June 3rd, 2006


Say It Ain't So, Joe

So, apparently, Joe Quesada, big cahuna at Marvel Comics, wants to split up Peter "Spider-man" Parker and his red-headed wife, sometimes model and actress Mary Jane Watson Parker. But he doesn't want them to divorce, and he wants them to split amicably.

There are a whole number of reasons for wanting this. But here's the thing, Joe: TWO WRONGS DO NOT MAKE A RIGHT.

Don't mess up a good thing. Is it the best thing? Maybe not. But it's still a good thing.

Edited To Add: Sorry I didn't do this the first time, but careful examination of the posting date and time should at least give you a hint as to why this wasn't done then. Also, I'm recovering from a vaguely embarrassing medical condition, and I'll thank you not to ask. Thank you.

Mr. Quesada doesn't want to kill off MJ-Parker. Also, the main reason he wants to split them up is because he feels it goes against the "lovable loser" type that Spider-man is supposed to portray. While that's true, I think that Spider-man has outgrown that type of character. The reason people love lovable losers is because in the end, they win. And having Spider-man married to a beautiful, caring, devoted woman shows that he's won. Now, maybe having her remain an actress/model isn't ideal, but there are plenty of other options out there. She could become a fashion designer. She could become a teacher or a lawyer or a doctor or a psychiatrist or an astronaut. But the main point of my argument is that Spider-man doesn't just fit the "lovable loser" type of character. He also represents the "working class schlub" hero. And just as working class schlub heroes in real life have family support structures often including a spouse, so too should Spider-man.

Aaron "The Mad Whitaker" Bourque