Appearing in "Seeing is Disbelieving"
- Bert Gilmore (Only appearance)
- Foggy Nelson
- J. Jonah Jameson
- Rosalind Sharpe
- New York Police Department
- Mangog (Illusion)
- Giganto (Illusion)
- Tricephalous (Illusion)
- Orrgo (Illusion)
Races and Species:
Synopsis for "Seeing is Disbelieving"
While on patrol, the world around Spider-Man goes insane as Manhattan suddenly gives way for a prehistoric jungle. While trying to make sense of this, the wall-crawler saves a mother and her son from a tyrannosaurus rex and a rampaging herd of triceratops. As he tries to figure out how to get this family to safety, he spots a woman who had been observing this bizarre situation run through a doorway and figures this is a way back to reality. As he swings toward the door the prehistoric jungle begins to fade away. He finds himself inside a bank and figures that what he saw was some kind of strange temporal shift. However, things get even more bizarre as one of the bank employees realizes that they were robbed and triggers the alarm, bringing up the police. Believing the wall-crawler was somehow involved they attempt to arrest him, prompting Spider-Man to escape. He decides to head to the Daily Bugle to develop the photos that he took of this strange occurrence. As he leaves, he wonders why the dinosaurs didn't set off his spider-sense like the cops did after the fact. As he leaves, he is unaware that he is being observed by Daredevil who had come to stop the robbery. He decides against catching up with the wall-crawler and finding out what happened as he is due to report to work as Matt Murdock.
Arriving at the offices of Sharpe, Nelson, and Murdock, Daredevil changes back into his civilian identity of Matt Murdock. He arrives just as Rosalind Sharpe and Foggy Nelson are sitting down with their newest client, Bert Gilmore of Gilsoft Games. Gilmore tells them that the reason his video game company has been so successful is that he makes sure that all his developers are doing their jobs as work-for-hire and makes sure that Gilsoft legally owns all of its intellectual property. Although Roslinde is eager to do whatever the client wishes, Matt insists that any papers they draw up will also advise Gilmore's employees of their right to legal counsel before the sign away their rights.
While at the Daily Bugle, publisher J. Jonah Jameson is furious that nobody has anything on the alleged dinosaur appearance downtown. That's when Peter arrives and tells Jonah that he got photos of the whole thing. However, when he develops his photos they only show panicked people and none of the dinosaurs people saw. Thinking that Peter did a terrible job, Jonah scolds him for sub-par work. Confused by the whole thing, Peter rushes out before Jonah finishes his latest rant. While at the Gilsoft offices, Matt Murdock tells the employees about the work-for-hire contacts that Bert wants them to sign. Everyone is upset except for one employee, whom Gilmore identifies as Angela Bradford, who Matt detects is not displaying any emotion at all. Asking about her, Matt learns that she is a simple office worker. Still, Matt finds her attitude suspicious and decides to follow her out of the office, leaving Foggy to deal with legal matters. Bradford is not surprised that her employer has ignored her as he runs his office like a boy's club, ignoring the female employees. However, she intends to show him her value as she had spent her time developing a portable virtual reality projector. Putting on her special projection goggles, Angela intends to prove her genius once again, hoping that Spider-Man doesn't interfere again. As she puts on the goggles, Angela transforms into her alter-ego, Synario, spotting Daredevil watching her from the rooftops as she does so.
Not far away, Spider-Man is returning to the scene of the earlier chaos and is shocked to see what appears to be a live volcano nearby. He then spots Daredevil leaping at Synario, wondering how he can ignore the more immediate danger nearby. Spotting Spider-Man, Synario uses her projector to make her look like a damsel in distress being attacked by a giant robot. Fooled by this illusion, Spider-Man leaps in and tries to stop the robot, unaware that it is really Daredevil. Unable to see Synario's illusions, Daredevil is confused as Spider-Man calls him a robot and swings away with the woman. Daredevil tries to convince Spider-Man that he is being deceived, but the wall-crawler won't listen. By this point, Bert Gilmore arrives on the scene trying to find Angela and Matt Murdock. Witnessing the battle, he spots Angela standing on the sidelines with what he thinks is a strange game controller and sees this as another means of making money. Meanwhile, Daredevil convinces Spider-Man to trust his instincts and realize that there is no danger. Noticing that his spider-sense isn't going off, the web-slinger decides to take a chance and this shatters the illusion.
