Spidey hits an Amazing milestone, as Venom makes his big debut.

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe, and this year, the web-slinger swings onto the silver screen once more in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”! In celebration of his memorable history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story!

A deeply disturbed Dr. Octopus, overcome with a psychosis about Spider-Man, wreaked havoc in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #296 until the wallcrawler allowed Ock to beat him in battle in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #297. Spidey’s rematch with the Sin-Eater in PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #134, along with a shocking surprise from Electro in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #135, led to the Sin-Eater’s death at the hand of the police in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #136.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #134

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #134

The all-seeing Watcher bet on the webslinger’s role in a football game in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #34, Peter Parker took a gig as a substitute teacher in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #35, and a student accidentally transformed into Phreak in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #36. Later, the so-called Life Foundation sent Chance to kill our hero in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #298, but their subsequent team-up in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #299 brought down the Foundation.

The webslinger’s discarded alien costume merged with an angry Eddie Brock and debuted as Venom in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #300, prompting Mary Jane to convince Peter to return full-time to his old red-and-blue fighting togs. A new Tarantula hit the scene in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #137 and a replacement Captain America sided with the crook against Spidey in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #138. Our hero helped Dakota North on a case in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #37, while the Hobgoblin returned in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #38, as did the Looter in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #39.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #300

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #300

  • Published: May 10, 1988
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 26, 2008
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The wallcrawler took on a neo-Nazi with Silver Sable in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #301, considered a job offer in Kansas in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #302, and ultimately decided to head back to school for a degree in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #303. Robbie Robertson confronted the murderous Tombstone in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #139, but Spidey took over when Robbie landed in the hospital from the criminal’s tender mercies in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #140.

The Punisher took up the fight against Tombstone in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #141, while Spidey agonized over the fact of Robbie’s withholding of evidence from the police in his past. Ultimately, the webslinger brought Tombstone to justice in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #142, but Robbie needed to face his own crime, too.

Peter’s old friend Betty Leeds joined a cult called the Students of Love in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #40 and Spidey tried to rescue her in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #41, but it came down to Flash Thompson to make the real effort to save her in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #42, and work with the webslinger to deprogram Betty in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #43.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #305

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #305

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Heading to California to promote his new book of Spider-Man photos in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #304, Peter donned the webs to once more take on the Black Fox there, then learned of the Prowler’s participation in the program in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #305. The Persuader gained control of the Punisher in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #143 to kill the Lobo Brothers, and later Spidey fought Boomerang in San Diego in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #144 and SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #145.

Our hero puzzled over a new case with the Humbug and the Chameleon in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #306 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #307, then rushed to Las Vegas for a booksigning in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #44, as well as a rendezvous with the Vulture out in the desert in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #45.

Web of Spider-Man (1985) #45

Web of Spider-Man (1985) #45

Someone kidnapped Mary Jane in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #308, forcing Spidey onto a dark path to find her. That path led him into a confrontation with Styx and Stone in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #309 and a surprising save by an escaped Mary Jane herself. The tussle with Killer Shrike and the Tinkerer on the ESU campus in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #310 seemed almost tame in comparison to that adventure.

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Spidey faces Kraven's last hunt, the death of a friend, and his own wedding day!

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe, and this year, the web-slinger swings onto the silver screen once more in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”! In celebration of his memorable history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story!

After a breezy jaunt to England to stop the Roxxon Corporation from selling a super-weapon to the British government in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #22, our hero returned to the States to stop Slyde in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #23, mash the Mauler in PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #122, and find himself framed for murder in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #123. Of course, that’s above and beyond vying with the Vulture in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #24, attacking aliens in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #25, and granting second chances to crooks in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #26.

Dr. Octopus returned in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #124, and Spider-Woman wrangled the Wrecking Crew in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #125 to remind the Wrecker of his dying mother’s last wish in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #126.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #284

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #284

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In the absence of the Kingpin, a gang war involving the Arranger, Silvermane, the Rose, Hammerhead, and the Hobgoblin broke in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #284, all while Spidey wrestled with the question of giving up his hero career forever. He confronted the Punisher over how to deal with the gangs in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #285, and failed to stop the Rose from killing a cop in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #286. Daredevil turned up the heat for the wallcrawler and the Rose stood revealed as the Kingpin’s son Richard in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #287, while in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #288 the Kingpin regained his throne as Spidey and a few friends fought to prevent just that.

