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Appearing in "All My Pasts Remembered!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #259.

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Synopsis for "All My Pasts Remembered!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #259.

After revealing that she has known that Peter Parker has been Spider-Man for years, Mary Jane Watson takes Peter to Central Park so he can tell her about her own deep secret. Peter considers trying to convince her that she is wrong, worrying about if he can trust her with his biggest secret, particularly because she acts so flakey. Mary Jane reads Peter like a book and assures him that she can trust him, that the happy-go-lucky girl she has portrayed for years was an act. They stop at a lake where she admits that she has had a habit of running away from responsibility, something she learned from her parents. She then begins to tell Peter about her family life.

Mary Jane's mother, Madeline, met her father Philip while they were in college. Her father was studying literature, while her mother was in drama. After they graduated, Madeline wanted to go to New York to pursue an acting career. Philip had other ideas, they were soon married and eight months later, Mary Jane's sister Gayle was born. Mary Jane was born four years later. While Madeline raised the kids, Philip worked as a college professor while he tried to write a novel that would make them rich. However, with each failure, Philip became angrier and took out that anger out on his wife. Philip moved them from town to town, and while Mary Jane became a class clown, her sister focused on ballet. Things took another turn on the night that Philip struck Gayle. This was the final straw for Madeline, who took her two daughters and left her abusive husband. Mary Jane dealt with this by adopting her happy-go-lucky attitude. They moved from relative to relative. Most didn't care for Madeline or her children, however, Mary Jane took a liking to her Aunt Anna. Anna was the person who first introduced Mary Jane to May Parker. Mary Jane finishes her recollection by reminding Peter of how their aunts first tried to set them both up. Peter and Mary Jane continue their walk, and Peter admits that he intentionally avoided Mary Jane, and regrets not meeting her sooner.

Elsewhere, at a secret gambling den hidden within a rail car, the illegal casino is smashed by the Hobgoblin. The villain demands that the owner give him 10% of the revenue the illegal casino generates. However, the owner already gives part of the take to the Kingpin and questions why he should give money to the Hobgoblin as well. The masked villain tells the man to consider it, lest the Hobgoblin returns, driving his clientele away.

While back in Central Park, Mary Jane continues to tell Peter about her troubled childhood. She explains that her father moved to Oregon not long after her mother left him. She attempted to keep in contact, but he never responded to her letters, so she eventually stopped. Meanwhile, Mary Jane's mother finally found them some semblance of stability by moving in with her cousin Frank Brown. However, Frank expected Madeline to slave over him and his three unruly children. By this time Gayle started attending high school where she met and fell in love with football star Timmy Byrnes. During this period, Gayle continued to focus on her dancing, while Mary Jane took up an interest in acting. Things got heated when Gayle and Timmy announced that they were planning on getting married after graduating from high school. Madeline protested this, warning Gayle that she was throwing her future away, but they were married anyway. Timmy went off to learn pre-law in college while Gayle worked to support them. Soon, Mary Jane and her mother were invited to visit her sister. When they arrived they discovered that Gayle had just given birth to a son. While this was a momentous occasion, Mary Jane couldn't help but notice that Timmy look as though he felt trapped in the relationship. Peter interjects, telling her that Timmy loved her sister. Mary Jane explains that Timmy couldn't even finish college, and expresses her opinion that love was good for nothing.

Meanwhile, not far away, inside a confectionary store, a backroom sports betting room is crashed by the Hobgoblin. Like the illegal casino earlier, the masked villain demands that they pay him 10% of their take. The men inside try to overpower the Hobgoblin, but he is too powerful for them. He leaves, warning the owner of the gambling operation that if he doesn't pay up, he will die.

After taking a break to collect her thoughts, Mary Jane continues her story. She tells Peter how while she was busy with high school, her sister's marriage disintegrated. Timmy couldn't handle the pressures of being a father. Gayle stood strong and soon announced that she was pregnant again. When Madeline and Mary Jane went down for a surprise visit they discovered that Timmy left her, as he couldn't handle supporting a family. Her mother invited Gayle back to cousin Frank's place to stay with them. However, her health continued to deteriorate and Madeline Watson soon died. After the funeral, Gayle tried to console her sister, telling Mary Jane that they can make it together, raising her children on their own. However, Mary Jane would have none of it. She points out how both her mother and Gayle gave up their dreams and Mary Jane would not let herself fall into the same trap. She ran away from her sister and never looked back. With her story over, Mary Jane tells Peter that she attempted to keep in touch with her sister, but Gayle never forgave her from walking out on her during her time of need. This causes Peter to think about the rift he currently has with his Aunt May and hopes that he can sort things out with her before it is too late.

