by Travis Starnes, CMRO Contributing Editor
News about the Spider-Men mini series continues to be parcelled out by the team at Marvel as the June launch date for the series draws near. For those who have yet to hear of the series, it is an envisioning of Marvel golden boy Brian Michael Bendis, in which the “old” Marvel universe (known as Earth-616 to the fan-boys of the world) Spider-Man Peter Parker and the Ultimate universe’s Spider-Man Miles Morales.
Marvel released through a USA Today story that the villain of this series will be Mysterio. A favorite of Brian Michael Bendis, who will be writing the story, Mysterio will be instigating the transfer of Parker to Miles’s universe. The character having been reveled in both universes, it is unclear which version of Mysterio will make an appearance, but best guess says they will pick the main universe’s version. In giving his reason for going with Mysterio, Bendis said “When I was a kid, I found some of his stories to be terrifying.” The writer went on to say that, “When he does his thing right, he delves in and gets deep into a psyche that doesn’t deserve that kind of punishment.”
This series is designed to be an emotional look into the character and reasoning of Spider-Man. Miles gets to experience an older and more experience version of Spider-Man, and Parker in turn gets to see the impact of his death on those closest to him (and a world where Gwen Stacy is still alive). In an interview at Oz Comic-Con, Bendis said that this story was even more emotional to write then the death of Peter Parker. He believes this story gets to the heart of what makes Spider-Man work, and says the inspiration for the story came from Pleasantville with its introspective self-evaluating story lines.
The story has been compared by many inside Marvel and in the press as being a Chistmas Carol type of story. Beyond just teaming up with each other, major Ulttimate characters such as Nick Fury and the Ultimates will make appearances.
Set to launch in June and featuring the art of Sara Pichelli, the series is starting to generate some buzz…at least among the comic media.