'Ultimate' Spoiler: Spider-Man Dies

It was announced today that Peter Parker will fall to a longtime foe in Marvel Comics' "Ultimate Spider-Man" #160 set to hit comic book stores on Wednesday, June 22.

Despite the 'Dark'-ness of Broadway and being exterminated in the "Ultimate Comics Spider-Man" series, the webby wonder is still very much alive and spinning in Marvel's more traditional stories, notes the Associated Press.

The death, while dramatic, is not entirely unexpected. In November, Marvel said that the Ultimate Spider-Man was going to face an uncertain fate in the latest storyline by writer Brian Michael Bendis fittingly titled "The Death of Spider-Man," an eight-issue arc that saw the return of original series artist Mark Bagley. Bendis and Bagley had worked together on the series for 111 issues.

Marvel's editor-in-chief remarked that there has never been a Marvel Universe without a Spider-Man and that "killing the character is a big step."

The death of Peter Parker is significant for the Ultimate Comics universe, "and we're going to see how quickly it changes everything," he said.

Parker's death will play out in the upcoming "Ultimate Comics Fallout" as the company retools its Ultimate universe.