PowersMajor Spoilers: Ultimate Spider-Man #160 has made it clear the character that started the Ultimate Universe the Peter Parker Spider-man is dead. #160 of Ultimate Spider-Man is bringing an end to the 10 year run of the character. This will end the sold out “Death of Spider-Man” story arc, and it will set up an all new Spider-Man book. In a recent press release, Marvel Senior Editor, Mark Paniccia, had this to say:
10 years ago, Brian Bendis and Mark Millar changed the way people saw super heroes with the birth of the Ultimate Universe. With ‘Death of Spider-Man’ the two have done it again, creating a story just as big, and something that would really resonate with fans… But Peter’s death doesn’t signal the end of their larger plan—it’s the start of one of the most ambitious stories you’ve ever read in comics.
Marvel Editor-in Chief, Alex Alonso, explained that this may be the end of Peter Parker, and it will raise the stakes in the Ultimate Universe:
We’ve never seen a world without Spider-Man, a world without Peter Parker, so his death is a significant event for the Ultimate Comics Universe and we’re going to see how quickly it changes everything. Readers are in for something very new…and surprising because everything that happens in Ultimate Spider-Man #160 and Ultimate Comics Fallout sets the stage for even bigger stories.
Marvel will be releasing, in July, Ultimate Comics Fallout, which will take a look at what happens to the Ultimate Universe when Peter Parker isn’t around anymore. This will also debut the new Spider-Man in the Ultimate Universe and Marvel states that we’ll all be very surprised with who is under the mask. Ultimate Spider-Man has become quite the iconic character with readers and a major part of the Ultimate Universe.
Marvel fame really began with Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962 with the introduction of Spider-Man. Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby brought us Peter Parker, bit by a radioactive spider and turned into a superhero who has grown to be the most popular character in comics of the last 50 years with the closest revival Superman. He has become a world wide name. Every body in modern culture knows of Spider-Man and Peter Parker. When Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley re introduced this well known hero creating the Ultimate Universe of Marvel they followed the same formula that Stan lee and others followed back in the sixties to bring the character into the 21st century. They were successful Ultimate Spider-Man out sold Amazing Spider-Man of Marvel’s original universe on many occasions. It was the catalyst for the introductions of all the new versions heroes and villains in the Ultimate Universe.
Now Peter is dead and comic writers have been given the right to make major changes in the junior Marvel universe and create something quite different than Marvel readers have been used to in the past. Well Ultimate Comics Fallout in July will spell out those changes and bring us a non Peter Parker Spider-Man. I read what Bendis said about the sweeping changes and he is uneasy about how this will be received but he believes it is necessary to bring new ideas and fresh new stories into the comic world of Marvel, read here.
Peter Parker made Spider-Man who he was, a teenager with all the adolescent problems in growing up but still managing to be one of the most interesting heroes of all time. He was a person we could relate to with the thoughts of a regular guy just trying to get by and save the day while doing it. He was not from another planet or dimension. He was one of us and very popular in all age groups. I really don’t know how Marvel readers will accept this new hero in Spider-Man costume. Brian Michael Bendis seems to be the driving force behind this change in direction. He has done some very good stuff in the past so I have mixed feeling about this. So as we say good by to Peter Parker it is going to be hard to call someone else Spider-Man. Please let me know your thoughts on this change and will you even check it out when it comes to you local comic shop? Stay tuned comic faithful for more. 🙁 Walt