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Subj: Re: This issue has confirmed my "Man in a Refrigerator" theory for Amazing Spider-Man #600:
Posted: Fri May 22, 2009 at 12:35:54 pm EDT (Viewed 115 times)
Reply Subj: This issue has confirmed my "Man in a Refrigerator" theory for Amazing Spider-Man #600:
Posted: Thu May 21, 2009 at 02:08:54 pm EDT (Viewed 38 times)

    Here's what we know:

    Marvel has stated that, in Amazing Spider-Man #600, there will be a wedding, and Doctor Octopus will return.

    Here's what we can credibly infer:

The second you start inferring, everything else that comes after loses all its' argumentative weight, IMHO. You are making tons of assumptions that all seem to be geared at taking aim at the current direction of the books. All your statements are imbued with assumptions that diminish the value of the stories that are being told, or going to be told I should say, since you haven't read the book yet. Even if the upcoming story (in #600) is similar to stories that have been published over the years, I beg you to find stories written in the past that are completely unique and that have not ever been somewhat replicated, changed, or adapted to the present time.

    Barring some last-minute "Hawk is Monarch!" switch-a-roo, it's all but been confirmed that the wedding will be between May and Jay. And since Otto and May have a romantic history, it's highly likely that the "brain trust," which is so slavishly devoted to recreating so many aspects of Spider-Man's pre-marriage status quo, will tie Otto's return into May's wedding.

Why is it that all anti-OMD/BND fans are seeing the current stories as recreations of past ones, when they are so clearly not. Come on...you really think the braintrust goes around purposely writing stories whose plots they've borrowed from previous issues...reinventing is the right word, IMO.

    And here's what I predict will happen:

    Otto will interrupt May and Jay's wedding, like a fat, middle-aged, eight-limbed Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate, and Peter will don his Spider-Man suit to fight Otto, and in the ensuing fight between Otto and Spider-Man, Jay will be killed. Otto might actually feel badly about this, given the regard he's occasionally shown for May's feelings in the past, while Peter will unquestionably feel badly about this, not only because Jonah will blame Spider-Man for "murdering" his dad, thus ensuring that the Jonah/Spider-Man feud becomes more combative and entrenched than ever, but May will also blame Spider-Man for "murdering" her newfound love, thus ensuring that Peter will feel even more guilty, and that he will have an entirely new reason for never being able to tell May that he's Spider-Man.

    I'll be genuinely impressed if the "brain trust" doesn't head in this direction, but the problem they face is that they've demonstrated their clear belief that everything that happens must make Peter's life suck even worse in some way, and unfortunately for them, there's really no possible way that May and Jay getting married wouldn't improve at least some aspect or another of Peter's life. Moreover, and this is the big one, giving May a new husband pushes Ben that much further in the background, which lessens the guilt that drives Peter, and since the "brain trust" retconned Peter's marriage to Mary Jane in part because it lessened his angst over their sainted Gwen, whose death isn't even the primary source of Peter's guilt ... well, it's hard for me to see this going any other way.

If that's what happens, then so be it. I'm still gonna read the stories. Analyzing character's motivations, characterization, etc., is what takes away from the joy of reading a comic book objectively.

    So, between Jay, Jarvis, Nathan Lubensky and Ben, May's vagina has become a Green Lantern fridge.

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