From a Dan Slott interview posted on Comic Book Resources in late August:
I’m really happy with our 1-2-3 punch of #698, #699 and #700. I think people are not going to forget this one. This story will raise some really strong emotions in Spider-Man fans. It will probably be one of the biggest things I ever do to a Marvel Comics character in my career.
I don’t know if people will start making little dart boards of me or not for this one. I’ve said it before, but I’m going into hiding after issue #700 comes out. I’m not looking at message boards. I’m not poking my head up out of that hole, because what happens in issue #700 is big!
It would appear that even though Amazing Spider-Man #700 hasn’t been released, strong emotions in Spider-Man fans have already been raised. Spoilers to the issue have been popping up online and reportedly Slott has received death threats over the story.
Seriously, death threats.
Death threats are wrong
It’s difficult for me to understand how anyone can threaten the life of someone over something they wrote about a fictional character. There’s real life and then there’s pretend life. What happens in comic books is pretend life. It’s hard for me to believe how anyone could threaten, let alone kill someone over a comic book. Then again, before last Friday, it would have been hard for me to believe that a person could go to an elementary school and slaughter 26 defenseless people, 20 of which were small children, with a military-style assault rifle.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that there are some really weird and deranged people out there who are capable of saying just about anything.