Behind the Scenes of Marvel's New Spider-Man

“I’m used to writing tons of dialogue because Rick or Morty has to yell about Banana Planet for 30 minutes,” Ziglar says. In comics, “…Kelly or Saladin or Zeb or Patrick can convey so much more emotion and so much more story with just two sentences. That’s something that it took me a while to get used to.”

But he’s used to it now, and he’s swinging for the fences. His first stories have him pairing with incredible artists – including perhaps the definitive Spider-Man artist of recent years, Mark Bagley – for stories with some of the biggest names in Spidey’s rogues gallery: namely, Kraven the Hunter and Doctor Octopus. And reviving the classic Spider-Man romance between Otto and Aunt May. 

“Doc Ock has a lot of bluster, he’s really full of himself, but he’s also a dork at heart. Being able to find the humor in [Ock and May]and how they interact with Ben was just super fun,” Ziglar says. “What I liked about Kraven is that I got to give some commentary, what my perspective is like on the world, how the US works and how money is not necessarily the best thing.”

Meanwhile, something is not right with Peter, which is what causes Aunt May and Doc Ock to get back together: Ziglar says their story is a noirish gumshoe yarn. 

Thompson, for her part, is most excited about expanding the Spider-Man universe. She’s bringing in the Daughters of the Dragon – Misty Knight and Colleen Wing – in backups running through the series for the near future, with all the wit you’d expect from these two characters written by one of comics’ foremost banter scribes. She’s also excited about stuff that you may not immediately notice on first reading. “A lot of the little funny bits we’re doing with Beyond, like their weird inventions and stuff, that’s one of my favorite things,” she tells us. “Little goldfish with legs. Beyond is into some crazy weird stuff, and you get a little bit of a peek at that in the background of this Spidey story. And I think it’s fun stuff.”

For Wells, the center of this new run is going to be trauma. Wells has always excelled at writing damaged characters – Cannonball and Moonstar were in various states of disrepair during his criminally underrated New Mutants run, and Hellions may be the best book of the current X-line precisely because every character in it is profoundly broken. But Ben Reilly lets him spotlight the pathos. 

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