"Crap! Crap! Crap!" shouted J. Jonah Jameson as he examined Peter Parker's photos he took of Spiderman and the Avengers in the battle of New York City in his office.
Jameson's close colleague Robbie Robertson was there with them. "But, Jonah, these photos are better than any newspapers' pictures published. I mean, look at these Newspapers. He got out a copy of The New York Times, The New York Post and the Daily News.
Jameson took the copies and compared their photos to Peter's close-up shots of Spiderman and the Avengers. Peter had shot a mountain of photos, including Spiderman dealing with the Leviathans, the Hulk smashing the Chitauri, Thor lighting them up, Iron Man blasting away, Captain America deflecting with his shield and Agents Romanoff and Barton firing at will. While he was Spiderman, he secretly hit his cameras and took photos of the battle in New York.
"All right," Jameson sighed. "But I just wish I hadn't fired Edmund Bummer, Sr."
"You mean, Eddie Brock, Jr., sir," said Peter, remembering his old foe.
"You know what he did was wrong," added Robbie. "And although it didn't look good at first, I think Peter's been a great staff member since you gave him the job."
"Whatever," said Jameson. "HOFFMAN!"
Jameson jumped and saw Hoffman behind him. "What should we call these people that Spiderman has been working with?" he asked.
"Super Defenders," suggested Hoffman.
"That's crap," snapped Jameson.
"Let me think… Bull crap!"
"The Avengers," said Hoffman.
"Is that the best you got? Go away."
Hoffman left Jameson's office.
The editor-in-chief turned back to Robbie. "Robbie, take all these photos, but put this one – " He held the one with Spiderman and the Avengers together on the ground – "on the front page and here's the Headline: 'Spiderman Joins New Enemies of New York City."
"It's one thing panning just Spiderman," said Robbie. "It's another to do it to six more people who saved our lives, including yours."
Hoffman reappeared through the door. "You know, one of them is Iron Man, who's the famous billionaire, Tony Stark. He could sue you for a lifetime."
"I know the risks, thank you!" Jameson snapped back at Hoffman who left again.
Jameson turned back to Peter. "Parker, I'm gonna give you your maximum pay check for this: $300."
"Make that $1000," said Peter.
"$1000!" yelled Jameson. "WHO DO YOU THINK YOU – "
The buzzer on his table interrupted him. He looked into the window to see his secretary, Betty Brant, buzzing for his attention.
"Boss, your wife is on line one," she reported. "She got her eyes on a dress that costs $1000."
"$1000?" snapped Jameson. "This is the fourth dress this week, if I let her buy it. If only there was a way to – "
Then Jameson saw Peter, Robbie, Hoffman peeking through the door again and Miss Brant all looking at him. They gave him the 'Give Peter his money and break' look
"It's either Peter or your wife, Jonah," said Robbie.
"All right!" snapped Jameson, giving Peter the cheque. "Give this to the girl before I change my mind. Now beat it."
Peter got up and walked out Jameson's office. "Hi, Betty," he smiled, giving her the cheque.
"Hi, Peter," said Betty.
"Thanks for telling Jameson… you know what," Peter whispered.
"Well, it's the least I could do for you and Spiderman. You both deserve a big break." She smiled.
Aunt May's door was being knocked and she went to answer it.
"Oh, Peter!" she exclaimed, hugging him.
"I was just making sure you were all right," said Peter. He was so relived that his only family member was alive and unhurt.
"Yes," said Aunt May.
They sat down.
"The police came to escort me and my flatmates away during that terrifying battle," said Aunt May. "And luckily this place wasn't torn down."
"That's great," smiled Peter.
"And there's someone else who wants to meet you," said Aunt May.
Out of the kitchen came the person Peter wanted to see more than anyone in the world. "Mary Jane!" he cried.
"Hello, Tiger," smiled Mary Jane.
Peter got up and they embraced.
"I'll just go and put the kettle on," said Aunt May, as she got up left.
"Listen, MJ, I'm sorry I – "
"No, I'm really sorry," Mary Jane sniffled. "I was under a lot of pressure touring, I forgot that was nothing compared to your responsibilities having to save the city and the world."
"Well, we all have responsibilities," said Peter. "We all just need a break."
"Speaking of break, I'm Christine in The Phantom of the Opera!" Mary Jane giggled happily.
Peter couldn't believe it. "Really?"
She got out two tickets. "This is for you and Aunt May. Just don't miss it this time, Tiger."
"We won't," promised Peter.
Peter was as good as his word. He and Aunt May were the first to be seated and they sat on the front row. Then he noticed a man sitting next to him. "Mr. Rogers?"
"Peter," said Rogers.
"Hey, Peter," said Dr. Banner, who sat next to Rogers.
"Hey," said Peter. Then he turned around and saw sitting next to Aunt May was Romanoff and Barton.
"Are these your friends, Peter?" asked Aunt May.
"Yeah, sort of," replied Peter.
"We were doing a project in Stuttgart, Mrs. Parker," said Romanoff, "and Peter cunningly took photos for us."
"Oh, what kind of project?" asked Aunt May.
"Washing machines," Peter told her.
The Avengers looked at him.
"Yeah, we're a washing machine company," Barton said to Aunt May.
"What are you guys doing here?" Peter whispered to Rogers.
"I think we all deserve a big break, not just Spiderman," Rogers whispered back.
"So where's the other two?" asked Peter.
"Thor took Loki home for trial," Rogers replied. "And, Stark…"
Rogers looked up. Peter looked up and saw Stark with Pepper Potts in the theatre box. He gave them a big wave. Peter just smiled.
Then the opera began and everyone enjoyed Mary Jane's performance.
· Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man/Peter Parker
· Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson
· Rosemary Harris as May Parker
· Cliff Robertson as Ben Parker
· J. K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson
· Bill Nunn as Joseph "Robbie" Robertson
· Elizabeth Banks as Betty Brant
· Ted Raimi as Hoffman
· James Cromwell as Captain George Stacy
· Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man/Tony Stark
· Chris Evans as Captain America/Steve Rogers
· Chris Hemsworth as Thor
· Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk/Dr. Bruce Banner
· Scarlett Johnson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
· Jeremy Renner as Clint Banton/ Hawkeye
· Tom Hiddleston as Loki
· Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts
· Stellan Skarsgard as Dr. Erik Selvig
· Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson
· Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill
· And Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
· Spiderman created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
· The Avengers created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
· Captain America created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon
· Based on the Spiderman Trilogy by Sam Raimi and The Avengers, story by Zak Penn and Joss Whedon and screenplay and directed by Joss Whedon