Questions on What the Hell is Going On in Ultimate Spider-Man, Exactly (With Added Crap About the Spider-Marriage!)

Screw it; might as well do this while I'm in content pump out mode. Feel free to answer if you want; this is really just a cathartic exercise.

Norman Osborn being able to create fires and explosions with his mind or molecules or whatever it is he was doing; something Bendis just pulled out of his ass for this arc, or something he had already established by pulling it out of his ass in an earlier one? Do I just not remember the first couple years worth of the book at all, or did he start doing that in the Ultimate Six mini I skipped when I started losing interest in the book (or, more accurately, when a buddy of mine stopped buying the thing because the trailer issue for Ultimate Six bored him, meaning I could no longer read it for free)?

The whole Dr. Miles Warren gag; he wasn't involved in the Ultimate Clone Saga at all? Can anyone explain why Bendis would do an Ultimate Clone Saga beyond the pure hubris of "I can make this work"? Or chutzpah, as he would put it.

Nick Fury somehow wound up in the Supreme Power world, or Ultimate Squadron Supreme, or Earth Screw You Mark Grunewald; whatever it's called. That's why the keep mentioning he's not around anymore? That's not really something I absolutely need to know to understand the story, I just wonder enough to ask, if not to google it.

If this comic is about a young, unmarried Spider-Man, what the hell did they need to go and give the middle aged, married Spider-Man a satanic divorce for again? I've liked the Brand New Day stuff, by and large, but I'm really not sure I need both that and this series for my Spidey dollar.

I'm not saying this book shouldn't exist or anything; I have to think it's accured its own audience outside die hard fanboys who just wanted another Spider-Man comic to read (at least, that was the idea originally, a ground floor Spider-Man saga for a new generation and not just people who wanted more Spider-Man). Mainly, I just wonder why Quesada had to inflict his nostalgia on the original book when the one he wanted to so desperately publish was right there and doing quite well for itself.

Also, and forgive me if this old hat from the internet flame wars of 2007, but did they think that One More Day was akin to Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? A capstone for the stories that came before, and a jumping off point, but one done respectfully? If so, is there a way known to man to measure how incredibly wrong they are?

Most importantly; why am I talking about all this when the Dark Knight is in theaters now? I know the answer to that one, actually, but you commentors can answer that if you've come this far.

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