Worlds collide in Spider-Men and Avengers vs. X-Men!

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…

Carlie Cooper deduced Spider-Man’s secret identity in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #673, and the web-slinger found himself honored by the city for saving it from the spider-plague. Later, he battled the Vulture and his crew in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #674 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #675, and witnessed the return of both the android Vision and Norman Osborn in AVENGERS #19.

During the Kree invasion of Earth in FANTASTIC FOUR #600, Spidey welcomed his good friend Johnny Storm back to the land of the living and joined him and the Annihilation Wave in FANTASTIC FOUR #601 to confront the Mad Celestials in FANTASTIC FOUR #602. Galactus fell in battle against the powerful beings in FANTASTIC FOUR #603, but future versions of Franklin and Valeria Richards arrived to turn the tide and allow the wallcrawler to return home in FANTASTIC FOUR #604.

Spidey and his fellow heroes dealt with the revelation of Norman Osborn’s newest “Avengers” in NEW AVENGERS #19 and clashed directly with them in NEW AVENGERS #20. Following their retreat from the fight, Osborn’s Thor clone followed and confronted the team in NEW AVENGERS #21, prompting another hasty flight and Spidey’s interrogation of Victoria Hand, Osborn’s former associate, in NEW AVENGERS #22. In NEW AVENGERS #23, the heroes finally gained the upper hand with their foes.

Fantastic Four (1998) #600

Fantastic Four (1998) #600

  • Published: November 23, 2011
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 08, 2013
  • Rating: T
  • Writer: FIRM 15
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An ailing Doctor Octopus outlines his latest scheme to his new Sinister Six in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #676, and Spidey and Daredevil began investigating a case concerning the Black Cat in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #677. At Horizon Labs, the webslinger stepped into a fellow scientist’s new time doorway in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #678 and into a devastated New York one day in the future, prompting a race against entropy itself in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #679. Afterward, Morbius the Living Vampire turned up at the company, as well as the Lizard, in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #679.1.

The wallcrawler confronted a monstrous Norman Osborn with his teammates in AVENGERS #24, then blasted into space with the Human Torch in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #680 to tangle with Doc Ock’s octobots and zombie astronauts on an orbiting station. As its orbit decayed, the heroes moved to rescue the crew and themselves from the compromised station in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #681. Back on terra firma, the webslinger learned of the incredible Phoenix Force’s approach to Earth in NEW AVENGERS #24, and stood beside the Avengers as they scrambled to head off Hope Summers, a young mutant targeted by the Phoenix, in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #1 and AVENGERS #25.

Spidey and Wolverine tracked Hope down in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #2, but the girl escaped after besting them both. Captured X-Men escaped the heroes through trickery in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #3, and Spidey flew off to Latveria in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #4 to attempt to stop the Juggernaut and his posse. Later, our hero avoided the Phoenix-possessed X-Men in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #7, but clashed with a possessed Namor in Wakanda in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #8. Hiding out with other Avengers in the mystical K’un-Lun, Spidey imparted a lesson in responsibility to Hope in NEW AVENGERS #27, and later while in Limbo battling Magik fell to a savage beating by the X-Men in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #9. The Avengers assembled once more when Cyclops gained the full Phoenix Force in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #11, but he lost it to Hope in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #12.

Avengers Vs. X-Men (2012) #1

Avengers Vs. X-Men (2012) #1

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Mayor Jameson announced he’d close Horizon Labs in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #682, and Spidey gathered the Avengers together when Doc Ock announced his intention to “save the world” before dying. The Sinister Six crushed the team in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #683, and world governments decided to give into Ock’s demands while the webslinger fought the Sandman in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #684. Wanted by the authorities, Spidey and his friends tried to stop further satellite construction by Ock in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #685, but the villain took control of the heroes using Peter Parker’s own inventions in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #686. In the end, some of the Sinister Six turned against Ock in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #687, while Spidey fought the man himself, but felt he failed overall when the Rhino and Silver Sable died in the final skirmishes of the war.

