Peter joins a new Avengers team, only to be replaced by Doctor Octopus' Superior plan.

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…

Stuck in the middle of an eldritch battle between Doctor Strange and Daniel Drumm in NEW AVENGERS #32, Spider-Man made the best of it while Drumm possessed his fellow heroes in NEW AVENGERS #33 and witnessed Strange’s reinstatement as Sorcerer Supreme in NEW AVENGERS #34. Over with his other team, he waited out the original Avengers’ trip to the Microverse in AVENGERS #33, and welcomed Janet Van Dyne back to full member status in AVENGERS #34.

New Avengers (2010) #32

New Avengers (2010) #32

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After the violent clash between two Hobgoblins in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #697, our hero accepted membership on a new team in AVENGERS #1 and joined Captain America and others on a terraformed Mars to confront alien invaders in AVENGERS #2.

Later, the webslinger swung out to the prison holding the dying Doctor Octopus in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #698 — or did he? Seems that Ock already switched bodies with Spidey, leaving Peter Parker adrift in Otto Octavius’ rapidly failing form. In AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #699, Peter managed an escape from prison with the help of some super villains, but when he confronted Ock in his body in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700, the doctor’s body finally failed for good…with Peter’s mind in it.

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #700

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #700

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Otto Octavius swore to become a better Spider-Man than Peter Parker, so in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1 he took on a new Sinister Six with brutal will, not realizing Peter’s spirit still resided within him. He also created an deployed an army of “spiderbots” to help him in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #2, while Carlie Cooper became suspicious of him. Back with the Avengers, he taunted Sunspot and Cannonball in AVENGERS #6 and witnessed the “White Event” that signaled the arrival of the Starbrand on Earth in AVENGERS #7.

When the Vulture started using children to commit crimes in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #3, Otto viciously attacked him and angered Carlie further. Massacre escaped incarceration in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #4, and after Otto applied at Empire State University to complete Peter’s doctorate studies, he tracked Massacre down and shot him dead in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #5. Afterward, the Avengers concerns over his behavior increased while Peter’s spirit grew stronger within Otto in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #6.

Superior Spider-Man (2013) #7

Superior Spider-Man (2013) #7

  • Published: April 03, 2013
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 07, 2013
  • Rating: Rated T
  • Writer: Dan Slott
  • Cover Artist: Humberto Ramos
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As Spidey, Otto joined with his teammates to search for the Starbrand in AVENGERS #9, then clashed with Captain America in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #7. Cap subdued him in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #8, but when a scan showed no obvious anomalies, the hero placed Spider-Man on probation. Later, Otto used the scan data to discover Peter’s consciousness still residing in his brain and moved to purge him once and for all in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #9.

Otto traveled to the Savage Land in AVENGERS #12 to investigate a new sentient species there, but when the High Evolutionary also took an interest in the young race, Spider-Man and his teammates raised an argument against it in AVENGERS #13. The Goblin King gained more strength in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #10, and Alastair Smythe enhanced several villains to kill the wallcrawler in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #11. Otto took them all on after receiving permission from Mayor Jameson in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #12 to execute Smythe, and later blackmailed Jameson to give him the Raft prison as a headquarters in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #13.

Superior Spider-Man Team-Up (2013) #1

Superior Spider-Man Team-Up (2013) #1

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After joining the Avengers in Australia to block an alien infestation and a robot assault in AVENGERS #14, AVENGERS #15, and AVENGERS #16, Otto helped his team convince the Mars terraformers to stand with them to battle an even greater threat heading to Earth in AVENGERS #17. Debuting a new Spidey costume and a giant robot-mech in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #14, he saved all his fellow heroes from a virus in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP #1 and fought alongside Peter’s clone Kaine against the Jackal in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP #2.

Carlie Cooper followed up on her suspicions of “Peter” in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #15, while Otto publicly outed Phil Urich as the Hobgoblin. Urich lost his subsequent battle against Spider-Man in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #16, but won a spot as a Goblin Knight with the underground Goblin King. Otto joined with Luke Cage and others to clash with Proxima Midnight in MIGHTY AVENGERS #1 and MIGHTY AVENGERS #2, then met a new powered individual called Fulmina who wanted to bring about a new Middle Ages in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP #3 and SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP #4.

