Do you want to know what I love more than great comic stories? Terrible comic stories. And the Spider-Man: One More Day story arc was one hell of a pile of poop. There is no need to take my word for it. The 2007 story that ended in Amazing Spider-Man 545 was so blasphemous to Spider-Man worshipers that the backlash was ginormous. So what was the big deal, you ask? How about instantly erasing twenty years worth of plot history?
For those of you living under a rock, Spider-Man (Peter Parker) was married to Mary Jane Watson since 1987. They were birds of a feather, as they say. It was such a strong plot element that seemingly nothing could change it. Considering all of the idiotic twists and stories written for the Amazing Spider-Man comic series, I really should have known better.
Long story short, Peter Parker’s Aunt May was shot by a Kingpin-hired sniper, who was trying to shoot Mary Jane after discovering Spider-Man’s identity. Desperate to save Aunt May’s life, he turns to Mephisto, a demon, who agrees to save May’s life in exchange for Peter and Mary Jane’s marriage. And by that, I mean they were never married to begin with. To sweeten the bargain, Mephisto could also erase all known knowledge of Spider-Man’s identity from those who had recently discovered it. How convenient.
Of course, making a deal with a demon is always a smart move, so they both agree to it. Just like that, 20 years worth of plot goes up in smoke. To say that Spider-Man fans and critics were pissed would be an understatement. But it is that reason why Spider-Man: One More Day is now such an infamous classic (affiliate link) to read. I guess it’s true what they say about publicity.
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