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About a decade ago, I saw in a Marvel encyclopedia-style book a frame from an issue of one of the Spider-Man series. In it, an enemy had pretty much defeated Peter Parker using the same powers as he. He was quoted saying:

Where were these powers when I was in High School?

Peter responded in his thoughts, reflecting:

Inside someone who could control them. Inside me.

After much research I still cannot find who the enemy was. Who was he and what storyline arc was it?

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    I'll hazard a guess, but won't answer due to a lack of a confirmed quote: Eddie Brock. As Venom, Eddie had all of Spidey's abilities and more. – Major Stackings May 7 '14 at 14:33
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    Brock-Venom would be my guess as well, as to my knowledge Venom's the only character other than good ol' Spidey himself to have his same powers. – Kromey May 7 '14 at 14:36
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    I did think of Venom as well, but I've done extensive Googling and I simply can't find the storyline or artwork that corresponds to what I remember. I agree though that Venom is the most likely candidate for this. Hopefully someone will be able to confirm. It's a shame really because I remember that panel being one of the most brilliantly done panels I've ever seen in all my comic collecting, and I'm desperate to get either the issue or the whole TPB. – garrettendi May 7 '14 at 14:45
  • Have you tried looking for the encyclopedia instead? If you can find a copy of that you'll be set. – Discant Aug 29 '14 at 0:26
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    I recall reading this.. but I'm pretty sure it was when Peter got leeched by Morbius or someone else? If it comes to me I'll answer – Stormie Jul 18 '17 at 14:52
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Rank ordered according to my intuition.

  1. Venom—aka Edward Brock or Flash Thomson

  2. Carnage—aka Cletus Kassidy

  3. The Superior Spiderman—aka Otto Octavious

  4. Ezekiel—only known name; see http://marvel.com/universe/Ezekiel (quote unlikely cause he's, like, ancient and likely didn't attend highschool)

  5. Spider-man’s Clone/Scarlet Spider (created by the Jackal)—aka Ben Reilly (quote unlikely cause he's not really that evil, and as a clone, probably didn't attend high-school)

  6. Super-Skrull—an alien who can assimilate any hero’s powers and fights Spiderman (quote unlikely because as an alien, he probably didn't attend high-school)

Note: I didn't come up with this answer, my brother did.

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    Ben Reilly is unlikely - the clone had all of Peter's memories and would have remembered having the powers in high school. That was why there was such a long argument about who was really the clone. You also forgot Doc Ock, who possessed his body for a while. – Jeff Dec 13 '14 at 2:58
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    Doc Ock is in there as Superior spider man. – Vince Scalia Dec 13 '14 at 4:18
  • D'oh! There goes my ability to read, I guess. – Jeff Dec 14 '14 at 3:02

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