Dan Slott has become synonymous with Marvel Comics’ Amazing Spider-Man since joining the series as one of four writers during its weekly adventures from 2008-2010. Since taking over as the sole writer in November 2010, Slott has charted Spidey’s ongoing series through historic milestone issues, relaunches and character deaths. If you’ve ever witnessed Slott’s enthusiasm when discussing Spider-Man in-person or via an online interview, it’s clear how much he truly loves the character. This, of course, is one of the reasons Slott’s time on Amazing Spider-Man is currently the longest of any writer at the publisher.
This lengthy streak may be coming to an end in next spring, however. The publisher’s March 2018 solicits declared it will be the beginning of a new story arc in Amazing Spider-Man #797. Titled “Go Down Swinging,” the storyline will pit the web-slinger against one of his oldest rivals, the Green Goblin, and the issue’s solicitation text teases, “Dan Slott has saved his most harrowing Spider-Man story for last.”
The ominous words at the end of that sentence sure make it sound like Slott will be stepping down as Spider-Man’s primary architect come March. When you step back and look at the bigger picture, next year presents the perfect opportunity for the writer to turn in his final Amazing Spider-Man script. If “Go Down Swinging” runs for four issues, that would put its conclusion in the comic’s monumental 800th issue. Then, Slott can put his final stamp on the Spider-Man/Green Goblin rivalry before handing the keys to the next writer for issue #801.
With this in mind, we thought it would be a good time to take a look back at the most controversial moments of Dan Slott’s run on Amazing Spider-Man. Keep in mind that just because the writer introduced massive changes to the Spider-Man’s mythos, it doesn’t mean they didn’t result in captivating, fan-favorite stories.
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