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Appearing in "Go Down Swinging - Part 2: The Rope-A-Dope"
- Green Goblin / Red Goblin (Norman Osborn) (First appearance as Red Goblin)
- Daily Bugle
- Jay Jameson (Recap)
- Marla Jameson (Recap)
- Mattie Franklin (Recap)
- NYPD (Mentioned)
- Ernesto Karnelli (Statue)
- God (Yahweh) (Invoked)
- Goblin King (Phil Urich) (Corpse)
- Harry Lyman
- Mark Raxton
- Liz Allan
- Normie Osborn
- Stanley Osborn
- Alchemax (Mentioned)
- The Devil (Mephisto) (Mentioned) (Topical reference)
- Mary Jane Watson (Mentioned)
- May Parker-Jameson (Mentioned)
- Gwen Stacy (Mentioned) (Deceased)
Races and Species:
- Hell (Invoked)
- Goblin Armor
- Spider-Man's Suit and Web-Shooters
- Pumpkin Bombs / Carnage-Bombs (First appearance as Carnage-Bombs)
- Flash's prosthetic legs
- Artificial Anti-Venom Symbiote
- Carnage Symbiote
- Goblin Glider (Destruction)
Synopsis for "Go Down Swinging - Part 2: The Rope-A-Dope"
At the Daily Bugle office, Peter Parker explains to Ben Urich how he can reconfigure the office's doppler radar system to track the changes in barometric pressure caused by the tritium stolen by Phil Urich. Assuring Ben that they'll find his nephew, Peter thinks to himself how everything is finally starting to click now that he's back at the Bugle and using his knowledge of science to help people. Colin and Rubylyn pick up readings indicating the tritium is headed straight for them, but Peter assures his panicking colleagues that it's nothing - thinking he can say that with absolute certainty since his Spider-Sense isn't going off. Immediately afterwards, the Green Goblin crashes through the window, Robbie telling everyone to calm down until they find out what he wants. As the Goblin quips that he wants what he's always wanted - Spider-Man - Peter recognizes Norman Osborn's voice and tries to figure out how managed to regain his powers. The Green Goblin notes Peter is friends with Spider-Man and tells him to go get him if he doesn't want anyone to die, and Peter dashes out of the room to change into his costume.
At the Century Club, J. Jonah Jameson laments accidentally revealing Spider-Man's identity, fully aware that he's just put everyone Peter Parker cares about in grave danger. Recalling his despair at losing his own loved ones, Jameson resolves to not let Peter suffer through that as well and tries to break free from the ropes binding him.
At the Daily Bugle, the Green Goblin wonders what's taking Spider-Man so long, Robbie telling him that Spider-Man will show up soon. The Goblin wonders if Robbie knows who Spider-Man is under his mask, threatening him; but Betty Brant interrupts, offering to post news of the Goblin's attack on the Bugle's front page. The Green Goblin vetoes her suggestion, saying it will bring half the NYPD down on him, and asks if she wants to get thrown off a bridge. Ben Urich intervenes, saying that Osborn was never one to rest on his laurels and doubtless has some new tricks up his sleeve. The Green Goblin tosses a burlap sack at Ben, over-saturating his speech with puns and innuendos to drive home that he killed Phil. Betty expresses concern that the bag contains Phil's severed head, but Ben notes that while the shape is right the weight is wrong. He opens the sack to find the tritium sample stolen by Phil, wired to a bomb. The Green Goblin laughs maniacally as everyone panics, but Spider-Man arrives and immediately attacks him. Ben warns Spider-Man about the tritium bomb, the Goblin complaining that he stole his punchline and now he has nothing to banter about.
Outside the Goblin's lair, Flash Thompson notes that the tracer Alchemax gave him tracked the tritium signal to this location. Transforming into Agent Anti-Venom, he smashes through the door, wondering if doing this will get Liz to leave him alone and what he can do if it doesn't. He spots Phil Urich's corpse, but as he examines the body a thump from upstairs sets him on alert. Agent Anti-Venom finds J. Jonah Jameson still tied to the chair, which had toppled over. As Agent Anti-Venom introduces himself and frees Jameson, he warns Flash that the Green Goblin is back and that everyone connected to Spider-Man and the Osborns are in danger.
At Liz Allen's apartment, she, Harry Lyman, Mark Raxton, Normie Osborn, and Stanley Osborn sit in the living room as Emma prepares to serve them lemonade. Liz's smartphone rings and she answers it, noting Flash is the one calling. Harry notes Liz looks horrified, and she says his father has returned. As Normie gleefully celebrates the return of his "Pop Pop", Harry suggests they call the police, but Liz says Alchemax's security forces are better equipped. Saying that it's finally time, Emma says she's going to take Normie and Stanley. When Liz angrily confronts her, Emma pulls out a tranquilizer gun and shoots her, Harry, and Mark before grabbing Stanley and a horrified Normie, telling him to shut up and that now she's in charge.
At the Bugle, Robbie helps evacuate and makes sure everyone is accounted for. Rubylyn wonders at how prepared everyone is for this, and is horrified when Collin remarks that events like this are a regular occurrence. As Robbie double-checks that everyone made it out, Betty yells at him that if they don't leave now they'll die. The Green Goblin praises Spider-Man for keeping the bad guy occupied so his friends can get to safety at the cost of his own safety, but Spider-Man tells Osborn that he's not an omniscient narrator and that he's in the blast radius too. Punching the Green Goblin aside, Spider-Man wraps the tritium bomb in a thick cocoon of webbing, wrapping himself in a cocoon as the Green Goblin curses him.
The tritium bomb explodes, destroying the top several floors of the Daily Bugle building. Picking himself out of the rubble, Spider-Man notes that he kept the blast mostly contained but that he has to check that civilians weren't hurt by debris. Just as he notes he thinks he saved everyone, the Green Goblin calls out to him by his civilian name and Spider-Man turns to see his nemesis impaled by a girder and several shards of glass and metal. Spider-Man asks Osborn how long he's known his identity, but the Green Goblin notes it doesn't matter anymore. The Green Goblin tells Spider-Man he doesn't have much time left and thanks Peter for being his enemy; Spider-Man apologizing for being unable to save Osborn and wishing things could have been different. The Goblin abruptly bursts into maniacal laughter as his blood comes alive, sneering that Peter really does wish that he could've saved him. Quipping that Peter's wish has been granted, the Goblin rises as a red-and-black monster with an elongated head, fanged jaws, and a long tail; Peter recognizing the Carnage symbiote. On the verge of blindly panicking out of sheer terror, Spider-Man barely dodges the monster's attack, tagging Osborn with a spider-tracer and fleeing. Trying to calm down, Spider-Man assures himself he knows the symbiote's weak to fire and sonics and tries to come up with a plan based on that. Mockingly wondering why Spider-Man isn't cracking jokes, the Carnage/Goblin hybrid throws a trio of symbiote bombs that follow Spider-Man through the air. As Peter is horrified that these new weapons don't set off his Spider-Sense, Osborn speaks to him through one of them before it bites into his leg and explodes.
Spider-Man crashes through the window of a condemned building, the Carnage/Goblin hybrid arriving and saying he wants to end this here and now - no rain checks or round twos. Revealing he's aware of the spider-tracer through the symbiote, Osborn offers Peter a one-time deal: give up being Spider-Man and he'll let Peter live, no strings attached... but if he sees Peter use his powers even once, he'll take his time killing all of Spider-Man's loved ones, friends, and acquaintances as slowly and painfully as possible. Rebranding himself the Red Goblin, Osborn tells Peter to take it or leave it and give him a sign he understands; and Peter webs the shredded and burning remains of his Spider-Man costume's top to a flag-pole in surrender. As the Red Goblin laughs triumphantly, Peter sits in the darkness and takes stock of his injuries, noting that even if he couldn't handle the Red Goblin as Spider-Man he's determined to take Osborn down as Peter Parker.
Appearing in 2nd story
- Master Matrix (Main story and flashback)
- Silk (Cindy Moon)
- Deadpool, Inc.
