During C2E2, a Spider-Man panel was featured that shared a number of images that showcased the future of the Spider-Man titles. One image was flashed on screen, almost as an accident, and was quickly removed with no further commentary. The image seemed to show the Superior Spider-Man rampaging through the Spider-Man 2099 universe. The image spawned a number of speculations on sites like Bleeding Cool with various artists and writers attached to potentially bring back the Superior Spider-Man series. Today we have all the information on what that image is of and what it means for the Spider-Man universe.
Remember when Spider-Man was sent through time and space before being rematerialized in the present day during Superior Spider-Man #19? The nine hours that Otto disappeared in that story and where he went were never revealed, save for a brief, cryptic line of dialogue from Otto. Now it looks like the where and when of that time period will finally be revealed in the recently announced Superior Spider-Man #32 and #33 set to be released this August and September.
The two-issue story by Dan Slott, Christos Gage, Guiseppe Camuncoli (#32) and Adam Kubert (#33) will feature a Superior Spider-Man seemingly stuck in 2099 as he tries to find a way back to the present. Standing in direct opposition to him is another Peter Parker that is “a very different one from the one we know,” says Gage. The appearance of this Peter Parker will be as a result of the upcoming “Spider-Verse” story that is coming this fall. Just who it is has yet to be seen.
The greater question at the announcement of a series like this is: Will this story, in the wake of Otto’s death, reveal a possible situation wherein Doctor Octopus found a way to preserve his mind or memories for his return to the world of Spider-Man? Perhaps the reports of Doctor Octopus’s death were greatly exaggerated.
Here is one more additional piece of preview artwork from Camuncoli: