Damage Control Investigations
Arresting Peter Parker
In 2024, P. Cleary was put in charge of the investigation of the recent incident, involving Spider-Man and Mysterio. Cleary and a group of the United States Department of Damage Control agents, including Foster, arrived at the Parker Residence with an arrest warrant for Parker, and despite May Parker's interference, the agents took Parker into federal custody, and also took photographs of various evidence, such as Tony Stark's glasses and the Iron Spider Armor nanite chamber. Afterwards, agents also apprehended May, Michelle Jones and Ned Leeds, and brought them to the NYPD precinct for a full investigation.
At the precinct, Peter Parker stated that he did not murder Quentin Beck, and it was all the drones' doing, but Cleary pointed out that technically, the drones were his, since Tony Stark bequeathed his technology to Parker. When Parker attempted to convince them that Nick Fury was with him and could confirm his statement, Cleary informed him that it was impossible, since Fury was off-planet for the last year, much to Parker's shock and confusion.
Cleary then proceeded to interrogate other detainees, such as Michelle Jones who immediately demanded a lawyer and refused to answer any questions, since she was not under arrest. Cleary tried to reason with Jones, saying that she had a bright future ahead, and she should cooperate, rather than involving herself with a criminal vigilante, like Parker.
Cleary then moved on to speak with Ned Leeds, who was told not to talk with the agents but Cleary managed to trick him into admitting that he knew Parker's identity for a while and helped him fighting the Vulture, which meant he was an accomplice. Later, Cleary went to speak with May Parker, who stated that the Damage Control cannot legally keep them in custody without pressing any significant charges.
In response, Cleary remarked that May would definitely need a lawyer, since she was about to be charged with child endangerment, endorsing her nephew's vigilante activities. Cleary accused May of irresponsible behavior, as she not only allowed Parker to be involved in vigilantism, but encouraged it, but May only demanded to see her nephew immediately.
However, after the Parkers hired Matt Murdock as their legal counselor, the Damage Control had no other choice but to let them go, since Murdock got all charges against Parker dropped. Later that year, Cleary, along with the rest of the world, had his memory of Parker erased from his mind.
Investigating Ms. Marvel
Interrogating Zoe Zimer
While working at Damage Control Headquarters, Cleary was informed by fellow agent Sadie Deever of a disturbance at the New Jersey AvengerCon and shown a video of an enhanced individual using her powers. Upon seeing this, he immediately instructed Deever to bring the enhanced into custody.
A few days later, Cleary had Zoe Zimmer come into the office to be interrogated. He complimented her on her low calorie popcorn advertisement video and proceeded to ask her about the incident at AvengerCon. He questioned her stating that the enhanced individual tried to kill her, in which Zimmer appeared confused and said that the enhanced saved her life. Disheartened that Zimmer was defending the individual, he instead suggested Zimmer had planned the incident in order to receive likes on social media and theorized that she had a friend or sister pretend to be the individual.
Deever then came into the room and asked further questions such as what ethnicity the individual was, and concluded that the enhanced was South Asian. Cleary told Deever to search every temple, community center and mosque, advising that she do so respectfully as the FBI had the mosques under surveillance.
Cleary is a no-nonsense agent with a demeaning attitude, who is very determined to put Peter Parker to justice under the belief he was the mastermind behind Mysterio's drone attacks. He talks down on the detainees in his custody that have a connection to Parker with a condescending attitude, such as when he made May Parker lose her dignity as a parent, shaming her for allowing Peter to put himself at risk while being Spider-Man.
In spite of his ignominious attitudes towards Parker, Cleary is shown to be very clever and smart in his interrogation tactics, demonstrating this when he was able to pressure Ned Leeds into confessing of his involvement with Spider-Man's vigilantism, revealing Ned's pride in being Spider-Man's primary assistant and confidant.
- Expert Interrogator: To be added
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- In the comics, Albert Cleary is a comptroller for Damage Control, Inc. and was of African-American descent.