This page contains MASSIVE UNMARKED SPOILERS for The Amazing Spider-Man Issue #700, and the "Dying Wish" storyline as a whole. You Have Been Warned.Part of Marvel Comics' Marvel NOW initiative, Superior Spider-Man is the new main Spider-Man ongoing series released in January 2013. After the events of the 700th and final issue of Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker and Dr. Octopus have switched bodies and Peter dies in the body of Dr Otto Octavius, but not before forcing him to relive Peter's life and force a Heel-Face Turn. Now there is a new Spider-Man in town—smarter, stronger, and SUPERIOR.
Tropes used in The Superior Spider-Man include:
Anti-Hero: The new Spider-Man is the formerly villianous Doc Ock's mind in Peter Parker's body, who's also not above killing villains, starting with Massacre. To the point that Frank Castle, the Punisher himself, approves. In addition, he's not so much on board with the "Great Power and Great Responsibility" mantra. Part of his reason for being a hero is to do it better than the original and leave behind a greater legacy.
Anti-Villain: Otto's motives are partially heroic (with great power comes great responsibility) and partially selfish (he wants to make sure everybody knows he's "superior" to Peter). He's also not above beating the tar out of anyone he faces, be they hero or villain.
Attention Whore: Otto's goal is to leave behind a legacy, and the steps he's taking aren't half-assed.
Asshole Victim: The bullies that were picking on Anna Marie for being a little person. Sure what Otto did was Disproportionate Retribution, but those guys were hardly innocents. Same goes for many of the bad guys that Otto has beaten up or killed.
The Bad Guy Wins: In Issue #9, Doc Ock battles Spidey inside his mind and defeats him by delivering a stinging What the Hell, Hero? by pointing out that the villains he put away earlier came back doing even worse, ending in taking Peter to task to the fact that he nearly killed a little girl just so Octavius couldn't find him in a Moment of Weakness. In the end, a defeated Peter can only watch in horror as Ock seemingly erases him.
Tiberius Stone got away with everything he had done in Issue #19, including ruining Horizon and killing Spider-Man (temporarily).
Bait the Dog: Initial stories in the comic make it seem like Otto is willing to change to become a better person. However, later developments in the story indicate that he's a particularly unflinching (and occasionally hypocritical) Well-Intentioned Extremist that is willing to use methods Not So Different from his stint as a villain.
He also reacts rather violently to being called "low tech" by Miguel O'Hara.
When the new Carnage remarks that he is "superior" to Cletus Kasady, Otto is livid that he uses that epithet.
Big Brother Is Watching: Otto has set up numerous robotic spider drones to patrol the city, allowing him to watch over everything and determine which threats to deal with and which ones to ignore. Also to spy on people, like the CEO who hired Massacre.
Insecurity Camera: Not that it stops the Green Goblin from hacking them to include a "Goblin Protocol" so that anyone with a Goblin tattoo or mask is ignored by Otto's bots.
Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Otto successfully erases Ghost-Peter from his mind... but that has the unfortunate effect of erasing all the memories of Peter Parker, which was the main way he managed to pass as Peter in first place, making his job as a vigilante much harder than it was.
Once Otto sees Vulture — his old friend — using children to do his dirty worknote though to be fair he was treating the children pretty well for a villain, rewarding them with pizza and game tokenshe flips out and realizes how bad a person the Vulture really is.
The Avengers started to see Peter as this, following his executing Massacre, an unrepentant serial killer - Wolverine makes the point that all of them have done something similar at one point or another. Once he brutally beats Jester & Screwball into a bloody mess, however, Wolverine agrees that the Avengers need to deal with him.
Kaine sees Peter as this as well.
Add MJ and Max Modell to that list too.
And now, we add Black Cat and J John Jameson into the mix. Jeez, Octavius!
And Flash Thompson as well. It's pretty safe to say that Otto has been on one hell of a bridge-burning spree.
Chekhov's Gun: Stunner's virtual reality equipment which is used by Otto to blackmail his colleague into revoking the plagiarism claims of his work.
Covers Always Lie: With the cover to Issue #20, you would think that Black Cat would play a significant role in the story and have a small romance with Otto. Instead, he just punches her in the face after meeting her, webs her up, and leaves her confused, bitter, and really pissed off, for the cops.
