Don’t bet on it.
For those of you who haven’t read my rants on Marvel comic books, One More Day wasn’t the start of the decline of comic books, but it was close. But while Civil War started the real downhill spiral of Marvel (so much so that a casual reader like myself noted) One More Day is what made me give up all hope. (Read here for my in-depth dissection of Marvel’s fall, even before politics entered into it)
The TLDR version is that Peter Parker’s Aunt May was struck by an assassin’s bullet meant for him. She’s dying, and we the readers have to believe that NO ONE IN THE ENTIRE MARVEL UNIVERSE CAN FIX A F**KING BULLET WOUND. Not Doctor Strange, Doctor Doom, or Doctor Octopus.
This convoluted plot point leads us to the forced choice decision of MAKING A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL….. Nope. not even a mild exaggeration. The character isn’t named Satan, but Mephisto.
But instead of trading Peter Parker’s soul for the life of his aunt … Mephisto wants Peter’s marriage with Mary Jane. Because Joe Quesada didn’t like Peter Parker being married, despite Peter and MJ being married for nearly 20 years of real time. Quesada’s desire to screw up this story made J. Michael Straczynski leave Marvel. (When asked at NYCC a few years ago, Joe said “Ask Joe Quesada. Here’s his room number.”)
Fast forward another 10 years, and the timeline post-OMD is a mess. There are plenty of references to Peter and MJ being married … though they’re not married anymore.
Anyway, fast forward to now, and the Amazing Spider Man Annual #1. Multiple article are referring to how “OMG! They’re going to undo OMD.”
Sigh. In the immortal works of Admiral Ackbar: It’s a trap.
Also, what is wrong with MJ’s face. The artwork, gah!
Anyway, you know how Captain America was made into a Nazi not too long ago? Nick Spencer, the same man who did that is the same SOB in charge of Spider-Man right now. Given his talent for screwing up continuity of the universe. and for trashing fan-favorites, I wouldn’t lay any money on this one way or the other.
On the other hand, Marvel couldn’t time this any better. DC Comics massively bungled a year-old buildup to the wedding of Batman and Catwoman. The Fans are pissed that the much-hyped “Batrimony” issue went over like a lead Hindenburg, with Selina Kyle jilting Bruce Wayne for reasons that amount to bad TV pop-psychology. Why? Because married superheroes are anathema to these bozos.
Right now, this is the PERFECT time for Marvel to go the exact opposite direction. Marry MJ and Peter Parker again. Perhaps have a battle over Aunt May or Mephisto. Then move the character forward. That would be awesome. That would be smart.
That would be…
Not something I see Nick Spencer doing.
Don’t buy it — literally or figuratively — until Peter Parker and MJ have walked down the aisle… and it’s proven that she’s not a shapeshifting alien.
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