Spider-Man 50th Anniversary Introduces Teen Sidekick

If you’ve been working for 50 years, you would probably be contemplating retirement and slowing down. However in the spectacular Spider-man’s case life is about to get just a bit busier. For his fiftieth year as Spider-man, Peter Parker’s alter ego is about to get a young sidekick in August’s Amazing Spider-man #692, written by Dan Slott and drawn by Humberto Ramos.

In a mirror to Peter Parker’s transformation from high school geek to teen superhero, 15-year-old Andy Macguire, on a school visit to Peter Parker’s lab, is caught up in a malfunctioning experiment that leaves him with superpowers. Peter sees it as his duty to train Andy, who takes the persona Alpha, into becoming a superhero that understands the meaning of ‘great power, great responsibility’.

In an interview with Fox News, Marvel’s Editor in Chief Alex Alonso explained this new arrival in the world of Spider-man: “Part of it is that Spider-Man is grown up. He’s older, more seasoned, but young at heart. He’s still a young man, but he’s been around. It’s interesting because it flips the paradigm. Teen hero Spider-Man is now responsible for this teen hero sidekick.”

Sources: Marvel, Fox News, Comicbookresources
Reporter: Dean Simons

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