Peter Parker deals with the Spider-Verse, Secret Wars and life as a billionaire!

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe and the web-slinger is now back on the silver screen once again in Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War”! In celebration of his memorable history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story…

One of Spider-Man’s greatest foes, Carnage, became “inverted” in AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #4 due to the Red Skull’s machinations, as well as Captain America and other heroes. In AXIS #5, Spidey escaped his friends’ evil actions, but Apocalypse showed up to make things worse. The webslinger helped gather former villains to save the day in AXIS #6, and he joined with Deadpool to stop Apocalypse’s “gene bomb” in AXIS #7. The heroic Carnage actually stopped the bomb in AXIS #8, while Spidey fought the X-Men until everything could be put back the way it should be in AXIS #9.

Avengers & X-Men: Axis (2014) #7

Avengers & X-Men: Axis (2014) #7

  • Published: December 10, 2014
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: June 03, 2015
  • Writer: Rick Remender
  • Cover Artist: Jim Cheung
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Alternate universe Spider-heroes sought out Spidey in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 to beg his help in stopping Morlun and the Inheritors from killing them all. Our hero went to the Great Web to hand-pick a team in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10, which included Otto Octavius, the Superior Spider-Man, who quickly wanted to take over the group. The wallcrawler challenged Otto in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #11, and after making a pact with Spider-Gwen, went toe-to-toe with Morlun in battle.

Multiple versions of Spider-Man clashed with the villains to gather the Spider-Totems in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12, but the tide turned with the inclusion of an Uncle Ben Spider-Man in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13, and Otto’s key to victory over the Inheritors in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14. Later, Otto picked a fight with everyone in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15, but Peter Parker set him right.

Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #13

Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #13

  • Published: January 21, 2015
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: July 20, 2015
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Dan Slott
  • Cover Artist: Olivier Coipel
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Spidey assisted the Fantastic Four versus the Quiet Man in FANTASTIC FOUR #643, a twisted version of the Avengers in FANTASTIC FOUR #644, and the Psycho-Man in FANTASTIC FOUR #645. Peter’s Parker Industries vied with Alchemax to bid on building a super-prison in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16, Spidey fought the Ghost in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17, and lost his building in the battle in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #18.

After a scrap with Tombstone in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16.1, the webslinger joined with the Wraith to investigate a mystery that led into a gang war in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17.1, the return of the Black Cat in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #18.1, a clash with the Circus of Crime in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #19.1, and big, violent misunderstanding with the Wraith in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #20.1.

Secret Wars (2015) #1

Secret Wars (2015) #1

  • Published: May 06, 2015
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 02, 2015
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Jonathan Hickman
  • Cover Artist: Alex Ross
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As Spidey’s universe prepared for an incursion by another universe in SECRET WARS #1, he boarded Reed Richards’ “life raft” with other heroes to escape the cataclysm. Seemingly years later, the raft opened up on a planet called “Battleworld” in SECRET WARS #2 and our hero learned its ‘god” was none other than Doctor Doom. Spider battled another group stranded there, the Cabal, in SECRET WARS #4, until Dr. Strange scattered him and his teammates to the far corners of the planet when Doom took notice.

Peter, along with fellow Spider-Man Miles Morales, sought the planet’s power source in SECRET WARS #6, but found the all-powerful Molecule Man instead. The final war with Doom’s forces kicked off in SECRET WARS #8, and after his defeat by Reed Richards in SECRET WARS #9, Peter welcomed Miles to his rebuilt universe as the second official Spider-Man.

The Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #1

The Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #1

  • Published: October 07, 2015
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 04, 2016
  • Rating: Rated T
  • Writer: Dan Slott
  • Cover Artist: Alex Ross
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Now a billionaire from “webware” he created, Peter Parker swung into battle as Spidey with his new Spider-Mobile in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 against the Zodiac, who then returned in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 to challenge our hero again with a scheme to steal his tech from him.

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While the Avengers and X-Men proved unable to resolve the crisis created in part by their own actions in AXIS, their own archenemies did the job for them. However, hero and villain alike will face long-reaching consequences as a result of the war with The Red Skull and subsequen Inversion.

