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Marvel Brings Back Spider-Man’s Fantastic Four-Themed Incarnation

CBR logo CBR 8/31/2022 Jeremy Blum
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The following article contains spoilers from Amazing Fantasy #1000, on sale now from Marvel Comics.

Amazing Fantasy #1000 features the return of a Fantastic Four costume that Spider-Man briefly donned over a decade ago in Amazing Spider-Man #658.

The costume, which looks like a traditional blue Fantastic Four uniform combined with an all-black Spidey mask, is worn by an alternate universe Spider-Man in the story "You Get It," written by Jonathan Hickman and Marco Checchetto. The story features the mainstream Spidey of Marvel's 616 Universe chatting with his multiversal counterparts about the tragedy in his life and asking them if they have any advice on how to surmount adversity and keep on being a hero.

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After briefly teasing him with talk that their lives are supremely normal compared to his, the alternate Spideys explain that committing heroic acts means putting "yourself in the center of the storm every complaining about the wind won't do you any good." They tell Peter that holding onto hope and continuously rising despite personal setbacks are part of what makes Spider-Man an inspiration to everyone in the Marvel universe and beyond.

Spider-Man's Fantastic Four Outfits

Spider-Man wore the Fantastic Four suit in "Peter Parker: The Fantastic Spider-Man," which ran in 2011's Amazing Spider-Man #658 and was also written by Slott. Spidey temporarily joined Reed Richards, Sue Storm and Ben Grimm as a member of the Future Foundation in the story, though he quickly ditched his blue outfit for a sleek black and white suit.

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This is not the first time that Peter Parker has worn a Fantastic Four outfit. The 1984 classic The Amazing Spider-Man #258 featured a particularly amusing fashion statement as Spidey -- left without a costume after losing his symbiote -- donned a spare Fantastic Four suit and stuck a paper bag over his head. The ridiculous guise has since been dubbed the "Bombastic Bag-Man."

Amazing Fantasy #1000 celebrates Spider-Man's 60th anniversary. The supersized book features a bevy of stories from an all-star team of Spidey creators -- including Dan Slott, Michael Cho and Neil Gaiman -- pencils and inks by the likes of Jim Cheung, Klaus Janson, Marco Checchetto and Todd Nauck, and colors by Frank Martin, Jay David Ramos, Michael Cho and Terry Dodson. Todd Klein and VC's Joe Sabino letter the issue while the main cover was done by John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna and Alejandro Sanchez. Amazing Fantasy #1000 is on sale now from Marvel.

Source: Marvel


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