- Husk (Paige Guthrie)
- Mockingbird (Bobbi Morse)
- Kraven the Hunter LMD (Destruction)
- M.O.D.O.K. LMD (Destruction)
- Gargoyle LMD (Destruction)
- Venom LMD (Destruction)
- Wolverine LMD (Destruction)
- Feral LMD (Destruction)
- The Thing LMD (Destruction)
- Nighthawk LMD (Only appearance; destruction)
- Thanos LMD (Destruction)
- Mysterio LMD (Destruction)
- Colossus LMD (Only appearance; destruction)
- Nightcrawler LMD (Destruction)
- Scarlet Witch LMD (Destruction)
- Beast LMD (Destruction)
- Thunderstrike LMD (Only appearance; destruction)
- Grim Reaper LMD (Only appearance; destruction)
- Stilt-Man LMD (Destruction)
- Leap-Frog LMD (Only appearance; destruction)
- Silver Surfer LMD (Destruction)
- Cloak LMD (Destruction)
- Griffin LMD (Destruction)
- Sasquatch LMD (Destruction)
- She-Hulk LMD (Destruction)
- Juggernaut LMD (Destruction)
- Blackwulf LMD (Destruction)
- Shatterstar LMD (Destruction)
- Cable LMD (Destruction)
- Man-Thing LMD (Destruction)
- Ghost Rider LMD (Destruction)
- S.H.I.E.L.D. (Only in flashback)
- Deadpool, Inc. (Mentioned)
- Branch (Mentioned) (Deceased)
- Wasp LMD (Mentioned)
- Butch Cassidy (Mentioned) (Topical reference)
- Sundance Kid (Mentioned) (Topical reference)
- Damage Control
- S.H.I.E.L.D. (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- Humans (Main story and flashback)
- LMDs (Main story and flashback)
- Vampire Cows
- Prime Marvel Universe (Main story and flashback)
- Earth (Main story and flashback)
- United States of America (Main story and flashback)
- Hell (Mentioned)
- Earth (Main story and flashback)
- Earth-18236 (Mentioned)
- Spider-Men's Suits and Web-Shooters
- Deadpools' Suits and Katanas
- Mockingbird's Suit
- S.H.I.E.L.D. Uniform
- The Crown (Mentioned) (Topical reference)
- Spider-Man/Deadpool (Mentioned) (Topical reference)
Synopsis for 2nd story
Appearing in "Poison-X: Part 4"
- Venom (Eddie Brock)
- Uviex (Real name first revealed)
- Killer Thrill (Death)
- Unnamed symbiote-clad space pirate
- Numerous other unnamed space pirates
- Ferrick (First appearance)
- The Hive
Races and Species:
- Numerous unidentified alien species
- Brood (Mentioned)
- Hexxer's Symbiote
- Uviex's Symbiote
- Killer Thrill's Symbiote (Death)
- Tord's Symbiote
- Unnamed space pirate's symbiote
- Iceman's Symbiote
- Beast's Symbiote
- Cyclops' Symbiote
- Angel's Symbiote
- Marvel Girl's Symbiote (Death)
- Naga's Symbiote
- Stealth Cyber Gear
- Venomverse (Mentioned)
Synopsis for "Poison-X: Part 4"
As her ship heads for Brood space, Killer Thrill asks Uviex - the space pirate bonded to the green symbiote - how much further they have to go. She reprimands him for calling her captain when she isn't a soldier and remarks that she's getting the irresistible urge to play with their prisoners. Before she can continue, the ship jolts violently and Uviex states that something large rammed into them, causing significant damage in two sections. Killer Thrill demands a damage report from her crew, and in one of the damaged decks a crewman reports that a large chunk of ice punctured the hull. Another crew-member speculates it came from a planetary ring and that if their ship were any smaller it would have been destroyed; while a third remarks on the strange behavior of the ice as it builds up around the hole it created, keeping them pressurized. Just as the third crew member spots movement inside the ice, he's struck by a beam of energy as the Symbiote X-Men and Venom board the vessel.
Jean Grey thinks to herself how odd the Young X-Men's situation is, noting that the fact that reality hasn't imploded means that a stable time loop is in-place, ensuring their survival so they can return to the past, and yet she can't help but worry what would happen if she's wrong. Using her symbiote-augmented telepathy, she takes over the minds of the crew and has one of them report back to Killer Thrill that the ship merely struck some ice and sustained minimal damage, buying them additional time. Iceman cracks a Titanic joke to Venom, who wryly remarks he'll give Bobby a space cookie if they live through it. Angel uses his now bat-like wings to grab the crew, noting that they're not bonded to symbiotes but that the ones who are won't be so easy to overwhelm.
As Jean wonders if the nervousness she feels is her own or if it comes from her symbiote, Venom sneers that as far as the space pirates are concerned the symbiotes are only weapons and tools. When he comments the X-Men have that in common with them, Beast remarks that the Young X-Men may not understand their symbiotes the way Venom does his, but that they're working alongside them to achieve their common goal. Marvel Girl adds that when the mission is over they'll part ways with their symbiotes and with Venom, who remains skeptical. Cyclops threatens one of the crew members, Jean noting she's worried how the symbiote is amplifying his anger, fear, and worry. As he forms crystals at his fingertips in preparation to blast the crewman, she tells him there is an easier way and reads the crewman's mind to find out where the Starjammers are being held, passing the info to Scott.