Here’s just a few of the characters to watch who will forever feel the tremendous turns of AXIS…

Iron Man

Like many of his fellow good guys, Tony Stark got a little twisted by the Scarlet Witch’s spell, reverting largely to his younger, more selfish, more profiteering persona. Unlike his comrades, the Armored Avenger took measures to keep his psyche flipped and remains–in his view–a SUPERIOR IRON MAN for the time being.

Medusa

While under the sway on the Inversion, Medusa declared New Attilan more or less sovereign, attacking the United Nations, battling Spider-Man, and dismissing close allies like Gorgon and Triton. For all the strides the crimson-haired queen has made leading her people, she now has a lot to answer to in the pages of INHUMAN.

The Red Skull

After building his power base in UNCANNY AVENGERS, Red Skull launched his greatest campaign of hate ever, nearly taking down every hero in the Marvel Universe. Thwarted by Doctor Doom and The Scarlet Witch, the Skull now finds himself a prisoner of the former following a brief altruistic turn spurred by Charles Xavier’s dormant psyche.

Havok

Havok

Havok

Alex Summers did his best as leader of the Avengers Unity Squad, saving the world albeit with physical and emotional scars to show for it. With his Inverted outlook remaining thanks to Iron Man, Havok has abandoned the Avengers and his romance with The Wasp to reunite with his outlaw brother, Cyclops.

Captain America & Luke Cage

Under the sway of Inversion, Sam Wilson and Luke Cage turned against their own team in CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE MIGHTY AVENGERS, trying–and failing–to shut this branch of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes down. They’re back to their old selves now, but how soon will their comrades forgive–if ever?

Loki

He’s often teetered on the edge of good and evil, but AXIS allowed Loki to realize his full heroic potential, even proving worthy to lift Mjolnir, if only for a moment. Now back to his old self, the Trickster must confront his past sins with a new outlook in LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD.

Sabretooth

Few villains in the Marvel Universe can boast a more ruthless reputation than Victor Creed, but thanks to Tony Stark’s actions, the killer mutant retained his conscience post-Inversion. Now Wolverine’s archenemy looks to achieve the impossible task of filling the void left by his fallen rival in WOLVERINES and elsewhere.

Nova

In his simultaneously most reckless and heroic moment, Sam Alexander defied Steve Rogers’ order and engaged in a David and Goliath struggle against the inverted Hulk. While the Human Rocket managed to save his hometown, he endured injuries that even newly-appointed Avengers membership can’t heal. Plus, Carnage will be paying NOVA a visit…

Quicksilver & The Scarlet Witch

As Magneto attempted to stop his supposed daughter from murdering Doctor Doom while inverted, the Scarlet Witch’s spell revealed the familial connection between the two to be false. Now, with a new UNCANNY AVENGERS dawning, Wanda and her twin brother, Quicksilver, seek the truth of their origins anew.

Deadpool

In his inverted state as “Zenpool,” Wade Wilson achieved a balance that has eluded him his entire tortured life. Unfortunately he won’t have long to explore this enlightment, because he’ll be dead soon

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Our therapist takes to the streets in his AXIS investigation!

As reports of erratic nearly opposite behavior spreads amongst the super powered community, I am continuing to monitor the situation and report observations as it becomes possible. As noted previously, these reports are based on observations and meta-reviews of eyewitness reports, news articles, and so on. Unless noted, there have been no face-to-face evaluations at this time.

Axis: Hobgoblin (2014) #3

Axis: Hobgoblin (2014) #3

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Hobgoblin

In considering the subject, this writer must first state that there have been a number of individuals who have called themselves “Hobgoblin” over the years. There are indications that the individual currently calling himself by that name is Roderick Kingsley, but identifying the true person behind the mask when it comes to Hobgoblin has always been problematic.

What tends to be the case over and over again is that Hobgoblin can be counted on to be villainous; until now.

For years, there have rumors of “franchise villains” facilitated by a Hobgoblin; criminal alter egos for rent, essentially, including the costume and gear. However, the indications are that this Hobgoblin is franchising heroes in much the same manner. Additionally, he seems to be creating himself as some kind of motivational speaker to promote this concept. Around the same time, articles and comics praising and chronicling the Hobgoblin’s heroic deeds have been showing up all over.

