The Mind-Blowing Spider-Man Moments That Completely Altered Marvel Comics

The Mind-Blowing Spider-Man Moments That Completely Altered Marvel Comics

Discover the pivotal Spider-Man moments that shaped the Marvel Comics universe forever From Venom's debut to shocking character deaths, explore the game-changing events that have left an indelible mark on the world of Spider-Man and beyond

Summary

Spider-Man was Marvel's first relatable hero, changing the way Marvel created characters and making them more down-to-earth and relatable to readers.

The success of Venom spawned other symbiote characters and prominent Marvel events, such as Maximum Carnage, demonstrating the profound influence of Spider-Man's black costume.

The inclusion of Spider-Man in the New Avengers altered the team's dynamic and paved the path for a new era in which nearly everyone became an Avenger, reshaping their operational methods.

Spider-Man revolutionized Marvel's superhero game during the Silver Age. Unlike Marvel's previous heroes who were symbols of American excellence and virtuous role models but not entirely relatable, Spider-Man resonated with readers because they saw themselves in him. This transformative experience would influence Marvel's approach to character creation. Spider-Man's profound impact on the Marvel Universe was just the beginning of his long history of significant moments.

10 Venom Was The First In A Long Line Of Symbiote Characters Who Had A Huge Impact

The Mind-Blowing Spider-Man Moments That Completely Altered Marvel Comics

Introduced in Secret Wars #8, Spider-Man's black costume later became the catalyst for the emergence of a formidable new enemy. Initially rejected by Spider-Man, who attempted to eradicate it using the powerful resonance of a church bell, the living black costume managed to survive, ultimately finding its perfect match in Eddie Brock, a man disgruntled due to Peter Parker's actions. Together, they formed Venom, a terrifying adversary that haunted Spider-Man with the knowledge of his secret identity.

Fueling Venom's immense popularity, the character underwent a journey of redemption, followed by a return to villainy, and even saw other individuals such as Flash Thompson and Mac Gargan assuming the mantle. Eventually, Brock and Venom found themselves back in the world of heroism. Throughout this lengthy period, Venom gave rise to other symbiotes, including the likes of Carnage and Toxin. As a result, major Marvel events such as Maximum Carnage, Absolute Carnage, King in Black, Summer of Symbiotes, and more were all born as a direct consequence of Venom and the symbiotic costume.

9 Spider-Man Joining The New Avengers Changed The Team In The Years To Come

The Mind-Blowing Spider-Man Moments That Completely Altered Marvel Comics

Spider-Man initially sought to join the Fantastic Four, under the assumption that they received payment. However, he was rejected by the X-Men as he did not possess mutant abilities. Eventually, he became a reserve member of the Avengers, offering his assistance when needed, although he was not fully recognized as an Avenger. This perception shifted during the attack on the Vault, known as the New Avengers: Breakout, where Spider-Man collaborated with Captain America, Iron Man, Luke Cage, and Spider-Woman.

Together, they pursued Electro, the culprit behind the Vault incident, and later ventured to the Savage Land for investigation, where they encountered Wolverine. Spider-Man and Wolverine's inclusion in the New Avengers altered the dynamics of the team. Previously, the Avengers drew members from a limited pool of heroes. However, Spider-Man's addition marked a change in the team's approach and paved the way for the Avengers teams of the Heroic Age, where practically anyone could become an Avenger.

8 Spider-Verse Reminded Readers How Great Marvel's Multiverse Could Be

The Mind-Blowing Spider-Man Moments That Completely Altered Marvel Comics

Marvel has had a multiverse since the 1970s, debuting in Avengers #85. However, it wasn't until the X-Men popularized dystopian futures with Days of Future Past that Marvel began fully exploring it. What If... was launched, providing fans with their monthly Marvel Multiverse fix for years to come. Along the way, successful stories like The Age of Apocalypse, Ruins, The Last Avengers Story, the MC2 line, and more expanded and enriched Marvel's Multiverse.

