Web-slinging Peter Parker has faced no end of dangers throughout the years as Marvel's most beloved wall crawler, but he's not the only one who's facing peril these days. Dan Slott, current and longtime Spidey author, is dealing with some deadly danger all his own— and it's coming from the fans.
When Slott announced the current Spidey story, that Doc Ock had forcibly swapped bodies (and memories) with Peter Parker, he said publicly (and probably half-kidding) that he'd have to go into hiding for a while because the fans were going to kill him. Turns out he was more right than he knew.
In the last few days, Slott has taken to Twitter both responding to fans' thoughts on Amazing Spider-Man and on the recent tragedy in Connecticut. The results have not been pretty. Slott has received enough threats of violence and death that his Twitter profile presently reads:
Death threats and threats of violence are being reported. Insults and vulgarity are being blocked. Not criticism. Please be civil. Thank you.
It's hard to know at what point to take people yelling on the Internet seriously, but Slott has clearly had enough. He started by blocking and ignoring:
I'm blocking rudeness and vulgarity. Instantly. Not criticism. Feel free to be critical if you can keep it civil. Thank you.
Upon further thought, however, it seems that Slott feels that he needs to go further.
FYI. Death threats and threats of violence are being reported. Please use social media responsibly. Thank you.
Thanks. I know who you are. I have a screen cap. You live in the US. That's illegal and NOT covered under free speech. Expect legal action.
No. Not rattled at all. I'm middle aged and out of shape. I can't take someone in a fight. But I CAN sue them. Till it hurts. So worth it.
So whatever you may think of Slott's writing or his opinion on gun control, he's made it pretty clear that threatening his life is not a great option ... unless you'd like to be sued and face jail time, that is.
(via Bleeding Cool)