If you're really into spider-themed superheroes, 2014's shaping up to be a very good year for you.
Next month, Spider-Man fans will finally see the return of Peter Parker in the pages of a brand-new Amazing Spider-Man #1 by writer Dan Slott and artist Humberto Ramos. Peter's been missing from the Marvel universe since December 2012, when Slott "killed" the character and gave his body to Otto Octavius, who became the "Superior" Spider-Man in an ongoing series of his own. The fan reaction to Parker's death was so severe that it included death threats directed at Slott, but the longtime Spidey writer pushed ahead with his plans and developed a loyal readership for Otto's adventures. Now Peter's on his way back, but it turns out that's not the only big Spider-Man development Slott is cooking up this year.
Yesterday Marvel announced that Slott and artist Olivier Coipel will team up this fall for Spider-Verse, an event spanning six issues of Amazing Spider-Man and crossing over into other, still-unnamed titles that will feature "Every Spider-Man Ever."
That's right, this is an epic that will unite the likes of Peter Parker, Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales, the Spider-Man of Marvel 1602, Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Woman Jessica Drew and many, many more. Even Peter Porker the Spectacular Spider-Ham is on board, and they're all brought together to fight an enemy who wants to end them all.
"Morlun, an incredibly powerful villain has returned with a singular and terrifying goal – exterminate every Spider-Man in every universe!" Marvel said in a press release. "It will take thousands of spider-powered heroes to battle back the greatest threat to this universe or any other!"
Slott said he began working on the idea for Spider-Verse after working on the Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions videogame in 2010, which featured four different Spider-Man characters in various dimensions of the Marvel Universe. This time there are way more than four Spider-Men, and Slott promises they'll all get their moments in the event.
“You will not just see group shots, you will see fun pairings on missions,” he said.
Spider-Verse will officially begin with Amazing Spider-Man #9 in November, but Marvel promises "hints" of what's to come in next month's Amazing Spider-Man #1, and the story will also get a five-page lead-in for Free Comic Book Day on May 3. So if you're itching to see what Spider-Verse is all about, start looking for clues in April.