I’ll stop you right here, right now. If you haven’t read Amazing Spider-Man #700, and would be really upset if you learned what happened before you read it, just stop. We’ll be here for you when you get back.
Otherwise, if you don’t give a shit about spoilers, then by all means, continue.
Yes, those rumors you’ve heard are true. After the oddball storyline of the body-swapping Peter Parker and Doc Ock, Marvel has gone and done the unthinkable, they’ve killed Spider-Man. For realz this time, guys, not like when they killed him in the Ultimate line in order to introduce Miles Morales. And, well, I guess it’s unfair to say they’ve killed Spider-Man, they’ve killed Peter Parker. Spider-Man will continue his web-slinging days with Dr. Otto Octavius under the mask. And under the flesh and bone of Peter Parker, because yeah, he’s Peter now, too.
It’s a comic book, did you actually expect this to make sense?
Needless to say, this is the kind of attention grabbing, fan enraging story that is all abuzz throughout nerdom. The death of Peter Parker and the transition of Doc Ock into Spider-Man is all part of the re-branding from Amazing Spider-Man to the Superior Spider-Man, which will feature a darker tone. But remember, we’re talking about comics, give it a year, maybe even less than that and Parker will be back and things will return to the status quo.
It’s a pretty big gamble writer Dan Slott took for the milestone 700th issue, and I have to commend his bravery for coming up with something so insane and just running with it. He told USA Today,
This is Moriarty in the head of Sherlock. This is Prince John inside of Robin Hood. This is the greatest villain inside the body of the greatest hero and trying to do good. This is a guy who was a couple steps way from a bucket list, and now he’s got a whole new lease on life. That’s really going to change him.
And to CBR he explained how this big change allows Spider-Man to appear to the readers as an untrustworthy menace, which is how characters like J. Jonah Jameson always saw him,
He had to be a hero in his own eyes, and on some level Otto Octavius is facing that struggle not with Spider-Man’s world but with the readership. How do you get more Peter Parker than that? Now the readers think he’s a menace. That’s exciting. On a meta level, that is Spider-Man.
As comic book deaths go, this one’s a shocker, but again, as comic book deaths go, this isn’t permanent. What do you think of Doc Ock taking over for Spidey? How long before Peter returns?