So Spider-Man is dead or something
A few issues ago, the shocking revelation was made that long-time villain Dr. Octopus (who was on the brink of death after receiving so many brutal ass-whippings) had switched brains with Peter Parker and was now running around as Spider-Man. Meanwhile, Parker was trapped in Octopus’s rapidly-decaying body. Of course, our hero would find a way out of this and put everybody’s brains back in the right place, right?
Wrong. Issue #700 climaxed with Peter confronting Octopus and getting viciously beaten down for his troubles. In a last-ditch attempt, Parker zaps the villain through their mental connection with all of his memories, essentially rewriting the history of Peter Parker with Otto Octavius in his place. You know, the whole “with great power comes great responsibility” thing. And then Parker (in Octopus’s body) dies. Read the end of the issue here.
What this means is now Otto Octavius in Peter Parker’s body with all of Peter Parker’s memories as well as his own memories is the new Spider-Man. Octopus’s overwhelming psychopathy is tamped down by Parker’s innate goodness, but he’s still kind of a smug dick. The most upsetting part of the whole deal, though, involves Peter Parker’s withered, aged Aunt May. If you’ve been reading Spider-Man for as long as I have, you’ll remember that Doc Ock has always had a boner for May Parker, even going so far as to almost marry her once. Now that he’s in her nephew’s body, will he still carry a torch for her? This is Extreme Cougar Wives material and I’m not looking forward to it.