The Kingpin has a Body Double whose only purpose is to sit around until he needs to fake his own death by killing the double and leaving the body to be found by the authorities. Furthermore, his double had his code genetically altered to match Kingpin's exactly, in order to convince everyone that the body really is him.
Otto is this in regards to fighting Spider-Man's enemies. When preparing to fight Carnage, he equips his Spiderlings with sonic emitters, and arms himself with a wrist-mounted flamethrower to kill Agent Venom.
Darker and Edgier: The new Spider-Man is a dangerous and self-serious Anti-Hero, a far cry from the fun and quippy original. Then Spider-Man executes Massacre and the Spider-Slayer, after he beats Boomerang, Screwball, and Jester to near death.
Do Not Adjust Your Set: Otto hacks all the displays in New York to tell the citizens to be on the lookout for Phil Urich, the man behind the Hobgoblin costume. He even shows pictures of the two to make sure.
Dramatic Irony: Otto himself was crippled due to the constant beatings he sustained at Peter's hands. Now he's delivering even more brutal beatings and doing the same to other villains.
Also, Stunner trying to kill Spider-Man for killing Otto, when he's really Otto.
Evil Counterpart: Serves as this to Kaine, Peter's self-describedevil clone, especially as shown in their "Sibling Rivalry" Bat Family Crossover. Kaine is legitimately trying to help on his own, distinctly separate from the many heroes in New York, and does use lethal force on occasion for deliberately benevolent reasons, denying being a hero the whole way through even as he works as The Atoner. Otto instead uses lethal force as a simple means to an end instead of an unfortunate consequence, and aims to make a legacy instead of help out. Kaine even points out how much of a Broken Pedestal he is in the crossover.
Evil Gloating: Superior Spider-Man doesn't do the jokes and quips so much as the original. He tends to ramble about how brilliant he is, and how he's outthought whichever foe he's up against. It's still the trope, just being used by kinda-sorta-reformed-evil.
Exact Words: Ock!Spider-Man asks J. Jonah Jameson to be extremely explicit when he tells the hero that he wants to make sure the Spider Slayer dies. He records it to blackmail Jameson into giving him the Raft as a superhero base.
Eye Scream: Otto ended up shattering a spotlight into Vulture's eyes, blinding him, and then mini-Spider-Slayer bots burrowed into them.
Though the latter was to restore the damage caused by the former.
"Freaky Friday" Flip: The entire story comes out of one between Doc Ock and Peter, where Peter died in Ock's body. Alistair Smythe, the Spider-Slayer, also tried, but Otto had prevented it the same way he did it when Peter tried in Amazing 700.
Gadgeteer Genius: Pretty much every issue shows how Ock uses technology to make crime-fighting easier. In particular, his Spider-Bots, which monitor the city for him, and allow him to catch crime he would normally be unaware of.
Ghost Memory: As a result of Peter's last attempt to get his body back. Of course, this gets erased. Also doubles as a Soul Fragment.
Heroic Sacrifice: Spider-Man 2099 attempts one, deciding that a future without Alchemax is more important than his own existence. Doesn't work, however, once he realizes this could have a negative impact on his loved ones or even lead to a worse future.
Hero with Bad Publicity: Actually inverted; despite being a total douchebag at times, Otto's actually won over most of the police (minus Carlie Cooper and J. Jonah Jameson after Issue #13), especially after he killed Massacre. This goes so far that just about all the cops are willing to lie about him killing Massacre to Captain Watanabe in order to avoid him getting in trouble.
Of course things change as the series goes on due to his later actions.
In Issue #19 his deletion of Peter's memories ends up leaving him unable to stop the destruction of Horizon, and by trying to surpass Peter he ended up caught in the blast. It would have been a permanent death, if not for Max Modell. In addition, his desperate attempt to remember something in Peter's past has given Peter a foothold to start breaking free!
Hypocrite: In the "Sibling Rivalry" crossover betweenSuperior Spider-Man Team-Up & Scarlet Spider, Otto complains about Kaine "stealing [his] life". Obviously, he's not really in any position to complain about people doing that.
At the start of Issue #1, Otto swears to become a hero and leave his past behind. A couple of pages later, he gets quite angry at the "unmitigated gall" of a bunch of C-List villains using the name of "his" old group, the Sinister Six.
Otto constantly brags how he's a Superior Spider-Man to Peter. He's also the guy who called the X-Men arrogant for using superior in homo superior.
