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Appearing in "The Kick Inside"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #63.

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Synopsis for "The Kick Inside"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #63.

This story continues from Amazing Spider-Man #406...

Peter Parker sits up in bed watching his wife Mary Jane sleep.[Continuity 1] After feeling his unborn child kick for the first time earlier that evening, he can't help himself and reaches out to see he can feel it kick again.[Continuity 2] When he does so, he wakes up Mary Jane, who understands Peter's excitement, but insists that she needs some sleep. Since he Peter is alert and awake, Mary Jane suggests that Peter go out web-slinging to burn off energy, telling him to be safe and make it back in one piece. Changing into Spider-Man, Peter goes web-slinging, happy with where his life is going, even though he just learned that he is actually a clone.[Continuity 3] He finally believes that his life is going in the right direction and wonders if Ben Reilly can say the same.

At that moment, the Scarlet Spider is reeling back from the revelation that the new Doctor Octopus is the daughter of his friend Seward Trainer. Despite this, the new Doctor has broken into Seward's lab and the Scarlet Spider is intent to stop her. Doctor Octopus is particularly angry that Seward has treated Ben like a son while abandoning and ignoring his own daughter. When the Spider leaps at her, he slams right into her force field. She then tosses Seward into his would-be savior. Seward demands to know what his daughter wants, but she is uninterested in sitting down to talk about it, feeling that that opportunity is long past. She has come to take his father's research on cyberspace, but he refuses to hand it over. As the Scarlet Spider insists on getting Seward to safety, but Trainer refuse to run from his own daughter. Still, the web-slinger insists on it and leaps out a nearby window with Seward in his arms. Meanwhile, Spider-Man has been spending his time catching crooks all over the city. Spotting some squad cars speeding across the city, the wall-crawler's spider-sense begins going off and he decides to investigate. For some reason, he thinks that this might have something to do with the Scarlet Spider.

At that same moment, the Scarlet Spider has gotten Seward to safety and demands to know more about this new Doctor Octopus. Seward, however, points out that this isn't the time to go into his family history. The Spider is inclined to agree when his spider-sense goes off warning him of an ambush by Doctor Octopus. He tells Seward to get to safety as he engages in battle again, but the Scarlet Spider can't get through the Doctor's force field. That's when Spider-Man arrives to lend a hand. Unfortunately, Doctor Octopus manages to strike Spider-Man from behind, sending him over the side of the roof. Disorientated, the wall-crawler in unable to prevent the Doctor from getting a good grasp on him. She then offers a trade, Spider-Man for her father. While over the edge of the building, Spider-Man is slowly being strangled. As he struggles to break free, he fears for what might happen to his wife if he were to die right here. Meanwhile, the Scarlet Spider manages to disorientate Doctor Octopus with his impact webbing, which manages to weave it's way up her mechanical arms and through the tiny gaps in her force field. He then leaps over the edge of the building and rescues Spider-Man, swinging to the ground below.

Unfortunately, this allows Doctor Octopus to get away. By the time the authorities arrive, Seward Trainer decides that his daughter is out of control and agrees to let the Scarlet Spider stop her his own way. When he asks Spider-Man to help, the wall-crawler is still shaken by the fact that he almost died. He has a lot of thinking to do and swings away to talk to Mary Jane before he decides what to do next.

... The Greatest Responsibility concludes in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229.

Appearing in "No More The Hero"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #229.

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Synopsis for "No More The Hero"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #229.

This story continues from Spider-Man #63...

Spider-Man and the Scarlet Spider crash a chop shop in an attempt to learn more about the new Doctor Octopus that has recently surfaced.[Continuity 4] The crooks quickly fold, but they don't know anything about Doctor Octopus. When one of the thugs begs to be let go, telling Spider-Man that he has a wife and child at home. As he has a wife and child of his own, Spider-Man loses his temper and asks rhetorically asks him who would look after his family if he goes to jail.[Continuity 5] Meanwhile, Mary Jane is modeling more maternity clothing for a photo shoot. After it is finished, she suddenly faints, prompting the staff to call for an ambulance.

