This April Peter Parker takes back the reigns of Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #1. This should come as no surprise to any “True Believes” out there as Marvel has a habit of killing off characters only to bring them back. But this change was different than most “deaths” in the Marvel Universe as Dr. Octopus switched minds with Peter Parker right before his ‘old’ body perished. Since then he’s been imitating Marvel’s most popular character, bringing a new suit and a new attitude with him.
When Dan Slott killed off Spider-Man though he did so with the knowledge that he would be bringing back the original web crawler at some point in the future. However since Peter Parker’s death in Amazing Spider-Man #700 (right before Stan Lee’s 90th Birthday) Slott has had to endure fan outrage, and even death threats all while knowing that they would be pulling the trigger to bring back Peter Parker sometime in the future.
The Daily News article covered the death well and you should check out there original article, here’s a little snippet of it.
“We didn’t make this move lightly,” Marvel Comics editor in chief Axel Alonso told the News. “No one loves Peter Parker more than Dan Slott, the man who killed him.”
Slott is just one of millions of fans across generations and continents to fall in love with the nerdy Queens boy whose run-in with a genetically altered spider grants him super powers but not the ability to overcome problems in his personal life.Ever since Stan Lee and Steve Ditko (and possibly Jack Kirby) launched the awkward super hero in 1962’s “Amazing Fantasy # 15,” Parker even more than Spidey has been the publisher’s most popular creation.
“To do that for a solid year of my life, that’s the hardest thing I’ve had to do — to look small children in the eye at a convention and lie to them,” says Slott. “One of them with an honest-to-God Little League uniform and a quivering lip. Inside, part of me was dying.”
He did, however, cave under the pressure when he met actor Andrew Garfield on the set of “Amazing Spider-Man 2.” After the actor who plays Parker on the big screen expressed his shock over the death of the beloved character, Slott admits he dropped some secretive hints.“(Parker’s coming back) just in time, fancy that, for a major Spider-Man motion picture,” quipped Slott. “It seems uncanny. It was very nice for Sony to schedule the movie around the story.”