Well, you didn’t have to have a degree in forensics to figure out that a storyline called “The Death Of Spider-Man” might involve….the death of Spider-Man. Hoping to jump on the same rampaging death-wagon that led to huge sales for the deaths of Johnny Storm and Captain America, Marvel allowed MASSSSSSSIIIIVVVVVVE spoilers in THREE mainstream media stories that broke this morning for TOMORROW’s issue of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #160: The Associated Press, USA Today, and the the NY Post, which had a story title so incendiary we’re putting it in spoiler text!
***Peter Parker being killed off in Ultimate Spider-Man comics***
While the art sent out with the press release was wallowing in bathos like an episode of Wife Swap, just in case you have had it spelled out in big crimson letters for you, we’re putting the rest of this post in a jump!
All three stories contained various Marvel personnel talking about how hard it was to say…goodbye, and reminding us that in the nu-styled Ultimate universe…death means DEATH and not an endless series of returns from Reichenbach Falls.
“Listen, I sat there typing this thing with tears in my eyes like a big baby!” Bendis says. “I went upstairs to my wife, and I go, ‘I am so embarrassed. I think I’ve literally been crying for 45 minutes.’ I’ve had real things happen in my life I didn’t cry about, and yet I’m crying about this.
“I became very proud of it, and that’s not an adjective I often put on myself.”
As for the Green Goblin, his fate is seemingly held in the final panel of the issue — or is it? “I am completely leaving that up to interpretation,” Bendis says. “There’s a lot of finality to the issue, so I’m going to leave that one open.”
“Ten years ago, Brian Bendis and Mark Millar changed the way people saw super heroes with the birth of the Ultimate Universe. With ‘Death of Spider-Man’ the two have done it again, creating a story just as big, and something that would really resonate with fans,” said Mark Paniccia, Marvel senior editor. “But Peter’s death doesn’t signal the end of their larger plan — it’s the start of one of the most ambitious stories you’ve ever read in comics.”
But there is a new hope:
Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said the death paves the way for a new character to claim Peter’s arachnid alter-ego this fall.
“There’s going to be a brand new Spider-Man” in a brand new costume, Alonso said, while refusing to reveal the identity of the new wall-crawler. He’ll make his debut in “Ultimate Comics Fallout” in August before taking over “Ultimate Spider-Man” in September. “We’re certain readers wil fall in love with him the way they did with Peter,” Alonso said.
The NY Post even RAN THE ACTUAL PAGE with the death.
Since 2000, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN has presented a younger, less-continuity baggaged Peter Parker; the work of Brian Bendis and Mark Bagley over the years invigorated the title and made it a best seller. More than a decade later, the new title is another middle-aged book with three-digit numbering and needs a shake-up of its own.
PR and SPOILER IMAGES below:
PETER PARKER HAS SPUN HIS LAST WEB. In the storyline that has garnered the attention of fans and media worldwide, Marvel revealed that Peter Parker meets his tragic end in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160, hitting stores tomorrow (Wednesday, June 22nd). Concluding the critically-acclaimed, sold-out “Death of Spider-Man” story arc, the death of Peter Parker signals a major change for the Ultimate Comics Universe and sets the stage for the upcoming debut of an all-new Spider-Man.
“10 years ago, Brian Bendis and Mark Millar changed the way people saw super heroes with the birth of the Ultimate Universe. With ‘Death of Spider-Man’ the two have done it again, creating a story just as big, and something that would really resonate with fans.” said Mark Paniccia, Marvel Senior Editor. “But Peter’s death doesn’t signal the end of their larger plan—it’s the start of one of the most ambitious stories you’ve ever read in comics.”
Ultimate Spider-Man #1 debuted in 2000 and is widely considered one of the most important comics of the century. The progenitor of the Ultimate Comics Universe, in which Marvel’s greatest characters and stories were reinterpreted for modern audiences, Ultimate Spider-Man set records for trade paperback sales and its version of Spider-Man remains one of the most popular of all-time.
“We’ve never seen a world without Spider-Man, a world without Peter Parker, so his death is a significant event for the Ultimate Comics Universe and we’re going to see how quickly it changes everything. Readers are in for something very new…and surprising because everything that happens in Ultimate Spider-Man #160 and Ultimate Comics Fallout sets the stage for even bigger stories,” explained Axel Alonso, Marvel Entertainment Editor In Chief.
The story continues in July’s Ultimate Comics Fallout, picking up right after the death of Spider-Man and showing just what happens to the world without Peter Parker. New alliances! New enemies! Fans can’t afford to miss the dynamic debut of the new Spider-Man in the pages of Ultimate Comics Fallout—and you won’t believe who’s under the mask!
The future of the Ultimate Comics Universe begins with the death of Peter Parker this Wednesday, June 22nd, in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.