For reasons only understood by his own demented mind, the madman who called himself the Gladiator took an entire museum hostage, ranting about the unjust imprisonment of Nurhachi, presumably referring to the 16th century founder of the Manchu Dynasty (a.k.a. Geren Gurun Be Ujire Genggiyen or "Brilliant Emperor Who Benefits All Nations").
By the time Spider-Man arrived, the Gladiator had already killed at least one security officer. Declaring "the Emperor" had given the attack signal, Gladitor shot blades from his gauntlet at Spider-Man, destroying several priceless artifacts when the hero dodged. He avoided Gladiator's next blow just as easily, and the madman's gauntleted fist shattered a concrete pillar instead. Spider-Man landed on Gladiator's shoulders and pounded away at him, but was dislodged when blades sprang from Gladiator's pauldrons. As the hero leapt away, Gladiator grabbed his leg and threw his opponent through some display cases. Tangled in some ropes, Spider-Man was unable to dodge the next set of blades Gladiator fired. As Gladiator moved in for the killing blow, the injured Spider-Man webbed his eyes and repeatedly bashed a metal stand over his head, knocking Gladiator out.
The Gladiator's armored suit gives him heightened durability and is fitted with retractable blades on the shoulders. His gauntlets also feature retractable blades, which he can eject and fire at a target.