The final issue of Amazing Spider-Man came out this week and it featured the death of Peter Parker, the secret identity of Spider-Man. Not only was Peter Parker killed off, it was done in the worst way imaginable: Doctor Octopus, Spider-Man’s genius archenemy while laying in his death-bed in maximum security super-villain prison, was able to lure Spider-Man to his bed-side where he then switched bodies with Spider-Man. I hate when that happens. Doc Ock now possessed the body of Spider-Man and Peter Parker lay dying in a diseased, stinky old man body of Doctor Octopus. As an added twist, the two men also have each other’s memories.
If it sounds like a stupid premise, even for a comic book, it’s because it is. It’s kind of like the movie Freaky Friday, only not done as a silly, wacky comedy.
Peter Parker, trapped in the body of Doctor Octopus, is able to escape prison with the help of some other lesser super-villains and he tries desperately to get his body back. His attempt of course fails and he ends of dying in the street after a final battle with his archenemy, who everyone thinks is really him.
Peter Parker is dead, but nobody, not his family, not his friends, know it.
Amazing Spider-Man is no longer. It ends with issue #700. In its place is a new book called Superior Spider-Man with Doctor Octopus taking the role of Spider-Man.
I find it strange the Marvel Comics would allow this to happen. Only a few short years ago, they decided that Peter Parker couldn’t be married because young people couldn’t identify with a married Spider-Man. Instead of just having Mary Jane and Peter Parker just divorce like regular people, because that would be immoral, they concocted this silly idea that featured Peter Parker striking a deal with the Devil. Peter Parker and Mary Jane would no longer be married and in exchange, Peter’s Aunt May wouldn’t die from a gunshot wound.
Only in the world of funny books would striking a deal with the Devil be more moral than getting a divorce.
If kids couldn’t relate to Spider-Man because he was married, how on earth will they relate to him now that he is secretly a middle-aged former super-villain with a Moe Howard haircut?