Marvel has released the first image of the character who will be taking over for Peter Parker after his â€œdeathâ€ in Ultimate Spider-Man #160. The image shows a decidedly different costume for Spider-Man, and it looks like Marvel is putting their money where their mouth is when it comes to the â€œDeath of Spider-Manâ€ event currently running in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man and Ultimate Comics Avengers vs New Ultimates.
â€œWe called this story ‘Death of Spider-Man’ for a reason. This is a huge story that will have fans around the world talking for a long time as we set the stage for the debut of our new Spider-Man,â€ Marvel Editor In Chief Axel Alonso said in a statement released by the publisher. Alonso also said via the New York Post, â€œThatâ€™s not Peter Parker. Thereâ€™s going to be someone new wearing the costume.â€
See the new image here below.
The new costume is certainly interesting, and is unlike any costume we’ve seen on the wall crawler before. We have seen a wide range of new costumes for the regular Marvel universe Spider-Man in the last few months so this isn’t really a new thing, it’s just a new thing for the Ultimate universe Spidey. I’m sure toymakers are just drooling at the bit for the chance to turn all these costumes into new figures.
Marvelâ€™s Ultimate universe has never been afraid to mix things up and kill off major characters when the creators think it is needed or interesting. Killing off Spider-Man however, arguably Marvelâ€™s most popular character, is a big step and I donâ€™t think I was alone in wondering how far Marvel would go when they announced the story. As a cynical comic fan, when I hear â€œDeath of Spider-Manâ€ I assumed they meant some kind of metaphorical death, I mean, how can Marvel kill off its meal ticket? It looks like they are going for it though, so Iâ€™m sure weâ€™re all curious to see how this storyline ends and who will be someone new behind the mask. Now we just have to wait to see what happens.