Appearing in "And He Strikes Like a Thunderball"
Synopsis for "And He Strikes Like a Thunderball"
Thunderball has recovered the crowbar wielded by his former boss, the Wrecker from a prison armored car. With the crowbar and his own wrecking ball, Thunderball's strength has now doubled. The only person now standing in his way is Spider-Man, who is more concerned with getting Thunderball's former minions to safety. As Thunderball leaves the scene, Spider-Man gets to a phone and calls the authorities for help. Not far away, Thunderball marvels over his increased strength and considers himself a one-man wrecking crew. While he is distracted, Spider-Man gets the drop on him and manages to snatch away the Wrecker's crowbar. Although Spider-Man has taken the weapon away from Thunderball, it's power is still transferring to him.
Thanks to his enhanced speed and agility, Spider-Man is able to keep on the defensive, but the wall-crawler lures Thunderball out to an electrical transformer. There, he tosses the crowbar back to his foe. As Thunderball grabs the crowbar just as Spider-Man webs up a wire to the crowbar, sending thousands of volts of electricity into the villain. This doesn't stun Thunderball overly much and he tosses his wrecking ball at the web-slinger. Spider-Man dodges it and attaches another wire to that weapon as well. When Thunderball grabs it, it completes a circuit between him and the transformer. Although Thunderball continues to shrug this off, he is unaware that he is causing the transformer to overload. Spider-Man runs to cover, ushering the arriving police officers to safety. Suddenly, the transformer explodes with enough force to knock out Thunderball.
With the battle over, Spider-Man is swarmed by reporters who are less interested in the wall-crawler's battle with Thunderball, and more interested in his comments on creating the largest traffic jam on the nearby expressway. Unsurprised by the lack of gratitude, Spider-Man leaps into the back of a pick-up truck heading back to the city so he can get back home.
Appearing in "House of M"
- Captain George Stacy (Last appearance) (Death in Parker's imagination)
- Ben Parker
- May Parker
- Gwen Stacy-Parker
- Richie Parker
- Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius) (In Parker's imagination)
- Mary Jane Watson (Mentioned)
- Radioactive Spider (Mentioned)
- House of M (Mentioned)
- Crusher Hogan
- Rhino (Aleksei Sytsevich) (Last appearance)
- Vulture (Adrian Toomes) (Last appearance)
- J. Jonah Jameson (Last appearance)
- Osborn Industries (Last appearance)
- Norman Osborn (Last appearance)
- Magneto (Erik Magnus)
Races and Species:
- House of M
- Doctor Octopus' Tentacles
- Peter Parker's Journal (Last appearance)
- Spider-Man's Suit
- Rhino Armor (Last appearance)
- Vulture's Wings (Last appearance)
Synopsis for "House of M"
Peter's family reads his journal and founds out about their Earth-616 counterparts. They're pretty upset to find out they're all dead, with the exception of Aunt May, who is weak and has frequent heart attacks.
Meanwhile, Peter's still on the run, hiding out in a hovel with a group of homeless Sapes. The House of M NYPD comes in and forces everyone to leave, upsetting most of the humans because they have no other place to live. Peter swoops out of the shadows and stands up to the cops, buying time for the other people to get out. As soon as the cops leave, the humans turn against him, since he brought all that trouble on them anyway by being outed as a human.
Peter barely escapes, and manages to break down and finally call Ben and May. Like the great parents they are, they comfort him, and Ben goes to meet him. Together, they figure out that the only way the mutants will lay off of the humans is if Peter is a hero one last time.
They fake his suicide, send the pictures to the Bugle, and retire as a family to the mountains where Peter begins teaching Richie to fish.
Appearing in 3rd story
Synopsis for 3rd story
In the bathroom of his apartment, Eddie Brock scowls down at a copy of the Daily Bugle newspaper calling Venom a villain, complaining about his bad reputation when he's willing to do what Spider-Man isn't. The Venom symbiote addresses Eddie through his reflection, telling him that they need to make the people of Manhattan see what they're capable of. Eddie protests due to the symbiote's viciousness causing him to sometimes do "bad things", but the symbiote hisses that in feeding on the wicked they're doing the right thing. A surge of blinding light emanates from Eddie's mirror and he finds himself in a medieval stone and wood building, the symbiote telling him that Kulan Gath is summoning them to play a role in the world he's remaking. Giving in, Eddie transforms into Venom and says it's time to take revenge on Spider-Man and make the world pure for their lord and master.
