COMICS: Highlights And Artwork From The NYCC "Amazing Spider-Man and Beyond" Panel

Well, it definitely won't be Peter Parker behind the mask in Dan Slott's "Marvel NOW!" series, The Superior Spider-Man. As well as some intriguing hints about who WILL be the new Spidey, the panellists also offered updates on Alpha, Scarlet Spider, Venom and more!

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By Josh Wilding - 10/14/2012
In January 2013, the new "Marvel NOW!" series The Superior Spider-Man will see someone other than Peter Parker behind the iconic mask. Needless to say, this revelation has not been welcomed by fans, but those in attendance at the "Amazing Spider-Man and Beyond" panel were lucky enough to find out even more details about the new direction that Dan Slott and Marvel plan on taking Spidey in following the conclusion of the current series with this December's issue #700. Thanks to Comic Book Resources, we have the following highlights from the panel, and even more details and artwork on the titles below (as well as the likes of Captain Marvel and Hawkeye) can be found by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.


• The panel kicked off with Slott talking about "Amazing Spider Man" #696 cover, with Doc Ock knowing Spidey's identity. #700 is the final issue of the series, but Wacker said "we have plans for what comes after." Singh, meanwhile, said "you will be so pissed off."

• Wacker said that "a select few fans will have their letters answered by Stan [Lee]" in #700."

• "Superior Spider-Man" was next, which Singh said would "feature an all-new Spider-Man, and it ain't Peter Parker." He asked Slott, "Why do you hate Spider-Man?"

• After the banter, Slott said that Peter might still be in the book. "This is a much creepier Spider-Man than we've seen," Slott said, describing the book as "dark and weird." "Within two hours, the internet had turned that into 'grim and gritty.'"

• Slott compared the tone to Gwen Stacy's death and "Kraven's Last Hunt." Then, "You want Spider-Man and Mary Jane back together? They're back together! But he's not Peter Parker."

• "Venom" will be relocating to Philadelphia. "Assuming Flash Thompson survives 'Minimum Carnage,' Venom needs a change," Bunn said. "Philadelphia is where he thinks he can be the hero he needs to be."

• Wacker said that the change reflects the desire for the Marvel U to "expand beyond six blocks in New York City." On "Scarlet Spider," Wacker noted that his new life isn't working out so well, though, and at some point he'll "have to deal with the new Spider-Man in New York City."

• "Punisher: War Zone," a miniseries wrapping up Greg Rucka's run with the character, was next up. "It's a five-issue cat and mouse chase," Wacker said. "You will believe Frank could keep away from the likes of Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Widow," he said, noting Rucka had planned this out in detail. "There's a way you can stab someone in the neck that cuts off their vocal chords--and Greg knows this."

"We're not going to follow up 'Spider-Men' right now, but it was one of the best miniseries of the year," Wacker said.

• In response to a question about Flash Thompson discovering Spider-Man's identity, Wacker said, "There have been discussions, but the 'Superior Spider-Man' throws that out of whack."

• Asked whether the Superior Spider-Man is someone we've seen before, possibly a reformed villain, Slott said only, "Our first arc is called 'Hero or Menace.'"

• On the subject of Alpha, Slott noted that "Spider-Man's greatest tragedy was losing his Uncle Ben; Alpha's greatest tragedy is losing his powers." This, he suggested, would influence the character's evolution.

"'Avenging Spider-Man' is continuing," Wacker said, even with "Superior's" launch.

• One fan was hoping for Spidey to get together with Captain Marvel. "There's no plans for them to become romantic," Wacker said, "though Peter would love to date Carol Danvers, as anyone would." He said having them date would be too expected, and he sees them as friends that respect each other.

• Slott said he was not influenced by the Ultimate universe, which has also taken Peter Parker out of the Spider-Man suit. "I don't want what they're doing to affect what I do in my book," he said, even if that meant neither universe would feature Peter Parker.

• Lightning round questions revealed that Anti-Venom will appear again, and Dr. Strange's "One More Day" spell will "maybe" feature in plans coming up. "But one thing we're not doing is un-doing this or not," Slott said.

"The new Spider-Man is going to be clearly working in Spider-Man's world," Slott said when asked whether the new Spidey would have to "clean up" fallout from "Amazing's" final arc. Mister Negative, Overdrive, and Vulture will appear early in "Superior."

"The Superior Spider-Man has serious Spider-Man pedigree," Slott said when asked again if this is a character we've seen before.