Mary Jane thanks Peter for listening to her pour her heart out, remarking how great a listener he is. Mary Jane realizes that she still cares about Peter and has resisted the urge of running away from him as well. She makes a point to stress that she cares about him, but doesn't want a romantic relationship. This is fine with Peter and looks forward to their newly open and honest friendship. Meanwhile, at the Baxter Building, the She-Hulk has finished carrying equipment into Mister Fantastic's lab. There, Reed's preoccupied with the alien costume that he has contained since Spider-Man brought it to him for examination. He explains how the costume is alive and he has been attempting to communicate with it, to no avail. She-Hulk finds the idea of the creature being capable of feeling emotions like love and hate absurd. As they walk away, the costume continues its attempts to break free from its confinement. Across town, the Hobgoblin returns to the penthouse of the Rose to report back on his progress. When the Rose reminds the Hobgoblin that he agreed to help take down the Kingpin, the Hobgoblin promises that he will. However, he wants to deal with a vendetta of his own by going after Harry Osborn and his wife Liz. A few hours later, Peter Parker returns home to his apartment after his outting with Mary Jane. He realizes that he still has feelings for her, but decides against following them since he is currently in a relationship with the Black Cat.

Inside, Peter turns on the news and watches a report about the Hobgoblin's recent activities. This comes as a shock to Peter, because he assumed that the Hobgoblin was dead after their last battle. Deciding to bring the villain to justice, Peter goes into his closet and pulls out his web-shooters, signal belt, and lastly his original red and blue costume. Putting on these familiar trappings, Spider-Man is ready to go out and take down the Hobgoblin once and for all.

Appearing in "Pirate Booty"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #4.

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Synopsis for "Pirate Booty"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #4.

Spider-Man is alive again. As Peter, he gets a check up from Stark. As it turns out, Peter's wounds from his old enemies have been healed, including his missing left eye, and even the tonsils he lost in fourth grade have reappeared. As Stark puts it, Peter's "odometer had been reset" (this would be the first time he had an exoskeleton processed). Before the test could continue, Aunt May stopped it and told Peter to "go play." So Peter and Mary Jane go out and swing throughout the city, talking about how they feel about the recent events that have occurred. Meanwhile, in Stark Tower, pirate spiders have started to eat Peter's old dead body. When Spider-Man returns, he finds the top of Stark Tower covered in webbing. Inside the tower, Spider-Man finds the pirate spiders with Peter's old body. Using Peter's skin as a base, they have formed a body of their own. Engaging in battle, Spider-Man finds that the stingers he used to fight Morlun appear once again, but he is confused because "Spiders don't have stingers!" Before anything else can happen, the pirate Spider punches through the walls of Stark Tower and runs off. Spider-Man chases it down, but then it heads into the sewer. It forms a cocoon in a church. Spider-Man tells the New Avengers he has no idea about it and they want to run some more tests on him.

Appearing in "The Specialist"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man 2099 #4.

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Synopsis for "The Specialist"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man 2099 #4.

Gabriel O'Hara has parked his car on a deserted street with his new girlfriend Kasey Nash in order to make out. She asks why he doesn't take her home, and he explains that they need to seize the moment as it happens. However, their romantic moment is interrupted by the corporate assassin known as the Specialist slices the roof off the top of Gabriel's car. The Specialist has come for Kasey, but when he grabs her out of the car, she manages to get free and run. Gabe attempts to confront the Specialist, only to get pinned to a nearby wall with throwing stars.

