If you’ve been missing the pairing of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson? We’ve got some good news: the duo is back together in Marvel’s upcoming Ultimate Spider-Man.
“When we decided that we were going to do a book about an older Peter Parker becoming Spider-Man, we really wanted to lean into him starting his super hero life from a very different place than what’s traditionally expected,” writer Jonathan Hickman explained via press release provided to Comic Book Club. “Peter and MJ being married is one of many decisions we made that underline this being quite a ‘different’ kind of Spider-man story.”
The new series takes place in an entirely new iteration of Marvel‘s Ultimate Universe. That was first introduced in Ultimate Invasion. And it will continue in November’s Ultimate Universe #1. The new take on Marvel’s Ultimate line will introduce what Hickman describes as Ultimate Peter B. Parker, referring to the character played by Jake Johnson in Into the Spider-Verse and Across The Spider-Verse.
The new Spider-Man will be older, married, and with kids. That’s in contrast with the younger Peter by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley in the original Ultimate Spider-Man. Or Miles Morales, for that matter.
Ultimate Spider-Man #1 Plot Synopsis, Per Marvel:
Meet Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson—MR. & MRS. PARKER! They’re one of pop culture’s most iconic couples, and now readers will see them stronger than ever in the Ultimate Universe. To celebrate, Peter and MJ’s romance will be featured on a series of picture perfect variant covers by Elizabeth Torque that will adorn the first four issues of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN. Spidey superstar Ryan Stegman also spotlights the whole Parker family on a new promotional piece.
Ultimate Spider-Man #1 will hit stores on January 10, 2024 from Hickman and Marco Checchetto. It will be interesting to see how this is different than Tom Defalco’s Spider-Girl. Which is sort of the same concept but focusing on Mayday Parker, instead of Peter.
Check out two covers below: