Apparently, Peter Parker wasn’t the only person to be bitten by that radioactive spider all the way back in Amazing Fantasy #15. In this week’s Amazing Spider-Man #1, writer Dan Slott is introducing Silk, a mysterious new character being retconned into old Petey Pete’s history as part of the line-wide “Original Sin” event.
Speaking with the New York Daily News, Slott teases, “Where has she been all these years? That sounds like an incredibly big secret, he said, twirling his mustache.”
Amazing Spider-Man #1 brings Peter Parker back to the title role after nearly two years of being dead-ish, with Dr. Ock taking over his life and crime-fighting career. Based on the early image teased by Marvel, it looks like Silk will provide a spoil to our hero, the evil version of all that made Peter good, somehow figuring into the upcoming “Spider-verse” event featuring a metric ton of Spider-people.
It’s the latest attempt to retcon meaning into Peter Parker’s origin story in the 616 Marvel Universe. Everything from “The Other” storyline and all of the spider totem nonsense to the revelation that Peter’s parents were spies have flitted around the margins of his origins, making it seem less like chance (word is, that’s the tack Amazing Spider-Man 2 is taking with his origin on the big screen).
It’s likely, though, that instead of changing Peter’s origin, Silk will somehow show another side of the whole “power and responsibility” mantra we’ve all come to know and love.