Sony's animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and the 2014 Marvel Comics crossover that inspired it, showed that the ideas behind the iconic hero are so powerful they literally transcend dimensions. So, there’s an entire multiverse full of spider-powered people, and sometimes a threat arises that’s so great the only responsible thing to do is band together and confront it head-on. What happens, though, when the interdimensional legion of web-slingers can’t agree on how to tackle the crisis? And which versions of Spider-Man will step up when the Earth-616 Peter Parker is elsewhere fighting for his life?
Those are two of the central questions in Marvel's five-issue miniseries, Spider-Geddon, in which the monstrous Inheritors invade the Marvel Universe, and the various spider-heroes look to Miles Morales and Otto Octavius for the best way to combat them. Over the course of the miniseries and its tie-ins, the youthful and Superior Spider-Men lead the heroes on separate missions before finally joining forces and coming up with a non-lethal solution to the threat of the Reckoners.
With the event concluded, Spider-Geddon writer Christos Gage joined CBR for a post-game chat about its twists and turns, continuing Otto Octavius' adventures in a new Superior Spider-Man series, debuting this week, and the joy of bringing the title character of Marvel's Spider-Man video game to comics.
CBR: One of the more interesting aspects of Spider-Geddon was that it ended up being a Spider-Man story that Peter Parker was not really a major player in. Was this always the plan? Why the focus on Otto Octavius and Miles Morales?
Christos Gage: Yes, it was always the plan that Pete's portion of Spider-Geddon would be primarily in Spectacular Spider-Man. A big reason for that is because Spider-Verse was about Pete being the general of the spider-army, so we already know he can do that. What was interesting to us for Spider-Geddon was for Miles and Otto to try stepping into that role, and seeing how they rose to the occasion (or didn't) and how it changed them.
Miles had a lot of big moments in this series, but perhaps his biggest was tapping into the Enigma Force and becoming the latest Captain Universe. What was it like writing that moment for Miles? What's your sense of where you left the character?
It was awesome! And it felt like something Miles has earned. That's a perfect example of why we wanted to put the spotlight on Miles and Otto: Pete has had these moments (including wielding the Enigma Force), so it was cool for Miles to have his chance. As for where Miles is going, that's in the capable hands of Saladin Ahmed and his collaborators on the new Miles book, but I'd say he's experienced being a leader of an army now, so it's a big step forward for him.
You're kicking off a new era for Otto Octavius in Superior Spider-Man #1. What's it like continuing Otto's adventures with artist Mike Hawthorne after this big event?
So much fun. I love writing Otto under any circumstances, but working with Mike, Wade Von Grawbadger, Jordie Bellaire and Clayton Cowles has been so far beyond my expectations. Everyone seems to be inspired by the work of the others, and it's coming out beautifully. Just pick up the first issue and see what I mean. I promise you'll want to come back for more! It's one of the best-looking books I've ever worked on, I think.