Marvel Comics plans on bringing many of its spider-heroes together in Spider-Geddon, a sequel to the 2014 Spider-Verse event series, to once again face the threat of the Inheritors. If you're a fan of the Spider-Man franchise and enjoy seeing different takes on the web-slinger, then Spider-Geddon is just for you.
Of course, opening up the multiverse for Spider-Geddon allows the publisher to introduce new takes on established characters aside from those who can stick to walls. In order to get fans ready for the main event, Marvel will release an Edge of Spider-Geddon miniseries that will tell individual stories of the spider-heroes of the multiverse, while also bringing them into the central conflict of Spider-Geddon.
The first hero up in a preview of next week's Edge of Spider-Geddon #1 is Hobart "Hobie" Brown, the Spider-Punk of Earth-138. However, he's not the only Marvel character to be featured in the preview, as the Avengers foe Kang the Conqueror makes a surprise appearance. Kang of Earth-138 has taken up a completely different role from the Conqueror that Earth's Mightiest Heroes in the Marvel Prime Universe are accustomed to -- this despot from the future goes by the name Kang the Conglomerator.
Instead of conquering, Kang has chosen to become a businessman in the year 2099. His company, Kangco Inc. LTD., has made a fortune by owning the life rights, identity, image, merchandising rights and all intellectual properties associated with Spider-Punk and other superheroes. Ironically, Kang the Conglomerator mentions how superheroes turn him a tidy profit through the selling of t-shirts, dolls and films, with comics not making him much. It seems even in a make-believe world, comics still aren't on the level of being a money-maker like feature films.
Wanting to turn an even greater profit with the original, authentic Spider-Punk, Kang has traveled back in time to take Spider-Punk with him to 2099. Of course, Spider-Punk isn't going without a fight, with Kang teleporting some of his mechanical Spider-Punk paraphernalia in to put the odds in his favor.
With this only being a preview, we'll have to wait until Edge of Spider-Geddon #1 goes on sale Wednesday, August 15 to see whether Kang the Conglomerator is successful in stealing himself a one-of-a-kind Spider-Punk.