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Comic Book Questions Answered: What, Exactly, Did Mephisto’s Spell in One More Day Do?

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Comic Book Questions Answered: What, Exactly, Did Mephisto’s Spell in One More Day Do?

A few months back, I answered a question about who still knows Spider-Man’s secret identity in the Marvel Universe. During the discussion, it was evident that not a lot of folks knew what, exactly, happened as a result of Mephisto’s spell (or whatever you want to call it) in One More Day that took away Spider-Man’s marriage. Did it bring Harry Osborn back, as well? Did it hide Spider-Man’s secret identity? Did it bring back Aunt May’s house in Queens? I’ll answer it all here…

We’ll quickly set the scene. In 1987’s Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 (by Jim Shooter, David Michelinie, Paul Ryan and Vince Colletta), Peter Parker married Mary Jane Watson…

In 2006’s Civil War #2 (by Mark Millar, Steve McNiven and Dexter Vines), Spider-Man revealed his until-then closely guarded secret identity as part of a show of solidarity with the Iron Man-led movement to support the Superhuman Registration Act (As we all know, Spidey revealing his identity was very similar to Japanese-Americans going into Internment Camps).

In Civil War #5 (by Millar, McNiven and Vines), Spider-Man decides that what Iron Man is doing is wrong, and breaks from Iron Man’s side and goes on the run with Mary Jane and Aunt May…

The problem was that it was not just the government after them now, but also criminals with grudges against Spider-Man. So the Kingpin of Crime, Wilson Fisk, tried to have Spider-Man assassinated by a sniper in the motel he was staying in with MJ and May and, well, things went poorly…

So Peter’s guilt-o-meter is going off the charts at this point. It was his decision to reveal his identity that put them at risk and then it was his Spider-Sense that made him leap out of the way of the bullet, leaving it for Aunt May.

By this time, Peter had already seen a villain destroy Aunt May’s home in Amazing Spider-Man #518 (by J. Michael Straczynski, Mike Deodato and Joe Pimentel), forcing her, Peter and MJ to move into Avengers Tower…

So anyhow, a grief-stricken Peter tries everything he can think of to save Aunt May (except, you know, look into that favor that Loki owed him) and ultimately, in 2007’s Amazing Spider-Man #545 (by Joe Quesada and Danny Miki), Mephisto shows up and he says he’ll save Aunt May if Peter and MJ trade him their marriage for Aunt May’s life. They agree.

In the epilogue of that issue, we see the then-new Spider-Man status quo…

Okay, so Aunt May is alive, she has her house back, Peter is single, his secret identity is back to being unknown and Harry Osborn is alive. How many of those things happened as a result of Mephisto’s spell? Go to the next page to find out!

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