J.J. Abrams Teases New 'Spider-Man' Villain in Comic Book Trailer

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The five-part Marvel series, which the filmmaker wrote with his son, is set to debut in September.

With a month to go until the release of Marvel Entertainment’s new Spider-Man comic book series — co-written by J.J. Abrams and his son Henry — the publisher has unveiled a new trailer for the title, teasing not only the series in general, but particularly the Abrams’ new supervillain creation.

Both Abrams, as well as Spider-Man editor Nick Lowe, appear in the video, in addition to animated versions of artwork from the series by Sara Pichelli. The three discuss how the project came about, the creation of new villain Cadaverous — “one of the most terrifying Spider-Man villains of all time, and that’s saying something,” Lowe notes — and how the Abramses approach writing Peter Parker and his costumed alter ego.

“Spider-Man in general has been one of the most interesting superhero characters to me: how when he gets stronger, his problems get bigger,” Henry Abrams explained. “A large focus on our series was [Spider-Man] as a person and not just him as a mask. So how does he deal with these real issues? It’s been a pleasure exploring that.”

The five-issue miniseries, titled simply Spider-Man, is set to debut Sept. 18 digitally and in comic book stores.