Peter Parker has lost many people over the years, friend and foe alike. So many, in fact, that Marvel’s next Spider-comic event is based around them in a series titled “Dead No More”.
Over the past few weeks, Marvel has slowly been releasing slices of a huge piece of promo art by Alexander Lozano, with each reveal teasing a potential dead person from Spider-Man’s past who could come back to life for good or ill. It culminated today with a piece revealing Doctor Otto Octavius at the centre of it.
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Octavius (or Doc Ock to his friends/enemies) has been dead for a while in the comics, after a brief stint of his mind taking over Peter Parker’s body, and briefly becoming the Superior Spider-Man. Marvel have been teasing the fact that Ock may have survived Peter getting his body back (comiiiiiiiiiic booooooks), but it’s pretty clear that Doc Ock will shortly be back in action.
It’s not just Octavius making a return in the teaser art. To the far left, there’s Uncle Ben, one of the most consistently dead people in the entire comic book medium, as well as Captain Stacey, and other past allies from Spider-Man’s career. Ock is joined by Rhino — who died and then got revived for the “All-New, All-Different” reboot last year — and other Spidey villains like the Lizard and Electro. Even Gwen Stacy makes an appearance, clad in the same outfit she infamously perished in way back in 1973 (that’s her on the far right). Like I said, lots of dead people in Peter Parker’s past.
We still don’t know too much about “Dead No More”, despite all the teasers, but we do know at least one character is getting resurrected in a special “Dead No More” issue being released on Free Comic Book Day, May 7. The main “Dead No More” story arc begins this spring, and based on the art above, it seems likely that there will be a few more characters returning from beyond the grave to complicate Spidey’s life. Huzzah for the less-than-intransigent nature of comic book death!