In Avenging Spider-Man he scoffs at Scott Lang's past in thievery as if he hasn't done anything as petty.
In Issue #11 he actually cuts himself off from doing this while going on a rant about how the Spider-Slayer couldn't be a changed man since he was a lifelong criminal and murderer... which he was up until he bodyjacked the original Spider-Man. It's for this reason, in the "Sibling Rivalry" arc, his criticism of Kaine falls short considering they've pretty much done some of the same things. He's just mad because he was killed by Kaine. He also blasts cloning when he's the one cloning the members of the original Sinister Six.
During the Infinity tie-in to Mighty Avengers, Otto freaks the hell out when he sees Ronin (known at the time as "Spider Hero") wearing a knock-off Spider-Man costume. He has the gall to get indignant at another hero "ripping him off" despite, y'know, having killed Peter and stolen his life.
I Hate Past Me: After being threatened by a pre-recorded tape of himself in one of his old bases, Otto quickly decides his past self was a joke, constantly self-sabotaged by pointless vanity.
I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You: Superior Spider-Man, in a fight with the Spider Slayer, "lets slip" that his Spider-bots are powered by the Raft's power grid. The whole thing was a ruse to trick the Spider Slayer into going for that.
Irony: What is the one thing that destroys everything Otto has worked for? "Stealing" his own work for his doctorate thesis, putting himself, his step-uncle and co-worker in the mercy of the bank. This gets resolved with a bit of technological trickery.
Averted for now, as he bailed himself out by sheer luck that Stunner had VR equipment he used.
It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Otto ends up breaking up with MJ after she got captured by some of Vulture's goons realizing that she'd never be safe. Even Peter is impressed that he had the guts to finally break it off.
Let's You and Him Fight/Friend or Foe: Otto's attitude puts him into conflict with a lot of the superheroes Peter was good friends with or who admired him, including the Avengers, Spider-Man 2099, and Agent Venom.
Love Triangle: A really confusing one Mary Jane still loves Peter and dated "Peter". Ghost Peter still loves Mary Jane, and is pretty pissed about Otto dating her in his place. Otto has feelings for MJ due to having Peter's memories and reliving parts of his life, but broke up with her since he didn't want her to get hurt. Seeing as Ghost Peter gets wiped and Otto is avoiding her, it's probably resolved tragically.
The Mafia: Green Goblin is setting one up to deal with Superior Spider-Man. As of Issue #14 he controls over 52% of all crime.
Morality Chain: Ghost Peter is really trying to be this, forcing Otto to pull a Heel-Face Turn before he died, and preventing him from killing Boomerang. Unfortunately he isn't very successful at keeping Otto from killing Massacre and eventually gets erased himself.
Mood Whiplash: Happens from time to time, but Issue #6 really sums it up. "Oh hey, Jester and Screwball are playing pranks on JJJ! That's pretty funny! Oh, and they're doing it to Spock too! That's hilar—oh wait, now he's beating them to death."
Issue #10 has it shifting between Otto on a date with Anna Marie and MJ caught in a fire, waiting for him to save her.
Mooks: Otto turns the Raft into a base and gathers an army of Mooks at the end of Issue #13. They help him take down the Shadowland.
My God, What Have I Done?: Otto's reaction after seeing a young girl whose brain damage worsened after his global warming scheme.
Gets another one after his "Superior Six" plot spectacularly collapses.
Mythology Gag: In the weirdest of places. As Ghost Peter is getting mind wiped, his attempt to remember his name comes out as "Peter... Palmer?", a name Stan Lee's narration mistakenly called him a few times during the superhero's early days.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: So, Spidey and his army has liberated the Shadowland from the hands of Wilson Fisk and the Hand and forced Fisk to flee. That's good and all. Too bad the Green Goblin has decided he was going to take over, swooping up the remaining members of the Hand from that area and rebranding himself the Goblin Kingpin of Crime.
Nice job knocking out Spider-Man 2099, the only guy who could save Horizon after you deleted Peter's memories.
Nice job using your old tech as Peter Parker, Ock. Now you got everyone thinking he's a fraud, a thief and worse!
As a whole, this arc seems to be reaching this conclusion - Otto's actions end up making things much worse in the long run instead of better.
