Kevin Smith, Stan Lee and Superior Spider-Man artist Ryan Stegman have discussed the controversial death of Peter Parker.
Smith reassured fans during an interview on FOX LA.
"Don't worry," he said. "Even if Dan Slott had done twenty pages of Peter Parker being gutted by Doc Ock, Doc Ock just playing in his guts and stuff, trust me, in one year's time Peter Parker will be Spider-Man again.
"That's the beauty of comic books. In comic books, there are no finites. There are no absolutes. With the exception maybe of, well I guess some people have to stay dead, like Uncle Ben has to stay dead because then there is no Spider-Man."
Spider-Man co-creator Lee offered a wry response after being wished a happy 90th birthday by Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott on Twitter.
"What a gift, some guys give a nice cigar, a watch, but no not you, I get a dead #PeterParker Thanks for the bday wishes my friend!" he wrote.
[Left: Kevin Smith / Right: Stan Lee]
Stegman promised fans that the conclusion of the long-running title was "just the tip of the iceberg".
"Here's the truth: You have no idea what's coming," he told ComicBookMovie.
"So you can complain and scream and say you're not going to pick it up, but if you don't you're going to regret it. Also, I drew it... super awesome. So why not buy it, y'know?"
Marvel's editor-in-chief previously said that the replacement of Parker by his enemy Doctor Octopus is "not something that will disappear anytime soon".