The Infinite Spider-Man Introduction


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.

The series starts with musings on the awesomeness of Spider-Man. There’s also an explanation of why “The Infinite Spider-Man” was chosen as the title for this piece.

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?

Eventually, I came to the conclusion that changing the spider-marriage could have been good for the title.

Amazing Spider-Man 30 Love Life

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.

There were some advantages to the spider-marriage. And there were some more advantages to the spider-marriage.

And then I considered the advantages to Peter Parker being single.

The Infinite Spider-Man is a series of mini-essays regarding Marvel’s options for the future of the best character in comics.


About Thomas Mets

I’m a comic book fan, wannabe writer, politics buff and New Yorker. I don’t actually follow baseball. In the Estonian language, “Mets” simply means forest, or lousy sports team. You can email me at
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