Today, the House of Ideas revealed details on “Amazing Spider-Man’s” 50th Anniversary in a call with writer Dan Slott.
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Moderator and Junior Sales Administrator James Viscardi kicked off the call by talking about “Ends of the Earth,” the newest “Amazing” story arc.
“Really what this is … is the road to Spidey 700 which is coming down the line,” said Viscardi. The storyarc starts in March with #682, is a six issue story where the first two and the last two will have Stefano Caselli on art.
Slott kicked off the call by recapping the events leading up to Doc Ock’s life clock ticking down. “He’s got one shot for one master plan. He’s going for the whole thing. He’s going for the world. … This is Otto Octavius’s big grab.”
Slott further said that the story would rival the scope of Spider-Island and this would be “Otto Octavius Earth.”
“We will see Spidey supporting cast and characters,” he said. “This whole giant, epic story is taking place inside of Amazing Spider-Man.” All readers will have to do is pick up Amazing Spider-Man to get the whole story.
As for Dr. Octopus himself, the villain has shown up in a number of other titles, which Slott said has been building to the story he has planned.. “We’ve seen Doc Ock and the Sinister Six slowly percolating this sinister plan,” he said. “On the way it’s stretched out into the Marvel Universe proper. He totally wiped the floor with Hank Pym’s Avengers Academy team. Doc Ock’s been taking out the biggest brains on his stomp to global domination.”
In a couple of weeks, there will be a Sinister Six issue where Doc Ock will take on the Marvel U’s biggest brains, according to Slott.
“When people see the art, they’re going to freak,” said Slott of Caselli’s art.
“The Sinister Six you start out with in Ends of the Earth will not be the Sinister Six you’re left with at the end,” Slott said. Chameleon, Rhino, Mysterio, Electro and the Sandman will all start off as being part of the Sinister Six and Slott will be drawing quite a bit from the developments in “The Gauntlet” storyline, and Sandman will get some particular attention in between Caselli’s bookend issues. “The one thing you’ll see in the Sandman issues, I don’t think we’ve ever seen the Sandman operate on this level before.”