Mighty Avengers (2013) #1

Mighty Avengers (2013) #1

  • Published: September 11, 2013
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: March 09, 2014
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Al Ewing
  • Cover Artist: Greg Land
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Peter’s boss Max Modell found himself arrested by authorities in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #17, and Miguel O’Hara, the Spider-Man of 2099, appeared in the present to try and stop an event that led to his own timeline and its dark future in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #18. Carlie discovered Otto’s hidden bank accounts in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #19, and Peter Parker’s memories resurfaced once more. The Black Cat suffered an ignoble attack from the webslinger in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #20, and Otto later used the Sinister Six to battle the Wrecking Crew in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP #5.

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Worlds collide in Spider-Men and Avengers vs. X-Men!

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…

Carlie Cooper deduced Spider-Man’s secret identity in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #673, and the web-slinger found himself honored by the city for saving it from the spider-plague. Later, he battled the Vulture and his crew in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #674 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #675, and witnessed the return of both the android Vision and Norman Osborn in AVENGERS #19.

During the Kree invasion of Earth in FANTASTIC FOUR #600, Spidey welcomed his good friend Johnny Storm back to the land of the living and joined him and the Annihilation Wave in FANTASTIC FOUR #601 to confront the Mad Celestials in FANTASTIC FOUR #602. Galactus fell in battle against the powerful beings in FANTASTIC FOUR #603, but future versions of Franklin and Valeria Richards arrived to turn the tide and allow the wallcrawler to return home in FANTASTIC FOUR #604.

Spidey and his fellow heroes dealt with the revelation of Norman Osborn’s newest “Avengers” in NEW AVENGERS #19 and clashed directly with them in NEW AVENGERS #20. Following their retreat from the fight, Osborn’s Thor clone followed and confronted the team in NEW AVENGERS #21, prompting another hasty flight and Spidey’s interrogation of Victoria Hand, Osborn’s former associate, in NEW AVENGERS #22. In NEW AVENGERS #23, the heroes finally gained the upper hand with their foes.

Fantastic Four (1998) #600

Fantastic Four (1998) #600

  • Published: November 23, 2011
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 08, 2013
  • Rating: T
  • Writer: FIRM 15
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An ailing Doctor Octopus outlines his latest scheme to his new Sinister Six in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #676, and Spidey and Daredevil began investigating a case concerning the Black Cat in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #677. At Horizon Labs, the webslinger stepped into a fellow scientist’s new time doorway in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #678 and into a devastated New York one day in the future, prompting a race against entropy itself in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #679. Afterward, Morbius the Living Vampire turned up at the company, as well as the Lizard, in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #679.1.

The wallcrawler confronted a monstrous Norman Osborn with his teammates in AVENGERS #24, then blasted into space with the Human Torch in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #680 to tangle with Doc Ock’s octobots and zombie astronauts on an orbiting station. As its orbit decayed, the heroes moved to rescue the crew and themselves from the compromised station in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #681. Back on terra firma, the webslinger learned of the incredible Phoenix Force’s approach to Earth in NEW AVENGERS #24, and stood beside the Avengers as they scrambled to head off Hope Summers, a young mutant targeted by the Phoenix, in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #1 and AVENGERS #25.

Spidey and Wolverine tracked Hope down in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #2, but the girl escaped after besting them both. Captured X-Men escaped the heroes through trickery in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #3, and Spidey flew off to Latveria in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #4 to attempt to stop the Juggernaut and his posse. Later, our hero avoided the Phoenix-possessed X-Men in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #7, but clashed with a possessed Namor in Wakanda in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #8. Hiding out with other Avengers in the mystical K’un-Lun, Spidey imparted a lesson in responsibility to Hope in NEW AVENGERS #27, and later while in Limbo battling Magik fell to a savage beating by the X-Men in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #9. The Avengers assembled once more when Cyclops gained the full Phoenix Force in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #11, but he lost it to Hope in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #12.

