The Superior Spider-Man Seemingly Confirmed as Not Peter Parker

by Russ Burlingame

Earlier today, The Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott talked to the media about his upcoming series The Superior Spider-Man, and both he and the reporter danced around the question of whether Peter Parker was still Spider-Man or not--and still alive or not.

Now, in a formal statement from the publisher, it appears as though Marvel and Slott have confirmed that the hero at the heart of The Superior Spider-Man is, in fact, not Peter Parker...although he's apparently someone who has some experience superheroing.

"Peter Parker has spent a lifetime living up to the responsibilities his powers foisted upon him but his Amazing story finally ends dramatically in the historic Spider-Man #700," Marvel said. "NOW! the new Spider-Man has arrived and he is better in every single way. Smarter, stronger…Superior."

“This is still very much the world of Spider-Man. There may be a new Spider-Man here, doing things in a new and different way, but you’re going to see the Spider-cast reacting to this,” Slott. “You’re going to see how this Spider-Man will deal with our Spider-Man’s villains. How will he react to this Spider-Man’s supporting cast? That is clearly the world of this book. The world hasn’t changed, just the hero.”

“Spider-Man has learned a lot during his time as a super hero, making him not just amazing anymore, he’s more than that," said Axel Alonso, Editor In Chief, Marvel Entertainment. "Dan and Ryan have Spider-Man on a path that will challenge him in every way. Just because Spider-Man is Superior, it doesn’t mean things are even close to getting easier!”

More on this over the weekend, surely.

By Russ Burlingame

Russ Burlingame has been covering comics and pop culture since 1999. He has written for WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE, Comic Related, Newsarama, and more before settling in for the long haul at back in 2011.