A reporter stands outside Stark Tower, facing the camera with an unreadable expression on her face. She’s wearing a gray blazer over a crisp white shirt. Behind her, a mix of police and private guards push back reporters and civilians. She’s holding a microphone.
“Good morning everyone. I’m Justine D’angelo here with a breaking news update on the missing persons story you’ve all been following. The NYPD has just confirmed that the identity of the victim is indeed Peter Parker. It has been highly speculated that the abduction is related to his connection to Tony Stark, although nothing has been confirmed by SI or the police. As of this moment, no ransom demands have been made, although experts suspect that it is only a matter of time.
“Peter Parker, a sixteen-year-old high school student from Queens, experienced a wave of media attention a few months ago when his identity was leaked through a hack of the Stark Industries employee server. The leak exposed Peter’s high security clearance and assignment in SI’s employee databases as Tony Stark’s personal intern. Stark was suspiciously quick to defend him, demanding privacy and respect for the teenager. Rumors have circulated ever since about the exact nature of their relationship. The pair has been routinely photographed together and attracted massive online popularity for their joint Youtube channel, theironvlogs.
“Tony Stark has been uncharacteristically silent on the kidnapping. Pepper Potts, the CEO of Stark Industries and Tony Stark’s fiance, is expected to hold a press conference later today to address the media frenzy surrounding the story, but SI has stated firmly that Stark himself will not be present. SI’s press office also released an official statement directly following the NYPD’s announcement of Peter Parker’s identity as the kidnapping victim, but the concise document refused to confirm or deny that the teenager’s disappearance had anything to do with his work as an intern for SI or his close relationship with Tony Stark. It did, however, request that anyone with information on the disappearance please contact the NYPD immediately.
“Obviously, everyone here at WHiH World News is hoping for Peter Parker’s safe return. We would also like to send our support to Tony Stark and the rest of Peter’s loved ones in this difficult time. As for our dedicated viewers, we’ll keep you updated as this story progresses. Back to you in the studio, Marcus.”