COMICS: Dan Slott Talks In Detail About AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #698

In Amazing Spider-Man #698, it was revealed that Doctor Octopus has somehow switched minds with Peter Parker, leaving him trapped in the villain's dying body. Here, writer Dan Slott talks in detail about the big twist, the reaction from fans and much more!

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By Josh Wilding - 11/28/2012
Amazing Spider-Man #698 caused quite a stir with fans when it was revealed that Doctor Octopus has taken over the body of Peter Parker, leaving Spidey trapped in Octavius' dying form. Whether or not this means he will be January's Superior Spider-Man remains to be seen, but readers are anxiously awaiting the release of issues #699 and #700 to find out more. Talking to Newsarama recently, series writer Dan Slott has discussed everything from that big twist to the story being spoiled online before release, and much more besides. Below are a selection of highlights, but be sure to click on the link below to read the interview in full.


On Building Up To The Big Twist In Amazing Spider-Man #698:

I can now let you know: We have been playing the long game. Amazing Spider-Man #698 is the magic trick. #699 is when we flip over all the cards. What you are going to see is, boy have we played a very long game. It's not a stunt. It's not a gimmick. It's not something we threw together slapdash at the last minute for Marvel NOW!. This has been something long in the making. You will see that all of the puzzle pieces leading up to this story have started back as far as Amazing Spider-Man #600, and every time we've seen Doc Ock, we've gotten a little closer.


On The Initial Reaction From Fans:

I have said over and over again that after #700 comes out, I'm going into the bunker. I'm doing a signing for Midtown Comics for #700, but they have promised me bodyguards and a Popemobile. I've taken perverse pleasure in retweeting some of the more insane stuff, but to be honest, most of the stuff that's been coming in on my Twitter has been really positive. But it's kind of fun to take the most crazy-town-banana-pants stuff and put it up there. #698 is the end of the prelude, and the hero's been left in a very terrible predicament, with insurmountable odds. You know, I've never seen that happened in a cliffhanger before! I like all these people going, "Brain swap? Boo!" And you're like, "OK. The next time I see a bank heist in a comic, I'll be sure you attack that with equal vigor." Never seen that before.


On The Significance Of Doctor Octopus Having Peter Parker's Memories:

This guy can go right into Avengers Tower and punch in every single secret code. You always have that scene where someone's pretending to be something they're not, and then their friend goes, "That reminds me of our adventures in Budapest." The person goes, "Ah, yes, Budapest," and the other person turns around and goes — "We were never in Budapest!" Forget that. That's out the window. He has access to all of Peter Parker and Spider-Man's memories, so there will be none of that.


On Being Careful Not To Reveal The Secret Too Soon In Issue #698:

We actually hemmed and hawed over lines — how much were we going to tip our hands? At what point do we give it away? The original line for that page was, "Peter, come visit your aunt in the hospital," and when he was putting on the tie, he was going to go, "When is that woman not in the hospital?" Then you looked at it, and you went, "Wow, that's too harsh." We thought about it again — we thought about that story where they were going to get married, and he has feelings for Aunt May, so why not "That dear sweet woman." That hit it right. It's just weird enough that you kind of go, "Man, they're not getting Peter's voice right this issue," but not weird enough that all the alarm bells go off. That was kind of tricky.


On The Story Being Spoiled Before Release On The Internet:

It was frustrating. It's not about how much the book sells, because if anything, that's going to help move more copies. If you're looking at it from a greedy point of view, that's going to get the word out there faster on the Internet that, "Oh my god, this issue is important, you better go out and buy it." People complain, "Marvel's just going to put up a news story on the day." "Marvel's going to spoil it, so why can't we?" And we didn't! We worked so hard. I drove people at Marvel nuts, saying, "Let's really try to get this out there, and have people experience it on the page." And everybody at Marvel worked so hard at that. We did everything we could to have it be a surprise for the readers.