Just as Spider-Man and Daredevil make peace, Gilmore steals Angela's projector, claiming that it is his since she used his company's equipment to develop it. When Spider-Man and Daredevil rush after them, Bert uses the device to create a new illusion that makes the two heroes appear to be surrounded by an army of monsters. While this distracts Spider-Man, Daredevil is not so easily fooled and uses his billy-club to trip up Gilbert as he tries to flee. With the illusion shattered, Spider-Man catches the projector with his webbing and as he tries to figure out what to do with it, both Angela and Bert argue over its ownership. Deciding to follow his gut, Spider-Man smashes the device instead. That's when the police arrive and as they are arresting the pair, Bert Gilmore vows to sue Spider-Man. As the wall-crawler swings away, Daredevil is amused by the statement, telling Gilmore to watch out as he knows that Spider-Man has access to a good lawyer.
Appearing in "There Once Was A Spider..."
Other Characters (The Present):
- Linda Greico (Only appearance)
- New York Police Department
- Norman Osborn (Vision)
- Black Tarantula (Vision)
Other Characters (The Future):[Continuity 1]
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
- Fantastic Four
- Silver Surfer
- Spider-Man 2099
- Spider-Man 2211
- Inhuman Royal Family
- Machine Man
- Doctor Strange
- Captain Marvel
- Power Man
- Iron Fist
- New York City
- Earth-98105 (Only appearance)
- Captain America's Shield (Only in flashback)
- Iron Man Armor Model 4 (Only in flashback)
- Mjolnir (Only in flashback)
- Silver Surfer's Surfboard (Only in flashback)
- Iron Man Armor Model 16 (Only in flashback)
Synopsis for "There Once Was A Spider..."
1000 Years in the Future
A pair of archeologists named Lana and Zack are digging through the ruins of old Manhattan when they come across what appears to be one of the web-shooters used by the legendary hero known as Spider-Man. Zack believes this discovery is a great one since Spider-Man is well regarded as one of the most important players during the so-called "Age of Heroes".[Continuity 2] They decide to go back to their lab to examine the web-shooter further. Noticing a brown stain on the side of the device, Lana hopes that it is a sample of Spider-Man's blood. At the lab, they wonder if this web-shooter was present during Spider-Man's final battle, the truth of which has been lost to history and hotly debated by scholars to this day. Placing the device in a Synthemax machine they scan it and confirm that the web-shooter is genuine. Lara is excited as, other than the Kirby and Ditko museums, they are in possession of one of the few artifacts to survive the Age of Heroes. Zack thinks of the sense of history, although there had been many successors to the role of Spider-Man over the last 1000 years, this device was worn by the original who saved the world countless times. With a sense of wonder, Zack looks out a window and wonders what a man of such courage and vision was like in real life...
Peter Parker is looking out the window and brooding over his lot in life. Noticing this, his wife Mary Jane asks Peter what's the matter.[Continuity 3] Peter tells her that he is thinking about how his old enemies keep coming back from the dead and his new ones get deadlier all the time and wonders why he still bothers being Spider-Man.[Continuity 4] Seeing that her husband is in a dour mood suggests that he take the day off and leave the heroics to others like the Avengers and the Fantastic Four so she can cheer him up. However, this idea quickly gets quashed when Peter accidentally turns on the television by sitting on the remote and sees a news report about a young girl named Londa Greico who got trapped in the sewers that are rapidly flooding due to the torrential rain hitting the city. After a moment of consideration, Mary Jane agrees to let Peter go out as Spider-Man and save the young girl, knowing that he'll succeed.