Meanwhile, at Babylon Towers, Miguel O'Hara answers his door and is grabbed by a member of the Public Eye. This is part of an entourage protecting Tyler Stone who has come to bury the hatched with Miguel. This is because, with the sudden appearance of Spider-Man, Alchemex has decided to focus on protecting its members. Since injecting Miguel with Rapture, Tyler has noticed that Miguel has not come for another dose.[Continuity 1] He figures Miguel went to the black market to get more of the highly addictive drug but decides to ignore this because he wants to make peace. Miguel daydreams about revealing that he is Spider-Man and forcing Tyler to ingest the Rapture, but snaps out of it when Tyler tries to get his attention. Tyler then assures that after the disaster at their facility, he is calling an end to all human testing on Miguel's project until all the bugs have been worked out. He has decided this since he has figured out who Spider-Man really is. Miguel is shocked when Tyler says that Aaron Delgato is Spider-Man.[Continuity 2] He then gives Miguel a vial of Rapture and leaves.

Meanwhile in Latveria, Doctor Doom goes over the footage from Nueva York of Spider-Man's battle with Venture. He finds it peculular that his return was followed by that of Spider-Man and decides to examine these developments further.[Continuity 3] Back at Babylon Towers, Miguel begins putting street clothing over his Spider-Man costume. When his assistant Lyla asks why he is doing this, he explains that he needs to hide the costume in case Tyler Stone has his apartment searched. After willing his finger talons to retract, he goes on to explain that he can't just destroy the costume since it is constructed out of Unstable Molecules making it virtually indestructible. Also, since Stone is afraid of Spider-Man, he has decided to use his powers to stick it to Stone, at least until he can find a way to cure himself. When Miguel goes outside, he finds his brother Gabriel waiting for him outside. When Miguel asks what happened to the roof of his car, he tells her how the Specialist kidnapped Kasey and asks Miguel to use his connections at Alchemax to find out what happened. Miguel resists this, and when Gabriel tells him that Kasey once said that with great power comes great responsibility, Miguel quips that she needs to stop reading fortune cookies.

After Gabriel drops Miguel off at Alchemax, he goes to a meeting with Tyler Stone. When Stone asks why Miguel is wearing sunglasses, he explains that the "rapture" has made his eyes light sensitive. He then begins asking Tyler why he thinks that Aaron Delgato is Spider-Man, only to be told that they should discuss it further in Tyler's office. Elsewhere in the facility, Kasey Nash demands to know why the Public Eye has arrested her, and is told that she was tried in abscenta on terrorism charges. At that moment, Miguel and Tyler are taking a mag-lev device through the Alchemax building to get to Tyler's office. Stone begins explaining why he thinks Aaron is really Spider-Man. Not knowing what really happened to Aaron Delgato leaves Miguel feeling uneasy. That's when Kasey manages to grab one of the guards guns and attempts to escape captivity. Crossing paths with Tyler and Miguel, she takes O'Hara hostage. Squeezing his arm, Miguel accidentally squirts some of his webbing onto the floor, which trips up Tyler and the Public Eye guards while Kasey makes he getaway with her hostage. On their way out, Miguel and Kasey recognize each other. Kasey is not impressed to meet Gabriel's corporate brother. After they get outside, she releases Miguel and makes a run for it.

With a shadow passing over him, Miguel looks up and sees the Specialist chasing after Kasey in a hover craft. Recognizing the Specialist's from Gabriel's description, Miguel finds himself caught in a delima. He thinks about what Gabriel was saying about power and responsibility, and decides that great power doesn't create great responsibility but guilt. Slipping into a Metro Express booth, Miguel quickly changes into his Spider-Man costume and goes after the Specialist. Meanwhile, Kasey tries to shoot the Specialist, but he is able to deflect the bullets his martial arts skills and weapons. He then cuts her weapon into pieces with his samurai sword. That's when Spider-Man arrives on the scene and snags the Specialist's craft with a web-line causing him to crash. However, when Spider-Man tries to go toe-to-toe with the Specialist he quickly realizes how outmatched he is. The Specialist quickly overpowers Spider-Man and raises his sword, preparing to land a killing blow.

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Continuity Notes

  1. Tyler later reveals that he didn't really inject Miguel with Rapture but with a synthetic version to trick Miguel into being loyal. This is revealed in Spider-Man 2099 #25.
  2. Aaron Delgato was a lab assistant who worked with Miguel. He apparently died in Spider-Man 2099 #1. Tyler thinks that Aaron is Spider-Man because his body never found.
  3. Doctor Doom ended up in the year 2099 and took over Latveria in Doom 2099 #1-2.

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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