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Dan Slott brings Peter Parker back to life beginning this April!

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Good things come to those who wait. Amazing things come to those who wait for Peter Parker.

Marvel's original friendly neighborhood Spider-Man comes back to life in the All-New Marvel NOW! re-launch of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN this April. Doctor Otto Octavius has been the proud owner of Peter Parker's body and life for the better part of a year now, but soon, he will learn that even superiority proves no match against the amazing original.

But how will Peter return? And what will his world look like when he's back in tights, swinging from skyscrapers and saving the day? We spoke with writer Dan Slott for those answers and more!

Amazing Spider-Man #1 cover by Humberto Ramos

Marvel.com: Dan! Peter Parker's back! How do we feel about this?

Dan Slott: I'm feeling horrible! I wanted to keep him dead and in the ground! [Laughs] Okay, that's terrible. I shouldn't say that.

How do I feel? I feel relieved. I've been doing a heel turn for a year. I've been gleefully shouting, "Peter Parker is dead!" When I knew full well that he was coming back. Of course he's coming back. Did you really think we'd kill Peter Parker for good? Come on! He's the greatest super hero of all time. He's my drop-dead favorite character in all of fiction. Of course I'm not killing Peter Parker. Of course there was a trap door. Of course there was a way back. Of course there was a plan.

Marvel.com: How far back does the plan go? Did you already know how you'd bring Peter back before you took him off the table?

Dan Slott: This was part of the pitch of SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN. Walking people through it, I told them, "And then we reach this point where people begin wondering, 'How are they going to bring him back?'" That was part of the appeal, part of the fun of the mystery, everyone wondering, "How are they going to do this?" The other part of the appeal is, "What is Doc Ock doing to Spidey's world? What's going to be left? What's that world going to be like when Peter Parker comes back?"

Marvel.com: What can you say about how Peter's "comeback" plays out, and where it leaves Doc Ock?

Dan Slott: Peter still has a hero's quest in him. He's coming back, but this is not going to be easy. Great power and great responsibility always comes at a great cost.

As for Doc Ock, that's one of the biggest questions of SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN. What happens to Doc Ock? Now that you know Peter Parker's coming back, what is going to happen to Otto Octavius? That's a very big question. That should be weighing on your mind.

Amazing Spider-Man #1 cover by Marcos Martin

I think we're going to surprise a lot of people with how Peter's going to come back, what's going to happen to Ock, and what kind of world Peter Parker finds when he [returns]. What is going to happen? There are so many plates in the air, and so many characters [that] have relationships with Spider-Man that have changed. So many aspects of Spider-Man's world, and Peter Parker's world, have completely changed.

On top of that, Peter will have to deal with something else [when he returns]. You always have to throw the left hook. It can't just be what everyone expects it's going to be, or where there's the fun in that? There's always one more thing on top, one more twist, one more bump in the road you did not see coming.

Marvel.com: Poor Peter. That guy never catches a break!

Dan Slott: Oh, I think that if you were as good as dead, and somehow you came back from that? That would the biggest break you could possibly catch. [Laughs] Not catching the break would be if he was still underground. That would be the ultimate "Parker luck."

Marvel.com: Before Peter steals the spotlight back, let's take another look at SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN. As the book nears its final act, how do you feel about how the Doc Ock Spidey experiment worked as a whole?

Dan Slott: I've been in this industry since 1990, but this was really my first time launching a flagship title from day one with a fantastic team. That was exciting. We kind of knew going in that this was a weird book. It's very disorienting. I'm really grateful for everybody's support of the book—the fan support, editorial support, everybody—because it's a weird book that easily could have crashed and burned. Everybody could have been like, "Doc Ock as Spider-Man? No!" And just walked away.

This book was always constructed as a story with a beginning, middle and end. About a third of the way in was when we purged Peter Parker. Halfway in is when Spider-Man has a whole new look and he's doing everything the Doc Ock way. Everything was mapped out and every day we went at it at full-force. It was exciting, but we knew, walking in, it's a very weird premise.

Amazing Spider-Man #1 cover by Jerome Opena

One of the great things we got out of SUPERIOR is that something happens in every issue. When you look at it, almost every issue or arc had some massive status-quo change for Spider-Man and his world. "You just destroyed Horizon Lab? Spider-Man just took over the Raft? What?" Everywhere you looked around, something happened. Working on the series, we knew from day one that we were jamming our foot on the accelerator and we weren't lifting up. We're firmly on the gas, just going as fast as possible. That's the feel we wanted for this book. It was fun to see readers going, "Why is something big happening all of the time?" That was part of the energy of this book.

