Spider-writer Dan Slott has spoken to the Associated Press about the first story arc in the new rebooted Amazing Spider-Man title.
Best just to put all of it below the spoiler line.
Here’s what we know of the first story arc based on Slott’s comments from the AP article:
The story deals with Spider-Man’s early days of crime-fighting.
The five-part story titled Learning To Crawl starts May 7 with Amazing Spider-Man 1.1 and concludes in September with issue 1.5. Slott is writing the interlude with art by Ramón Pérez. Artist Alex Ross has painted each of the story’s five covers.
There will be a new villain “never before revealed who may or may not be Parker’s peer, inspired by newspaper and TV reports of Spider-Man’s actions.” This villain is also referred to as “Ditko-esque.”
Quotes from Slott:
“When you’re looking at things in those issues, you’re going ‘Wait a minute! How did this happen? How did he get this? Where did this come from? ‘Why didn’t Aunt May ever wonder about that?'” he said.
“You start looking at it closer and closer and you go ‘There’s a story here that we’re not seeing. A very pivotal and crucial story that lovingly respects everything that went on but tells you more, so much more about Spider-Man and so much more about Peter Parker.”
“Someone’s running around trying to be just like Spider-Man and there’s no way in Peter’s mind that he’s not responsible for everything that guy’s going to do.”
“He’s got his first villain who is his own age, someone that he’s inspired instead of clashing with The Vulture or Doctor Octopus or the Lizard, all of whom were adults and authority figures.”
“He’s a troubled teen hero fighting a troubled teen villain!”