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Subj: OK since we're speculating - here's my current ASM #700 theory...
Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 01:52:47 pm EST (Viewed 418 times)
So here's my current theory....
Peter has the climactic battle coming up in ASM #700 with Doc Ock. In order to beat Ock, he has to kill him (playing into all the "will Spidey kill if he has to" stories we've been seeing lately). In the process of the battle, Spidey loses a limb! (That would follow Slott's comment about this being the biggest thing that was ever done to Peter.)
As a result of the loss of limb and the emotional fallout from killing Ock, he retires (prob temporary). In the meantime, he finds someone that he deems as his replacement. Months will have passed between ASM #700 and Superior #1 in which time he found an adequate replacement. I'm thinking its an unknown actually, not a well known cast member. The experience with Alpha gave him an idea about what type of person he DOESN'T want as his replacement...
But in order for that person to be passed off as Spider-man, Peter has to devise tech at Horizon that gives the person Spider powers (hence why they have claws for hands - its tech Peter designed so the person can climb walls, also the goggles for eyes probably give him ability to see behind, duplicating his spider sense, etc).
That's why I'm sure Peter wouldn't be too happy with his replacement hooking up with MJ as well...!
So the new status quo would be - unknown person acting as Spider-man using tech Peter devises to duplicate his spider powers. This is why he's called "Superior Spider-man" - Peter is attempting to make this person into a better Spider-man than he was. This person has a working partnership with Peter, but is somewhat darker in mentality.
Then at some point in the future, Peter can come back as Spidey with a cybernetic replacement limb!
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