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Subj: Re: Really?
Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:36:13 pm EST (Viewed 80 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Really?
Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 08:21:25 pm EST

> > > > > Considering it was Mephisto who brought MJ in for this part of the story, the most likely explanation would be that MJ's presence was merely one of Mephisto's illusions, which means there was no actual deal made.
> > > >
> > > > Presence where? What are you talking about?
> > >
> > > ASM 545
> >
> > Okay. Start again. What makes you think she's an illusion?
> As long as the "re-masking" is associated to the deal with Mephisto there is no issue.
> It is only of the "re-masking" is not associated with the deal that we have a problem since there appears to be no reference in any similar story where the "devil" in the story does not honor his end of the deal in some way.
> This means that we have one of two situations:
> 1. That MJ had no influence on Peter's decision (which does not appear to be the case from the story).
> 2. That MJ was never there and what "we" and Peter see is merely an illusion of MJ created by Mephisto. (This does not even contradict anything since Mephisto is the one who brings MJ into the picture.)

I don't see how you're drawing that conclusion. Mephisto said something like "consider it taken care of" or whatever. He wouldn't necessarily have had to take direct action. It seems likely that Martin Li was the one who healed Aunt May, rather than Mephisto doing it himself directly. Same would probably go for the secret identity. All Mephisto would need to do is make sure that the right people are in the right places at the right time.

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