Chapter Ten: Head in the Game.
Avengers Tower, the building was in frenzy as Iron Man, Hank Pym, Beast, and Miguel O’Hara were preparing the machine needed to return Peter Parker to his rightful body.
“Is everything in order?” Miguel asked.
“Yes, Strange used his magic to keep Octavius’s original brain alive enough to extract Peter’s consciousness, though it was slightly damaged by decomposition so we also extract the genetic memories of Kaine and the Venom symbiote to create a perfect copy of Peter’s mind.” Stark answered Spider-Man 2099.
“Good. Now there’s one last thing we need. To keep this machine stable and allow us to both terminate the Octavius mind and place Peter’s mind back in, we need a telepath to keep Otto in check and us safe.” Miguel explained the final piece of his plan.
“Then you have the last part of your plan Miguel…” A weak female voice was heard as the scientist looked to see Julia Carpenter standing there in a trench coat with Scarlet Spider helping her stand along with Agent Venom.
“Julia! You’re awake!?” Miguel asked in shock as he approached her.
“Yes, the Web of Life revived my broken mind in order to complete the Spiders’ destiny of freeing Peter Parker from the prison of death and punish Octavius for his crime of nearly destroying the universe. But we need to make haste, time is literally against us.” Madame Web explained.
“But you just came from a coma, I’m not sure if you’ll survive this machine!” Kaine tried to give his point in the situation.
“Don’t worry Kaine; the Web has given me enough power in my telepathy to give you full aid in this mission. But I must warn you, once inside Peter’s mind, you’re an open book to Octavius and will use your fears against you.” Carpenter warned.
“Don’t worry, I gave him a sedative to keep him nice and quiet and my neural toxins are still in his system so he’s harmless.” Miguel countered.
“Consciously yes, but his subconscious is still active like any other mind and that’ll what you have to sever from the body , allowing the Peter consciousness to take hold and reject Octavius once and for all.” Madame Web explained the danger.
“So its Inception meets A Nightmare on Elm Street? Great, so what do we have against Octavius when he can go Freddy Krueger on us?” Venom asked, worried on how dangerous the situation can be.
“The one weakness Octavius has now is that his arrogance will be at his purest and can be exploited very easily as you know firsthand.” Madame Web tried to reassure Venom.
“Good, now I can have real fun messing with Otto’s head, literally.” Miguel thought as the heroes prepped the mission to save both Peter and all of reality itself.
Several minutes later the machine was fully active as the data that was essential a copy of Peter’s mind as stored as an unconscious Octavius had a helmet like device on his head while strapped down on a bed. The other Spider-Man sat in chairs surrounding the devices on their heads along with Julia Carpenter who had a golden and much larger device on her head.
“So this is it huh? Some way to beat a bad guy?” Venom mused with himself as the machine began to start up.
“At least this isn’t a bad virtual reality trip.” Miguel thought to alleviate the nervousness he genuinely have.
“Time to give Otto a piece of my mind while I tear his apart!” Scarlet Spider growled as he mental prepared for the fight of his life.
“I’ll keep Octavius’s mind trapped in a mental barrier temporarily so you can have a head start. But you have to make haste as I can already feel him resisting my powers. Seems he had a mental failsafe against telepathy when he first did the transfer. Also Miguel you’ll keep the “mind egg” of Peter safe as its still developing and must reattach to his physical brain in to be fully awakedned.” Madame Web ordered as the machine reached full power as the Spider-Men felt as if their world literally shattered.
They then saw their surroundings replaced to what looks like a ruined New York City with a green sky that had a grinning Otto Octavius staring at them.
“This looks like hell…” Scarlet Spider commented on the manifestation of a corrupted mind.
“Trust me, hell looks worst then this.” Venom joked to break the dark mood.
“Come on, find Octavius.” Miguel ordered as he walked forward as he carried a small red and blue ord.
It didn’t take long to see a pillar of light and a suspended Octavius in his current Spider-Man suit. However, the pillar seemed to be cracking and Otto began to struggle.
“Hurry, attack Octavius while I have him contained!” Madame Web ordered as the pillar began to crack further.
“On it!” Scarlet Spider answered as he lunged at Octavius started an onslaught of punches at the Octavius consciousness.
“Something’s wrong…” Miguel muttered as suddenly he noticed the face of Octavius in the sky grin became more sinister as Miguel put two and two together and yelled “…Kaine it’s a trap!”
Suddenly the Otto consciousness had his mechanical legs burst from his back and said “I and you sprung it!” He then suckered punched Kaine in the face and knocked him down with his allies as the pillar of light shattered.
“Sneaky bastard…” Agent Venom cursed as he helped Kaine get back on his feet.
“You thought you can defeat me so easily? This is my mind remember?” Octavius taughnted as he landed in front of the heroes.
“Wrong, its Peter head you ass hat!” Kaine growled.
“Not anymore, and now, while you were gaining access to my mind, I was able to see yours as well, and now I will use your worst fears against you…” Otto growled as suddenly three figures of black smoked materialized before they took shape. In front of Venom was what looked like Carnage with his mask off, having Flash’s own face instead. In front of Kaine was the deceased Ben Reilly unmasked, showing signs of clone degeneration and murder in his eyes. And in front of Miguel was something he tried to avoid being, a heavily mutated version of himself.
“And soon at the end of your fears, there will be oblivion!” Otto proclaimed as the heroes starred down their manifestations of their fears.
To be continued.