Ryan Stegman has announced a new Spider-Man book with Dan Slott, choosing to go with "Superior" over other less desirable adjective choices like "Smug" and "Douchey."
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Marvel artist Ryan Stegman just announced The Superior Spider-Man, a new Marvel NOW! book written by Dan Slott. Taking a cue from the actions of some of his Avengers teammates, Spider-Man will become a complete douchebag for the book.
"This character change has been building for a while," said Dan Slott, who we are completely comfortable making up quotes from because he bangs our moms, in response to the concerns of fans. Many fans feel that Spider-Man's popularity comes from being an "everyman" character who people can identify with, and that turning him into an insufferable jackass will make people less likely to want to read his books. Slott, however, explained that this isn't such a drastic change. "We saw it as far back as Civil War, with Spidey idolizing and emulating Tony Stark, the quintessential smug asshole. Spider-Man has always been a dick. He was married to a supermodel. He made a deal with the devil. He's just going to be more open about it now."
Marvel has had a lot of success lately with turning characters into douchebags. Self-righteous, sanctimonious preaching has always been a hallmark of the popular Captain America's character, but Cap stepped it up a notch during the recent Avengers vs. X-Men event when he instigated a war with the X-Men based purely on the advice of Wolverine. Speaking of marvel's most popular character, Wolverine has been a complete prick for at least the last decade, and it has only served to increase his marketability, judging by the number of books he is featured in.
Marvel NOW!'s Superior Spider-Man will build on this proud tradition of making characters unlikable, and, by proxy, books unreadable. Eschewing the typical spandex slugfests that most superhero books consists of, Superior Spider-Man will instead just feature Spider-Man directly lecturing the leader about things like vegetarianism, driving a hybrid car, and the proper use of commas in journalism. "It will be completely obnoxious to read," said Slott, "but in a different way than my books usually are."
For more info on the upcoming book that is less made-up but no less ridiculous, check out this article at USA Today, which reveals that the new Spider-Man will have claws.