“I’m alive?” Peter Parker questioned in a whisper as he tried to comprehend his resurrection that nearly ended in disaster. He then noticed his surroundings as he saw four individuals resembling his Spider suit in some way: one he obviously knew it was his clone “brother” Kaine, another was the new Venom that helped him take down Carnage when he tried to take over a small town, the third was a Spider-Man from the future he teamed up a few times, but the last one was a black and red Spider-Man with black eyes, claws, and four mechanical limbs coming out of his back. Then the recent memories started flooding back; full of pain, suffering, and betrayal.
“This cannot be!” Octavius thought to himself as he was trying to absorb what has happened. He was so close to maintain his control over Peter’s body, but somehow he failed and he now fears for his life, again. “But the other heroes are still trapped, leaving me to have Parker all to myself. And the way he looks, I doubt he remembers what has happened to him.”
However, Peter starred Otto down with eyes full of anger and conviction as he growled “Octavius…” obviously not happy to see his “successor”. Peter then puts his mask on and stood up, as if he wants Otto to be afraid of him.
“Well well well…” Octavius tried to regain composure as he stood up as well. “It seems you’ve managed to comeback against me again? I’ve beaten you two times now, so like the old saying says “Thirds a charm”’
“Cut the crap Otto!” Peter said aggressively “I’ve always knew you would disregard everything that I showed you when I was Spider-Man, and yet I trusted you when I died by giving you essentially my soul! But you corrupted what Uncle Ben thought us and it’s time for me to kick your arrogant ass!” Peter declared as he leaped in the air and dropped kicked Otto in the face, hard. Octavius then got up in agony by the sudden attack, only to have Peter unleash an onslaught of punches and kicks.
“Damn, remind me to never to get Peter pissed again.” Venom mussed by Peter’s sudden attack on Octavius.
“We could use less stupid ass joke Thompson and can someone get these damn tentacles to let go!” Kaine cursed as he struggled against the metallic tentacles restraining him.
“Um Madame Web, we can use some help here.” Miguel asked the psychic assistance as he too tried to fight against the tentacles.
“I am sorry, but you cannot interfere with this battle.” Madame Web’s voice said calmly.
“WHAT?!” They all said in unison in both shock and outrage.
“In order for Peter to reclaim his body, he must do it himself by defeating Octavius once and for all.” Madame Web explained as in the real world she observed the fight between Peter and Otto continued.
“But last time I check, Peter tried to reclaim his body before, only to have Ock erased him from existence?!” Kaine tried to counter Julia’s explanation.
“That was only a fragment of Peter’s consciousness, but here this is Peter’s entire mind and with Otto on the brink of mental breaking down, Peter truly has a chance to regain his mantle.” Julia answered Kaine’s question.
Back with the fight between Otto and Peter, Otto was truly afraid of Peter. In Peter’s last attempt to reclaim his body, he was a nervous wreck. But here, not only Peter was confident in his battle, but he seems to want Octavius dead.
“What’s wrong Otto?! Don’t have any smart comments to say how much better you claimed you are?!” Peter insulted Octavius as he punched Otto in the face so hard he knocked him down on the ground.
“I can’t lose to again! Not when I was so close to maintaining my right as Spider-Man as Spider-Man!” Otto thought as he tried to regain his fight while trying to come up with a plan to outwit Peter like the last time he defeated Peter.
“I always knew you were a coward, but I can’t imagine how much damage you did while I was gone.” Peter said bitterly as he cracked his knuckles.
‘That’s it!” Octavius thought as he as a sinister grin grew under his mask while he stood proud against his rival. “You seem to not know what I did in your absences. If that’s the case…” Otto said calmly as the ground began to shake as Madame Web knew what Octavius was up to. “…THEN ALLOW ME TO SHOW YOU MY BEATIFUL WORK!”
In the real world, Julia and even Carlie already figured out what Otto was planning and out of instinct Carlie yelled “PETER GET OUT THE WAY!”
“Huh?” Peter asked in confusion as he heard Carlie’s voice somehow, but it was too late. Suddenly four mechanical tentacles similar to the ones that are trapping the other Spiders burst from the ground, only this time they were midnight black and wrapped themselves around Peter’s arms and legs, restraining him from resisting.
“Cheap bastard!” Kaine yelled in anger as Otto again tried to cheat his way out of a fight.
“You think being whole can defeat me Parker?” Otto mocked as hecasually walked to a restrained Peter, with a black Octobot materialized in his hands.
“What are you doing Ock!?” Peter demanded as the Octobot leaped onto his forehead and wrapped its limbs tightly around his head.
“Showing you my work on how I was always a better Spider-Man then you!” Otcavius said proudly as suddenly the Octobot glowed wildly.
