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Synopsis for "The Future is Now."Edit

Standing before the ruins of Manhattan, Spider-Man demands to know what Judas Traveller has done to the city.[Continuity 1] However, Traveller states that he did nothing to cause this, that this is a possible future that is the fault of Spider-Man. The wall-crawler refuses to believe it, but Traveller assures him that this is not an illusion, but what is yet to come.[Continuity 2] Swinging among the ruins, Spider-Man is horrified by the sight of all the death and destruction. However, he's not surprised that this might be what happened, considering all the things that have been happening in his life recently.[Continuity 3] The web-slinger arrives at the apartment that he shares with his wife, Mary Jane, and discovers that it is still intact.[Continuity 4] When he calls out to her, a powerful wind picks up drowning out his voice. Judas Traveller catches up with him and tells the hero that he could have prevented all of this from happening.

At the snap of a finger, the pair is brought back to the present. Judas then warns Spider-Man once again that that was what may become and tells Spider-Man that he can stop this future from happening. Meanwhile, Jacob Raven arrives at Once Police Plaza where his appearance causes even the most seasoned police officer to stop dead in their tracks. He arrives at the office of Connor Trevane, who promptly ends his phone call because he is shocked that half of Jacob's face is horribly burned. Jacob has come to Connor to tell him that they have arrested the wrong man. Despite the fact that they have overwhelming evidence that Peter Parker killed his partner years earlier, his recent encounter with Kaine -- which resulted in the burns on his face -- have convinced him that Parker is innocent.[Continuity 5] Connor finds this difficult to believe that they arrested the wrong guy person. Still, Jacob intends to clear Peter Parker's name and needs Connor's help to do it. Back out front of the Parker residence, Spider-Man refuses to allow himself to be manipulated by Judas Traveller. However, Traveller insists that what he is telling the wall-crawler is true and tries to leave. However, Traveller suddenly appears on the rooftop next to him and presses the matter. He warns Spider-Man that events have already been set into motion that will see the destruction of Manhattan, provided Spider-Man does nothing. Traveler provides the web-slinger with an ultimatum: Take his wife and flee the city, sacrificing everyone in order to wipe away everyone who has been making his life miserable, or stay and stop the disaster from happening.

Deciding to finally listen, Spider-Man asks what is going to happen to cause this disaster. Judas explains that he has sent members of his Host to destroy a Geothermal Heating Station. This will cause sufficient destruction to destroy Manhattan. When Spider-Man asks why they are doing this, Judas explains that his Host is serving a greater purpose and teleports away, that this plays into his exploration of his research into the nature of good and evil. Judas then sweetens the pot, he promises that he will keep Mary Jane and their unborn child safe even if Spider-Man fails. Before he goes after the Host, the web-slinger insists on seeing his wife first. Judas allows it but warns Spider-Man that time is of the essence. Once the hero is gone, Judas is approached by Scrier, who warns him that he is pushing his powers too far. Judas lashes out at Scrier, warning him that despite their centuries-long companionship they are not equals, and he will not be questioned.[Continuity 6]

Downstairs, Peter visits his wife and tells her that he apologizes for anything that his radioactive blood may have done to their unborn child. After kissing her, Parker tells his wife that he loves her. That's when Judas Traveller appears before them and tells Peter it is time. Mary Jane asks what is going on, but all Peter can tell her is that he loves her before putting back on his mask and leaping out the window. Soon he arrives at the Geothermal Heating Station, Spider-Man finds the members of the Host preparing to attack the facility. Spotting the wall-crawler, Boone and Medea begin opening fire as Mister Nacht takes notes. Seeing that Chakra is channeling her energies, Spider-Man realizes that she is the real target, and knocks out Boone and Medea. He then knocks out Chakra's physical body, hoping it will shut down her astral form. His actions cause the rest of the Host to look over the city skyline in shock. When Spider-Man looks he is horrified to see a massive transpatial time vortex hovering over the city. This is apparently not part of the Host's plan, and upon further examination, Mister Nacht points out that when this vortex collapses it will cause even greater destruction than they had planned. While over the Parker residence, Judas sees what is going on overhead and wonders what is happening and is suddenly wracked with pain as the energy from the vortex strikes him. Scrier points out that this was the very thing he warned Judas about mere moments earlier.

