Appearing in "Saturday in the Park with May"
- Shaker (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Saturday in the Park with May"
May Parker sits on a park bench, talking about her feelings about her nephew, Peter Parker, and his relationship with Mary Jane Watson-Parker and the fact that he is Spider-Man. She recaps how earlier on in the day Peter set off on his patrol and later on, in the streets, she overhears two boys pretending to be Spider-Man and Otto Octavius and a stall vendor telling his friend about how he witnessed a fight between Spidey and a 'bug woman'.
As she gets to a street corner, rubble falls to the ground as a result of Spidey's fight with the Shaker. The scene then cuts to the fight with Spider-Man struggling to defeat the Shaker and then remembering how he read about the mining suit the Shaker was using had been stolen. Back to the fight, and Spidey is still struggling to defeat the Shaker. It is then revealed that the two have been fighting for two hours previous ever since the Shaker had robbed a bank. Shaker then causes a cave in on the roof the two are on and they both fall in.
May continues to state her feelings about how much she worries about Peter going out as Spider-Man but she does respect what he does for everyone in the city. After a moment of seeing May outsmarting an annoying customer in a phone shop and making him walk off in anger, the attention is back on Spidey's fight with Shaker as he manages to throw the villain in a swimming pool and, due to the vibrations the Shaker's suit constantly gives out, mini tidal waves constantly pound into the Shaker and make him surrender.
Back to May on the park bench, and her newly bought mobile starts to ring which turns out to be Peter offering to take May out for dinner and a movie tonight with him and MJ. May accepts the invitation and turns to whoever she has been talking to saying she has to go but she will back next Saturday. It is then revealed that May has been talking to the grave stone of Richard, Mary and Ben Parker.
Appearing in "Catch You On the Flipside"
- Fantastic Four
- Flash Thompson
- Gwen Stacy
- Mary Jane Watson
- Harry Osborn
- Captain George Stacy
- Nino Villanova (Mentioned)
- Doc Ock (Mentioned)
- Sandman (Mentioned)
- Blastaar (Mentioned)
- Electro (Mentioned)
- The Lizard (Mentioned)
- Doombots (Mentioned)
- Daredevil (Mentioned)
- Black Panther (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- Zmbuku snakes
- Laxative coffee for Johnny
Synopsis for "Catch You On the Flipside"
The Spider-Man is on the hunt for the Vulture and comes across him as he is trying to hold up a rooftop restaurant. However before Spider-Man can get to him, the Vulture crosses paths with the Human Torch. Amused to be facing one of his rival's foes, the Torch burns away the Vulture's wings leading to an easy capture.
Meanwhile at the Coffee Bean, Flash Thompson is trying to pick up Crystal, the Torch's girlfriend. However, Crystal turns him off by creating a rain cloud over his head as Mary Jane and Gwen Stacey laugh. The Torch shows up and is instantly put off by Flash being there. Thompson chastises the Torch, telling him that he couldn't defeat any of Spider-Man's foes. As the two argue, Gwen notices her father buying coffee. He asks her if she's seen her boyfriend Peter Parker. As if on cue, Parker arrives. When both Mary Jane and Gwen begin paying attention to Peter, Johnny notices and wonders how someone like Peter could win the hearts of two beautiful women. However, he soon returns his attention to Flash Thompson and continues their argument. George Stacy then tells Peter about how the police are investigating a Maggia front that is dealing a drug called ZMB. Needing to take photos for money, Peter tells Gwen not to worry and takes off. Johnny and Crystal also leave at the same time.
Peter is changing into his Spider-Man costume as they go by and overhears the Torch call him a loser. When Johnny flames on after seeing the Fantasti-Flare, Johnny flies off only to run into some of Spider-Man's webbing. Spider-Man confronts them and the pair have it out over who is the better of the two. They both agree to switch jobs for a day, with Spider-Man answering the Fantastic Four's call while the Torch looks into the ZMB trade. Soon Spider-Man is on his way to the Baxter Building where the Fantastic Four are fueling up an interdimensional craft. When he explains that the Torch sent him to go with the rest of the team, they reluctantly accept the Wall-Crawler as the timeline to visit this new dimension is limited. When they breach the dimensional barrier, Spider-Man begins to freak out, something the Fantastic Four laugh at since this is something they do all the time.