Avengers Vs. X-Men (2012) #1

Avengers Vs. X-Men (2012) #1

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Mayor Jameson announced he’d close Horizon Labs in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #682, and Spidey gathered the Avengers together when Doc Ock announced his intention to “save the world” before dying. The Sinister Six crushed the team in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #683, and world governments decided to give into Ock’s demands while the webslinger fought the Sandman in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #684. Wanted by the authorities, Spidey and his friends tried to stop further satellite construction by Ock in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #685, but the villain took control of the heroes using Peter Parker’s own inventions in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #686. In the end, some of the Sinister Six turned against Ock in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #687, while Spidey fought the man himself, but felt he failed overall when the Rhino and Silver Sable died in the final skirmishes of the war.

Mysterio opened up a portal to an alternate Earth in SPIDER-MEN #1, through which Spider-Man fell and met Miles Morales, the webslinger of that world. Captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. in SPIDER-MEN #2, Peter joined forces with Miles to push Mysterio back to his corner until the Ultimates arrived in SPIDER-MEN #3. Our hero made the sour acquaintance of the world’s May Parker and Gwen Stacy in SPIDER-MEN #4, and made it back to his own universe after defeating Mysterio in SPIDER-MEN #5.

After helping the Fantastic Four fight the Maestro in FANTSTIC FOUR #609 and A.I.M. in FANTASTIC FOUR #610, Spider-Man investigated a strange connection between Morbius and the Lizard in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #688. Curt Connors retained the Lizard’s evil mind after transforming in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #689, and attempted to change back to his scaly form in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #690. Spidey managed to cure him and all his lizard-lackeys in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #691, thankfully.

Spider-Men (2012) #1

Spider-Men (2012) #1

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The past assailed Peter Parker in the form of an old warehouse in PETER PARKER:SPIDER-MAN #156.1, the new Vulture in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #33.1 and SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #33.2, and the so-called “Brooklyn Avengers” in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #129.1 and WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #129.2. A young man named Andy gained super powers from “Parker Particles” at Horizon Labs and became a hero called Alpha in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #692, got kidnapped by the Jackal in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #693, found it hard to handle fame in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #694 and lost some of his powers to a draining invention of Peter’s.

Spidey reflected upon Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ departure from Avengers Mansion in NEW AVENGERS #31, but when the hero’s spider-sense malfunctioned due to Tiberius Stone’s device in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #695, he juggled two battling Hobgoblins and the Kingpin in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #696. Afterward, the Avengers received a distress call from the Microverse in AVENGERS #31, and the web-slinger stayed behind in Central Park as the team’s founders shrunk down into the subatomic realm to answer it in AVENGERS #32.

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Spidey joins the FF and faces both Fear Itself and Spider-Island!

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…

In AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #648, Spidey and his team fought both Dr. Octopus’ octobots and a new Sinister Six while Peter parker lost his apartment, but gained a new job at Horizon Labs.

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #648

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #648

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The Hood gained two Infinity Stones in AVENGERS #7, leading to the wallcrawler discovering the existence of the Illuminati in AVENGERS #8. He warned the Avengers of their responsibility to stop the Hood from gaining more Stones in AVENGERS #9, and flew off to Area 51 with Iron Man to pick up Stark’s own Infinity Stone in AVENGERS #10. After the Avengers’ ruse to stop the Hood using an image of Thanos in AVENGERS #11, Iron Man himself wielded the Infinity Gauntlet and the team stopped the Hood once and for all in AVENGERS #12. Later, Stark held a press conference to announce the rebuilding of fallen Asgard in AVENGERS #13.

Phil Urich became the new Hobgoblin in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #649 and attacked Horizon Labs on Peter’s first day there. Spidey created a new suit to render him invisible in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #650, and teamed with Black cat to recover the reverbium Hobgoblin stole from Horizon for the Kingpin in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #651. The Avengers investigated a Doombot in NEW AVENGERS #8, staked out former HAMMER agents and their boss Superia in NEW AVENGERS #9, and when Mockingbird went down with a gunshot wound, Spidey called an ambulance in NEW AVENGERS #10.

