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> > It bugged me even more in the last issue when Eddie said something like "all that hate I wasted on Parker and you were taking your own pictures." Seriously? The fact that TWO people came to this same weird conclusion bugs the heck out of me (despite the fact that Eddie was there when Norman said it. Eddie's not stupid). It's akin to people not knowing that Clark Kent is Superman because he has glasses on (even when they both returned from long exiles at the same time with brand spank'n new mullets) or Skeletor not knowing that Prince Adam is just He-Man with a shirt and girly pink tights on. Granted, I excepted stuff like that when I was about 5 years old, but nowadays that's just kind of insulting to my intelligence.
> Things like that generally don't bother me, because it's an accepted convention of the genre. When Clark Kent wears glasses, no one can tell he's Superman. Fair enough. People believe Peter Parker has an arrangement with Spider-Man. Okay.
> But it works better when not dealing with two character who have known that Peter Parker is Spider-Man. I can absolutely see how knowing that these characters have known before can make their conclusion now all the more frustrating.
Actually, it works worse when Eddie and Norman come to this conclusion. Both of them remember threatening Peter's friends and family. They remember that someone erased their memory of Spider-Man's secret identity. And now, upon finding out that Spider-Man takes his own pictures, instead of concluding "We must have gone after Peter because he's Spider-Man", they conclude "Peter has an arrangement with Spider-Man". Like VENOM said, it might work if part of the spell prevents them from concluding that Peter's Spider-Man even when faced with irrefutable evidence but that doesn't seem to be the case.