The Infinite Spider-Man: Retcons

 

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A good chunk of the Infinite Spider-Man essay series was devoted to the question of retcons, since One More Day changed major details about the wall-crawler’s backstory. His marriage to MJ was erased, the world forgot about his secret identity, and one supporting character came back from the dead.

Back in 2006, I realized that a retcon would be necessary to make some changes to the status quo of the Spider-Man comics. My first guess for what the storyline would be like was a cosmic reset involving Loki.

That entry led to a consideration of retcons in general, as fans are divided on the topic.
This was followed by an analysis of some of the complaints about retcons.
The question of whether retcons were too convoluted, and made it too difficult to follow comic books, merited its own entry.

Fans have been used to retcons in the past. In that context, I looked how “Parallel Lives” changed major details about significant Spider-Man characters. This was something that was generally accepted by Spider-Man readers, even if there’s been some notable opposition, particularly from writer Dan Slott.

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I considered the utility of retconning “Sins Past,” the story in which Spider-Man met the children of Norman Osborn and Gwen Stacy. Thinking about Sins Past led to to the question of whether Gwen Stacy’s death should have been reversed. Bringing back Gwen Stacy would have been a consequence of the retcon JMS wanted to do, so his plans were compared to the story that was published.

A few fans wanted Baby May’s fate to be retconned. I disagreed with them.
Some readers wanted Aunt May to be killed off. I disagreed with them, too.
Although I didn’t mind the return of Harry Osborn.

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

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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. Currently, I’m writing a few comic books about my grandparents’ experiences in Soviet Estonia for Grayhaven comics. You can email me at mistermets@gmail.com
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