A YEAR WITHOUT PETER: (Please read)
On June 22nd, 2011, the Ultimate Spider-man, Peter Parker of earth 1610, was killed after bleeding out of a bullet wound while in a battle against the Sinister Six. Marking the beginning of the end. Now, he was quickly replaced by current Ultimate Spider-man, Miles Morales, but not every universe has a fresh young hero waiting to take the place of an icon. The true spider-man, the Amazing Spider-man, was one of these heroes of lesser luck.
And on November 21st, 2012, his luck ran out.
Doctor Octopus had put his memories into a Golden Octobot, a device he designed to switch his memories with that of Peter Parker, a practical 'brain swap'.
He was successful.
And despite Peters best efforts, he died in the body of Doctor Otto Octavius, leaving his life to one of the greatest villains known to mankind. But on his deathbed, Peter sent a flood of memories through Ottos mind, forcing him to dedicate his life to justice. This hardly worked as Otto expressed himself as a merciless 'hero' to the public, soiling the good name of Spider-man.
But Peter still existed in Ottos mind, meaning that there was a chance that he could, potentially, take back control of his body. And so he fought, he fought wars inside of himself that no man should ever need to fight. He even re-lived the life of his foe Otto Octavius, threatening to turn him into a villain as well!
Spider-man, however, is not a character that will give up easily. He never has, he never will, and he didn’t this time.
Spider-man is back
Growing up, Spidey was always an icon for me. Someone to look up to, somebody that knew right from wrong, somebody that, no matter what happened, would always be able to find the lighter side of things. So when my childhood hero died in-front of my eyes. Part of me died with him. The part that screamed the bad guy never wins.
And that part of me stayed dead, for a whole year. I know i’m not the only one. I’m sure you felt it too when you heard the news. That little kick to the gut that just wouldn’t go away. That part of you that screamed “he can’t be dead… he’s the good guy”. But he was, and there was nothing we could do about it.
There were moments when all hope WAS gone, and there was just a numbness in you where the soul of a hero used to be. Like after Otto deleted Peter, and even his ghost was dead, or when Peter came back, only to become a villain in the mind of his enemy.
But hope was never dead, it was just carrying on, unseen, showing us just how much we need characters like this.
And when hope came swinging back into our lives in Peter Parkers body, we knew that it’s not 'the bad guy never wins'.
It’s that THE HERO NEVER LOSES