Monthly Archives: November 2012

Compromises and the commitment to change

After One More Day, some fans suggested possible compromises for Marvel as ways the status quo could have been changed without a retcon. One suggestion to get rid of the marriage while preserving the commitment to change was that Mary … Continue reading

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Teasing the Fans

Two questions in the Infinite Spider-Man series: Is Marvel misleading fans with hints that Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson might reconcile, or that Peter might end up with anyone else? Continue reading

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What Readers “Know”

After One More Day, do Marvel fans know that every relationship of Spider-Man’s is doomed to failure? Continue reading

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Spider-Man and the Sausage Factory

A common complaint regarding stories in which characters come back from the dead—or marriages are erased by alien demons—is that as a result of the transparent nature of that retcon, many fans will have a greater awareness about which stories … Continue reading

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Flashpoint VS One More Day

Comparison of the erasure of Spider-Man and Mary Jane’s marriage in Marvel’s Spider-Man: One More Day to the removal of Superman’s marriage to Lois Lane in Geoff Johns’s DC Comics story Flashpoint. Continue reading

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Green Lantern Rebirth VS One More Day

Comparison of Spider-Man’s One More Day and Geoff Johns’s Green Lantern Rebirth. Continue reading

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Other Superhero Families

Comparison of Spider-Man, and his retconned marriage to Mary Jane, to The Incredibles, Image Comics and Dragonball/ DragonballZ. Continue reading

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Other Marvel Families

None of the considerations about what DC does would answer why someone would think it’s okay for other Marvel heroes to marry and have children, but not Marvel’s biggest character. As Spider-Man is the company’s flagship character, and so important … Continue reading

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DC’s Superhero Families

One of the most common complaints against changing aspects of Peter Parker’s life in One More Day was that other superheroes have spouses and children, so that this should be appropriate for Spider-Man. For brevity’s sake, I’ll ignore the critics … Continue reading

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The Infinite Mary Jane

A gentler variation of “the good writers argument” suggests that the writers did a good job with Peter Parker/ Spider‑Man, but should have focused more of their energy on making Mary Jane Watson into a more interesting character. She’s been … Continue reading

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