Amazing Spider-Man Finale Features New Costume

Back in black.

Amazing Spider-Man #800, written by Dan Slott and featuring the work of six iconic Spider-Man artists, not only featured Spider-Man’s climactic battle with the Red Goblin but acted as the finale to Slott’s decade-long run on the title. As you’d expect, it came with lots of surprises, including a new twist on an old favorite Spidey costume.

Warning: full spoilers for Amazing Spider-Man #800 ahead!

Given that Red Goblin was a fusion of Green Goblin and the Carnage symbiote that combined all of their strengths while eliminating their weaknesses (namely sonics and fire), Spider-Man needed his own edge to take down the villain. Eddie Brock took a beating fighting the Red Goblin as Venom and was down for the count, so he gave his symbiote to Spider-Man in order to help level the playing field. The result is Spider-Man once again wearing the black symbiote costume:

Art by Humberto Ramos. (Marvel Comics)

Art by Humberto Ramos. (Marvel Comics)

You’ll notice the added web-wings that give this iteration a unique look, as well as the white spider legs going up around his shoulders. The web-wings were on Spider-Man’s original costume, so perhaps including this strong Spider-Man design element is meant to imply that Peter Parker is the one in the driver seat, rather than the usual struggle we’re used to seeing between symbiote and host.

However, the symbiote does gain control, momentarily, when the Red Goblin deals a lethal blow against Anti-Agent Venom aka Flash Thompson, sending Spidey into a full-on Venom rage complete with teeth and tongue.

Art by Stuart Immonen. (Marvel Comics)

Art by Stuart Immonen. (Marvel Comics)

As for how the rest of the story shakes out, Spider-Man’s new duds do give him a fighting chance against the Red Goblin, but he ultimately realizes that he can’t defeat him, so he goes after Norman Osborn’s pride, instead. He goads him into having a one-on-one fight without symbiotes, to which Osborn agrees and subsequently loses. However, J. Jonah Jameson arrives on the scene with a gun intending to kill Osborn, only for Spider-Man to take the shot in his shoulder, saying that he always has to use his great power with great responsibility, even if it means protecting the worst of humanity. Norman is imprisoned, but we see that his mind is now that of the original Carnage, Cletus Kasady.

Be sure to check out our review of Amazing Spider-Man #800.

And if you’re looking for a superhero mashup in the vein of Avengers: Infinity War but with DC characters, then check out this video on Justice League: No Justice.

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