Chapter Seven: Ignorance Abolished.
It had only been a few hours since Otto’s attack since Otto’s failed attempt to murder Mary Jane Watson and things hasn’t been going so well. Miguel O’Hara, in his “21st civies” disguise, was waiting outside MJ’s hospital room in a state of guilt. Despite saving her from certain death, Mary Jane suffered extreme blood loss and broken bones that once she had placed in surgery and is now in a medicated coma and has recently been given a blood transfusion.
“Damn you Octavius!” Miguel growled internally “You claim you’re a hero but in the end you’re a man with an ever growing ego that will be you’re damnation!”
Miguel then turned to see two older women and an older man who resembled the current mayor. He instantly recognized them as MJ’s Aunt Anna and Peter’s Aunt May and Uncle-in-Law Jameson Sr.
“Hello, are you a friend of Mary Jane’s?” Aunt Anna asked frantically.
“Not really.” Miguel answered as he tried to figure out a way to not pin the blame on Spider-Man, at least not on Peter. “I found her hurt like this and saw some psycho run off. I tried to stop him but she looked really bad so I help her here.”
“You must have a big heart young man.” Jameson Sr. told Miguel.
”Thanks, I’m sure the doctors can let you see her.” Miguel said as the elders walked in the see a broken Mary Jane.
After that Miguel decided to up on the roof to see how progress on finding Octavius after his escape. It seemed things were getting from bad to worse by the seconds, both figuratively and literally. Though his actions of saving MJ slowed down the time decay significantly, it’s still roughly at 56% and it’s already affecting the 21st Century weather as dark clouds are already forming.
“So this is what it looks like when the horsemen begin there ride?” A familiar voice is heard behind Miguel said as Agent Venom walked next to him.
“But this ride will end short once that bastard is caught in time. Speaking on which any luck on your end?” Miguel blankly asked.
Agent Venom sighed as he answered “Not yet, the Avengers are doing what they can, we even got the X-Men and Fantastic Four to help us out but this city is way too big to search.”
It was then a few moments later Scarlet Spider came as well and despite wearing his costume, it was obvious he was fuming in irritation.
“I guess you didn’t have any luck either?” Agent Venom said with a dry chuckle.
“This is pointless. We need the freaking army to hunt his ass!” Kaine said in anger.
“Or we can lure him out, but he’s too smart to fall for a trap so easily.” Agent Venom added.
In that instant Miguel had an idea, though Flash was right that Octavius was too smart for a simple trap, his massive ego wasn’t invincible for traps and that got him think of a way to use that to their advantage.
“I got it!” Miguel said in victory as he pressed his watch-like device and his Spider-Man costume as the other two heroes looked in confusion. As if Miguel became a mad scientist himself.
“Venom, get Rogers and Stark to meet us at the Mayor’s office and as quickly as possible.. I have a plan snuff out Ocatvius in the open.”
“What in that god’s name are you up to O’Hara?” Scarlet Spider questioned.
“You’ll see…” Miguel simply said as the three Spiders made their way to city hall.
Moments later the relative peace of city hall was disturbed by the usual anger of its mayor.
“WHAT! HELL NO!” Mayor Jameson said in anger at Spider-Man 2099’s proposal “I AM NOT GOING TO HYJACK THIS CITY’S NEWS NETWORK AND REVEAL THE SO CALLED “IDENTITY” OF SPIDER-MAN THAT YOU HEREO TYPES TOLD ME IN ORDER FOR YOU WRONGFULLY PERSECUTE THE MAN!”
“Wrongfully persecute? Otto Octavius murdered Peter Parker and stole his life, has turned New York into a totalitarian city state, and is targeting people whose lives are the key to stop Armageddon on a biblical scale!” Agent Venom said in anger on the stubborn mule’s words.
Captain America sighed as he tried to be civil with Jameson “Look Mayor Jameson, we have plenty of evidence that shows how dire the situation and we simply need your aid to stop this madness from continuing.
