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.”