Spidey teams with Deadpool and faces the second Super Hero Civil War!

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe and the web-slinger is now back on the silver screen once again in Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War”! In celebration of his memorable history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story…

While Peter Parker showed a disgruntled Johnny Storm around the new home of Parker Industries—the Baxter Building—the Zodiac ramped up their evil plans in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3. Spider-Man saved Aunt May from War Goblins in Africa in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4, and later teamed with S.H.I.E.L.D. to take down the Zodiac in London in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #5, not realizing its leader, Scorpio, stood as a major stockholder in Parker’s company.

Spider-Man/Deadpool (2016) #1

Spider-Man/Deadpool (2016) #1

  • Published: January 06, 2016
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: July 04, 2016
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Joe Kelly
  • Cover Artist: Ed Mcguinness
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Spidey and Deadpool confronted a fake Dormammu together in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #1, but the Merc with a Mouth took a contract to kill Peter Parker, believing him to be evil in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #2. To complicate things, after a mission to Bolivia against the Cult of Entropy in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #3, Deadpool decided to kill Spidey first, then his “boss.”

A corrupted Cloak and Dagger’s new boss, Mister Negative, released a new drug onto the streets of Shanghai in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #6. After faking corruption by Negative in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7, Parker began to search for an antidote to the drug, and in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8 set a trap for his foe to defeat him and release Cloak and Dagger from his control. Meanwhile, the Zodiac had infiltrated Parker Industries with a mole.

The Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #7

The Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #7

  • Published: February 03, 2016
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: August 08, 2016
  • Writer: Dan Slott
  • Cover Artist: Alex Ross
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Spidey and Nick Fury tracked Scorpio from orbit in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9, but the wallcrawler wound up attacked by the villain upon returning to Earth. Scorpio threatened to ruin Parker Industries in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10, but our hero managed to temporarily beat him by sending him one year into the future in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #11. On the sidelines, Otto Octavius’ consciousness took more control of Peter Parker’s robotic helpmate, the Living Brain.

Spidey double-dated with Deadpool in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #4, mixed it up with Mysterio in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #5, and suffered through the production of “Deadpool: The Movie” in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #6. The wallcrawler found his hands full, though, when he met a future-seeing Inhuman named Ulysses in CIVIL WAR II #1, and witnessed the death of Bruce Banner from an arrow shot by Hawkeye in CIVIL WAR II #3.

Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man (2016) #1

Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man (2016) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

In CIVIL WAR II: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1, Spidey offered Ulysses a kind of internship at Parker Industries, but the young man predicted a former-crook-now-employee of the company would attack the hero soon. As if to fulfill Ulysses’ vision, Clayton Cole donned the armor of Clash in CIVIL WAR II: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 to fight the Robot Master in CIVIL WAR II: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3, and ultimately turn to the dark side in CIVIL WAR II: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4 when Spidey asked him to step back from trying to be a hero.

The webslinger battled the Ghost with Iron Man in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12, while a would-be-champion named Regent rose up and began to steal powers from super heroes in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13, beginning with Miles Morales, the other Spider-Man. The rest of the Avengers fell into Regent’s clutches in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14 until Mary Jane Watson suited up as the Iron Spider to help Spidey dethrone the bad guy once and for all in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15.

The Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #15

The Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #15

What is Marvel Unlimited?

After reminiscing over an early team-up in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #7, the unlikely duo tracked down Patient Zero in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #8 and scrapped with a girl mutated with their own DNA called Itsy Bitsy in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #9. The girl turned on Patient Zero, her creator, in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #10, and ran off to become a crimefighter all on her own.

Peter Parker learned of a company known as New U and their rejuvenation technology in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16, while a new female Electro killed Parker Industries associate Hobie Brown in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17. Otto Octavius moved his mind into an octobot after the destruction of the Living Brain in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #18, and Aunt May’s husband Jay Jameson died in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #19.

The Clone Conspiracy (2016) #1

The Clone Conspiracy (2016) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Spider-Man broke in to New U to investigate their suspicious set-up in DEAD NO MORE: CLONE CONSPIRACY #1, only to be confronted with a clone of Gwen Stacy and be assaulted by Octavius in a new, healthy body. The whys and the wherefores of his return stood revealed in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #20.

Read More

Artist Travel Foreman provides his take on the wallcrawler heading into the milestone event!

The original Civil War will forever be an event that lives on in infamy for Spider-Man, who revealed his secret identity as Peter Parker only to regret his decision and switch sides, endangering those he loved and necessitating drastic action.