Mysterio opened up a portal to an alternate Earth in SPIDER-MEN #1, through which Spider-Man fell and met Miles Morales, the webslinger of that world. Captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. in SPIDER-MEN #2, Peter joined forces with Miles to push Mysterio back to his corner until the Ultimates arrived in SPIDER-MEN #3. Our hero made the sour acquaintance of the world’s May Parker and Gwen Stacy in SPIDER-MEN #4, and made it back to his own universe after defeating Mysterio in SPIDER-MEN #5.

After helping the Fantastic Four fight the Maestro in FANTSTIC FOUR #609 and A.I.M. in FANTASTIC FOUR #610, Spider-Man investigated a strange connection between Morbius and the Lizard in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #688. Curt Connors retained the Lizard’s evil mind after transforming in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #689, and attempted to change back to his scaly form in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #690. Spidey managed to cure him and all his lizard-lackeys in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #691, thankfully.

Spider-Men (2012) #1

Spider-Men (2012) #1

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The past assailed Peter Parker in the form of an old warehouse in PETER PARKER:SPIDER-MAN #156.1, the new Vulture in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #33.1 and SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #33.2, and the so-called “Brooklyn Avengers” in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #129.1 and WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #129.2. A young man named Andy gained super powers from “Parker Particles” at Horizon Labs and became a hero called Alpha in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #692, got kidnapped by the Jackal in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #693, found it hard to handle fame in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #694 and lost some of his powers to a draining invention of Peter’s.

Spidey reflected upon Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ departure from Avengers Mansion in NEW AVENGERS #31, but when the hero’s spider-sense malfunctioned due to Tiberius Stone’s device in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #695, he juggled two battling Hobgoblins and the Kingpin in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #696. Afterward, the Avengers received a distress call from the Microverse in AVENGERS #31, and the web-slinger stayed behind in Central Park as the team’s founders shrunk down into the subatomic realm to answer it in AVENGERS #32.

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With Miles Morales held by Hydra, check out these other heroes who have spent time behind bars.

Not every hero in the Marvel Universe stays on the right side of the law. Sometimes they go one step too far—and other times, the law works actively against them. Take Miles Morales for instance: the SPIDER-MAN star fought against the vision Ulysses gave him back in CIVIL WAR II and surrendered himself to Hydra instead of killing Captain America.

Surely the former denizen of the Ultimate Universe will find his way out of the clink—but until then, he can take solace in the fact that a few of his fellow heroes have had their own stints under lock and key.

CAPTAIN AMERICA

Look at that, even the honorable Steve Rogers spent time in the pen! More than once, too! Most notably, Cap was locked up between his surrender in the last issue of CIVIL WAR and his apparent death in CAPTAIN AMERICA #25.

LUKE CAGE

Carl Lucas might have become a hero without heading to jail, but he probably wouldn’t be super strong and possess his signature impervious skin. Wrongfully accused in a drug bust and sentenced to the big house, the future Avenger agreed to participate in an experiment that gave him super abilities. After his transformation, he escaped from captivity and resumed life under the name we all know him by today.

PUNISHER

Over the years, many people have wanted to lock Frank Castle up—but no one seems capable of actually keeping him imprisoned. During the mid-‘90s, the authorities tried to send him to the electric chair—and failed. And during the most recent PUNISHER WAR ZONE, he sat in an underwater prison, but of course no walls—not even ones surrounded by water—could stop The Punisher.

DAREDEVIL

At the end of Brian Michael Bendis’ epic run on DAREDEVIL, he left ol’ Matt Murdock in quite a pickle—inside a jail cell where new series writer Ed Brubaker kept the blind lawyer incarcerated for a while. Murdock eventually got out when none other than master escape artist Frank Castle was purposefully captured as part of a jailbreak plan.

SONGBIRD

Since their inception, the Thunderbolts revolved around characters who served time in one way or another. The original squad, including Songbird, was assembled by Baron Zemo and consisted of villains masquerading as heroes. After her stint in jail, the former Screaming Mimi took to the lawful side of things—and even served as a warden on the maximum security prison known as the Raft!

