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Quote1.png I'm exactly where I should be. Between the monsters and the people who need me. Quote2.png
-- Spider-Man


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  • Staten Island Ferry

Synopsis for 1st story

Battered and bruised, Spider-Man stands on the roof of an apartment and pulls off his mask, mentally recapping how Alfred Nobel founded the Nobel Peace Prize to atone for his invention of dynamite after coming across a prematurely-printed obituary labelling him the "Merchant of Death" and celebrating his purported demise. Gazing around at the horrors wrought by Knull's invasion of Earth, Peter Parker despairs that this is all his fault for having brought the Venom symbiote to Earth. Trying to avoid having a panic attack, Peter slams his fist into the wall of a rooftop exit as he thinks to himself that every death that Venom, Carnage, and the other symbiotes have caused is on him - and now the world is ending because he was patient zero for the symbiote invasion of Earth. As he gets himself under control, something swoops past and Peter turns to see a winged shape carrying an elderly woman in its talons. Pulling his torn mask back on, Spider-Man leaps into action - chastising himself for forgetting he's on the clock and quipping that fighting a symbiote-dragon shouldn't be much different from fighting the Vulture - which he's been doing since he was a teenager.

Catching up to the winged shape, Spider-Man punches it... only to belatedly notice it's not a symbiote-dragon but the teenaged shapeshifter Reptil in the form of a Pteranodon. Catching Reptil and the elderly woman in a webbing net, Spider-Man apologizes for his mistake, the old woman - a Mrs. Volkov - furiously calling him a threat and a menace. Spider-Man asks what Reptil is doing in New York when last he'd heard he was a student at the Avengers Academy, but Reptil remarks the Academy has been closed for years. As Reptil remarks that it's Spider-Man's fault he's in New York, Peter's heart-rate spikes... until Reptil says that Spider-Man is one of his chief heroic inspirations, always looking out for the little guy. Reptil says one thing he learned from Henry Pym was to always be aware of his limitations, turning to indicate the symbiote-controlled Celestials towering over the city and saying there's no way he could handle them. As Reptil says he's just a guy who can turn into dinosaurs, Spider-Man half-jokingly asks if he wants to trade power-sets; Reptil ignoring him and saying that what he learned from Spider-Man is that saving people is more important than fighting people. As they talk, Mrs. Volkov pulls out her smartphone and announces there's no signal; Reptil telling Spider-Man he's trying to get her to her home because that's what Spider-Man would do. Stunned and impressed, Spider-Man thinks to himself that there's nothing more he can do for Eddie or Dylan Brock before offering to help.

With Mrs. Volkov secured to Reptil's back with webbing, the two heroes set off across the city - Reptil asking if Spider-Man's sure he doesn't have anywhere more important to be. Spider-Man says Reptil is right that they need to be mindful of their capabilities before asking Mrs. Volkov where she lives. The elderly woman glares at him, Reptil remarking that she's a fan of the classic Daily Bugle before asking Spider-Man where Staten Island is. Spider-Man is shocked, Reptil remarking that he's from Nevada and doesn't know his way around New York City. Spider-Man explans that Staten Island is five miles off the coast of Manhattan, Reptil remarking that he can fly them both there. Coming across a swarm of symbiote-dragons, Spider-Man thinks to himself that he was losing focus due to the overwhelming odds and that Reptil is right that he should concentrate on doing what he can. Blinding the symbiote-dragons with webbing, Spider-Man distracts them long enough for Reptil to get past them, snaring Reptil's talon with a web-line. Pulled along, Spider-Man thinks to himself that he's just a guy from Queens with radioactive spider-blood, but that even if this is all his fault he can do his part by helping those he can. Out over the New York Bay, Reptil asks Spider-Man for directions and Spider-Man points to the Staten Island ferry - thinking to himself that in the total darkness of Knull's symbiote-dome it's like flying in space, making the ferry's lights like a lighthouse beacon. As they draw closer, however, Spider-Man is horrified to realize they're not the only ones drawn to the ferry's lights: a colossal symbiote-dragon lands on the ferry and roars. As Reptil asks what they should do, Spider-Man thinks to himself that there's no way they can fight it before saying out loud that they have no choice but to fight it in order to save the people on the ferry. Reptil says he can't turn into a flying creature big enough to fight the colossal symbiote-dragon, Spider-Man musing that a Tyrannosaurus rex wouldn't work either given the harbor before coming up with an idea.

Taking Mrs. Volkov, Spider-Man leaps down to the ferry and greets the crew, saying that he and Reptil are there to help. As the crew expresses incredulity as to what a kid who can turn into dinosaurs can do against the colossal symbiote-dragon, Reptil dives into the water and transforms into a Mosasaurus - lunging up out of the water and chomping down on the colossal symbiote-dragon's neck before dragging it underwater. As the captain celebrates, Spider-Man says all Reptil did was buy them some time and that the only way to put the colossal symbiote-dragon down for good is with high voltages of electricity. The captain boasts that his ship is a brand-new Ollis-class ferry with four massive diesel engines and emergency generators capable of putting out 400,000 kilowatts; Spider-Man grinning and saying that'll do the trick. As they head belowdeck, the passengers accost them - demanding the captain launch the lifeboats to get them away from the monsters outside and disparagingly wondering what good a street-level hero like Spider-Man can do against the colossal symbiote-dragon. As Spider-Man's anxiety and PTSD start to overwhelm him, Mrs. Volkov shouts for the other passengers to shut up. The elderly woman states that Spider-Man could have decided to just save her and leave the colossal symbiote-dragon for the likes of Thor or Captain Marvel since there was no way he could fight it on his own, but that to her surprise he told Reptil that they need to save as many people as possible.

As Spider-Man delivers a rousing speech and jury-rigs a harpoon to the ship's generators, the colossal symbiote-dragon overpowers Reptil's Mosasaurus form and takes a bite out of his neck before heading for the surface. As the colossal symbiote-dragon breaks the surface and glares at him, Spider-Man - thinking to himself that it's his responsibility to help clean up the mess he created and that he isn't afraid anymore - quotes Captain Ahab's last words from Moby Dick before leaping into the colossal symbiote-dragon's gaping jaws. Spider-Man stabs the electrified harpoon into its tongue, causing it to destabilize and rupture - spattering the ferry with black ichor. As the captain celebrates, Spider-Man asks where Reptil is - the teenage hero landing on the deck and announcing he's still alive. As the two heroes congratulate each other, Mrs. Volkov says she's glad Reptil isn't seriously injured but that she'll be taking the ferry the rest of the way home. Taking a breather, Reptil asks Spider-Man what they do next, and Spider-Man says they go back out there and keep saving people.

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Solicit Synopsis

ALL WEBBED UP WITH NO PLACE TO GO!

Notes

  • A continuity error in the first part is that Mrs. Volkov is stated to live on Staten Island, which is currently Deadpool's kingdom of monsters.

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