By Strider92 47 Comments
After the cancellation of Venom and Scarlet Spider (although there have been rumors that they will be relaunched next year. Yost also said he would not deny or confirm these rumors so there's still a little bit of hope Scarlet Spider fans) it got me thinking would a Spider-man themed team-book be a good way to go? Here's my thoughts.
Characters that Could not hold a solo series would get exposure:
We've seen both Scarlet Spider and Venom get "cancelled" whether this is permanent or not we shall see but for arguments sake lets say it is. they obviously failed because they didn't get enough sales as a solo series. Characters like Scarlet Spider, Venom, Spider-man 2099 or even at a very big push Black Tarantula (one can dream right?) are all awesome characters that in conjunction with each other would generate interest especially if Spider-man also plays a big role, attracting in people who are interested in him.
How could you not want to see this?:
The idea of a Spider-themed team book brings up so many options for stories. For example I would die happy if we ever got to see the entire Spider-Family Vs the Totem Eaters. Not to mention it would be great to see the Spider-family interacting on a more personal basis than just cross-overs or odd occasions. Not to mention with both Miles Morales and Spider-man 2099 jumping through time this would be a great time to put this idea into actions not to mention the fact both Kaine and Venom have no recurring roles they are free to be added to the roaster without continuity problems.
As I said earlier due to the characters on the team the story potential is nigh-limitless. We have the Totem eaters, time traveling stories (thanks to Miguel and Miles), Symbiote themed stories (thanks to Venom) etc..... You have so many options that can work here.
Now is the perfect time to do it!:
Now I hate Superior Spider-man as much as the next Spider-fan but even I will admit he is the perfect leader for this team. For a few reasons:
- He will turn a blind eye to the team's laxed Morals (looking at you Kaine and Venom) something Peter would never ever do regardless of the circumstances.
- Superior is a team player. Unlike Peter who preferred to go solo Superior is a team-guy. We've seen him create a private army and is even in the process of forming a new
Not only that when Peter eventually does return he'll have this team to come back too. If SpOck did manage to keep them in some kind of order and use them as a force for good Peter would most likely continue to do so as well as lets face it he's big on responsibility and both Kaine and Venom are technically his responsibility as he's responsible for them both appearing.
Granted there may be some compatibility issues such as Superior hating Scarlet Spider's guts but that could easily be explained by SpOck wanting to keep his friends close but his enemies even closer so he could take them out should he choose to. Suffice to a say a truce between Scarlet and Superior or Venom would not be hard to explain.
It gives the characters some growth. With every alternative Spider-man character they all have some kind of hero-worship for Peter. Be it Flash's fanboyism, Kaine wanting to be like him, Miles and Miguel being inspired to fight for good by him they all have a kind of idolism for Peter Parker. Working with Superior would kill this allowing them to go their own way. It may be a cruel thing to say but shattering their opinion of someone they held to such a high standard would give them a new lease and new stories making them question what they are doing all of this for.
They have a great dynamic:
Because of their different MO's the team dynamic is great. Seeing them interact with each other during a confrontation between the enemies or each other. Due to their history and past friendship and animosity at times there would be hardly any explanation needed as to how they act the way they do with each other. Seeing them beat on each other could be just as likely as the enemies if something goes badly wrong.
Who should be on the team?:
Like him or hate him Superior is the only one with the key to bringing this team together. He has the motivation and reason to do it. We've seen that Otto takes an instant dislike to anyone who knows Parker is Spider-man or anyone who dresses up in a Spider-Themed suit. Gathering all those people in one team under his command is in his best interest for obvious reasons. As that way he can keep tabs on them and take them out if they become a problem. Regardless of your feelings for the guy he's the perfect person to set this up. Not to mention that we might get the occasional disagreement which could lead to Superior getting beat down by his team-mates for being a d***! Not to mention it sets up the team for when Peter does return.
Miguel O'Hara is probably the smartest member of the Spider-family. Before becoming Spider-man he was high ranking geneticist at Alchemax and soon went on to take it over and become CEO. Suffice to say he's one smart guy, one who has knowledge on how to make and use tech from the future. He's the only one who could humble Superior in the intelligence department. Every team needs a brain. Someone who can figure out ways to take out the higher level threats that can't be taken out by brute force alone and Miguel is exactly that!
Just as every team needs a leader and a thinker it also brute force and most of the time lots of it. Venom and Kaine are both perfect contenders thanks to their past connection with Spider-man and each other. They also bring a bit of diversity to the group due to their unique abilities.
I could say more but honestly there isn't really much that needs to be said. Why they would join the team is pretty evident.
Lets face it every team needs a newb. The kind of guy who hasn't been run down by what life has thrown at him, who often gets things wrong and who rises to the occasion when the time calls for it. With the Ultimate Universe (possibly) ending and Miles (hinted) coming to the 616 Universe Miles would be a prime target for Superior due to the fact he could use Miles blind adoration for Spider-man to mold him in his image or alternatively just to keep tabs on him like the other Spider-themed guys.
These are the members that are not on the team all the time but are sometimes called in:
- Given that he's a merc it wouldn't take much for him to accept payment from Superior in order to come in for the odd job.
- Due to her connection to the Avengers and Spider-man its conceivable that she may help them out on occasion.
- If Carnage is brought into custody after the events of Superior Carnage then its possible Superior could try to harness and control him just as Wizard is currently trying to do albeit more successfully. Carnage could be the rogue element of the team only brought out when the need is truly dire and they need someone to absolutely wreck everything before being returned to his cell.
- Widow has recently shown sympathy for Spider-man and seems to be conversing with him on a much more regular basis. While not a member of the team she could be their contact at SHIELD if they need information.
Just a thought on how to keep more variety in the Spider-books as now that Scarlet and Venom are no long on the shelves I would HATE to see just Superior there.