Exiles marked the end of the Marvel Multiverse for a while. House of M ventured into an alternate universe, but the response was mixed. What If... was brought back for a few limited editions, mostly focusing on event stories, but they were unable to reach the levels of success they once enjoyed. The X-Men revisited the Multiverse with Age of X, but at this point, Marvel's Multiverse was largely abandoned. However, everything changed with Spider-Verse. The story reignited readers' excitement for Marvel's Multiverse by showcasing its incredible potential when creators were given the freedom to go wild. This led to sequels and the Marvel Multiverse making its way into the MCU, which might as well be called the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse by now.

7 The Return Of Norman Osborn Eventually Led To The Dark Reign

The Mind-Blowing Spider-Man Moments That Completely Altered Marvel Comics

Green Goblin, a notorious villain, met his demise in the iconic tale "The Night Gwen Stacy Died," which created quite a stir. It was a rare occurrence for a villain of his caliber, considering Green Goblin's position as Spider-Man's ultimate foe, to be permanently killed off. For several decades, he remained deceased until his son Harry briefly took up his mantle and met a similar fate as Green Goblin. However, a glimmer of hope emerged within the conclusion of the Clone Saga when Norman Osborn resurfaced, marking one of the few positive aspects of that storyline.

Subsequently, Green Goblin continued to engage in battles against Spider-Man in the years that ensued. During the events of Civil War, Norman Osborn aligned himself with Iron Man and orchestrated a clandestine war against the Atlanteans, prompting him to receive the mantle of leadership within the Thunderbolts. As the Avengers found themselves trapped in the Savage Land, Osborn and the Thunderbolts became the primary defense against the invading Skrulls. In the climactic encounter, Norman Osborn delivered the killing blow to the Skrull Queen Veranke, leading to his promotion as the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. Seizing control of the Avengers, he initiated the Dark Reign, firmly establishing himself as Marvel's most prominent antagonist for nearly two years.

6 Miles Morales Became A Leader Of A New Generation Of Teen Heroes

The Mind-Blowing Spider-Man Moments That Completely Altered Marvel Comics

After Peter Parker was killed in the Ultimate Universe, Miles Morales took on the role of Spider-Man and became a beacon of hope during the final years of Marvel's Ultimate line. His popularity allowed him to transcend the 1610 universe and transfer to the 616 universe, where he not only had his own comic book but also became part of the Avengers and played a key role in establishing the Champions team.

Miles Morales, as Spider-Man, along with Ms. Marvel, emerged as the leaders of a new generation of teenage superheroes. With his own successful video game and the widely acclaimed Spider-Verse movies, Miles has become a massive star in his own right. His presence in various forms of media now stands on par with that of Peter Parker.

5 Superior Spider-Man Was The Most Unique Replacement Hero Ever

The Mind-Blowing Spider-Man Moments That Completely Altered Marvel Comics

Doctor Octopus, a prominent villain in Spider-Man's world, made his debut in The Amazing Spider-Man #3. Over time, he became one of Spider-Man's most significant adversaries, even founding the notorious Sinister Six. Doctor Octopus's importance and popularity were comparable to that of Green Goblin. Notably, the esteemed Spider-Man writer, Dan Slott, made it a point to emphasize Doctor Octopus's significance in the Spider-Man mythos. To achieve this, he orchestrated a rare occurrence in which Ock, as he is commonly known, actually succeeded in killing Spider-Man.

However, Peter Parker, in his final act, left a lasting impact on Doctor Octopus. Ock inherited Parker's memories and, inspired by this experience, decided to transform into a hero. Thus, the Superior Spider-Man was born. In this new role, Doctor Octopus exceeded his previous achievements as a villain, demonstrating a level of success that surpassed expectations. During this time, Marvel embraced the concept of replacing established heroes with alternative characters. Consequently, having a notorious supervillain assume the mantle of Spider-Man marked a significant advancement. Ultimately, this storyline laid the groundwork for future instances of major redemption within the Marvel universe.

