WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Spider-Geddon #0 by Christos Gage, Clayton Crain and VC’s Travis Lanham, on sale now.
In May, Marvel began teasing a mystery Spider-Man event titled “Spider-Geddon” with a white spider symbol on an all-black background and the phrase, “Spidergeddon Is Nigh.” Of course, this was before the publisher settled on a proper spelling of the event series, but we soon learned Spider-Geddon would be a follow-up to the 2014 Spider-Verse event that assembled spider-themed heroes from across the multiverse to battle Morlun and the evil Inheritors.
The month of June brought a new teaser image from artist Jorge Molina of Peter Parker Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen, the Superior Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099 and more, with a blacked-out figure whose identity was kept a secret. It was finally revealed that Spider-Geddon would introduce the hero of Marvel’s Spider-Man game for the PlayStation 4 into the Marvel Universe.
So with the return of the Inheritors, an oversized cast of Spider-Men and Spider-Women and an Edge of Spider-Geddon miniseries to flesh out some of the newer characters, we’re left to wonder how Marvel settled on the name “Spider-Geddon.” Sure, it’s obvious the name is a combination of the words “Spider” and “Armageddon,” but is there more to the story? Is Spider-Geddon a literal Armageddon for Spider-Man? Luckily, the zero issue of the event series reveals how the name came to be, along with which character had the pleasure of doing the naming.
Meet Marvel’s Spider-Man
Making his debut in Spider-Geddon #0, the PS4 Spider-Man meets Otto Octavius’ Superior Spider-Man persona during an encounter with the PS4 version of the villain, Tarantula. Otto has ventured to Earth-1048 to notify Spider-Man of the Inheritor threat and to recruit him for Spider-Geddon. However, the two spend the majority of the story working together to apprehend Tarantula.
In the 616 Marvel Universe, Peter and Otto have a somewhat strained relationship. The finale of Dan Slott’s Amazing Spider-Man run had Otto fight alongside Peter against Norman Osborn’s Red Goblin, and Otto’s heroic turn continues here as he plays nice with the PS4 Spider-Man. Instead of constantly arguing or belittling this Spider-Man, Otto is downright helpful, even though he’d prefer to meet a Spider-Man that doesn’t act like a comedian on open mic night.
With Tarantula defeated, Peter said his goodbyes to Miles Morales and Mary Jane Watson, while Otto checked in on his Earth-1048 counterpart at The Raft Supermax Prison. As the two Spider-Men swing away to prepare for the larger event, Otto remarked how they could very well be facing an Armageddon. Ever the comedian, Spider-Man quickly followed up with, “I think you mean Spider-Geddon! Ooh, can we call it that?”
It’s fitting that the newest addition to the Spider-Verse would be the one to officially name the arachnid-themed event. Marvel’s Spider-Man quickly became the fastest-selling title for Sony’s PlayStation 4, selling $3.3 million units in its first three days. Including this popular Spider-Man in Spider-Geddon can only help to put more eyes on the character.
Who knows, the PS4 Spider-Man may end up playing a vital role in the storyline. And if that’s the case, don’t be surprised to see Marvel greenlight a new comic chronicling the hero’s adventures on his Earth. Spider-Gwen became a breakout star of Spider-Verse, so it wouldn’t be the first time Marvel gave fans what they wanted. After all, this Spider-Man not only came up with “Spider-Geddon,” but he’s also trademarking it and coming up with a theme song to match.
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