IRON FIST

During CIVIL WAR, nearly every hero who sided against Tony Stark’s Superhuman Registration Act wound up incarcerated—including Iron Fist. While posing as Daredevil in an attempt to keep Hell’s Kitchen safe, Danny Rand was captured as a means to help Captain America and the other anti-registration heroes to the Negative Zone prison for a jailbreak!

WOLVERINE

Not at all unfamiliar with jail cells, Wolverine found himself imprisoned in the pages of LOGAN. Captured by the Japanese during World War II, the mutant was kept in Nagasaki before he escaped and fell in love with a local woman named Atsuko. When Atsuko was murdered, Logan followed her killer to Hiroshima, where they were caught in the atomic bombing of the city. Wolverine survived the blast, but was left scarred by the loss of his former love.

BUCKY BARNES

Even though he stepped up and filled in for Steve Rogers after the original Cap died, Bucky Barnes still stood trial for his crimes as his previous identity, the Winter Soldier. Declared innocent in the United States, Russia judged him differently—and locked him up on heightened charges. Thanks to help from someone familiar with Russian prisons—Black Widow—Bucky escaped and headed back to the U.S., where he then decided that his days holding the mantle of Captain America were over.

PETER PARKER

Miles Morales doesn’t lay claim as the only Spider-Man to wind up incarcerated—back in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #219, Peter Parker attempted to sneak into a jail as part of an exposé, but instead got caught and tossed in a cell! After Matt Murdock helped him get out of the predicament, Pete managed to publish his exposé—and apprehend a few escaped inmates in the process.

Go behind bars with SPIDER-MAN #20, by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Oscar Bazaldua, available September 6!

 

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Cort Lane lets us in on all the secrets of 'Marvel’s Spider-Man' on Disney XD!

During the Marvel Animation panel at D23 Expo in Anaheim, Senior Vice President, Animation & Family Entertainment, Cort Lane and Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada announced the premiere date for “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” on Disney XD – Saturday, August 19.

In the new series, we’ll see Peter Parker (voiced by Robbie Daymond) learning the responsibility that comes along with being a new, super powered hero in New York City, just as he’s being accepted into Horizon High, a high school for brilliant young scientific minds. He struggles with the duality of his social life at school and hiding his secret identity from everyone including his best friend Harry Osborn (voiced by Max Mittleman) who attends the competing Osborn Academy for geniuses.

Marvel.com spoke with Cort Lane about where this new series takes Peter emotionally and how it may or may not fit into the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” universe.

Marvel.com: Tell us a little bit about this fresh new take on Spider-Man for Disney XD.

Cort Lane: Well there’s something very fresh about it and something very old school as well. This is Peter Parker as a teenager, literally just as he’s gotten his spider-powers. On one hand there’s something very classic about the Stan Lee and Steve Ditko stories that we’re capturing here, something extraordinary happens to him and he doesn’t know how to deal with it. He wants to get good grades, he’s trying to make friends, he’s dealing with very relatable teen stuff.

What’s fresh and new about it are a couple of things, the animation style is unlike anything we’ve ever done before, it’s a little more cartoony, very expressive. The other thing that’s really fresh about it is the setting and the things that he’s dealing with. Peter Parker is a scientific genius, so we wanted to create an environment where he could create all kinds of amazing tech. So he goes to Horizon High, which is based on Horizon Labs from the comic books. We really looked at that run in the comic books but with a teenager as the lead. The science of it all, the technology that he creates and he deals with, is really cool and futuristic, but relevant.

Marvel.com: What’s the difference between Horizon High and Osborn Academy?

Cort Lane: There’s really three schools in the series, he starts out at Midtown High but he has to make the choice to leave Midtown to go to Horizon High, which is this amazing school for scientific geniuses. But whenever you get around science of that order, there are people who will use it less ethically. And that’s a running theme through the storyline.

