Otto Octavius’ life as Peter Parker/Spider-Man all came crashing down in The Superior Spider-Man #31, but Newsarama has since learned that Marvel is continuing past that “series finale” for a two-part encore tying into the series rollercoaster of a run. Series writer Dan Slott and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli are joined for this unique two-parter by co-writer Christos Gage and Origin II’s Adam Kubert to tell two-faceted story connecting back to a loose end from earlier in The Superior Spider-Man. How’d it all come about you ask? We asked that of Christos Gage.
“Yeah, so, funny story, it turns out there's a pretty major Superior Spider-Man tale left to be told! It's definitely set in the present...well, the future...well, the recent past...okay, all of the above!,” Gage tells Newsarama. “Basically, Superior Spider-Man #32 and #33 reveal an untold chapter in the Superior Spider-Man saga...but it's not a nostalgia act. What Otto is doing is very much part of the current Spider-Man saga, as well! Oh, those wacky time paradoxes!”
SpideyOck’s death in Superior Spider-Man #30 remains intact, Gage says. This “paradox” picks up on the loose ends from the time-traveling story of 2013’s Superior Spider-Man #19 and answers some big questions, while also making some new ones.
“If you go back and look at Superior Spider-Man #19, Otto gets caught in an explosion of temporal energy, and returns some time later,” Gage reminds readers. “At long last, we're going to find out where he went...and when...and what happened!”
The first story, done with Camuncoli, will follow Otto into his jaunt into the future and show, according to Gage, him “encounter some surprising people, and a terrifying enemy!” The second story, with Kubert, will reportedly take a closer look at one of the “surprising people” from the first story; somewhat that Gage says is “a Spider-Man who is very different from the one we know!”
The Superior Spider-Man #32 and #33 will be released in August, just a few months before “Spider-Verse” begins in November. Although they’re separate by a couple of months, given that Slott has stated on the record that virtually every Spider hero from Marvel would make an appearance it begs the question if that would include Superior Spider-Man. Gage was coy at first when Newsarama asked that question, but he couldn’t go without giving something away.
“Hmm...that would be kind of interesting, wouldn't it? It is supposed to include EVERY Spider-Man, right?,” Gage says. “This issue kicks off the edge of Spider-Verse, which leads up to the event itself.”