Appearing in "My Uncle...My Enemy?"
Synopsis for "My Uncle...My Enemy?"
Rushing to the estate of Dr. Octopus, Spider-Man arrives just in time to see that his arch-nemesis is about to get married to his Aunt May. Before Spider-Man can react, Hammerhead and his goons bust in on the marriage with guns blazing. Octopus fights off some of Hammerhead's men, and manages to make an escape with Aunt May through a secondary exit. Spider-Man intercepts them and tries to stop Octopus from getting away, but he's knocked out. Octopus then makes his escape with May in a helicopter. Witnessing this, Hammerhead and his men decide to follow after Octopus in the helicopter they arrived in themselves. Spider-Man, reviving from his blow from Dr. Octopus secretly hitches a ride aboard Hammerhead's copter.
Back at Ned Leed's Christmas party, Mary Jane realizes that Peter has ditched her, while Ned and Betty Brant point out that Peter seems to be adjusting to her attention pretty well in spite of the fact that Gwen recently died. Mary Jane feigns any desire to be in a relationship, leaves the couple, and Joe Robertson puts in his two cents to them about Peter being stable enough to make his own decisions.
While high in the air, Hammerhead's helicopter follows Doc Oct's into Canadian air space. There they are led to an island off the coast of Canada to a nuclear facility which has been inherited by Aunt May following the death of a relative (the reason why Octopus was interested in marrying her.) With both crafts landing down, another fight between Dr. Octopus and Hammerhead begins. With bullets flying, the shock is too much for Aunt May, who passes out. After a brief fight with Dr. Octopus, Spider-Man grabs his unconscious Aunt May and flies for New York City in an airplane from a nearby hanger.
Meanwhile, Dr. Octopus enters the building and is mortified when he learns the facility's primary function is a nuclear breeder. When Hammerhead bursts in, Octopus warns Hammerhead that the slightest vibration can cause a violent explosion. Hammerhead doesn't heed this warning and charges at Dr. Octopus. Octavius dodges the attack, causing Hammerhead to ram into the control panel of the breeder. This causes the very type of explosion that Dr. Octopus warned them of. Spider-Man manages to fly out of the explosions reach just in time. Aunt May soon revives, but before Spider-Man can explain anything to her, the fact that she's sharing an airplane with Spider-Man causes her to pass out again.
In New York, Mary Jane decides it's time to leave the party because she figures that Peter is not coming back. When Betty tries to get her to talk about how she feels about Peter, she says that she can't bring herself to love Peter, and that she cares about him too much to allow herself to do that. When Betty presses for more of an explanation, she tells her to leave it for another day and departs.
- Aunt May has been living at Doc Ock's mansion since Amazing Spider-Man #115.
- Spider-Man reminds himself that his Aunt May has a weak heart. She has had this condition since Amazing Spider-Man #39.
- Ned Leeds reminds Mary Jane that Peter is still getting over the death of Gwen Stacy. That happened in Amazing Spider-Man #121. (This story incorrectly states that it was Amazing Spider-Man #221)
- Hammerhead mentions the death of Arthur Rambeau. That happened in Amazing Spider-Man #120.
- Spider-Man recounts the feud between Hammerhead and Doctor Octopus which lasted from Amazing Spider-Man #113–115.