After the Lizard incident, Gold was up to his usual mischief even as he helped Crystal in the lab, much to her dismay. However, as soon as his work in the lab was done it was time for him to become Spiderman again and take down any petty crimes that might offer a clue to Team Rocket's larger operation. After patrol on his secret second job, he was finally able to go back home to his Pokémon and his Aunt in New Bark Town.
On the surface everything appeared to be fine, but at the RocCorp building in Goldenrod city a group of super criminals who had been hired by Team Rocket were meeting. One of the criminals attending the meeting was a mountainously tell figure with blond hair and an electrical battery pack on his back with shockwave equipment. He spoke to the administrators.
"So, we have to grab this web-for-brains Teenager? Sounds like no problem at all," Surge as he punched on hand into his other palm.
"Hmm, this arachnid is somehow of great interest. It seems you'd like to research him. I don't mind assisting you as long I can do my own studies on him," Blaine said as his mechanical tentacles seemed to react with similar interest to his own words.
"Yes, he is. It seems he has the powers of a Spinarak, except for the strings he shoots out," Archer said as he showed them a holograph of Spiderman shooting out string. "I believe that he can help us complete out project ahead of time."
"This lad seems like he would be a good challenge for me," Bruno said as he inspected the holograph. He replayed a clip that showed Spiderman beating a group of Team Rocket grunts. Among the group, Bruno was simply a mercenary who only wished to fight against anyone looked stronger than him.
"This one is unpredictable due to his secret identity, but I have a plan to deal with him. It may involve many things," Archer grins to the three hired men.
The next day at Plain Badge High School, Gold and Crystal were working on several science projects, much to Gold's dismay. Of course Gold was the one to carry the heavy objects that Crystal couldn't, though it was still nothing compared to lifting cars or trains like he had done as Spiderman. Gold was beginning to grow a bit of an ego as Spiderman now that he had earned a reputation in the media.
That night when Gold suited up as Spiderman again he bought his Pokémon along after hearing of a superhero in Kanto used his Pokémon as sidekicks. The truth was he needed all the support he could get from his team. He swung from building to building with String Shot while looking to see if Team Rocket was making trouble again.
After facing a number of different gangs he had given up to look for the man who murdered his Uncle. He landed on the porch of a warehouse and peered inside the window only to see a handful of men from Team Rocket loading something onto a truck to be taken to their one of their secret hideouts.
"Let's get this stuff on board before anyone notices it," one of the Rocket Members said as he directed the carriers to the loading area.
"Well, I hate to do it, but I'm going to have to break the party with you guys," Gold said as he dropped down and overpowered most of group with surprising speed and ease. His Pokémon assisted by taking care of the remaining Rocket Grunts.
"Alright, our job's done. Let's go and…." Gold began to say until he felt that something was approaching. He jumped to the side along with all of his Pokémon to narrowly dodge what appeared to be an electrical shockwave.
"I admire your skills, kid, but you're just an amateur," Surge said as he appeared with his Raichu, Electabuzz, 2 Electrodes, and 2 Magenton. He still carried the battery pack on his back along with gloves that could create shockwaves.
"So what should I call you, then? Wait, how about 'the Cushion'?" Gold pointed out the unusual amount of padding Surge seemed to be dressed in.
"That's a shock. You should know the reason I wear this is so that I can do THIS!" Surge fired a shockwave from his gloves, using his battery pack to increase its power. Gold tried dodge again, but received a minor shock.
"You should also know that I've got my own Pokémon to help me," Surge continued as he cued Raichu and Electabuzz to recharge his battery pack and then signaled for them to attack Gold's Pokémon.
"They call me… the SHOCKER!" Surge fired a series of shockwaves at Gold. With each shockwave he became progressively closer to striking Gold until one bolt finally hit.
"So, is it 'Very Painful' or just 'Sort-of Painful'? I wanna know," Surge asked.
"It's nothing…" Gold lied. The truth was that the blast really had hurt him. Gold narrowly dodged another blast by climbing up the wall.
"It's going to be a blast!" Surge fired yet another one of his shockwave at the wall. Gold dodged by dropping to the ground, but the wall crumbled on top of him. Surge laughed laughs while his Pokémon defeated Gold's in a matter of minutes.
