However, as reportedly a final battle between Spider-Man and the green, gliding villain that has hounded him for decades, won’t be just another destructive clash between good and evil. The upcoming arc is also set to introduce a new menace into the Spider-Man mythos: the Red Goblin. As of yet there are few details about the character, but his red, hellish appearance appears to link him to Mephisto, whom fans will know as the evil and mystical entity responsible for reshaping reality in order to forcibly put an end to Peter Parker and Mary-Jane’s marriage.
Assuming the story arc runs for at least four issues (solicitation text indicates five variants, so…), its end would come at Amazing Spider-Man #800, which will no doubt be massive. This raises several questions: Could the Red Goblin be a sign that Mephisto will once again meddle in Spidey’s life despite the promise made that he wouldn’t? And could it be that Mephisto will somehow undo his actions by the end of Dan Slott’s epic story for Amazing Spider-Man?
Dan Slott has had quite a run on Amazing Spider-Man. He began writing the series back in 2008, beginning with Amazing Spider-Man #546, part of the “Brand New Day” arc through which a new status quo for Peter Parker was established. From there, Slott began to experiment and take Peter Parker and the characters associated with him, to new heights. He took the wall-crawler out of his job at the Daily Bugle and placed him in a genius think tank in “Big Time,” he gave Peter Parker his own company and wealth — after killing him off and replacing him with an old foe, that is. Most recently, he turned Peter’s clone, Ben Reilly, into a twisted villain in “Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy.” Then there are characters like the Lizard, who was turned into more of a conflicted beast than simple man-monster, and Morbius, who chose to become an anti-hero. And it all began by building from the aftermath of “One More Day.”
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