Symbiote Spider-Man: Crossroads places Peter Parker’s alter ego in the crosshairs of a very angry Hulk who has a bone to pick with the wall-crawler.
Peter Parker’s life has set the stage for some of the greatest stories in the Marvel Universe, including the iconic saga of Spider-Man and his symbiote suit. Now Symbiote Spider-Man: Crossroads #1, by Peter David, Greg Land, Jay Leisten, Frank D’Armata, and VC’s Joe Sabino, has provided a glimpse at a new chapter of that story. When saving the day goes wrong, the wall-crawler is miraculously reunited with the Hulk, who isn’t particularly pleased to see the wall-crawler.
Spider-Man was already on a roll after stopping an attempted presidential assassination by the Chameleon, but he couldn’t pass up the chance to foil a big robbery when Black Cat approached him with a hot tip. Together, they foiled the plans of the third-rate sorcerer known as Moondark, although he was not their worst problem of the night. As it turns out, Moondark was only working on behalf of the Asgardian sorceress Karnilla, who proved to be much more of a threat. Karnilla effortlessly opens a rift to another dimension that Spider-Man cannot escape, and on the other side he winds up face-to-face with the Incredible Hulk.
While it may seem like another Avenger is actually who Spider-Man would need to find in his snapshot of need, things weren’t so friendly between the Hulk and the remainder of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes during the time in which this story happens. While this is a similar period where Peter Parker was wearing his symbiote suit, it was likewise the time that saw the Hulk ousted a long way from away from the remainder of the Marvel Universe by his own nearest partners.
In the wake of being crashed into a visually impaired wrath by the devil Nightmare, one so extraordinary that even the consolidated endeavors of the Avengers couldn’t control it, the legends went to radical measures. In 1984’s Incredible Hulk #300 by Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema, the Hulk was sent tearing through the cloak of reality by Doctor Strange just to wind up in the Crossroads. This nexus point between different outsider universes was the Hulk’s jail for longer than a year, and there is minimal possibility that he had any expectation of pardoning one of the legends who had insulted him during that time.
Arachnid Man could be gazing intently at one of the harsher battles of his life in the event that he can’t persuade the Hulk not to pulverize him where he stands, albeit that isn’t his solitary issue. As the Hulk has found firsthand, the actual Crossroads are deceptive territory. The limitless, reality-resisting nature of the Crossroads makes them perilous to navigate and almost difficult to get away.
This combined with the different dangers presented by the horde number of domains associated with them makes only being available in the Crossroads a grave concern. With any karma Spider-Man will discover his direction home soon, accepting he endures his forthcoming experience with the Hulk.