In that instant, Peter began to see images on what has Octavius done after his failed attempt of reclaiming his life. He saw Otto viscously attacking gangs and villains like White Dragon and Owl. Octavius brutalizing the cyborg Alistair Smythe as he enjoyed seeing Spider-Slaying die in humiliation and defeat. Blackmailing Mayor Jameson on finding his dream of militarizing New York City into essentially a police state. Otto humiliating Phil Urich by revealing him as Hobgoblin in front of his love ones and driving him truly insane. Otto coldy killing Norman Osborn who told him the very truth. And finally Otto Octavius planning and nearly killing his love ones, including putting MJ into a comatose state!
“Octavius!” Peter yelled in both anger and pain while the images went into a loop, while Otto simply enjoying his pain.
Back with the trapped Spiders, Flash desperately wanted to save his friend and idol from Otto’s torture. He already knows what’s be torture while a madman goes around and gleefully proclaim their enjoyment of seeing his love ones pain.
“But how the hell can I help!” Venom cursed internally as he knew Madame Web wanted Peter himself to beat Otto.
“YOU CAN’T HELP, BUT I CAN…” Familiar raspy voice said Flash. It was the symbiote talking to him.
“How?! I thought you’re brain dead?!” Flash tried to communicate with his symbiote.
“PARKER WAS MY FIRST HOST ON EARTH. BEING IN HIS MIND HEALS ME. I WANT OTTO TO PAY FOR KILLING HIM BEFORE I DO. I WANT TO BE WITH PETER FOR ONE LAST TIME…” The alien hissed in both anger…and even longing.
“Of course! You wanted to kill get at Peter for rejecting you and having you bond to nut jobs like Brock and Gargan, yet you still are grateful for him saving you from your own species.” Flash realized what the symbiote wanted to do, get revenge on Otto and saving its first “love” all at once. “Well buddy, do your stuff!”
In that instant the symbiote flowed off of Flash and slithered to Peter. The same thing happen in the real world.
“Flash!? The hell are you doing!?” Miguel questioned in shock.
“Giving Peter an added boost!” Flash said proudly.
“He’s right; this must be done for Peter to defeat Otto. Fight a cheap trick with another.” Madame Web said, agreeing to Falsh’s plan.
In seconds, Otto realized what was going on, but he was too late. The symbiote slithered onto Peter, who tried to fight it off, but moments later he calmed down as the creature quickly enveloped his body.
“No! I will not stand for-“ Otto tried to threat before the symbiote covered Peter slashed him with a tentacle whip, the force effected his consciousness so hard that his costume seemed to shatter like glass, revealing the suit Otto wore when he started his career as Spider-Man. Peter then began to rip the black tentacles apart as if they were paper while ripping the Octobot from his forehead and crushing it.
It seemed the symbiote in control of the situation as the ruined scenery began to change as black tendrils burst from the buildings as the face of Octavius in the sky morph into that of the symbiote’s.
“What’s going on! The hell is that thing doing!?” Wolverine demanded in the real world as anger his senses knew what symbiotes can do.
“Do not fear.” Julia tried to calm the room down “The alien is severing Otto’s consciousness in Peter’s brain and though it can’t implant Peter’s, it’ll give him a fighting chance.”
Otto himself could feel his connection to Peter’s body gone while seeing the now free Peter slowly walk to him while white eyes formed on his mask with a large white spider appearing at the same time on his chest. If Otto’s mind wasn’t completely broken, he would’ve swear the reaper has come to him.
Trying to regain composure, Otto simply starred at Peter as he yelled ‘I’M NOT AFRAID OF YOU! YOU HEAR ME YOU FRIEDNLY NEIGHBORHOOD-ACK!” Otto tried to threaten before being grabbed by the threat.
“My friendliness disappeared the moment I saw you nearly killing Mary Jane.” Peter said calmly as he slammed Otto against a wall. “It’s time we end things here and now.” Peter Parker said coldly as he starred down Otto in his black costume he wore when the symbiote first bonded to him.
To be continued.
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The first part of the final fight between Peter and Otto has begun, with some new surprises! including A MORE CONFIDENT Peter, an Otto now fearing for his life, and the return of Symbiote Suit Spider-Man! Stay tune for next chapter as one shall stand and one shall fall! Also leave a comment on how this chapter is.
I've re-read issue 9 and kept reading up to the most recent issue and I think I may have noticed something. Peter isn't dead, I think he's just 'brainwashed' into thinking he's Otto since all Ock did was put his memories over Peter's.
Hopefully this hasn't diminished your spirit since I for one am loving this climatic battle! Can't wait for part 2 of it!
Also thanks for liking this chapter and what do you think of the return of Symbiote Spider-Man?