Get ready for some major changes to the Amazing Spider-Man.
For one thing, he won’t be Amazing anymore. As Marvel publishes the 700th issue of Amazing Spider-Man in December, that series will come to a close and be replaced with Superior Spider-Man in January. The move is part of Marvel’s new “Marvel NOW!” initiative.
And the series will feature a darker version of Spider-Man that may or may not have Peter Parker under the mask.
Writer Dan Slott tells USA Today that the term “friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man” won’t necessarily apply to this new take on the popular Marvel icon.
“I’ve always been the omniscient hand that’s been protecting Peter Parker and Spider-Man, and not letting anything too bad happen to him,” he adds. “And now I’ve become this cruel god. There’s something exciting about that, about going, ‘Mwah-ha-ha-ha-ha, here is what’s going to happen to you, Spider-Man!’ And it’s drastic and it’s big and it’s exciting and it’s never been done before.”
Slott says this storyline is being set up in the current comics and will play out in the final Amazing installment later this year.
In addition, Spidey will get a costume revamp, according to artist Ryan Stegman. The changes are being made to make Spidey look more intimidating Stegman says and will tie into personality changes in the hero.
“His belt looks a little different, and there’s points at the end of his glove that add a little aggressiveness to his costume,” Stegman says.