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Name - 10/14/2012, 2:40 PM
Cant wait. I've thoroughly enjoyed Dan Slotts run.
marvel72 - 10/14/2012, 2:40 PM
love that daredevil/spider-man climbing up i believe stilt man image.
Spideyguy94 - 10/14/2012, 2:41 PM
Dan slott please leave spider-man. And marvel give the writing duties to remender or hickman
Spideyguy94 - 10/14/2012, 2:42 PM
Love that art though apart from the camel toe the suit looks great there
Shua - 10/14/2012, 2:49 PM
I'm a little more nervous than you @Name... I've liked his run also, but i hope they handle this well. I'm worried they might alienate some fans, but at the same time the change could bring new readers. I do not expect Peter to be out for long.
OdinsBeard - 10/14/2012, 2:51 PM
Why is everything red and black in marvel now?
Asterisk - 10/14/2012, 3:03 PM
You know what? Screw it. I'm excited.
rbfn04 - 10/14/2012, 3:04 PM
"creepy, dark, gritty" seems to be coming back to comics.
rebellion - 10/14/2012, 3:12 PM
not interested
toco89 - 10/14/2012, 3:13 PM
Neither universe will feature Peter Parker. What's the point then?

Spider-man has always been a lame superhero compared to others.

It's Peter Parker doing his best as Spider-Man, while balancing a life that I cared about.
rbfn04 - 10/14/2012, 3:14 PM
C'momn SteveRogersSon it's new! Change! Accept it!!!! It's awesome!!!! Creepy!!!! Dark!!!!! Like heroes like Spider-Man and Superman should be to be SO COOOOOOL!!!!!
CrimsonArk - 10/14/2012, 3:17 PM
@ Splenda
Because sometimes you have to alienate people to try something new.
Its called NOT playing it safe, going through with something that you know will piss a lot of people off is a lot more ballsy then giving into demands.
But I forgot, 90% of the people here (and probably 90% of comic book fans) are whiners who think THEY know better than the ones actually working on a given project.
CrimsonArk - 10/14/2012, 3:18 PM
At least give it a chance before you condemn it the depths of hell.
Think positive, be optimistic for once.
jimpinto24 - 10/14/2012, 3:19 PM
I will have to drop the Sipder-Man titles next January. Don't like the direction Dan Slott is taking the Spider-Man comics.
JordanKing - 10/14/2012, 3:29 PM
They obviously set out to change the status quo - for now - and it may not be that bad a thing. They need to be shaken up a little once in a while in order to keep it fresh. Besides, I always did think the red & black colour scheme looked better on Spidey.
ATrueHero1987 - 10/14/2012, 3:32 PM
Not excited about this but my subscription will end at #6 of Superior Spider-Man. So they have 6 issues to change my mind.
marckos - 10/14/2012, 3:48 PM
Rivera is fantastic, I love his draws
Space - 10/14/2012, 4:09 PM
well, I'm excited for Venom, Scarlet, and Superior.
Mrcool210 - 10/14/2012, 4:09 PM
they arn't getting rid of aplha? [frick] YOU
SAT - 10/14/2012, 4:10 PM
Uhhhhhhgh "Dark & Gritty" the new secret ingrediant for superheroes... I am so sick of BOTH Marvel & DC messing with either their character's stories, personalities,costumes (extreme costume changes, minors r ok) or putting someone new under the mask. I thought about getting subscriptions to some DC titles like Flash, Green Lantern, or Wonder woman, & some Marvel titles like Avengers, Spider-man, or Dardevil... Yeeeeeeeah no.
But hey I'll give it a chance.
Cosmic1 - 10/14/2012, 4:10 PM
When my subscription is done I'm done I read and collect TASM not Superior Spider-Man, comics in general haven't been that good since the late 80's early 90's, so this will just push me to focus on the 50 or so back issues I need to complete my TASM collection then I'm done. I'm gettin to old for comics anyway and am being put off by entertainment in general everything being dark, creapy, gritty weird or whatever, but I guess it's a reflection of how dark, creapy and gritty the world is these days. R.I.P. TASM.
FriendlyNeighborhoodSpidey - 10/14/2012, 4:23 PM
I don't like this. This just killed Spidey for me and now there will be no Spidey title that I like. He's my favorite super hero! Why Marvel? I mean really? Look, I wouldn't mind that much if they changed his suit, but changing who he is behind the mask is stupid. People like Spidey for Peter Parker.
RedandBlue - 10/14/2012, 4:29 PM
So wait, it says up there that Avenging Spider-Man will continue through Marvel NOW!, and even while Superior gets launched, so is Peter still Spider-Man there?

Hmm. :)
mctrinket - 10/14/2012, 4:37 PM
It's Harry Osbourne. The new Spider-Man.
SkywayTraffic - 10/14/2012, 4:41 PM
Guys. It says Peter won't be Spidey, NOT Peter won't be in the comic. Calm down.
TheTaskmaster - 10/14/2012, 4:49 PM
I'm very nervous about the changes but I am digging the new suit it looks awesome I always felt replacing the blue with black would look really cool.

