In this story, we find that Peter Parker’s days as photographer for the Daily Bugle are behind him and he’s now a scientist at a research firm. Andy is part of a student field trip that visits Parker’s lab. He’s in the wrong place (or perhaps the right place) at the wrong time when Parker’s invention malfunctions and zaps him with great
power. Parker – haunted by the way he got his own super abilities and how his failure to use them led to the murder of his beloved Uncle Ben so many years ago – feels an even greater responsibility to help young Andy. He feels he must help him discover his powers and teach him how to use them responsibly.
So, the team of Spider-Man and Alpha is born. Spidey has his own “Robin.”
Still, the story of Alpha/Andy Macguire is not just a modern day retelling of the Spider-Man origin. It is déjà vu with a twist. While there are many parallels between Parker and Andy, they are also very different. As a teenager, Parker was a poster boy for nerdiness and an easy target for bullies. Getting bitten by a radioactive spider and acquiring super powers did a lot for his mojo, but a shyness and lack of confidence always seemed to follow Parker.
Andy, Marvel editors and writers say, does not have a confidence problem. Like Parker of yesteryear, he is an outcast. However, Andy has a brashness, an edge, that Parker will find challenging, especially as he molds a potentially unpredictable teen who’s more powerful than he is. This may make Spider-Man and Alpha seem less Batman
and Robin and more Odd Couple.