WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Spider-Geddon #3 & #4 by Christos Gage and Jorge Molina, on sale now.
The role of Spider-Man has evolved over the years, especially in the last decade. In that time, fans have met Ghost Spider, Silk, Spiderling, Spider-Punk, Spiders-Man and plenty more taking on the Spider-Hero mantle. The most instantly iconic was Miles Morales, the Spider-Man who succeeded Peter Parker in the Ultimate Universe before moving into the mainstream Marvel Universe.
In that time, we've also been introduced to potentially the most controversial version of Spider-Man ever: Otto Octavius, former Doctor Octopus and the self-titled Superior Spider-Man. Otto is a villain having a crisis of conscience, trying to learn to become a hero despite every impulse leaning towards villainous acts. Both characters have proven compelling in their own right. Miles, in particular, has become one of the defining characters of the modern era.
Miles and Otto have risen to the forefront of Spider-Geddon, their competing moralities and qualities pushing against one another throughout the event. Their interactions alone are some of the best beats in the entire event, and their reluctant respect for one another should continue even after the story ends.
An Unlikely Duo
The best duos are usually defined by their differences as much as they are by their similarities. It’s the classic good cop/bad cop routine: One of them follows a moral code that puts them in direct conflict with their partner, who defines themselves as a “lone wolf” willing to do “whatever it takes” to see justice done. That describes almost every contrasting duo ever, perfectly summarizing how Miles Morales and Otto Octavius bounce off one another in Spider-Geddon.
Miles is the well-meaning rookie, literally a foundational members of the current “future generation of the Marvel Universe” team. He is here to be a superhero, not a killer. He’s a good kid, with a strong enough moral base that his refusal to kill a Nazi Captain America can form the emotional crux of an entire Marvel Universe crossover.