The Headhunter tried to hang Spidey out to dry in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #27 while the webslinger prevented Liberty’s torch from being stolen in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #28. During an overseas trip, Spidey clashed with Wolverine, while his Daily Bugle colleague Ned Leeds was killed in SPIDER-MAN VS. WOLVERINE #1, and Ned was posthumously revealed as the Hobgoblin – with Jack O’ Lantern becoming the new Hobgoblin — in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #289. Peter meanwhile dealt with the aftermath of Ned’s death in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #29.

Spider-Man Vs. Wolverine (1987) #1

Spider-Man Vs. Wolverine (1987) #1

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Curt Connors let loose the Lizard in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #127, J. Jonah Jameson hired Silver Sable in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #128, and the long-simmering clash between our hero and the Foreigner went down in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #129.

Following a serious of seemingly never-ending threats, Peter Parker proposed to Mary Jane Watson in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #290, but for reasons of her own, she said “no” in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #291 and left for her hometown of Pittsburgh. Peter followed her there in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #292, and after an attack by the newest Spider-Slayer and a run-in with MJ’s crooked father she finally said “yes.” The happy couple exchanged vows in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #21, and honeymooned in the south of France in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #7.

Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1964) #21

Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1964) #21

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Alas, immediate wedded bliss eluded them when Peter dealt with the death of friend Ned Leeds in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #29, the Rose’s thorns grew even deadlier in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #30, and Spidey raced against the clock in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #130 to save Harry Osborn’s life. To make matters worse for Peter and Mary Jane, Kraven the Hunter hatched a plot to utterly destroy his elusive enemy in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #31, and defeated, buried alive, and replaced him in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #293.

Web of Spider-Man (1985) #31

Web of Spider-Man (1985) #31

What is Marvel Unlimited?

The new, more savage Spider-Man sought out the sewer-dwelling Vermin in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #131, while the original dug himself out of his grave in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #32 to confront Kraven in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #294. After the Hunter took his life, Spidey clashed with Vermin to end the saga in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #132.

To hide his mob connections, a man sent his wife to an asylum in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #33, so Peter posed an inmate to investigate in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #295 and led a revolt from the so-called “mad dog” ward in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #133.

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Look back on the history of Venom ahead of the new crossover event!

On December 6, Spider-Man, Eddie Brock, and Flash Thompson reunite with the one foe (or friend?) they all share in common: the Venom symbiote!

In VENOM INC. ALPHA #1, writers Dan Slott and Mike Costa join artist Ryan Stegman for a tale of multiple Venoms! The crossover event kicks off here before clinging onto AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and VENOM!

But before the symbiote dance party starts, take a retrospective look at some other stories starring the mighty ectoparasites and the hosts they bonded with.

Brand New Threads

The first—and perhaps most famous—symbiote debuted in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #252, when Spider-Man came back from the first Secret Wars sporting a new black costume. And readers soon learned that the suit represented Parker’s bond with an alien creature. Their relationship turned sour as it changed Spidey’s personality and became a bit clingy, so with the help of the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man managed to ditch the suit…though not for long.

Birth of Venom

Rejected by Parker, the symbiote went on to find a new host—Eddie Brock. The former journalist, who begrudged Spider-Man for debunking a story he once wrote, became corrupted by the alien being. The ill-will he felt for the Wall-Crawler combined with his newfound superhuman abilities, giving Spider-Man a major new villain—with an immunity to his spider-sense!

Carnage!

While Venom proved to be a thorn in Spidey’s side, Brock maintained some semblance of morality, unlike the second major symbiotic player: Carnage. When the symbiote asexually reproduced in Brock’s jail cell, its “child” bonded with his cellmate, Cletus Kasady, creating the remorseless villain. Unlike Brock, Carnage had zero interest in being a hero, leaving a trail of bodies in his wake and wreaking havoc on both Spider-Man and Venom.