As Spider-Man reels from being slashed, Red Sonja snaps that no man can lay a hand on her without paying for it in blood. Breaking his fall and confused as to why Mary Jane is wearing nothing but a chainmail bikini and waving around a sword, Spider-Man tries to talk some sense into her and is attacked for his trouble, Red Sonja calling him a demon and redoubling her efforts to kill him. Growing frustrated after getting kicked in the crotch, Spider-Man stops holding back and disarms Red Sonja, though she punches him in the face and snarls that she swore an oath to kill Kulan Gath and all who serve him. Spider-Man says he doesn't have a clue who or what she's talking about, but she doesn't believe him and shouts that his strange skin smells of evil, that Gath's men murdered her family and raped her, and that she was given power by a goddess to exact revenge. As she tackles him off the roof of the fortress they're fighting on, Spider-Man tells himself that this all has to be a nightmare, and that any minute he'll wake up and they'll be in bed together. Crashing through the roof of a tavern, Sonja spots her blade and grabs it; walking over to where Spider-Man lies seemingly unconscious and preparing to kill him. She diverts her stab at the last second as Mary Jane fights Sonja for control, muttering that Spider-Man is a great warrior as she peels back his mask and whispering his name as she prepares to kiss him. Red Sonja reasserts herself, recoiling in disgust, and Spider-Man realizes that Sonja's control over Mary Jane's body is dependant on her staying in contact with her sword. Before he can press the issue his Spider-Sense goes off; and Venom rips through the wall of the tavern, speaking in butchered Early Modern English - which Spider-Man immediately calls him out on - and saying that Kulan Gath demands their blood. Transforming his head into a massive set of jaws, Venom attempts to devour them both in a single bite, but Spider-Man and Red Sonja manage to dodge. Raising her sword, Sonja faces down Venom and declares that as a servant of Kulan Gath he must die.
At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kulan Gath gloats that he managed to bend Venom to his will, telling his scribe - J. Jonah Jameson - that his next decree will be to have all women with red hair decapitated so as to prevent Sonja's soul from indwelling a new body. Gleefully watching Venom battle with Sonja, Kulan Gath orders his scribe to tell him all about the symbiote supervillain.
In Times Square, Vermin - astride a giant fire-breathing rat - and a horde of monsters drive a crowd of civilians towards the sacrificial pits, Joe Robertson snatching up a terrified child as she falls and telling her that he'll protect her. Gloating, Vermin sneers that they will be sacrificed to mark the ascension of his lord and master, Kulan Gath.
Venom's brawl with Red Sonja and Spider-Man spills out into the streets, the symbiote supervillain enraging Sonja by calling her a harlot. As Venom lunges and snarls that he'll eat their brains, Spider-Man dodges and Red Sonja kicks Venom in the head, shouting that she'll send him back to the pit that spawned him. Sonja slashes Venom, drawing blood, and Spider-Man warns her that underneath the living darkness is a human who - while deeply flawed - doesn't deserve to die. Sonja dismisses this and scolds him for talking too much; Spider-Man snaring Venom with webbing and retorting that while she distracts enemies with a skimpy outfit, he distracts them with bad jokes. Snarling that Sonja is right, Venom snares Spider-Man with a tendril and says he'll silence him by eating his tongue. Venom slams Spider-Man into the roof of the castle, Sonja cursing Spider-Man's recklessness as she clambers up to save him. Venom snarls that the lord wants Spider-Man dead and slashes him with his claws, ripping Spider-Man's costume and sending him flying into the swamp that used to be Central Park. Horrified that Spider-Man might have been killed, Sonja slashes Venom across the chest and leaps after Spider-Man, vowing to return after she's saved him. As Sonja dives into the swamp, Venom snarls that he'll devour her for making him bleed; but is interrupted by the arrival of Vermin, who says he can feast all he wants if he does Kulan Gath's bidding.
At Sheep's Meadow, Kulan Gath's executioners begin dragging red-haired women out of the crowd, beheading them, and mounting their severed heads on pikes. Kulan Gath gloats that he has successfully conquered the city even with Red Sonja hunting him; but that he managed to set her against Spider-Man and now both of them are dead. Jameson dourly writes as Kulan Gath states that he will soon be powerful enough to transform the entire world in his image, leaving it a rotting effigy for the gods to gaze upon in horror.
Sonja grabs Spider-Man and hauls him to the surface of the swamp, still confused by the nagging sensation at the back of her mind that he is someone close and dear to her, someone she can trust and rely upon for backup. Muttering that she'll figure that out later, she tells the unconscious Spider-Man that Kulan Gath intends to sacrifice every person in the city and enact a ritual to obtain godlike power - as he's done countless times in the past. Sonja deposits Spider-Man on the shore and leaves to find more allies, but the moment she's out of eyesight Kulan Gath's soldiers come across Spider-Man and grab him, carrying him away to be sacrificed. Spotting this, Red Sonja curses her bad luck and hurries off to find more allies so she can rescue him.
Having learned about the Venom symbiote from Jameson, Kulan Gath gleefully declares his intent to strip it from its host and claim its dark power for himself.
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