Is that something that we didn't expect? Anyone that knows even the slightest bit about comic books knows that Spider-Man has a huge back story and many variations. The original, of course being Peter Parker is most likely the most famous and iconic. The second most popular version of the famous 'Web-Head' can be contested among comic geeks for hours, but lately the biggest talks have centered around the Ultimate Universe's Miles Morales Spider-Man.
With the current massive summer catastrophe, which happens every summer in both Marvel and DC Comics, the Secret Wars storyline has destroyed just about all of the multiverses within the Marvel Universe. All current heroes are either displaced or have no recollection of their former lives. Both Peter Parker and Miles Morales are exceptions and have retained their memories. The Peter Parker that is in the Secret Wars storyline is from the 616 Marvel Universe, or what most readers consider, the REAL Marvel Universe as it has the largest amount of history and stories that center around it.
Both Peter and Miles have met in crossovers in the past and Miles even teamed up with his version of Peter Parker in the Ultimate universe. So them being together is nothing new. However New York Daily News reported on 6/21/2015 that Miles Morales creator Brian Bendis that Miles will be Spider-Man in the Main Marvel Universe.
"Our message has to be it’s not Spider-Man with an asterisk, it’s the real Spider-Man for kids of color, for adults of color and everybody else.”
So what happens to Peter Parker at the end of Secret Wars? NOTHING, he's going to be there too. He's not leaving the Marvel Universe. There is so much hype that Miles is going to be Spider-Man, many fans are forgetting that Parker is still going to be in the Marvel Universe and Peter is going to mentor Miles. Which is how it should be.
Peter Parker is portrayed as a man in his 20's who has had a wife (the marraige was erased, but possibly coming back), a child (also possibly erased and had an alternate continuity storyling as Spider-Girl), several degrees, several professions, including being a Professor and Peter has had MANY years of experience. He has teamed up with nearly every character in the Marvel Universe. He could actually be the only person other than Wolverine that has more appearances in any comic book. Peter being a mentor makes perfect sense. Miles Morales is a young teenage boy and has huge shoes to fill. Being mentored by the original Spider-Man should be how it is done.
Will Peter be taking up the mantle of Spider-Man again or possibly still have adventures of his own? Seriously, that is not even a question. Of course he will work alongside Miles. He will probably take up the mantle again when Marvel decides to shake things up. As of now, the end of the Secret Wars storyline can make anything happen in the coming months.
This isn't even the first time that Peter has been 'replaced.' During the awful Clone Saga, Ben Reilly replaced Peter for a brief period of time. Granted many writers and fans like to pretend that that storyline never happened. Mephisto may have erased it from continuity as well, but the comic issues do exist. So despite how many copies that Marvel may have burned in a massive pit of agony to try and appease fans for exposing them to such a bad storyline, this is not the first time that Peter has possibly retired or set aside his Spider-Man duties for someone else to step in his shoes.
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