Amazing Spider-Man #25 recently gave us a new, rejuvenated Otto Octavius. Using a proto-clone body, stabilised using his own science, and transferring his own consciousness into it, Doctor Octopus gained new life as a newly empowered form, even down to his very own 'octopus sense'.
And he also has a new power base – in the form of Marvel's very own alternative right (whatever you do, don't say Nazi), fascist organisation, Hydra!
But is it just me, or does this new Doc Ock, aligned with a far right, might is right, master race loving organisation, look kinda familiar? I mean, doesn't he look kinda like alt-right spokesman and figurehead, Richard Spencer?
I mean, it's a handy parallel, I guess. Marvel have been working very hard to push that Hydra are not Nazis, just like the the Alt-Right movement. Yet both organisations, the fictional and the real life one, have some pretty hardline fascist beliefs.
Seems I'm not the only person to have wondered.
Here in the column formerly known as Swipe File, where Bleeding Cool makes no claims ourselves, we like to leave that question to our readers: is this a swipe, homage, or coincidence? Let us know in the poll below: