With Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse be a theatrical success and Spider-Man 2 The game is slated for release on the PlayStation 5 in October and Spiders is on everyone’s mind. Prior to the film’s release, Marvel made efforts to push certain Spider-Man variants, e.g Pavitr Prabhakar (Spider-Man India) and Hobie Brown (Spider-Punk). But there is a Spider that doesn’t appear in this film but surprisingly returns to the comics after a few years of retirement.
After a little teaser in June, Marvel Comics confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con that a new edition of Superior Spider-Man was in progress. The character’s original co-creator Dan Slott is expected to return to write the book Ultimate Spider-Man Artist Mark Bagley was on hand for the art and continued the partnership of the two Spiderman run. This new run is preceded by a one-shot in October featuring a villain from Spidey’s Superior days. The emergence of this currently unnamed villain, out to cause trouble for both Peter Parker and Otto Octavius, prompts the return of Superior.
If you don’t remember Superior was one of the most controversial parts of Slott’s long tenure as a Spider-Man writer. In early 2013, Slott had Doctor Octopus swap bodies with Peter Parker to avoid dying of cancer. While successful with the trade, Ock took inspiration from Peter’s dying wish and strived to become a better, more superior version of the Wallcrawler. Featuring Ryan Stegman, Humberto Ramos and Giuseppe Camuncoli as artists, Superior lasted until autumn 2014 (a few months later). Amazing Spider-Man 2 came out) and saw Otto Spidey take some moves that resulted in him losing his Avengers membership and putting New York in jeopardy, prompting Peter’s return. A second run by Christos Gage and Mike Hawthorne appeared in 2018, this time with Otto in a brand new clone body instead of Peter’s, and this was completed in 2019 so Otto could be a villain again.
Superior Spidey’s reappearance follows the recent arrival of spider boy (a kid named Bailey Briggs), who will also have his own solo comic. Whether this all paves the way for her eventual role in an upcoming movie (or video game) or a major Spider Comic event in 2024, it’s likely things won’t end there.
Superior Spider-Man Returns #1 Releases on October 11, followed by Superior Spider-Man #1 on 15.11.
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