What’s that? None of you care about comic books? Well that’s just ballocks! In case you did not already know, grown men who love comic books are just about the coolest thing possible in western society. So you all had best get with the program.
Bully has a great post about the upcoming Avengers comic that will start following the Civil War event. He also has an interesting theory as to who is going to wear Iron Man’s armor, and he makes a compelling case that it is none other than the Amazing Spiderman himself, Peter Parker. Here is a snippet of his rational for this hypothesis:
“Here's what I think will happen at the end of Civil War: Tony Stark will be disgraced or in exile (I hope not dead!). He'll be either in hiding or on the run for a while. And Peter Parker, who recently gave up his secret identity, needs one. He knows how to work, move, and fight in Stark armor now. Whatever his feelings towards Tony at the end of the storyline, Stark has been a mentor, confidant and friend: the father figure Peter hasn't had since the death of Uncle Ben. I believe that however Civil War shakes out, Peter is going to feel he owes a debt to Tony Stark. And he will replace that by donning the red-and-gold, by redeeming the name of the Iron Avenger. He's a bit inexperienced at the power and intense strength of the armor, so it's a learning curve for him. Since he's keeping his ID as Iron Man secret (to protect the hopefully still-around Mary Jane and May), he's going to have to ramp down the wisecracks during battles. Despite his increased strength, he's more dependent on his teammates to aid him than ever before. What does this mean for the Spider-Man titles, you ask? My guess is...almost nothing. I don't think Marvel will try to replace Peter as Spider-Man. ("Again.") After Civil War, in my scenario, Pete's still Spider-Man too. Plenty of room to appear in umpteen Spidey titles monthly and still star in Mighty Avengers and Iron Man (if there is an Iron Man series after this. He's going to have to divide his life between the publicly known Spidey and the secret new Iron Man. And let's face it, doesn't the more complicated Peter Parker's life get, the more intriguing his adventures become?”
Intriguing, and I must say that it makes sense. I was going to pass on this second Avengers book, but my interest has now been spiked.
We all know that Parker will have to go back to having his Spiderman secret identity remain a secret. I don’t think anyone doubts the fact that Spiderman is inherently not Spiderman if everyone knows who is under the mask. I foresee Parker publicly taking on the role of Iron Man, while also using his Spiderman identity, but acting as if he does not know who is out-and-about as the web slinger. He will then claim that this proves he was never Spiderman at all, and that his unmasking was nothing more than a stunt. I don’t know exactly how it would work, but I think Marvel will have to take a route similar to this.