Enjoy the second track off of the Spider-Man 4 ‘album’, this was originally heard in Highlander 2: The Quickening, but I feel this works much better for this film’s evolving storyline
With Peter’s identity exposed, Aunt May becomes a target for Peter’s enemies, and it lands her in hospital
(credit to Faneditor Dayroar for the poster)
Inspired by the brilliant SDN Editions, which has been kindly hosting several of my most recent fanedits, I have been doing my best to stitch together what I hope is a 90 minute feature-length fourth outing for Tobey Macguire
Rather than bore you with the very rough trailer I put together for it, I chose instead to announce this project using a music video…in this altered reality, everyone’s ‘favourites’ Nickelback once again contribute to a Spidey soundtrack, with the song ‘Lullaby’ telling two stories at once. I’d include more footage, but I don’t want to give the game away too much on what I have coming up.
If so inclined, enjoy
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN:
MOMENTS OF NEED
(Contains spoilers for Amazing Spider-Man#1 by Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley)
When a weary and troubled Peter Parker dropped by Mary Jane Watson’s apartment, It was one of those moments in time where everything paused, and all that was laid out before them was their eternity together.
Thier eternity as friends, as lovers, as partners.
Reality had meddled in those moments, diminished them, stripped them of the belief those moments could be eternal, and they had been more than content to invite this cruel paradigm in.
But recent days, recent events, had drawn them closer to their eternal connection once more.
As Peter bore his soul to her, as he had done so many times, and was as unsure and as frightened as he’d ever been when sharing his failings and insecurities, Mary Jane had thought it motivated by the recent death of Flash Thompson, sacrificing his life to halt the rampage of the vindictive and calculating Norman Osborn.
She thought it’d even had something to do with how willing she’d been to stand side by side with him and Venom against Osborn.
Perhaps these moments in their endless waltz together had touched him as much as it’d touched her, causing her to reflect on what she had come to reject in the past, perhaps realizing that it was, again, just another instance in eternity of all too fleeting hesitation.
Peter continued, telling her that he was uncertain of whether or not he was making a mistake, apologizing for asking this much of her.
But Mary Jane didn’t care much for the insecure moments, she focused on the one precise moment that counted.
The moment of need.
It was Peter conveying his need for her in his life, to help him survive the unsustainable moments, that convinced her, at this precise time, to embrace Peter with a warm embrace and a gentle reaffirming kiss.
He had told her he was in need of her once before, back when they were trapped in an airport under siege, and some anguished part of her had always told her Peter had salvaged something back then, something she felt was just out of her soul’s reach, but one she felt compelled to grasp through this latest re-connection.
If there was something that had been lost, it would be found again…perhaps even born again.
All it took to draw her back into Peter’s world were those precise moments of need.
“We’re in this together Pete…and we always have been” she said to him, as their endless waltz resumed again.
Within the apartment of Stark Enterprises C.E.O Mary Jane Watson, two souls, once distant through a series of reluctant and regretful choices, were again coming together in a tender and long desired embrace
The kiss was tangible, real, and true.
The two souls, Mary Jane and her best friend, the fallen tech mogul Peter Parker, giggled uncontrollably as the splendor of their kiss allowed sensations and memories familiar to both of them to come to vivid life.
Wild, priceless images of passions shared at the likes of airports, and the top of the empire state building, merged into a seamless tapestry of joy and pleasure.
“You’re one hell of a scientist Parker” MJ said as she hastily unbuttoned Peter’s shirt
“Why do you say that?”
“You just proved time travel is possible, one kiss and we’re right back to the way things always should…”
She stopped mid-sentence as Peter’s shirt gave way, revealing a familiar black emblem on a red and blue costume underneath.
She reeled back.
“What’s wrong?” Peter asked.
Mary Jane played delicately with her hands, she bit her lip and turned her head, placing one hand gently under her chin. She began to ponder, anxious and unsure of what to say.
Peter stared at the Spider emblem on his costume, and instantly understood the problem.
“Oh. My web-thing” he said.
