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Quote1 All right. That was actually a pretty smart -- though completely evil -- move. Quote2
--Spider-Man

Appearing in "The Dark Kingdom - Part 2: Opposing Forces"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 4 #7.

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Synopsis for "The Dark Kingdom - Part 2: Opposing Forces"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 4 #7.

At the Shanghai World Financial Tower, Cloak teleports himself, Dagger, Mister Negative, and Peter Parker to the roof. In response to Peter's flippancy, Mister Negative orders him to show respect and speak only when spoken to. Mister Negative exposits about Parker Industries' upcoming deal with philanthropist Shen Quinghao, ordering Peter to administer an extra-potent Shade patch to him in order to reveal his dark side to the world. Mister Negative asks if Peter has a problem with his orders, and Peter replies that he doesn't with a cruel smile. Internally, Peter reveals that he is faking having been corrupted, since Mister Negative's darkforce powers can only affect a person once and he had already been affected years ago as Spider-Man. Mister Negative has Cloak return Peter to Parker Industries, and Peter pretends to be nauseous, using the distraction to plant a Spider-Tracer on Cloak.

Once Cloak leaves, Peter immediately contacts Dr. Wu and asks if he's been able to engineer an antidote to the Shade. Dr. Wu responds that he is endeavoring but hasn't made much progress due to constant interruptions. In the lab, Dr. Wu gripes to Lian Tang that now he'll have to deal with both her and Peter. Lian demands to know why Dr. Wu stopped his cancer research, and Dr. Wu responds that Peter's company policy that they drop everything to help Spider-Man when needed forced him to do so. Peter arrives and delivers the Shade patch to Dr. Wu, and Lain tries to talk to him but is blown off. She chases after him, but finds he's disappeared.

Web-swinging through town, Spider-Man notes that he should have taken the Spider-Mobile to chase Cloak down, placing a call to Min Wei to check on Shen Quinghao, who is holding a tree-planting event for schoolchildren. Just as Min Wei informs Peter that Shen's held three events but has yet to mention Parker Industries, Shen calls them up. Min Wei and Phillip Chang try to discuss the upcoming business deal and Chang's fuel, but Shen dismisses the importance of ceremonies and awards and asks if they would help him plant a tree. As they do so, Shen comments that Chang's new green fuel will help reduce pollution, but that the trees they are planting will remove it. He asks if Chang would like to plant another tree, and Chang responds he would be honored to.

Over the city, Peter weighs his options, with Prowler and Mockingbird being else-wise occupied with Zodiac. He calls Chief Inspector Sun to inform him of Mr. Negative's activities, and is surprised when Sun offers to send his best men and thanks Spider-Man for calling it in. Impressed, he calls Anna Maria in London, but she tells him that ever since he fired Sajani she's been swamped with work and things have been going crazy, hanging up. Put off, Peter calls the New York office and is surprised when Clayton Cole answers. When he asks where Harry is, Clayton says he doesn't know and that he's not answering his e-mails or texts.

In a diner in the West Village, New York, Harry Osborn, Liz Allan, Normie Osborn, and Stanley Osborn sit around a table eating pizza. Normie expresses annoyance and jealousy towards Stanley, griping when Harry suggests he give his half-brother a chance. As they leave the restaurant, Liz complements Harry for not talking about their rival corporations over dinner. Harry says he just wants to be a good dad to both his sons, thanking her for letting him see Normie and for giving family night a shot. As they cross the street, a speeding car pursued by police cruisers almost runs them over, but a figure drops out of the sky into its path, demolishing the front half of the vehicle. The figure, Regent, coldly chastises the driver of the now-wrecked car for not obeying the police. Liz asks if the children are alright and Harry says he got them out of the way in time, but Normie fumes over Harry's prioritization of Stanley over him. Stanley points to the Regent and asks if he's Spider-Man, and the Regent introduces himself as a new superhero and announces his intent to watch over the citizens of New York.