What is most interesting about all of this is that it appears that whatever event is causing these personality changes have altered the Hobgoblin’s approach to making money but not necessarily his morality. Based on a brief encounter between this writer and the subject in which the Hobgoblin contacted me to request I “endorse” his current actions while dangling a possible slot at his future events, he seemed to remain dedicated to advancing himself and making money while doing so. His actions might be more beneficial to society as a whole, but the motives seem to still only be profit.

I will, however, stress that this is an observation based only on the briefest of meetings. This by no means should be construed as a formal psychological appraisal.

Luke Cage Master

Luke Cage Master

Luke Cage

The majority of the information this writer will present in this brief report is based on the therapy sessions with the subject’s wife, Jessica Jones, a current client of the writer. She has signed releases to allow me to use some of the information she shared with me in therapy to help form this report.

Given that we are mainly looking at Cage through Jones’ eyes, however, it is important to keep in mind that this is second hand information as interpreted by someone else before reaching me.

The client reported significant changes in her husband’s presentation, including attire, emotional availability, and seeming motivations. She recently leveled an ultimatum at him an attempt to somehow “shake” him out of it, but was unable to do so.

Additionally, there are reports that the subject attempted to sell the name “Mighty Avengers” and perhaps the team itself. While Cage does have a history of profiting off his abilities and doing good in the community, via Heroes for Hire, it has been awhile since he acted in that capacity. Additionally, this has a significantly different tone to it. Even while he was working for Heroes for Hire, he was known as someone who helped those that needed it, regardless of the ability to pay. Now, he is seeking to sell naming rights which does little to help anyone but himself.

Conclusion

These two subjects may offer a clarifying position for this writer. Whatever the cause of this spread of altered personalities, what seems to be definitive now is that there is no one way it affects its victims. For some, it seems to completely remold their personality (Captain America, Nightcrawler, Sabretooth). For others, their presentation remains remarkably similar, but the direction of their actions has changed (Carnage, Deadpool, Hobgoblin). Unfortunately, this illumination offers little comfort to this writer and even less insight about why this is happening or what we might do about it.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultant who refuses to be a part of a super villain’s pyramid scheme.

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Our therapist takes a look at the duo that caused the Inversion!

As reports of erratic nearly opposite behavior spreads amongst the super powered community, I am continuing to monitor the situation and report observations as it becomes possible. As noted previously, these reports are based on observations and meta-reviews of eyewitness reports, news articles, and so on. Unless noted, there have been no face-to-face evaluations at this time.

Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff)

Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff)

Scarlet Witch

Wanda Maximoff, the former member of both the Brotherhood of Mutants and the Avengers known as The Scarlet Witch, has been linked by several accounts to the recent outbreak of altered personalities this writer has been extensively documenting and analyzing. As such, she would seem a natural individual to focus on or attempt to contact.

Unfortunately, this writer was unable to speak to the subject in question and the details of her recent behaviors seem extreme to say the least. It seems unlikely she would be interested in therapy at this time.

Maximoff’s history of unusual and erratic behavior presents some difficulties in establishing a baseline for the subject. That having been said, it is exceedingly rare that she has been this actively aggressive and violent towards others. Past incidents of dangerous activities almost always seem to somehow out of her control (as during the so-called “Avengers Disassembled” series of events) or done out of desperation (it is the subject of much speculation in the media and amongst conspiracy groups that Maximoff “wished” an end to mutantkind which led to the rash of abilities loss and the temporary drop in birth rate of mutants in the United States and abroad). Here, however, recent details would seem to indicate the subject is very active in her use of her powers.

Still, it can only be speculation, as Maximoff has been largely out of the public eye, despite the grandiosity of some of what is being attributed to her, and, as noted, has not been seen recently by me or any of my colleagues. That her behavior is only rumor, at best, coupled with her history leaves. I am unwilling to say with any level of certainty if she too might be altered in some way. That said it does seem clear that she is at least connected, even if she is only taking advantage of the upheaval, and therefore bears some monitoring.

