But the changes aren’t only on the surface. The costume will have a new wearer this summer, Marvel said yesterday.
The change is part of the “Death of Spider-Man” story currently unfolding in the Ultimate Spider-Man series. Marvel Comics announced the change yesterday but is keeping mum on whether or not Peter Parker will continue as Spider-Man or what his ultimate fate will be.
Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said that while Parker’s fate is still uncertain — “Let’s just say that Peter acts like the hero he is, and pays a price for it,” he said — there will be someone new slinging webs across Manhattan this summer after the current story arc written by Brian Michael Bendis with Mark Millar wraps up in “Ultimate Spider-Man” No. 160.
As for who that person may be, Alonso won’t say.
“We’re confident that once readers get to know the person who wears the new Spider-Man, they are going to fall in love,” he told The Associated Press. “This is a whole new voyage of self-discovery for the 21st century.”
Spider-Man fans need not worry because the Ultimate imprint is separate from Marvel’s bigger universe and whatever fate befalls Parker won’t count in the pages of the other series, including Amazing Spider-Man.
Fans are already unhappy with the change. One fan posted on Facebook, “How creative! Killing off the most beloved character (Peter Parker) in comic book history. Wow! Nobody has ever thought of going down a similar path with Green Lantern, Superman, The Flash, Iron Man, Robin, Ms. Marvel, Spider-Woman, etc., etc., etc.”