Source: Newsarama
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TheManWithBigEars - 11/28/2012, 5:27 AM
Damn... He's really fat... Lol... I know it's not relevant but took me by shock...
Anyway this arc has my attention... Feeling mixed about it but hey there will eventually b some kind of return 2 the status quo; the superhero genre is as predictable as a chronic masturbater...
AlSimmons - 11/28/2012, 5:46 AM
Oh shut up, ya dick. Your story sucks and you know it.
jasonicus - 11/28/2012, 6:01 AM
Dan Slott sucks. How could Marvel allow him to do this? Unreal. And what an arrogant asshole, too.
Xiim - 11/28/2012, 6:14 AM
I am definitely excited for this arc. It really does suck that the comic issue got spoiled though... I wish I had had the chance to read the issue first beforehand, the twist was good enough to still affect me but it took away from that issue's effectiveness as a whole to know how it ended.
rebellion - 11/28/2012, 6:16 AM
i don't care what he says to make himself feel better, his story is bad and he should feel bad.
capMO - 11/28/2012, 6:16 AM
I'll wait until 700 before I decide finally on this particular story, but in general, Dan slott is terrible. Different taste and what not, whatever, I dislike most of it and this story has so far only confirmed my opinion on Slott and his writing. As for issue 698, it was obvious from the beginning that this was not Peter Parker, how could you doubt it if you read just a couple of issues (pre Slott)? I dont see any sense of an original idea in the swap-minds s#¤%, but hey, I'll check out how it ends
BIGBMH - 11/28/2012, 6:31 AM
"When is that woman not in the hospital?" lol!
Shadowelfz - 11/28/2012, 6:35 AM
Dan Slott doesnt need a bunker he just needs a slap aside the head. I hate it when a great character gets a shitty writter and we get some lame mind-switching-like plot.

Spidey is Marvels best character. He deserves better than this shit.
Mrcool210 - 11/28/2012, 6:47 AM
so he knows fans will kill him over issue 700? gee i wonder if it will be a good story or not
birdfists - 11/28/2012, 8:31 AM
I'm a hge Spidey fan and obiously this won't be perminent, so I'd like to see a more unique story, that will last longer than 6 issues you know? haking up Spider-Man as a whole.
TheAcidSkull - 11/28/2012, 9:17 AM
it's funny how people complaine like idiots when they vane't even read the goddamn thing , shut the [frick] up! dan slott loves spider-man much more than some of you, so hope about letting him do his job...
nosnegrom - 11/28/2012, 9:26 AM
the only thing that really matters to me is if it ends on a happy symbolic note. cause in the end thats all that it is about is the symbol of spiderman
jimpinto24 - 11/28/2012, 9:57 AM
ASM #698 was a great read. I'm really excited about ASM #699 & #700.
blackster - 11/28/2012, 11:09 AM
[frick]ing stupidest twist ever.
Equivocal - 11/28/2012, 11:47 AM
OMFG !!!!

he's soooooo FAT like a turd !!!!

fúk dan slut !!!

he's been ruining spiderman since OMD, I'm glad I have not been buying his title but IRRITATES me the way he's been trashing spidey ever since....

spiderman's BIGGEST (as in fattest) enemy ?

Dan Slut !!!

;(


JorEllinator - 11/28/2012, 12:01 PM
I can't stand Slott, he's a (frick)ing hack! (Frick) his run, he is such a little moron

In the words of Grif:
shit writer
AmazingFantasy - 11/28/2012, 12:24 PM
This man can suck a large erect penis.
RSDhillon - 11/28/2012, 2:28 PM
What a bunch of babies in the comments.
I love Slott's Spider-Man.
Doesn't seem like much of a departure from any old Spidey comics.

Otto has Spidey's memories?
Classic!
specialkail - 11/28/2012, 8:02 PM
Hey. Thanks for putting the spoiler in the goddamn subheading you piece of shit. Go fuuck yourself. Goddamnit. Fuccking rank amateur asshole.
TheAcidSkull - 11/29/2012, 4:35 AM
[frick] you all! seriously i am tired of hearing all this whining, dan slott is not a hack, there are far greater hacks at marvel, so shut the hell up. the guy likes spider-man, much more than all of you, so maybe, just maybe, you should first read spider-man 700, and then goddamn complain.

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