When Spider-Man arrives on the scene, he demands answers. However, Traveller has no idea what is happening, and Scrier refuses to help. While he assures Spider-Man that his home will still be safe, Judas and the city is far from it. He explains that the temporal vortex will completely consume Judas Traveller, erasing him from all existence. As Traveller passes into the vortex, his mind is flooded with his centuries-long memories. How he walked the world throughout all recorded history trying to learn the true nature of good and evil. Traveller's observations stretch as far back as ancient Rome, the Crusades, the Salem Witch Trials, and World War II. Refusing to just let this happen, Spider-Man reaches out and grabs Judas Traveller by the arm, refusing to let him get sucked into the vortex. Surprisingly, the wall-crawler manages to pull Judas free, severing the connection and causing the portal to close harmlessly. Judas cannot understand why Spider-Man saved his life, but passes out before the wall-crawler can explain it. Scrier pucks up his master and warns Spider-Man that this is not over, that Judas will not rest until he fully understands how the heroes mind works. As Mary Jane rushes up to the roof to be with her husband, Peter tells Scrier that Judas' wants don't matter, that his foes always try to come back and get revenge, and that he should wait in line. As Scrier teleports himself and Judas away, Peter spends the momentary silence alone with his wife.

... The Clone Saga continues in The Spectacular Spider-Man #225

Continuity Notes

Clone Saga Reading Order
Prelude
The Double
Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
The Parker Legacy
Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
The Lost Years
Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1 Spider-Man: The Lost Years #2 Spider-Man: The Lost Years #3
Act One
Power and Responsibility
Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
The Exile Returns
Web of Spider-Man #118 Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Spider-Man #52 Web of Spider-Man #119 Spider-Man #53
Back From the Edge
Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Amazing Spider-Man #395 The Spectacular Spider-Man #218 Amazing Spider-Man #396 The Spectacular Spider-Man #219
Web of Life
Web of Spider-Man #120 Spider-Man #54 Web of Spider-Man #121 Spider-Man #55
Web of Death
Amazing Spider-Man #397 The Spectacular Spider-Man #220 Amazing Spider-Man #398 The Spectacular Spider-Man #221
Funeral for an Octopus
Spider-Man Unlimited #8 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #1 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #2 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #3
Smoke and Mirrors
Web of Spider-Man #122 Amazing Spider-Man #399 Spider-Man #56 Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1
Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1
Players and Pawns
The Spectacular Spider-Man #222 Web of Spider-Man #123 Amazing Spider-Man #400
Aftershocks
Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
Mark of Kaine
Web of Spider-Man #124 Amazing Spider-Man #401 Spider-Man #58 The Spectacular Spider-Man #224 Spider-Man Unlimited #9
Crossfire
Web of Spider-Man #125 Amazing Spider-Man #402 Spider-Man #59 The Spectacular Spider-Man #225
The Trial of Peter Parker
Web of Spider-Man #126 Amazing Spider-Man #403 Spider-Man #60 The Spectacular Spider-Man #226
Planet of the Symbiotes
Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 Spider-Man Super Special #1 Venom Super Special #1 Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special #1 Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1
Act Two
Maximum Clonage
Spider-Man: The Jackal Files #1 New Warriors #61 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage #Alpha Web of Spider-Man #127 Amazing Spider-Man #404 Spider-Man #61 The Spectacular Spider-Man #227 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage #Omega
The Exiled
Web of Spider-Man #128 Amazing Spider-Man #405 Spider-Man #62 Spider-Man Unlimited #10
Time Bomb
