My Spider-Man ‘One More Day’ and ‘One Moment In Time’ Rant
All right, I’m finally sick and tired of this.
With the previews beginning to leak out from Spider-Man’s “One Moment In Time” story, which they claim will be the magic bullet that retconned Spider-Man’s marriage, I can stay silent no longer.
Everybody says “Oh, they’ll never put Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson back together.” And every time somebody says so, I can’t help but think of Latka and Simka.
In the two part Taxi episode, “Scenskees From A Marriage”, Latka (Andy Kaufman) strays from his marriage to Simka (Carol Kane) and due to their cultural restrictions, they must break up. To explain where I see all of this heading, we now must show the climactic scene of the divorce (jump ahead to about 2:55, if you must):
Now, there’s another thing to consider. The comics industry, for all of its maturing and stabilization, still remembers the scare of censors and the like. Does Disney really want to deal with the backlash from the religious right when they finally notice that this leading hero cut a deal with the devil to destroy the sanctity of his marriage? Personally, I’m amazed that James Dobson, who’s always looking for a new thing to beat up Disney over, hasn’t already gone after this one.
But the lingering resentment is still there from fans, who look at that and say that it came out of left field, that it ruined the character of Peter Parker, because of the way this change was made.
Luckily, there is a solution to all of this.
Eventually, there will be a story where Peter Parker discovers what had happened before, and that he had a prior life where he was married to Mary Jane. And he will be confronted with a choice: he can go back and return to that previous life, but if he does, he will undo all that has come from it.
Harry Osborn? He’ll be dead.
May Parker? Dead, too.
What would he choose? Heck, what would you choose?
If this Peter Parker makes a decision– and note I’m not even saying which way the decision should go, although I have my own take on it– then he will have taken on the responsibility for it. And great responsibility is what it’s all about for Peter.
And even more– Peter will have the chance to learn from his decisions, and to go on and try to make things better.