"I did it. He was nothing. Now, get him to RocCorp and I'll……" Surge approached the pile of rubble until Gold rose up.
"I'm shocked you managed to survive." Surge grined as Gold stood up. Explotaro suddenly popped up beside him and released a Fire Blast at Surge's Electabuzz at point blank range. Aibo recovered right after him and landed a double hit on Raichu while Sudobo followed with a Low Kick that took out both Magenton. Polibo, Sunbo, and Togebo were then free to easily defeat the remaining Electrodes while Gold fired a String Shot at Surge to bind his arms.
"I've faced worse things than you," Gold remarked as he remembered fighting The Lizard while Surge managed to break free of the strings. Gold countered with a desperate blow to Surge's face.
"Impressive. You are not bad at all, but can you withstand this?!" Surge fires his shockwaves at Gold again, but Gold escaped by shooting a string at the wall behind them and pulling himself away. Surge fires again while Gold shot another string to the opposite wall and jumped in an attempt to hit Surge, but he was thrown by an electrical charge.
"What was that? You are like an electrical Pokémon!" Gold remarked at Surge's ability.
"You see, I built this suit for a reason. I'm untouchable!" Surge said as he fired his shockwaves yet again. After dodging the electric assault for the 6th time Gold realized that Surge's backpack was his source of his power and come up with a plan of attack.
"Togebo! Sunbo! I need your help! Can you distract Shocker while I get his backpack?" Gold emitted his thoughts to his two Pokémon. They turned to face Surge, but he merely ignored them until Togebo delivered a Headbutt to his gut. Sunbo followed by using Sunny Day to brighten the room in an attempt to temporarily blind Surge.
Gold used the distraction to his advantage and quickly ran around Surge to smash his battery pack.
"…What the?!?" Surge was surprised when his gloves would no longer emit a shock.
"What's wrong? Your tricks aren't working anymore?" Gold said as he pointed to Surge's backpack.
"Hey, that thing cost me money! No matter…It was fun fighting you, but I will come back another day! Let's retreat!" Surge said as he fled along with his Pokémon. The battle had left him exhausted and he had had enough for the night.
"Dammit, that was hard… Let's go home, guys," Gold said as he leaned on Togebo for support until he and all of his Pokémon had made it home. He immediately went up to his bedroom, but it was still around 1:00 am and he would have to wake up again at 8:00 am to get to school.
Amazingly, still managed to wake up on time in spite of a lack of sleep and meet Crystal at train station.
"So, what's new in your heroics?" Crystal deadpanned. She was growing a little weary of seeing Gold all over the local media.
"Oh, I fought some random guy who has these weird… 'Shocker gloves'," Gold recalled.
"…Shocker gloves?" Crystal repeated, raising her eyebrow. She didn't quite understand what he meant.
"Well, it looked like he was powering his gloves with some kind of electric charge; he was able to make shockwaves with them. It was a real pain, too. I had a hard time just trying to avoid the shocks." Gold recounted how Shocker had managed to hit him more than once.
"Then I figured out that his backpack was the source of his power. After that I was able to knock it out and beat him." Gold finished his bragging. Crystal let out a sigh as they reached their destination. They arrived safely at school there hopefully wouldn't be any trouble. After school, Gold donned his suit to prepare for his nightly heroics.
By 10 o'clock pm, Gold and his Pokémon had made it to Goldenrod city to ensure that there were no crimes that needed stopping. It seemed like it would be a quiet night, but deep in the city was a group of Rocket grunts who were hard at work. Gold eventually spotted the group; however, he found that one of them was not wearing a Team Rocket uniform.
"What's this?" Gold said as he moved in closer without being spotted.
"What can it be?" Explotaro wondered as Togebo looked at Gold to offer a suggestion.
"Shouldn't we stop them like we always do?" Togebo said, but he was cut off by Sunbo.
"Maybe we should analyze before..." Sunbo said, except Gold had already jumped into the fray and knocked out all of the Rocket Grunts except for the one who wasn't in uniform.
"Well, are you the one they call Spiderman?" Bruno asked as he turned around.
"So, what do I call you…'Squinty-eyes'?" Gold commented on Bruno's eyes.
