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Quote1.png Well I'll be an eight-ball's uncle! That glob just -- just spread out and became a costume -- and dissolved away the tatters of my old one in the process! Not bad! Different -- but not bad! Quote2.png

Appearing in "Invasion!"

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Synopsis for "Invasion!"

With She-Hulk in danger at Doombase, the heroes gathered on Battleworld rush to her aid. Their attack attract the attention of the Enchantress who has been drinking since she thought Thor was slain by Doom's minions, but sees that he is actually alive and well, however she is too drunk to join the fight. Also hearing the commotion is Volcana who is still caring for the Molecule Man after he was seriously wounded by Wolverine in an earlier battle, she refuses to leave his side. While down below in the dungeon the deranged Klaw frees the Lizard from his cell. Elsewhere still, the rest of the villains are still pounding on the She-Hulk when they hear the attack and rush off to stop it. Before leaving, Doctor Octopus lands one more blow in the hopes of killing She-Hulk. While in his quarters, Doctor Doom continues to try and recover after being expelled from the Worldship of Galactus as his bodyguard Ultron guards from the door.

The heroes are ambushed by the villains and during the fight Iron Man's armor is damaged by the Wrecker. The Thing tries to tackle the Absorbing Man but suddenly reverts back to human form, forcing Spider-Woman to come to his aid. While Thor ties up Doctor Octopus, Pile Driver tries to square off against Hawkeye, but cowers away when the bowman manages to strike him with an arrow. The Hulk comes crashing in on the Enchantress but is knocked out by her enchanted charms. When she tries the same thing on Captain America, he resists her long enough to knock her out with his shield. While Spider-Man squares off against Titania, Hawkeye and Ben Grimm run into Klaw and the Lizard and are concerned that they are outmatched. Iron Man, Mister Fantastic, Thor and Spider-Woman later locate Volcana and Molecule Man and try to attack. Molecule Man responds by erecting an indestructible screen around them and Volcana unleashes large fire blasts that fries Iron Man's armor, but Captain Marvel manages to pass through in her light form, and the heroes cease their hostilities when they find out that Owen has been seriously injured. While not far away, Spider-Man manages to get the best of Titania, delivering her a humiliating defeat and knocking her out of the fortress.

Meanwhile, Captain America and the Human Torch are squaring off against Ultron. Ultimately the Torch defeats the robot by unleashing his nova flame, overheating his circuits and rendering the killer robot inert. Captain America then storms into Doom's quarters and seeing the state that Doctor Doom is in, considers Doom no threat and leaves. With the battle over, Mister Fantastic and the others find Hawkeye and Ben Grimm playing patty-cake, thanks to the limited intellect of their foes. Soon She-Hulk is found and is placed in the medical bay along with the defeated members of the Wrecking Crew, while the rest of the villains are locked up. While back in the alien village, Colossus rushes the unconscious Zsaji to her room. There he finds the bottle of mind melding gas and uses it to learn what ills her. He discovers that the constant use of her powers to heal the various heroes have taxed her system and threaten to kill her. Colossus then professes his love to Zsaji. Elsewhere, Hawkeye and Captain Marvel return to discover that Zsaji pushed her powers to the limit so she could revive the Wasp. While from their look out, the members of the X-Men notice that Galactus is getting dangerously close to completing his world devouring device.

Back at Doombase, Iron Man is impressed that Mister Fantastic seems unsurprised that an African-American is wearing the Iron Man armor. While elsewhere Spider-Man notices that Thor got a new helmet and cap. When Hulk tells Spider-Man that there is a device that creates costumes by thought, he goes to check it out for himself since his own uniform is in tatters. Finding what he believes to be the machine the Hulk was talking about, Spider-Man thinks into it and a strange black ball comes out and lands in his hand. Spider-Man is surprised when the blackness begins to spread up his arm and envelops his body in a new black and white costume. As Spider-Man begins to wonder why it doesn't look like his old costume suddenly the ground begins to quake. This is followed by a telepathic distress from Professor Xavier warning the heroes that Galactus is about to consume Battleworld.


Continuity Notes

  • Enchantress thought Thor was killed in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #4, but this was a ruse that allowed Thor to escape Doom's minions.
  • The Molecule Man was wounded by Wolverine in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #6.
  • The Thing reverts back to Ben Grimm in the middle of battle in this story. He reverted back and forth previous in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #2 and 4. He later discovers that he can transform at will next issue. He believes that this is a trait caused by him being on Battleworld, however as theorized by Mister Fantastic back in Fantastic Four #245, the Thing always had this ability, only a psychological block caused by the anxiety felt over his relationship with Alicia Masters prevented him from utilizing this ability.
  • Reed Richards is the first to mention that Doom supposedly died before the Secret Wars. See notes to Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1.
  • The Wasp was seemingly killed in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #6.
  • Spider-Man accurately boasts to Titania of the X-Men not being able to catch him in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #3, but Professor Xavier removed his memory of the encounter, so how he mentions it now is unknown.
  • James Rhodes finds that Reed is unsurprised to find a black man wearing the Iron Man armor. As depicted in New Avengers: Illuminati #1, Reed was aware that Tony Stark was secretly the original Iron Man from when they formed the Illuminati. Reed says that he knew that there is a man in the armor; Iron Man: Legacy #6 reveals that the members of the Illuminati were aware of Tony Stark's alcoholism, and as such Reed was likely aware that someone else has been Iron Man from Iron Man #169, although he may not have known who until now.
    • Except for Illuminati member Xavier, most of the non-Avenger heroes do not know that Stark was Iron Man. They presumably believe that the man in the Iron Man armor is the unnamed Stark employee who, according to Stark, serves as his bodyguard and Avengers member.
  • Reed is, as in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #4, very impressed by the sophistication of the Iron Man armor.
  • Spider-Man should have trusted his spider-sense regarding the new black costume. He assumes that it is unliving, but learns in Amazing Spider-Man #258 that it is actually a symbiote that is attempting to co-opt his life. He seemingly slays it in Web of Spider-Man #1, but Fall of the Hulks: Alpha #1 reveals the Intelligencia revived it and it ultimately ended up bonding to Eddie Brock in Amazing Spider-Man #299, becoming Venom.

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Events in this story occur behind the scenes that affect the chronology of the following characters:

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  • The cover of this issue is one of the 32 that appear in the comic collection from the 2000 video game Spider-Man.

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