Appearing in "In Final Battle with the Black Tarantula"
- Don Fortunato
- Fabian Caches (Only appearance)
- Marina Caches[Flashback 2]
- Dante Rigoletto
- Shantal Wilsk (Photo)
- Don Rigoletto (Referenced)
Races and Species:
- Earth (Main story and flashback)
Synopsis for "In Final Battle with the Black Tarantula"
Amid the bodies of mobsters and Hydra Killdroids, the Black Tarantula tells Spider-Man to leave as this battle does not concern him. However, the wall-crawler refuses to stand down. Before they can resume their battle, another Killdroid tries to ambush them. Spider-Man then watches in utter amazement as the Black Tarantula rips open the Killdroid with his bare hands and tosses away the pilot. As he witnesses this show of strength, the web-slinger's mind thinks back to the events that led up to this moment...
Peter Parker has returned home after his battle with Bloodstorm and Roughhouse and shows Mary Jane a photograph showing his wife with her friend Marina Caches and Shantal Wilsk.[Continuity 1] Fearing for Mary Jane's safety, Peter wants to get her out of town, but she refuses to leave without warning her friends. The following morning, Mary Jane pays a visit to Marina to learn why the Black Tarantula might be after her. As his wife goes into the home, Peter is watching out as Spider-Man. When he spots Chesbro -- the Black Tarantula's servant -- he tells the little man to go away as Marina is under his protection. Chesbro complies but warns Spider-Man that he will live to regret interfering. Meanwhile, inside, Mary Jane meets Marina's son Fabian. When she shows Marina the photo and asks her about her connection to the Black Tarantula, Marina realizes that she has no choice but to tell Mary Jane the truth.
Marina explains that when she was attending college she met and fell in love with a man named Carlos LaMuerto who was getting an education in America as he was attached to an Argentinean diplomatic mission. The two quickly got married and a year later Marina was pregnant with Fabian. That's when she learned the truth about her husband, LaMuerto was actually the leader of a criminal organization and the Black Tarantula. She also learned that the first born child of the family would later be groomed to succeed their father as the next Black Tarantula. Not wanting her son to suffer this fate, she fled back to the United States and filed for divorce. However, now she is certain that her husband has returned to America in order to reclaim the heir to his empire. That's when the doorbell rings and -- not willing to hide -- Marina answers it. Thankfully, it is only her boyfriend Dante Rigoletto. When she tells him that her ex-husband is in the country, Dante suggests that they all seek refuge at his godfather's estate on Staten Island, assuring Marina and Mary Jane that there will be enough security there to keep them safe. Watching Mary Jane leaving with Marina and Dante frustrates Spider-Man, who wanted her to get out of harm's way and follows after them to make sure they stay safe.
While at a mansion at Long Island, the Rose meets with Don Fortunato to demand he do something about the Black Tarantula. Not only is he still furious that the Tarantula was given his hijacking operations, but his minions also were responsible for putting his bodyguard -- Delilah -- in the hospital. However, Fortunato is unwilling to help since the Black Tarantula proved to be a more powerful ally by being able to take the mask of Spider-Man off the heroes face.[Continuity 2] He then reminds the Rose that it was he who gave him his identity and position in the criminal underworld. He then yanks off the Rose's mask, revealing him to be Jacob Conover, a reporter for the Daily Bugle. That's when Dante arrives with Marina and Mary Jane, asking his uncle for protection. Recognizing Conover, Mary Jane asks him what he is doing here, but the reporter can only say that it's a long story. Outside, Spider-Man wonders why Dante Rigoletto would bring Mary Jane and Marina to Don Fortunato's hideout. That's when he remembers where he heard the name Rigoletto before, that it was the name of an old crime boss from years back.[Continuity 3]
That's when the Black Tarantula came crashing in through the gates demanding his son be turned over to him. That's when Spider-Man swings in to try and stop him, however, not only is the Black Tarantula able to contend with the Don's bodyguards, he also overpowers Spider-Man in the process. Inside, Conover asks Fortunato if his security can keep them safe. Confident in his men, Fortunato then unleashed the Hydra Killdroids, which the Black Tarantula was able to deal with. Recovering from the Tarantula's attack, Spider-Man demands to know what his foe wants. That's when the Black Tarantula reveals to Spider-Man that he has come for his son....
