It’s unclear whether the series is set in current Marvel continuity or is intended to be a separate, standalone adventure. J.J. Abrams teases, “The story shows Peter Parker in a way you haven’t seen him before.”
One big change will involve the addition of a brand new villain named Cadaverous, a shrouded figure who poses a threat to Peter and MJ alike.
J.J. Abrams revealed that the project came about through ongoing chats with editor Nick Lowe. He told NYT, “Nick had been pressing me to do a book with him. A year or so ago, I started talking about it with Henry and it sort of happened organically. And that has been the joy of this. Even though I’ve been talking to Nick for a long time, weirdly, this feels like it just sort of evolved from the conversations of Henry and I, having ideas that got us excited and Nick being open to the collaboration.”
Henry Abrams noted that working on the project has helped him gain a closer understanding of Spider-Man, saying, “I feel like I’ve developed not just as a writer, but someone that can appreciate stories more. Spider-Man is one of those superheroes where the more you read about him, for me at least, the less I understand him. He’s so anti-everything that you’d expect from a hero. I think Stan Lee said something about putting the human in superhuman. That is what we’re trying to do.”
J.J. Abrams also discussed his excitement at seeing new pages from Pichelli come in, comparing it to the early days of designing Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“I would equate the experience a bit like working on a movie. You have an idea for what Maz Kanata’s castle will look like. It’s theory for months and months, and then you go through phases and design. Then one day you walk onto the set and you’re standing there. You might not be shooting, but you’re just standing on the set. And to get Sara’s artwork, the black and white early renderings, to get those, it’s weird because you’re suddenly looking at a brilliant artist’s interpretation of work that you’ve been talking about for a long time.”
Look for Spider-Man to debut in September 2019.
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