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #650

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #650

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While waiting on news of his partner at the emergency room in NEW AVENGERS #11, the webslinger wondered if Victoria hand set his team up for Superia’s attack, and subsequently helped defeat her in NEW AVENGERS #13. Alastair Smythe and the Spider-Slayers returned in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #652, as well as Mac Gargan as the Scorpion. Spidey battled Gargan at the launch of John Jameson’s space shuttle in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #653, but during the final clash between the wallcrawler and his enemies, J. Jonah Jameson’s wife Marla died as a result in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #654.

Following Marla’s funeral in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #654.1, Spider-Man swore that no one else around him would die on his watch in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #655. An intense battle with new violent villain Massacre in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #656 moved Peter to fashion a suit of armor to help defeat him. The webslinger joined the Fantastic Four in remembering the fallen Johnny Storm in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #657, and learned Johnny bequeathed him his spot on the famous team. On his first mission with them in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #658, he investigated several space-time rifts, fought the Sinister Six in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #659, and helped close the rifts with Reed and the others in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #660.

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #660

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #660

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In NEW AVENGERS #14, Spidey threatened to quit the group over his suspicions of Victoria Hand, but when the Red Skull’s daughter Sin began her vicious attacks on New York in NEW AVENGERS #15, he stood by their side in FEAR ITSELF #1 to face the coming of the Serpent, an ancient foe of Asgard’s Odin. In FEAR ITSELF #2, Captain America dispatched Spidey and others to investigate strange mystical hammers fallen to Earth, and in NEW AVENGERS #16, the webslinger welcomed Daredevil onto the team to bolster their ranks during the crisis.

While searching for his Aunt May in FEAR ITSELF: SPIDER-MAN #1, Spidey saved citizens from their own fears and encountered Vermin and his rats. In FEAR ITSELF: SPIDER-MAN #2, he witnessed the Thing pick up one of the mystical hammers and be transformed by it, and in FEAR ITSELF: SPIDER-MAN #3, he faced off against his friend, now called Angrir. Back with the Avengers in FEAR ITSELF #5, Captain America ordered him to stand down, which he did until he confirmed May’s safety in FEAR ITSELF #6 and headed back into the fray. In FEAR ITSELF #7, Spidey took up an Asgardian weapon forged by Tony Stark and fought to defeat Sin and her warriors, but she escaped in AVENGERS #17.

Fear Itself: Spider-Man (2011) #1

Fear Itself: Spider-Man (2011) #1

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With Earth’s Mightiest Heroes deciding who would fill the slots on a new team in AVENGERS #18, the webslinger stood in as a substitute teacher at Avengers Academy in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #661 and he and his class took down Psycho-Man together in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #662. Spidey fought Anti-Venom in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #663 over the question of Mister Negative’s true identity, which stood revealed to our hero’s satisfaction in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #664. Norman Osborn escaped prison in NEW AVENGERS #16.1, and sent a giant robot after the Avengers in NEW AVENGERS #17 while he began to rebuild Hydra from the remnants of its past lives.

Peter searched for a mugger who assaulted Betty Brant in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #665, but when New Yorkers started exhibiting powers identical to his own in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #666 he turned to address the mayor’s lockdown of the city in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #667. Total chaos erupted on the island in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #668 while Spidey and other heroes looked frantically for a cure to the weird spider virus. Anti-Venom believed he held the key to a cure in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #669 as the Adriana Soria, known as the Queen, revealed herself as the virus’ source.

Mayor Jameson and other mutated into human spiders in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #670, and when Mary Jane Watson gained spider powers she swung off to help Spidey fight back to hordes. Reed Richards developed a real cure in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #671, but as the real webslinger pushed through a gauntlet of foes, the Queen grew stronger. Finally, after Ariana mutated into a giant spider in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #672, our hero and his clone Kaine brought about her crushing defeat.

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Spider-Man faces Norman Osborn's Siege and joins two different newly formed Avengers teams!

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…

Spider-Man wrapped up his confrontation with Raptor and Kaine in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #610, then heard the news of the bomb in Luke Cage’s heart in NEW AVENGERS #59. Quick-thinking heroes removed the bomb in NEW AVENGERS #60, which Spidey placed in Norman Osborn’s summer house.