The Life Foundation

The Life Foundation, a group that believed the Cold War would end in total mutual destruction, created a fallout shelter for the wealthy to live on in the event of nuclear war. Policing the shelter were five Venom clones: Agony, Lasher, Riot, Phage, and Scream. Venom and Spider-Man teamed-up to stop them as Brock became a “Lethal Protector” of the homeless population of San Francisco. Eventually, Scream killed the other four, whose remnants joined with a vault guard named Scott Washington to create a new symbiote hero called Hybrid.

Maximum Carnage

Venom and Spider-Man joined forces again as Kasady returned to unleash Carnage on New York City. This 14-part series featured a slew of heroes and villains, including Black Cat, Captain America, Morbius, Cloak and Dagger, Iron Fist, Firestar, Doppelganger, Carrion, and the debuting Shriek!

Agent Venom

While Brock and the symbiote’s on again, off again relationship led to further villainy and anti-hero shenanigans—and the creation of characters like She-Venom, Toxin, and Anti-Venom—a new host with a longtime connection to Peter Parker took the entity to new heights. Project Rebirth connected Flash Thompson with the symbiote after the former high school bully lost his legs while serving in Iraq. Flash went on to battle the likes of the U-Foes, Kraven, and Jack O’Lantern, and even joined the Secret Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Venom: Space Knight

During his tenure with the Guardians, Flash went into a coma, causing the symbiote to return to its home planet. Three decades after the debut of the black costume, readers finally learned of the true origin and purpose of the symbiotes—an alien race called the Klyntar sought to bond with worthy, noble warriors. Unworthy hosts, like almost everyone they ever found on Earth, have the ability to corrupt them. With this newfound knowledge, Thompson and his Klyntar partner evolved into VENOM: SPACE KNIGHT!

The Price isn’t Right

After returning to Earth, Flash and his symbiote got separated, leading the alien to bond with a new host, a member of the Scorpion’s gang, Lee Price. The new Venom continued his villainous ways when he bonded with the creature, eventually running afoul of Eddie Brock and Spider-Man, who managed to separate the two. Price got sent to jail, but quietly vowed revenge.

Bond with VENOM INC. ALPHA #1, by Dan Slott, Mike Costa, and Ryan Stegman, on December 6!

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Brian Michael Bendis previews the series finale!

On November 29, Marvel’s high-flying spider-duo returns for their series swan song—and you can expect double the excitement, double the Spider-heroes, and even double the Spider-artists.

SPIDER-MEN II #5 marks writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli’s final issue of the limited series. And as a surprise, “Mark Bagley makes a very special appearance,” teases Bendis.

So what do these arachnologists have in store? We bugged Bendis to give us the inside scoop.

Marvel.com: The final issue has arrived! What can readers expect with issue #5?

Brian Michael Bendis: Miles Morales and Peter Parker have teamed up because the mercenary Taskmaster has caused a lot of chaos behind a portal to another dimension. At first we don’t know what he wants or what’s going on, but it gets revealed that Taskmaster has been on a fact finding mission for someone named Miles Morales.

Not our Miles Morales. A different Miles Morales.

But what does he want and why? And how does it connected to our Miles?

Marvel.com: What can you tell us about this other Miles and how he might be connected to our heroes?

Brian Michael Bendis: We now know from the reveal in issue #3 and #4 that this new Miles Morales became a very close friend of a young Wilson Fisk and saw Wilson’s ascension to the ranks of Kingpin. We discover that this Miles did not have the same taste for blood and ambitions as Wilson, so Wilson created a situation for his dear friend to disappear and live happily ever after with the woman of his dreams. That is why no one has ever heard of him…until now.

Marvel.com: Last we saw, Miles didn’t know much about his mysterious namesake. What might be his big concerns heading into the last issue?

