SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for Amazing Spider-Man #1 by Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn, Laura Martin and VC's Joe Caramagna, on sale now.
It's a "Brand New Day" for Peter Parker in the Marvel Comics relaunch of Amazing Spider-Man, as Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley look to carry the Spidey torch handed off to them by the departing Dan Slott. But while the new creative team looks to establish themselves on the title, they're also making sure to pay respect to the stories that preceded them.
One of those stories was told in Slott's highly-successful Superior Spider-Man, which saw Doctor Octopus transfer his consciousness into Peter Parker's body, thus allowing Otto Octavius a second chance at life in a much younger, healthier form. Though part of Peter was still buried inside his own mind, Otto had full authority to do whatever he pleased while masquerading as Peter. Whether it was walking close to the edge as an ultra-violent Spider-Man or an overly-confident Peter Parker, Otto made drastic changes to the hero's status quo, changes that are still felt to this day.
An example of one of those changes appears in the Amazing Spider-Man's Fresh Start relaunch, during what should be a public highlight and proud moment in Peter's life.
Watchr (That's Not a Typo) Declares Peter Parker a Fraud
As Peter gets fans caught up on the latest developments in his life, we're taken to the campus of Empire State University for a special presentation. ESU is where Peter attended college, and another alumni member named Cindy Lawton invited Peter to help demonstrate a new piece of plagiarism software called Watchr. The program uses Cerebro technology to scan any academic paper to identify its sources, and a live demonstration will be done using one of Peter's assignments from his graduate studies -- "Determining Patterns in the Random: Chaos Theory and Probability Distribution."
The only problem with this presentation is that Peter didn't officially earn a graduate degree at ESU. "Determining Patterns in the Random: Chaos Theory and Probability Distribution" was created by Otto back when he was Doctor Octopus, and he submitted it to ESU to complete the graduate program while masquerading as Peter in Superior Spider-Man.
As you can imagine, this is an extremely embarrassing situation for Peter. Not only did Otto accomplish something he couldn't do on his own, but Peter can't tell anyone the truth behind his forgery without revealing Spider-Man's secret identity.