AUTHOR'S NOTE: I got the idea for this after I read the newest issue of Ultimate Comics X-Men. This story, like my other Ultimate Marvel fics, take place in an alternate timeline. So that's why some things are different, like Johnny, Bobby, and Kitty have not formed a new X-Men team.

This could not get any worse.

Mary Jane Watson sat on her bed, reflecting on the past few weeks.

Her boyfriend had been killed and his biggest secret was exposed.

At least twice a day, paparazzi showed up at her house to ask about her connection to Spider-Man and Peter Parker. All she gave them was, "Peter was the greatest person I've ever known, and I love him."

She never said "loved."

RING RING. MJ looked over to her desk, where she saw her cell phone ringing.

She picked it up. The caller was her friend (and Peter's), Gwen Stacy.

"Hello? This is Mary Jane."

"It's Gwen. How you holding up?"

"Terribly. You?"

"Terribly. Listen, I wanted to make you an offer."


"An offer."

"And what is the offer, pray tell?"

"Do you want Peter brought back to life?"

"...Are you feeling okay?"

"I'm a little out of it, but for the most part, yeah."

"Then what are you talking about?"

"A friend of mine, and by friend I mean Jessica Drew, snuck her way into the Triskelion and hacked into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s database."

"Who is Jessica Drew?"

"One of Peter's clones."

"How many clones does he have?"

"Four. Jessica, that Scorpion guy that trashed the mall, one guy, with four arms, and the one who kidnapped you."

"Oh. So what did Jess find?"

"You know how with Reed Richard's patented Cosmic Cubeā„¢, you convert energy into matter, and vice-versa?"

"No, but go on."

"S.H.I.E.L.D.'s found that it can reboot a person's mind and nervous system."

"In English?"

"It can revive the dead."

MJ dropped her phone. What was Gwen saying? Bringing Peter back from the dead?

With all her strength, MJ picked up her phone and answered:

"What did you have in mind?"

"Not much... just a little team."

AUTHOR'S NOTE: By the way, this fic is entitled New Avengers as to distinguish it from Nick Fury's black ops team.

R & R!