But I think the reason single Peter is easier to write is because the swashbuckling, hard luck hero archtype fits a single male more than a married one.
Its not imagined or arbitrary. I can list many coming of age, or swashbuckling-style characters whose writing suffered when they got hitched or were essentially hitched.
Its because the search for love is one of the biggest hills we climb in life. When we get married the summit has been reached. Everything after that is either tragedy, family drama, babies and chores, or happily ever-after.
None of that goes well with swashbuckling, coming of age, or happy-go lucky.
All that having been said, a great writer could write a great married Spider-Man. I sure did get sick of waiting for that to happen though.
> > Great comments! Brubaker's Captain America is a brilliant title and he would do a HELL Of a Spider-man. I've heard many excellant writers such as Brubaker, Roger Stern and Kurt Busiek say the marriage was a mistake. With that quality of writer decrying it, the argument that only bad writers don't like the marriage completely falls apart.
> > 'They just don't know how to write a married Spider-man! The Hacks!'
> > heh.
> Well, they were (are) fans too. Typically, from their age, they got into the character in the 60s-70s.
> Ten years from now, take an excellent writer who started with married Spidey and see what kind of a response you get.
> The argument isn't "don't know how to write married Spidey" so much as it is "would prefer the relative ease of single Spidey." From a storytelling POV it is MUCH easier.
> None of that goes well with swashbuckling, coming of age, or happy-go lucky.
Swashbuckling? Marriage can go with.
Coming of age? Well, I'd argue that... hey, he's no longer a student, he's no longer a child, and he's no amateur hero. He has come of age.
And Spider-Man, while humor has been part of the book for quite some time, has NEVER BEEN a happy-go-lucky hero.
So the only thing to quibble over is coming of age, and that just depends on where you want to put the graduation into manhood. Perhaps Marvel just needs to integrate classic and ultimate Spidey into one character... "youthanize" him. (Pun's intentional.)