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Quote1 Congratulations, Tiger! You hit another Jackpot! You're about to become a father! We're having a Baby! Quote2
-- Mary Jane Watson-Parker

Appearing in "A Time to Live!"

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Synopsis for "A Time to Live!"

This story continues from Amazing Spider-Man #397...

Doctor Octopus has been working feverently to create a cure for the poison that is coursing through the veins of Spider-Man, his greatest foe.[Continuity 1] His assistant, Stunner, urges Otto to hurry because it doesn't look like the wall-crawler is going to survive much longer. As he writhes in pain, Peter Parker has another flashback of himself growing in a cloning tank.[Continuity 2] However, try as he might, Doctor Octopus cannot synthesize a cure but quickly loses his temper. Stunner asks why her beloved Otto is working so hard to save the life of his greatest enemy. Octavius explains that he sees Spider-Man as his foil, someone who drives his inspiration. That aside, now that he has seen the face behind the mask, he knows that there are people in the life of Peter Parker that love him and wants to save his life for them.

Otto then calls the home of May Parker, which is answered by Anna Watson, who is there gathering May's belongings. Otto is shocked when she tells him that May Parker has suffered a stroke and is in the hospital.[Continuity 3] Stunner thinks this will convince Otto to forget about Parker, however, his past with May Parker and knowledge of her current medical condition redoubles his efforts.[Continuity 4] Otto then sends Stunner to go out and order flowers for Aunt May. as she leaves, she is unaware that their hideout is being observed by Kaine. The assassin refuses to allow Doctor Octopus to interfere with his plans for Peter Parker. He thinks about their destiny and how many will suffer and die as a result. Meanwhile, Peter's wife Mary Jane visits May in the hospital.[Continuity 5] Mary Jane prays that May won't die because she doesn't know how her death will impact Peter. She fears without May, Mary Jane may lose her husband to the darkness forever.

Later, back at Doctor Octopus' lab, the evil scientist refuses to give up on reviving his enemy. With no time to lose, Otto is forced to inject Peter with an untested serum. This causes Peter to experience blinding pain. Breaking free from his bonds, the wall-crawler bounces around the room. When Stunner tries to restrain him, Peter pushes her away and leaps out a window. However, the pain gets to be too much, causing Parker to pass out in mid-air as Kaine watches from the rooftops. Thankfully for the web-spinner, Doctor Octopus manages to get outside and saves his arch-nemesis before he can fatally hit the pavement below. Later, Spider-man wakes up wearing his full costume. Realizing that he is near the brownstone that he shares with his wife, Spider-Man doesn't know how he got here or where he was for the past few hours. Noticing that he no longer has any symptoms, the wall-crawler rejoices that he has somehow been cured of the virus that was killing him. Realizing that he is going to live, Spider-Man begins to rejoice. While down on the streets below, Mary Jane is on her way home, unaware that she is being stalked by Kaine. Watching her go by, Kaine remarks how innocent she looks and sheds a tear when he thinks about what will happen to her in the future.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man has changed back to Peter Parker in his apartment. He begins to panic about trying to track down his wife Mary Jane after his prolonged absence and worries about Aunt May's health.[Continuity 6] Just then, Mary Jane enters the room. Happy to see each other, Peter and Mary Jane kiss. This romantic moment is observed by Doctor Octopus, who cannot help but smile. Satisfied that his job is complete, Spider-Man's greatest foe turns and walks away. However, this is not the happy ending Octavius was hoping for. As Peter and Mary Jane spend a romantic evening home alone, Doctor Octopus returns to his lab. He is horrified to learn that his cure did nothing but mask the symptoms of the virus for a few hours. At that very moment, Peter Parker goes to the bathroom as he begins to feel the virus returning. Realizing that he is still dying, Peter gathers the strength to tell Mary Jane. Out in the bedroom, he tells Mary Jane that he has something important to say. Before Peter can tell his wife the tragic news, she tells him that he also has something important to tell him. Peter tells his wife to go first, and Mary Jane tells him that he is about to become a father because she just learned that she is pregnant.

... This story continues in Amazing Spider-Man #398.

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
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
Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1
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
Web of Death
Amazing Spider-Man #397 The Spectacular Spider-Man #220 Amazing Spider-Man #398 The Spectacular Spider-Man #221
  1. Spider-Man was poisoned by the Vulture in Amazing Spider-Man #396.
  2. These visions are an attempt to confuse Ben and Peter into wondering who is the clone and who is the real Spider-Man. These are revealed to be memories implanted into their minds by the Jackal in the Smoke and Mirrors story arc.
    Smoke and Mirrors
    Web of Spider-Man #122 Amazing Spider-Man #399 Spider-Man #56 Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1
  3. May Parker suffered a stroke in Amazing Spider-Man #391. However, unknown to everyone at the time, May was replaced with an impostor sometime during the events of Amazing Spider-Man #392. This is revealed in Spider-Man #97.
  4. Otto first met May Parker when he kidnapped her back in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1. At one point he rented out a room in her home in Amazing Spider-Man #53-54. He even tried to marry her once, as seen in Amazing Spider-Man #131.
  5. 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.
  6. Peter has been absent from home after Aunt May suffered from her stroke in Amazing Spider-Man #391.

Publication Notes

  • A text story is included in this issue. "Scoop!" is an excerpt from the Ultimate Spider-Man anthology of short stories.
  • This issue is reprinted in comics and books, see references for more info.[1]

See Also

Recommended Reading

Web of Death continues on Amazing Spider-Man 398.

Footnotes

  1. This issue is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's:



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