| > Absolutely. One of the problems with OMD/BND set-up is that since everyone even outside of comics regards MJ as being "Spider-Man's true love" or his "Lois Lane" (especially since Marvel actively promotes her as such even now) that any other woman Peter does get involved with will instantly be in her shadow and compared to MJ. |
Yeah, I don't think this can be emphasized enough.
| > However, I certainly would expect Marvel to pair up Peter and Lily since it would be an inter-racial relationship involving a high profile comic book character, one they could easily promote in press releases. Remember, Marvel pretty much admitted that one of the reasons why they had Black Panther and Storm get married was so they could increase comic book readership among women and African Americans. Having Spider-Man, who is their flagship character, having a new girlfriend who is a minority could be an second attempt at doing the same thing.|
Setting aside the issue of minority readers, if Marvel were interested in catering to female readers, they wouldn't have ended the marriage.