In preparation for the release of their hotly anticipated title Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, writer Gerry Conway and artist Ryan Stegman held an interview with CBR to detail some of the finer points of the series and what to expect when readers pick it up off the stands this Fall. To top it all off, we also get to see three uncolored, unlettered pages from the first issue. The first shows Spidey getting a whoopin’ from what appears to be the Scorpion, and the next two feature a domestic scene between Pete, MJ, and Annie where Pete shows off his culinary skills – making what appears to be the Parker family special.
Conway starts the interview by clearing up exactly how this Renew Your Vows ties into the previous one. The original Renew Your Vows happened more or less as it did in the Dan Slott story, though without the “future tech” as Conway puts it. As heavily implied, MJ will have super powers tied to the Regent’s technology. She will draw power from Peter much like how Regent drew power from the other heroes, so as Mary Jane draws more strength, Peter will get weaker. As for the setting, instead of a future New York devoid of almost all super powered individuals as seen in the original Renew Your Vows, this New York will be exactly as it was up to “One More Day.” The events past that mark, however, have “gone off track in certain ways.” This is kind of set up has been used to spin an alt. universe out of Amazing Spider-Man before; back in 1998 Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz had a similar “everything from the main universe up until this particular divergence” pitch for Spider-Girl, a classic in its own right with die-hard fans.
So, we can infer from this that Aunt May succumbed to her injuries post-Civil War and passed on. But it’s not going to be business as usual in the Marvel Universe. Conway is quick to point out that the best part of working on a side title is the freedom to not have to worry about stepping on the toes of another writer, and Stegman looks to take that one step further. He wants to emphasize the more monstrous aspects of Spider-Man’s rogue gallery, re-imagining them much like how Mark Bagley and Brian Michael Bendis did visually in Ultimate Spider-Man. We can see a little bit of that in the preview page featuring the Scorpion.
Conway and Stegman are also going to focus on the family aspects of the stories, calling Peter and MJ “co-equals” and a perfect match because, while they love each other, neither are dependent on the other. The newspaper industry is still alive and kicking in this New York and while Peter isn’t pulling six figures, JJJ is a little more gracious with the checkbook than perhaps he has been in other iterations of the character. MJ is a small business owner, running a boutique as well as a fashion blog that is turning heads. Stegman calls the interviewer’s comparison to the Fantastic Four’s dynamic as “apt”, so this could also be a book to fill itch the scratch of those missing the feeling of Marvel’s first family as we go further down this all new, all different direction.
That’s it for now. We’ll keep our ear to the ground for any new developments or interviews leading up to the release of Renew Your Vows. What do you think of this direction for the series? What do you want to see? Let us know in the comment section below!