Also, this theory would mean Carlie Cooper, while having no memory of Peter Parker, has some memory of once knowing Spider-Man's true identity because she'd still remember they worked together on cases. however, if she gets a DNA sample from Spider-Man and analysis it, she would discover, much to her shock, that there's no one on file in any database anywhere that's a perfect DNA match which, as far as she knows, is impossible.
I sincerely, honestly, truly down to the bottom of my little toe hope they don't go with another psychic blindspot nonsense. There are written records of Peter all over the place, as well as photos, other documentation. It was impossible to swallow after OMD, and would be just as hard now. Hoping its something more creative and less Deus Ex Stupida.
Perfect humility dispenses with modesty.
I wouldn't be surprised if it is something as simple as Doc Ock having a soft moment and gives Peter something; whether it be tech, somehow implanting his own intelligence, etc. to make him "Superior". Can't wait until mid-december to find out what happens in #698 and then early-mid January to read issues 699 and 700!
For some reason, I want to sing this thread's title to the tune of the late 80s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song.
"Bleeding Cool's Mostly Redacted Possible ASM 700 Spoiler...creators in a strip club...vodka power!"
"I came to the conclusion that the optimist thought everything good except the pessimist, and the pessimist thought everything bad, except himself." -- G.K. Chesterton
Maybe Doc Ock has a change of heart towards the end, decides to forgive Peter and then Dr. Strange makes everyone forget who Doc Ock was, including Peter. He gets a second chance, a reset of sorts.
Perfect humility dispenses with modesty.
does 698 still come out next week, or did it get pushed back a week?
The gold octobot.
We know that the octobots Doc Ock has invented are capable of tapping into anything with an electrical signal, including a person's brain, presumably because they too give off electrical signals. And they are remotely connected with Doc Ock's brain. So what if this gold octobot latches onto Peter and does two things.
First, by analyzing the electrical impulses in Peter's brain, it's able to read all of Peter memories, including his subconscious, and transmits what it reads directly to Doc Ock's brain. Thus, Doc Ock not only learns Peter is Spider-Man, but also everything about him, including Peter's deepest, darkest fears and desires. And the second function it does is that it shuts off Peter's powers. That's because Doc Ock, having studied and fought Spidey for years, has deduced that Spidey's abilities are really a form of rudimentary electromagnetism, particularly when it comes to his wall-crawling abilities and spider-sense. Thus the gold octobot simply shorted them out.
Thus, Peter is doubly screwed because not only does Doc Ock know who he really is, he can anticipate what Peter will do, can target anyone Peter cares about, and because Peter doesn't have any powers, he can't use them to protect himself or his loved ones, especially from his villains, which Doc Ock sics after them. Thus Peter has to use his scientific know-how to compensate for those missing powers, hence the new suit which allows for added durability, retractable claws for wall-crawling, thermal and night vision, etc.
so yep next week. Dan Slott stopped by earlier to tell us that 1st print is sold out at a distributor level. All including re-orders are spoken for. 2nd print coming soon. (before 700, but might be the week after 699). So if your store is out and doesnt have reorders coming, you are down to digital or ebay. Good luck.
It's either two things to me: Mephisto and/or the Other powers coming back to Peter Parker.
I think it's the other powers given the solicts for Scarlet Spider.
Just going to throw my theory out there.
Dr. Strange doesn't attempt to make everyone forget Peter, but tries to redo the spell from OMD so that everyone once again forgets Peter is Spider-man. He has to strengthen the spell, as it has been used before, and causes Peter to forget as well. This allows Peter to be a civilian in Superior Spider-man but rediscover his abilities and come back at a later point. When he does, the fact that he's no longer an Avenger allows Slott to cut way back on the number of people who know his identity, as he's said that he would like to do. Just my two cents.
As if Dave Johnson would redact anything if he actually knew the full plot.
Hopefully Doctor Strange stays out. We all love Annual #2, but these two work well as an occasional teamup. Not as a retcon machine.