Several things don’t make sense.
1. Otto could have done everything he did here without doing the deal with Mephisto.
2. Otto didn’t need to give up his youth and Spider powers to lose the Parker taint.
3. Elliott Tolliver clearly looks like Peter Parker.
4. With all the body switching Otto had already done why couldn’t he just clone the corpse of the Tolliver clone and port himself back into it again? It’s not like it wouldn’t have the powers any more.
It was a very sad read and gripping and very well written.
But I don’t get why it has to be the end for Superior Spider-Man unless Otto was actually consciously willing it to be over. It seems like every time Otto sees loved ones threatened he gives up the ID or runs from his feelings. It’s very odd. Peter steps up in a very different way when those he loves are threatened. Otto does of course save the day but it’s like he considers love and caring for others a weakness he can’t afford. He’s such a tragic character. I do wonder if the reason he didn’t see the kid again was because he couldn’t trust himself not to surrender to caring again.
It makes me feel sad that when we see him again he will be evil. I struggle to think how it will be justifiable that Otto will be willing to hurt innocents to get his way. He SHOULD be too far gone.
Basically someone at marvel felt it was time for the big red reboot button for doc ock.
Perhaps a harbinger of future movies to come?
Or was a trademark in danger of expiring?