Brian Michael Bendis: Our Miles doesn’t know that he intercepted this other Miles’ mission to find his lost love. The other Miles’ wife has passed from a terrible illness. He lost his lifelong love and is now despondent and desperate. His wife’s funeral became the place where Wilson reunited with his once best friend and told him about other dimensions and other worlds and other versions of people in a hope to ease his pain—it sent this Miles on a quest. Our Miles doesn’t know that this Miles has been searching for his long-lost love in other dimensions.

Marvel.com: What have been Peter’s and Miles’ biggest challenges in this series? In the last issue?

Brian Michael Bendis: The legacy of Spider-Man. Is it a legacy? Or just the destiny of one man?

Peter never intended the name to be a movement or a mythology. It was his stand against crime. His burden. But now Miles and others have cast new responsibility onto the legacy of Spider-Man and no one really asked Peter what he thought of any of it. So this will be answered in this issue.

Both characters are on a lifelong journey of self-discovery—this is hardly the end, but a very important, pivotal chapter for both of them.

And I do not say that lightly.

Marvel.com: How has Pete and Miles’ relationship changed over the course of this series?

Brian Michael Bendis: When they first met, Miles was a very young man and Peter was a struggling scientist. Now, Miles has arrived on the other side of high school and Peter is a…recovering billionaire. They have both been through an enormous amount of personal growth and change since they first met. And their relationship has evolved. It’s becoming less mentor-student and more Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. They’re both very good, but one just has a lot more experience.

Marvel.com: Will we see alternate, criminal Miles moving forward from SPIDER-MEN II?

Brian Michael Bendis: What criminal Miles does in this issue will surprise just about everybody who has read anything I’ve done in the last couple of years.

We knew doing a sequel to the original SPIDER-MEN would be doing a sequel to something that people had a great deal of fondness towards. I wanted to make sure that this limited series, on its own merits, lived up to that.

Where this new Miles goes and what he does will be very surprising! I felt surprised writing it.

Marvel.com: What can you tease about the issue? Any surprises heading our way?

Brian Michael Bendis: Abso-thwipping-lutely!

That was so Stan of me.

A lot happens. A lot is seen, discovered, and learned. Legitimate choices get made, legitimate chapters close, while others open. It’s big.

Marvel.com: Anything you want to add?

Brian Michael Bendis: The publication of this issue actually marks my 18th anniversary as a Spider-Man writer. There hasn’t been one month in the last 18 years where I haven’t written at least one Spider-Man related title released all over the world.

The original SPIDER-MEN series was, at the time, my ultimate statement on the franchise and I thought about that, and I thought about the number 18—a very big number in Judaism (I’m Jewish, shock)—and I wanted to make sure that this series expressed that in an elegant and honest fashion.

Don’t miss SPIDER-MEN II #5, by Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli, on November 29!

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The Hobgoblin is (seemingly) unmasked, the Sinister Syndicate unites, and more!

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe, and this year, the web-slinger swings onto the silver screen once more in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”! In celebration of his memorable history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story!

The final chapter of the Sin-Eater storyline exploded in PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #110 when our hero clashed with Daredevil over the villain’s exposure as a cop. Later, Spidey aided golden age adventurer Dominic Fortune against the Shocker in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #10.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #110

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #110

What is Marvel Unlimited?

After puzzling over new antagonist Slyde in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #272, the wall-crawler learned of the Puma’s intention to hunt down the Beyonder and kill him in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #273 and SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #111. The near-omnipotent being himself offered to spare the universe from his wrath if Spidey managed to rise above adversity and stay true to his mission as a super hero in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #274. Wanna guess who won?

Peter Parker stood up to some neighborhood punks in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #11, and held off one of them trying to murder him in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #12. A department store Santa Claus proved no more of a challenge to our hero in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #112 than the hoods that attacked Aunt May in her own home in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #113.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #275

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #275

What is Marvel Unlimited?

When Peter decided to give up his costumed identity in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #275, the reappearance of the Hobgoblin goosed him back into action. After the dust cleared from their latest battle, Spidey stood back in horror in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #276 to see his foe unmasked as Peter’s old friend Flash Thompson. The questions and fallout from the event rained down upon all concerned in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #277.

