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Subj: Re. Jean and Ned
Posted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 at 05:32:17 pm EST (Viewed 248 times)
Reply Subj: Re: How Come The Deaths Of Jean DeWolff, Ben Reilly And Ned Leeds Aren't Mentioned?
Posted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 at 08:20:35 am EST (Viewed 14 times)

Re. Jean DeWolff: I just saw a post that according to a story by one Dan Slott Jean actually once confessed her love to Spidey's face some time before her death.

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Sure this contradicts what was established in previous continuity and in The Death of Jean De Wolff in particular, but hey, Slott is totally awesome and can do no wrong, right? So we really should be seeing more of Captain De Wolff in the future.

    In the case of Ned, they weren't just not friends, but rivals. At times, they hated each other. He also wasn't present for his death and he was partially responsible for a lot of misery in Betty's life. So yeah, I don't think Pete not mourning Ned's death is out of character. In fact, it makes a lot of sense.

Actually they were on pretty good terms most of the time (e. g. when MJ returned to New York, Ned and Betty conspired to set up a double date to bring the two together). Professionally they weren't rivals, but colleagues who intermittently worked together. Peter was Ned's Best Man at his wedding. While Ned caused Betty grief, from what was actually shown on-panel his serial adultress wife Betty caused Ned more misery. (What Betty told Peter about the state of her early marriage in order to seduce Peter under Wolfman was so obviously self-serving that it has to be taken with at least half a pound of salt). And since Betty had cheated on Ned with Peter, Peter had cause to feel guilty, which would be another reason to think of Ned. Also, while Peter was not present at the actual killing of Ned Leeds, he and Ned were on a clearly potentially dangerous journalistic assignment in Berlin together, so there's no way around it: Ned died on Spider-Man's watch.

BTW, in "Kraven's Last Hunt", when Peter lies buried in the grave, who appears before his fevered eyes? That's right, Ned Leeds. Not Gwen Stacy, not Uncle Ben, Ned Leeds.

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