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Subj: On another unrelated note...
Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 12:36:29 am EDT
Reply Subj: Re: Marc Guggenheim uses homophobia to defend "One More Day"
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> Marc Guggenheim's response to fans who are still upset over "One More Day:"
> "Part of the problem with the controversy behind One More Day is the understanding of what was retconned overstates the extent of what was done. Everything that happened in the last twenty plus years of comic book history happened! The only difference is that Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson weren't married. They still dated. They still lived together. They still love each other. They just weren't married. Judging from the letters and death threats we received, I think some people were confused. It all still happened. Here's my attitude, if anyone is upset about the marriage going away, then they must all be pro gay marriage. Because if you're pro gay marriage, you understand the distinction between a marriage and a civil union -- that a civil union is not equal to a marriage. We downgraded Mary Jane and Peter to a civil union. If that bothers you, then you're pro gay marriage."
> Dear Marc Guggeinheim,
> I'm against "One More Day." And, even though I'm a heterosexual man, I also support the right of homosexuals to marry.
> You, on the other hand, are an inexcusable idiot.
> Please shut your hole.
> Thank you.

As I said over on the Spider-Man Crawlspace boards, why should we be the least bit surprised considering that this non sequiter was stated by a guy who used to be a full-time lawyer.

Plus, if you have people who are confused about the exact nature of the relationship between Peter and MJ was over the past 20 odd years after you retconned it due to editorial decree, then what does that say about about Marvel's over all ability to actually tell a story that requires no explanation via press releases and comments made in interviews?

I got a real kick out of this mea culpa he gave:

"Although he stands behind everything that's happened since Brand New Day, playing Monday morning quarterback, there is one element that the scribe wishes were done differently. "If I had any regrets it would be the character of Menace," he revealed. "Menace wasn't intended to be so 'Goblinesque.' We had a lot of tug of war and back and forth over the design of Menace. If I had to do it all over again, I would have taken greater steps to ensure the design didn't go in quite such a 'Goblin-like' direction. Originally that character was supposed to have more of his own identity. The idea was you would look at Menace in a skewed way and see kind of this 'Goblin' quality to him. That note kid of got overblown in the design process. As a result, we ended up with a character that looks like a 'Goblin' knockoff instead of what was originally intended."

"The hope was to give Menace a little more identity," Guggenheim continued. "My long term plan is to rehabilitate the character in reader's minds and get it working a little more successfully."

Translation: even the guy who helped come up with Menace thinks he's too much of a Goblin rip-off and kind of sucks.

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