The wallcrawler lashed out in fury against J. Jonah Jameson for an article he published in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #13, the Black Fox spurred on an idea for Peter to fence the gold notebook he possessed in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #14, and the money he made from the fence paid for his Aunt May’s boyfriend’s medical bills in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #15. A clever burglar posed as Spider-Man in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #114, Doctor Strange removed Black Cat’s bad luck powers in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #115, the mysterious Foreigner hired Sabretooth to bring in Spidey and the Cat in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #116, and the femme fatale sealed a deal with the Foreigner in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #117.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #280

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #280

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The villain-killer called Scourge tried to kill Flash in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #278, Silver Sable took on Jack O’Lantern in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #279, Spidey joined with Sable to confront the Sinister Syndicate in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #280, and the Sandman aided everybody in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #281. Oh, and the real Hobgoblin tried to stop Jack from freeing Flash Thompson from prison.

A secret project under an Appalachian town confounded the webslinger in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #16, and he battled Magma not long after in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #17. To top it off, a shadowy figure shoved Peter in front of a subway car in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #18. Later, Spidey failed to prevent S.H.I.E.L.D. from neutralizing a kid with powers in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #118, and the Black Cat exercised her claws on Sabretooth in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #119.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #282

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #282

What is Marvel Unlimited?

J. Jonah Jameson sicced X-Factor on our hero in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #282, and the search for Flash Thompson turned up the Absorbing Man and Titania in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #283. Most likely completely exhausted, Peter prepared for a trip to England following a throwdown with the Humbug in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #19, and while in the United Kingdom, Spidey foiled an assassination attempt on the British prime minister in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #20, and a webby imposter in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #21.

Back home again, Peter found his apartment building infested with thugs and hoods in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #120, and offered his unique point-of-view on a bank robbery in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #121.

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Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, Star-Lord and Black Widow will be part of the fun!

Today at Comic Con in London, Vice President Franchise Creative and Marketing for Marvel Studios, Dave Bushore and Creative Director of Disneyland Paris, Mark Huffman announced that the Marvel Super Heroes are coming to Disneyland Paris in the summer 2018 from June 10 to September 30.

Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, Star-Lord and Black Widow will appear for the first time exclusively at Disneyland Paris in summer 2018 in a special Marvel Summer of Super Heroes season. Your favorite heroes will be featured in the Walt Disney Studios Park for exciting meet & greets and breathtaking, epic shows.

But that’s not all for Marvel fans at Disneyland Paris. As first announced at D23 Expo this summer, Disneyland Paris is also re-imagining one of its Resort Hotels into a universe that would make Tony Stark proud. Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will transport guests to the action-packed, inspiring world of Super Heroes including Iron Man, The Avengers, and Spider Man among others. Work on Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will begin in October of 2018 and it will open in 2020.

Stay tuned for more updates on Marvel Summer of Super Heroes.

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Jody Houser takes the Parker family into Marvel Legacy—and the future!

Splitting time between heading to class in high school and fighting crime on the streets has always defined the Peter Parker dynamic. Now, however, Pete’s daughter Annie has taken over the duality of running to chem class and tying up super villains!

On November 22, new series writer Jody Houser and artist Nick Roche leap eight years into the future with AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #13! The Marvel Legacy era begins for Peter, Mary Jane, and Annie May as they contend with home life and protecting New York City.

We caught up with Jody to learn more about the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Fam.

Marvel.com: Do you envision the Peter and Mary Jane of this series as different from the mainstream Marvel Universe?

Jody Houser: While their situation has changed in both cases, I don’t think the two of them as people have really changed much at all. That has always been one of my favorite things about alternate universe stories—seeing how the characters we know react to a universe we may not. Although in this case, I’m sure Peter and MJ wish their financial situation had changed more.

Marvel.com: A lot can change in eight years—especially for a kid like Annie. How has she changed as this issue starts? Has her relationship with her parents changed?