Avengers World (2014) #16

Avengers World (2014) #16

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Doctor Doom

Victor Von Doom, the ruler of Latveria, frequent criminal and terrorist abroad, and self-appointed doctor, has been discussed in international communities and press with increased interest as of late. Evidently, he unmasked for his citizens, an act that would have been previously considered so far-fetched it would have been dismissed out of hand. However, limited cell phone video and pictures of the even would seem to confirm it having occurred.

Of further intrigue are recent rumors that Von Doom has been assembling a team of heroes that, heretofore, have shown no signs of being altered in personality or behavior. While it is not unusual for Von Doom to take advantage of a situation or manipulate others to meet his ends, the rumored individuals who have joined him—while showing no signs of erratic behavior—would be highly unlikely to be part of the despot’s plans unless there was significant uncommon reasons being presented.

It also should be noted that, from time to time, Von Doom has seemed to act from a place of altruism. However, these times are exceedingly rare and often revealed to later include some element of the selfish in their construction. I note this to indicate that recent seemingly out of character behaviors might be born of whatever impulse guided those earlier activities and thus, perhaps, not as unique as it might have initially seemed.

Avengers & X-Men: Axis (2014) #6

Avengers & X-Men: Axis (2014) #6

  • Published: November 19, 2014
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 11, 2015
  • Writer: Rick Remender
  • Cover Artist: Jim Cheung
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Conclusion

Acknowledging the above mentioned nature of Victor Von Doom, if it is indeed as odd as it seems, it would indicate that these changes have been as profound for those primarily known for villainous and criminal activities as it has been for the individuals we call heroes.

Similarly if rumor regarding Wanda Maximoff are true this “plague” is becoming ever more dangerous.

For a more comprehensive study of the two subjects, please refer to file AVENGERS WORLD #16 as prepared by Doctors Nick Spencer, Frank Barbiere and Marco Checchetto, available on this Wednesday, December 10.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultant and not at all different. Not even a little.

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Examine perhaps the strangest and most distressing cases of Inversion!

As reports of erratic nearly opposite behavior spreads amongst the super powered community, I am continuing to monitor the situation and report observations as it becomes possible. As noted previously, these reports are based on observations and meta-reviews of eyewitness reports, news articles, and so on. Unless noted, there have been no face-to-face evaluations at this time.

Deadpool (2012) #38

Deadpool (2012) #38

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Deadpool

It must be noted from the outset, Wade Wilson (also known as the mercenary and assassin Deadpool) and this writer have a rather complicated therapeutic relationship. When the client arrived, unannounced, in my office a few days earlier, it was my initial impulse to flee to a secure inner office and contact the authorities.

While I did flee to said office, I spoke to the client via the intercom prior to alerting the police and found him to be very different than typical. He still presents as what can be charitably described as unusual and unaware or disinterested in typical social cues. However, he also seemed significantly less manic than typical and far less prone to or interested in random acts of shocking violence.

As with Carnage previously, this client does show signs of still possessing less than pleasant aspects of his personality while also still very clearly having undergone significant changes in attitude, thought process, and/or presentation. Also, as with Hulk/Kluh, Wilson has a history of different personas and mental illness that has led to strange or affected presentations in the past. Again, though, like Kluh, he has never shown this particular aspect of himself in any of our interactions or any report on the client I can locate. If the client has had this “personality” all along, he certainly had suppressed it to date.

Wolverine & the X-Men (2014) #12

Wolverine & the X-Men (2014) #12

  • Published: November 26, 2014
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 25, 2015
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Jason Latour
  • Cover Artist: Mahmud Asrar
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Storm

This writer has been unable to contact the subject, a former client with whom I had previously an excellent therapeutic bond. However, the image of her on stage with the mutant cultist and terrorist Apocalypse tells a profound and frightening story.

My gut impulse would be to reject the image as doctored or as an obvious undercover mission of some kind had it happened in isolation. Unfortunately, this is not happening in isolation and Ororo Munroe is but one of several individuals of stable and healthy personalities who I previously would have never expected any kind of actions approaching this to shatter those particular notions.

