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Peter Parker Death in Spiderman 700th issue by EspioArtwork31 Peter Parker Death in Spiderman 700th issue by EspioArtwork31
PHILADELPHIA — After 50 years of spinning webs and catching a who's who of criminals, Peter Parker is out of the hero game.

But Spider-Man is still slinging from building to building — reborn, refreshed and revived with a new sense of the old maxim that Ben Parker taught his then-fledgling nephew that "with great power, comes great responsibility."


Writer Dan Slott, who's been penning Spidey adventures for the better part of the last 100 issues for Marvel Entertainment, said the culmination of the story is a new, dramatically different direction for the Steve Ditko and Stan Lee-created hero.


"This is an epic turn," Slott said. "I've been writing Spider-Man for 70-plus issues. Every now and then, you have to shake it up. ... The reason Spider-Man is one of the longest running characters is they always find a way to keep it fresh. Something to shake up the mix."


And in the pages of issue 700, out Wednesday, it's not just shaken up, it's turned head over heels, spun in circles, kicked sky high and cracked wide open.


Parker's mind is trapped in the withered, decaying dying body of his nemesis, Doctor Octopus aka Otto Octavius. Where's Doc Ock? Inside Parker's super-powered shell, learning what life is like for the brilliant researcher who happens to count the Avengers and Fantastic Four as friends and family.


The two clash mightily in the pages of issue 700, illustrated by Humberto Ramos and Victor Olazaba. But it's Octavius who wins out and Parker is, at least for now, gone for good, but not before one more act of heroism.


Slott said that it's Parker, whose memories envelop Octavius, who shows the villain what it means to be a hero.


"Gone are his days of villainy, but since it's Doc Ock and he has that ego, he's not going to try and just be Spider-man, he's going to try to be the best Spider-Man ever," said Slott.


Editor Stephen Wacker said that while Parker is gone, his permanence remains and his life casts a long shadow.


"His life is still important to the book because it affects everything that Doctor Octopus does as Spider-Man. Seeing a supervillain go through this life is the point — trying to be better than the hero he opposed," Wacker said.
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ssjthug Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
meh, u ya''ll still gonna keep buy they shit anyway :roll:
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jkrolak Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Should be the final episode for both Slott as writer and Wackier (spelling error intended) Editor.

If I was Marvel Editor in chief both would be looking for work moments after they brought the approved script to my desk.
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Awesome work
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EspioArtwork31 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Sad Final Issue in the Franchise
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NightLife9k Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
One can only hope that Marvel isn't stupid enough to this BS permanent.
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SequinSuperNOVA Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
This is what I wrote to the spideymail in the back of the issue. I'm honestly kind of sick of all the hatred of the ending. I mean, didn't you all see all the advertisements after #699 that said "No more power. No more responsibility." we all knew it was gonna happen people.
've never submitted anything to SpideyMail...but I think it's finally time to do so. I hope I don't sound like every other Spidey fangirl, but Spider-Man is definitely the most memorable and loved Marvel hero in EVERY universe. Obviously because he's not another hero who volunteered to gain powers, or was born with them, or created them himself. Just an ordinary kid living an ordinary life. And that's what makes him so relatable and well...human. Now, I've heard about these death threats after issue 700 and I just hope this message will change all of those Spidey-Philes/Web Heads minds about the death of Peter Parker. I loved it...and I hated it. Let's spread the love first. I loved it because, even though Peter didn't go out in bang like in the Ultimate universe, Spidey got to live on. In Ultimate, he was gone forever, but now Spider-Man AND Peter's legacy is in the hands of Doc Ock, who in my opinion has deserved the honor since issue 3. Even though Octavius is egotistical and is basically being forced to do good by Pete's memories, Spider-Man didn't die in vain and will forever live on with the mind of a genius. NOW, for the bad parts, BESIDES the fact I cried MANLY tears...Spidey has been working on his reputation for years, trying to gain the publics respect and a feeling of worth from his fellow super heroes. He never received any kind of gratitude in return. He just did it because he felt it was his responsibility to set things right. And now, in death...not one soul knows that Peter Parker is gone. What he's struggled for. He is again unrecognized even on his tombstone. And that was the reason that I felt kind of empty inside after that issue. I thank Ramos as well. I adore his artwork. I just hope that Superior Spider-Man will grow on me as well. I read Avenging Spider-Man 15.1 and I'm kind of worried. But, other than that. I praise you for such a long run and such a beautiful yet heart wrenching death of Pete. And I will most definitely be celebrating Spider-Man day every October 14th. I sincerely hope you get the chance to read this, I'm sure this message just blew up your inbox.
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CarnageDoom Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
I hated that they killed off Peter Parker in the ultimate universe, to replace him with a crappy character ( in my opinion) and now they've "killed" him off in the mainstream universe its even worse. Ive followed this character for ages, kind of a kick to the face for this to happen.
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DryBonesReborn Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Atleast it's with a known vilian and how is intriguing. I wonder if Madam Web will inform the Avengers. Or maybe Ock, can't stand Spidey's job, and want him back alive. :shrug: The Aunt May + Otto 'implied' sex scene was... quite uncalled for.
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CarnageDoom Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
lol i agree with that, that scene was disturbing.
She would be stupid not to inform them, surely she knows.
The golden octobot may be in future issues, it seems alot of peter's memories and such are a part of it
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DryBonesReborn Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wonder if you could bottle up souls. :dummy: :plotting: Like a genie, his soul could be in a bottle. lol
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