| > > > ...in Joe Quesada's mind Spider-Man divorcing would be (ten times? a hundred times? a thousand times?) worse than getting into bed with the devil. Not that JQ is against divorce per se, after all look at Harry Osborn. But to keep things grounded in reality he only okayed Harry being turned into a triple divorcÃ©. Because, like, four divorces would have been ridiculous. ;-P|
> > Harry is not the hero of the book and only a peripheral character. His divorcing wouldn't be held to the same standards, nor would it have the same effect on the mythos, as Peter Parker's divorce would.
> It seems to be like the only reasons they didn't divorce them was because it might make him seem older and that it could be bad press in the mainstream media. Of course you'd think if they were worried about bad press in conservative Christian USA they might not have gone with him making a deal with a demon.
The things is: Spider-man was the first major title to buck the industry and publish issues that featured drugs and was not approved by the Authority Code (ASM 96-98). Spider-man was the first major character to fail to save the damsel in distress (ASM 121-122). Spider-man was one of the first major solo characters and the first flagship character to get hitched (1987--all over the place). Had Peter and MJ separated via divorce it would have been another first in a proud tradition of guts and pioneering at Marvel. Instead we get a contrived mess. The first flagship character to tarnish his soul dealing with the devil maybe?