Marvel’s newest tackle its Ultimate line of comics is appearing as a significant reboot, somewhat than a continuation of the 1610 universe that died (and lived again) after Secret Wars. Meaning there’s a sure variety of alternatives to reset the Final heroes… and in Peter Parker’s case, give him an opportunity at one thing his 616-self has usually had taken from him.
Final night time Marvel Comics revealed that the Peter Parker followers will meet in former X-Males architect Jonathan Hickman’s Final Spider-Man sequence subsequent 12 months, with artist Marco Checchetto, is a hero who got here to his powers at an older age—and in a really totally different life scenario from the younger nerdy teen we regularly see in Spidey origin tales. Not solely is Mr. Parker older and wiser, he’s a husband and pa, and fortunately married to Mary-Jane Watson.
“Once we determined that we have been going to do a e book about an older Peter Parker changing into Spider-Man, we actually needed to lean into him beginning his tremendous hero life from a really totally different place than what’s historically anticipated,” Hickman stated in an announcement to Marvel.com. “Peter and MJ being married is one among many choices we made that underline this being fairly a ‘totally different’ type of Spider-Man story.”
No additional particulars about Peter’s household—past two at the moment unnamed kids, a boy and a lady—have been made clear but, past an invite to “Meet the Parkers” when Final Spider-Man relaunches in January 2024. However the information comes at a time when followers of the continuing Wonderful Spider-Man are extra disgruntled than they’ve been years (which is saying one thing, as usually being an ongoing reader of Wonderful Spider-Man entails largely being upset at issues occuring in Wonderful Spider-Man)—particularly relating to the relationship between Peter and MJ.
After the notorious “One More Day” storyline in 2007 erased Peter and Mary-Jane’s marriage from continuity, the duo have had a protracted on-and-off relationship for years now—exterior of a 2016 multiversal miniseries Renew Your Vows that occurred explicitly exterior of mainline continuity, and noticed a married Peter and MJ elevating their daughter Annie collectively as a household of superheroes. Back in 2018 beneath author Nick Spencer, issues appeared like they have been transferring towards Peter and MJ being a pair once more for the primary time since “One Extra Day,” in more moderen instances that potential has been effectively and actually scuppered within the present run on Wonderful, which broke Peter and MJ up once more for… let’s just say reasons. Both means, Wonderful Spider-Man followers: usually sad about one thing more often than not!
Not less than this push to present at the least one ongoing Spider-Man sequence a continuity the place followers get what they’ve been asking for is definitely coming to fruition. Time will inform how lengthy it lasts: whether or not followers help Final Spider-Man when it returns subsequent 12 months, or whether or not a few of that basic Parker luck involves a lot about with Peter and MJ’s fortunately ever after in one more universe.
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