Back in January, it was announced that after ‘Superior Spider-Man’ wraps up with issue thirty-one, the real Peter Parker would be returning to the Marvel Universe in ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ #1 this spring as part of the All-New Marvel NOW event. Now, with that book’s release just around the corner, Spidey writer Dan Slott and senior editor Nick Lowe have just dropped another bombshell announcement regarding the friendly neighborhood web-slinger. In fact, it concerns every Spider-Man EVER!
During a special liveblog on Marvel.com, Slott and Lowe revealed some huge details about an upcoming storyline beginning in ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ #9. In November 2014, it looks like Spider-Men from every corner of the Marvel Universe (including Spider-Man 2099, Scarlet Spider, Iron Spider, Spider-Man 1602, and Peter Porker the Spectacular Spider-Ham) will be called together to take on Morlun, a villain created by J. Michael Straczynski and John Romita Jr. during their 2001 run who intends to exterminate every Spider-Man in the universe, in an event being called ‘Spidey-Verse’.
The writer started by sharing some broad details about the upcoming tale, which spawned out of Slott’s experience writing the ‘Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions’ video game:
“This is every Spider-Man ever teaming up, or fighting each other. Some won’t get along. It’s a Spider-Man story on a scale we have never seen before. Epic in its scope. The thing is, every Spider-Man ever wasn’t enough. We’re bringing in even more. New ones that you’ve never seen before.”
‘Avengers Vs. X-Men’ artist Olivier Coipel will join Slott as they bring “every Spider-Man from every universe together for the first time” in ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ and other titles that have yet to be revealed. And though the real story won’t actually begin until November, a special preview will be included as a back up to Marvel’s Free Comic Book Day offering in May.
Lowe then went into the magnitude of this massive story before praising the people bringing it all together:
“The scope of this event is so big, the word ‘epic’ just doesn’t do it justice. The story is just huge and heartbreaking and has necessitated spreadsheets to organize all the Spider-Men. Luckily we have a writer who has proven time and time again he can thread impossible story-needles [Slott] and the most versatile character artist in the business [Coipel].”
Throughout the announcement, the team emphasized that practically every hero with Spider in their name would be a part of this story. Characters you probably haven’t even thought about in terms of Spidey comics will be popping up like Mangaverse Spider-Man, MC2 Spider-Girl, and of course Miles Morales, who remembers meeting 616 Peter Parker in Brian Michael Bendis’ ‘Spider-Men’ series.
Finally, in a tease for the FCBD story, brand new Spidey editor Lowe, who has taken the place of Marvel Animation-bound Steve Wacker, shared the following:
“There has been a prophecy that every spider shall die. There is a spider-character in there that will give you a taste of Spider-Verse.”
Along with all these juicy details, the team also unveiled exclusive preview art from the story, including the banner above by Gabriele Dell’Otto and a few unlettered pages. You can check out the pages from the FCBD story and a promotional poster for the event below:
What do you think about ‘Spider-Verse’? Are there any Spider-Men in particular that you’re excited to see? How do you think Dan Slott, Olivier Coipel, and the whole Spider-Office will handle a story as large as this one? Share your thoughts in the comment section.