New Avengers (2004) #59

New Avengers (2004) #59

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Ana Kravinoff hired Deadpool to harass the wall-crawler in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #611 while she kidnapped Spider-Woman, and Electro returned in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #612 to target Dexter Bennett in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #613, and bring the Daily Bugle building down in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #614. Spidey discovered the Sandman occupying an island in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #615, and rescued a young girl there in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #616.

Super villains powered by the Norn Stones sought Spidey and his pals in NEW AVENGERS #61, and the heroes heard news of Norman Osborn’s siege on Asgard in NEW AVENGERS #62. Led by Captain America, they traveled to the scene in SIEGE #2, and the web-slinger joined with Ms. Marvel to stop Venom from devouring fallen soldiers in SIEGE: SPIDER-MAN #1. Back with the Avengers, Spidey battled Osborn’s forces in NEW AVENGERS #63 and teamed with the remaining Asgardians to fight in NEW AVENGERS #64. Iron Man returned in SIEGE #3 to override Osborn’s armor and reveal his insanity for all to see. In SIEGE #4, everyone clashed with the Sentry’s dark persona the Void, and afterward witnessed Osborn’s arrest by authorities, while the remnants of the Siege scenario were wrapped up in NEW AVENGERS: FINALE.

Siege: Spider-Man (2010) #1

Siege: Spider-Man (2010) #1

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The Rhino turned Spidey’s attention to a new Rhino in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #617, while Mysterio appeared to be working for the Maggia in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #618, causing lots of trouble for our hero in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #619 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #620. The Black Cat helped the webslinger retrieve a vial of his blood from Mr. Negative in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #621, but sold it to Morbius in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #622.

Electro broke the new Vulture out of prison in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #623, Peter Parker lost his job in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #624, and the Rhino killed the new Rhino when the latter killed the former’s wife in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #625. The Scorpion competed in an arena to become one of the Hood’s gang in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #626, Captain Universe tried to kill Juggernaut in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #627, and when Spidey battled the cosmic crusader in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #628 he learned its host just wanted revenge on Juggernaut in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #629.

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #629

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #629

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Spider-Man joined the brand-new group of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in AVENGERS #1, and when Kang subsequently arrived to warn the team of a problem with time, Tony Stark and the others determined the truth of it in AVENGERS #2. After a battle with a time-lost Apocalypse and his Horsemen in AVENGERS #3, Spidey and the others dealt with massive time warps in the city in AVENGERS #4, and their aftermath in AVENGERS #5.

The webslinger also joined a different team of Avengers, this one led by Luke Cage, in NEW AVENGERS #1 as the Eye of Agamotto appeared to the heroes and possessed Luke Cage. In NEW AVENGERS #2 the heroes battled demons raining from the sky. The Ancient One revealed himself to Iron Fist in NEW AVENGERS #3, everyone discussed the Eye’s true owner in NEW AVENGERS #4, and Spidey suggested Agamotto himself might want it back in NEW AVENGERS #5. Doctor Voodoo sacrificed himself to settle the matter in NEW AVENGERS #6, and the wallcrawler wondered why he didn’t get a paycheck in NEW AVENGERS #7.

New Avengers (2010) #1

New Avengers (2010) #1

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The Lizard evolved into a new version called Shed in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #630, clashed with Spider-Man in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #631, remembered his late son Billy in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #632, and disappeared in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #633. Our hero discovered the Kravinoffs were behind the recent gauntlet of villains in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #634, saw the original Kraven reborn in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #635, learned of Kaine’s death in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #636, and laid the whole mess at the Kravinoffs’ feet in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #637.

Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson reflected upon why they didn’t get married in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #638 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #639, and how Spidey managed to make the world forget his secret identity in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #640 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #641. Lily Hollister delivered her baby in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #642, spurring villains to try to snatch it for its Goblin blood in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #643. Spidey fought the Vulture and the Rhino for possession of the child in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #644, but the Chameleon absconded with it.

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #638

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #638

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Later, after the wallcrawler defeated many of the villains in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #645, the Lizard proved Norman Osborn to not be the baby’s father in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #646. Spidey retrieved the baby to return it to its real father, Harry Osborn. Romanced bloomed for Peter in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #647 when he and Carlie Cooper finally shared a kiss and a hope for a continued relationship.

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Get up to speed on the modern day exploits of the Heroes for Hire!

