When a fan asked about the recent death of longtime character Flash Thompson, current Amazing Spider-Man writer Nick Spencer stated that there were no plans to bring Peter Parker’s one-time frenemy back any time soon.
Flash, as Anti-Venom, was killed by Norman Osborn, as the Red Goblin, in the finale of previous series writer Dan Slott’s run in Amazing Spider-Man #800. Ironically, Osborn had also been dead for some time, but made his eventual and lasting return.
A trailer for Marvel’s upcoming Spider-Geddon event was later screened at the panel. Another fan subsequently asked about the future of Ben Reilly, Peter’s most famous clone, and executive editor Nick Lowe cited Spider-Geddon provided an ominous response.
“You should be concerned,” Lowe said. “Things are looking bleak for him.” Lowe didn’t specifically state that Ben wouldn’t survive the event, however.
It’s unlikely Flash Thompson will be seen again for awhile. Ben Reilly, however, will begin to face his dire future in Spider-Geddon #1, on sale October 10.
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