The Robbery at Queens Community Bank was a semi-successful attempt by a quartet of petty criminals to break into Queens Community Bank and steal several large sums of cash from the ATM machines. While they managed to carry out both objectives, they were nearly thwarted by Spider-Man.
Working with Iron Man
Feeling undermanned despite the allies already on his side, Stark made his way to Queens, New York City and recruited high school student Peter Parker, who possessed spider-like abilities and used them to help civilians as Spider-Man.
Parker agreed to help Stark, provided that his aunt remained unaware of his activities. As a show of thanks, Stark gifted his new ally with a high-tech suit and upgraded web-shooters, which Parker later used to fight Captain America and his faction during the Clash of the Avengers.
Colorful Local Crimestopper
- "I just feel like I could be doing more."
Sometime later, Stark personally escorted an overenthusiastic Parker back to the United States and allowed the teenager to keep the advanced equipment on the condition that he remained below the radar. Despite Parker's eagerness, Stark insisted that he was not yet ready to join the Avengers.
Over the next several months, Parker became determined to prove himself to Stark. After resuming his studies in September 2016, he quit Midtown School's decathlon team and other extracurricular activities in order to focus on "the Stark internship," which he used as a cover for his crime-fighting duties.
But despite all the good he was doing, which ranged from taking down a bicycle thief to helping an old woman with directions, Parker felt the need to do more and be more than just "a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man".
While leaving Happy Hogan a voicemail about his recent accomplishments, Parker noticed four men wearing Avengers masks infiltrating the Queens Community Bank and decided to follow them.
Casually entering the bank, he watched the men use advanced weapons to rip open the ATM machines. Parker made his presence known, sarcastically referring to them as the real Avengers, and engaged them in battle.
At first, he took on the robbers with little effort, until one of them brandished an anti-gravity gun and began to even the odds with Parker. Eventually, though Parker managed to subdue the robbers, the weapon exploded, leveling the bank and nearby bodega Delmar's Sandwiches.
During the Delmar Deli's destruction, Parker, realizing its owner was still in there, quickly left the bank. He rescued Mr. Delmar and his cat from the fire and left.
- "The beloved Queens institution was destroyed earlier tonight after an ATM robbery was thwarted by Queens' own colorful local crimestopper, the Spider-Man. As the Spider-Man attempted to foil their heist, a powerful blast set off, slicing through the bodega across the street. Miraculously, no one was harmed."
- ―Spectrum News NY1 reporting on the aftermath
The incident was captured by Spectrum News NY1 and broadcast while Parker and his Aunt May were dining at a Thai restaurant. May, unaware of Peter's double life as Spider-Man, advised him to flee from incidents like the robbery.