Well, if nothing else, this is certainly a change from media outlets ruining stories the day ahead of publication. Fox News, of all places, reveals the answer to “Who is Alpha?” tease for August’s 50th anniversary issue of The Amazing Spider-Man (Spoilers for those who don’t want to know, of course. Everyone else, click through the jump):
Alpha, it turns out, is Spider-Man’s new 15-year-old sidekick, Andy Maguire, who’ll receive super powers in an accident paralleling Peter Parker’s own origin that Parker himself is responsible for. But for those who think this is a bad idea, don’t worry; there’s already foreshadowing in the interview that things will ultimately go wrong:
Andy, Marvel editors and writers say, does not have a confidence problem. Like Parker of yesteryear, he is an outcast. However, Andy has a brashness, an edge, that Parker will find challenging, especially as he molds a potentially unpredictable teen who’s more powerful than he is. This may make Spider-Man and Alpha seem less Batman and Robin and more Odd Couple.
“If you put Spider-Man and Batman in the same situation, you’re going to have way more fun with Spider-Man,” said “Amazing Spider-Man” writer Dan Slott. “With Batman, he never really screws up the way Spider-Man does; he always seems to make the right decision. But with Spider-Man, he always screws up. He’s us as a superhero. Batman is a paragon of what we’d like to be, but in reality, we’re more like Spider-Man. He makes all the mistakes we make.”
Something tells me there’s already an “Alpha rebels against Spider-Man’s mentoring with dramatic results” denouement planned. Of course, that could just end up being insufferable…