"AhhMary Jane Watson sighed, as she lifted her head out of the water. She was in a large warm swimming pool at the vast grand hotel she was staying at in Stuttgart. Sunshine and quietness surrounded her, as she enjoyed a bit of quiet time to herself in her purple bikini. Then she was pushed away by an enormous splash!
Mary Jane coughed and spluttered. "Hey, be more careful, you – "
Then the man who jumped in the pool turned around to face her and smiled. "Hey, MJ."
"Peter?" Mary Jane gasped happily. She was delighted to see Peter Parker after not seeing him for three weeks. She swam to him and kissed him. "What are you doing here?"
"New York has been quiet for a little while," said Peter. "Not much criminals to capture; the Police is catching them. And more people are being careful, not needing to be rescued. So I figured even Spiderman deserves a break too."
"Well, I'm glad you're here," said Mary Jane. "Touring Zombing Around in Germany has been very homesick and lonely."
"Has the tour sold out all the tickets yet?" asked Peter.
"No, there's a few left tonight at the Stuttgart State Theatre," said Mary Jane.
"Great," said Peter. "I'll be there tonight."
Mary Jane smiled. "Great."
Peter fired web and he flew out of the pool.
"See you tonight, Tiger," said Mary Jane. She felt much better by Peter's surprise appearance.
By nightfall, Peter Parker was on his way to the Stuttgart State Theatre. In the past, he let Mary Jane down a few times, but tonight Peter was determined not to miss her performance this time. He was walking past a museum when he saw people running out of it. Then he saw a man dressed in some sort of weird armour walking out with a scepter with a flashing blue light.
"Kneel before me," ordered the man.
Peter had never seen this guy, but quickly knew this guy was up to no good and no good at all. He quickly ran into a corner.
The people were running away from the man with the scepter before he appeared in front of them again.
"I said KNEEL!" he repeated.
And this time they did.
"Is not this simpler?" asked the man. "Is this not your natural state? It's the unspoken truth of humanity, that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power, for identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel."
Then one man from the crowd stood up. "Not to men like you," he said to the man with the scepter.
The scepter man laughed. "There are no men like me."
"There are always men like you," said the man.
"Look to your elder, people," the man in the weird armour said to the kneeling humans. "Let him be an example." His scepter glowed blue. It fired, but the lighting didn't hit the man. Because he was swooped up in the air! The man with the scepter looked up to see the old man in the sky with Spider-Man. The superhero put the man down on the ground.
"What are you?" asked the scepter man.
"Just a creature who's wondering if he's allowed to live in your kingdom or gonna get squashed," said Spiderman.
"Well, let me think about it," said the man with the scepter. Then no sooner had he fired his scepter than Spiderman swung himself away. He landed next to the entrance of the museum. His spider senses made him dodge the armoured man behind him.
Spiderman ran away from the steps, but the scepter man appeared in front of him. He fired web and shot up, dodging the scepter's fire blast. The armoured man growled in anger.
"You see," said Spiderman, swinging away from the scepter man and looking at him from behind, "you should never underestimate a normal creature's abilities."
He looked ahead to see the man ahead. He swung across to avoid him, but the scepter fired across his web, causing him to crash on the ground. The crowd gasped. The scepter man appeared above him. His scepter flashed blue and tried to low it on Spiderman, but the weak web crawler was strong enough to turn around fire web at the man's face.
Spiderman tried to get up, but the bottom of the scepter knocked him down again. "I'd rather be squashed than serve you in your miserable kingdom," he moaned.
"Wise final decision," the man said. He fired his scepter at the web crawler, but then a man dressed in blue, red and white uniform appeared and deflected the scepter man's blast with his shield.
"You know, the last time I was in Germany and saw a man standing above everyone else, we ended up disagreeing," said the man.
The crowd started moving away.
"The soldier," scoffed the scepter man. "The man out of time."
"I'm not the one who's out of time," the soldier said. Behind him, a Quinjet appeared.
"Loki, drop the weapon and stand down," ordered a female voice to the scepter man.
But Loki fired at the ship, which made it manoeuvre out of the way.
The Captain threw his shield at Loki, which hit him and as he caught it, he was pushed away from Loki's staff. The soldier threw the shield at Loki, but the staff sent it away. The solider ran for the hungry-mad man, but was knocked down. Loki held his staff above the Captain.
"Kneel!" he ordered.
But the Captain push the staff aside, got up and attacked Loki. "Not today!" he retorted.
But he was pushed back down again.
Then just when Loki was heading for him, loud music began to play in the air.
Spiderman recognized that music. "Is that AC/DC?" he asked.
