The Doctor Octopus Minion: A Hitcher Inspiration

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Stanley hated carpools. He believed they were obvious symbols of modern traffic which made him feel downright claustrophobic. Stanley loved American horror films such as The Hitcher and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and started to contemplate the 'dark wisdom' of exploring copycat crimes (as some odd malicious gesture meant to signify his dissatisfaction with modern civilization behaviours).

Stanley came up with a very strange and ominous plan. He worked for an average American insurance company as a file-clerk in Chicago. His work was consistent and no one really bothered him; he also lived alone and watched a lot of television into the late hours of the night. Stanley decided to form a carpool system through a series of classified ads. He wanted to establish a rotation-routine by which various members of the carpool club would take turns being the driver and selecting which members were part of a given week's carpool. The rotation system Stanley successfully set up enabled members to join and leave the club at any time. Stanley intended to use this established club to create a ring of murder.

Stanley was a big fan of American comic books, and he was obsessed with the comic book super-villain Doctor Octopus (Marvel Comics) who made him feel better about modern civilization's seeming preoccupation with multi-tasking totems (i.e., smartphones, shopping malls, etc.). Stanley decided that his grudge with carpools would effectively make him like Doctor Octopus, once his plan started to come to fruition. He would be the ultimate road terror, grabbing hapless victims like a precise octopus.

Stanley befriended members of the carpool club and invited them to his apartment for drinks on weekends. He would poison their drinks and then burn their bodies in the heating furnace which was located in the basement of his apartment building. When the members were conspicuously absent from their carpool rounds, they were simply replaced by newly-enlisted members in the rotation system.

After about a dozen of such murders, police started to become more and more interrogative. A young detective working for the Chicago Police Department named Jim Smart realized that the dozen or so deaths and disappearances involved people who were part of Stanley's carpool club which was found in the Chicago classifieds section of the newspaper. At first, Detective Smart did not suspect Stanley had anything to do with these crimes but wondered why all the deaths and disappearances involved members of this carpool club. However, as Detective Smart discovered that there were only a handful of constant members of the club besides the founder Stanley, he began to suspect that Stanley was the mastermind of this predetermined operation. Detective Smart wondered why someone would want to use a carpool club to select victims.

Detective Smart decided to go undercover and enlist himself as a member of Stanley's carpool club. He soon became a regular member and was eventually invited for weekend drinks at Stanley's apartment on a special poker-night which included three members besides himself and Stanley. At the poker-party, Smart asked Stanley why people from the club were disappearing off the face of the earth, and one of the members joked that it was because they wanted to get away from Stanley, the founder. Smart observed that Stanley gave a wry smile at this joke and became suspicious.

Smart decided to take Stanley on a mini-drive the next weekend. They were driving up to a national park and during the drive (Smart was driving), Smart asked Stanley what he thought about general cynicism towards American roads, highways, and traffic. Stanley told him that he was not fond of traffic but was an admirer of the American road system. Smart then told Stanley that he was considering why a psychopath might want to kill off members of a carpool club and then subtly joked to Stanley that it would be ironic if a carpool club founder (like Stanley) turned out to be the mastermind of a carpool member killing spree. Stanley suddenly freaked out and grabbed Smart's steering wheel and turned it, and their car veered off the road.

The accident was serious and Smart broke his leg. Stanley was paralyzed from the neck down and had prosthetics-insertion surgery performed on his body. Stanley received an entire prosthetics system, which enabled him to move around with special mechanical braces attached to the bones of his arms and legs. During his rehabilitation, Stanley wrote in his journal that he was finally Doctor Octopus.

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Black Cat: The Risen Sorceress

Doctor Octopus was now rehabilitated and kept his braces for extra support and for a secret reason. He was in his den and contemplating that he would never again go by his birth-name 'Stanley' to himself. He never heard from Detective Smart, and he was now developing a scheme to kidnap a private school student (male or female) and train him/her to be his successor.

Doctor Octopus successfully kidnapped a young female student named Eon from the International Private School Studio in Sweden where there were mostly children of Japanese diplomats attending. He trained her to be a cut-throat pickpocket, messenger, spy, and explosives expert and gave the super-villain name Black Cat.

Black Cat's specialty was explosive toys, but she exhibited a great knack for hand-to-hand combat and aerobics. She designed a series of toys that were dinosaurs that transformed into robots with blinking glowing red eyes, and when the eyes started blinking, the toy would explode. Black Developed about two hundred of these explosive wheel-mobile robot toys for Doctor Octopus's plan to break into the NYC Citizen's Bank with his metal-enhanced remote-control braces which he extended with tentacle attachments. Black Cat and Doctor Octopus were set to perform a very unimaginable bank robbery in New York.

During the robbery, Spider-Man swooped in and tangled up Doctor Octopus in cobwebs (planted deep in his throat to induce a helpless 'gag' reflex). Police broke in to arrest Black Cat, Doctor Octopus's accomplice, but she started spraying them with her mini-machine gun and was about set her dinosaur robot toys to detonation mode before being shot by the police. Black Cat was dead, and Doctor Octopus was in jail.

Some three states to the west, another mad scientist named Dr. Earl Wu was creating ways to resurrect dead human corpses with electrical impulses and using them as his zombie army of darkness. Dr. Wu started calling himself Doctor Doom. He decided to exhume more bodies from the NYC cemetery.

Doctor Octopus was reading his morning newspaper in his maximum security special Oscorp incarceration cell when he was surprised by a new visitor. The woman walked in, dressed in a private school uniform and carrying a special set of gloves inserted with tiny metallic claws. She told Doctor Octopus that she was Black Cat, resurrected from the dead by Doctor Doom and back in NYC to achieve what Doctor Octopus could not.

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