Old, frail, but still brilliant Otto Octavius devised a clever scheme to save his own skin – by switching his and Parker’s brains.
But The Superior Spider-Man is pulled off exceptionally well.
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Though he does act as his silent conscience in a desperate attempt to maintain Peter Parker’s image (and relationships). So if you somehow forced the above ghoulish scenario into a film, it would be a kid’s flick at best.
If this were done in the world of Sam Raimi, or even the quirkier new vision of Marc Webb, it would just come off as laughable. But now with Otto in charge of Spidey’s criminal busts, there’s no longer a ‘friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man’to tie up those pesky villains for the police.
This whole new side of ‘Peter Parker’makes things very interesting, and pretty dark at the same time. I admit I’m glad Parker’s still around in some form, because it didn’t take long to miss his sense of humour.
But as cool a story as it is, there are some aspects that are sure to stand in the way of any attempt to translate into live action. He’s represented as a ghost no one can see or hear, not even Otto.
During the Goblin Army assault on New York, Menace, in her human guise, approached Anna Maria saying that Mary Jane had sent her to get her out of the city safely. Eventually, Otto came clean to Anna Maria when she found out that the Peter Parker she had been dating was actually Otto Octavius.
This caused a great deal of problems between the two, but Anna Maria remained with Otto/Peter despite of it.
It would be like that time Edward’s ‘ghost’came to warn Bella not to ride motorbikes. Otto is considerably more calculating and lethal than Peter.
This reaches the surface when Massacre, a particularly brutal nemesis, escapes the Ravencroft Institute and goes on a city-wide…well…massacre.
I’m not entirely up-to-date with the Disney/Marvel/Sony relationship, but there’s clearly good reasons Spidey hasn’t thwipped into the MCU yet.