Further distressing is reports that indicate it was Storm who first rallied mutants at the Jean Grey School to the notion of embracing mutant supremacy, a cause that the institution expressly rejects in its charter and one that Storm herself has spoken out against and physically opposed time and again. Now she is not only on stage with one of the world’s most dangerous advocates of said philosophy but also, behind closed doors, guiding a new generation of mutants to that mission.

Conclusion

As more and more individuals seem to confirm these “inversions” are not isolated, the danger seems to rise precipitously. We are now not only looking at people we came to see as heroes committing crimes or criminals saving people, we are seeing a re-energized terrorist movement claiming some of its fiercest critics as the newest advocates. While one might have an interest in whatever could change Wade Wilson in such a significant manner as a means of study, it is hard to feel as interested as those that seem to be going in the opposite direction seem to be bringing on frightening dangers.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultant and is strange and distressing. All at once.

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As the Inversion spreads, our therapist takes on two more cases!

As reports of erratic nearly opposite behavior spreads amongst the super powered community, I am continuing to monitor the situation and report observations as it becomes possible. As noted previously, these reports are based on observations and meta-reviews of eyewitness reports, news articles, and so on. Unless noted, there have been no face-to-face evaluations at this time.

Nova (2013) #23

Nova (2013) #23

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Hulk

Bruce Banner’s is a long and tragic case that has been documented several times over the years. Alas, it appears to have taken another turn. Hulk, it would seem, is gone, replaced by a larger, possibly armored creature by the name of “Kluh,” nicknamed by some as “Hulk’s Hulk.”

Here, with this report in particular, this writer must stress the secondhand nature of the information and data in my possession. Kluh, whether he is the latest iteration of a Banner’s alter ego or not, is a being that I have no frame of reference for. He has never been in session with myself or any of my colleagues, and never received any kind of psychological evaluation in a hospital, prison, or outpatient facility. The only information I have in my possession comes from the observations and experiences of others.

The details garnered from those indicate that Hulk became despondent and less intelligent than he had been as of late until an unspecified incident, an event that involved him being attacked, possibly by some of the heroes who have been exhibiting unusual behavior characteristics as of late. In reaction to this attack, Hulk changed into Kluh, a metamorphosis not unlike the one Banner would undergo to turn into Hulk, or, briefly, Hulk would undergo to turn into an unreasonable, raging Banner. Kluh was said to be a more cunning and cruel than Hulk traditionally is.

What makes this case unusual, besides the actual physical transformation, is that Hulk has been so volatile over the years and experienced so many changes in personality and presentation, it is impossible for this writer to say with any level of authority that this is related to the seeming personality changes noted in individuals like Captain America (Sam Wilson) or Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler). This could be just another in a series of difficult and tragic happenings for Dr. Bruce Banner and his (usually) green skinned alter ego.

I do, however, feel reasonably certain that Kluh is not the Hulk clone of extraterrestrial origin of the same name.

Magneto (2014) #12

Magneto (2014) #12

  • Published: November 19, 2014
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 18, 2015
  • Rating: Parental Advisory
  • Writer: Cullen Bunn
  • Cover Artist: David Yardin
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Magneto

The mutant supremacist and sometimes terrorist represents another very difficult case to consider; Magneto has, at times, worked with the X-Men, who favor integration over mutants violently overthrowing and destroying humanity. Additionally, most recently, he allied himself with Cyclops as part of a group that seemed to be a sort of middle ground between Magneto’s “classic” Brotherhood and its doctrine of violence and mutant superiority, and the X-Men with its emphasis on peaceful co-existence and slow incremental influencing of public opinion.

Therefore, news that Magneto has acted heroic would seem hardly “out of character.” What does, however, is who Magneto has allied himself with. Even during the times that he has embraced Professor Charles Xavier’s philosophy or approaches, Magneto has remained uniquely dedicated to mutant rights issues and worked only with follow mutants.

However—and it must be stressed that this information should be taken with some degree of incredulity—it appears that Magneto is now working with human beings and super powered, but non-mutant, individuals and this choice has led him into conflict with, amongst, others, Cyclops.

