All things must come to an end at some point, and for Dan Slott, a big ending and a new beginning are on the way. After working on almost 190 issues through ten years, including multiple series & some big huge landmark issues, Slott is calling it quits with Spider-Man with The Amazing Spider-Man #801 later this year before leaping over to take over the adventures of Tony Stark/Iron Man, according to Marvel.
“I could always see the next furlong, I could always see what was ahead. Like, Get this far and I’ll make it to the next wave of ‘Brand New Day’ writers, then, ‘If I make it this far I get to one out of every five issues of AMAZING [ever published],” Slott told Vulture.com. “If I get it to this far, I get to [issue No.] 700.’ And so on. So I kept having these benchmarks to hit. And then I realized, once you hit ten years and then issue 800, the next benchmarks were way too far away. [Laughs.] So I always knew that was the zone.”
Slott will be taking on Iron Man at some point after Brian Michael Bendis’ run comes to an end with the upcoming anniversary 600th issue.
“I’m all excited. They’d asked me to do IRON MAN a while back, but by then I was at [SILVER] SURFER and I had Spidey and I was already overcommitted, so it kept gnawing at me,” Slott said to Vulture. “Like, ‘Oh, man. I really do want to do Iron Man. This would be fun.’ And when that came around again, it was like, ‘Okay, yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. I want IRON MAN. I want this. I want this really bad.’”
In a way Slott was already channeling the world of Tony Stark in recent years for Spider-Man as Peter Parker was running a billion-dollar company much like Stark has done forever.
“Reed Richards explores the universe. He wants to know everything and go everywhere. Tony Stark builds the future. It’s not that he’s not out to discover the next big thing. But he’s gonna take his own two hands and he’s gonna build where he wants to go, or what he wants to do. He looks at a challenge and goes, ‘How do I machine my way out of this?’ There will be a very unique cast in this book of characters: Iron Man characters you love and Marvel characters that you haven’t seen folded into the Iron Man cast.”
Slott’s run on Spider-Man & his Iron Man run will likely end & begin this summer.