Few creator and character names have been as inextricably entwined as Dan Slott and Spider-Man in recent years. Since 2008’s The Amazing Spider-Man, Slott has been spinning the definitive web-head stories, including the now-classic series Superior Spider-Man, where Doc Ock took over the mantle of Spider-Man.
If you haven’t heard, there have been some shakeups at Marvel recently. Add one more to the list: In a recent interview with Vulture, Dan Slott confirmed the rumor that he’ll be leaving Amazing Spider-Man to take on the character of Iron Man.
They’d asked me to do Iron Man a while back, but by then I was at ‘Surfer’ and I had Spidey and I was already overcommitted, so it kept gnawing at me. Like, Oh, man. I really do want to do Iron Man. This would be fun. And when that came around again, it was like, Okay, yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. I want Iron Man. I want this. I want this really bad.
When asked about what makes Iron Man interesting to him, Slott noted that while, say, Reed Richards explores the universe, Tony Stark builds it.
When you’re a kid reading comics, there’s a feeling like, if you really wanted to, you could be Batman. You could dedicate your life, you could train and train and train, and you could be Batman. And you read Marvel books and there’s a feeling like, “If you did get superpowers, you would be Spider-Man. You’d be that guy, you’d be Peter Parker. Peter Parker is the guy like you.” Tony Stark is somewhere in between, in that we are not all that kind of … How often is there that level of genius in any person?
As for who will be taking over Amazing Spider-Man when Slott’s run on the series ends, nothing is confirmed, but there have been rumors that Nick Spencer will be taking over the series in his stead.