In the 1970’s, Luke Cage—later Power Man—and Iron Fist represented attempts to create heroes rooted in real world trends, exploring the idea of street level adventures and the martial arts in the Marvel Universe. The two would form an unlikely but enduring team as the original Heroes for Hire.

With Luke Cage and Iron Fist firmly entrenched in the modern day as among Marvel’s most complex and popular characters and both headed to television on Netflix, we look back at their respective and shared histories as we continue to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Marvel!

Through trials and tribulations, teams and triumphs, and a whole lot of faith, Luke Cage and Danny Rand made their way into the new millennium often times by the skin of their teeth and with a little help from their friends.

Black Panther (1998) #17

Black Panther (1998) #17

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After the dissolution of second incarnation of Heroes for Hire, Cage and Iron Fist teamed with the Black Panther and the Falcon in BLACK PANTHER #16-17 then went their separate ways. Danny lost his powers in NEW WARRIORS #8, but thankfully regained them in IRON FIST/WOLVERINE #1-4, while Luke briefly hung out with Moon Knight and other street-level vigilantes in MARVEL KNIGHTS #11-15.

After a very brief fling with private investigator Jessica Jones in ALIAS #1, Cage learned that she carried his unborn child. He returned to help her in a fight with the Purple Man in ALIAS #25 and the two decided to stay together through thick and thin. Iron Fist battled the Black Panther while under the mind-control of the Black Dragon in BLACK PANTHER #38-40, and subsequently suffered a crisis of faith in IRON FIST #1.

New Avengers (2004) #28

New Avengers (2004) #28

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Luke took on serious injuries in the aftermath of Nick Fury’s covert combat in Latveria in SECRET WAR #1-4 then helped found a new Avengers team in response to a super villain breakout at the Raft prison in NEW AVENGERS #1. Having found a place to call home, more or less, he and Jessica Jones tried to settle in to Avengers Mansion and raise their daughter, who Luke christened Danielle in honor of his friend Danny Rand in NEW AVENGERS #34. Eventually, Luke and Jessica tied the knot in NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL #1.

Iron Fist posed as Daredevil for a short while, as revealed in DAREDEVIL #87, but when the so-called “civil war” broke out in CIVIL WAR #1, he sided with Captain America and Luke Cage as they opposed Tony Stark’s Superhuman Registration Act. Danny later learned of the long legacy of Iron Fists before him when he met his immediate predecessor Orson Randall in IMMORTAL IRON FIST #1. He also joined the Cage’s team of Avengers in NEW AVENGERS #27 and operated with them for a while.

New Avengers (2010) #30

New Avengers (2010) #30

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When the Skrull invasion became known, Luke Cage stood face-to-face with his Skrull duplicate in SECRET INVASION #1. Tragically, he and Jessica stood helpless as the Skrull who impersonated the Avengers’ butler, Edwin Jarvis, made off with their daughter in SECRET INVASION #8, though they’d subsequently recover her. Iron Fist came to his old friend’s aid in NEW AVENGERS #57-59 when Cage’s massive heart problems laid him low and underwent emergency surgery. After his recovery, Luke took on the leadership for a short time of a new team in THUNDERBOLTS #144.

When the original Avengers rebuilt the famous group in AVENGERS #1, Cage and Iron Fist put together an even newer gathering of New Avengers in NEW AVENGERS #1. Danny revealed a new costume after an other-dimensional sojourn in NEW AVENGERS #4, and Luke later decided to resign from the team in NEW AVENGERS #30. Upon meeting a new Power Man in SHADOWLAND: POWER MAN #1-3, Iron Fist became the hero’s mentor in POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #1.

Mighty Avengers (2013) #6

Mighty Avengers (2013) #6

  • Published: February 05, 2014
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: August 04, 2014
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Al Ewing
  • Cover Artist: Greg Land
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Recently, Luke Cage, though trying to put the heroic life behind him, saw a need for more heroic collaboration in MIGHTY AVENGERS #1, while Danny Rand looked toward forging a new path for himself in IRON FIST THE LIVING WEAPON #1. If their past stands as any proof of the two heroes’ guts and determination, they’ll continue into the future as unrelenting champions of justice.

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