Ultimate Spider-Man: Death and Aftermath
The last few of issues of Ultimate Spider-Man have all been a part of the very ominously named story arc The Death of Spider-Man. Just from the title, you can probably guess what happens in it. But this did raise some questions: Why would Marvel kill off one of it’s most popular characters? Does this mean Ultimate Spider-Man will end? These questions, of course, were easily answered: “Kill him off to get more people reading like what DC did with Death of Superman” and “Of course it won’t end, they’ll just make up some new guy with spider powers and away we go.”
Well, in a spoilerific and guess-verifying press release, Marvel said that the Death of Spider-Man is not the death of the Spider-Man name, just the death of Peter Parker.
“We called this story Death of Spider-Man for a reason,” Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said in the aforementioned press release, “This is a huge story that’ll have fans around the world talking for a long time as we set the stage for the debut of our new Spider-Man.” Showing a nice amount of restraint, they did not say who the new Spider-Man is going to be.
Personally, I think it could be Miguel O’Hara, the Ultimate version of Spider-Man 2099. I mean, the costume is kinda similar. Hey, it’s possible.
Earlier this week, a bunch of Marvel people held a press conference call (not sure if it was actually with CBR) to reveal Ultimate Comics: Ultimates, which will take place after the events of Death of Spider-Man. It is also the jumping off point for “Ultimate Comics Universe Reborn.” This new banner is a another reboot or something for the Ultimate Universe, and more series will be announced as time goes on. The confirmed members for the new Ultimates team are Nick Fury, Thor, Spider-Woman, Hulk and “other heroes to be named.” You might notice that Captain America is not part of that team. The first story arc in Ultimate Comics: Ultimates will be called The Republic is Burning.
Also coming out of Parker’s death is the miniseries Ultimate Fallout. According to Mark Paniccia, editor of Marvel Comics and Tokyopop, and Jonathan Hickman, a writer and artist for Marvel, Fallout will serve as a bridge between Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man and “Ultimate Comics Universe Reborn.” It will focus on the characters’ reactions to the death of Peter and how they cope with it. I am guessing there is gonna be some sex and maybe Jessica Drew will reveal who she really is (hopefully after hooking up with Johnny Storm. That’d be funny).
Ultimate Comics: Ultimates issue 1 ships this August and Ultimate Fallout issue 1 ships this July.