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Synopsis for "The Sixth Member"Edit

At their hideout in New Jersey, the Sinister Six running exercises with their new weapons in an abandoned warehouse. Doctor Octupus wants to see what his partners are capable of with the new firepower, but the Vulture isn't buying it. He argues that they are all supposed to be partners in this and not Otto's lackeys. Electro tries to calm him down, but Vulture becomes suspicious that Electro might be loyal to Doctor Octopus. Meanwhile, Peter wakes up at home under the care of his wife, Mary Jane.[Continuity 1] He assures his wife that he is fine and that his "cybernetic arm" is only a cast to help heal a hairline fracture he sustained earlier. He tells his wife about his ongoing attempts to stop the newly reformed Sinister Six, particularly the most recent attempt to stop them with the cyborg known as Deathlok. Exhausted, all Peter wants to do is rest, but when he finally looks at his wife, he asks her what she is doing.

Back in New Jersey, the Vulture is becoming increasingly paranoid. Since the Sandman had been turned into glass earlier, the Vulture fears that one of his teammates might betray him in the same way. In Manhattan, Mary Jane is sewing up a new Spider-Man costume since the only one left, that he hasn't destroyed, is his black costume.[Continuity 2] Peter is concerned that she'll make the eye-holes too small or forget the red spider symbol on the back, but she assures him that it will be made to the letter.[Continuity 3] While in New Jersey, the other members of the Sinister Six become concerned about the Hobgoblin's mental state as his religious mania is reaching a fevered pace. Doctor Octopus assures his teammates that once their mission is complete, the Hobgoblin will be dealt with. At the Parker home, Peter finishes freshening up, and the couple are having a mundane conversation about their tastes in music.[Continuity 4] When they start talking about movies, it reminds Mary Jane to tell Peter that the director for the upcoming Arnold Shwarzenheimer movie wants to cast her for the part.

Meanwhile, the Sinister Six have finished preparing for their true mission: attacking and taking over a Hydra controlled satellite. Before they leave, Hobgoblin asks what they should do with their former teammate, Sandman, who is still trapped in glass form. Doctor Octopus responds by shattering the Sandman. In New York, Mary Jane tells Peter that she is taking the role. This upsets him, beacuse he is uncomfortable with the idea of her having to do nude scenes in the film. Peter is concerned about everyone they know that will see her nude when the movie is released. He is also worried about potential stalkers, such as Hal Goldman, who is now in prison.[Continuity 5] Mary Jane is made furious by her husband's lack of support. Meanwhile, Solo has recovered from his wounds sustained during his last clash with the Sinister Six. This is only a minor set back and he is determined to track down Doctor Octopus and end his life. Later, Spider-Man is putting on his new costume and is pleased that it fits perfectly. Despite the fact that Mary Jane is still upset with him, she tells him to be careful when news reports that the Sinister Six are on the move again. When he tries to call the Fantastic Four or the Avengers, he discovers that they are out of town. Taking the weapon that can convert Sandman back to normal, Spider-Man decides his best chance is to locate the Sandman and free him. While at the remains of Care Labs, SHIELD agents are digging through the debris. One of them finds Deathlok who had been buried under a pile of rubble during his last clash with the Sinister Six. Although the cyborg is alive, his body still needs to run repairs after his systems were compromised by Electro's powers.

While at the Manhattan facility where Hydro controls their satellites, the Sinister Six attack the terrorist group. Outside, the authorities have gathered outside to try and contain the situation. When Spider-Man arrives he is surprised to see that the crisis has also drawn out the Hulk, Ghost Rider, and Sleepwalker.[Continuity 6] The group agrees to work together and storms that facility. The heroes engage their foes, but Ghost Rider is ambushed by Doctor Octopus. While Sleepwalker is destroying the Sinister Six's robots with his eye-beams, Electro is able to ambush him as well. Ghost Rider goes after the Hobgoblin, leaving Doctor Octopus for the Hulk. As the battle rages, Sleepwalker suddenly fades away, much to the surprise of his teammates. This is because his human host, Rick Sheridan, has been awoken by his dog Rambo, who needs to go out. Meanwhile, Spider-Man's cybernetic cast is blasted off his body, which is just as well because the heroes arm is fully healed. However, the tide of the battle is turned when Doctor Octopus unleashes the sixth member of the Sinister Six, the massive alien known as Gog.

Continuity Notes

  1. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage was erased from existence by the demon Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such, they should be considered a common-law couple here.
  2. Mary Jane refers to the black costume as "awful". Mary Jane has had a strong disliking for the black costume after her encounter with Venom in Amazing Spider-Man #300.
  3. Peter states that he is not a "shadow-dwelling butt-kicker for the 90s", this should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timesacle of Earth-616.
  4. Artists mentioned here are Guns 'n' Roses, Elvis Costello, Elton John, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, MC Hammer, Extreme, Prince, INXS, and the Fine Young Cannibals. All of these names should be considered topical references per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
  5. Hal Goldman was an obsessed fan who killed those he thought were harming Mary Jane until his arrest. These events were chronicled in Amazing Spider-Man #331-339.
  6. Spider-Man points out that with the exception of Wolverine, it is almost a reunion of the short-lived "New" Fantastic Four. That group briefly operated from Fantastic Four #347-349 and Spider-Man / Fantastic Four #3.


  • Mary Jane mocks the size of the eyes on Spider-Man's mask, saying that they make him look like "Felix the Cat". This is a nod to former Spider-Man artist Todd MacFarlane whose renditions of Spider-Man always included large eyes. One of MacFarlane's signatures was hiding Felix the Cat in some of his artwork.


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