Now the webslinger stands at the precipice of a new conflict, his part of which will be chronicled in CIVIL WAR II: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, a limited series kicking off on June 8 written by Christos Gage with art by Travel Foreman. We spoke with Foreman to get a sense of Spidey’s part in Civil War II and acquire fresh insight on bringing one of Marvel’s greatest heroes to life.

Marvel.com: Spider-Man played a huge role in the original Civil War—how does his part in the sequel compare?

Travel Foreman: Spider-Man’s interest in mentoring Ulysses, who is the focus of the conflict of the second Civil War, puts him directly at the heart of the conflict in this series.

Marvel.com: What’s your approach to drawing Spider-Man in action?

Travel Foreman: I’m very much trying to figure out my approach to the character. So many people have left an indelible stamp on the character that it’s hard to do something that hasn’t already been done. It’s daunting but I hope people like what I’ve done, I think it’s very a unique take but extremely familiar at the same time. 

Marvel.com: What’s your take on the Vulturions, some old school villains making their comeback here?

Travel Foreman: Spider-Man has the line that they “upgraded their equipment” but are still sticking with their old Vulturions moniker. I kind of viewed them as criminal versions of metropolitan base jumpers; I kind of wish I had pushed their designs more in that direction. Plus they have some of the best names in Marvel Comics history: Gripes, Honcho, Pigeon, and Sugarface.

Marvel.com: How has your collaboration with Christos Gage been?

Travel Foreman: Dan Slott is in my house saying he’ll stab me if I speak too highly of Christos Gage. I don’t like Dan when he gets angry!

Marvel.com: What other characters are you getting to draw into the story?

Travel Foreman: It’s funny, I’ve worked primarily on peripheral books with lower tier characters my entire time in comics and this book has a cavalcade of stars: Johnny Storm, Harry Osborn, [and] the Inhumans [all] cameo.

Marvel.com: What can you tease from the first issue to get fans excited?

Travel Foreman: I’m not completely positive, but I think this is the first book that gives a tour through the Parker Industries complex. I tried to put some Easter eggs related to that famous [Jack] Kirby cut-away of the Baxter Building.

CIVIL WAR II: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 by Christos Gage and Travel Foreman places Peter Parker at the center of the action on June 8!

Read More

Christos Gage and Travel Foreman put Peter Parker back in the hot seat for a new hero-against-hero conflict!

Although it sounds like a great idea to be possessed of the power to predict the future, Ulysses discovers the challenge it poses when he finds himself the center of attention in the Marvel Universe. And if one character knows all-too-well the challenge of being placed in the heart of a super-powered civil war, it’s Peter Parker, best known as the Amazing Spider-Man!

In advance of its release on June 11, we sat down and talked with the team behind CIVIL WAR II: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, Christos Gage and Travel Foreman, to get their thoughts about the pending battle and where we can expect Spider-Man’s allegiances to fall this time around.

Marvel.com: In the original CIVIL WAR limited series and event from 2006, Spider-Man played a pivotal role in how the plot played out. Why do you think each side was so invested in securing his support?

Christos Gage: I think even other super heroes view Spider-Man as the “everyman.” If you’ve got him on your side, you’ve probably got an argument that’s sympathetic to the average American.

Travel Foreman: In regards to Captain America and Iron Man, Spider-Man is the combination of soldier and scientist so it’s easy to see why either side would be able to relate to him and want him on their side of the argument.

Marvel.com: In the current Marvel Universe, Peter finds himself at the head of Parker Industries, an entirely new place for him than where he was at the onset of the first super hero civil war. What challenges does this new role create for him, given the far-reaching impact of his decisions? After all, he now has more people whom he’ll directly affect than just Mary Jane and Aunt May. 

Christos Gage: Good question; that’s a crucial part of our story. Pete has more power, and a lot more responsibility. When you’re in that position, is knowing the future a blessing or a curse?

Travel Foreman: The thing Christos touches on in the first issue is the idea that now Peter has the ability to affect people’s lives on a massive scale via Parker Industries, as opposed to saving individuals or small groups via “super-heroing.” That’s taken a step further when the notion that Peter could have a window into what could help people the most in the future.

Marvel.com: We’re also going to be seeing a lot of a mysterious new character: Ulysses, someone who discovers his “Inhumanity” with an uncanny ability to predict the future. How do Ulysses and Spider-Man connect?

Christos Gage: Two ways. One, Spider-Man’s pal, the Human Torch is now with the Inhumans, so Spidey has an “in.” And the reason he uses it is that he’s learned harsh lessons from the previous civil war about jumping in without thinking through all the facets of the situation. Before he decides what to do, Spider-Man wants to know all he can about this Ulysses person, so he arranges for some one-on-one time.

Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #1 cover by Khary Randolph

Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #1 cover by Khary Randolph

Travel Foreman: And as the story goes on, Peter begins to see a bit of himself in Ulysses, which makes him more invested in Ulysses’ fate.

Marvel.com: In addition to newer characters like Ulysses, who can we expect from Spider-Man’s past to show up? Any fan favorite friends or foes?

Christos Gage: We’ll see the personnel of Parker Industries New York, which includes Harry Osborn, Clayton Cole, and the aforementioned Human Torch. There’ll also be a villain showing up from the original [Stan] Lee/[Steve] Ditko run who I won’t name yet, and you’ll also see some bad guys that may not be fan favorites, but are personal favorites of mine: the Vulturions, from WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #1 in the mid 80’s!

Marvel.com: Whoa. That’s a deep cut!

Travel Foreman: I’m a big fan of Johnny Storm and Peter Parker interacting in any way, so to get a morsel of that in the book was great.

Marvel.com: Travel, along those lines, what characters in particular were you anxious to get your hands on and design that we will see in this series?

Travel Foreman: For me, Johnny Storm is like that person in high school that you develop a crush on years later. It struck me recently how many Fantastic Four fan drawings I’ve done over the years. So finally getting to draw him in an official capacity is fantastic.

After reading Clayton Cole’s story in “Learning to Crawl” and getting to understand his character, he’s growing on me in a major way.

Marvel.com: As a final thought, editor Tom Brevoort mentioned CIVIL WAR II: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN will be one of the “core books” for this event. Why do you think that is the case?

Travel Foreman: Ulysses is at the heart of the main Civil War II event and he’s at the heart of this story. That Spider-Man is making an investment in helping guide Ulysses seems like a crucial point in Ulysses’ story.

Christos Gage: As much as [the original] CIVIL WAR—and maybe even more so—this is a very personal story for a great many characters. There just isn’t room in the main CIVIL WAR II title to get into the heads of everybody involved, especially with the big action scenes and plethora of “Oh no they didn’t!” moments. So, arcs like this, and the issues of CAPTAIN MARVEL I’m writing with my wife and writing partner Ruth, will provide that look at the personal impact of the event on the Marvel heroes, as well as flesh out what’s going on in their specific corner of the Marvel Universe.

Get in the middle of it all with CIVIL WAR II: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1, on sale June 11 courtesy of Christos Gage and Travel Foreman!

Read More

Christos Gage and Travel Foreman put Peter Parker back on the battlefield!

The Marvel Universe finds itself on the precipice of splintering and, of course, a certain wallcrawler cannot help but be in the middle in the CIVIL WAR II: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN limited series, written by Christos Gage and drawn by Travel Foreman. However, just because Spidey has found his life turned upside down by a Civil War before does not mean fans should expect a carbon copy.

“Spidey’s role in this Civil War is different than the last,” Gage reveals. “He’s learned from the previous Civil War. This time, before he chooses a side, he’s determined to really check things out and make an informed decision. Which should be a good thing—right?”

A portion of this informed decision hinges on Peter Parker doing his own research this time around. With the Inhuman at the heart of the crisis being treated as less than a living breathing being and more of a commodity, the webslinger decides to get to know the person behind the powers.

“[Peter] isn’t about to pick a side until he can figure out what the Inhuman at the center of all this is about,” promises the writer. “So he insists upon some one-on-one time. And given his friendship with Johnny Storm, the Human Torch, who now lives with the Inhumans, he gets it.”

Gage, however, knows the selling points of this book come from far more than just the plot with the number one incentive coming from his collaborator.

“Take a look at Travel Foreman’s art!” he insists. “How can you pass that up, I ask you?”

Additionally, the writer wants to make sure the characterization feels accurate to readers and remains at the forefront of the book.

Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #1 cover by Khary Randolph

Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #1 cover by Khary Randolph

“I always enjoy writing Spider-Man, especially stories that really ‘feel’ like Spidey stories, if that makes any sense,” explains Gage. “This is one of those. I’ve worked closely with [AMAZING SPIDER-MAN writer] Dan Slott to ensure this story is firmly a part of the ongoing Spider-Man saga, so you won’t want to miss it.”

A big part of that fuel comes from the familiar specter of that old Parker Luck. While Gage refuses to give too much up, he gladly hints at its unpredictable effects:

“I will say that the Parker Luck implies that even when Pete wins, he loses. In this case, that’s true, but this time he has a chance to prevent it—or make it worse!”

Regardless, it seems clear that Spider-Man will be in position to have a major effect on Civil War II.

“[CIVIL WAR II: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN] will indeed have a big impact on both Spider-Man and the Inhuman in question,” Gage confirms. “Pete could end up being someone else’s Uncle Ben—or their burglar.”

Read More