By pspin 45 Comments
Peter & Mary Jane vs. Peter and Carlie
Peter Parker has had notable women in his life, several of whom he has dated like Gwen Stacey, Mary Jane Watson and Carlie Cooper. Of those only Mary Jane and Carlie are alive, but who should he be with now that Spider-Island is over and he is single?
Peter and Mary Jane are meant to be together, everyone knows this, even people who don’t read comics know. But that is NOT the point of contention. Peter and MJ have been together for a long time (in real time) and in the comics. Most stories about them have been told (except for MJ getting spider powers for a long time), everything from MJ being the damsel in distress to MJ helping Peter save the day and everything in between. They even got married and most everyone hated it to the point that it was retconned in a controversial manner. This shows me that while they will end up together in the future, right now they need to be apart. Since MJ is an integral part of the Spider-Man mythos, fans of hers wouldn’t have to worry about her falling to limbo but she should not be Peter’s girlfriend, it has be done and done again to the point where it is dull and annoying.
Peter and Carlie were together for a relatively short amount of time compared to Peter and MJ but It was much more interesting than most of the MJ stories. This
is because Carlie and MJ are so different that they show different sides of Peter and each other. This allows for greater character growth for all parties and is necessary for ASM. Comic characters have a nasty habit of reaching a certain point and then stagnating (Emma Frost) for whatever reason. This is what happened to MJ and Peter and now this must be avoided. Peter and MJ should not go back together after Spider-Island because it will negate growth by both
characters. There is too much untapped potential in the Peter and Carlie relationship to have Peter and MJ be together in the foreseeable future for
this relationship to simply end.
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