COMICS: Alonso, Brevoort And Wacker Discuss AMAZING And SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN
Axel Alonso, Tom Brevoort and Stephen Wacker share their thoughts on the end of Amazing Spider-Man #700 and drop more hints as to what we should expect when Doctor Octopus takes over as The Superior Spider-Man next year.
"My initial reaction was less than positive," laughs Marvel's Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso when asked by Comic Book Resources how he felt when he learned of Dan Slott's plans for Amazing Spider-Man #700. "But that was before I heard exactly where Dan would be taking the story, the twists and turns and surprises. At that point, Dan had me on the hook. This story is risky. It was bound to be controversial, but it's going to be riveting for Spider-Man fans." Of course, it wasn't too long ago that another Peter Parker was killed off; the teenage version from the Ultimate Universe. However, Alonso was never concerned about any similarities between the two stories. "[The] story Dan is going to tell, and the story that [Ultimate Comics Spider-Man writer] Brian [Michael Bendis] told are very, very different. For starters, Otto Octavius is no Miles Morales!"
Editor Steve Wacker has also been vocal in his defence of this new direction for Spider-Man, and he told the site that just because Doctor Octopus has the body and memories of Peter Parker, it doesn't mean that we're going to see a sudden change in attitude. "We will see right away in "Superior Spider-Man" #1 that Doc's path is rife with moments where his more evil, ruthless nature is striving for control. Of course, at the same time he'll need to juggle the various relationships in Pete's life -- which means it's really the first time Dock Ock will have ever had to worry about other people. But while he might have Pete's memories, Doc ain't gonna be a nice guy. We see the results of that very early on." Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort meanwhile remains confident that this version of Spider-Man will one day be as fondly remembered as Ben Reilly now is. "20 years from now people will be saying, 'Isn't there some way we could bring back the Superior Spider-Man? I dug all those comics.'"
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