Non-shocker: Peter Parker meets Miles Morales in SPIDER-MEN

Okay so everyone who figured out that that SPIDER-MEN project Marvel was teasing was a 616/Ultimate crossover—you are correct. Of course, Marvel wasn’t exactly making it hard to figure out. Marvel has been teasing a bigger crossover between the regular line of comics and the Ultimate line and this seems like a good way to kick it off.

The story, by Bendis and Pichelli, kicks off in June.

This June, it’s time for Peter Parker, better known as the Amazing Spider-Man, to cross worlds and meet Miles Morales…the all-new Spider-Man? Marvel is proud to announce Spider-Men, an all-new five issue landmark story from award-winning author Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers VS. X-Men, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man), red-hot artist Sara Pichelli (Ultimate Comics Spider-Man) and acclaimed cover artist Jim Cheung (Avengers VS. X-Men), which brings Peter Parker and Miles Morales together for the first time. That’s right, the Spider-Man from two different realities—the Marvel Universe and Ultimate Comics Universe—bring their worlds together for a battle no one web-head could win!
When Spider-Man tracks down one of his deadliest villains, he suddenly finds himself thrust into another world where Peter Parker is dead…and there’s a new Spider-Man in town. As these two heroes learn the truth about their identities and their universes, they’ll embark on a journey that’ll leave them forever changed—and reveal a startling truth about a key player in the Spider-Man mythos!
“This year is the 50th anniversary of Spider-Man and we’re so happy that the stars aligned for us to tell a Spider-Man story that nobody has ever seen before,” said Bendis. “It’s an honor and a privilege to present both this story and these characters to fans on such an auspicious occasion. The work Sara has done on Spider-Men is a step above the already high standard that she has set for herself on our Ultimate Comics Spider-Man series. For me, this is a celebration of the best character in mainstream comics and some of the best art mainstream comics has to offer.”

Each issue of Spider-Men features variants covers by some of the biggest names in comics including Humberto Ramos  (Amazing Spider-Man), Mike Deodato (New Avengers), Marcos Martin (Amazing Spider-Man), Terry Dodson (Avenging Spider-Man), Travis Charest (Captain America) and Sara Pichelli.
“Knowing how much Brian loves and respects Spider-Man, there’s no way I wouldn’t want to work on Spider-Men with him,” said Sara Pichelli. “It’s going to be an explosive celebration of Spider-Man’s 50th anniversary—are you ready?”
In 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15, the world first met Peter Parker and saw him become the hero Spider-Man in the Marvel Universe. Soon after, Spider-Man became a pop culture sensation, launching multiple television series, blockbuster films and some of the most popular comics of all time. Then in 2011, Marvel introduced Miles Morales, a new character of African American and Hispanic descent, who became Spider-Man in the Ultimate Comics Universe after that world’s Peter Parker perished.
“This is one of the biggest stories in Marvel history,” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “Peter Parker and Miles Morales are two of our most popular characters and fans have been clamoring for them to meet—we’ve got quite a few surprises in store for both characters. This is only the beginning of how we’re celebrating Spider-Man’s spectacular 50thAnniversary.”


  1. ComicBeatFollower says

    A correct ComicBeat, it should be Parker and not “Peter Marker”.

  2. jacob lyon goddard says

    Did Quesada say that if there was ever a comic like this it means that Marvel’s editors and writers have completely run out of ideas?

    Must have been a few years ago, has he said anything to retract it between then and now?

  3. says

    Jacob —

    I found this in a CBR article on the Ultimate Marvel panel at the 2005 Comic Con:

    “Joe Quesada was asked if the Ultimate Universe and the Main Marvel Universe would ever cross over and he replied no. Quesada said he’d rather close down one universe than have them cross over because it meant they were officially out of ideas.”

    So at least there were seven whole years before the flip-flop.

  4. Adam says

    Bendis’ Ultimate Spider-Man work is, in my view, the best stuff he’s working on at the moment. I don’t think this will be terrible. I just wish Dan Slott was involved, if only for the sake of the pacing of the thing.

  5. jacob lyon goddard says

    So it took Martin Goodman’s company 73 years to completely run out of ideas.

    That’s actually pretty good, all things considered.

  6. Scratchie says

    Found in Marvel Offices:


    [ x ] BONE SPURS
    [ x ] IRON ARMOR
    [ x ] UNMASKS

    “Um, guys?”