Marvel.com: Sort of making sure Harry doesn’t deviate…

Cort Lane: Yes! And Harry does a bit and other characters do deviate a lot from proper ethical use of their abilities—which speaks to Peter Parker’s manta— “With great power, comes great responsibility,” because their intelligence is a power in and of itself for a lot of characters. How they use that for good—or not—or for selfish reasons, is an ongoing theme throughout the season. At Osborn Academy, those ethics aren’t there because it comes from the top and Norman Osborn forms this academy and sort of drags Harry into that academy to be the star but not everybody at Osborn Academy is bad and not everyone at Horizon is good.

So you see the interplay between the three schools, you see characters cross over and interact with each other, and the characters at Midtown will still be part of the story as well.

Marvel.com So will there be other friends that are familiar to us that Peter interacts with in the series?

Cort Lane: Yes. When he goes to Horizon High, he takes a spot in the school that Harry is kicked out of. There he gets to know Gwen Stacy, Anya Corazon, and Miles Morales. Throughout the season, his friendship with Harry is really tight. They speak in shorthand with each other—they know each other so well—but it becomes very strained. Fortunately he has these new friendships. At Midtown, there’s Flash Thompson, Randy Robertson, and Liz Allen.

Marvel: In addition to the social aspects, what are some of the other challenges that Peter will face in addition to coming into being his own with his powers?

Cort Lane: One of the very simple things is, when you’re creating science stuff —tech for classes as assignments—and you have a need to use it as Spider-Man, it means you can’t turn it in for homework. The Spider-Man story is so often about sacrifice, yes he wins the battle with the villain but he has to give up something.

We have an early episode where he creates this great tracker system and he uses it to track Black Cat but because he does that, he misses turning it in for Doc Ock’s class and he gets an F. That’s hard to take, he spends all day trying to stop this villain and show how smart he is with this amazing thing he created, and in the end you get nothing. And that’s a Peter Parker story, and we make sure to tell a lot of those stories.

Marvel.com: It’s so lighthearted and fun but typically for a teenager, emotionally life is up and down.

Cort Lane: Right. So often when Spider-Man wins, Peter loses, or the reverse. It’s hard but I think heroism means so much more when you make those sacrifices.

Marvel: It was just announced that Patton Oswalt will be doing the voice of Uncle Ben, can you tell me a little bit more about the rest of the voice cast?

Cort Lane: Robbie Daymond plays Spider-Man for us. When you cast Spider-Man you cast the net very wide, so we listened to a ton of auditions. Robbie is really good, he’s also young and enthusiastic and loves the character.

Quite by accident the actor who we cast as Harry (who I think is the second most important role in the show) —Max Mittleman—they’re pretty much best friends. They hang out together all the time outside the show, they go to cons together and everything. That rapport that they have, it comes across in the booth.

Another one that we’re particularly excited about is Nadji Jeter as Miles Morales. Miles is a little younger, a little irresponsible, and he’s a little more hip than Peter. So him playing off of Robbie is really fun in the booth.

I also want to point out that we cast Fred Tatasciore as Max, the principal and founder of Horizon High. He’s a wonderful mentor figure which helps balance out the loss of Uncle Ben. Fred—even though he plays Hulk for us and he can do those really deep, scary, intense voices—is incredibly charming and warm, but he can also be tough on Peter. He’s just this wonderful mentor character and having Fred play him is such a treat for us.

Marvel: So, people are going to always ask but how does this show—or does it at all— fit in with the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” universe?

Cort Lane: They always ask that but there was no intentional copying of the film at all because frankly when we were developing this show we didn’t have much information of what was going on with the film. The animation cycle is very slow, we started developing this show three years ago.

I will say that Marvel as a company understood the direction that Peter Parker needed to go, which was a sort of back to basics approach of a relatable teenager, because that’s where he started in the comics. So that’s what we did as well.

Fortunately there’s a lot of synergy. He’s a teenager, he’s dealing with very relatable teen stuff, it’s about friendships and new friendships, and things that you have to give up to be a hero. It’s about high school life and those milestone moments, and ironically Vulture is the villain.