And then there's all of the brilliant art from Ryan Stegman, Humberto Ramos and Giuseppe Camuncoli. There was a nice feeling of, "Yeah, we're going full-tilt, and look how pretty it is. The foot's on the accelerator, there's no brakes, but man, what a gorgeous sports car."

Marvel.com: The fan reaction has been loud on both sides of the fence. Some people love Doc Ock as Spidey. Others, not so much. What has it been like for you, reading the reactions, knowing that Peter's return was on the horizon?

Dan Slott: It's been tough in that there are so many times you want to drop the mask and yell, "He's coming back, don't worry! You will see him again!" It's been hardest at conventions and signings, when I get the question from little kids. You just have to have a heart of ice. "Sometimes, bad things happen to good people." It's so hard not to say, "He'll be fine in a year from now! He will be okay! Stay strong!"

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #657

Amazing Spider-Man (1999 ) #657
I remember when Jonathan Hickman killed the Human Torch. I was turning in scripts for AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, and my take was the same as the jaded comic book fan: "Oh yeah, he's really gone. Johnny's not coming back. Yeah right." Tom Brevoort took me aside and said, "You can't play it that way. You have to be true to Jonathan's story. You have to play this like the Human Torch is dead." I think that gave us one of our best issues, when we had the wake for Human Torch during "Big Time." Everyone's sitting around the coffee table late at night at the Baxter Building, reminiscing about their favorite Spidey-Torch stories. And it got me thinking: "Yeah, that's the way you have to do it. You have to play it straight."

The fan reaction has been brilliant. It's been so polarized and, most of all, passionate. That's great. If Peter Parker, Spider-Man and Doc Ock make you feel this passionate, even if it's pulling your hair out? That's a wonderful thing. It means you care.

Marvel.com: What are you most looking forward to about writing Peter Parker again? What have you missed about him?

Dan Slott: I've missed the humor. There's humor in SUPERIOR, but it's flipped. It's at the expense of Doc Ock and just how arrogant he is. I've missed Peter Parker, the wise-cracking smart aleck. I can't wait to get back to that, and to have him come back.

Throughout SUPERIOR, Doc Ock believes he's a hero. When he takes out someone like Massacre, who has killed a dozen people, [Doc Ock] believes he's doing the world a favor. He thinks he's saving so many future innocent people, the people under his protection, the people who need a hero. You don't blink when you see a scene like that in PUNISHER or WOLVERINE, but that's not the guy we see on kids' lunch-boxes and on pajamas. That's not the guy floating down Sixth Avenue at the Thanksgiving Day Parade. That's not our guy. He doesn't kill. But that's great. If a book that's been around for 60 years has you surprised, and is still breaking your expectations? You want your comics to do that. Those are the ones you remember.

Now, when Peter comes back, it's time to be amazing again. It's time to remind everyone just how wonderful it is to have the Amazing Spider-Man, and what an incredible hero you have when you have your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

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Marvel.com: In SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN, the title character kills his enemies, not just subduing them. That's not Peter's style. With Peter returning for AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, what can you say about the book's tone? Can we expect something a little lighter than SUPERIOR?

Dan Slott: I think the new AMAZING SPIDER-MAN—this is probably the last thing I should say. There are some words in comics that are verboten. One of the most dreaded words when you're promoting a comic is "fun." You're not supposed to say this book is going to be "fun," or "all-ages"—that's another dirty word. But when you think about it? “Star Wars” was all-ages. Some of the greatest movies of all time are all-ages. And Spider-Man should be for everyone.

It's weird for me, how many fans of SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN are little kids—and they get it. Kids are so much smarter than they're given credit for. So many of the kids understood that this is "the bad Spider-Man." For a while, you're cheering for Wile E. Coyote. And they got it.

This is one of my favorite stories from when AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700 came out: There was this boy named Max, who wasn't old enough to read yet, but he loved Spider-Man. So he and his dad would read Spider-Man together. His dad would put Max on his lap, and they would read together. So they're reading through #700, and they get to the page where Peter is clearly dead, and the dad lost it. He freaked out. "How could they do that? How can they end Spider-Man like that? They can't kill him!" And Max pulls on his dad's sleeve, and says, "It's okay, dad. Spider-Man's going to be fine." He got it!