  7. Adam says

    This is ridiculous. I was hoping that the obviousness of the teasers meant that this was some clever misdirection, but I’m guessing that would have needed some good ideas to pull off. The house has ran out of all it’s ideas. It’s official. Fanboys can defend it all they like, but this just muddies the waters of both Dan Slott’s awesomely Amazing Spider-Man, and the supposedly separated universe that is the Ultimate universe. If I wanted to read Ultimate Spider-Man, I would be doing so. This just reeks of Marvel trying to cross pollinate in the hopes that some people that are not reading one/either of the titles will be inclined to check it out. I guess that kind of gimmick is to be expected from the publisher that brought you Civil War (heroes vs heroes oh noes!!), Secret Invasion (heroes vs skrulls impersonating heroes ohhh noooeees!!) and Avengers vs X-Men (more heroes vs heroes ohh here we go again). I guess that’s what you get when you’re supposedly the house that Stan Lee built, that guy is such a giant living gimmick, it’s ridiculous. I’m glad Image comics are having such a stellar year or I’d be really worried about the state of the industry right now.

  8. Glenn Simpson says

    @Adam –

    “If I wanted to read Ultimate Spider-Man, I would be doing so.”

    Um, you don’t have to buy this if you don’t want to.

  9. Adam says

    @Glenn Simpson –

    I hate when people use that argument whenever someone has an issue with an upcoming comic series. With things like “Before Watchmen” it might make sense to say that as it has no impact on the original Watchmen. You don’t “need” to read it to understand the original. But this ties into one of my favourite series, and by the sounds of it, might impact on it quite heavily.

    If this whole thing has no impact on the ASM universe and I can carry on reading that like nothing ever happened, then yeah fair enough, I take back everything I just said. But then why does it say this in the press release:

    “As these two heroes learn the truth about their identities and their universes, they’ll embark on a journey that’ll leave them forever changed—and reveal a startling truth about a key player in the Spider-Man mythos!”

    So it sounds like if I don’t get these issues and something big happens, my whole collected run on ASM won’t make as much sense as it would if it contained these issues.

    I get that things like that happen a lot in comics and some people might be either used to it or totally cool with it, but I only started reading ASM again once they did Brand New Day and condensed it from 3 spider-series down to 1. That’s why I love things like the comic series that are put out by Image Comics. To get the whole story, you just keep buying the comic that’s 1 higher on the issue number than the last issue you read. You know where you’re at.

    In short, I’d love to be able to do as you suggested and just not buy it, and still know exactly where I’m at with ASM. I just don’t trust that I’ll be able to do that. Not with a publisher that puts money over story like with either of the big 2.

  10. Peter Urkowitz says

    If any of the variant covers are homages to “Flash of Two Worlds” or other DC Earth 1 / Earth 2 crossovers of the Sixties, I would be very tempted to buy it.

    I can understand what some of you are saying about this being a failure of imagination. But I’m still somewhat charmed by the notion of Marvel emulating my favorite period of DC history.

  11. Robert says


    And you are a jackass. You seem to be unfamiliar that people can like something and find it original, and this is one of them. I think the Quite honestly, I find the moment that they had to have Peter Parker make a deal with the devil to reset the universe to be the moment. That is THE epitome of unoriginal and inanity. The idea that Peter can only work if he is single and a loser is lazy.

    Peter meeting Miles is a good idea because of what it could entail to the character. The knowledge that he died in his teens, that someone was inspired enough by him to take up what he stood for. Even if he isn’t prepared for it and everyone who knew Peter hates him for it. These are huge ideas that could change everything about the character and maybe undo the damage done by Joe Quesada, who is the king of un-originality, with OMD.

    Plus, the fucking crossover isn’t out yet, ya jackass. Why don’t you actually wait to read it in a comic book store to pass judgment and don’t tell me “I wish I could do that” because that’s just stupid. People who complain about something they haven’t read are just fooling themselves into thinking they know what they are talking about.

  12. Adam says


    Apologies, but I’d just like to point out a few issues I have with your last comment. Firstly:

    “And you are a jackass.”

    Why the hostility towards me? I really don’t understand your need to make this personal and start name-calling.


    “You seem to be unfamiliar that people can like something and find it original, and this is one of them.”

    This sentence doesn’t read that well, but if you’re saying what I think you are saying then this is also exactly what you’re doing when hating on OMD.
    Some people might love that storyline, I agree though I actually thought OMD was pretty weak. If you’re attacking it as a counter-point to what I was saying, I think you misunderstand me because I actually got back into Spider-Man during Brand New Day. If you’re not attacking it because of my last comment then I have no idea why you’re bringing up OMD. Either way it makes you seem like you are “unfamiliar that people can like something and find it original”.


    “Peter meeting Miles is a good idea because of what it could entail to the character.”

    “Plus, the fucking crossover isn’t out yet, ya jackass. Why don’t you actually wait to read it in a comic book store to pass judgment”

    Again with the personal attacks here calling me a jackass. But other than that I really don’t get the logic of attacking me for passing judgement about this comic being a bad idea, when earlier in the very same post you pass judgement that it will be great. Why are you allowed to have your opinion about it but I’m not?

    I know, it’s because “I’m a jackass” isn’t it?

  13. Joe says

    They really need to get rid of Miles for Ultimate Spidey and bring back Peter

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