Marvel reimag­ines Peter Parker

Af­ter 50 years, Doc Ock steps into Spidey’s hero role.

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN360 DAILY - By Matt Moore

PHILADEL­PHIA — Af­ter 50 years of spin­ning webs and catch­ing a who’s who of crim­i­nals, Peter Parker is out of the hero game.

But Spi­der-Man is still sling­ing from build­ing to build­ing — re­born, re­freshed and re­vived with a new sense of the old maxim that Ben Parker taught his then­fledgling nephew that “with great power, comes great re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Writer Dan Slott, who’s been pen­ning Spidey ad­ven­tures for the bet­ter part of the last 100 is­sues for Marvel En­ter­tain­ment, said the cul­mi­na­tion of the story is a new, dra­mat­i­cally dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion for the Steve Ditko and Stan Lee-cre­ated hero.

And in the pages of is­sue 700, out Wed­nes­day, it’s not just shaken up, it’s turned head over heels, spun in cir­cles, kicked sky high and cracked wide open.

Parker’s mind is trapped in the with­ered, de­cay­ing dy­ing body of his neme­sis, Doc­tor Oc­to­pus aka Otto Oc­tavius. Where’s Doc Ock? In­side Parker’s su­per­pow­ered shell, learn­ing what life is like for the bril­liant re­searcher who hap­pens to count the Avengers and Fan­tas­tic Four as friends and fam­ily.

The two clash might­ily in the pages of is­sue 700. But it’s Oc­tavius who wins out and Parker is, at least for now, gone for good, but not be­fore one more act of hero­ism.

Slott said that it’s Parker, whose mem­o­ries en­velop Oc­tavius, who shows the vil­lain what it means to be a hero.

“Gone are his days of vil­lainy, but since it’s Doc Ock and he has that ego, he’s not go­ing to try and just be Spi­der-man, he’s go­ing to try to be the best Spi­der-Man ever,” said Slott.

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