Available on comic book stands today, Marvel’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” issue #700 features the death of Spider-Man alias Peter Parker. So, how did this unfortunate event occur? Obviously, it involves one of the oldest plot devices available to writers, the old “minds switching bodies” storyline. Apparently, Peter Parker’s mind occupies the dying body of his arch-nemesis Dr. Otto Octavius a.k.a. Dr. Octopus, or Doc Ock for short. He is unable to free himself before the body he is trapped in dies. So, what does that mean for Dr. Octavius? He is now in the younger, and more agile body of Peter Parker. He is now Spider-Man with all the benefits! This is how Marvel’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” writer Dan Slott explained the mind swap to USA Today.
“This is Moriarty in the head of Sherlock. This is Prince John inside of Robin Hood. This is the greatest villain inside the body of the greatest hero and trying to do good,” he said. “This is a guy who was a couple steps way from a bucket list, and now he’s got a whole new lease on life. That’s really going to change him.”
Slott provided more in-depth information with news organization CNN.
“For all intents and purposes, [Otto Octavius, who became the evil Doc Ock] was the adult Peter could have become, Spider-Man’s dark reflection,” Slott said. “So what if we flipped it? What if we gave him a second chance? Peter’s final, heroic act was giving Doc all the memories and experiences that kept him on the right path. But is that enough? Can that overcome Ock’s true nature?”
Does anyone think this is a bad idea? Marvel’s creation of Peter Parker’s clone Ben Parker (The Scarlett Spider) is a mistake that still makes waves in the Marvel Universe. One thing is for certain, there will be a rush by fans and non-fans alike to buy this issue!