Back in New York City, the Torch tries to use his powers to intimidate some crooks into revealing the location of the ZMB operation, but he only frightens them off. Deciding to take a different approach, Johnny disguises himself as drug addict. However, some street dealers easily see through his pretence and is knocked out. While in the other dimension, the ships shield begin to fail. Although Sue's ability to put up force-fields partially protects them, Spider-Man tries to help by filling the cockpit with his webbing. This also covers up Reed's instruments preventing him from completing his scan. Reed is furious to learn that Spider-Man's webs will not dissolve until well after the phenomenon he is trying to record is over.
In New York, Johnny comes to and finds himself tied to a chair in the drug operation. When the crooks threaten to shoot him in the head, he tricks them into thinking Sue is in the room, allowing him to flame on. He forces them to reveal that Kraven the Hunter is behind the smuggling operation. The crooks are too frightened to reveal much more so Johnny brings them to the police station. There George Stacy and his men try interrogating them, but nothing works until Johnny pretends to be a crook who is lit on fire. This frightens the drug dealers into revealing Karven's location -- an abandoned zoo.
The Torch goes to the zoo and is instantly ambushed by animals. Kraven then dumps a bunch of zmbuku snakes on him. When the snakes bite him, Johnny pretends to succumb to the snakes venom. When Karven reveals who he is supplying the drugs to, Johnny reveals that he has been faking it by boiling the venom from his blood, and that he was relaying the conversation to Captain Stacey. He then subdues Kraven and turns him over to the police. At that moment, the rest of the Fantastic Four return and order Spider-Man to leave. The following day at the Coffee Bean, Peter is angered by headlines about Johnny's capture of Kraven and that he is getting the keys to the city. When Johnny shows up later to brag about it, he accepts a cup of free coffee apparently left for him by Spider-Man. In reality, it's really a prank by Flash, who put laxative in the coffee.
Appearing in "Chance Encounter"
- Venom (Eddie Brock) (First appearance as Venom) (Shadow only)
- Sandy Kintzler (First appearance)
- Hal (modeling agency photographer)
- Stephanie (Chance's date) (Only appearance)
- Orin Concardi (Only appearance; dies)
- Roland Treece (Mentioned)
- Mr. MacVay (Only appearance)
Races and Species:
Synopsis for "Chance Encounter"
The costumed assassin known as Chance has been hired to eliminate Orin Concardi, a mobster who is about to turn over state evidence to the authorities. Chance tracks Concardi to a safe house in Yonkers where authorities are about to escort him to the courthouse. Chance flies in on his rocket boots and incapacitates the government agents. During the ensuing firefight, Concardi attempts to escape in the car brought to take him to court. Chance quickly blows up the car, killing Orin inside. As he flies back toward Manhattan, Chance contacts his employer -- Ronald Treece -- to inform him that his target has been eliminated. While in the Cloisters, Mary Jane is posing for a modeling shoot. With the shoot running late, she calls her husband Peter Parker at home.[Continuity 1] She gets the voice mail and tells him she will be running late, and that she might be able to secure that condo for them at the ritzy Bedford Towers.
Peter is at the Daily Bugle when he checks his messages and hears the news. Peter isn't as excited to move in such an upscale location, but it will help with his wife's public image, and Mary Jane can certainly afford it. When Peter tells this to Joe Robertson, then asks for a photo assignment, Joe regrets to tell him that he has nothing available. That's when he is approached by Joy Mercado who has a solution for Peter. She has heard of a shipment of foreign arms being shipped into New York City to be considered by Congress for military use. However, they don't want domestic manufacturers learning this. She has another story to cover, but offers to split the fee for the story if Peter goes to the pier and snaps photos and takes notes.[Continuity 2] Peter accepts the job, but still feels down on himself for not being a decent enough provider in his marriage. Peter goes up to the roof of the Daily Bugle and changes into Spider-Man so he can web-sling home. There, he finds the apartment crowded now that all of Mary Jane's personal belongings have been moved in.
When he thinks about how much Mary Jane is sacrificing to make their marriage work, Peter decides to do something special for her. Peter comes up with an idea when he eyes a magazine cover with a Chippendales model on it. When Mary Jane comes home, she discovers that Peter has set up a romantic dinner and he presents it wearing nothing by a bowtie and a pair of trunks. Unfortunately, Mary Jane isn't alone, as she has brought over her co-worker Sandy Kintzler to meet him. Immediately embarrassed, Peter runs into the bedroom to put on some decent attire, much to the amusement of the two women. Meanwhile, Chance has just finished a date when his wrist alarm goes off, so he ends the date to make his appointment. Sending his date home in a limo. Chance takes a cab to his home, where he opens a secret panel where he hides his costume. Answering his communicator, he is put in touch with Carlton Drake of the Life Foundation. Drake was informed by his employer that Chance could help them with an expensive problem. Chance is intrigued and sets up a meeting with Drake. By this point, Peter, Mary Jane and Sandy have finished their dinner. That's when Sandy decides to call it a night, giving Peter the chance to make good on his promise of a special "dessert" for his wife, and carries her to their bedroom.