Marvel.com: That wasn’t planned?

Cort Lane: That was not planned! Vulture was his first villain in the comics and we were inspired that way, and it seems that the film folks were inspired that way too.

“Marvel’s Spider-Man” will debut with a one-hour premiere on Saturday, August 9th (7:00-8:00 AM EDT), on Disney XD, and on the Disney XD App and VOD (12:01 AM EDT)

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New promo item coming to comic shops this June!

The Earth-shattering release of SECRET WARS #1 has already taken the comic industry by storm, but the story is just heating up! The destruction of the Marvel Universe was just the beginning! Today, Marvel is proud to present your first look at the SECRET WARS BATTLE STANDEES – an exciting new promo item coming to stores this June!

Releasing alongside June’s SECRET WARS #4, the SECRET WARS BATTLE STANDEE ONE-SHEET features eight different characters that can be assembled into individual figure standees. Featuring artwork by rising star John Tyler Christopher, each sheet includes standees of Mr. FantasticBlack PantherMiles MoralesPeter Parker, Star-LordCaptain MarvelThor and Cyclops!

Plus, don’t miss July’s epic SECRET WARS LANDSCAPE WRAPAROUND VARIANTS, the perfect backdrop for your Secret Wars Battle Standees. Featuring environments from across Battleworld, these five wraparound variants take fans from the Hulk overrun Greenland of PLANET HULK to the robot and zombie infested wastes of AGE OF ULTRON vs. MARVEL ZOMBIES – and more domains in between! Pair them with your Battle Standees to create your own scenarios from the blockbuster Secret Wars!

Secret Wars Landscape Wraparound Variants will be available on the following titles shipping throughout July:

· AGE OF ULTRON VS. MARVEL ZOMBIES #2
· ARMOR WARS #3
· CIVIL WAR #2
· INHUMANS: ATTILAN RISING #3
· PLANET HULK #3

The fuse is lit. The Secret Wars are set to explode. Now is your chance to create action of your very own with the SECRET WARS BATTLE STANDEES and SECRET WARS LANDSCAPE WRAPAROUND VARIANTS!

Retailers: Check your Marvel Mailer for more information on how to order the Secret Wars Battle Standees and Secret Wars Landscape Wraparound Variants.

SECRET WARS BATTLE STANDEE ONE-SHEET (FEB158575)
Artwork by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
FOC – 05/25/15, In Stores – 06/27/15      

ARMOR WARS #3 LANDSCAPE WRAPAROUND VARIANT (MAY150729)
Art by ALEX MALEEV
FOC – 06/22/15, On-Sale – 7/15/15

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Take your first look in preview pages by Dave Marquez, Mark Bagley, Mark Brooks, Sara Pichelli and David Lafuente

Marvel is proud to present your first look at ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #200, the monumental anniversary issue! Legendary writer Brian Michael Bendis teams with Ultimate Spider-Man artists past and present for a celebration of all things Peter Parker, Miles Morales and more! This epic, double-sized issue features art by Dave Marquez, Mark Bagley, Mark Brooks, Sara Pichelli and David Lafuente!

On the anniversary of his death, the whole world mourns the loss of Peter Parker, the original Spider-Man. At the home of May Parker, a more intimate gathering of Peter’s closest friends grieve for the loss of their dear friend. But even as they remember their fallen friend, a sinister plan has been set in motion. And the shocking truths about Peter and his world are about to be revealed.

Plus, don’t miss the shocking ending that will have everyone talking! Seeds sown here will bear bitter fruit for Miles in the upcoming MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN series! And it all starts here! No fan can afford to miss the epic ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #200!

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #200
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art by DAVE MARQUEZ, MARK BAGLEY, MARK BROOKS,
SARA PICHELLI & DAVID LAFUENTE
Covers by
MARK BAGLEY (FEB140774)
DAVID MARQUEZ (FEB140775)
FOC –03/10/14 On-Sale -04/02/14

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