WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Spider-Man #234, by Brian Bendis and Oscar Bazaldua, on sale now.
Miles Morales is currently facing what would be considered a midlife crisis in Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man, were he only a little older. The teenaged web-slinger has been questioning whether or not to continue calling himself Spider-Man, his mother recently discovered his secret identity, and he went on a multiversal adventure in order to rescue his father Jefferson Davis.
Now, Marvel Legacy will drop another problem in Miles’ lap in Spider-Man #234, from creators Brian Michael Bendis, Oscar Bazaldua, Justin Ponsor and Cory Petit. The issue sees a new incarnation of the Sinister Six form under the leadership of a mysterious figure wearing Peter Parker’s old Iron Spider costume. The new villain is looking to score some black market tech from Ceres, a relatively obscure arms dealing character, and immediately settles on the Iron Spider. Our mystery man has a big score planned, so he also needs to outfit about five or six people — Sandman, Electro, the Spot, Hobgoblin and Bombshell — with their own upgraded tech.
Ceres runs down the specs on the Iron Spider, and cautions her customer that if he’s looking to make an enemy out of Spider-Man and his spider friends, suiting up as the Iron Spider is certainly the way to go. The devilish smile on his face, the upper portion hidden in shadow, lets us know this is exactly what he has in mind.
The majority of the comic keeps the Iron Spider’s identity under wraps, but the closing moments offer up a shocking return that directly affects Miles, with ramifications spilling out into the larger Marvel Universe.
History Of The Iron Spider Suit
The original Iron Spider was created by Tony Stark and given to Peter Parker ahead of his unmasking in the original Civil War event. The color palette closely matched Tony’s Iron Man armor’s red and gold, and the back of the suit was outfitted with four spider-like appendages. Peter ultimately switched back to his more familiar red and blue costume when he left the registration side of the Civil War for the resistance.
The armor has made a few appearances since Peter relinquished it, though none of the suitors have lasted for a significant amount of time. It’s even popped up in different forms of media, from Amadeus Cho donning it in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series to Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) offering it to Peter Parker (Tom Holland) at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
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