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Subj: Re: Marc Guggenheim on Spider-Man's Character Assassination
Posted: Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 03:18:21 am EST (Viewed 95 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Marc Guggenheim on Spider-Man's Character Assassination
Posted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 11:18:14 am EST (Viewed 81 times)

> > In the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, she has a sister introduced in Season 5. This changes the characters memories of what happened in Seasons 1-4. AFAIK we've never been told what the characters believe happened in those seasons. I still enjoyed Season 5 though and well parts of Season 6 and 7.
> I've never watched Buffy so I can't compare the situations. I guess it would be theoretically possible for me to be okay with a scenario that alters characters memories, but the problem with the Spider-Man continuity is that so many stories had somebody's knowledge of Spider-Man's identity as an inextricable part of both plot. Also, Peter's personal relationships with both friends and enemies is now so completely different in light of them not knowing his identity, that previous encounters are now null and void.

Well the whole memory thing is no different then Tony Stark doing it in Iron Man or Superman kissing Lois at the end of Superman II or more recently Clark to Chloe in Smallville. All instances will change how much the supporting character knows about the main characters. Doing things like that I'm usually disappointed in because it means taking those characters back to an interpretation before they found out about the main character. It is possible for them to still tell interesting stories about the main character though and even ones about the supporting character that lost their memory.

> Incidentially, to compare it to a TV show I have watched, Smallville now has the same problem. Chloe has been mindwiped of Clark's secret, which means she has radically different memories of the last four years, yet she still remembers being in all kinds of perilous situations. But then again Smallville is notorious for asking viewers to not think too much.

Yep. We can wonder what happened but those things aren't crucial to upcoming stories and really shouldn't have any bearing on how good or bad the upcoming stoires will be.

My main questions are

What happened right after the deal with Mephisto?

What does Peter, MJ (and their friends) believe broke the 2 of them up?

Oh and I guess things like him moving in and even getting MJ pregnant but not marrying her. I just don't see Aunt May being thrilled with that.

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