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Subj: Re: They Were Making It Up As They Went Along But,
Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 at 09:37:39 pm EST (Viewed 283 times)
Reply Subj: In my opinion, nothing precise was ever really planned from the start ...
Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 at 10:07:27 am EST (Viewed 325 times)

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(1) The out of the blue return of the previously believed to be dead Spider Clone who happened to have had an epistolary relationship with Aunt May for years.

(2) The unresolved mystery of the skeleton of another dead Spider Clone which may suggest that Ben Reilly wasn't the same clone than the one who died in the 1970s story.

(3) The revelation that Kaine is a Spider Clone failed prototype who tried to kill at the same time Spider-Man's main rogues gallery (because he is a precog and one of them might kill MJ in the future) and Ben Reilly (because he believes that Peter Parker is his clone brother and he doesn't want Ben Reilly to replace him).

(4) The mysterious come-back of the Jackal as a green werejackal without any real explanation about Miles Warren's previous Carrion experiments.

(5) The unexplained mystery of the degeneration of the Jackal's clones (a rip-off of the Blade Runner Replicants ?) whereas the cloning technology previously used by Doctor Doom, Arnim Zola & Mister Sinister worked just fine.

(6) Traveller & Scrier, two deus ex machina mystical characters who wasted their free time watching what happened to Peter Parker & Ben Reilly.

Et cetera (I am far from exhaustive).

Oh my god, it is so sad that I can still remember so much of this mess in 2017 ... \:\-\(

Frankly, it is obvious that it was automatic writing.
They were inventing this thriller as it went along.
They had absolutely no idea what they were doing, where they were going and how they would end this storyline.
The only thing that mattered was that the storyline was selling books at a time when the comics' decline in sales started.

That was because the editors (Or rather, marketing.) kept on dragging it out. The writers have stated multiple times that it was SUPPOSED to be a finite storyarc, about six months or so. But it was selling so well, and then Marvel kept on continuing the story. Even after reading The Life Of Reilly though, I'm not sure what the original ending was supposed to be, if they had plans for Kaine, if Warren was supposed to return (Probably.), etc. From other stuff that I read, the purpose of this story was to dissolve the marriage of Peter and MJ. I think that if the original storyline had played out, the books from that point on would be a LOT different, and heck, Brand New Day might not have even happened.

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