It seems as though Spider-Man is going to be playing a key role in the upcoming “Original Sin” event, from writer Jason Aaron and artist Mike Deodato. The series is about the investigation into the murder of Uatu, also known as the Watcher, whose all-seeing eyes held with them the secrets to the universe. It seems that the eyes have survived Uatu’s death and the inhabitants of the Marvel universe can use their powers to unearth all the dirty little secrets that the world and its followers have never seen before.
Comic Book Resources held a press conference call with Jason Aaron, Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, and Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort to discuss the series (read it here). The panelist reveled an interesting piece of information on how Spider-Man factors into the series that could have huge ramifications on Spider-Man’s life.
They revealed that “In Spider-Man’s world, we’ll learn that there was someone else that was bitten by the radioactive spider that originally bit Peter Parker. Fallout from this revelation will begin being dealt with in Dan Slott’s new Amazing Spider-Man #1. “‘It’s a character that cuts back to the very first day in the science lab,’ said Brevoort.”
Someone else was bitten by a radioactive spider? Why not? We’ve already questioned whether the spider had magic powers during J. Michael Staczynski’s run. Over at Bleeding Cool they have a few other speculative ideas (read it here).
Their theorizing basically suspects that this other character is none other than the 616 Universe’s Miles Morales that was teased at the end of Spider-Men #5. The idea is that the CBR article asserts that there will be ramifications of “Original Sin” in Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 3) #1 and the solicit for Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 3) #2 suggests that in a strong way:
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2
DAN SLOTT (W) • HUMBERTO RAMOS (A/C)
Variant cover by Mike Deodato
• Electro’s power is out of control! And only one person can fix it…
• …the Superior Spider-Man!
• Wait. This book’s the AMAZING Spider-Man now.
• So we’re probably out of luck.
• Plus: That thing that freaked you out last issue? There’s more on that. The return of you-know-who? There’s MUCH more on that. Action! Drama! Surprises! There’s MORE OF EVERYTHING!
What is “that thing that freaked you out last issue?” Slott has said that the villain that is introduced in Amazing Spider-Man #1.1, the new title that we announced from Dan Slott that is better known as “Year One: Learning to Crawl,” would:
Slott: Readers will meet an all-new villain, but unlike other stories like this where the new villain is planned as this giant, earth-shattering force like Mr. Sinister who’s the secret villain behind everything, in this case it’s not. This is actually going down a trickier path, to try to create a villain who will feel like a Spider-Man villain of old. It’ll feel like you could have read about this guy at the same time you saw the first appearances of Mysterio, Electro or Sandman. But while we’re aiming for that zone, this villain will have an interesting twist that makes him have much more in common with Peter than the others.
When you look at all of Spider-Man’s earliest villains, they’re all adults. Peter is 15 years old, dressing up as a superhero, and fighting full-grown, mature adults – some guys even as old as the Vulture. What you’ll see with this new villain is Peter fighting someone his own age for the first time. With all the high school drama he goes through during the day, this brings all those problems he has in the school yard and puts it on the super villain.
Could it be that Peter Parker and Miles Morales of the 616 universe are around the same age and were both bitten by the spider back in Amazing Fantasy #15? Is this why Peter looked so shocked when he discovered who Miles Morales was at the end of Spider-Men #5? Did he recognize the face he saw from when he was a high schooler?
It all seems plausible and also like a bit of a stretch. Perhaps the solicits assertions about a thing that “freaked you out last issue” could refer to something altogether different… Perhaps it was even referring to what may have been spoiled in this article at Marvel.com.
“Does Otto Octavius have enough of a hold on Spider-Man that he could have committed the deadly deed?”
I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that Peter’s return might not be as clean as we all suspected. Will Peter be sharing a body with Doctor Octopus or has his recent trip through Otto’s mind left a lingering fragment in his mind? Does this mean we will be getting blue-ghost Doctor Octopus? It seems that even though Superior Spider-Man is ending, the battle for the control of Peter Parker’s body is far from over.
What do you think of all of this speculation? Do you have a theory of your own?