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Otto's using Peter's strength to the fullest when he fights. While Jester and Screwball got beat badly, he blinded Vulture, knocked Scorpion's jaw off, and nearly killed Boomerang.
Peter:(when Ock throws down the gauntlet at the Avengers) Oh, what I wouldn't give for some ghost-popcorn right now.
Pet the Dog: Though Otto performs morally questionable actions, he does have his moments where he acts as a hero should.
Otto performs successful brain surgery with Cardiac on a girl who was brain-damaged by one of previous attempts to take over the world, having felt guilty and trying to atone for it. This was after he tried to take the helmet off of her for his own use while she was alive before Cardiac stopped him and explained the situation. In return, the girl gave Otto her personal doll and got a Spider-Man doll for herself. And then it's revealed he did this so he could get rid of Peter.
Poorly Disguised Pilot: Possibly - Issue #19 strands Spider-Man 2099 in the present and it's said that it's setting up the stage for a brand new Spidey 2099 comic.
Ret Canon: Arune Singh confirmed at Comic-Con that the new Spider-Man outfit is the same one Alex Ross designed for the first Spider-Man movie. The design ultimately went unused in the film, but was leaked online and even appeared in one of the video games.
Robot Buddy: The Living Brain, a Killer Robot battled twice by Spider-Man early in his career, reappears as a member of the wannabe Sinister Six. After defeating it, Otto reprograms it to be his assistant.
Spirit Advisor: Subverted - Peter is technically still alive, but Otto has no idea that Peter's along for the ride and can't hear him when Peter talks to him; and the only influence Peter is able to exert over his body is stopping Otto from crossing lines he would never cross, until Massacre is killed. Then Peter gets a Disney Death, too.
Mary Jane claiming that everything's "Crazy Town Banana Pants" and that it's something Peter used to say all of the time when questioned on it.note Peter never actually said that before, at least not that we know of, just in case you're wondering.
Otto tells the Living Brain, which he modded to be his assistant, to fetch him some tea. Earl Grey. Hot.
Issue #20: More of Parker's life is smashed up as Octavius beats up and arrests the Black Cat, who vows that she'll never forget what he had just done. While trying to obtain a doctorate by passing off technology he had invented as Otto as Peter's, he is exposed as a fraud by an old friend of his from when he was Octavius, and the woman whom Octavius allowed to become the Stunner (last seen in a coma after she helped bring him back to life the first time) returns and takes up her old identity vowing to crush Spider-Man
Issue #21: All the problems brought up in the previous issue are solved, but the Green Goblin has Carlie's evidence on Otto being Spider-Man after one of his goons kidnap her. Oh, and Peter Parker's grave is empty.
Superior Carnage #5: Carnage knows Spider-Man is Doc Ock and Cletus Kasady is no longer lobotomized.
Ghost-Peter: I am going to find a way back! Otto: No, Peter. You won't.
In Issue #19. This is less of one, since it was implied to be in progress, but the Wham comes from how it is solidified.
Liz Allan:Mr. Banks. Mr Stone. Let me be the first to welcome you to this bold endeavor. The foundation of this all-new mega corp, Allan Chemical, merged with my son's holdings in Oscorp... and the intellectual properties Tiberius helped us acquire from Horizon Labs. Gentlemen, I give you Alchemax. Long may she stand.
Wham Shot: Peter digging his way out of the rubble in issue #19.
What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Brought up in the Sibling Rivalry story. Otto sees clones as abominations, while Peter wasn't exactly thrilled but supported his surviving clones.
What the Hell, Hero?: SpOck is able to trap Agent Venom by giving him artificial limbs but separating the symbiote from Flash Thompson. Once Flash realizes what he's done, he reads him the riot act right before the symbiote breaks free, fuses with SpOck and turns him into the Superior Venom.
Otto:Write your stories, fools. Mark this day well. For today, I cast off the last of the chains Peter Parker saddled me with...and begin to craft my own legacy. I am no more bound by Parker's life than I am about my own former existence. I shall create something entirely new. Something wonderful. This shall be my legacy. ABrand New Day... No, A Brand New Age. The Age of the Superior Spider-Man.The Greatest Hero of them All. And nothing will stand in my way.
Would Hit a Girl: No matter if it's a criminal Femme Fatale like Black Cat - who, making it even worse, was one of Peter's girlfriends - Otto would rather just punch her in the face and leave her to the cops.