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Amazing Spider-Man #800 Set the Stage for a Major Villain's Genuine Redemption

The following contains spoilers for Amazing Spider-Man #800 by Dan Slott, Nick Bradshaw, Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stuart Immonen, Marcos Martin, Victor Olazaba, Cam Smith, Wade von Grawbadger, Edgar Delgado, Java Tartaglia, Marte Gracia, Muntsa Vicente and VC’s Joe Caramagna, on sale now.

Amazing Spider-Man #800 is the culmination of everything that Dan Slott has written involving Marvel's webbed superhero over the last ten years. From J. Jonah Jameson and Peter Parker's complicated relationship, to Peter burying the hatchet with Flash Thompson (again), to Aunt May finally accepting Spider-Man's inherent altruism, just about everything gets some kind of resolution.

But there are also some stories that are deliberately left unresolved so they can be explored later on, be it by Slott or another creator. Of those, the most intriguing pertains to what was arguably Slott's most controversial story, The Superior Spider-Man.

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Debuting in 2013, Superior saw Doctor Octopus hijack Peter's body to avoid dying of cancer while Peter's consciousness ended up in Ock's then-dead body. Before he died, Peter uploaded a slew of memories to Otto, and the villain decided that from then on, he'd operate as a Spider-Man who would be better than Parker, all while the world was unaware anything had changed.

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Though Ock-Peter was successful on the hero front, from taking down major supervillains to building his own private army to protect New York, it eventually blew up in his face. Peter was kicked off the Avengers, and his relationships with various friends and loved ones became massively strained. Once the Hobgoblin created a Goblin Army due to Ock-Peter's machinations, Otto decided that the right thing to do was to let the sliver of Peter's remaining consciousness that had been functioning as something of a conscience grow and take back control of his body in order to save the day.

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With Peter back in control of his body, logic would dictate Doc Ock was forever dead... but this is the world of comics, and that never happens. During the Dead No More storyline, a gauntlet from the Superior suit containing Ock's uploaded consciousness was revealed to have transferred the villain-turned-hero's being to the Living Brain, a classic robot foe. Later, the Brain found Otto's corpse, from which it cloned an idealized version of Otto. Ock's consciousness was able to transfer into his new clone body, only to learn it suffered from a state of constant decay. Thus, he later transferred his consciousness to cloned body of Peter Parker's, one that that wouldn't decay at all.

Whew!

Thus was born the Superior Octopus, armed with his old tentacle pack and working with HYDRA during Secret Empire as part of the Hydra Avengers.

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