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Subj: Re: Sins Past: Would it REALLY have been a good idea for Peter to be the father?
Posted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 at 03:20:14 pm EDT (Viewed 15 times)
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Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 06:00:56 pm EDT (Viewed 223 times)

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I know that JMS's original plan was to have Peter be the father of the Stacy twins, but would that really have been a better idea? I mean, that would have made it look like Peter and/or Gwen essentially abandoned their children, since Gwen would have still had to have the twins without Peter finding out. So now we've got two kids languishing off somewhere, with neither of their parents ever taking a role in their lives.

Would this *really* have been a more desirable outcome for the development of both Peter and Gwen as characters?

Not to mention that I have an extremely hard time seeing Peter and Gwen having sex before they would be married. You'd think that a guy as obsessed with responsibility as Peter would be aware of the dangers of premarital sex and wouldn't have done it at all, or at least without taking every possible precaution he could have. Not to mention that Gwen became increasingly upset and moody after her father died, and I have an even harder time seeing Peter wanting to take advantage of her after that.

As bad as making Norman the father of the Wonder Twins was, at least it had the saving grace of only destroying Gwen's character, while leaving Peter's at least *somewhat* intact.

My main objection would be that it would most likely have been just a lazy writer's gimmick. You can practically see the Silver Age-style cover thought bubble: "Gabriel is trying to kill me, I have to defend myself -- but how can I fight MY OWN SON?!"

Having them be Peter's children just seems like a cheap way of upping the emotional stakes, just like having MJ or Aunt May be kidnapped every third issue.

Sure, I guess it's possible that the writers would have really woven the twins into the books in a way that opened thoughtful new storylines, but that's not the way I'd bet. Just look at how they used Sarah in the most hackneyed way imaginable in Sins Remembered: she's a dead ringer for Gwen, down to wearing her hair the same way, and therefore there's a squicky attempted love triangle with her, Peter, and MJ.

And of course, it really wouldn't have made much sense to chicken out on having Peter and MJ take the very normal step of starting a family together (on "aging the character" grounds), only to dump instant fatherhood on Peter.

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