Big Changes for Spider-Man
(Spoiler alert) Surprise in store for comic book fans
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2012 11:14 AM CST
The 700th episode is a talker.   (Marvel Comics)

(Newser) – Serious Spider-Man fans surely already know what's going on thanks to online leaks, but casual ones should stop reading now to avoid learning what's in store in the comic book's just-released 700th episode. It's a doozy of a plot twist: Peter Parker dies, and his arch-enemy Doctor Octopus takes over his body and mind. So this is the end for Parker after 50 years? The AP couches its coverage with the phrase "at least for now" and USA Today adds "possibly permanent."

In fact, "the biggest challenge Marvel appears to be facing is convincing the press and fans that the changes are real," writes Scott Johnson at Comicbook.com. A Marvel press release calls this "the single most seismic shift in Spider-Man’s history—and it’s not something that will disappear any time soon," which doesn't exactly have the ring of eternity. What we do know is that episode 700 of the Amazing Spider-Man will not be followed by episode 701. Instead, expect No. 1 of Superior Spider-Man next month.

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bmgnbx
Dec 27, 2012 4:26 AM CST
This isn't the first time. I read comics in the mid-90s and at the time Peter Parker was 'retired' and replaced by a clone named Ben Reilly.
Doctor-Zaius
Dec 26, 2012 6:29 PM CST
If Spiderman got his powers by being bitten by a radioactive spider what would happen if he went around biting people?
Seth_Meyers
Dec 26, 2012 1:11 PM CST
Nice to know that there are these important news stories at the end of the year.