Appearing in "The Sting of the Hornet!"
- Los Angeles
- Scotty McDowell's apartment
- Los Angeles County Jail
Synopsis for "The Sting of the Hornet!"
Scotty McDowell has been having strange dreams where he fights Spider-Woman as a costumed being called the Hornet. Waking up, he finds that he has super-strength and has grown wings, and is delivered a package containing the very costume he dreamed about (unaware that this is all being orchestrated by Karl Malus, who injected Scotty with some of the Fly's DNA.)[Continuity 1] Scotty decides that he will use his new powers as a super-hero in the hopes that he can become partners with Spider-Woman. Deciding to keep his identity secret, Scotty goes out as the Hornet and uses his powers to help Spider-Woman stop a plane from crashing before departing.
Playing into Malus's plans, the increasingly unstable Hornet becomes more and more irresponsible with his powers. When he gets in the way of Spider-Woman's attempt to stop some jewel thieves, he accidentally blasts the jewelry store owner. However, the Hornet shows no concern for the man's welfare. Furious over being scolded by Spider-Woman, the Hornet goes on a rampage in the city, prompting Spider-Woman to try and stop him.
Meanwhile, Malus offers the commissioner of police his talents to stop the Hornet's rampage. During the fight between the Hornet and Spider-Woman, Malus is allowed to be released and constructs a special tranquilizer weapon, supposedly to knock out the Hornet. However, Malus instead shoots Spider-Woman by "accident" and as the police rush to her aid, both Malus and the Hornet escape. When the Hornet returns to his home, Malus is there waiting for him.
- ↑ The calendar in Karl Malus' jail cell states it is the year 1980. This date should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
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