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The X-Men/Spider-Man clone saga crossover event Dark Web to begin in November

Clones amok in this Fall’s Spider-Man/X-Men crossover Dark Web
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Originally teased in one of Marvel's Free Comic Book Day releases this year, Marvel Comics has released a little more information about the upcoming Dark Web crossover event at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.

The storyline, which sees the Spider-Man and X-Men franchises collide as the Goblin Queen and Chasm – the new identity of Peter Parker’s clone Ben Reilly – team up for reasons as yet unknown, will be written by Zeb Wells, who is writing the current Amazing Spider-Man series, with preview art by Ryan Stegman unveiled at the show.

Plot details for the storyline haven’t been revealed, but this year’s Free Comic Book Day: Spider-Man/Venom #1 showed Spider-Man dealing with a demonic mailbox trying to eat a mailman in an echo of the 1980s X-Men storyline Inferno – the last major storyline centering around the Goblin Queen. At the end of the preview, the Goblin Queen is seen talking to Chasm, telling him that the two of them have a lot in common. Given that the Goblin Queen was originally a clone of Jean Grey gone wrong, that’s quite an understatement.

While the exact timing of the crossover remains under wraps, the prelude issues will begin in November, according to Marvel – meaning that it will launch the month after the conclusion of Marvel’s current crossover event, Judgment Day, which also features the X-Men in a starring role.

Keep track of this and ALL the news from this weekend with our San Diego Comic-Con 2022 coverage round-up.

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