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Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Appearing in "The Doomsday Gambit!"

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  • Sky-Sleds
  • Zarrko's Flying Ship (Main story and recap)

Synopsis for "The Doomsday Gambit!"

With the last of the Time Bombs sent to the present by Zarrko the Tomorrow Man, Spider-Man travels to the hidden land of Attilan to get assistance from the Inhumans to save the Avengers from the 23rd century. Hitching a ride on a helicopter, the wall-crawler arrives just out of the secret city. His arrival doesn't go unnoticed as no sooner has he arrived is he confronted by guards on hovering platforms. Spider-Man is quickly knocked out and brought before the Inhuman Royal Family. When Spider-Man regains consciousness he is ordered by Karnak to explain why he has come to Attilan. Spider-Man quickly explains the capture of the Avengers and that the time travelers known as Kang the Conqueror and Zarrko are at war with each other to conquer the past, present, and future. Learning that Zarrko's Time Bombs used an energy source similar to the Negative Zone barrier that once protected Attilan, Spider-Man came to them for help at the recommendation of the Human Torch. Hearing this story, the Inhumans agree to help Spider-Man return to the 23rd Century and rescue the Avengers.

Black Bolt takes the Time Bomb to his insane brother, Maximus the Mad. He gets to work on rigging the device to take them to the future. Meanwhile, Triton takes Spider-Man on a tour of Attilan, showing him the sights including the massive inert body of Omega. Soon enough, Maximus is finished rigging the device and they use it to travel to the 23rd Century. They arrive a few moments before Spider-Man escaped into the past and witness Zarrko entering Kang's citadel. They wait for Zarrko to go into the building and follow after him. However, before they can enter the fortress, Spider-Man and the Inhumans are attacked by the guards. After they defeat the guards, they rush inside just as Kang immobilizes Zarrko.

When Kang sees who has arrived, he cannot believe that Spider-Man is back. Outnumbered and overpowered, Kang is quickly incapacitated by a scream by Black Bolt. This scream also breaks the Avengers free from the stasis cells they are being held in. In the confusion, Zarrko tries to get away, but he is quickly webbed up by Spider-Man and dragged back. When they check on Kang they discover that his armor is empty. That's when the voice of Kang booms over them, telling them that they were merely pawns in his dirty little war with Zarrko and that he will see them again. Suddenly, the gathered heroes are teleported back to the present day. The Avengers thank Spider-Man and the Inhumans for the rescue, and Spider-Man jokingly quips that he will send them the bill before he web-slings for home.


Continuity Notes[]

  • The Negative Zone barrier that Spider-Man is referring to protected Attilan from the outside world in Fantastic Four #4859.
  • Triton shows Spider-Man the inert body of Omega, the robot that terrorized Attilan in Fantastic Four #131132.

Chronology Notes[]

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


Black Bolt:




Iron Man:

Publication Notes[]

  • Plot by Conway, script by Wein.
  • This issue contains a letters page, Mail It To Team-Up. Letters are published from Allen Varney, J. Breen Allen, and Nick Cromer.

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