Again, I must stress that Magneto’s allegiances have been mercurial over the years and him being “on the side of angels” is not without precedence. Nonetheless, there are aspects of this current conversion that seem unusual.

Conclusion

Human beings have a tendency to look for patterns or interpret events as fitting established patterns when there is not enough evidence to do so. This writer is human and prone to the same biases. It is with this knowledge that I am tentative to include the above two subjects in my continued study of the strange behaviors and personality shifts that seem to be spreading amongst super powered heroes on villains. That said I feel it would be more irresponsible to not note these two than it is to include them. If sufficient evidence arises that they have not been affected by the same pathogen, mass hysteria, folie deux writ large, etc, I will do my due diligence to immediately note that. For now, however, I feel their behavior should be noted amongst the current crop of more clear cases.

Those interested in these cases and others similar to it recently reported should read the assessments of Doctors Rick Remender & Adam Kubert in the file marked AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #6, available to the public now.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultant who sometimes just has to follow his gut.

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The final act kicks off as the streets of Manhattan become a battlefield in these preview pages by Adam Kubert!

This December, heroes and villains clash like you’ve never seen before as Act III: New World Disorder kicks off in AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #7!

This is it! Rick Remender and Adam Kubert bring all-out war to the streets of Manhattan as Avengers, X-Men, the deadliest villains and more battle for Manhattan – and their very souls! Apocalypse has risen, an army of X-Men at his side. The Avengers have been inverted – their moral compass spinning hopelessly on its axis. And the world’s most vile villains now stand as the Marvel Universe’s only hope. Yet amidst the chaos the Red Skull, coupled with the awesome psychic powers of Charles Xavier has escaped his prison cell. Where has he gone? Who aided him? And what will he do now that he’s been set free? The pieces are on the board and the final battle is about to begin.

Be there when chaos and disorder washes over the Marvel Universe in AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #7!

For more on Avengers & X-Men: AXIS, please visit www.marvel.com. Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #MarvelAXIS and don’t forget to follow us at @Marvel [www.twitter.com/Marvel]!

AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #7 (OCT140781)
Written by RICK REMENDER
Art by ADAM KUBERT
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
Inversion Variant by GREG LAND (OCT140782)
Young Guns Variant by RYAN STEGMAN (OCT140783)
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As Inversion spreads, our therapist examines two mutants acting oddly!

As reports of erratic nearly opposite behavior spreads amongst the super powered community, I am continuing to monitor the situation and report observations as it becomes possible. As noted previously, these reports are based on observations and meta-reviews of eyewitness reports, news articles, and so on. Unless noted, there have been no face-to-face evaluations at this time.

Nightcrawler

Kurt Wagner has long been known amongst mutants—and often super heroes in general—as a beacon of morality and hope in the community. This writer has had an opportunity to work with Wagner in the past, following his resurrection, and found that reputation to be particularly accurate. That is why I write this report with such a heavy heart.

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Wagner has engaged in multiple, aggressive violent attacks on individuals, including Mystique and Victor Creed. While both are long time criminals and known for their own extensive violent incidents, Wagner’s assaults are noteworthy as they seem unprovoked. Additionally, there is a savage cruelty to them; Wagner using his abilities in ways he never has before to create maximum pain and fear. Lastly, it has been clear both times, from eyewitness accounts and dialogue caught by bystanders recording with their phones, that it was his intent to murder his victims.

This called to mind the alternate dimension Nightcrawler (who identified himself as Kurt Darkholme) who I also have seen as a client, briefly, who did view murder as a solution. However, Darkholme was no sadist and would have no particular grudges against either of these people to motivate such unusual behavior. Thus, unfortunately, this writer feels that I have to conclude this is Wagner infected, if you will, with whatever strange phenomenon is bringing about this vast personality shifts.

Sabretooth

While I never worked directly with Creed, I have studied him extensively. Therefore I feel a strong level of certainty in asserting that recent reports of him doing things like helping out strangers on the street and passing up an opportunity to kill someone he gained the upper hand on are so wildly out of character as to almost not be possible.

