The Infinite Spider-Man is a series of mini-essays exploring Marvel’s options for the future of their most popular character. It’s an updated version of an earlier piece written prior to the publication of the One More Day storyline. As the character’s romantic life figures into many of the determinations regarding the management of the books, I spent an absurd amount of time dealing with the issue of whether Spidey should be married. So fair warning on that.
Later sections deal with villains and schedules, so feel free to skip ahead if that’s your interest.
A few years ago, I came to the conclusion that the Spider-Man books could be better. That was the impetus for the earliest version of this series.
While considering what could be changed, I pondered two questions about the spider-marriage. Is Spider-Man’s marriage worth discussing at all? On the flip side, was it such a significant part of the series that it clearly wasn’t worth tampering with?
At the point I considered the advantages and disadvantages of a particular status quo: If Peter Parker was married to Mary Jane without either of the two obviously getting any older. I considered the stories that Marvel can only tell under those circumstances. That was followed by the stories Marvel can only tell if Spider-Man isn’t married. Some of those involve Peter Parker getting romantically involved with new characters. And some do not.