In this week’s AXEL-IN-CHARGE on CBR, entitled Welcoming Back Creators, Experimenting with Numbering, Albert Ching talked with Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. In this article they discuss a number of noteworthy news stories from the Marvel bullpen including the long-desired reintroduction of the character of Miracleman in Miracleman #1, the resurrection of Nightcrawler, the return of the What If? comics, and some of the marketing theories around Marvel’s recent experimentation in their numbering.
Ching: A major recent announcement is the news “Amazing Spider-Man” is coming back in April — you addressed it in last week’s column, but I wanted to discuss the success of “Superior Spider-Man” a bit. By all accounts, it’s been one of the great victories Marvel has had in the past year-plus, but at the start, it seemed like a pretty big risk. How does it feel to see it pay off in such a big way?
Alonso: Obviously, it feels great. The thing that sold me on “The Superior Spider-Man,” ultimately, was that Dan knew how he wanted to end this chapter in Spider-Man’s history. Whether the story ran for six issues or 30 issues, Dan knew how Peter’s and Otto’s fates would dovetail and come to a climax, and what types of stories this would set up. Because once Peter comes back, the big questions are “Has he changed?” and “What does he come back to?” Dan intends to mine that. Fans have grown to love Otto, but they really miss Peter Parker, and when he comes back, it’s going to be seismic.
The second, and far more interesting tidbit from the conversation is as follows:
Ching: Last one’s from Icey1999 is something a lot of folks are curious about: “With ‘Superior Spider-Man’ ending in April, can we expect new Spider-family titles?”
Alonso: I know Dan’s plans, Icey, and you’re thinking “way” too small.
This certainly seems to play into some of the rumors that have begun appearing on the internet that speculate about there being multiple Spider-Man titles when Peter returns. Personally, I’m not quite sure what this could mean for the book, but I’m excited to find out.
What do you think Axel Alonso could mean by this statement?