By G-Man Comments
So I’ve been sort of on the fence with this whole thing. Marvel Universe – Civil War. It is an interesting storyline having the entire universe divided. Who would’ve thought Iron Man and Captain America would be at such opposite ends of the spectrum. But the point here is Peter Parker’s decision to support the Registration of Super powers and unmask at a press conference.
It’s evident that this has been planned for some time before the incident was to occur. Peter had become Tony Stark’s little errand boy as soon as he joined the New Avengers. There were aspects to this that I did like. This gave Peter a chance to actually use his intellect and be respected for it. Spider-man is known for his wise-cracks during fights. None really thinks about or realizes that he designed his web-shooters (before Marvel just recently decided to have him go organic, like in the movie). There was even the new costume/armor (which could be it’s own topic on itself). Let’s see, Spider-man wears red and blue. Tony designs a new costume for Spidey. What colors does he choose? Red and gold. It’s like Tony really wanted to take Peter under his wing and nurture him. Has everyone forgotten that Spidey has been around for quite some time AND he beat the crap out of Firelord, former herald to freakin’ Galactus?
I applaud change. You don’t want stories or characters to go stale. But something like this…I’m just not sure. “They” claim to have a whole slew of ideas planned for Spidey. The whole core of his character was Peter dealing with his dual identity. His life suffered and he made sacrifices to be a hero and protect those he cared for. If he’s unmasked now, what’s the point of wearing the mask anymore? It’s not like he’s Batman and is trying to instill fear into criminals. J. Scott Campbell is going to be one of the series’ artist. We seen the sketches he’s done already. Spidey’s in his old costume with the mask. What I don’t care for is change for sake of a gimmick.
Spidey also has some scummy/psychotic villains. They’re all out to get him now. Why put MJ and Aunt May at such risk? I recently heard some grumbling about the possibility of MJ getting killed off. Don’t know how accurate that is and I hope I’m not spoiling anything. The head honchos have expressed how Peter being married makes it hard for younger readers to relate to him. (Does anyone remember how conveniently Peter and MJ’s baby disappeared?) Guess they don’t realize that at $2.99 an issue, it’s not like young kids are buying all the titles.
So I will ride out this story. There is potential. Perhaps it is time to reinvent Spider-man and the direction he goes in. Yeah, usually when a big change is made (black costume, clone saga, Aunt May or MJ dying) Marvel scurries back to status quo to avoid angering the hardcore fans. I was surprised there wasn’t more of an outcry over the armor costume. Maybe ‘cause everyone knows it wasn’t meant to last. If somehow Marvel does decide to have his identity become a secret again, let us pray to Stan Lee or whoever that they do not pull the psychic erasing everyone’s memory or alien shape shifter scenario.
On a related note, I haven’t heard an official reaction from Stan Lee but did anyone watch “Who Wants To Be A Superhero”? One contestant (Major Victory who was a former male stripper) kept removing parts of his costume, like gloves or cape. Stan Lee commented that Spider-man wouldn’t remove his costume or Superman wouldn’t remove his cape. Sorry Stan, but it appears that someone decided that Spider-man would, in fact, remove his costume.