For once, this entry is not about my own missed opportunities (which easily it could be). This time around, I want to look at some missed opportunities with Spider-Man, namely spawning from One More Day.
For those of you in the know, I don’t have to explain what One More Day is. For those of you who don’t know, One More Day was a Spider-Man story line that ran in 2007. The basic gist of the story is that Spider-Man seeks to save his Aunt May. The story ends with Peter and May Jane willingly sacrificing their marriage to Mephisto (the Marvel version of the Devil), thereby saving Aunt May and erasing the knowledge that Peter Parker is Spider-Man, which had been revealed during the Civil War mini-series.
It is the story line that effective killed Spider-Man in my eyes. I have not read a Spider-Man book since (though, thanks to Marvel pushing him into everything, I was still exposed to him in Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Superextradelicious Avengers, and FF). I had a lot of problems with the resolution to the series, especially since it seemed to be directed by Joe Quesada’s inane belief that you can’t tell good stories about married people.
Naturally, as with any story line you hate that much, you start to think of ways that it could be better… so much better.