arrives on the roof of Parker's apartment, following Spider-Man's scent. However, when the creature finds no sign of its prey in the apartment it continues to follow the trail. Down in a nearby subway station, Peter Parker waits patiently for the train when suddenly his spider-sense goes off. Suddenly, Dragon Man comes crashing through the roof, forcing Peter to make a break for it down the subway tunnel. The android follows after him. As Dragon Man catches up, he breathes a stream of fire on Parker. Meanwhile, Doctor Doom has fully examined the portion of Spider-Man's cosmic powers that he siphoned from the robot TESS-One.[Continuity 67] The results are promising, and Doom figures that sooner or later he will steal the full power for himself. He is unaware that his boasts are being overheard by the prime mover's secret benefactor. He muses that Doctor Doom's will is as strong as his own, and hopes that this will not force him to destroy Doom. While at the Queens Medical Center, Mary Jane has met up with Kristy for dinner. After her time in the hospital, Kristy has finally admitted that she has an eating disorder.[Continuity 68] She opens up to Mary Jane that her eating disorder stemmed from her troubled family home. The pair begins to bond and repairs the rift between each other.[Continuity 69] Looking at the time, Mary Jane realizes that Peter is running late and hopes that he is okay.

While in the subway tunnels, Spider-Man has survived Dragon Man's flames and has changed into costume. He attacks the creature only to be engulfed again. Although his costume is completely burned away, the hero uses his powers to create a new costume out of stray molecules in the air. However, having to do this two times in a row has given him a headache and made him angry. As he resumes his attack on the hero, Spider-Man's spider-sense begins to go off again. This warns him of a subway train coming his way. Although he leaps out of the way, he can't stop Dragon Man from striking the vehicle. Quick thinking, he uses his mentally controlled webbing to cushion the subway train. When the android comes in for the attack again, the wall-crawler uses his powers to create a web-shield to protect the fleeing passengers. He makes the webbing durable to the flames. The web-slinger then waits until Dragon Man has exhausted his flames enough before attacking the creature again. He slams the creature up through the tunnel ceiling up onto the street. Spider-Man webs up the creature, and assures the startled people that after he drops Dragon Man off at the Vault, he is quitting heroics once and for all, and they won't have to fear him any longer.

Shockingly, the subway train survivors climb up onto the street and hail Spider-Man as a hero. Spider-Man is surprised to see everyone cheering him on, restoring his faith in the people of New York City. High above, the Wizard witnesses the defeat of Dragon Man and fears that his failure should turn his fellow conspirators against him. While back in Latveria, Doctor Doom has completed his experiments and is about to transfer the portion of Spider-Man's power into himself.[Continuity 70] Unfortunately, when he tries to extract the power from Tess-One's head, it causes his machine to explode. As he is being overheard by the prime mover's mysterious benefactor. He overhears Doctor Doom as he discovers that someone tampered with his machine and vows to get revenge once he finds out who it is. While at the Osborn residence, Liz answers the phone and tells the caller to not call again. When Harry asks who it was, she says it was someone trying to sell time-shares. However, she is lying as her step-brother Mark Raxton who has just been released from prison and wants to come home.

Notes

  • Another edition has a Byrne cover.
  • Reprints
  • Avengers #311-313
  • Avengers Annual #19
  • Avengers Spotlight #26-29
  • Avengers West Coast #53-55
  • Captain America #365-367
  • Iron Man #251-252
  • Quasar #5-7
  • Thor #411-413
  • Cloak and Dagger #9
  • Amazing Spider-Man #326-329
  • Spectacular Spider-Man #158-160
  • Web of Spider-Man #59-61


