Who’s Who In First Teaser For Spider-Man ‘Dead No More’ Event?
The only thing certain in superhero universes are death, taxes and an eventual resurrection from said previous death, and it looks like a whole host of Spider-Man’s supporting cast is coming back this summer as part of Marvel’s "Dead No More" event. Today, via CBR, Marvel released a teaser with a glimpse of who might be coming back, and we've rounded them up to see if we can piece together just what "Dead No More" might be about.
Front and center is Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben, who died in Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962), shot by the same crook that Peter failed to stop earlier that night. Uncle Ben’s death, and his advice, “With great power there must also come great responsibility,” were the driving force behind Peter’s turn to heroism, so to even tease his return spells big things for Spider-Man this summer.
Behind Uncle Ben, to the left, with the hat and the whip, is none other than one-third of The Enforcers, Montana. Montana died while working for The Kingpin in Amazing Spider-Man #651 (2011), when The Hobgoblin attacked Shadowland and he fell to his death. Montana’s colleague in the Enforcers, Ox, died in a recent issue of Amazing Spider-Man at the hands of the new villain, The Regent, but does not appear on this teaser. Fancy Dan remains alive and presumably fancy.
The lady with the beret is unquestionably Captain Jean DeWolff, who died at the hands of her former lover, The Sin-Eater, in Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #107 (1985). To her right is Captain George Stacy, father of Gwen, who died in Amazing Spider-Man #90 (1970), saving a child from the falling debris caused by a battle between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus. The woman with glasses to his right is most likely Marla Jameson, who died in Amazing Spider-Man #654 (2011) at the hands of her husband Jonah’s nemesis Alistair Smythe.
To the far left of Uncle Ben are Martha and Billy Connors, who were the wife and son of Dr. Curt Connors, AKA The Lizard. Martha Connors died of cancer in Spider-Man: Quality of Life #4 (2002), and Billy was eaten by his father in Amazing Spider-Man #631 (2010). They were recently returned to life in the current volume of Amazing Spider-Man by a mysterious man in a red suit, as a way to coerce The Lizard into working for him. Dan Slott is known for planting seeds for future storylines as far back as one-hundred issues or more, so whatever the mysterious man in the red suit has planned, you can bet it ties into "Dead No More".
Finally, the mysterious man in the far back could be any number of people, but with his fair hair and deliberately obscured features, we’ve got our hopes on Ben Reilly, the clone of Peter Parker that replaced Peter as Spider-Man and died in Spider-Man #75 (1996). It could also be former Hobgoblin Ned Leeds, or Aunt May's former beau Nathan Lubensky (though he used a wheelchair when he was alive), or possibly even Peter’s father, Richard Parker: Agent of SHIELD. We’ll have to wait for more information on "Dead No More" to find out!