Preview: Death Of Spider-Man Update

Published on November 16th, 2010

Last week Marvel Comics stunned fans when they released a preview image that simply stated, “DEATH OF SPIDER-MAN.”  Zero explanation was givenas to the nature of this tease, but today Marvel revealed some details about this upcoming story.


Coming in February, “Death Of Spider-Man” will be part of a story in the Ultimate Marvel Universe featuring the titular character as well as The Ultimate Avengers and The New Ultimates.  This story arc is being written by longtime Ultimate Marvel writers (and modern comic legends) Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Millar.  The story will begin in Ultimate Spider-Man #153 and continues in Ultimate Avengers vs New Ultimates #1.

“As a group and as individuals we have made a conscious effort to create stories this year that no one has ever seen before,” said Bendis. “I am very, very proud to be a part of this storyline and very proud of Marvel for even attempting such a bold endeavor. Sit back and watch as we unveil a storyline unlike any other!!”

“This is the biggest, boldest thing we’ve attempted in the ten years since we kicked this line off,” said Millar. “This is the one thing that could be bigger than the creation of the Ultimate line and it’s great to be a part of it. Being part of something like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and soon you’ll all get to read the story we’ve written for you, This should be up there with the very small number of events that really mattered. This is going to be big.”

Ultimate Marvel is a side Marvel Universe where the classic Marvel Comics characters got their start in the modern day, tackling modern day issues.  It also gives the writers a chance to take big risks with characters and do things that they wouldn’t be able to in the main Marvel Universe that has been alive since the 1940’s.

Ultimate Spider-Man #’s 153 and 154 are written by Bendis with pencils by Sara Pichelli and David LaFuente.  Ultimate Avengers vs New Ultimates #1 of 6 is written by Millar with pencils by Leinil Francis Yu.  These books go on sale in February.

Ian Candish