Marvel’s Senior Editor Steve Wacker spoke with CBR about the state of Marvel comics and some of the new things coming up for the company. In a chat about books such as Captain Marvel and Hawkeye, Wacker’s most interesting comments came when addressing the fate of Peter Parker in Amazing Spider-Man #700 and the new character taking up the mantle in Superior Spider-Man in January.
When asked how the story and perspective will change once Peter Parker is no longer the main character, Wacker said something that can be taken a couple of ways and will probably not sit well with Peter Parker fans:
Yeah. That’ll change dramatically just because of necessity of story. But I think for years to come the shadow of Peter Parker is going to be draped over the book. There’s nothing you can do about that. But new cast members will come in. Life goes on. Peter Parker fans will sort of fade away over the months and years, and you’ll have a bunch of people who only know the new cast. It’s probably similar to what happened with Ben Reilly back in the day. And fans seem to want him back.
This has been in the works for a few years now, and the plan always was to make this the last issue and make it a definitive end for the character. It’s been 50 years,a helluva good run. The 700th issue happening around the same time was just sort of serendipitous.
This type of thing has been done in comics before during the Silver Age when Julie Schwartz, Gardner Fox, John Broome and the guys at DC brought out new versions of classic characters like the Flash and Green Lantern. That’s the kind of worldbuilding scenario we’re playing with.
When asked if other Spider-Man character like the Scarlet Spider and Venom will cross paths with the new Superior Spider-Man, Wacker didn’t dismiss the possibility outright. However, he did say that Superior Spider-Man will be the status quo for the foreseeable future and not just a gimmick to sell books.
Not in the way that you’re describing, but it’s funny. In a way, you just hit on something that Dan and “Avenging Spider-Man” writer Chris Yost were talking about today. There’s some big stuff coming in 2013 with “Superior Spider-Man.” But I do think that what “Scarlet Spider” and “Venom” have shown is that we’re not afraid to make real, lasting change to the characters. Whether it’ll last forever? I don’t know. I don’t know what’s going to happen 20 years from now when Marvel Comics are being downloaded into your eyes. But I do know that as far as we’re concerned, this is the status quo. We have no plans to get away from this.
The editor goes on to say that the first time we’ll see Superior Spider-Man interacting with the Marvel Universe is at the end of Daredevil #21. The new hero will also see the character in Avengers and Journey into Myster as well as the upcoming Age of Ultron. It seems like Parker is out and Superior is in for the long haul. Many fans haven’t been too happy with the news, but with another issue of Amazing to go we’ll have to see how it goes. What do you think about the Parker fans “fading away” comment? Are you happy about the new status quo?
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