As Spider-Man and the Black Tarantula continue to battle, Marina calms her son down by assuring Fabian that his father will never harm him, no matter what. Meanwhile, Conover is becoming increasingly nervous of the attention he is getting from Mary Jane and begins trying to figure a way out of this situation. As the battle rages on, Spider-Man uses his full strength, but nothing he does phases the Black Tarantula and he begins to weaken. As the others are distracted by the battle, Conover pulls out a gun, planning on executing Don Fortunato and eliminating the witnesses. That's when Spider-Man and the Black Tarantula comes crashing through the wall. Having had enough of being terrorized, Marina scolds her ex-husband for frightening his child. Her concern for Fabio's well-being causes the Black Tarantula to pause momentarily. Jacob then takes this moment to make his move, but he is spotted and webbed up by Spider-Man. The Black Tarantula decides that the battle is over and begins to walk away, telling Spider-Man that he should be proud that he survived their encounter. To Marina, he says he will allow her to raise their son and that he will come when the time is right, as he has all the time in the world and can afford be patient.
Appearing in "Back on his Game!"
- Desiree Winthrop
- Shirley Washington
- Billy Walters
- Aunt Anna
- Hope Hibbert
- Mike Dennager (Only appearance)
- 'Tonio (Unnamed)
- Ben Reilly (Mentioned)
- Lenny (Mentioned)
- Dougie Horton (Mentioned)
- Ben Urich (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- New York City
- Garbage truck
Synopsis for "Back on his Game!"
A young couple is walking through the streets of Manhattan when they are suddenly confronted by a mugger who attempts to rob them. Thankfully, Spider-Man arrives on the scene and knocks out the crook, much to the thanks of his would-be victims.[Continuity 4] When the crook gets back up and tries to stab the web-slinger from behind, Spider-Man quickly beats him into submission and leaves him webbed up for the authorities. Those watching the fight applaud Spider-Man who does a quick bow before heading for home. On his way back home, Spider-Man feels great that he is back in his regular costume and no longer hunted by bounty-hunters. As he arrives home, he peeks into the window of his neighbor, Hope Hibbert, he recalls how the deaf girl gave a sign that suggested that she might know his secret identity and grows concerned again.[Continuity 5]
Later that day, Peter Parker and his wife Mary Jane are heading to the Daily Grind.[Continuity 6] They are going to meet with Desiree Winthrop who has been trying to talk with Peter since the death of Ben Reilly to talk about what she claims is psychic abilities that have her concerned.[Continuity 7] Although Peter has his apprehensions, Mary Jane convinces her husband that talking to Desiree is the right thing to do as she is struggling to come to terms with Ben's death. When they enter the Grind they are welcomed by its owner, Shirley Washington, and Buzz, a regular patron. As Mary Jane sits down with Desiree, Shirley and Buzz ask Peter his opinion on the news about drug dealers who have been disappearing. At first, Peter thinks this is a good thing, but Buzz puts his opinion in doubt by pointing out that Spider-Man was being hunted down not so long ago even though he was eventually proven innocent of any wrongdoing.[Continuity 8] When he sits down with Desiree, she wants to Peter about this strange premonition she had about Ben Reilly and his connection to Spider-Man. This comes as a shock to Peter, but before Desiree can get into more detail, Billy Walters enters the Grind. When Peter invites Billy over to their table, he considers it for a moment before changing his mind and walking away, still hurt that Peter has bailed on him on a number of occasions.
