WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for recent issues of Amazing Spider-Man.
When it comes to controversial storylines, not many heroes hold a candle to Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man. Just the mere mention of the word “clones” is almost guaranteed to get a reaction out of the most diehard of Spider-Man fans.
But while “Clone Saga” may have been a tough pill to swallow, another story arc had an even greater impact on Spider-Man, and his alter ego, Peter Parker. Three simple words drastically altered everything about the fan-favorite web-slinger, including his personal life and relationships with his fellow superheroes: One More Day.
Which is why it’s time for Marvel to either undo “One More Day” and put Peter and Mary Jane Watson back together as a couple, or just stop referencing it.
Before delving too deeply into “One More Day,” we first have to give some background on its origin story. Debuting in 2007, “One More Day” was written by J. Michael Stracynzki and drawn by then Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada. The core of the story involved Mary Jane Watson making a deal with Mephisto, Marvel Comics’ reigning ruler of Hell. The bargain, which effectively erased her and Peter Parker’s marriage from Marvel continuity, was struck as a last-ditch attempt to save the life of Peter’s Aunt May, who was in critical condition after being shot.
At the time, the powers-that-be at Marvel felt dissolving Peter and Mary Jane’s marriage was in the best interest of Spider-Man as a character. Taking away the marriage would essentially serve as a reboot for Spidey, reverting him back to his early years as an eligible bachelor. Another recent development in Spider-Man’s life that would also be undone was his then-recent public unmasking during the 2006 event Civil War.
It’s been over 10 years since “One More Day,” and Peter and Mary Jane have undergone plenty of changes during that time. Peter died (kinda), had his body taken over by Doctor Octopus, returned from the dead (kinda), became a billionaire and CEO of his own company — and then lost it all. Mary Jane opened a nightclub and took an active role in Stark Industries. But as progressive and character-changing as these developments have been, Marvel can’t seem to help itself by constantly having the two cross paths, teasing fans with what might have been.
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