Peter Parker is heading back to the Daily Bugle — but not as a photographer this time.
When Marvel Legacy kicks off in October and Amazing Spider-Man reverts to its original numbering with issue #789, writer Dan Slott will begin a new story arc titled “Fall of Parker.” The title hints at trouble for Parker Industries, and Slott told Entertainment Weekly that it will bring Peter back into contact with the tabloid where he got his first job snapping selfies as Spider-Man.
EW released the cover for Amazing Spider-Man #789, which will be written by Slott, with Stuart Immonen providing the art. Alex Ross’ cover shows Spider-Man crawling a billboard with a Daily Bugle front page headlined, “Peter Parker: Threat or Menace?”
It’s unclear what Peter’s relationship will be with the Bugle this time, although Slott told EW that Peter will not be returning to his role as a freelance photographer with a Spider-Man specialty. That makes sense now that Peter is a globe-trotting CEO with Spider-Man is his personal bodyguard — no newspaper, not even the Bugle, would publish a CEO’s photos of his bodyguard.
“In Amazing Spider-Man, we’re going to see The Daily Bugle and the Bugle cast come back in a big way,” Slott told EW. “And, no, it is NOT about Peter becoming a photographer again. It’s a new twist. It’s something we haven’t seen in Amazing Spider-Man yet. After 55 years, that’s a pretty cool trick, right? And it’s a development I’ve been dying to get to for a long time!”
Could Peter be pulling a Jeff Bezos and buying the paper? The headline on Ross’ cover wouldn’t indicate that, but cover art is known to be misleading. And if Parker Industries does collapse — a storyline that’s been hinted at since “The Clone Conspiracy” in the winter, when Peter used the company’s signature Webware to broadcast a signal that nullified the deadly Carrion virus and consequently damaged Parker Industries’ stock price — it’s unclear how that would affect Peter’s financial situation. If Parker Industries falls, Peter might not have the money to buy the Daily Bugle. Then again, tabloids aren’t worth what they were in 1963, so Peter wouldn’t need that much money.
Amazing Spider-Man #789 will be released in October.