* spoilers on AS #698 are all over the net... ^ this comment above is what i feel about that... not unless it was just a hoax to hype the sales until the transition from AS #700 to Superior Spidey #1... well... let's see...
Why does it matter? Also it looks like Morbius will find out in his mini.
Im not nearly as upset as other Spidey fans, what's the big deal? Spider-man isnt even dead, his conscious is still there, that was made clear. So who cares? Give it few months things will get back to normal, in the meantime we get to see a non-holding back Spider-man in action so its a win win.
Imo this story isnt even big enough to be the final issue of ASM. Definitely nowhere near as huge as Marvel is making it out to be.
Personally I don't condone plot points that end up being only exposition for the reader, I find it unelegant and as subtle as a hammer. It was only a red herring to make you think Pete was having a different fate, but a pretty uneventful at that.
I don't think that is such a big event either, personally, but I think it was a daring move to up the antagonism between Otto and Pete, they certainly started exploring a relationship that no other villain/hero couple ever explored before... Mmmh, that sounded a bit nasty.