> > Peter going public with his secret identity is a bad change because it flies in the face of every single instance where he debated coming out before.
> In the early days, the only thing that kept him from revealing his identity was the fear that it would shock and hurt Aunt May. Once that element was removed, along with actual encouragement from his family, along with the opportunity to finally get out of his own version of the "Spider-ghetto" (i.e. the years of being regarded as a public meance), it makes abundant sense to me that he would unmask. Was it a bad decision? Of course it was, and in hindsight even he would admit that. And I'm a huge Spidey fan, but it would be inaccurate to say he's incapable of making bad decisions.
Well it was unrealistic to believe that Peter would have been able to keep the identity secret forever, with DNA testing, infrared imaging technologoy and so on. Not to mention the fact that a growing number of people where finding out the secret. After what happened to Matt Murdock, Peter himself even admitted that sooner or later it was bound to happen to him as well.
Plus, I doubt that Aunt May would have been comfortable keeping the secret long. Mary Jane certainly wasn't, in fact it was one of the primary things that put a strain on the marriage. If you ask me it's not really that much of a streach (sp?) that when the opportunity to "come clean" presented itself, with semmingly little consequences, that Peter would have taken it.
The SHIELD Psi division got other secrets out of Pete during the Collective arc of New Avengers. Even had he chosen to start Civil War on Cap's side, it's probable SHIELD already had a file on him that included everything he publicly exposed. 'Sides, Iron Maniac betrayed Spider-WOMAN's secrets the second it was in his best interests to do so. Why would he have done anything else to Peter? Spidey unmasking himself was just admitting to the inevitable and doing it HIS way and in HIS style.