I wanted to offer a different 'spin' on comic book storytelling, so I created this Spidey fan-fic which involves our webbed-wonder being like James Bond and Doctor Doom being an evil telepath/psychic.

It seems that comic book characters can be divided into two group:

1. those who do extraordinary things simply out of conviction/passion (e.g., Batman, Lex Luthor)
2. those who do extraordinary things because they posses superpowers (e.g., Superman, Dark Phoenix)


Peter Parker was happy being a photojournalist for the Daily Bugle in NYC, but he started feeling anxious about the various emerging crime syndicates in the city and the NYPD's ineffective 'management' of criminality in the modern city. Peter decided to don himself a special costume and mask designed to make him look like an insect-like acrobat; he started calling himself 'Spider-Man.' Spider-Man created a special device in his garage-lab which shot super-strong sticky polyester-nylon hybrid material which could be used to hang off buildings and wrap people in gripping straight-jackets. He fitted this device onto his palms and went soaring into the night.

Spider-Man tackled all kind of criminals with his new 'spider-suit' and 'polymer-shooters.' He helped the NYPD arrest a devious black munitions group shipping weapons from Northern Ireland into New York and San Francisco as well as a drug-ring circulating opium across NYC and North America. The press hailed him as a modern-day 'Robin Hood,' and his fans began to affectionately refer to him as 'Spidey.' Because Spider-Man did his investigative work with diligent police-office research (crime files) and used his meticulously engineered polymer-shooters as a potent weapon, one New Yorker Magazine writer called Spidey the 'real James Bond,' especially after the Trump Administration commissioned him to work with the FBI and the CIA (in special narcotics syndicate operations in South America).

Spider-Man (Peter Parker) felt like he was on top of the world and began blogging on the Internet (for his fans to follow!) about the value of heroism and patriotism in a modern democracy such as America. Spider-Man's posts and blogs became very popular, and he was instantly an avid fan of the social discourse promoted by the access-friendly World Wide Web. Spider-Man started considering the possibility that he was really like a 'real-life James Bond,' especially since he had no 'magical powers' --- only a terrific sense of daring courage and patriotism (and ties to the CIA of course!). However, Spider-Man then came across a strange post by a mysterious Internet-blogger calling himself (ominously) 'Doctor Doom':

"I am amused at Spider-Man's antics/heroics, and I agree that 'Spidey' is arguably the 'real' James Bond. While I myself am a big fan of Ian Fleming's spy-adventure novels, I find that patriotism in a consumerism-obsessed modern world (i.e., 'Planet Starbucks') leaves much to be desired for a mind pensive about ethics and the true exercising of power --- profiteerism and unquestionable governance. That is why I intend to advocate a more 'mature' form of 'vigilance' than the one Spider-Man has made 'popular' with his 'vigilante antics' in NYC and elsewhere. I intend to prove (firstly) that the vast array of computers connected on the Internet compels humanity to evaluate how 'intellectual romance' has been replaced by 'synthetic traffic.' Will the Internet replace Yellowstone/Yosemite? I challenge Spider-Man to refute me!"

When Spidey read this post, he became horrified, thinking that Doctor Doom just might use his arrogant sense of 'pro-fascist' vigilance to create some kind of anti-social terrorism in the 'name of' social change. Spider-Man began to investigate who could be the person who would write a post such as that and who exactly 'Doctor Doom' might be. Spider-Man conjectured that Doctor Doom was someone who tooled around in the Library of Congress, researching patterns in political history and governance and trying to find 'fingerprints' of civil unrest and leadership loopholes to capitalize upon and perhaps initiate an 'anti-Spidey' campaign of social domination. Spider-Man was correct --- Doctor Doom was not only a malicious madman, he was also a telepath/psychic!

Doctor Doom was in his laboratory designing a special hallucinogen which he intended to drop into the drinking-reservoir of NYC on Halloween Eve and then broadcast a pirate-TV-video signal on Times Square TV-video monitors to warn people that the Apocalypse was approaching. Doctor Doom would then reveal to NYC that he possessed telekinetic powers and was paranoid his entire life that his psychic abilities would go to waste as world culture 'devolved' into a primitive state of 'consumerism-frenzy' (e.g., Wall Street, Burger King). When Doctor Doom was near the NYC reservoir (in a metal mask and cape), ready to dump his cannisters of deadly hallucinogens, Spider-Man came swooping in and tied up Doom's arms with his polymer-webs. Doom turned his head and used his telekinetic powers to hurl Spidey to the ground and rip apart the threads on his costume before Spider-Man used his polymer-shooters to wrap up Doom's legs (causing him to fall down and hit his head) and hauled him off to a maximum-security incarceration center. After Doctor Doom committed suicide in his cell, Spider-Man wondered to himself, "Did I conceive Doctor Doom, or did the psychic Doctor Doom immortalize me?"