So, we are going to warn you right off the bat that there are spoilers in this article. If you have not yet read Amazing Spider-Man #700 and Avenging Spider-Man #15.1, you may want to avoid reading any further.
Starting next month we’re getting a new Spider-Man in the Marvel Universe. No, the man behind the mask is not Peter Parker. Well, not exactly that is. At the conclusion of “One Dying Wish” we end an era and begin a new chapter in Spider-Man’s story. This is quite possibly one of the riskiest stories that Marvel has done and is going to lead into something quite a bit darker and different than we’ve seen in the past when it comes to Spider-Man. Trust me, writer Dan Slott definitely has some of the biggest balls in comics right now. Just check hit Twitter feed out for all the hate he is getting over this.
There’s plenty of people already complaining about issue #700 without even reading it. Hell, I would even go as far to say that most of those people don’t even read comics and haven’t for years and just feel the need to constantly complain. Fans are always screaming for something different, even though most times fear it when they get it, and Marvel is giving you what you asked for. I’ve read the issue and as a life-long fan of Spider-Man can say it’s a “superior” end to the run (pun intended).
Marvel is shaking up the status quo with Marvel NOW! in order to generate new potential for storylines. Rather than giving us the hero that we’re going to root for, Slott is going to be giving us the anti-hero that we’re more so curious about and intrigued by. As the title above states, this is going to be a character that you are going to love to hate. But why would you read this story if it isn’t Peter Parker in the suit? Well, I am going to tell you why you should give this one a shot.
Do you honestly think that Slott and the people at Marvel do not have some form of outline as to where this story will go and lead to even more exciting storylines? I mean, this story has been builiding up for one hundred issues. Yes, it started all the way back in issue #600. And do you think that this won’t, and it most likely will, end with the triumphant return of Peter Parker? We need these kinds of risks to happen in order for stories, as well as the characters involved, to evolve and grow. If we don’t take these risks, we face the stagnant boring repetitive stories that we complain about all the time. Personally, I am excited to see where they take the Superior Spider-Man series. Especially being that I am going to get to see him deck Wolverine straight in the face.
So, comic readers while you may hate the character (and that’s kind of the point I think), I don’t get the feeling you’re going to hate where these comics take us. Instead of being the typical jaded comic reader who fears and hates change, make sure you pick up Amazing Spider-Man #700 and Avenging Spider-Man #15.1 this week. And then give Superior Spider-Man a shot before you write it off. While you may not admit it to your friends and the rest of the world, you may just end up becoming a fan of the series.