> Don't believe me? Well, according to Joe Quesada himself, Brubaker was one of the guys that was brought in as part of creating Spidey's new status quo:
> "Well, to be completely clear, the idea for "OMD" WAS ACTUALLY CREATED BY A ROOM FULL OF PEOPLE. From the very first day I was in the EIC chair, I made no secret of the fact that I felt that a married Peter Parker wasn't the best thing for an ongoing Spider-Man universe. The problem was that we never had a decent methodology to get ourselves out of it. I always said that if we ever found a way to do it, I would pursue the avenues to get us there.
> Close to two years ago at one of our creative summits, the seeds of that idea began to blossom. Those ideas were then taken and a two week long e-mail chain began where we started to throw around ideas until we got the story kind of where we wanted it to be. The guys involved in all of this from the beginning were Joe, Bendis, Millar, Loeb, Tom Brevoort, Axel Alonso and myself. It then all carried over to the next summit, at which ED BRUBAKER and Dan Slott also had some stuff to add."
> How much Brubaker contributed is a question, but the fact that he DID make contributions shows that he has a vested interest in seeing Brand New Day succeed, since it appears he helped to bring it about. So of course, he's going to justify the decision to break up the marriage in order to make the new status quo work because he was a part of it. His comment of "I don't care how they get there" is, in that regard, disingenuous because he knew from the beginning how they were getting there.
Brubaker's involvement doesn't negate the validity of anything he's saying. Other creators such as Kurt Busiek (who far as I know, had nothing to do with this story) have made some of the same arguments Brubaker's made here.
Also, I'll remind you that Dan Slott has said the following in his interview at Newsrama:"If I've got the timeline right, the changes were made at the creative summit before my first summit. That's when there was a vote for whether or not Gwen was coming back with Harry. Then, at my first summit, the changes were talked about as something that was already a done deal. So I had a little advance notice that this was happening before the other BND writers."
When taken with what you've quoted above, Brubaker arrived into this at the same time as Dan Slott. Which means OMD had already been committed to, which means Brubaker's contributions, whatever they were, would have likely had to do with what would come after