Jody Houser: She’s now a teenager and starts to feel stifled a bit. She loves her parents and still feels close to them, but she’s starting to wonder if the training wheels will ever come off. From her perspective, she’s around the age her dad was when he first became Spider-Man, but she has a lifetime of training and experience. She just wants them to see it that way too.

Marvel.com: What about this time jump excites you as a writer? What challenges and opportunities does it present you with?

Jody Houser: The time jump ties very much into the idea of Legacy for me. Annie stands at a point where she’s thinking very much about college, the future, the shape of her adult life. She wants to decide who she’s going to be, what kind of hero she wants to be.

Marvel.com: How has the larger world of this book changed over those eight years?

Jody Houser: The world itself has progressed quietly, with new advances in technology and such, but nothing overly dramatic or world-altering—other than the usual attempts to take over or destroy the world, I’m sure. But even those kinds of changes can have a big impact on our characters, who still depend on things like traditional newspapers to make a living.

Marvel.com: How has artist Nick Roche aided you in realizing this alternate world?

Jody Houser: Nick has been amazing to work with in terms of establishing the new family dynamic and making the super hero action exciting. Honestly, I feel like I’m on the right path when he’s excited to draw something in the script. He also shares my love of fun Easter eggs.

Marvel.com: Rumor has it the family will encounter a new threat—what can you tease about that?

Jody Houser: Let’s just say that what seems to be the main threat they’re facing probably isn’t the main threat that they’re facing…

Marvel.com: What makes issue #13 a can’t-miss for readers?

Jody Houser: It’s classic super hero fun alongside Peter Parker: Dad Joke Edition. How can you miss that?

Check out Jody Houser and artist Nick Roche’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #13 on November 22!

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Seth Meyers, Bill Hader, and Kevin Maguire present a Spider-Man Halloween!

Every day this month, a new supernatural character or story from the Marvel Universe gets a spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween!

Opinions vary about Halloween. Some people love dressing up in an unusual costume. For someone like Spider-Man, however, wearing uncomfortable attire feels like a way of life, not holiday fun.

In 2009, comedians Seth Meyers and Bill Hader joined artist Kevin Maguire to tackle the costume concept in a special one-shot titled SPIDER-MAN: THE SHORT HALLOWEEN!

Set on Halloween night, the issue introduced the Web-Head tracking a villain called Fumes through the costume-filled streets of New York City and a pair of friends trying to get their partying buddy Ronnie back home. The two stories would eventually converge, though, because Ronnie dressed up as Spidey for Halloween!

As Ronnie’s pals let him take some time to himself in an empty alleyway, Spider-Man and Fumes battled on a nearby rooftop. Thrown off-balance during the brawl, the hero fell off the building—and on top of Ronnie! With both costumed men now unconscious, confusion ensued as Ronnie’s friends took the real Spider-Man with them and Fumes took Ronnie captive.

Spider-Man: The Short Halloween (2009) #1

Spider-Man: The Short Halloween (2009) #1

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Thinking he’d achieved the impossible, Fumes gathered his villainous friends, the other members of the Furious Five (his cohorts Gossip Girl, Haymaker, Badger Teeth, and Mr. Think) to figure out how to capitalize on such an unexpected victory.

Meanwhile, the actual Wallcrawler sat senseless on a couch as Ronnie’s girlfriend Cheryl “broke up” with him. Then, two guys— dressed as Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus—that Ronnie earlier upset showed up to get even. Just as the beat down seemed ready to begin, Spidey woke up and jumped into action.

At the same time, the Furious Five started fighting among themselves when they disagreed over whether or not to kill their captive “Spider-Man.” As Badger Teeth began attacking the others, Fumes came to the realization that he didn’t belong with these villains and untied their captive.

After easily taking care of the faux Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus, Spider-Man swung over to the Furious Five’s compound in an effort to put a stop to the brawl. Ronnie, suddenly awake, somehow fumbled into dealing the decisive blow to his captor, walking away unscathed.