"I like your humor, but let's see what you call me after this!" Bruno said as he summoned his Onix, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, and Machmap. Bruno's Onix lunged at Gold with brute force but he managed to jump out of the way just in time.
"Not bad for an insect-like human, but can you deal with this?" Bruno said as he charged at Gold himself. Gold's spider-sense alerted him to the attack and he prepared dodge the charge a second time, but Bruno suddenly stopped short and hit Gold in the face. Gold was thrown until he quickly turned his body to stick to the side of a brick wall rather than crashing through it.
"I don't know how to deal with this..." Gold thought.
"It's nothing personal, boy. Just call me, the Giant ONIX!" Bruno said, bewildering Gold.
"…Seriously, 'The Giant Onix'? Is that the best you could come up with?" Gold gaped.
"You'll see what I mean," Bruno said as Gold's Pokémon arrived to help him.
"Well, how about a little Pokémon battle then; yours against mine?" Bruno asked with a smile.
"Sorry, but I'm not really interested in battling you," Gold said. He shot a String Shot to bind Bruno's arms, but he was able to break the strings with a mere flex.
"I need to make them stronger…" Gold murmured as he dodged a series of swift punches and kicks from Bruno while Explotaro faced off against Bruno's Machamp.
"It appears that you're fast for a spider-like human, but that just makes it more of a challenge," Bruno said as he wound up for another punch.
"Shocker was worse than you," Gold said as he managed to lift himself up and roll away to avoid more of Bruno's punches.
"Ah, so you've met my colleague? I'm very surprised that you were able to beat him," Bruno grinned as his Onix loomed over Gold until Politaro sprayed a powerful Water Gun directly at it. While Bruno was still stunned Gold took the opportunity to use his String Shots to cover Bruno's face before binding his body.
"I have done my share. Onix, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, and Machamp, let's retreat and fight another day," Bruno shouted to his Pokémon before standing up and retreating. Gold then returned home with his Pokémon, but was unaware that he was being followed.
"You did well, Bruno," Blaine as he appeared, followed by his mechanical tentacles. Blaine had observed both of Spiderman's recent battles.
"That lad is very sturdy. He was able to endure my worse punches and has a witty sense of humor." Bruno said as Blaine has seen the data and combat skills of Spiderman.
"Intriguing, but it doesn't matter. In a few days, I will get him and catch him for Giovanni." Blaine said with a sharp snap of one of his clawed tentacles.
In New Bark Town, Gold is exhausted from his battle with Bruno.
"Geez, that was harder than I thought it would be..." Gold sighed as he lay down on his bed.
"Well, it could be worse." Explotaro said, but the Volcano Pokemon was exhausted as well.
That night Gold had not been able to go to sleep until Midnight. It felt like all too soon before he had to wake up again at 8 pm. This time, however, he used a bit of extra help in getting to school on time by using his String Shots in the wooded area in spite of getting hit by multiple branches.
It was a normal day at school, but under the tutoring of Crystal Gold was now beginning to get higher grades than ever before. Not only that, but the girls were becoming bolder than ever when trying to get his attention. Gold was enjoying his new life style because it mean that he was able to spent more time hanging out with Crystal and he also enjoy being popular in school.
Meanwhile, in a different part of Plain Badge High School, there was a meeting of the "Gym Leaders"; a secret group from both Kanto and Johto. The leader of the group as a whole was none other than Lance. Whitney was also among the group, though she was most recent member to enter the group.
"…Now on to business," Lance began. "Some of you may recall the incident in Kanto where the criminal activities of Team Rocket was stopped by one teen three years ago," he addressed the group.
"Lance, we know the story, so what are you getting at?" Clair, Lance's cousin, demanded to know why he would bring such a story up out of the blue.
"There's something strange going on now, and I think there might be a connection between RocCorp and Team Rocket. We know that the CEO of their rival company, Siliph Corp., is the same person who defeated Team Rocket. The question now is if Team Rocket has moved from Kanto to Johto?" Lance stated his theory.
"Are you saying that RocCorp has Yazuka connections?" Jasmine wondered what Lance could have meant.
"In a sense, yes, but we don't know. We must keep a lookout for them. And not only them, but the person who is fighting against Team Rocket now, Spiderman." Lance stated.
"You mean the one who fought the Lizard when he tried to tear the school apart?" Bugsy asked. He had already seen the news about the incident.
"I think the Lizard had something to do with Team Rocket. And Spiderman is only way to unlock the mystery behind it, but the real problem is his identity. We need to find his identity. He seems to be around the same age as all of us," Lance said until Whitney rose up.
"He could be anyone, though! Hell, we might never even find this guy even if we tried," Whitney objected that finding the real Spiderman would be a very arduous task. Even they did find him, would he really aid them or just turn against them?
"Don't worry, we will find a way," Lance said as the meeting concluded.
Later that night, before 12 am, Gold string shot his way around Goldenrod city. "Boy, it seems quiet around here," Gold thought as he stopped for a moment. Then, something triggered his senses and he jumped to the side to avoid being hit by something that had attacked him from the rear.
"Well, well… It seems I found you, arachnid." A determined voiced said as metal tentacles appeared followed by the rest of Blaine.
"No, no, let me guess…." Gold snapped his fingers until he got an idea.
"Oh! You're an Octopus!"
"Not just an Octopus, I am Doctor Octopus!" Blaine's tentacles slashed out at Gold and he quickly twisted his body to dodge.
"I will enjoy dissecting you."
It was becoming harder for Gold to continue avoiding Blaine's tentacles because there were four of them. Gold tried to use his String Shot to bind them and even the odds, but it did no good.
"You see boy, these were designed to withstand even nuclear power," Blaine stated as he rippeds off the strings with ease.
"I'm in trouble… I hate to break it to you, but I think you belong to the ocean with the rest of ntilyour kind," Gold said as he tried to escape another lashing until he was finally caught by Blaine's tentacles.
"I've learned all about you thanks to my colleagues, but you know them as Shocker and Giant Onix. It looks like I've got the upper hand." Blaine explained, leading Gold to realize that he worked for Team Rocket as some kind of mercenary.
"I don't know about that. Sometimes I can be…unpredictable!" Gold used his strength to break free of Blaine's tentacles. He was shots into another building and quickly followed by Blaine. They continue through the building while Gold shoot a large web.
"…All-or-nothing!" Gold used his web as a sling shot to fling Blaine off of the building, but Blaine used his tentacles to prevent falling. Gold took the chance to use another series of String Shot that proved to be more effective now that Blaine was using his tentacles to climb the building.
Meanwhile, in another building nearby, two people watched as Spiderman fought Blaine. It was Lance and Jasmine.
"You think he might help us?" Jasmine asked with dire concern.
"I think so. He might just help us to deal with Team Rocket after all," Lance reassured as Spiderman got close to Blaine to rip off one of his tentacles.
"You ripped my baby!" Blaine whined as he inspected the stump where his lost tentacle used to be.
"…'Baby'? You could just rebuild it, except I won't let you," Gold declared.
"You may have won, but it's not over," Blaine warned as he retreated.
"Hey! Where are you going?" Gold shouted after him, but Blaine had already disappeared into the darkness of the alleyways.
"Boy, I need to stop running into all of these strange bad guys. Then again, I like being a hero," Gold used his String Shot to swing out of the city and return home.
Over the course of the next few nights, something from space steadily made its way to Earth and finally landed near New Bark Town. The only one to have witnessed the object's landing was none other than Professor Elm. After having been The Lizard, Elm had set up his own lab in New Bark Town where he could be with his family. His life had been living a peaceful life again ever since. He looked over the meteorite and discovered that there was something inside of it.
"What is this?" Elm gingerly touched the strange object. It felt sticky and gooey. Elm then took it to the lab where he was able to put the meteorite in a special container. He took a small sample from the meteor and checked it under the microscope.
"What is this substance? It almost seems like it….alive. It is not a Deoxys, but something else….hmmm; I must keep this a secret. Meteorites are valuable nowadays, after all. I must not allow fall in the wrong hands….again." Elm sighed. The last time this had happened to one of his discoveries it had nearly cost him his life.
The substance inside the meteorite continued to move slightly until it almost seemed to realize that it was trapped. Suddenly, something appeared to catch the blob's attention. Sitting across the room from it was a TV with the News turned on. The current story was a report about Goldenrod City and Spiderman. The blob almost looked curious about the image on the screen.