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".
Casually entering the bank, he watched the men use advanced weapons to rip open the ATM machines. Spider-Man made his presence known, sarcastically referring to them as the real Avengers, and engaged them in battle.
The teenage vigilante managed to subdue the thieves with little effort only for one of them to brandish an Anti-Gravity Gun and use it to try and incapacitate him.
As Spider-Man recovered and broke free, the weapon exploded, leveling the bank and nearby Delmar's Deli-Grocery in the process. Realizing that Mr. Delmar was still in the bodega, Spider-Man left the destroyed bank and rescued the bodega owner and his cat before leaving the scene.
- "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
Following the incident, Spectrum News NY1 captured and reported on the aftermath during the news. Parker, who was eating at a local Thai restaurant with his aunt May, observed the broadcast and was advised by May to run from crimes like the robbery.