Later, at the Endicott Building, members of the Life Foundation are concerned over Carleton Drake hiring Chance to do work for them because of the fact that he draws too much attention. Drake assures them that on this operation, Chance agreed to remain subtle. That's when Chance arrives through the window, much to the irritation of the other members of the Life Foundation. Drake then informs Chance that they would like him to steal the arms that are being shipped in from Europe that evening. At first Chance thinks he is dealing with terrorists and refuses the job, however Drake assures them that the weapons will not be used against innocent people. That is satisfactory enough for Chase to take the job. The following evening, Spider-Man is at the docks to photograph the arms shipment for Joy Mercado. That's when Chance arrives and attacks the soldiers. Spider-Man webs up his camera to take snaps of the situation. Meanwhile, Chance grabs the highest ranking officer on the ground and has him order his troops to cease fire. Suddenly, a submarine rises out of the water,and the soldiers are forced to load the shipment into the sub. Spider-Man is surprised to learn that Chance is out of jail.[Continuity 3] Before the wall-crawler can act, there is a sudden blackout that plunges the pier in total darkness.[Continuity 4]
When Chance guns down one of the soldiers, Spider-Man leaps in to stop him from harming anyone else. When Chance hears police sirens approaching he considers the situation botched. Chance blasts the crane holding the crates of ammunition. Spider-Man leaps to stop it from falling on the soldiers, allowing Chance to escape. The weight is too much for the wall-crawler, and with the last of his strength he shoves the munitions into the water. Later, the paramedics thank Spider-Man for his actions as he saved the life of the wounded soldier. However, Spider-MAn feels bad for hesitating in order to take more photos for the Bugle. Back at the Endicott Building, Chance has come to pay the amount he owes the Life Foundation for failure. However, insist he signs a recipt for bookkeeping purposes. Chance indulges them, and when he touches the pen to paper he triggers an trap that stuns him with a powerful jolt of electricity. Carleton Drake is informed that Chance is still alive, much to his delight as he doesn't want the mercinary dead... yet. Back at his apartment, Peter tells the whole story to Mary Jane. However, she isn't upset with him for taking more photos, she is upset for thinking less of him. She reminds him that happiness doesn't have a price tag and he promises not to feel so bad about her making more money than him.
Meanwhile, in an abandoned building in the South Bronx, a lone man observes a number of stories about Spider-Man that he has pinned up to the wall.[Continuity 5] The man has been studying Spider-Man for months and vows to get revenge against the hero, very soon. As he slams his fist into his other hand, a black substance begins to ooze over forming a pattern similar to the gloves of Spider-Man's black-and-white costume.[Continuity 6]
- ↑ Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife in this story. However, their marriage was later erased from history by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such, Peter and Mary Jane are common-law spouses in this new timeline.
- ↑ Joy states that she is covering an execution. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, particularly since the State of New York abolished capital punishment in 2004.
- ↑ Chance was arrested after being defeated by Spider-Man in Web of Spider-Man #15.
- ↑ The black out is caused by Apocalypse battle with X-Factor in X-Factor #25.
- ↑ Of the notable newspaper headlines there are: The "new" Spider-Man, a story detailing his change in costume. Spider-Man has been wearing some version of a black and white costume since Amazing Spider-Man #252. The Doctor Octopus tell-all article from last issue, Electro "humiliating" Spider-Man is regarding his recent battle with the wall-crawler in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21. The "mutant spider" article is about the time that J. Jonah Jameson hired X-Factor to hunt down Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #282. The article about Kraven the Hunter is about his suicide in Amazing Spider-Man #294.
- ↑ This mystery man is Eddie Brock, a man who has bonded with Spider-Man's alien costume. Brock wants revenge against Spider-Man for exposing the true identity of the Sin-Eater in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #107-110, a revelation that ruined Brock's journalistic career. The symbiote wants revenge against Spider-Man for rejecting him in Amazing Spider-Man #258 and his later attempt to destroy it in Web of Spider-Man #1.
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