“HOGWASH!” Jameson yelled in anger “I know what you’re planning! You’re just jealous that Spidey is doing a damn better job at cleaning this city of scum than you have in your lousy career as “heroes”. You probably hired some actor pretending to be from the future and some Stark tech and trying to use fake evidence to frame the real hero. And even if Octavius is in Parker’s body, he’s at least giving Peter a spine that he lacked ever since I met him! He is a Superior Spider-Man!”
In that instant the currently quiet Scarlet Spider snapped as he grabbed Jameson by the throat and web swung from an open window.
“Kaine you idiot!” Agent Venom yelled as he and Spider-Man 2099 rushed their way to the clone, hoping that he won’t do anything stupid.
Minutes later Scarlet Spider held Jameson outsid Mercy Hospital as the Mayor tried to fight off Kaine’s grip.
“Are you insane?!” Jameson asked in fear.
“LOOK IN THAT WINDOW IN FRONT OF YOU!” Scarlet Spider demanded as Jameson did as he saw his father and mother-in-law as well as another older woman at the bed side of a familiar face from Peter’s life; it was a comatose Mary Jane Watson.
“YOU KNOW WHO DID THIS?! THAT BASTARD OCTAVIUS ATTACKED HER AND SHE’S NOW AT THE BRINK OF DEATH AND YOU ARE DEFENDING HIM! AND YOU CALL YOURSELF A MAYOR OF JUSTIC YOU MISERABLE OLD JACK ASS!” Kaine yelled in fury at the Mayor who was now gaining guilt in his face.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t know…” Jameson whispered “…I was afraid of what Spider-Man will do if I go against him.”
“What the hell you are talking about?” Scarlet Spider questioned.
“A few months back he asked Otto to personally kill Alistair Smythe with disregard of the legal system. Otto decided to use this as blackmail ammunition in order to turn Ryker’s Island into his own fortress complete with mechs and an entire army.” Spider-Man 2099 answered suddenly as he and Venom caught up and Kaine and Flash looked in shock.
“Are you insane!? Do you realize how much damage Octavius can do if you would’ve gave him that crap!?” Agent Venom demanded as he couldn’t believe just how careless that he could’ve if he gave Otto that much power.
“He had me against the wall. It’s either stop Spider-Man or kiss my career goddbye.” Jameson tried to tell his side of the story.
“Well if Otto escapes for good, you can kill your life goodbye as the time stream will decay in a week at most.” Spider-Man said bluntly.
After some silence, Jameson sighed as he said “Alright, what do you want me to do exactly?”
Meanwhile in a secret underground lair, a wounded Otto Octavius grunted in pain as he finished patching Peter’s body from his recent battle.
“Months of work keeping this disguise in check ruined!” Otto ranted as he poured a glass of champagne and sat in a chair you used during his time laying low as Doctor Octopus. “I’ve should’ve known erasing Peter’s memories would backfire! Oh well, guess I have to move to the Caribbean to avoid these morons.”
Otto then turned the TV on to try to relax as he saw Jameson on the News.
“…And as of right now, I’m going to resign as Mayor of this fine city as I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve been protecting a criminal. It turns out that the psychopath Otto Octavius has used his devil technology to transfer his mind to the body of the Spider-Man you know who is also my cousin-in-law Peter Parker who has been a real hero when I was blind with anger and now I am supporting a murderous madman who has been corrupting justice that Peter stood for. And as such my last order as Mayor is to have SHIELD freeze all of assets Octavius used from Parker’s life and to revive the Anti-Spider patrol to aid the real heroes to block all exits from New York and to continue a massive man hunt for the criminal. If you can hear this Octavius, I am not afraid of a coward like you who stolen a heroes life due to your fear of death and I dare you come to if you have to guts you miserable menace!” Jameson said in his speech as he left of screen.
There was silence as Octavius’s glass hand began to tremble before shattering the wine galass as he yelled in fury “JAMESON!”
Back at city hall, Spider-Man 2099 and smirking in triumph as the first stage of his plan against Octavius is in full motion. Jameson then walked up Miguel and said “Okay I did my part, what in god’s green earth is this supposed to do?”
“Simple…” Miguel answered as his grin is now visible under his mask “…it was a declaration of war.”
To be continued