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Appearing in "Moleman's Christmas"

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Synopsis for "Moleman's Christmas"

A department store Santa in New York is suddenly kidnapped by Giganto, who brings him deep into Subterranea where the Moloids waiting for them judge the mall Santa. They all give him a thumbs-down and toss him into a hole filled with other mall Santas. Shortly after, Subterraneans come to the surface again to grab a Santa standing on the streets trying to get donations. But this time, the Fantastic Four arrive in time to stop them and attempt to question one, but since they cannot talk, Reed takes him to his lab and uses a Brain Wave Monitor to project a scene from the Moloids memory. In this memory, Mole Man is given a snow globe as a gift from a Moloid, causing him to utter the word "Santa" before leaving, never to be seen from since.

Sue deduces that the Moloids have been kidnapping Santa's in hopes that the right one will bring Mole Man back. Reed wants to launch an attack on Subterranea and rescue the Santas, but Thing would rather resolve the problem peacefully by finding out the cause of Mole Man's disappearance. As such, he leaves them to their own devices while he investigates.

Thing interviews a number of people, including Spider-Man and Hulk, which eventually leads him to She-Hulk, who holds a grudge against Mole Man for kidnapping women and forcing them to be his brides. She-Hulk gives Ben the name and address of one of his would-be brides, who tells Thing about the time Mole Man rejected her in favor of She-Hulk, during which he stared at a photo saying the word "Santa." She also tells him that Mole Man has family living in Brooklyn, namely his grandmother. Thing goes to see her and learns that Mole Man had a special place in his heart for Santa, especially whenever his grandfather dressed up like him.

Looking at the photo, Thing notices a resemblence between his grandfather and Namor, giving him the idea to dress Namor up like Santa and take him into Subterranea. However, once they get there, they see that the Fantastic Four have already started fighting the Moloids. Thing puts a stop to it and convinces the Moloids that Namor is the right Santa, but, even after waiting, Mole Man doesn't return. Realizing that kidnapping Santas won't bring him back, they let the Fantastic Four bring the mall Santas back to the surface.

Despite saving the day, Thing still wishes to know why Mole Man left. As it turns out, the snow globe he received as a gift was of Santa Barbara, where he is currently taking a vacation.

Appearing in "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santron"

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Synopsis for "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santron"

Virgie Hanlon was a brilliant eight-year-old girl whose emotional development was stunted when her classmates told her that Santa Claus doesn't exist. Years later she is putting the finishing touches on a robot that resembles him.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man is swinging to the Avengers' holiday party, having accidently gone to Stark Tower when the party was being held at Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum. He arrives there thinking Mary Jane is going to be angry at him, but instead she is having a good time with the male Avengers. Outside, Gravity tries to get in but Wong closes the door on him.

Virgie turns on her robotic Santa and prepares to release it into the world, her motivations being that, even though there is no Santa, there will at least be something. But as he is leaving, he declares that he is going to kill the Avengers.

Back at the party, Tony points out to Jessica Drew that she is standing under the misteltoe and that means that they have to kiss. Jarvis answers the door and finds Gravity standing outside, but he confuses him for a caroler. On another side of the room, Dr. Stange changes a shape-shifting bloodtree into the form of a Christmas tree.

Over at the Avengers Mansion, the robot Santa scans the deserted building for the possible location of the Avengers and determines that they are probably at Stark Tower.

The Avengers continue to enjoy their party. Cap has Jessica under the mistletoe again and gives her a kiss. Gravity tries to get in again but Wolverine threatens him with his claws. The bloodtree tries attacking She-Hulk, who was trying to decorate it. Spider-Man webs it up so that it resembles a decorated Christmas tree. Meanwhile, the robot Santa stops at Stark Tower and determines their current location.

Gravity gives up trying to get into the party, but Luke notices him outside and lets him in. Wolverine stands underneath the mistletoe with Jessica hoping to get a kiss, however, she notices the mistletoe is moving. It isn't long before she realizes that the men are operating the mistletoe by remote control so that they can get kisses from her.

Their party is then interrupted by the robot Santa, who designates everyone but Gravity as naughty and activates a neural disruptor that causes them pain. Gravity, unaffected by it, uses his powers to make the machine heavy, causing Santa to drop it. Suddenly, the robot changes into its normal appearance: Ultron. Spider-Man consultes Hanky Pym for help in stopping it. He recommends an internal electromagnetic pulse, giving Spider-Man the idea to drop the remote-controlled mistletoe inside him. To that end, he hides the mistletoe within a cookie and tricks Ultron into eating it.

Spider-Man later explains to them that he figured out that Ultron would eat the cookie when he heard the hollow sound of Ultron's belly, which he deduced was where cookies were stored when he ate them. Hank accesses Ultron's memories and shows the heroes a projection of Virgie. He goes on to explain that, as a child, her classmates told her Santa wasn't real, making her become more introverted. She eventually stumbled upon a broken Ultron model, which hypnotized her into fixing him. However, her fractured mind allowed her to take advantage of the opportunity and make him resemble Santa Claus.

At her apartment, Virgie calls 911 to turn herself in. Suddenly, Spider-Man appears in her chimney and stops her from doing so. He then takes her to her lab, where the Avengers have moved their party. Not only that, Ultron's influence seems to have freed her from her obsession with Santa Claus. Cap gives her a rousing speech about how Santa may not exist as a person, but as an ideal, proving that there is a Santa after all.

Appearing in "Christmas Day in Manhattan"

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Synopsis for "Christmas Day in Manhattan"

Told in the form of a poem, reformed villian Albert Potter, formerly known as Hurricane, wants to give his children a good Christmas, but being out of work and without money, Albert returns to his life of villiany and travels to a closed toy shop.

Once inside, as he struggles with what to get them, he is attacked by the Fantastic Four. It isn't long before they beat him, but when they see that he was stealing toys instead of money, they try to work out what to do with him. Even though he was stealing, his motives weren't bad, and it was them that destroyed the shop. In the end, they decide to let him off easy.

The next morning, Albert's children awaken to their parents and the Fantastic Four celebrating Christmas together.

Notes

  • In "Moleman's Christmas," Mole Man was misspelled "Moleman" throughtout the story.

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