At the C2E2 convention in Chicago, Deadpool editor, Jordan White plays Spider-Man theme song on his ukulele. After the song “Amazing Spider-Man: Who am I?” writer Joshua Hale Fialkov, “Spider-Man: Family Business” co-writers Mark Waid and James Robinson, “Amazing Spider-Man” artist Ramón Pérez, editor Jordan White, and editor Nick Lowe greeted fans. I was there along with my nephew, Nick in the front row. The panel opened up and with people stating they are really going to miss Superior Spider-Man. Not long after, a few panels showed the Superior Spider-Man back in action but wouldn’t answer why it was there. The panel quickly moved to showing the revelation of Original Sin and showed the upcoming page showing the spider biting a teen age girl. She is revealed to be Silk, Nick Lowe then started to explain that there was a reason why Silk has not been seen until now and why she disappeared soon after being bitten. The preview showed her to be wrapped in webbing like a mummy and with Spider-Man tangled behind her.
Next, the Alex Ross cover to Learning to Crawl #3 was shown with Spider-Man fighting the new villain Clash. Ramon explained that Clash has sound based powers and can even alter voice patterns and is a teenage villain. It will be explain why he disappeared after his first appearance and he is set to appear after issue #15 when Spider-verse concludes next spring. Ramon also replied it was just completely awesome seeing his villain drawn by Alex Ross.
Everything shifted to the new Spider-Man 2099 series that will tie in with the main book not only during Spider-verse but afterwards too. With Peter becoming a recurring guest in the book. Also, that Spider-Man 2099 doesn’t like hipsters and was beating some up on the preview pages. The tone switch to Mark Waid and James Robinson as they talked about Family Business the recent original graphic novel that was #1 on the New York Best Seller list. Mark had the idea for the book for a while and knew someone like James would be perfect helping him with the spy undercover aspect of it. Robinson got the call from Waid literally on the last day he quit DC. The story is in continuity taking place shortly after Amazing Spider-Man #1. Speaking of which, several attendees got a sneak peak at the book during the panel.
From there the panel moved to Daredevil, Mark Waid and Chris Samnee are stating on the book as long as they can. Issue #3 will bring the Owl to the book and he will display abilities he never has shown before and it will put Daredevil laughing at him last issue in a “Shouldn’t have done that.” moment. Coming up in issues #6-7 will be the Original Sin tie ins, which will bring Matt’s mother back in the picture and reveal why she left both Matt and Jack when he was a baby. “Matt’s world will fall from underneath him in a new way.” Waid stated. He goes to New York and can’t do anything for his mother who is getting deported to another country to be executed for a crime she committed years ago and Matt is completely helpless. Fialkov revealed that a new Spider character will show up in Ultimate FF #4.
Next up was the main event, “Spider-verse,” the summer event beginning on Free Comic Book Day before continuing in November. The series involves “every Spider-Man ever… or at least every Spider-Man we’re legally allowed to use,” Lowe said. Preview slides showed Spider-Man 1602 and the villain Morlun.
With that Q & A was opened up.
Asked about their favorite alternate Spider-Man, Lowe gave the ’90s animated Spidey, Robinson and White said Ben Reilly, Peter Porker for Fialkov, the Electric Company for White, and Waid answered Miles Morales.
Waid said that there is no pressure to make “Daredevil” like the upcoming Netflix TV show. “That’s not how things work at Marvel,” he said. “The tail does not wag the dog.”
Asked about singing more theme songs as he did for “Nextwave,” Lowe said that he “sings all the time in my personal life.” Waid added that “he sings to me sometimes on the phone,” with Fialkov saying “it takes the edge off notes.”
One fan asked how Spider-Man 2099 would be addressed by other characters. Lowe joked that he refers to himself as “Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man 2099.” Other suggestions were “Spider-Dude, Spider-Mensch,” with a fan then shouting “Spider-Bro.”
“Spider-Verse” will “not stop ‘Spider-Men 2’ from happening,” Lowe said, referring to a sequel to the meeting between Peter Parker and Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales.
Asked about the “Superior” love interest, Lowe said, “we are nowhere near seeing the end of Anna Maria.” In fact she will be Peter’s roommate going forward that you really have to read to believe.
“Spider-Man: Family Business” is in continuity, Lowe and Waid confirmed. “I would be shocked if we didn’t see more of that,” whether in an OGN sequel or follow up in the regular series.
“There is a lot of Kaine love coming up in ‘Spider-verse,'” Lowe said, also reminding fans that they should follow the character in “New Warriors.” “He has some very particular attributes … that make him a good guy to have around when Morlun attacks.”
A fan asked each panelist for one word explaining what Spider-Man meant to them. Waid led with “Responsibility,” with everyone else concurring. Lowe also offered “swingin’,” but Fialkov noted that “mostly he only had one girlfriend at a time.”
The next question was whether Peter would incorporate any of Otto’s inventions. “He has to face that in many ways Doc Ock was a better Spider-Man than he was,” Lowe said, except, of course, for possibly being a little “overbearing… and evil.”
Lowe said that “there aren’t really going to be symbiotes” in “Spider-verse,” in response to a question about Spider-Carnage. It was also stated earlier that too bad Clash wasn’t around earlier, he could have helped stop symbiotes.
The fan also asked about spinoff characters such as Spider-Dog, as Deadpool did during his series. “I would love to write Spider-Dog,” Robinson said. “I will fight James Robinson to write Spider-Dog,” Fialkov added.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” will “dig deeply into Flash Thompson’s history,” Lowe said, but “Flash Venom” as he is known in the Marvel office will not be appearing in “Amazing” any time soon.
And that is all she wrote folks.