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Marvel Comics news: Editorial shifts and "Amazing Spider-Man 2" casting update

When "Amazing Spider-Man" relaunches in April, it will be under a new senior editor.

Mike Marts and Nick Lowe involved in upper editorial shuffle!

In a week where trailers for the latest batch of Marvel Comics related films hit TV last weekend, the real action may be behind the scenes at the "house of ideas" itself. Former Marvel editor Mike Marts is heading back "home" after being the "Batman group editor" at DC Comics since roughly 2006. The reason for his return to Marvel - where he worked from 1996-2006 and rose through the ranks to senior editor in charge of "X-Men" comics - is unknown, but it is believed to be a part of DC Comics' major move to Burbank, California from Manhattan, New York by next year. Apparently not all staffers would be willing or able to relocate, and Marts may have been among them. His title will be "executive editor" but which titles he will be in charge of are not yet known.

In a related news, "X-Men" senior editor Nick Lowe will be shifting his duties from overseeing all the comics related to Marvel's mutants and is instead becoming the "Spider-Man senior editor". The move was official as of this month, which means he will be overseeing the end of "Superior Spider-Man", the relaunch of "Amazing Spider-Man" in April, as well as spin-off series ("Superior Foes of Spider-Man", "Superior Spider-Man Team-Up") and other oddly related titles such as "Daredevil" and "Black Widow". He replaces longtime Spidey senior editor Steve Wacker, who has been in charge of "Amazing Spider-Man" and more since 2007-2008. Wacker is moving west to take a position with Marvel Animation. This will leave a void for a senior editor for the "X-Men" comics, and it could be possible that Marts has been hired to his old job.

Add "Spider-Slayer" to villain checklist of "Amazing Spider-Man 2"!

Months before the debut of the latest Spider-Man film, director Marc Webb has taken to Twitter to reveal yet another longtime character who will appear in the film. Former "The Office" star B.J. Novak has been cast as Alistair Smythe, otherwise known as "Spider-Slayer". The character originally debuted in "Amazing Spider-Man Annual #19", circa 1985 as the son of Spencer Smythe, who created "Spider-Slayer" robots at the behest of J. Jonah Jameson. Eventually, Alistair transformed himself into a living weapon with cybernetics and died in last year's "Superior Spider-Man #13".

While it is unlikely that Smythe would appear in full cybernetic glory, he joins a long list of Spider-Man adversaries who have been cast in "Amazing Spider-Man 2". That list includes Jaime Foxx as Electro, Paul Giamatti as the Rhino, Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn, Dane DeHann as Harry Osborn, and Felicity Jones as an unnamed, costumed vixen who has ties to Norman Osborn who may or may not be Black Cat. Since Sony plans to produce a film based around "The Sinister Six" team, this could be part of laying the pipe for such a project.

U.K. "Captain America 2" trailer has more footage and Agent 13!

Newsarama has posted the extended trailer for April's "Captain America: the Winter Soldier" which debuted in the United Kingdom. The biggest tidbit is seeing Emily VanCamp ("Revenge") as Sharon Carter/Agent 13. In the comics, Sharon Carter was Captain America's longtime ally and love interest since the 1960's. She was originally conceived as the younger sister of Captain America's wartime flame Peggy Carter (played by Hayley Atwell in "Captain America: the First Avenger" who may or may not get a TV show on ABC soon). However, as with many things in Marvel Comics' fictional history, it had to change as the decades of printed adventures wore on; Sharon Carter is now considered Peggy's niece.

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