The other morning, I was watching the previews for Spider-Man 10. (The logo for the movie is, of course, a very webby Roman numeral X.) I’m happy to report that, despite its somewhat schlocky tagline (“Spider-Man Vs. King Kong!”), the movie looks pretty good. In it, Manhattan has been flooded or sunk by aquatic invaders, who are going around the city with cannons that fire weird spider-frog beasties–not as weapons, but apparently as some sort of seeding program for the new aquatic ecology they have planned for NYC. Spider-Man was just initiating some sort of rapport with a spider-frog, via their mutual spider-sense, when my alarm went off and I woke up.
Why King Kong? I wondered. He hadn’t shown up in any of the footage I’d seen. (Although the flooding would be convenient for him; he’d be able to swim to the top of the Empire State building.) Google tells me that the phrase “Spider-Man vs. King Kong” has been drifting on the frothy surface of the internet for a while, so maybe I saw it somewhere. I’m also pretty sure that, in this continuity, Spider-Man’s romantic interest was Gwen Stacey, but again I don’t know why I’m sure: she never showed up in the previews.
I guess these and other mysteries will be resolved when the movie actually comes out, some time in the 2020s.