As Billy walks away, Desiree continues saying that she was thinking about how Ben Reilly died helping Spider-Man and how she knew that he Reilly had some kind of secret. Lately, she has felt premonitions about others. After a long rambling explanation, she felt that she a psychic feeling from Ben and how he loved Peter very much, that such tight bonds are rare. Half listening because he is more concerned about Billy, Peter offhandedly tells her that he does understand what she means, particularly when he sees the hurt look on Billy's face. After getting it off her chest, Desiree thanks the Parkers for listening to her, telling them that she figures this is weird for them. Mary Jane assures her that it is not the weirdest thing they've ever experienced.
That evening, a drug dealer named Larry is being hunted down by the Black Cat. However, when she corners him in an alley, a gang of men surrounds them, wanting Larry for himself. Quickly, the Black Cat knocks out all of these attackers and then gets down to business with Larry. She demands that he tell her what happened to all the drug dealers who have been disappearing lately, particularly one named Dougie Horton, a runaway who worked as Larry's drug mule. He refuses to talk, even when the Black Cat threatens to make other criminals think he is a mole for the NYPD. That's when one of the gang members gets up and tries to shoot her but surprisingly misses. As the Black Cat knocks her would-be killer out, she tells Spider-Man that she knows he is watching and leaps up to join him. When he asks the Cat what she is up to, she explains that she is trying to find Dougie Horton, who ran away to New York City to try and find fame and fortune before disappearing. She was then hired by Doubie's family to try and find out what happened to him. So far, she has no leads but figures the next person she meets, someone named Mikey will talk. The web-slinger agrees to help, and the next day Peter gets info on the disappearances from Ben Urich at the Daily Bugle. He tells Felicia that the kidnappings have all happened near Lexington and 98th Street during routine drug drops. Meanwhile, Felicia has located "Mikey", full name Michael Dennager a 16-year-old pusher. She asks Peter if he wants to tag along with her. Peter gladly accepts and when Felicia hangs up the phone she accidentally knocks her drink. Surprisingly, the cup lands upright without spilling.
At the Parker home, Peter begins telling Mary Jane what's going on when he notices Hope Hibbert -- who is being babysat by Aunt Anna -- watching them intently. He quickly pulls Mary Jane aside and repeats his concerns that Hope may have stumbled upon his secret identity. However, Mary Jane thinks that Peter is overreacting and tells him to get going and Peter ducks out before Mary Jane can make a joke about how Peter and Felicia used to date.[Continuity 9] Soon, Spider-Man and the Black Cat have tracked down Michael Dennager to an alley where he is meeting with two other drug dealers. When they try to confront them, they all make a run for it. As Spider-Man rounds up Michael's associates, Felicia chases after Dennager demanding answers. Mikey tells her that Dougie was taken by the "truck". While she is trying to get the youth to make sense she doesn't see a garbage truck driving up to them. The wall-crawler sees it and recognizes it and tries to shove both the Black Cat and Mikey out of the way. However, the truck drops a dumpster over top of them and the drivers pump it full of knock out gas, incapacitating everyone inside.[Continuity 10]
When they wake up, Spider-Man and the Black Cat find themselves a prisoner of the madman known as Arcade who welcomes the wall-crawler back to Murderworld.[Continuity 11]
Appearing in "Cat & Mouse"
- Dougie Horton (Only appearance)
- Billy Walters
- J. Jonah Jameson
- Mary Jane Watson-Parker
- Osborn Industries (Mentioned)
- Norman Osborn (Mentioned)
- Multivex (Mentioned)
- Alison Mongrain (Mentioned)
- Robbie Robertson (Mentioned)
- Aunt Anna (Mentioned)
- New York City
- Mediterranean Sea (Mentioned)
- Robotic doppelgangers of Spidey & Black Cat
- Buzz-saw bumper cars
Synopsis for "Cat & Mouse"
Spider-Man and the Black Cat has just been captured by the assassin-for-hire known as Arcade. Awakening in Murderworld, Spider-Man demands to know what Arcade is up to. The assassin informs wall-crawler that he was passing his time by kidnapping drug dealers and forcing them to survive his death filled amusement park when he saw an opportunity to kidnap the wall-crawler and his partner for some added fun. He then dares Spider-Man to try and get out of the cell he and the Black Cat are trapped in, pointing out that a constant flow of polymeric lubricant will prevent him from crawling out of the pit. However, he points out that if Spider-Man somehow does manage to find a way to climb out a nest of lasers will blast him to pieces. Quick thinking, Spider-Man uses his webbing to clog the drains so that the pit fills with polymeric lubricant. Swimming up to the top, Spider-Man then uses his webbing to redirect one of the laser cannons to blast the others, allowing himself and the Black Cat to escape from Arcade's first trap. Appearing on another television monitor, Arcade commends the wall-crawler for his ingenuity and invites him to fight his way through the rest of Murderworld, showing the web-slinger and the Black Cat that he has Dougie Horton -- the boy the Black Cat was hired to find -- as a hostage.
