NYCC 2018: Marvel’s Spider-Men Prepare For Spider-Geddon!

by Noah Sharma

New York Comic Con is home for Spider-Man. With home-town enthusiasm, Nick Lowe introduced Nick Spencer (Amazing Spider-Man, Superior Foes of Spider-Man), Saladin Ahmed (Miles Morales: Spider-Man), Seanan McGuire (Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider), Priest (Spider-Force), Kathleen Wisneski (assistant editor).

Peter Parker has some changes in his life. He’s lost his job(s), he’s finally back with Mary Jane, and he even has a new roommate in Amazing Spider-Man these days, the supervillain Boomerang. Issues #6 and 7 see the two of them trying to win Spider-Man trivia night at the Bar with No Name. ASM #8 kicks off a three issue arc featuring the Black Cat. It also features some new villains and it looks at what would happen if superheroes’ most precious objects went missing, prompting an incredulous audience member to wonder how Black Cat managed to steal Thor’s hammer. Spencer can only say that, yes, that is what he is implying.

“Spider-Geddon” is the big new story for the Spider-Man office. The Inheritors are back and this time they’re not waiting for the Spiders to come to them. In a pre-recorded trailer C.B. Cebulski promised that this would be Miles Morales’ first starring role in a major event.

“Spider-Geddon” will affect a number of characters. The event will take Ghost Spider off the board for a little bit, and Seanan McGuire is excited to see how Gwen Stacy is going to make her way back before the Inheritors destroy the other Spiders in the new ongoing series. In an unfamiliar world she’ll end up squaring off against a villain that the panel was reluctant to name but…well she’ll be dodging “a lot of exploding seasonal fruits”.

Spider-Girls by Jody Houser and Andres Genolet sees four inheritors of the Spider-Girl mantle taking on a “magical quest” to uncover an alternate way to defeat the Inheritors.

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #311 to 313 sees Morlun coming after…well, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man to avenge his embarrassment during “Spider-Verse”. It will be a knock down drag out battle. Sean Ryan is writing and Juan Frigeri is on art duties.

Spider-Force was born over dinner between Priest and Dan Slott. Priest didn’t know who Slott was, and ended up hearing the last decade of Spider-Man stories from him. So, when he was invited to write something for “Spider-Geddon”, he was ready and he brought Spider-Force. The series sees Kaine assembling a strike team to take on a suicide mission against the Inheritors. Don’t take anything for granted with this series.

Vault of Spiders #1 and 2 will also look at other alternate Spider-Men, including Spider-byte (a digital Spider-Man), the Savage Spider-Man (Peter Parker if he was raised by spiders int he Savage Land), Captain Stacy as a Spider, Spider-Ma’am (Aunt May as Spider-Man),Spiders-Man (a bunch of spiders who think they’re a person), and even…SUPAIDAMAN, EMMISARY OF HELL. Look for stories from Cullen Bunn, Adam Gorham, Ryan North, Javier Pulido, and James Asmus.

Lowe promised that the events of “Spider-Geddon” will lead to a dramatic change for Otto Octavius that forces him to don the Superior Spider-Man costume once again. Otto and Anna Maria are in San Francisco and they’re about to take on threats as wild as a revived Stilt-Man and Terrax the Tamer. The series will be written by Christos Gage and illustrated by Mike Hawthorne.

Saladin Ahmed says that Miles Morales: Spider-Man is trying to balance between reaching out to fans who may have discovered him through the PS4 game or Enter the Spider-Verse and satisfying fans who have loved him from the start. Miles is starting a new school year and continuing his life as a superhero. It’s not easy to juggle that all and the new book will be focusing on the trials of being a high school superhero. When some kids go missing the trail leads to the Rhino, but there may be more to it than meets the eye. The two will have to work together to solve the crime, putting him in a position of dependence on a classic Spider-Man villain. But that may not be the thing that takes him down. Miles has a new creative writing class and he’s keeping a journal for it. Unfortunately he’s putting a few things in there that should probably keep secret.

Miles will be facing villains both old and new as well as more mundane threats, incuding his own assistant principal in a story that Ahmed is calling “Miles Morales’ Day Off”.

After “Spider-Geddon”, Marvel is also launching a new book, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man by Tom Taylor and Juann Cabal. There’s a lot that still can’t be said but the series will have a smaller focus, looking at Peter, his neighborhood, and the people who live there before exploding into a grander superhero story.

Nick Spencer says that he’d like to deal with the revelation that Peter has a sister, but implied that he had not put pen to paper on that story.

One questioner tried to get the panelists’ best moment in creating “Spider-Geddon”, but it was a little too early. Instead the panel offered their favorite alternate Spiders: Spider-Ma’am (Lowe and Priest), Spider-Man 2099 (Spencer), Spider-Ham (Wis), Spider-Gwen (McGuire), and Spiders-Man (Ahmed).

There are no plans for ongoing series for Sp//dr or Silk to receive ongoings at this time (boo..), but they will both apparently play a part in Spider-Geddon (yay!).

Asked about the creature hunting Mysterio, Spencer promises that we’ll see it again next issue but it will be a long running thread in the tradition of previous Spider-Man mystery villains.

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