A few days ago, Marvel announced a third Avengers book that they’ll be putting out when the Heroic Age starts in May. Just like they did with Avengers and Secret Avengers (well, sorta), Marvel is revealing the cast of New Avengers one at a time through promotional images.
After first announcing Luke Cage (who’s suddenly starring in two different team books), Marvel revealed yesterday that Spider-Man would be on the team. After letting out an audible groan, I got to thinking…maybe it’s not such a bad thing.
The groan wasn’t in reaction to Spidey being on the team. As much as I don’t think Spider-Man makes sense as an Avenger, I’ve become accustomed to that (and quite frankly, I’m surprised it took Marvel 40 years to put their #1 character on the team). No, the groan was because I don’t want New Avengers writer Brian Michael Bendis anywhere near my friendly neighborhood wallcrawler. He’s one of only two writers that has made me actively dislike a Spider-Man comic (the original Ultimate series), and the other was Reggie Hudlin. That’s not good company to be in.
But if Bendis is busy writing Spider-Man as a member of the Avengers, that means he won’t be writing him in the comic that really matters for the webhead, the thrice-monthly Amazing Spider-Man. If Bendis wanted to write ASM, his butt buddy Joe Quesada would give it to him in a second. And that would be terrible, because then I wouldn’t have a comic starring my favorite fictional character that I could stomach. At least I could turn to Peter David’s great Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man when Hudlin’s Marvel Knights Spider-Man left a sour taste in my mouth. If Bendis took over the only regular Spidey comic, I’d have nowhere to turn.
So please enjoy writing Spider-Man in your Avengers comics, Bendis. Please get your fill of the character and get it out of your system. You don’t go anywhere near my Spider-Man comics, and I won’t go anywhere near your Avengers comics. Deal?