“Your web-thing” Mary Jane replied.
“Look, if this is making you uncomfortable…I should go” Peter said.
Mary Jane’s response surprised him.
“No” she said
“No?” Peter said.
“No…no it doesn’t bother me, it should, but…I don’t think it matters anymore”
“You feeling ok Red?” said Peter.
Mary Jane moved over to his side of the couch again, a little more prepared, she tugged more at the shirt, urging Peter to remove it and to let her see him in his costume.
“Peter, I work with Stark, he works with superheroes..if I had as much of a problem with your kind of work as I thought I did, I would have caved instantly, I’d never be as involved as I am now with it”
“When we were investigating Regent, you said working with Tony was different, that it was easier than dealing with my life” said Peter.
“In a way I was right at the time” Mary Jane explained, “It seemed easier, but the experience with Regent taught me life is never easy for your type Peter, I learned that as soon as I put yourself in your shoes, and not for the first time either, when I helped you and Tony tackle Regent. You taught me there, just as you taught me when all of Manhattan shared your powers, that while nothing is easy, your efforts ensure that everything-anything– is possible. That’s why I thanked you when you went off to free the other heroes…for everything that you taught me in that instant, for everything you continue to teach me through the hardships and great falls you overcome”
“MJ…when I was teaching, back before it all went crazy, when I thought I’d lost you the first time, I learned from my experience a very valuable asset…to teach is to learn twice, the tutor learns from the students just as much as the opposite does…you’ve learned so much from me, but I’ve learned to trust in my fellow man through your humanity and faith in me, it’s what pushes me, why I strive to be better, and what keeps me running up that steep hill. You learn, you teach, and you complete another phase of your journey…our journey” Peter replied, stroking her red hair delicately with his hands.
“Did you learn any secrets of a successful marriage while teaching?” MJ snarked.
“Don’t go there” Peter replied.
“Too late, something in the back of my mind always does” MJ explained.
“Really?” Peter asked.
“It’s tucked neatly between my common sense and a deja vu sensation we got when battling Regent, that sense we’d done it all before…only back then we were…whole”
“Like now?” said Peter, kissing her gently on the forehead, MJ curled up and snuggled up next to him.
“I’m not sure what this’ll become” she said.
Peter’s eyes stared at the clock.
“It’s getting close to midnight” Peter said.
“You want to stay?” MJ asked.
“Sure, why not? Before you know it, it’ll be a brand new day” a confidant Peter replied.
WHEN GRAVITY HAD SELDOM MERCY
WRITTEN BY ZARIUS
TEN YEARS EARLIER
In dreams, you can fly.
For Peter Parker, his entire adult life had been the personification of that dream
Soaring high above the city in his guise as Spider-Man, swinging with almost no cares for the world below.
Almost no cares.
And then the realization dawned on him as he swung past the Empire State Building.
His favourite spot to be with his favourite person.
A person he’d been left waiting back at the Coffee Bean for the better part of two and a half hours.
That’s the price you pay for engaging in a less than pacy pursuit with an aging Adrian Tooms.
Peter threw every bit of energy he hadn’t spent yet in making it back to the Coffee Bean, only to find it had closed up for the night.
Changing back into his civvies in the cold brisk February evening at the back of the alleyway didn’t do much for his dignity, but at least it wasn’t going to shred it.
Peter took his trusty bike and drove back down the road that stretched back to Queens, where he caught sight of his favourite Aunt talking to his favourite person. Mary Jane Watson.
He drove up and hastily got off the bike to meet her as she caught sight of him and tried to put some distance between them. Peter wasn’t about to let her go, not without giving her an apt opportunity to pounce on him.
He loved it when she displayed some temper.
“MJ, I am so sorry” he said
“Save it. Flash took me home. In a car”
“What’s wrong with my bike?” Peter asked
“More to the point, what’s wrong with you Tiger?” MJ asked, pointing at his chest with a sharp finger.
Peter thought on his feet. “I made a promise to someone” he said
“Did you let them down too?”