Zack and Lara are recounting the history of Spider-Man, going through their historical records which suggest that the web-slinger was often called upon to assist other heroes such as the Avengers and the Fantastic Four. Zack figures that due to his constant heroics, Spider-Man must have been hailed as a hero by the public, figuring that there must have also been a museum that celebrated the hero.
When Spider-Man arrives on the scene where search crews are trying to find a trace of the missing girl, an officer on the scene tells Spider-Man to get lost, even though he wants to help.[Continuity 5] Although Spider-Man swings away, he refuses to do nothing and is merely getting out of sight before climbing down a nearby manhole cover to conduct his own search.
Lara has just finished her examination of the stain on the web-shooters and confirms that it is the blood of an enhanced super-human. Although they cannot conclusively confirm if it is Spider-Man's blood, it does lend credibility to her theory that it may have been at the site of Spider-Man's last battle. However, Zack isn't convinced, reminding her of some theories that believe that Spider-Man had a secret underground headquarters where he stored all his crimefighting equipment. However, Laura doesn't buy this, as there is no evidence that this so-called "Spider-Cave" ever existed let alone other stories of the so-called Spider-Cycle and Spider-Copter.[Continuity 6]
Spider-Man crawls through the sewers as the waters begin to rise and fears that he might not make it to the trapped girl on time. However, he refuses to give up until he finds her.
Zack and Lara have since begun talking about Spider-Man's wife Mary Jane. When Zack pulls up an image of her from her modeling days, Lara is taken away by how beautiful she is. When she asks what happened to Mary Jane, Zack tells her that once again, historians disagree. Some believe they were divorced, others think she may have been killed by one of Spider-Man's foes. However, Zack likes to the possibility that the couple ended up living happily ever after. He remarks how some scholars believe that Mary Jane was the "first lady" of the Heroic Age. Lara points out that others would dispute this suggesting that either Susan Richard or Janet van Dyne would more accordingly fit that description.
Regardless, Lara figures that given Spider-Man's reputation in the super-hero community that Mary Jane must have hosted a lot of colorful parties. One thing is for certain, she figures that Mary Jane was probably the envy of all her friends.
Lara would be wrong, as Mary Jane waits at home looking out the window all by herself. Worrying over her husband's safety, Mary Jane sheds a single tear.
While in the city sewers, things are becoming more dangerous as the constant rain is compromising the structural integrity of the tunnel. Thankfully, he finds Linda Grieco but when he tries to swing to her aid a part of the tunnel collapses on his arm. This cuts him and wrecks one of his web-shooters. Quickly, the web-slinger tosses the web-shooter into the water and binds his wound with webbing. Even with one free hand, he assures the young girl that he can save her. Asking her to trust him, Spider-Man wraps her up in an air-tight cocoon that he can strap onto his back. He then dives into the water and uses his powerful legs to spring-board himself up to the manhole cover above.
Once on the surface, Spider-Man tells the rescue crews that he found the girl. However, instead of the hero's welcome, the police officers accused him of kidnapping the girl and keeping her prisoner. As they try to swarm Spider-Man and pull his mask off, the web-slinger wonders why he bothers and swings away.
The examination of the blood sample is completed and it is confirmed to be Spider-Man's blood. This gives Zach an idea and he asks if the sample can be replicated. When Lara asks what he is thinking he tells her that since there hasn't been a Spider-Man for a few hundred years and he could be the Spider-Man for a new millennium. Telling her that no matter what happens the world needs heroes as well as those that believe in them.
As Spider-Man escapes the angry mob that thinks he had something to do with the little girl being lost, little Linda Greico watches as her savior flees for his life.
Appearing in "Free Fall"
Synopsis for "Free Fall"
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