This is an icon, a character that is woven into our culture. There are certain fictional characters that transcend, and will be around forever: Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Mickey Mouse, Spider-Man. Every generation gets Peter Parker as Spider-Man. It's a contract that has been written to the people of planet Earth, ever since 1961. You will always get Peter Parker Spider-Man.

Follow the latest twists and turns in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN and then prepare for the return of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN this April!

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41 comments
xnamora
xnamora

Oh no. Dan used the dreaded phrase: Heroes' Quest. That usually means he has been talking to the execs at DC. They always bring up Joseph Campbell when they have run out of ideas. They are paid so much they get addicted to the money and when they run out of original ideas .....reboot! 


They bring up Joseph Campbells' name. A hero must grow. "You haven't read him? Go away...we are smarter than you." Translation: "Shutup. We have run out of original ideas so since we don't want to loose our job, we can not admit this. Obviously no one else can have an original idea either. The hero must have spiritual growth or die.....REBOOT!!!" Don't listen to them Dan!


Don't we have a limit on how many reboots can occur a decade? No? We should.


However, I'm glad Pete is coming back. Poor sod has to explain all this crap to The Mighty Avengers and Nova etc..first though. But, it was Doc Ock...

evilmike218
evilmike218

I love this story line, Been reading Spiderman since I started reading as a kid.  He is my favorite piece of fiction.  He is one of the super heroes I most look up too.  When I started reading Superior I was so amazed that marvel could have killed off Peter.  Now I always knew they would some how bring him back, so I went for the ride with Doc Ock, at the helm.  Each issue has been so addicting, trying to see what was Ock going to do next.  I loved every moment of this story so far and can't wait to see what you have planned for the finale.  I love you guys at marvel.  I hope you know you bring so much joy into our lives. 

spideyfan169
spideyfan169

when will we will be able preorder the amazing spiderman

TEDMX68
TEDMX68

PS It gets better COMIC-CON comes to St. Louis that weekend also .

Reaty
Reaty

FINALLY!!! I'm really happy! Superior was... interesting, all these twists and turns of the plot, and all, but I really can not enjoy the story, if I do not sympathize with the hero, and Otto is not the type to which I can sympathize. He's funny sometimes, but I do not like him. And I LOVE Peter! So ... Hooray! I'm sure it will not be easy for him when he comes back, but when anything was easy for Peter Parker? I believe he will cope with it with all his awesomeness as usual. And I hope the story of his return will be great! Please Marvel! He deserves it!

spiderman66199
spiderman66199

celebrate good times come on lets celebrate

wave doc ock good bye come on lets celebrate


Webhead0013
Webhead0013

Finally, our beloved web-swinging wonder return EXCELSIOR!!!! 

TEDMX68
TEDMX68

APRIL is my birthday ,so Peter Parker's back and Winter soldier is being released 2 days earlier .. Thanks Marvel. 

Blu_Spider0472
Blu_Spider0472

YES FINALLY PETER PARKER IS COMING BACK WOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KidAvenger
KidAvenger

Welcoem Home Peter Marvel's Not Just The Same Without You.

lawliet1206
lawliet1206

YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

FINALLY, PETER IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MaceTowani84
MaceTowani84

Humberto Ramos : Worst.  Cover.  Ever.

Booster101
Booster101

What kills me is all the people who whine and cry about what happened to spidey are the same people who will whine and cry about how bad the story is when peTer parker retrns also. The pEople who complain about Superior spider-man are typically:

A. People who want the same recycled spider-man stories with no creativity, just wanting everYthing to stay the same.

B. people who have never read it

C. PeOple whO were so closed-minded to the idea Of a uNique story that they just gave up and diDnt read it.

I could understand more if the story had been terrible, but its been the opposite. Its been greaT! It has been well planned by Slott for a long time Now. Its been well written, the art has been top notch, just an all around gReat story to read. If you havent checked it out yet, you are missing out big time. Don't let your fear of change, your stubborness, and your closed mindedness keep you from reading this nice story.

