I should have known that Marvel wouldn’t really kill off Peter Parker. After a lifetime of reading comics; after seeing the “death” of countless heroes and villains, and seeing them come back in one form or another, I should have known that Marvel wouldn’t really kill the one true Spider-Man. If there’s one thing that comic companies love to do, it’s “kill” their heroes or their villains, and then bring them back. I guess the whole idea of returning from the dead has been the big story on Earth since the time of the ancient Greeks–Persephone gets carried off to the underworld, and then her mother gets her back. Hercules had to go to Hades and bring back Cerberus. Just getting in and out of the Underworld is a job for a superhero. Jesus Christ died for our sins and came back to life. And on and on and on! If there’s one lesson we all should have learned by now, it’s that Death is not the End–it’s just another phase that people go through. Especially in comic books!!!
So, Ock-Spidey shows tendencies to be his old ruthless self, including showboating for women and killing his enemies, but he is prevented from murdering anyone by a remnant of Parker’s conscience inside his brain. Just about the last panel shows Parker in ghostly form saying “I am still in the game.” That’s an interesting statement. This implies that it is not just a remnant of Parker’s personality preserved in his brain cells, but the true Parker personna. We saw Ock’s body die in Amazing Spider-Man 700 with Parker’s consciousness still trapped inside. How can he be alive?
I have a theory, and I believe it will take Marvel quite a long time to prove or disprove it one way or another. Marvel has had Dr. Strange run around in his astral form for decades. We all have astral forms, but most of us never consciously experience the state of going astral. The astral form is tethered to the physical body by a “silver cord” that is infinitely stretchable, and that cord is usually only sundered by the death of the body. Ock, being a scientist, wouldn’t know anything about astral forms, but even though he managed to evict Parker’s self from his own brain and body, he wouldn’t have severed the “silver cord”. That can only be broken by the death of the body. Parker’s body survives; ergo the cord survives, ergo Parker is still in the game. Who knows? (Dan Slott and his cronies at Marvel know.) Parker and Strange were friends–they’ve adventured together many times in the past. Strange may even be helping Parker maintain his connection to his old body.
Drawn by curiosity, I put Superior Spider-Man on my comics pull list. I’ll probably let it stay there for 3 issues, and then cancel. No, I don’t really want to buy every issue of Ock-Spider-Man, but I am curious enough to follow for a couple more issues.
If you have any thoughts about how long Doc Ock will be in charge of the Spider-Man being, why not leave a comment?f Or a prediction? You think this will last a year or longer in the real world?