Marvel’s Ultimates universe has had a good number of twists and turns since its inception in 2000, even after its apocalyptic Ultimatum storyline. But in any reality, alternate or not, when someone says “The Death of Spider-Man,” it grabs the attention of comic book fans.
“We called this story ‘Death of Spider-Man’ for a reason,” said Axel Alonso, Marvel editor in chief, in a statement. “This is a huge story that’ll have fans around the world talking for a long time as we set the stage for the debut of our new Spider-Man.”
Now, the Ultimates continuity is separate from the mainstream Marvel mythology so this doesn’t “count” in some ways. Still, in this contained reality, Marvel says Peter Parker will be taking off his Spidey threads for good after a traumatic event (let’s just say it involves The Punisher), and the familiar high school student (in this incarnation) will not be returning in the foreseeable future — and neither will the red-and-blue, homemade costume that dates back to the days of Ditko.
Spider-Man has a history of dramatic costume changes — from the black symbiote in Secret Wars (1984), to the ‘Iron Spider’ uniform (met with a mixed reaction), to his most recent “Fantastic Four” black-and-white ensemble — but all with some version of Peter Parker under the mask.
We’ll see what this means to the storyline in future issues, but what do you think of the new costume?
To read more, here’s a story from the Associated Press:
A new look and a new suit are in store for Ultimate Spider-Man, but the fate of Peter Parker — the awkward teenager who catches thieves like flies — is still a mystery.
Marvel Comics said Monday that Parker is taking off the Spidey costume for good as part of its “Death of Spider-Man” story in its Ultimate Comics imprint, but it has offered scant clues as to what ultimate fate may befall the high schooler who was bitten by a radioactive spider.
One thing is for certain: The iconic red-and-blue spider suit is history, replaced by a sleek, streamlined black outfit with a deep red spider on the chest and cobwebs on the shoulders and head.
Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said that while Parker’s fate is still uncertain — “Let’s just say that Peter acts like the hero he is, and pays a price for it,” he said — there will be someone new slinging webs across Manhattan this summer after the current story arc written by Brian Michael Bendis with Mark Millar wraps up in “Ultimate Spider-Man” No. 160.
As for who that person may be, Alonso won’t say. “We’re confident that once readers get to know the person who wears the new Spider-Man costume, they are going to fall in love,” he told the Associated Press. “This is a whole new voyage of self-discovery for the 21st century.”
Spider-Man fans need not worry because the Ultimate imprint is separate from Marvel’s bigger universe and whatever fate befalls Parker won’t count in the pages of the other series, including “Amazing Spider-Man.”
– Jevon Phillips
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