Meanwhile, Billy Walters invites J. Jonah Jameson into his apartment. Billy informs Jonah that he has been investigating Norman Osborn. His investigation found a paper trail connecting Osborn Industries to another company called Multivex. From there he followed the leads to a woman named Alison Mongrain, a woman who was in Osborn to do his dirty work. However, she recently disappeared when the yacht Norman set her up in on the Mediterranean was blown up. Jameson is impressed with Billy's work and thanks him, admitting that it is not that easy for him to say. However, Billy has more, warning Jonah that what he is about to say next will come as a shock.[Continuity 12]
Back at Murderworld, Spider-Man and the Black Cat are forced to go through a trap-laden maze. Thanks to Spider-Man's spider-sense, the wall-crawler is able to get himself and the Black Cat through most of the tracks. While Arcade mocks them, Spider-Man deduces he is able to follow their progress through the maze using tracking devices he planted on them while they were knocked out. Pulling off the device and tossing it at a wall, they narrowly avoid getting blown up. On the other side, they discover that Arcade has robotic duplicates of them waiting on the other side. Meanwhile, in Queens, Mary Jane answers the door and is surprised to see Hope Higgins waiting outside. The deaf girl from next door signs that she wants to see her husband, Peter, instead of Mary Jane's Aunt Anna.[Continuity 13] Mary Jane tells the young girl that Peter is working for the Daily Bugle and tells her to come back later after school. As Hope goes to catch the school bus, Mary Jane wonders if Peter's concern that Hope has discovered his secret identity is valid.[Continuity 14]
At that moment, Spider-Man and the Black Cat battle with robotic duplicates. Although the robots are destroyed, the Black Cat is knocked out by a blow to the head. Picking Felicia up and carrying her into the next room, Spider-Man finds himself as a disadvantage as Arcade unleashes a swarm of buzzsaw bumper cars. However, Arcade is shocked when Spider-Man tosses the Black Cat at the whirling blades. As it turns out, Spider-Man was carrying the robotic Black Cat and while Arcade was distracted by this, the real Black Cat has managed to sneak into his control room and get the drop on the assassin. With Arcade wrapped up for the authorities, the pair begin looking for Dougie. Searching various rooms they discover that, horrifically, Arcade stashed the boy in a room filled with the dead drug dealers who failed to survive his course through Murderworld. Once back home, Peter meets with Hope who asks him why Spider-Man was coming out of the Parker's bedroom window. Peter is about to explain his secret identity when Hope writes down that she thought Peter and Mary Jane were in danger since Spider-Man was considered a criminal. Relieved that she hadn't figured out that he is really Spider-Man, Peter explains that because of his job at the Daily Bugle he and Spider-Man have become friends and assures her not to worry because Spider-Man just wants to help people. With Hope's fears assauged, Peter suggests they go check on Aunt Ann in the kitchen to see if dinner is ready.
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