In Shanghai, Spider-Man eavesdrops on Mister Negative's conversation with Cloak and Dagger over the spider-tracer. In his lair, Mister Negative states he's starting to turn back into Martin Li and tells them to chain him to the wall and leave to make their rounds and check in on the Shade factory. Cloak teleports and Spider-Man loses the location of Mister Negative's lair, but radios Chief Inspector Sun with the location of the Shade factory. In the lab, Cloak and Dagger threaten the workers, whose families Mister Negative has taken hostage. A team of armored police break into the lab, while Spider-Man engages Cloak and Dagger. Insulted when the two say they never found his banter amusing even before being turned evil, Spider-Man tells them to surrender since they're outnumbered. In response, Tyrone expels a flurry of Shade patches, corrupting the police.

In Mister Negative's lair, Martin Li and his evil alter ego hold a conversation via a pre-recorded video of Mister Negative. Mister Negative proposes an alliance to expose Shen Quinghao, who was once the leader of the Snakehead syndicate, and the one who wrecked their life. When Mister Negative asks whether he will oppose him or if they will join forces to eliminate their common enemy, Martin Li accepts his proposal and the manacles pop open.

In the Shade factory, Spider-Man finishes webbing up the police when he is attacked by Dagger. Spider-Man scolds her for being mean in addition to being evil, then admits he knows where she's coming from and urges her to resist Negative's control. He's struck by her darkforce daggers, noting that they hurt much more than her lightforce daggers did and comparing the sensation to going through Tyrone's cloak. While Cloak and Dagger discuss eliminating him, Spider-Man has a sudden realization how to defeat them and throws a box of Shade patches at Tandy, who is overloaded with darkforce energy. Cloak embraces her and siphons off her excess energy, promising to return as he teleports away. Spider-Man notes that while it doesn't feel like a win, he has all the cards: his spider-tracer is still attached to Cloak, he has all the Shade samples he needs for an antidote, a rough idea of where Mister Negatives headquarters is, and Mister Negative thinks Peter Parker is his slave.

At the Shanghai Cancer Institute, Lain meets with her ill mother, telling her they'll fight together. As she leaves, she uses her Webware to call Scorpio. Scorpio asks why she's disturbing him, noting that as far as he's concerned she's a loose end that should be terminated. Lian begs him for more medication for her mother, but Scorpio rebukes her, saying there's only so many times she can give him Parker Industries' security codes. Lain offers something more substantial: the life of Spider-Man. Scorpio mockingly asks how she can be so certain she can kill Spider-Man when hundreds of super villains failed spectacularly, and Lain replies she has something they didn't, climbing into the Spider-Mobile and turning it on.

Appearing in "Greater Power: Part Two"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Gwen Vol 2 #2.

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  • Numerous unidentified Lizards (Main story and flashback)
  • Lizard (Dr. Curt Connors) (Main story and flashback)
  • Nazis (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
    • Arnim Zola (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
    • Unnamed soldiers (Only in flashback)

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Synopsis for "Greater Power: Part Two"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Gwen Vol 2 #2.

At the Parker household, George Stacy chats with Ben Parker, telling him that he's close to finding Peter's killer but that Spider-Woman is innocent.

In the subway, Spider-Woman and Captain America face off against each other while fending off the Lizards. Captain America gives Spider-Woman the count of three to surrender, while Spider-Woman tries to get her to laugh. After Captain America disables the Lizards with her shield, she knocks Spider-Woman out with a single punch. A series of flashbacks reveal Captain America's origins as the sole surviver of Project Rebirth, foiling Arnim Zola's attempt to unleash an army of anthropomorphic rat Nazis but leaving herself adrift in the multiverse for seventy-five years in the process. Spider-Woman awakens to find herself handcuffed and Captain America standing over her, holding Pine Cone and demanding she answer some questions. Spider-Woman realizes she's handcuffed and tried to break them, but Captain America states they're made from vibranium and the only way out of them is to tell the truth. Captain America demands to know Spider-Woman's connection to an organization called S.I.L.K. and who Doctor Connors is to her, pointing at a human Doctor Connors who is emitting green smoke. Spider-Woman is amazed that she cured him, but Captain America states that there is no cure, only a temporary suppressant. Spider-Woman is horrified, stating the Lizard can't be Peter's legacy, confusing Captian America, who states that the only link S.I.L.K. had to Midtown High was Connors. Spider-Woman tells her that Peter was the Lizard, but Doctor Connors awakens, slurringly stating that he remembers Peter and demanding to know what happened to him while transforming back into the Lizard. Captain America tells Spider-Woman to stay behind her as the Lizard attacks.