Peter’s mind raced back to the socialite who’s valuables were stolen by Tooms, and during the scuffle between him and The Vulture, the crook had dropped the valuables down a chimney.
“I kinda did, yeah, I’m not going to start lying”
“Now anyway” MJ said.
“Yeah” Peter remarked.
Mary Jane sighed.
“Look Pete, you and I…I don’t think it’s working out”
“You want to talk about working out? I’ve got this killer gym membership…”
“Not the time for jokes Pete” MJ said, cutting him off.
“The only good timing I have is comic timing”
“See, that’s the hardest thing about this…’cause you make me laugh so much” MJ replied.
“Best medicine that” Peter replied.
“Flash advised me to read you the riot act..but I just can’t do it. I don’t think your mental reality can take stark reality…and I don’t think I could do without your kind of crazy”
“At least here sanity prevails” Peter said, taking MJ’s hand in his and gently kissing the tip of it.
“Something always comes up with you. The important thing is you always try to make up for it…and that’s the kind of promise you can do with keeping…because one day you may want to make an even bigger promise”
Peter glanced up at the night sky
“Look” he said
MJ turned her head and stared upwards, they both fixated their gaze on the sparkling moon above.
“That’s what I promise you. Every time. Every moment I spend with you, night and day, you take me there…one day, I promise, they’ll be no limit to where we can go”
TEN YEARS LATER
In dreams, you can fly.
In life, you land hard
And ten years ago, gravity seldom had mercy.
As Peter hung on for dear life as The Vulture soared through the city, through a crisp February night, Peter’s webbing tagged to his right foot, he thought how far things had come in the past decade, he couldn’t help but think of that night, and what he had promised.
He stared upwards at the moon above and wondered if this would be the last time he’d be taken there.
And then another strand of webbing attached itself to the Vulture’s left foot, and out of nowhere a vicious red-headed vixen was propelled from the nearby rooftops and joined Spidey in flight.
“Hey Tiger, what’s up?” said MJ as she crawled upwards and reached out towards the back of the bag attached to Toom’s back, pulling out the jewellery he had stolen from yet another socialite. She tucked it neatly into a small satchel at her right side.
“Hey, I made a promise I’d hand that back” said Peter.
“Oh let me hand it back Tiger, after all, we share all our promises”
Beneath the mask he wore, Peter’s face beamed with pride.
Behind the mask MJ wore, her eyes sparked with affection and love.
As Spider-Man and his wife Spinneret clung to The Vulture and soared elegantly across the sky, they elected to give the brash bird of prey an additional few minutes of great struggle just to take in the exquisite sight of the moon high above them.
Watching them from afar from a nearby window was their daughter, Annie May, in the midst of getting changed for bed as it was a school night, she was slightly perplexed at why it was taking them so long to apprehend Adrian.
She glanced upwards and spotted the cause.
“Oh great, full moon, that means everyone’s going stir crazy” she said with a groan, the significance of the sight all but lost on her naive adolescent sense of self.
When she came of age, she would come to understand.
To her, the moon was a conventional wonder of the world.
To her parents, it represented a grand promise.
In the past her mother had taken her father there on many an occasion when he felt like gravity had no mercy.
But now that they were together, in sickness, health, power, and responsibility, there was no limit to where they could go.
Another issue, and another triumph for Gerry Conway and Ryan Stegman, as they put together their take on Mary Jane, a take so refreshing, mature, and a bit of a protest song against the psiren that is her Mephistoverse counterpart. I hear this has been selling out in stores, so if you can, make sure you track down a copy today, don’t wait for your pocket money over the weekend. Comics like this need the support immediately. Read and enjoy Spider-Man and Wife as they were meant to be.
Five days to go until the return of the real Peter and MJ folks…make your way to your LCS on November 9th and support this release so they can come home to 616 where they belong.
Also, take note of the poster on Annie’s wall…Carol Danvers as she presently looks, meaning this is an alternative present and not the late 80s/early 90s retro world the Battleworld version of RYV was set in last year