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Synopsis for "End Game"

This story continues from Amazing Spider-Man #409...

Spider-Man uses the spider-tracer he planted on Muse in order to track her and Kaine down after their recent clash with members of the Great Game. The wall-crawler insists on turning Kaine over to the police, who are now surrounding the alley they are in. However, Kaine has no intentions of being incarcerated and uses his wall-clinging abilities to bring one of the alley walls down, separating Spider-Man from his foes. While Kaine and Muse easily force their way out of one side of the alley, on the other, Spider-Man has to deal with officers who want to arrest him for stealing a skeleton out of the city morgue.[Continuity 1] Upon making their escape, a police officer tries to shoot Muse, but Kaine takes the bullet for her. Still, the couple getaway, and Kaine realizes that he is starting to develop feelings for Muse. This causes him to remember his last lover, Louise Kennedy. However, he also remembers how Lousie betrayed him and he killed her as a result.[Continuity 2] By this point, Kaine has decided that he is fed up of being manipulated by the Great Game and tells Muse to lead him to their headquarters so he and shut them down personally.

This headquarters happens to be the corporate headquarters owned by James Johnsmeyer, who at that moment is on a conference call with other bidders in the game. While at the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson has called in Joe Robertson, Ben Urich, Angela Yin, and Ken Ellis. He wants to know what they have on the stolen skeleton story. When they all respond with silence, Jonah chews them out and sends them out of his office. He decides to call someone who can get to the bottom of this story. After he places the call, he begins making arrangements to have this person brought in to New York City. Meanwhile, Kaine attacks the Johnsmeyer building activating its rooftop defenses. Although he destroys the weapons, his gunshot wound starts bleeding again. As Muse is checking out his wound, she notices that his face is bleeding as well. She convinces him to take off his mask, something Kaine is reluctant to do so because of his cellular degeneration. However, she is not repulsed by his features and feels he has a strong face. That's when Kaine has one of his precognitive flash that shows Muse dead with the Mark of Kaine on her face. This horrifies and enrages Kaine who decides that this all needs to end and rips open the roof of the building to get at James Johnsmeyer. However, before he leaps into the building, Spider-Man stops him with a webbing net. However, this causes them to fall inside the building anyway. There Spider-Man, Muse, and Kaine are being observed by Johnsmeyer and his colleagues who are watching from massive television screens. It's here that Johnsmeyer reveals that Muse has been working from him and manipulating Kaine this whole time. However, Muse has genuinely grown to care for Kaine and renounces her allegiance to James.

Hearing this angers Kaine and he decides that muse has to die. However, as he approaches the woman, Spider-Man tries to stop him and is knocked aside. However, the wall-crawler convinces Kaine that killing Muse is exactly what Johnsmeyer and the others want. Vowing never to be manipulated again, Kaine decides to spares Muse and trashes the monitor screens. Even though the crisis is over, Spider-Man insists on turning Kaine over to the authorities. However, Kaine refuses to surrender to the wall-crawler. However, Muse blasts the wall-crawler stunning him long enough for her to blow a hole in the side of the building. She apologizes to Kaine for tricking him and admits that she fell in love with him, but it is too late to repair the damage she has done. She then leaps out of the building, prompting Spider-Man to save her with his webbing. This, of course, was all part of Muse's plan to distract Spider-Man long enough for Kaine to make his escape.

The next day, J. Jonah Jameson is informed that his 11 o'clock meeting has arrived and welcomes Peter Parker and his wife Mary Jane.[Continuity 3]

