Spider-Man has had a decent stay as a "Superior" hero, but now it's time to get back to basics and become "Amazing" once again. Following the leak that Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos will launch a new "Amazing Spider-Man" series as a part of All-New Marvel NOW! later this year, The New York Daily News has not only confirmed the series' existence, but revealed that Peter Parker will be back in control of his body by the series' April debut.
"We've gone over 30 issues without Peter Parker, so when we let him out of that box and he gets to put on that costume again and he gets to swing through the sky, it's going to be the greatest feeling," Slott told the New York Daily News
The publication was unclear whether Slott moving on to "Amazing Spider-Man" signals the end of "Superior Spider-Man." Furthermore, no details were given on what might happen to the "Superior" sister titles -- "Superior Foes of Spider-Man" and "Superior Spider-Man Team-Up" -- should "Superior Spider-Man" end its series run. It's likely Marvel will have more news in that direction as "Amazing's" release date approaches.
Peter Parker returning to his body the around the same time Marc Webb's "Amazing Spider-Man 2" film launches is unlikely to be coincidental, though Slott has had a plan in place for Spider-Man since before the debut of "Superior Spider-Man" #1, and had to be resolute in his outward stance that Peter wasn't coming back.
"To do that for a solid year of my life, that's the hardest thing I've had to do -- to look small children in the eye at a convention and lie to them," the writer said. "One of them with an honest-to-God Little League uniform and a quivering lip. Inside, part of me was dying."
It's clear he's been playing the long game for some time, and only time will tell how Peter will come back to his body. After all, the last time readers saw Peter Parker, it was as a ghost inside Doc Ock's brain, which was wiped out completely during the series' first few issues.
"We did it this way because no one was expecting it. Everyone out there assumed we'd have a big reveal later. People thought we'd bring Peter back in a year's time -- or right before the next Spider-Man movie," Slott said of the ghostly Peter Parker shortly after the debut of "Superior Spider-Man" #1. "Everyone was so savvy with how this all works that I thought the best way to keep people off their game was to just put that card on the table right from the get go. You're all so sure it was coming -- Well? Here it is! But if you think that's all there is, get ready to be wrong."
While "Superior Spider-Man" was a huge commercial success for Marvel, fan reaction was widespread, with some even sending death threats to Slott through social media in the wake of the change. However, critical response for the series as a whole has been positive, with the book hitting #11 on CBR's top 100 comics of 2013.
"Amazing Spider-Man" #1 hits stores in April.