4Score
4Score

About time.  I dropped my 25+ year sub when this Doc Ock storyline came out.  What a joke.

warhavok
warhavok

finally I have been wanting to jump onto current 616 spiderman for awhile now but superior spider-man wasn't my thing . Nonetheless it should be interesting to see how peter moves on after getting his body back and how his friendships and relationships with people have shifted. 

ryanreh
ryanreh

At first when peter parker died i thought i would not read anymore spiderman comics. but superior spider man is just awesome. i started to like doctor otto. please dont turn him evil again or kill him


Superior_Shogaan
Superior_Shogaan

YES! Peter's back! I have followed every Spider-Man writer since I turned 5 (My dad collects alot of books) and Mr. Slott, you are a really crafty writer. From Spider-Island to Big Time and Issue #700 (Which made my dad proceed to then rage and rant for approximately 2 hours). Then, you started Superior Spider-Man. Otto's take on everything is so... anti-Parker. Yet its enticing to see how the characters react to a changed Peter. That's why I decided to start collecting the series (Although Otto's vocabulary just has you scratching your head like "What are you.. WHAT?"). Then, three days ago I received an e-mail of a friend and it was a leaked photo of the new Amazing Spider-Man cover. As soon as I saw it, I couldn't help but break down. Then I just read this, and I cried some more :'D.... Mr. Slott, thanks for bringing back Peter. And I don't really care how much hell he endures, heck, I would just love to see this guy back. Also by the way, here's hoping for Round 2 of a battle for brain supremacy. Well, actually I wouldn't know who I would want to win, but, it would be thrilling to see a good 1-3 issues worth of a battle. 


- Joshua

SuperiorPunisher
SuperiorPunisher

Parker's coming back eh? How will he undo ock's "damage", and how will Ock spread more?

I would love to see Doctor Octopus as an anti-Hero. Maybe a short series of atonement for killing Parker and forgiveness will lead to an eventual team-up!

What will happen to the Sinister Six? And the Superior Six? So many questions yet to be anwsered... I guess i need to go an' buy em' all for them to be anwsered :D

Oh, and Slott! Please hear my plea.. The Superior Six needs to return! Somehow, some way, make them. Sandman could defintely be a hero once more, and my theory how he will become good again is so Marvel, it's like Marvel came up with it themselves.

So Sandman was brainwashed into being bad again, a long time by the Wizard. So how about this; SpOck's brain-controlling unlocked William/Flint's former self, the braIn part that was locked by Wizard became active again, and William becomes good. Maybe a "FUN" idea for an "ALL-AGES" new series?

That's all for now, i would love to see some reactions. Farewell for now!!!

SP

AlphaMex10
AlphaMex10

Where do you get off Mr. Slott? First and foremost, I always knew that Pete would be back.  That being said, the masterful techniques of you and your team left me fuming at the end of #700.  Then you go and make the abomination of an amalgam that is Superior Spider-Man.  THEN you have the gall to make the series gripping and entertaining.  And now, all nonchalant like, you decide to return Marvels quintessential hero from the grave?! You my friend are uncouth. Good day Sir.

SolderSoldier2099
SolderSoldier2099

I... No. This is a mistake. For decades, Peter Parker has been the punching bag of the writers. The phrase "Parker's Luck" is the most abhorrent, sadistic and pathetic excuse of the writers (sadly, yourself included, Mr. Slott) to keep Parker in a living nightmare, Letting him Desperately reach for the liGht before yanking him back with a chuckle and some half-assed pathos. I'm all for tragedy, but what happened to Parker was disgusting. the most mercIfully miraculous moMent of "Amazing Spider-Man #700" was that Peter DID finallY escape from Hell, A Hero's death if ever there was one.

...and now, you want to BRING HIM BACK?!! I'm sorry, bUt... No. Leave Peter in the ground. Let him rest in peace. if you must bring him back, give him his own plane of the Marvel Multiverse, And give him the fresh start that he more than deserves. Peter Parker has suffered enough.

FailPrime
FailPrime

@D._Slott  I gotta say, I'm kinda sad to see Superior end. I cried at  the end of 700 straight up broke down when I read those last pages, and a month later I picked up "Superior #1" and have stuck with it, I always had a feeling there would be a way to bring Parker back, and I'm excited to read Goblin Nation. Keep up the awesome story-telling! I can't wait to see what you have in store for us! 