Notes

Continuity Notes

Clone Saga Reading Order
Prelude
The Double
Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
The Parker Legacy
Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
The Lost Years
Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1 Spider-Man: The Lost Years #2 Spider-Man: The Lost Years #3
Act One
Power and Responsibility
Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
The Exile Returns
Web of Spider-Man #118 Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Spider-Man #52 Web of Spider-Man #119 Spider-Man #53
Back From the Edge
Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Amazing Spider-Man #395 The Spectacular Spider-Man #218 Amazing Spider-Man #396 The Spectacular Spider-Man #219
Web of Life
Web of Spider-Man #120 Spider-Man #54 Web of Spider-Man #121 Spider-Man #55
Web of Death
Amazing Spider-Man #397 The Spectacular Spider-Man #220 Amazing Spider-Man #398 The Spectacular Spider-Man #221
Funeral for an Octopus
Spider-Man Unlimited #8 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #1 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #2 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #3
Smoke and Mirrors
Web of Spider-Man #122 Amazing Spider-Man #399 Spider-Man #56 Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1
Players and Pawns
The Spectacular Spider-Man #222 Web of Spider-Man #123 Amazing Spider-Man #400
Aftershocks
Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
Mark of Kaine
Web of Spider-Man #124 Amazing Spider-Man #401 Spider-Man #58 The Spectacular Spider-Man #224 Spider-Man Unlimited #9
Crossfire
Web of Spider-Man #125 Amazing Spider-Man #402 Spider-Man #59 The Spectacular Spider-Man #225
The Trial of Peter Parker
Web of Spider-Man #126 Amazing Spider-Man #403 Spider-Man #60 The Spectacular Spider-Man #226
Planet of the Symbiotes
Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 Spider-Man Super Special #1 Venom Super Special #1 Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special #1 Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1
Act Two
Maximum Clonage
Spider-Man: The Jackal Files #1 New Warriors #61 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha #1 Web of Spider-Man #127 Amazing Spider-Man #404 Spider-Man #61 The Spectacular Spider-Man #227 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Omega #1
Growing Pains
Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 Spider-Man Super Special #1 Venom Super Special #1 Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special #1 Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1
The Exiled
Web of Spider-Man #128 Amazing Spider-Man #405 Spider-Man #62 Spider-Man Unlimited #10
Time Bomb
The Spectacular Spider-Man #228 Web of Spider-Man #129
The Greatest Responsibility
Amazing Spider-Man #406 Spider-Man #63 The Spectacular Spider-Man #229 Spider-Man: The Parker Years #1
Act Three
Virtual Morality
Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1 Web of Scarlet Spider #1 Amazing Scarlet Spider #1 Scarlet Spider #1 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1
Cyberwar
Web of Scarlet Spider #2 Amazing Scarlet Spider #2 Green Goblin #3 Scarlet Spider #2 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2
Nightmare in Scarlet
Web of Scarlet Spider #3 New Warriors #67 Web of Scarlet Spider #4
The Sensational Spider-Man
Wizard Mini-Comic #3 Sensational Spider-Man #0 Amazing Spider-Man #407 Spider-Man #64 The Spectacular Spider-Man #230 Spider-Man Unlimited #11
The Final Adventure
Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #2 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #3 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4
Act Four
Media Blizzard
Sensational Spider-Man #1 Amazing Spider-Man #408 Spider-Man #65
The Return of Kaine
The Spectacular Spider-Man #231 Sensational Spider-Man #2 Amazing Spider-Man #409 Spider-Man #66 The Spectacular Spider-Man #232
Web of Carnage
Sensational Spider-Man #3 Amazing Spider-Man #410 Spider-Man #67 The Spectacular Spider-Man #233
Blood Brothers
Sensational Spider-Man #4 Amazing Spider-Man #411 Spider-Man #68 The Spectacular Spider-Man #234 Sensational Spider-Man #5 Amazing Spider-Man #412
Redemption
Spider-Man: Redemption #1 Spider-Man: Redemption #2 Spider-Man: Redemption #3 Spider-Man: Redemption #4
Peter Parker Returns
Sensational Spider-Man #7 Amazing Spider-Man #414 Spider-Man #71 The Spectacular Spider-Man #237
Loose Ends
Amazing Spider-Man #415 Spider-Man #72 Sensational Spider-Man #8 The Spectacular Spider-Man #238 Sensational Spider-Man #9 Amazing Spider-Man #416 Spider-Man #73 The Spectacular Spider-Man #239 Sensational Spider-Man #10 Amazing Spider-Man #417 Spider-Man #74
Revelations
The Spectacular Spider-Man #240 Sensational Spider-Man #11 Amazing Spider-Man #418 Spider-Man #75 Spider-Man: Revelations #1 Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1
The Return of Kaine
The Spectacular Spider-Man #231 Sensational Spider-Man #2 Amazing Spider-Man #409 Spider-Man #66 The Spectacular Spider-Man #232
  1. This skeleton, wearing a Spider-Man costume, was found in a smokestack in The Spectacular Spider-Man #231. Spider-Man stole it from the morgue in Sensational Spider-Man #2. The origins of this skeleton are explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  2. Kaine's relationship with Louise Kennedy was chronicled in Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1-3.
  3. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.

Publication Notes

  • This issue is reprinted in comics and books, see references for more info.[2]

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. This issue is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's:



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