As one of the most popular and busiest superheroes in the business, the answer to “What’s going on with Spider-Man?” is always “A lot.” The very best Spider-Man comics are those that put the beloved wallcrawler through the veritable wringer, and poor Peter Parker seems to go through a personal crisis on a near-yearly basis - and the last decade or so has been no exception.
Spider-Man spent the better part of the early 2010s with his body hijacked by Doctor Octopus, the so-called Superior Spider-Man. In some ways, Spidey’s world has greatly expanded since regaining his faculties, thanks mainly to the arrival of the Spider-Verse, which saw the Spider-Folk of dozens of different alternate universes coming together to battle for their mutual survival. On the other hand, most of Spidey’s adventures still happen at the street level, with stakes that are decidedly personal, but no less consequential or dramatic.
Whether he’s battling hellbeasts or clones or his new podcast co-host J. Jonah Jameson, Spider-Man is always up to something, and that something is usually one awful experience or another. Living through such moments - and coming out on the other side just as heroic - is what makes Spider-Man an icon.
Spider-Man Went Into The ‘Spider-Verse’… A Couple Of Times
Spider-Man’s Old Clone, Ben Reilly, Resurfaced As The Jackal II And Brought Gwen Stacy, Ned Leeds, And Otto Octavius Back To Life
Peter Parker Lost Parker Industries, The Billion-Dollar Corporation That Doctor Octopus Had Built While Inhabiting Peter’s Body
Peter Met His Long-Lost Sister, Teresa Parker, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Spidey Revealed His Secret Identity To (Brother-In-Law) J. Jonah Jameson, And Jameson Became His 'Guy In The Chair'
The Kingpin Became Mayor Of New York And Used His Position To Harass Spider-Man