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Doc Ock returning as the Superior Spider-Man this December from writer Christos Gage

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Sep 7, 2018

Remember that time Doctor Octopus pulled a Freaky Friday and swapped bodies with Peter Parker? Parker seemingly died in Otto Octavius's body and Otto (now stuck in Parker's body and as arrogant as ever) decided to become a better person, while also trying to be a better Spider-Man than Peter ever was.

It's a tad confusing, but that's the origin of the Superior Spider-Man, a comic book series written by long-time Spidey writer Dan Slott and drawn by Ryan Stegman, Humberto Ramos, and Giuseppe Camuncoli. 

The title will now be making a comeback in December, with writer Christos Gage (Superior Spider-Man Annual #1) and artist Mike Hawthorne (Despicable Deadpool), announced Marvel

Check out the first cover by Travis Charest:

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Credit: Marvel Comics

Gage, who signed an exclusive contract with Marvel, said that Doc Ock will be putting less emphasis on improving himself as Spider-Man and focusing on improving himself as Otto Octavius. 

"[This] includes protecting San Francisco, teaching at Horizon University in his cover identity as Elliot Tolliver, and, of course, doing everything much better than anyone else can — which is why he's still the Superior Spider-Man!" Gage explained. "I had the great pleasure of collaborating with Dan Slott on his incredible Superior Spider-Man run, and I can't wait for people to see this new chapter in Otto's journey toward... redemption? Corruption? Triumph? Tragedy? That remains to be seen. What I can tell you is that the appropriately superior artistic team of Mike Hawthorne, Wade Von Grawbadger, and Jordie Bellaire — titans of their field, all — are absolutely killing it on the art."

As for supporting characters, Gage revealed that Stilt-Man and the Night Shift will definitely be featured, as well as "some rather more heavy-hitting villains who shall remain nameless."

Originally released between 2013 and 2014, the Superior Spider-Man concept was initially very unpopular among fans, who, upon actually reading the comics, came to love the idea of Dock Ock taking on the persona of Spider-Man. Before the support came pouring in, however, Slott actually received death threats when readers learned of the plot. 

Superior Spider-Man #1 goes on sale this December, although no specific release date has been set.