  1. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife in this story. However, years later, their marriage was erased from history by the demon Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple as opposed to husband and wife.
  2. Sambouka states that she is on a hunger strike to protest apartheid in South Africa. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, particularly since apartheid was abolished in that region in 1994.
  3. Jonathan Caeser kidnapped Mary Jane in Amazing Spider-Man #307-309. Even though he ended up in prison, he used his influence to get Peter and Mary Jane evicted from their condo at Bedford Towers and ruin MJ's modeling career, as seen in Amazing Spider-Man #314.
  4. In recent history Flash has suffered a lot of setbacks. He started an affair with Betty Brant in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #107-110. When his then-girlfriend Sha Shan learned this in Amazing Spider-Man #275, she let him. Flash was framed for the crimes committed by the Hobgoblin in the following issue. Spider-Man eventually cleared Flash's name in Amazing Spider-Man #289.
  5. Owing a debt to Spider-Man, Thomas Fireheart -- aka the Puma -- used his vast wealth to buy the Daily Bugle so he could improve Spider-Man's reputation. This happened in The Spectacular Spider-Man #157.
  6. Pitting Graviton against Spider-Man is the primary objective of the Acts of Vengeance conspiracy. As detailed in Avengers Spotlight #26 a group of super-villains has teamed up to destroy their foes by pitting them against unfamiliar foes.
  7. Aunt May started renting out rooms in her home to elderly tenants in Marvel Team-Up #124. When it was announced that her fiancee Nathan Lubenski is dying of heart disease, she decided to close up her boarding house. These events were revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #321.
  8. Spider-Man was exposed to an unknown source of energy that gave him enhanced powers in The Spectacular Spider-Man #158. Unkown to Peter at this time, he has been endowed with the Enigma Force power of Captain Universe. Something that isn't fully realized until Amazing Spider-Man #329.
  9. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife in this story. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by the demon Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As a result, Peter and Mary Jane should be considered a common-law couple as opposed to husband and wife.
  10. These villains included: Graviton (last issue), the Trapster (The Spectacular Spider-Man #158), and Titania (Web of Spider-Man #59). Spider-Man has stated that he hasn't seen some of these foes in "years". He is referring to both the Trapster and Titania, the villains he has faced in the past. The last time Spider-Man faced the Trapster was in Amazing Spider-Man #213-214. He last fought Titania back in Amazing Spider-Man #283. Based on the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, his last battle with the Trapster happened just about two years prior to this story, while the battle with Titania happened roughly a year earlier.
  11. Peter proposed to Mary Jane in Amazing Spider-Man #291, and she accepted his proposal in the following issue. In the original timeline, the couple were married in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21. However, after Mephisto erased their marriage in Amazing Spider-Man #545, Peter and Mary Jane no longer get married. As detailed in Amazing Spider-Man #638-639, Peter inadvertently stood Mary Jane up at the alter due to his activities as Spider-Man. As a result, MJ called off the wedding, however, the couple agreed to remain a couple.
  12. The date on the newspaper is mostly illegible, however, the year of publication is clearly stated as 1989. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
  13. For the most part, mutants usually gain their abilities during puberty. In this story, Magneto states that his powers didn't manifest until "late in life". However, this is inaccurate as New Mutants #49 and X-Men: Magneto Testament #1-5 reveals that Magneto demonstrated mutant abilities while still a youth. The idea that Magneto didn't manifest his powers until later on in life was stated in Classic X-Men #12, X-Factor Annual #4 and Uncanny X-Men #304. Presumably, since Magneto's adolescence was spent in a Nazi concentration camp, it's likely that the earliest manifestations of his powers were suppressed due to the horrors he experienced in Auschwitz.
  14. Magneto's assessment on the range and variety of power mutants can have is incredibly naive here. However, his assessment is based on the lack of knowledge regarding Omega Level Mutants a term and measurement of mutant powers that was not identified until later in X-Men Forever #3.
  15. Since Incredible Hulk #345 the Hulk has been able to remain in full control thanks to a magic spell, as revealed in Incredible Hulk #351-352, however, this spell had faded forcing the Hulk to only be active at night.
  16. The Hulk had recently battled the Grey Gargoyle in Incredible Hulk #363.
  17. Magneto joined the Hellfire Club in New Mutants #51 to create an alliance between the X-Men and the Hellfire Club. Magneto and Sebastian Shaw developed a hatred for one another that came to blows in New Mutants #75.
  18. Spider-Man battled Goliath in Web of Spider-Man #60.
  19. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by the demon Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545.
  20. This scene is depicted as taking place in the original twin towers of the World Trade Center. However, this should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. This is due to the fact that the original towers were destroyed in a terror attack on September 11, 2001, and have since been replaced with a new building.
  21. Spider-Man obtained these cosmic powers after being exposed to an experimental energy in The Spectacular Spider-Man #158.
  22. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage was erased from existence by the demon Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here as opposed to husband and wife.
  23. Spider-Man battled Graviton in Amazing Spider-Man #326
  24. The Acts of Vengeance conspirators were defeated by the Avengers in Avengers West Coast Vol 2 #55.
  25. Of the things that Spider-Man figures he could have done was stopped Muamar Gaddafi, or end Apartheid in South Africa. These should be considered topical references per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. Particularly because Gaddafi died in 2011, and Apartheid was abolished in South Africa in 1994.
  26. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife. However, years later, the demon Mephisto erased their marriage from existence in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such, they should be considered a common-law couple as opposed to husband and wife.
