So we can expect all these angry Peter Parker fans to apologize to Slott if it turns out that the conclusion of this story is a triumphant Peter Parker return?
When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.-C.S.Lewis
I know Kevin Nichols through a guy that knows a gal. Small world!
If nihilism didn't take some delight in destruction one might suspect nihilists were an unnaturally morbid sort.
I was thinking about that classic 1960's Stan Lee-written scene where Parker raids Doc Ock's undersea lab to get some cure for Aunt May, who is dying. The lab explodes (of course), trapping Parker underneath an enormous amount of debris while the lab floods and Doc Ock gloats. Parker realizes that it's all over.
But then he thinks about Aunt May and about how she'll die if he doesn't get up and get out of there and he manages to summon horrendous strength to get out. He saves the day, as always.
I'm almost 95 percent sure that the current storyline is identical to that storyline, except much more elaborate and much longer. Eventually Ock is going to fail, and he's going to realize that Parker always was "Superior." And in the process, we'll get to explore through Ock's perspective all the ways that Parker is the greatest hero around. Like in #700 when Ock punches Scorpion's jaw off and marvels at the strength that Parker had. He assumes that Parker never realized his full potential. Wrong... Parker didn't punch bad guy's jaws off because he's a hero and heroes don't permanently disfigure bad guys.
It's hard to watch Slott do this to Peter Parker because, like everyone, I'm a huge fan of Peter Parker. But a hero's story wouldn't be nearly as compelling if the hero never had to face unbeatable odds and certain defeat.