Peter Parker is reportedly getting killed off in the new 'Spider-Man' comic series, which hit the stands on Wednesday.
According to the New York Post, the webbed wonder will meet an untimely end while saving his beloved aunt May from the villainous Green Goblin in 'Ultimate Spider-Man' No. 160.
Series writer Brian Bendis called Parker's death 'truly heroic and sacrificial', adding that it brings his story "full circle," since his crime-fighting career was spurred by his failure to prevent his Uncle Ben's murder.
Bendis also refuted reports that Parker would be brought back in a future story, saying, "This is the last hurrah. This is it. There's a real point to this, and the point doesn't work if we don't stick to our guns."
Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said that the death paves the way for a new character to claim Parker's arachnid alter-ego this fall.
"There's going to be a brand new Spider-Man" in a brand new costume, said Alonso, who will make his debut in 'Ultimate Comics Fallout' in August before taking over 'Ultimate Spider-Man' in September.
"We're certain readers will fall in love with him the way they did with Peter," he added.