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Controversial Spider-Man story to revive older one

Remember the story line that had Peter Parker returning to a bachelor as if he had never married Mary Jane? The scenario in the comic book was mirrored in the comic strip (though the newspaper version brought Peter out of a dream five months later). Next week’s Spider-Man comic book picks up and reveals that whole story line was part of a larger story.

The arc is a postscript of sorts to 2007’s controversial “One More Day” that started in issue 544, which drew ire among readers and even behind the scenes. To save his Aunt May from a fatal gunshot wound, Peter Parker is given a choice by the demon Mephisto: Let her die or give up his marriage to Mary Jane Watson. Parker chooses the latter, and his world is rebooted to a place where he was never married and no one knows he’s actually Spider-Man, which he had revealed to media during Civil War. (Mary Jane also whispered something to Mephisto during the deal ? what exactly she said is still yet to be determined.)

The ensuing story lines over the past three years have lived in this changed history, and according to Spider-Man group editor Stephen Wacker, “One Moment in Time” will reveal what the “secret history” is now and what happened on the day of their wedding that caused Peter and Mary Jane not to get married. “That’s 25% of the story,” Wacker says. “There’s cool little Spidey capers in there, too, a lot of great Peter and Mary Jane scenes and a lot of character stuff.”

Community Comments

#1 Rich Diesslin
July/19/2010
@ 11:32 am

Why?

#2 Ted Dawson
July/19/2010
@ 11:37 am

I quit reading Spider-man way back when they changed his costume (except for J. Michael Straczynski’s great run) so I guess I didn’t miss much.

#3 D. Meyer
July/19/2010
@ 12:32 pm

Does anyone care? The Spiderman comic book hasn’t been relevant since the 60s.

#4 Isaiah McAllister
July/19/2010
@ 1:22 pm

Wha? I still get irritated when I think about how this was handled. It was such a cop out. If you didn’t want Spider-Man to be married anymore, fine. Just have him get divorced then. No, we couldn’t do that. What would people think if Spider-Man got divorced?

Instead they go with the lets make a deal with the devil angle? And wipe out the last 30 years of storylines? Yeah, that sounds good, who needs character progression anyways?

#5 Jim Lavery
July/19/2010
@ 10:06 pm

Spins a web in the dark,

Swings from threads right o’er the shark

Hey there!

There goes the Spiderman!

#6 Jeff Pert
July/20/2010
@ 8:13 am

What Marvel has done to most of its characters is pitiful.

But I differ w/ D. Myer @ #3—there were plenty of great Spidey stories in the 70s, drawn by John Romita and Gil Kane.

#7 mike crachiolo
July/20/2010
@ 9:44 pm

batman could kick spider man’s ass anytime

#8 Gar Molloy
July/21/2010
@ 9:07 am

Batman can kick ANYONE’s ass. He might get a collapsed lung and a fractured eye socket in the process, but he’s the god damn Batman and he can take it!

I agree they should have either had Peter Parker and Mary-Jane get a divorce, or just straight-up killed Mary-Jane. Either way would have been better than just hitting a big Reset button on the whole damn series. Divorce would have put some much-needed believable tension between the characters and MJ’s death would scar the crap out of old Spidey’s psyche.

#9 Tom Wood
July/21/2010
@ 6:07 pm

I did not like the Spider Man movies at all. Way too much ‘woe is me’ boo hoo ‘character development’. The few comics I read had a smart-aleck teenager who made funny quips as he kicked booty.

Cast somebody like Seth Green. Hire some writers like Ricky Gervais. Make Spider Man a really smart IT guy who can dance circles around his bosses. Forget about poor Uncle Dead and Aunt Whine. Give him a real villain with a deadly goal.

#10 Gar Molloy
July/22/2010
@ 3:05 am

They basically forgot to give Spider-Man a sense of humour in the movies. He’s meant to be bouncing off the walls making wisecracks while he’s fighting. There’s whiny emo crap too, but Spidey’s meant to be funny.

#11 Tom Wood
July/22/2010
@ 9:29 am

Even the bad guys had whiny emo crap. I don’t care why the bad guy is bad, it doesn’t matter. Just give him/her a goal that makes a little sense, to him/her at least. Goldfinger wants to nuke Fort Knox so his own gold will become more valuable. Simple.

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