Fright Fact

While Fumes and his Furious Five colleagues proved more comical than scary, Spider-Man has faced quite a few deadly foes in the past—including Demogoblin! Debuting in PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #147, a demon possessed The Hobgoblin, Jason Macendale. With their evil combined, they hassled Spidey, Moon Knight, and even Ghost Rider before Macendale ditched his hellish partner in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #86-#87, leaving the beast to become The Demogoblin on his own.

Tomorrow, we close out another week of chilling stories with THE MONSTER OF FRANKENSTEIN, by Gary Friedrich and Mike Ploog!

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Spidey teams up with the X-Men, faces the alien costume again and gets wrapped up in Secret Wars II.

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe, and this year, the web-slinger swings onto the silver screen once more in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”! In celebration of his memorable history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story!

Total war broke out between Spider-Man and the Hobgoblin in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #260, but in the end both the Rose and the Hobgoblin snatched up the Green Goblin’s old journals in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #261, and to make matters worse, our hero’s former costume—now known to be an alien symbiote—escaped from the Fantastic Four’s holding chamber.

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #150

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #150

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Spidey joined forces with Cannonball in MARVEL TEAM-UP #149, and with a full team of X-Men in MARVEL TEAM-UP #150, as that series came to an end. Later, the chasm between Spidey and the Black Cat grew over her new “bad luck” powers in PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #98. The two managed to tag-team the Spot, though, in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #99, and discover that the bad luck affected the wallcrawler as well as the villains in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #100.

The sorcerer Kulan Gath gained his revenge on Spidey in UNCANNY X-MEN #190, but suffered another defeat in UNCANNY X-MEN #191. A photographer snapped a pic of Peter Parker changing into his secret identity in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #262, the hero-worshipping “Spider-Kid” tried to aid the webslinger in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #263, and a new villain from Texas called Red 9 moseyed into town in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #264.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #262

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #262

  • Published: March 10, 1985
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 26, 2014
  • Writer: Bob Layton
What is Marvel Unlimited?

After breaking up a hostage situation in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #101, and fending off an attack from Killer Shrike in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #102, Spidey faced off against a gang called the Vulturions in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #1 and had a seemingly final encounter with his alien costume. The Vulturions applied for jobs as assassins for the Kingpin in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #2, but plummeted back to Earth when the Vulture swooped in to take back his stolen flight technology in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #3. Meanwhile, the Black Fox tangled with Silver Sable in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #265, and a “loser” team consisting of Spider-Kid, Frog-Man, and the Toad tried to prove their mettle in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #266.

The wallcrawler threw cold water on a group of college kids’ attempt to create a super villain in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #103, and helped a recovering Rocket Racer stay on the straight and narrow path in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #104. Doctor Octopus’ metal arms caused a few problems for Spidey in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #4, but not as much as the Full Octy in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #5, and a middle-age thief who lived in the suburbs in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #267.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #268

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #268

  • Published: September 10, 1985
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 29, 2013
What is Marvel Unlimited?

The near-omnipotent Beyonder took our hero’s advice in SECRET WARS II #2, but turned an entire building into gold when things didn’t pan out for him. The Kingpin got greedy for the gold in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #268, but so, too did the webslinger in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #6. Hoping to put temptation behind him, Spidey dove between the Wasp and Paladin in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #105, and later joined with the winsome heroine to battle a crime boss in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #106.

Galactus’ former herald Firelord visited Earth in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #269, and found that crossing an indigenous arachnid super hero earned him a world of hurt in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #270. Seeking solace in slumber following the battle, Spidey lent a hand to Nightmare to fend off a dream-version of the Hulk in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #7, and then investigated the mystery of the Smithville Thunderbolt in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #8 and WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #9.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #107

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #107

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Telling a little white lie to bolster the “heroism” of well-meaning Crusher Hogan in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #271 failed to score any Karma points for the webslinger when he learned of his friend Captain Jean DeWolff’s murder in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #107. His subsequent investigation led to a suspect known as the Sin-Eater in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #108, and a team-up with Daredevil in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #109 to stop the villain from killing another of Spider-Man’s loved ones…

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Spider-Man turns over every rock and looks behind every door in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #24

 

By November 22, Spider-Man has just about run all out of patience. On that day, SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #24 hits stands and the Merc with the Mouth remains out and about. The Wallcrawler cannot take it anymore so he has decided to hunt down his former sorta-kinda partner.

We brainstormed some ideas for ol’ Webhead in the office and ran them by writer Robbie Thompson to see what he thought of them.

Patrol the whole of Manhattan via webswinging

Why it is a good idea:

“Patrol via webswinging is the perfect way to hunt for Deadpool,” agrees Thompson. “Deadpool is noisy, and likely to be less than conspicuous. So Spider-Man can cover much more ground this way, and check every nook and cranny for the Despicable Deadpool.”

Why it is a bad idea:

“What if Deadpool is in Jersey?” he wonders.

File a missing persons report with the NYPD

Why it is a good idea:

“Missing Persons report is a perfect idea,” the writer acknowledges. “Let the NYPD do their due diligence, while Spider-Man can use the free time catch up on Netflix shows.”

Why it is a bad idea:

“The NYPD have more important things to do, Spider-Man!” shouts Thompson. “Get off the couch and find this maniac!”

Consult one of Manhattan’s numerous psychics

Why it is a good idea:

“It can’t hurt,” shrugs the writer. “Plus, maybe they’ll give Spider-Man some winning lotto numbers. He could use the cash after his company went bust. Maybe just head straight to Dr. Strange’s and get this sorted straight away.”

Why it is a bad idea:

“What if the psychic actually ‘gets in the mind’ of Deadpool?” he says, outlining a worst case scenario. “Might not ever escape that circus.”

Ask Cable. They’re like best friends, right?

Why it is a good idea:

“Cable would definitely be a good resource for finding Deadpool…” nods the writer.

Why it is a bad idea:

“…in many pieces,” he adds.

Read the Daily Bugle’s super hero coverage to see if he’s mentioned

Why it is a good idea:

“The Bugle is the city’s most widely read paper with the best coverage of superheroes…”states Thompson.

Why it is a bad idea:

“…not named Spider-Man,” he continues. “Might be tough on Spider-Man’s ego. But maybe he could take out a ‘Missed Connections’ ad: ‘I was the super-hero, you were the anti-hero. The 7 express train last week. You were doing the Mad Magazine fold-in, I was hunting you down to bring you to justice.’”

Google him. It’s worth a shot.

Why it is a good idea:

“You could find his Facebook or Twitter page,” Thompson points out.

Why it is a bad idea:

“You could find his Facebook or Twitter page,” restates the writer.

Get the Spider-Mobile out of mothballs and take a road trip to try and find him.

Why it is a good idea:

“This is a great idea,” enthuses the writer. “I’m stealing this idea.”

Why it is a bad idea:

“There is no bad to this idea,” Thompson argues. “Hence: stealing it.”

Foster a bloodhound for a weekend, try to get him to pick up Deadpool’s scent

Why it is a good idea:

“Dogs are great trackers and make the best of friends!” the writer explains. “Spider-Man could use some friends right about now.”

Why it is a bad idea:

“Who will walk that poor dog when Spider-Man is not around?” he worries. “Who?! Okay, I’ll do it.”

Canvas the five boroughs with “Have You Seen This Merc” posters

Why it is a good idea:

“Hey, posters work for garage sales, why not finding Deadpool?” admits Thompson.

Why it is a bad idea:

“Wade would constantly call the hotline with false information, sending Spider-Man all over the city/country/world, to the most ridiculous places,” he states.

Reach out to a super hero friend who might be better at this

Why it is a good idea:

“Now this is a great idea which Nick Lowe and Jordan D. White pitched for the first issue we worked on!” reveals the writer. “So you’ll actually see this in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #23. Spoiler alert: it totally works! Kinda.”

Why it is a bad idea:

“Perfect idea is perfect!” Thompson contends. “It leads to shenanigans and fun and near death experiences! Fun for the whole family!”

SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #24, by Robbie Thompson and artist Chris Bachalo, hits on November 22!

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