  27. Spider-Man recognizes the Trapster under his former name, Paste-Pot Pete. This laughable moniker was used by the Trapster from Strange Tales #104 until Fantastic Four #38.
  28. Peter states the paste fits onto him tighter that the tuxedo that he wore on his wedding day. This happened in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21.
  29. Joe Robertson was guilty of being an accessory to murder after he failed to report a murder committed by Tombstone over 20 years earlier, as detailed in The Spectacular Spider-Man #139. Joe was found guilty and sent to prison in The Spectacular Spider-Man #150.
  30. Thomas Fireheart purchased the Daily Bugle in The Spectacular Spider-Man #156.
  31. Spider-Man gained these powers in last year. The appearance of the original twin towers at the site of the World Trade Center should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, as the original towers were destroyed in a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.
  32. Spider-Man battled the Trapster, Titania, and Magneto in The Spectacular Spider-Man #158, Web of Spider-Man #59, and Amazing Spider-Man #327 respectively.
  33. Joe Robertson failed to report a murder committed by Tombstone 20 years prior, as revealed in The Spectacular Spider-Man #139. Robertson pleaded guilty and was incarcerated in The Spectacular Spider-Man #150.
  34. McPhee's brother, Bruiser, as Joe's only friend in prison. He died defending Joe from Tombstone as seen in The Spectacular Spider-Man #153-154.
  35. Fireheart bought the Daily Bugle in The Spectacular Spider-Man #156. Jameson left the Bugle in the following issue.
  36. Spider-Man had recently battled Graviton in Amazing Spider-Man #326. He also mentions the last time he fought the Wizard, in Amazing Spider-Man #213.
  37. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by the demon Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such the pair should be considered a common-law couple as opposed to husband and wife.
  38. TESS-One was one of many robots that attacked Avengers Island in Avengers #289 and was sunk in the ocean.
  39. TESS-One's origins are covered in more detail in Captain America Annual #8.
  40. At the time of this story, the United States government was considering a super-human registration act. The details of these events are chronicled in Fantastic Four #334-336.
  41. Spider-Man obtained these powers after a lab accident in The Spectacular Spider-Man #158. Unknown to him at the time he is possessed by the power of Captain Universe as revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #329.
  42. These damages were caused during the events of Web of Spider-Man #60.
  43. Thomas Fireheart purchased the Bugle in The Spectacular Spider-Man #156.
  44. Joe Robertson was accused of being accessory to murder for failing to report a killing caused by Tombstone 20 years earlier, as seen in The Spectacular Spider-Man #139. Joe pleaded guilty in The Spectacular Spider-Man #150 and was sentenced to prison.
  45. This benefactor is secretly Loki, as revealed in Avengers West Coast Vol 2 #55.
  46. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by the demon Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple as opposed to husband and wife. As such, one could assume in the new timeline this is a normal photo of Peter and Mary Jane instead of a wedding picture.
  47. Spider-Man recounts how he was recently attacked by both Graviton and the Trapster. These battles happened in Amazing Spider-Man #326 and The Spectacular Spider-Man #158 respectively.
  48. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage was erased from existence by the demon Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple as opposed to husband and wife.
  49. Peter was jolted by this energy in The Spectacular Spider-Man #158. Unknown to him at the time, he is a recipient of the Uni-Power of Captain Universe, as revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #329.
  50. This breakout began the start of the Acts of Vengeance conspiracy happened in Avengers Spotlight #26.
  51. Titania has had a grudge against She-Hulk since Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #3. She last battled and was defeated by She-Hulk in Solo Avengers #14.
  52. Titania battled the Fantastic Four as a member of the Frightful Four in Fantastic Four #333.
  53. Titania was trounced by Spider-Man in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8.
  54. Thomas Fireheart bought the Daily Bugle in The Spectacular Spider-Man #156.
  55. Joe Robertson was accused of accessory to murder for failing to report a killing by Tombstone twenty years prior, as seen in The Spectacular Spider-Man #139. Joe was found guilty in The Spectacular Spider-Man #150 and has been defended by Bernhammer before and after his incarceration.
  56. Spider-Man mentions his recent battles against the Trapster, Titania, Graviton, and the Brothers Grimm. These battles happened in The Spectacular Spider-Man #158, Web of Spider-Man #59, Amazing Spider-Man #326 and The Spectacular Spider-Man #159 respectively.
  57. Spider-Man battled the Smuggler in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #49.
  58. Spider-Man was endowed with the powers of Captain Universe in The Spectacular Spider-Man #158. However, he doesn't learn the truth until Amazing Spider-Man #329.
  59. Aunt May revealed that Nathan is dying of heart disease in Amazing Spider-Man #321.
  60. May's husband, Ben Parker, was killed during a robbery gone wrong as seen in Amazing Fantasy #15.
  61. Thomas Fireheart purchased the Daily Bugle out from under J. Jonah Jameson in The Spectacular Spider-Man #156.
  62. Fireheart believes he lost honor when he attacked Spider-Man, thinking the hero a thief, in Web of Spider-Man #50.
  63. Eduardo Lobo was fatally shot by Glory, who was actually aiming for Spider-Man. This happened in Web of Spider-Man #55.
  64. Peter gained the power of Captain Universe in The Spectacular Spider-Man #158.
  65. The narrative states that Peter and Mary Jane had recently moved into this loft apartment because it is owned by their friend Harry Osborn. They were offered the apartment in The Spectacular Spider-Man #156. Prior to that, they had been living with Peter's Aunt May since they were evicted from their condo in Amazing Spider-Man #314.
  66. Peter and Mary Jane are identified as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage was erased from existence by the demon Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545.
  67. Doctor Doom sent TESS-One after Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #160.
  68. Kristy is a recovering bulimic, her condition known in Web of Spider-Man #53.
  69. Kristy's parents practically disowned her before Mary Jane's eyes in Web of Spider-Man #58.
  70. Doom recounts how this process is much like the time he stole the Silver Surfer's powers. That happened back in Fantastic Four #56-61.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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