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‘Origin of the Species’ gives Peter Parker time to reflect — and maybe readers a new Spider-Man?

Last Thursday CBR posted a lengthy interview with Amazing Spider-Man editor Stephen Wacker about all things Spider-Man, from the “One Moment in Time” storyline to his role in the upcoming Shadowland event.

He also talked about what comes next for the wall crawler after O.M.I.T. — a storyline called “Origin of the Species.” Here’s what Wacker said:


“For the couple of months coming out of “One Moment in Time,” we’re going to be bringing a lot of threads of Peter’s life that we’ve been developing since we started working on the book into one big story, ‘Origin of the Species.’ It sort of gives Pete a moment to assess all the stuff that’s happened to him for the last 100 or so issues. Beyond that, we’ve already started talking about the fact that it might be time for a new, or at least better, Spider-Man. I feel like we’ve done as much as we can do in terms of Peter Parker’s time as Spider-Man.”

“…a new, or at least better, Spider-Man. I feel like we’ve done as much as we can do in terms of Peter Parker’s time as Spider-Man.” It’s also teased again at the end of the interview: “… whenever we have our new Spider-Man…”

Fans on the CBR forum are speculating on what this means — perhaps a return of everyone’s favorite clone, Ben Reilly? What do you guys think?



Wait, I thought making Peter single again was supposed to magically open up all of these doors to infinite new and better stories, and make Spider-Man comics more in line with what the general public is expecting in the character. Making Spidey anyone but Peter Parker COMPLETELY contradicts that and is something that, frankly, I have little interest in.

I stuck with Spidey during Brand New Day, and I’ll be honest, the lame retread stories in “The Gauntlet” have completely sapped me of any enthusiasm I had for the series. If they’re going to boot Peter out of the book along with it, then man, this is certainly no book I want to be shilling $9 a month for, that’s for damn sure.

Charles pierce

July 6, 2010 at 8:30 am

Seriously, didn’t marvel learn anything the last time they replaced spider man with someone else?

Well, if you leave the dude trapped in amber, you’re right, you’re not going to be able to tell very interesting stories about him.

Hmmm. So this is the “we’ve added pants” of this week, is it?

R.I.P Spider-Man. You’ll always be remembered. Well, that is unless Mephisto has anything to say about it.

I say let Ben Reilly’s clone dust continue to blow into the wind.

If they really have to replace Peter Parker, I say use the MVP clone from Avengers: The Initiative. He already has Spidey experience being the Scarlet Spider.

I think I prefer the Silver Age George Michael to the current one. And the Grim ‘n’ Gritty David Bowie wasn’t a patch on the cosmic run. I’m going to give it a couple of movies before I pass judgement on the new Marilyn Monroe, though. I have faith in Alan Smithee as a director.


Oh, hey: can you take that pop-up link out of my post above? I didn’t agree to allow my post – a work of fiction – to be used in that way.

Thank you.


This will only excite me if a certain futuristic wall crawler were to travel back in time and star in the book a for a couple months.

It should be gone now … this is the first time I realized those stupid things even pop up in the comments, Matthew.

No worries, and thanks!


The Ugly American

July 6, 2010 at 9:40 am

Donald Glover / black Spider-Man

Or Wacker was just joking?

Steven R. Stahl

July 6, 2010 at 10:58 am

I read the CBR piece — aside from Wacker treating Spider-Man fans as though they’re all teenagers or younger, removing Parker from the Spider-Man role for a long period of time would conflict with Wacker’s other statement’s about the character. I’m guessing that Parker will experience a crisis — Does he want to be Spider-Man any more, does he want to do more with his life, etc. — that will cause him to abandon the identity for a while, but that something will cause him to put the costume back on, whether or not he has a new sense of commitment.

If that’s what they’re going to do, then Wacker was right in saying that the writers have done as much as they can do. Having the hero reevaluate his commitment is a cliche, unless he actually quits.


Hopefully this leads to a darker, grittier, wife-beating version of the character who refers to himself as “The Spider.” That would be awesome!

Oh, wait.

Tony Harrison

July 6, 2010 at 1:22 pm

This is an outrage!!!

Spiderman No More !!!

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