Cyclops splits the team into two groups, and when Beast suggests subduing the crew so that they no longer pose a threat Venom offers to kill them before mocking the Young X-Men's morals. Cyclops gives him the go-ahead as long as he's quick, but Angel tosses them into the ice structure and Iceman encases them. Jean tells Scott to go find his father while the rest of the team takes the bridge. As they separate, she wonders if what they think they know about time travel is all wrong, recognizing that the symbiote is amplifying her anxiety but being unable to shake the sense that she'll never see Scott again. Venom tells the group to be ready for anything, and the team bursts into the control room. Killer Thrill expresses delight at the notion of fighting other symbiotes, and Venom recognizes her and tells the others to take her out. Killer Thrill flirtatiously quips she'll take a rain check on that, Marvel Girl recognizing her as a fellow psychic. Killer Thrill grabs Iceman and asks if he wants to know what kinds of activities turn her on, disgusting him; and is directly confronted by Marvel Girl, who demands she release him.
Elsewhere on the ship, Scott ambushes Naga, Ferrick, and several other crew members - easily defeating them. Cyclops the door to the cell where the Starjammers are kept, Raza and Ch'od initially mistaking him for one of their torturers before Corsair recognizes him. Scott retracts the symbiote from his face to assure the others of his identiy, and joyously reunites with his father.
On the bridge, Marvel Girl and Killer Thrill face off; Jean using her superior psychic abilities to anticipate and evade Killer Thrill's attacks; disgusted by Killer Thrill's sadistic perversity. Iceman subdues one of the symbiote-augmented space pirates, but another attacks Angel from behind. Venom and Marvel Girl try to warn him, the latter using her psychic powers to trick the space pirates' symbiotes into thinking they're under sonic attack - incapacitating them. The ship's computer announces the approach of an unidentified vessel, enabling Killer Thrill to regain composure. Knocking Marvel Girl aside, Killer Thrill runs off to kill the Starjammers; and Jean tells Beast to use his technopathy to tell the interloper to leave. Beast tries hailing the ship, but receives no response; and when Venom tells Jean to be careful she responds by asking him to look after the X-Men, especially Scott, before running off to stop Killer Thrill.
Wandering the corridors, Jean realizes that her symbiote is instinctively terrified by something - prey sensing a predator. She considers reaching out to Scott, but decides against interrupting his reunion with his father. Deciding she'll tell Scott exactly how she feels once this adventure is over, Marvel Girl corners Killer Thrill in the cargo hold. Killer Thrill states she's buffed her psychic defences and won't fall for Jean's simulated sonic attack again, but they are interrupted as Poison Kraven emerges from the shadows. Stating that he loathes to see symbiotes fighting with each other, Poison Kraven ominously states he knows of a way to peacefully settle their conflict. Jean incredulously asks Killer Thrill if Poison Kraven was her buyer, but Killer Thrill states he's just another uninvited guest dying to be killed. Angered, Poison Kraven states that he offered them the chance to peacefully submit, but that he is not patient and will take them by force if necessary as dozens of unbound Poisons swarm towards Jean and Killer Thrill.
Cyclops screams out in pain, reeling and clutching his head. Corsair asks what's wrong, and he states that Jean was just in unbearable agony before utterly vanishing. Panicked, Scott tells his father than he can no longer feel her psychic presence and that something bad has happened to her. On the bridge, Venom notes that Marvel Girl's psychic link went silent. Iceman and Angel wonder if Killer Thrill killed her; but Beast speculates it has something to do with the other ship, which has refused to communicate. When Beast concludes that the new arrivals might not be Killer Thrill's buyers after all, Venom notes that space is too big a place for a ship to randomly show up. A voice interrupts him, stating that the ship was tracking them and was after the symbiotes. Venom and the X-Men turn to see Poisoned versions of Killer Thrill and Marvel Girl entering the room, accompanied by a group of unbound Poisons. Venom is horrified that the Poisons have infiltrated Earth-616; Poison Marvel Girl rebuking him for calling them that and stating that this time there's no escape for him.
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