Marvel Officially Declares Aunt May, Doc Ock ‘Comics’ Hottest Couple’

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Marvel Comics has provided CBR with an exclusive preview of Amazing Spider-Man #80.BEY, by writer Cody Ziglar; artists Ivon Fiorelli, Carlos Gómez and Paco Medina; colorist Rachelle Rosenberg; and letter VC’s Joe Caramagna. In the preview, Marvel Comics officially declares Aunt May Parker and Otto Octavius/Doctor Octopus to be “the hottest couple in comics.”

Doc Ock and Aunt May met in 1964’s Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1, by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and Sam Rosen. The two later started dating and nearly got married in Amazing Spider-Man #130 and #131, by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, Frank Giacoia, Dave Hunt, Petra Goldberg and Art Simek. The particularly bizarre relationship has remained something of a controversial coupling over the years.

At the start of the current “Beyond” arc of Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker was injured in a battle with the U-Foes. Ben Reilly stepped up to take on the mantle of Spider-Man in Peter’s place, as the lingering effects of the battle have kept the original wall-crawler on death’s door. In Amazing Spider-Man #80, May decided to take matters into her own hands and sought out Doc Ock to help her find out how to help Peter.

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Amazing Spider-Man #80.BEY, the cover for which calls them the “hottest couple in comics,” sees May and Doc Ock going to the university where Peter was injured to get clues as to just what’s going on. Otto continually flirts with May, but she remains focused on helping Peter. Eventually, Otto does find out some interesting information, discovering traces of “a rare air pollutant found only in the industrial district. As well as a very specific type of radiation.”

You can see CBR’s exclusive preview of Amazing Spider-Man #80.BEY below alongside the solicitation information for the book. Releasing Dec. 8, Amazing Spider-Man #80.BEY, which is a tie-in to the “Beyond” storyline, features covers from Mark Bagley, John Dell and Brian Reber; and Michael Dowling and Brian Reber.

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  • CODY ZIGLAR (W) • IVAN FIORELLI (A) • COVER BY MARK BAGLEY •
  • Variant Cover by JOE QUINONES
  • With her nephew at death’s door, May Parker is not just going to sit around accepting that Peter’s ailments aren’t solvable with conventional means.
  • Aunt May is going to seek UNCONVENTIONAL MEANS by way of her ex-fiancé DOCTOR OCTOPUS!!!
  • One of the most controversial couples in comics history is back together, and they’re Peter Parker’s only hope of living through BEYOND!
  • 40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

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