Having said that, Peter not being Spidey is gonna have to have an AMAZING story for me to keep reading. I would be totally up for a Batman Beyond kind of thing where he is the mentor to the new Spidey.
DioFoRio - 10/14/2012, 5:02 PM
it's Betty Brant and her tits are lassoed down al'a that Karate Kid in "Boys Don't Cry"....you're welcome...sorry bout the spoilers
OrganizedChaos - 10/14/2012, 6:43 PM
The new Spiderman is probably one of the guys from the Shattered Dimensions
rbfn04 - 10/14/2012, 6:45 PM
It's Mephisto!
storyteller - 10/14/2012, 6:47 PM
You know a relationship being too expected isn't a bad thing. It may be all these "opposites attract" nonsense that's the problem.
SecretAvenger001 - 10/14/2012, 6:51 PM
okay so Peter Parker is going to be in the book, but not Spder-Man?!?!? I am so F'n confused, disappointed and pissed off i can't think straight. Not to mention Spider Man looks like he forcing himself on MJ. Oh and everyone is just going to team up or work with this new guy...well la de frickin da! Whoever came up with this idea should be punched in the balls until they can no longer contaminate the rest of the world with idiot spawn!
Sosa4693 - 10/14/2012, 6:59 PM
i'm worried about them killing off peter, but he'll be back when the amazing spider-man 2 comes out. they're probably gonna pull a bruce wayne kill off and then bring him back
dellamorte1872 - 10/14/2012, 7:10 PM
im guessing its JJJs son.weird but i could see it happening, SLOTT is very influened by the WHAT IF? series'
dellamorte1872 - 10/14/2012, 7:11 PM
EDDIE BROCK would be a clear choice BUT they say ANTIVENOM pops up so my guess is JJJ jr
RSDhillon - 10/14/2012, 7:13 PM
As long as they're not going for dark and gritty. Creepy Spidey sounds interesting. Maybe Parker steps up to stop it?
riddlemethis09 - 10/14/2012, 7:30 PM
Look at the new spider-man's feet... he has a large division in his toes. So, is this artistic interpretation or is the individual behind the mask a character who only has two large toes?
Any ideas?
superotherside - 10/14/2012, 7:32 PM
So basically we want to force a new Spider-man and not get rid of OMD because we like it weather the fans so or not so yeah, we hate you fans just shut up and go away and buy our books even though we aren't doing the stories you want.

Seriously, I guess I should wait till I read it but this is really getting annoying.
Franshu - 10/14/2012, 7:37 PM
Seriously?? What the hell does marvel have against Peter Parker?? For years he's been, along with the X-Men, their most profitable character, why do this kind of sh*t to him? It's like the 90's all over again. I mean, I have read what Slott has done with the character (haven't read any ASM issue since early in BND, realizing it was looking like an awful new status quo for my favorite character)yet I did read some pretty detailed synopsis on the matter... and, seriously: Jackal again, he seems to die twice then both times it turns out they're clones (Clone saga, anyone?), Kaine re-appears, then dies, then is immediately brought back to life (Clooone saga), Kraven (whose death in the "Kraven Last Hunt" story arc was probably one of the best spider-man stories ever conceieved) is brought back to life and turned into some over-the-top psycho zombie guy, and the list continues...
And all that's because, rather than coming up with new, interesting, original ideas, Slott prefers to choose this kinda "shock treatment" story: you bring some characters back to life, then everyone is pissed and massively buy the issue to see wtf is going on. He kills some character because of reason (you know, not as a story-driven need) , then everybody's pissed off again and buy the issue. Then turns eveyone into spider-man and the story goes into an increasing level of weirdness till the whole mumbo-jumbo ends p in a pretty predictabel way (fight and kill the huge Godzilla-like monster, and then everything is miraculously back to normal because some character like Anti-Venom conveniently appears and conveniently can turn people back into humans...) So, you think you can sell even more issues? Why not kill/change/replace the main character, again, because of reason?.
Just get somebody new. Someone who doesnt need to kill characters, or replace them, or change the whole status quo just to sell. Someone who has good ideas, who develops characters and makes that development interesting, who kills characters not to sell, but because the logic of the story requires it.
rbfn04 - 10/14/2012, 7:43 PM
@RSDhillon: "Slott said, describing the book as "dark and weird." "Within two hours, the internet had turned that into 'grim and gritty.'"

Sargerus - 10/14/2012, 7:46 PM
"The Superior Spider-Man has serious Spider-Man pedigree"

Okay, is Kaine, pretty much confirmed, either that or somehow they will bring back Ben Reilly
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