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Dan Slott has spent the last 20 years writing comics. In that time he’s written for Batman, The Avengers, Silver Surfer, and others, but he’s currently Marvel’s steward of Spider-Man lore, a mythology that’s evolved over the last half century. Thousands of Spider-Man stories have been told by now — some intimate and others parallel universe-spanning, many classic and plenty that are best left forgotten — and Slott is well-regarded among fans for his ability to weave canon into new, often innovative stories. Like giving all of New York City spider powers for one. Or having Peter Parker found a startup for another. As a writer and the Spider Guy, he’s in a singular position to feel ecstatic about the character’s cinematic prospects. I took time to speak with him this week about the movies, telling Spider-Man stories, and what it means to be Peter Parker in a vast multiverse.

What were your thoughts around Spider-Man finally coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

“I was completely side-swiped. I didn’t see it coming at all. I had so long been told about the politics of it, and had been told by the powers that be that it was never, ever, ever going to happen. So, I was gobsmacked.”

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