On late Sunday night, as day laborers were slumbering away and night owls were surely watching syndicated showings of Spider-Man 2 on premium channels, the official Marvel Twitter account posted a cryptic image of the number “4” written out in spiderwebs. With no further context, the caption simply read: “#MarvelComics.”
And, yes—Twitter was set ablaze with speculation.
The number “4” in particular spawned a number of theories, notably the possibility that the comics department got the ball rolling on a comic adaptation of Sam Raimi’s long-lost script for Spider-Man 4 (which sat in pre-production purgatory for years before being killed by Columbia Pictures in favor of the Amazing Spider-Man reboot). This was bolstered by a since-deleted tweet by Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 concept and narrative art contributor Alex Ross, who posted an image of Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man and Kirsten Dunst’s Mary Jane accompanied by the caption #SpiderMan4 shortly after Marvel’s initial post.
Another theory that picked up speed was the possibility of a potential Spider-Man and Fantastic Four crossover, which previously ran as a limited series in the summer of 2007. Adding fuel to the fire was the fact that the longest-running sole writer in The Amazing Spider-Man’s history is currently penning Marvel’s Fantastic Four title (and, not to mention, the image’s uncanny resemblance to Marvel’s previous Fantastic Four announcements).
But as of Monday afternoon, the number “4” would appear insignificant to the unknown Spider-Man project. Drawn in a similar, spiderwebbed style, the official account posted a picture of the number “3” accompanied by the same hashtag, confirming that the comics division is tweeting out a countdown.
But a countdown for what?
Well, the two aforementioned theories are out of the question, as they were both debunked in a tweet posted by Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski shortly after the countdown was revealed.
Another clue left hanging in the air stems from another Cebulski tweet posted on the 17th anniversary of Raimi’s first Spider-Man film …
The last comic to sell a million copies was Star Wars #1. Which was almost five years ago. I feel it’s about time we publish another title that sells over seven figures. And I think I have an idea…— C.B. Cebulski (@CBCebulski) May 3, 2019
... but the only concrete detail we can rely on is the fact that it will be a project born out of Marvel’s comic division.
Marvel’s cryptic image has added to the ongoing spiderwebbed hysteria in anticipation for the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home on June 28 (and, really, the indefinite release of the Into the Spider-Verse sequel sometime in the future).
Stay tuned for further updates on the strange Spider-verse countdown and what will be revealed on June 20.
You know who was great in Spider-Man 3, though? Topher Grace. You can listen to our recent interview with the actor on The Paste Podcast below.