8 Spider-Man Comic Storylines Perfect For The New Marvel Universe Movie

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On this we can all agree: three movies retelling the origins of Peter Parker’s Spider-Man in 15 years is not a good or wanted thing. Every comic book reader, movie watcher, pop culture bystander and grandparent who’s glanced casually at a standard-definition television in a century that begins with a “2” understands that a young man received a very special bug bite, got cocky, got sad, got responsible and became a wise-cracking superhero icon. It’s modern mythology at this point.

Sony and Marvel are also well cognizant of this fact, so as both companies prepare for Spider-Man’s debut in the Marvel cinematic universe on July 28, 2017, they’ll have to select a storyline that’s innovative yet accessible, paving new ground for a familiar character. Fortunately, the filmmakers have over 50 years of comics to glean from, including storylines of new Spider-Men created in the same publishing line — The Ultimate Universe — that creatively fueled Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. We thought up eight particularly resonant Spider-Man yarns that could help anchor the new adventures of Peter Park or, hopefully, Miles Morales in his new celluloid home. Let us know what you think would work in the comments.


“The Death of Jean DeWolff”


PeterParker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #107-110
Writer: Peter David
Artist: Rich Buckler


“If This Be My Destiny…!”


The Amazing Spider-Man #31-33
Writers: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
Artist: Steve Ditko


“Learning Curve”


Ultimate Spider-Man #8-13
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Mark Bagley


“The Spider Totem/Ezekiel”


The Amazing Spider-Man #30-45, Various
Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Artist: John Romita Jr.


“To Have and To Hold”


The Sensational Spider-Man Annual #1
Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Salvador Larroca


“Ultimate Clone Saga”


Ultimate Spider-Man #97-105
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Mark Bagley


“Ultimate Six”


Ultimate Six #1-7
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Trevor Hairsine


“Who is Miles Morales?/Scorpion”


Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #1-12
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Sara Pichelli, Chris Samnee, David Marquez