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There have been external superficial indications that Creed has been altered in some way too. He has been recently photographed looking far more kempt, with tightly cut hair and clothes that could, perhaps, be best described as a super hero uniform. Additionally, he has been spotted associating with several heroes, like Spider-Man, who still seem to be acting in line with their usual presentation

Unlike Carnage before him, Creed is not being nearly as splashy in demonstrating his new “heroic” outlook on life, but there are nonetheless signs that he too has undergone whatever process this is.

Conclusion

With each passing day, it is becoming increasingly clear that whatever happened was not an isolated incident. Beyond careers committing crimes or helping the innocent in costume, these “victims” (for lack of a better term) do not share much in common. I have looked at two mutants and a man merged with an alien symbiote, but there are reports of others without DNA that has been altered in the least. They come from a variety of socioeconomic categorization, different affiliations, and different regions of the world. And yet, there are the reports, indicating dramatic changes in personalities. This writer does not feel comfortable speculating at this time, but one must at least consider the possibility that the number of the affected will continue to grow.

Those interested in these cases and others similar to it recently reported should read the assessments of Doctors Rick Remender & Terry Dodson—AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #6—Doctors Frank Tieri & Paul Davidson—AXIS: REVOLUTIONS #2—both available now.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultant who expects he’d have some pretty sweet hair is he could just get inverted.

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Work it with Doctor Doom, as we check out the ruler of Latveria's haughty history!

Ruthless ruler of Latveria, Victor Von Doom has a lengthy history of power, black magic, cruelty, and being a proverbial thorn in the side of the Marvel Universe.

Humility, however, certainly does not factor into the mix.

When not being a key player in the pages of comics like AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS, Doom spends his time being quite the prima donna. This immensely quotable baddy has little regard for anyone not named “Doom,” and he’s more than happy to let you know that—typically while referring to himself in the third person.

We’re not gonna bet the house that he’ll kick this habit before squaring off against his old flame, The Scarlet Witch, in this week’s AXIS installment, but in the meantime, let’s look back at five times where Doom embraced his superstar tendencies.

Secret Wars (1984) #11

Secret Wars (1984) #11

  • Published: March 10, 1985
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 06, 2009
  • Writer: Jim Shooter
  • Penciller: Michael Zeck
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Doom has no use for “humility.”
SECRET WARS #11

Doom, like any good diva, radiates an aura of being too cool for school. After receiving the power of The Beyonder during Secret Wars, Doom had all the tools he needed to vanquish the heroes in Battleworld; so there couldn’t have been a better time to show all the ladies that Doom’s not just almighty, but also quite the looker by restoring his handsome face.

Like anyone who succumbs to narcissism, Doom would be defeated by the combined efforts of some heroes and villains, and his own hubris. At least he got to destroy everyone and later resurrect them—an accomplishment in itself.

Fantastic Four (1961) #39

Fantastic Four (1961) #39

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Doom has little respect for the performing arts.
FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #39

Hypnotists—and presumably magicians—may not impress Doctor Doom, but he does have the common courtesy to let them finish their act, only after insulting them and their craft, of course.

However, Doom would find some merit in a particular performer after he realized Reed Richards had pulled a fast one and still lives. Enraged at the parlor tricks by the would-be entertainer and the news of Mr. Fantastic’s good health, Doom traveled to New York to conquer the Baxter Building and use the Fantastic Four’s own toys against them.

Fantastic Four (1961) #246

Fantastic Four (1961) #246

  • Published: September 10, 1982
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 28, 2008
  • Writer: John Byrne
  • Cover Artist: John Byrne
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Doom does NOT repeat himself.
FANTASTIC FOUR #246

The Thing went toe-to-toe with Doom on countless occasions, so you’d think that he would have learned that Doom says things once—and only once.

When the Puppet Master thought he could make a dummy out of the good doctor, Doom made sure to take serious exception—and by that we mean, “Destroy the Puppet Master for making a lame doll of Doom.” As par for the course, the Fantastic Four would receive a bit of Doom’s wrath for good measure.

After a gaggle of Doombots assaulted the FF, the real Doom showed up and swept the heroic quartet away to sunny Latveria—which can be quite nice this time of year.

