‘Spider-Men’ is as Obvious as Everyone Thought
Breaking news this morning is that the regular Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Marvel Universe are finally going to have a crossover called Spider-Men, in which Peter Parker is going to meet and trounce evil alongside Miles Morales. It’ll be a 5-issue mini-series starting in June. This story has been teased for a few months now, but it wasn’t until today that Marvel revealed that the ‘Spider-Men’ in the title were Peter and Miles.
But I, and I’m pretty sure everybody else, already guessed this months ago.
I didn’t report on it then because it was just a tease, and frankly I just didn’t feel like it because I’m not very interested in this idea.
Maybe I could have been interested a few years ago, when the Ultimate Universe meant something. But after Ultimatum and the rest of the crap that the Ultimate Universe has been through the past years, it doesn’t matter anymore. It’s worthless, dried up and far more bound and complicated by its own continuity than the normal Marvel Universe.
The Ultimate Universe is no longer special. So who cares if normal Peter Parker happens to meet the Spider-Man of the Ultimate Universe? Peter Parker has probably met a bunch of alternate versions of himself, or been exposed to concepts like the Multiverse. It’s just not going to be all that important to him.
Whereas it could absolutely ruin the young Miles Morales.
Regular readers of my blog will know that I’m currently reviewing Miles’ series, the Ultimate Comics: All-New Spider-Man. And I’m really enjoying it. Writer Brian Michael Bendis and regular artist Sara Pichelli are telling one fantastic story about a young boy who gets spider-powers and decides to do the right thing and pick up where Peter Parker (now dead) left off. It’s a very grounded tale, with Miles juggling his family, his school work and the fact that he doesn’t know the first thing about being a superhero or how to fight people. It’s a good book.
But at only 9 issues so far, the last thing it needs is to be thrown into some insane cross-dimensional story that has him meeting an adult version of the kid he’s replaced.
I’ve said this in my reviews: it will only hurt the grounded, realistic tone of Miles Morales’ comic if you start including references to the more insane parts of superheroics. He’s still taking baby steps into the world of being a hero. Don’t spoil it for something like this.
But no doubt it will sell and make money, so most likely an editor wanted it to happen.
Here’s a quote from Spider-Men writer Bendis about the mini-series:
“For the 50th anniversary of Spider-Man, what everyone was looking for was a Spider-Man story that mattered,” says series writer Brian Michael Bendis. “Well, here you go.”
Then if we read the Bleeding Cool version of this story, the writers from that site remember that Bendis has always said that he doesn’t even consider the Ultimate Universe to be an alternate universe to the normal Marvel. He’s always been opposed to some kind of crossover. So read his comment again with that in mind.
I just hope it doesn’t matter too much.
You can read more about this here.