Cr0wmag
Cr0wmag

I can't believe people got so upset with the "death" of parker (I actually used air quotes). I personally love Superior. It's like Spidey's version of the Dark Knight. It's a story, take it for what it is and enjoy the ride. The same old Parker stories got stale. I would love to see Ock become an anti-hero (my prediction). Keep the curve balls coming. If that's really Dan commenting below (I assume it might be because you use paragraphs properly) never ever read the comments :)  unless it's praise. Keep up the good work.

haudley
haudley

What's with the artwork on the "new" Amazing Spider-Man #1? He's got flat feet, and his head is going in the wrong direction. Also, he looks like a zombie.

fenrysk
fenrysk

Thanks Dan, I was always an on-and-off comics reader, but when Spider-Island hit, that's when I really started reading Spider-Man regularly. With Superior, I think I might have only missed a 2-3 issues, and it's been a pretty fun ride. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how everything resolves. Much love to the art team too!

Zaxlon
Zaxlon

Translation: "Well you see the way my bank account is set up is that I've got a checking account and a savings account..." Whatever Slott! Pushing people's feelings around like that for over a year, you should feel ashamed!

xnamora
xnamora

@evilmike218  It was a good ride. Spider Island. Superior. But now alas let the poor hero have a year off...light duty and parties please. Of course he must explain to MJ how she has been violated. Yuck. Ock germs!

xnamora
xnamora

@TEDMX68  Good month for you. And the Marvel Universe. Happy Birthday True Believer, KOF and QNSer.

j.spear
j.spear

@Booster101I've never liked Spider-man but Superior Spider-man is probably one of the best books I'm reading right now!

D._Slott
D._Slott

@Zaxlon "Pushing people's feelings around like that for over a year, you should feel ashamed!"

What? That's like telling the guy who's designing a roller coaster that they should "feel ashamed" for putting twists, turns & drops on the tracks.

"You're going to upset people! Make that roller coaster all flat track, gosh darn it!"

Having people get invested and having their feelings go all over the place-- because of the fates of fictional characters-- is what storytellers are SUPPOSED to do. That's the whole point.

And trust me, if this were "all about the money" there are a LOT of jobs I could be doing for a LOT more bank. Heck, I could've stayed in advertising. ;-)

Look, I'm doing this because I LOVE comics-- and I LOVE writing Spider-Man comics more than anything. 

So if this comic got you that bent out of shape that you'd be this rude about it, I'm far from upset. I'm honored! THANK YOU! :-)

fenrysk
fenrysk

@Zaxlon  oh because every other comic writer who gets their titles published doesn't do that on a monthly basis? it's the nature of the medium, regardless of character history and legacy.

4Score
4Score

@jjerry76@4Score

Read the first couple, since the cancellation didn't kick in immediate.  Nauseating, really, and after the big build-up about his "death".  Got to where Pete was still "alive" in his psyche.


Marvel has become a big corporate entity that's all about the bucks and not much about telling good stories.  Derivative in the extreme.


Excelsior.



albundyrocks
albundyrocks

@D._Slott @Zaxlon   I had enjoyed your work on ASM but after SSM #9 you lost me, the concept was decent but the way you sold it was just damn annoying. I kept up with the story when new issues came out but flipping through them at the store looking for signs of something worth my money, didn't happen. Now that Peter is coming back I hope you put more effort into the story rather than clinging to a concept that more plot holes then Superman Returns. I'd like to say that I'll be buying the new ASM as soon as it comes out but after SSM I am going to flip through it first to see if your back to making quality comics. Also, please don't keep Ock's mind in Peters so whenever you or some other writer wants to they can just say he took over again, it was bad enough once.



Zaxlon
Zaxlon

@D._Slott @Zaxlon Sorry if I came across as rude, not my intention. I guess you can't see my smiling face and hear my joking tone from over the internet, but the truth is I say this all in good humor and relief that Peter is finally back. Yes, I was one of the Superior Foes of Spider-Man, but I bought every issue, read every story. I know you love comics, why else would you be writing them? Oh, and that whole bank account thing is a Kevin Hart joke, youtube it. So again, no disrespect Mr. Slott, any fan of Spidey is a friend of mine.


PS: Hope to meet you in person this summer! I'm going for that internship! ;)

D._Slott
D._Slott

@albundyrocks

A quick search on Twitter shows that, yes, you have still been sending me messages. They're just not anything I've bothered to read since blocking you. If you do want to send tweets directly to me with the block off-- a good place to start would be to stop insulting the person you're leaving messages for.