Avengers: The Children's Crusade (2010) #3

Avengers: The Children's Crusade (2010) #3

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Do NOT attempt to suggest a prenuptial agreement. 
AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE #3

Doom has a solid “go big or go home” mentality that’s severely lacking in a lot of super villains. This pertains to the way he carries himself, how he conducts plots and schemes, battles his adversaries, and enters into the bounds of holy matrimony.

Not exactly the get-down-on-one-knee type, when Doom “engaged” The Scarlet Witch, he used everything from powerful magic to Doombot impersonators. Wiccan infiltrated Latveria in hopes of finding Wanda Maximoff himself. He found her all right, and also her new fiancé—Doctor Doom—who of course, dramatically entered on cue.

It’s not going to be a sweet reunion when Doom clashes with The Scarlet Witch. Watch the tale of the tape unfold in AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #6!

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Follow face-offs pitting heartfelt heroes against powerful foes!

In the storied history of the Marvel Universe, some battles have shaken the very foundations of reality. In addition, some smaller skirmishes may not literally rock the world, but that doesn’t make them less impactful on our favorite characters.

A common theme through though: unfairness.

There’s a long paper trail of scuffles that have given a new meaning to the term lopsided. As we revisit the theme this week in NOVA #23 when the Human Rocket takes on an Inverted Hulk, let’s examine a few other fables of flying fisticuffs where the balance fell more than a bit off kilter.

The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #334

The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #334

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Spider-Man vs. The Sinister Six

Question: What’s worse than tangling with one super villain? Answer: Dealing with six super villains at the same time!

Spider-Man has never been a stranger to adversity, but even the wall-crawler got a healthy dose of enough is enough when Doctor Octopus got the gang back together. Fresh out of prison, and with a lineup that featured the Hobgoblin and a newly un-reformed Sandman, the Sinister Six waged war on the web-slinger pushing him almost to the brink. If not for some help from some pretty super powered friends and Doc Ock’s own narcissism, Spidey could have been down for the count permanently.

Civil War (2006) #6

Civil War (2006) #6

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Captain America vs. The Punisher

The Punisher’s about as bad as they come, but this stands as one instance that really solidifies the old adage of “a knife to a gunfight.”

During the latter days of Civil War, Frank Castle shacked up with Captain America’s Secret Avengers in a bizarre alliance. With some incoming intelligence delivered by Plunderer and Goldbug, the tipping point for the resistance could well have been on the way, but with two bullets, The Punisher showed why he’s not exactly the team building type.  Cap addressed this infraction by beating the holy heck out of Castle until he realized that the Punisher would not fight back, supposedly out of respect.

Now, we won’t go on record and say Punisher couldn’t fight back, however, sans guns and toe-to-toe with a genuine super soldier, he didn’t have a prayer.

The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #269

The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #269

  • Published: October 10, 1985
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 26, 2014
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Spider-Man vs. Firelord

Of course Spider-Man makes another appearance on this list, because when it comes to underdogs and biting off more than one can chew, he wears the title like a champ. 

When the herald of Galactus showed up in New York, everyone’s favorite friendly neighborhood hero welcomed him with open arms. By that, of course we mean “showed up and nearly got his backside handed to him by a planet eater’s right hand man.”

Slowing down the cosmic criminal by tossing his staff in a river, Spidey ambled for backup. With the Fantastic Four M.I.A., he faced this threat alone, managing to hold his own. The threat of Firelord remained one heck of a tall order though, one Spider-Man wouldn’t soon forget.

Incredible Hulk (1962) #300

Incredible Hulk (1962) #300

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The Hulk vs. Starfox

When the Hulk’s enraged it’s best to either get out of his way or bring a few small armies. Starfox went with the latter but his best did not quite equal good enough.

With a militia of heroes including Iron Fist, The Human Torch, Scarlet Witch, and a host of others in tow, Starfox attempted to use his pheromone powers to soothe The Hulk. With Dr. Banner being beyond the point of relaxation, “the other guy” proceeded to pummel the Titan-born hero to bits in one of the most sideways face-offs of all time.

Want to root for the little guy? Check out NOVA #23 and watch him go face-to-face with an inverted Hulk!

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