4 Gwen Stacy's Death Showed No One Was Safe

The Mind-Blowing Spider-Man Moments That Completely Altered Marvel Comics

Gwen Stacy, Spider-Man's initial love interest, had a significant impact on his story. Although Marvel editors and creators may have idealized their relationship, it cannot be disputed that it holds great importance in Spider-Man's history, particularly because of its tragic conclusion. The death of Gwen Stacy profoundly affected Spider-Man and marked one of the earliest instances of a prominent supporting character being killed off.

Gwen Stacy's demise served as a stark reminder that no one was exempt from danger, regardless of their significance to a character. In many ways, it can be considered one of the pioneering instances of "fridging" in Marvel, as they later adopted a recurring theme of eliminating long-standing romantic partners and essential supporting figures. This shift greatly altered the dynamics of comic storytelling.

3 Spider-Man's First Appearance Changed Marvel Heroes Forever

The Mind-Blowing Spider-Man Moments That Completely Altered Marvel Comics

Before the introduction of Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy #15, Marvel heroes shared several similarities. The male characters were generally accomplished in their respective fields, except for the outlier, Human Torch. Meanwhile, the female characters were portrayed as girlfriends who became involved in heroism through the men in their lives. In contrast, Spider-Man defied these norms. Peter Parker, a nerdy teenager from Queens, faced ridicule, financial struggles, and a lack of popularity with girls.

While many praise Stan Lee for creating relatable heroes, the majority of his creations were not relatable until Spider-Man emerged. Spider-Man revolutionized Marvel's reputation, portraying their heroes as more relatable and grounded compared to their distinguished counterparts. This iconic character reshaped Marvel's image and how people perceived their superheroes.

2 The Clone Saga Played A Role In The Mid-90s Fall Of Marvel

The Mind-Blowing Spider-Man Moments That Completely Altered Marvel Comics

The Clone Saga, although initially well-received, became a highly controversial storyline. In the 90s, Spider-Man experienced great success with the introduction of Venom, the launch of Spider-Man, and the engaging story of Maximum Carnage. Marvel aimed to maintain this success by resurrecting the Spider-Clone from The Amazing Spider-Man #149, thus giving birth to the Clone Saga. At first, fans were captivated by the storyline, but Marvel failed to provide a proper conclusion and instead prolonged it due to its initial sales success.

As time went on, fans grew to despise the Clone Saga, despite the occasional success of stories like Spider-Man: The Lost Years. Sales began to decline, especially after it was revealed that Ben Reilly was the true Spider-Man. This revelation caused many fans to stop purchasing Spider-Man titles, coinciding with the bursting of the comic collector bubble. Spider-Man books had previously been a guaranteed success, but the failure of the Clone Saga had detrimental effects on Marvel, which they could ill afford.

1 One More Day Showed Readers How Much Disdain Marvel Editorial Had For Them

The Mind-Blowing Spider-Man Moments That Completely Altered Marvel Comics

One More Day is a widely known story that forever changed the dynamic between Marvel and its fans. The marriage of Peter Parker and Mary Jane was beloved by fans, but faced disapproval from Marvel's editorial team and creators. Despite this, Marvel kept the marriage intact due to fan demand. However, former Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada, known for his disregard of fan preferences, devised a new strategy to boost comic sales by provoking outrage. Hence, the idea for One More Day was conceived and executed.

In One More Day, Spider-Man severs his marital ties through a deal with Mephisto, exchanging his marriage for Aunt May's life. The plot revolves around Spider-Man grappling with the consequences of revealing his identity to the public and the subsequent shooting of Aunt May. This storyline seemed contradictory, as Quesada and his team sought to restore the essence of Spider-Man, yet the events were completely out of character. It also highlighted the lack of consideration the Quesada-led regime had for reader opinions. This disregard for fans' voices would continue to be a defining feature in the following years, as the handpicked editors, chosen by Quesada, remained in power and continued to prioritize generating controversy for the sake of selling comics.

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