Marvel’s Solicitations for March/April have unveiled that the Amazing Spider-Man will be returning to the comic books with Peter Parker in his own mind again with The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (701) in the All New Marvel NOW! series. This is exciting for a few reasons, first off, it will please a lot of annoyed fans. LOTS of annoyed fans.
If you haven’t been following comics for the past 12 months or just consciously chose to black it out, you may not be aware that the current Spider-Man in the comic books, is not in fact Peter Parker (technically). Yes, it is as confusing as it sounds. Last year, in the Amazing Spider-Man 700, Doctor Octopus is able to switch minds with Peter Parker/Spider-Man, unknowingly to anyone else. Ock’s body is too frail to live and he passes away. The Peter-Ock body decides to carry on the Spider-Man mantle for good and become the Superior Spider-Man (current title), trying to outdo Peter Parker in every way imaginable. At first this is a great idea, but has slowly lead to a destructive path where Otto is bound to be discovered at any second, due to detective skills and the rise of the Goblin Nation below the streets.
Spider-Man has been removed as an Avenger as well, due to his erratic and malevolent nature, also polarizing his friends to enemies. This has occurred in his super hero life just as much as his personal life, as he now owns a technology company and is dating a little person. If I’ve lost you at this point, don’t worry, it is all about to be rectified this coming year. As I’ve noticed, most comic series rarely go above 35 issues in their series before it is canceled, and Superior Spider-Man seems to not be exempt from that rule. We’ll see around 32 or so books before the series is canceled and we get Peter back.
Secondly, the Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters this May. If the casual film goer likes the Amazing Spider-Man film, but is unable to find a copy of Amazing Spider-Man books on the shelves, why would they consider reading the comics? It has already become too convoluted at this point with nearly 5 versions of the character running around at once. You can find the Superior Spider-Man, Scarlet Spider, Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Girl (Anya Corazon), and Ultimate Spider-Man, which leads me to our big revelation.
Lastly, and probably the most subtle of wins, is that if Peter Parker is returning as the Amazing Spider-Man in his own series, then the Ultimate Marvel universe will not be sending Miles Morales over to replace Peter Parker, thus not needing the Ultimate Universe to end at all. This news comes along with Cataclysm #3 – The Ultimates Last Stand hitting shelves and showing Miles cross into the Mainstream Marvel Universe. Within the issue, Miles enters the universe with an evil Reed Richards and returns back to the Ultimate Universe within the same pages, this comes as no coincidence I’m sure. Speculation has been running high that Miles Morales would be THE definitive Spider-Man due to his popularity, but Marvel played their cards close to their chest and shut down that theory in one fell swoop today. Go Ultimate Universe, go!
Are you ready for The Amazing Spider-Man to return to the comics, or do you prefer the more Superior Spider-Man as it is?