Marvel reimagines Peter Parker
After 50 years, Doc Ock steps into Spidey’s hero role.
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.