Friday, January 11, 2008

Mrs. Spider-Man, No More!

Have you heard about this yet? Peter Parker, better known in most circles as Spider-Man, and his wife of 20 years, Mary Jane Watson, are no longer married. They didn't get divorced, no, that would make too much sense. Instead, the marriage never occurred. It's as if the last 20 years never happened. The marriage was erased from existence in the Marvel Universe.

I don't keep up with Spider-Man comics, but the gist of it is this: Peter's Aunt May was dying, so he and MJ made a deal with the devil (or Marvel's equivalent of the devil) to save her life. But to do this, they had to sacrifice the memory of their marriage. Does this make sense to anyone? 'Cause to me, it seems a little dumb. I mean, if you, as a creator, want your superhero to be single, why not find a conventional way to do so. Write them through a divorce. That's full of all kinds of emotional turmoil, something we know Spider-Man has plenty of. Or how about killing Mary Jane off? I mean, that's what they did with Gwen Stacy way back in the day.

Erasing Spidey's marriage to Mary Jane Watson. What's next? Killing Superman? Oh, wait...

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