|Posted: 08 January 2008 at 7:30pm | IP Logged | 11
I was mulling over this, as I've not been a "fan" of Spider-Man since the MARVEL TALES days reprinting Ross Andru, and the Wolfman/Pollard run of the 1980s.
Instead of engaging in this completely retarded "out", there's certainly more imaginative ways to approach the "rebooting" of Spider-Man.
Personally, I would have presented a scenario where Mary Jane is thrown from the Golden Gate bridge by one of the Sinister Six, Norman Osborn as Green Goblin most likely...Spider-Man saves her, but about then the Vulture swoops in to deliver the coup de grace with his "power pack" cranked up to full power, detonating upon imact on the tug boat the injured Spider-Man delivered Mary Jane to. Fade to black.
Spider-Man wakes up in the hospital, still masked, to find his wife "dead" and most of the Sinister Six escaped. Set up Spider-Man for Real Big Revenge Mode. He's going to kill every member of the Sinister Six with his bare hands, including the Green Goblin, the critically-injured Vulture, Doc Ock, Sandman, the Chameleon, and the Lizard.
This is a year-long "Event" (ugh), occurring within both Spider-Man titles, AMAZING and SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN. Oh, they don't exist any more? Whatever.
Here's the kicker...after about five months of Serious Spider-Man Badassery, as he crushes the "low-end" first few members of the SS, Spider-Man discovers Mary Jane DID NOT DIE.
She was saved from drowning by one of the Big Guns of the SS...Octopus, the Sandman, or the Goblin. She's alive, but in the clutches of one of Spider-Man's greatest enemies. Cue the even more desperate Spider-Man mode.
So, this whole arc culminates in Spider-Man defeating the last of the Six, to further discover that Mary Jane had been RELEASED by her captor, who realizes that the true measure of the conflict has only to do with the IDEA of Mary Jane, not her reality.
Mary Jane has taken up a "new life" under another name. What the hell?
When Spider-Man DOES find her, she's not injured, or an amnesiac...she's just ready to be on her own, find her own way. She wants something different, something more than a "fictive" model/superhero wife life. She's realized she needs to become someone else. She's "dead", and wants to remain that way.
Wouldn't this make more sense?