The Past Was Close Behind: Mephisto Sure Is Obsessed With Marriages, Eh?

This feature spotlights moments, exchanges, etc. from older comics that take on a brand new light when read in concert with later comic books. Here is the archive of previous installments.

Today we look at an early hint at Mephisto's obsession with marriages in Incredible Hulk #418...

In Incredible Hulk #417, right before their wedding, Rick Jones discovered that his fiancee, Marlo Chandler, had done pornography when she was younger. The wedding seemed to be in danger of possibly being called off when Marlo is visited by a stranger in her dreams...

Rick then shows up and says he changed his mind and the wedding is on!

Right before they are about to complete their vows (with writer Peter David officiating the wedding - Gary Frank and Cam Smith were the artists on the book), Mephisto shows up...

This becomes interesting because roughly 13 years later, Mephisto famously made a deal with Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson-Parker that he would heal a fatally injured Aunt May in exchange for their marriage.

So we should have known over a decade earlier that Mephisto was way obsessed with marriages!

That's it for this installment! Feel free to send in suggestions for future Past Was Close Behind to bcronin@comicbookresources.com

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