Oh my God! They killed Spidey! It's true. More than 10 years ago, writer Brian Michael Bendis brought Ultimate Spider-Man into the world, and today he's taken him out. According to Bendis, this isn't temporary, either. Is there a future for a Spider-Man without Peter Parker?
Before we talk about the future, though, let's talk about the here and now. With today's release of Ultimate Spider-Man #160, we see the end of the unironically titled Death of Spider-Man series. Here's what you need to know—the Green Goblin, having escaped from S.H.I.E.L.D., makes an attempt on Aunt May and Mary Jane's life, only to have Peter make the ultimate sacrifice. Says Bendis, "We had talked about what Spider-Man meant and what it could mean and what kind of new stories you could tell. If he died saving Aunt May like he couldn't save Uncle Ben, then you really had something."
What Bendis has done is something that you don't often see a writer accomplish in comics—tell a character's life story from start to finish. Bendis wasn't unemotional when the end came, either: "Listen, I sat there typing this thing with tears in my eyes like a big baby! 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."
This may be the end for Peter Parker, but it's not the end for Spider-Man. According to editor Axel Alonso, "There's going to be a brand-new Spider-Man in a brand-new costume". Who will be the new webbed crusader? We'll have to wait until August, when Ultimate Comics Fallout is released.
The big question is, would you read a Spider-Man story without Peter Parker?
(via The New York Post)