The Spectacular Spider-Man #228 Web of Spider-Man #129
The Greatest Responsibility
Amazing Spider-Man #406 Spider-Man #63 The Spectacular Spider-Man #229 Spider-Man: The Parker Years #1
Act Three
Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1
Virtual Morality
Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1 Web of Scarlet Spider #1 Amazing Scarlet Spider #1 Scarlet Spider #1 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1
Cyberwar
Web of Scarlet Spider #2 Amazing Scarlet Spider #2 Green Goblin #3 Scarlet Spider #2 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2
Nightmare in Scarlet
Web of Scarlet Spider #3 New Warriors #67 Web of Scarlet Spider #4
The Sensational Spider-Man
Wizard Mini-Comic #3 Sensational Spider-Man #0 Amazing Spider-Man #407 Spider-Man #64 The Spectacular Spider-Man #230 Spider-Man Unlimited #11
The Final Adventure
Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #2 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #3 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4
Act Four
Media Blizzard
Sensational Spider-Man #1 Amazing Spider-Man #408 Spider-Man #65
The Return of Kane
The Spectacular Spider-Man #231 Sensational Spider-Man #2 Amazing Spider-Man #409 Spider-Man #66 The Spectacular Spider-Man #232
Web of Carnage
Sensational Spider-Man #3 Amazing Spider-Man #410 Spider-Man #67 The Spectacular Spider-Man #233
Blood Brothers
Sensational Spider-Man #4 Amazing Spider-Man #411 Spider-Man #68 The Spectacular Spider-Man #234 Sensational Spider-Man #5 Amazing Spider-Man #412
Redemption
Spider-Man: Redemption #1 Spider-Man: Redemption #2 Spider-Man: Redemption #3 Spider-Man: Redemption #4
Peter Parker Returns
Sensational Spider-Man #7 Amazing Spider-Man #414 Spider-Man #71 The Spectacular Spider-Man #237
Loose Ends
Amazing Spider-Man #415 Spider-Man #72 Sensational Spider-Man #8 The Spectacular Spider-Man #238 Sensational Spider-Man #9 Amazing Spider-Man #416 Spider-Man #73 The Spectacular Spider-Man #239 Sensational Spider-Man #10 Amazing Spider-Man #417 Spider-Man #74
Revelations
The Spectacular Spider-Man #240 Sensational Spider-Man #11 Amazing Spider-Man #418 Peter Parker: Spider-Man #75 Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1
Crossfire
Web of Spider-Man #125 Amazing Spider-Man #402 Spider-Man #59 The Spectacular Spider-Man #225
  1. Spider-Man is dressed up as the Scarlet Spider in order to operate in plain sight. Peter Parker was arrested for murder in Amazing Spider-Man #400. The real murderer was Kaine, as revealed in Spider-Man: The Lost Years #3. Although Peter was incarcerated at Ryker's while awaiting trial, he switched places with Ben Reilly during the Mark of Kaine story arc, hence the swapped costume.
    Mark of Kaine
    Web of Spider-Man #124 Amazing Spider-Man #401 Spider-Man #58 The Spectacular Spider-Man #224 Spider-Man Unlimited #9
  2. Despite the claims made by Judas Traveller here, this is actually an illusion. Traveller's claim that he is an all-powerful immortal being is a delusion spawned by a mental breakdown as revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #417.
  3. Of the things he mentions: The return of his clone, Ben Reilly. He thought the clone died in Amazing Spider-Man #149 until he resurfaced recently in Web of Spider-Man #117). Mary Jane's revelation that she is pregnant with his child in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220. Lastly, he thinks about his recent battles with the Jackal and Kaine. These happened in the Smoke and Mirrors and Mark of Kaine story arcs.
    Smoke and Mirrors
    Web of Spider-Man #122 Amazing Spider-Man #399 Spider-Man #56 Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1
  4. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.
  5. Jacob Raven's face was scarred by Kaine in Spider-Man #57.
  6. As stated above, Traveller's claims of being near-immortal are a delusion. Scrier's involvement here is part of a grand scheme to manipulate Spider-Man by the Green Goblin as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.

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