On the surface, Hawkeye watches from a rooftop as Jean DeWolff talks with Mr. Albie, and complains to Director Carter over a com-line over not being allowed to fight, but Director Carter gives him a direct order to not intervene or shoot anyone. Mr. Albie tells DeWolff they should let the Lizards be, but DeWolff states that she was asked to investigate by an old friend.

In the subway tunnel below, Spider-Woman webs Pine Cone to the ceiling and turns to see Captain America get slashed by the Lizard. She intervenes, telling him to take control and stop repeating Peter's name. She picks up Captain America's shield and uses it to deflect a blow, but has a flashback to Peter's death and drops the shield, collapsing to the ground. As the Lizard is about to attack her, DeWolff arrives and opens fire. Unharmed by the bullets, the Lizard lunges at her, but is slashed across the chest and knocked back by Redwing, Hawkeye's robotic falcon.

Captain America helps Spider-Woman up and tells her it's time to retreat, but Spider-Woman responds that she's not letting the Lizard get away to hurt others. Captain America retorts that she's out of her weight class, but Spider-Woman responds that she's not one of Captain America's soldiers and is here to help people, shooting two weblines at the ceiling above the Lizard. Watching Spider-Woman strain to bring the roof down, Captain America joins in on pulling, telling her to put her back into it. Together, they bring the ceiling down on the Lizard, who reverts back to being Doctor Connors.

Later, Hawkeye berates Captain America for letting Spider-Woman go, but Captain America retorts there is a chain of command and then berates him for letting DeWolff follow him and compromise the site. Hawkeye responds that Director Carter cleared her, and DeWolff interrupts saying there is a direct link between her case and what S.H.I.E.L.D. has found. Pointing at Connors, she says that he disappeared when the Lizard incident happened and with the ongoing Spider-Woman manhunt there's been no effort put into finding him or the Lizard, stating that from the looks of it they're one-and-the-same. Captain America corrects her, stating that Connors was one of many test subjects turned into living weapons by a shadow cell called S.I.L.K., and that based on Spider-Woman's reaction the Midtown High Lizard was Peter Parker.

At the Parker household, Ben expresses confusion over George's statement, and George says that while he promised Ben and May he'd find Peter's killer and bring them to justice, he was removed from the case. He insist that Castle is wrong and that Spider-Woman is innocent, but that if he keeps pushing they'll take more than his badge away. Ben accuses him of quitting, but George states that he will find the truth, but that he's concerned that Ben and May might not be able to handle it. Ben snaps that he and May deserve to know what really happened to Peter, and that it's not George's job to protect them anymore.

In an alleyway, Spider-Woman perches on the edge of lid of the Bodega Bandit's dumpster, saying goodbye to Pine Cone. Noticing the Bandit approaching, she tells him to be careful since it was extremely difficult tying on a mask in handcuffs. She tosses Pine Cone - dressed in a bandit mask and hat - to the Bodega Bandit and swings off into the night, leaving him overjoyed and holding his new pet.

Appearing in "Amazing Grace – Part Five: Flesh and Heart Shall Fail"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 4 #1.5.

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  • Julio Rodriguez
  • The Elder
  • Unidentified entities and gargoyles (First appearance)

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Synopsis for "Amazing Grace – Part Five: Flesh and Heart Shall Fail"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 4 #1.5.


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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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