On his way home, Spider-Man thinks about how his life has changed since it was revealed that he is the clone and the Scarlet Spider is the original.[Continuity 6] The Scarlet Spider breaks up the silence by asking Peter if his lecture to the crook was more about himself than anyone. They go in through the skylight of Parker's home to discover that Mary Jane is not back yet. That's when the phone rings, it is the hospital telling them they have Mary Jane prompting both Peter and Ben to rush there as quickly as possible. It's there that the doctors tell Peter that Mary Jane has microscopic traces of radiation that are having an adverse effect on her pregnancy. They promise Peter to do whatever they can to help her. That's when Seward Trainer enters the room and offers his expertise to help. After examining Mary Jane, Seward tells Peter and Ben that this was one of the complications that he expected and had an antidote prepared for such a situation. He pulls out his cell phone so he can have it delivered, unaware that this call is being monitored by Doctor Octopus. She and her digitized assistant, the Master Programmer, she plans on stealing the antidote. THis is so she can blackmail Seward into giving her the decryption requests to access his stolen files so she can complete her attempts of merging reality with virtual reality.[Continuity 7]

Later, when a messenger heads for the hospital with the antidote, he is jumped by Doctor Octopus' minions. In the hospital, Peter watches over his wife and fears what will happen to her. He also can't believe that he struck her recently and vows to stop creating grief in her life.[Continuity 8] Outside, in the waiting room, Seward gets a call from his daughter who demands his decryption codes in exchange for the antidote. When he tells Peter what happened, Parker refuses to do nothing while his wife is in danger. After convincing Mary Jane that he has to go, Peter changes into Spider-Man and joins Seward and the Scarlet Spider to make the exchange. The two Spiders hide out while Seward waits for the drop off at the pier. When the minions of Doctor Octopus arrive, they figure out that the wall-crawlers will follow they find and destroy the spider-tracer planted on Seward. The feedback briefly stuns the two heroes. Quickly recovering, they notice the van Seward has been taken in hasn't moved from its spot. Checking inside, they find the vehicle empty. Realizing that their foe's hideout is underwater they dive in after him. While inside the secret underwater base, Doctor Octopus takes the opportunity to gloat before the Master Programmer reminds her of the task at hand.

As Seward begins decrypting his data, Spider-Man and the Scarlet Spider crash into the lab and begin fighting off her minions. While they are busy, Octopus flees with Seward. Noticing that she is gone, the two Spiders split up to search for Seward and the antidote. Back at the hospital, Mary Jane waits for Peter to return home and wonders how many times she will have to endure Peter putting his life into jeopardy. Back in the Doctor Octopus' lair, Spider-Man finds the antidote but is ambushed by Doctor Octopus. While in another room, the Scarlet Spider finds Seward Trainer only to be ambushed by the Master Programmer's automated defense systems. As Spider-Man battles Doctor Octopus, she rants and raves about how her father abandoned him when she was younger. This strikes a chord with Spider-Man, making him think about his own impending fatherhood. Spider-Man then overpowers her and hurls her out of the facility, causing it the ceiling to collapse on him. The flooding hideout begins causing the computer systems to short out. With his existence at risk, the Master Programmer escapes into cyberspace. With the death traps to shut down allowing him to free Seward. In the other room, Spider-Man struggles to get out of the rubble he is buried under.[Continuity 9] With the room flooding, Spider-Man thinks about how Aunt May taught him everything he knows about responsibility and how he owes it to Mary Jane to free himself.

Unfortunately, all of his efforts, Spider-Man can't free himself and is at risk of drowning. However, he was rescued by the Scarlet Spider who helps lift the rubble off of him. They recover the antidote and rush it back to the hospital where it is used to cure Mary Jane. After being reunited with his wife, Peter tells her that he has made an important decision and goes out into the waiting room to talk to Ben. There he tells Ben that he recounts how he learned with great power comes great responsibility and has decided that his responsibilities have changed. Since he is an expecting father, he has decided that it is time to retire as Spider-Man and offers to give Ben his Spider-Man costume. Ben is flattered but tells Peter to keep the costume saying that he earned the right to keep it, even suggests that maybe he can make a baby blanket out of it. Peter walks away looking forward to living happily ever after with Mary Jane, satisfied that Ben Reilly will be a suitable replacement for Spider-Man.

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Continuity Notes

  1. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.
  2. Mary Jane revealed that she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  3. Peter was told that he was a clone in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, this was a deception created by the Green Goblin as explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  4. This current Doctor Octopus surfaced in Amazing Spider-Man #405, she replaces her predecessor who was murdered in The Spectacular Spider-Man #221.
  5. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here. Mary Jane revealed that she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  6. Peter and Ben were told this in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, this was all a deception created by the Green Goblin as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  7. Doctor Octopus stole this data in Spider-Man #63.
  8. Peter struck Mary Jane in a fit of rage in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226.
  9. This scene is a homage to Amazing Spider-Man #33, when Spider-Man found himself in a similar situation after battling the original Doctor Octopus.

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