DO YOU THINK THAT SPIDER MAN NEEDS A SIDE-KICK? Spider-Man Gets An 'Amazing' New Sidekick Andy 'Alpha' Macguire will be introduced in 'Amazing Spider-Man' #692 as Peter Parker's new partner in crime fighting.
Peter Parker will find himself armed with a brand-new partner in crime fighting when "Amazing Spider-Man" #692 hits shelves in August, Fox News reports. In the issue, 15-year-old teenager Andy "Alpha" Macguire — who shares a last name with a Spider-Man of old — will make his Marvel Comics debut just in time to celebrate the "Amazing" comic book's 50th anniversary. And his origin reflects the iconic web-head's very own beginnings.
In the current "Spider-Man" comics, Peter Parker no longer works at The Daily Bugle as a photographer — he's now a scientist, and young Andy visits his lab as part of a student field trip. Andy finds himself the unwitting recipient of new powers when one of Parker's inventions malfunctions, leaving the elder superhero with the burden of teaching the youngster how to use his great powers responsibly.
"Part of it is that Spider-Man is grown up," Marvel Entertainment editor in chief Axel Alonso told Fox News about why now is the right time to introduce a Spidey sidekick. "He's older, more seasoned, but young at heart. He's still a young man, but he's been around. It's interesting because it flips the paradigm. Teen hero Spider-Man is now responsible for this teen hero sidekick. He's responsible because one of his inventions caused this kid to get his powers. He's directly responsible for the responsibility this kid now has with his new powers. He feels he has a responsibility to make sure this kid walks the right path, which won't prove easy."
Alpha doesn't have the same confidence problems that young Peter Parker did, however. The new character is described as brash and edgy, posing problems for Peter "as he molds a potentially unpredictable teen who's more powerful than he is."
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