COMICS: Axel Alonso Addresses AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Ending, Death Threats And More
Amazing Spider-Man #700 is sure to go down as one of the most controversial comics of all-time as Peter Parker die at the hands of Doctor Octopus (who is now in possession of Peter's memories and body). Talking to Newsarama recently, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso addressed all of the above and more. The full version can be found by clicking at the bottom of the page and you can read our exclusive interview with The Superior Spider-Man artist Ryan Stegman by clicking HERE.
Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso talks here about bringing Peter Parker's journey to an end in Amazing Spider-Man #700, the reaction from fans online (including the death threats aimed at writer Dan Slott), why fans should check out The Superior Spider-Man and more!
On His Initial Reaction To Learning Of Dan Slott's Plans For Amazing Spider-Man #700:
When a writer pitches a story that involves the death of a character, minor or major, my antenna immediately go up. Questions emerge: Why are you doing it? Where will the story take you? And in this case, because we had killed Ultimate Peter Parker only a couple of years back, there an extra-high burden of proof for me to be sold on the idea of taking Peter Parker off the playing field. When Dan laid out the architecture of the story that would result in the death of Peter Parker in Amazing Spider-Man #700, and what that would mean for Spider-Man in the future — both the new guy in the red and blue tights, and for the rest of the cast — I was sold. It was inevitable that this story would be controversial, but as the story unfolds, I have no doubt that fans will be running to stores to see what happens next.
On The Reaction From Fans Online:
With all due respect, I don't know if the Internet is really the ultimate indicator of what fans desire, want or need. You don’t predict your next president by only polling red states, know what I mean? Most of our most successful stories and initiatives have been met by Internet cynicism. Our job is to create buzz and excitement, and then deliver a quality story to back it up. The sales of Amazing Spider-Man #700 — a triple-sized issue that’s on track to sell more than 250,000 copies in print alone — speak volumes about the popularity of the character, the deep love people have for Peter Parker. We completely understand fans’ grief, rage, anger, angst and curiosity when you do something like this a day before Stan Lee's birthday. [Laughs.] How they stay tuned in months and years to come will be the ultimate test of whether or not this story was successful.
On The Lasting Implications Of The Death Of Peter Parker:
Hey, don’t forget that we did a little story called "One More Day" a few years ago that had a lasting effect on the Spider-Man universe. And remember how long Bucky wore Captain America’s red, white and blue tights? We seriously considered never bringing Steve Rogers back. Look, when people read Amazing Spider-Man #700 and see how the story unfolds — how Peter's memories embed themselves in the consciousness of the next guy to wear the tights — big questions will emerge. I'll leave it at that.
On The Death Threats Aimed At Amazing Spider-Man Writer Dan Slott:
This isn't the first time a creator has received a death threat here at Marvel, and we take all threats of physical violence — to a Marvel staffer or freelancer — very seriously. If you threaten one of us, even if it’s just as a joke, we will do a thorough investigation to determine who you are. Count on it. This announcement was met with perhaps a little more vitriol than others. Perhaps that speaks to the passion people have for this character.
On What He Would Say To Those Still Wary About The Superior Spider-Man:
I'd say, read Amazing Spider-Man #700 before you make up your mind. What transpires in the closing scene sets the stage for Spider-Man’s future. The big question will be, "Can the new Spider-Man live up the mantra, 'With great power there must also come great responsibility''?" There's a reason we're calling it Superior Spider-Man.
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