Following the Avengers' internal dispute and the Flughafen Leipzig-Halle battle in Germany, Peter Parker resumes his studies after Stark tells him he is not yet ready to become an Avenger. Over the objections of his Aunt May, Peter quits his school's decathlon team in order to spend more time focusing on his "Stark Industries Internship", which is a cover for his crimefighting activities as Spider-Man. One night, after preventing Toomes' associates from robbing an ATM, Peter returns to his Queens apartment, where his best friend, Ned Leeds, discovers his secret identity. The next day, Ned pesters Peter all day about his abilities as Spider-Man. During gym class that day, Ned accidentally says Peter knows Spider-Man after hearing a conversation with Liz and her friends. That night, Peter is forced to go to Liz's party. While changing into Spider-Man, Peter comes across Toomes' associates Herman Schultz and Jackson Brice selling Chitauri weaponry to local gangster Aaron Davis. Peter nearly drowns while intervening, but is rescued by Stark, who is monitoring the Spider-Man suit he gave Parker and warns him against involvement with the dangerous criminals. Later, angry with Brice for jeopardizing the operation, Toomes accidentally kills him with one of their weapons, and Shultz becomes the new shocker.