Everyone looked up to see Iron Man arriving from the sky. He gave Loki a fire-blast greeting, knocking him down.
Iron Man landed on the ground. "Make your move, Reindeer Games," he said, as he loaded up everything on his suit.
Loki's armour vanished and he surrendered.
"Good move," said Iron Man.
"Mr. Stark," said the Captain.
"Captain," said Iron Man.
Spiderman feebly got up and watched the Quinjet land. Agent Natasha Romanoff helped Captain America and Iron Man load Loki onboard.
Then Spiderman looked at his watch underneath his red gloves. "Damn! I'm gonna miss the show," he said.
He left before the team who loaded Loki onboard could even say a word to him.
Peter arrived at the Stuttgart State Theatre. He ran for the entrance. The door was open. So was the box office… for about five seconds.
"Oh, great," moaned Peter.
He walked out of the theatre. He led Mary Jane down again. He was beating himself about always putting his Spiderman duties over Mary Jane. He wished he never got into a relationship with her but not because he didn't love her. He wished he never got bitten by that spider and got his spider powers and had all the responsibilities a superhero has.
Then there came a strange lighting in the dark sky. It was far away, but Peter knew that was not normal lighting or even on Earth.
Spiderman followed where that lighting happened and it took him over a dark forest. He could see Loki running down from a mountain. When Loki reached the bottom of the mountain and caught his breath, the web crawler appeared in front of him.
"You miss me?" asked Spiderman.
"A fly can't escape a spider's web," said Loki. "A spider can't escape a god's wrath." He drew out a dagger and quickly charged for him.
Spiderman dodged the dagger attack, knocked it out with his feet and spun web around the powerful warrior.
"How does it feel to be so webbed up?" he asked.
Then a few more Quinjets landed next to them.
One of them opened and Agent Romanoff walked out. "You again?" she said.
"Well, what happened to those guys held Loki in the first place?" he asked.
Then another Quinjet opened and out came.
"Who is this, Agent Romanoff?" demanded a man with a patch eye.
"No idea whatsoever, Director Fury," replied Romanoff.
Director Fury walked to Spiderman. "Sir, take your mask off."
"Why?" Spiderman saw that soldiers were aiming their guns at him. He looked up to see there were a few Quinjets in the air, so he knew there was no way for him to fly away.
"Ok," sighed Peter, as he took his mask off.
"Who the hell are you?" asked Fury.
"I'm Spiderman," answered the web crawler.
"I've been doing my research on him," said Agent Maria Hill, holding a small screen ahead of him. "His real name is Peter Parker and he's just a kid."
"But a smart kid if he caught and held Loki here until he arrived," said Agent Phil Coulson.
"Wait. What?" Peter was confused.
Then they heard rocket blasts. They turned around to see Iron Man landing next to them. Captain America and another man joined him.
"Where the hell have you been?" demanded Fury.
"It's him!" exclaimed Iron Man and Captain America together, pointing to the blonde, muscular man.
"Thor," said Fury. Then he turned to the other two. "Well, while you guys have been fighting with each other, this kid has been doing your homework. He'll be a great addition to our fight against Loki."
"With all due respect, sir," said Peter, "I feel like declining. I have the city of New York to look after while you have the rest of the world to look after. So why don't you mind-wipe me or something and let me go and I'll never interfere with your mission again."
"We don't have a mind-wipe system, son," said Fury. "And even if we did, we wouldn't mind-wipe you just in case if we did need you and S.H.I.E.L.D. will know where to contact you."
"Well, see you around, guys," smiled Spiderman, putting his mask back on. He fired web and flew off.
"Do all boys shoot web out of their bodies in this modern society?" asked Captain America.
"No," replied Iron Man. "He's either one of a kind or very close to a spider nervous breakdown."
The Stuttgart State Theatre started emptying, with a disappointed Mary Jane among them.
"Hey, MJ!" cried a voice. She was hoping it was someone for an autograph, but when she turned around to see who the person was, it was the last person she wanted to see.
"If you want an autograph, go ask the other actors," she snapped at Peter.
"No, no," said Peter.
"Don't tell me," she said crossly. "Let me guess. Something came up and Spiderman had to interfere."
"This wasn't just a criminal," said Peter. "It was a powerful man from a different world and if I hadn't interfere – "
"Stop," Mary Jane sobbed. "Just stop. You either have to choose me or Spiderman. I can't keep doing this. It’s not helping me at all." And, with that, she walked away.
Peter felt very heartbroken as he stood outside the closed theatre in the dark. The worst thing was she just left him like that and didn’t even say, ‘See you.’