This may not be shocking anymore as most fanoys and fangirls had alerady speculated what this Summer’s big Spider-Man story would be but, today, Marvel have confirmed that the title ‘Spider-Men’ will indeed bring together the Marvel 616’s Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and the Ultimate Universe’s Spider-Man (Miles Morales) as the two eponymous heroes will meet in a five-part series brought to you by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, with acclaimed cover artist Jim Cheung.
“This year is the 50th anniversary of Spider-Man and we’re so happy that the stars aligned for us to tell a Spider-Man story that nobody has ever seen before,” said Bendis. “It’s an honor and a privilege to present both this story and these characters to fans on such an auspicious occasion. The work Sara has done on Spider-Men is a step above the already high standard that she has set for herself on our Ultimate Comics Spider-Man series. For me, this is a celebration of the best character in mainstream comics and some of the best art mainstream comics has to offer.”
The Marvel Universe – and the world in reality – was first introduced to Spider-Man in 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko; the Ultimate Universe’s Spider-Man – showing a modernised re-imagining of Spider-Man and Peter Parker – first saw print in 2000 under veteran Spider-Man artist Mark Bagley and writer Brian Michael Bendis. Then in 2011, Marvel introduced Miles Morales, a new character of African American / Hispanic descent, who became Spider-Man in the Ultimate Universe after that world’s Peter Parker was killed.
July 2012, the 50th Anniversary of Spider-Man, will bring these two fan favourites together for the very first time in Spider-Men #1