• November 28, 2021

Spider-Man: No Way Home Steals Key Marvel Comic About The Devil

The expected trailer Spider-Man: No Way Home He ignited the Internet in theories and reference searching. But nothing appeared as big on the clip as One more day, a 2007 comic book crossover that changed the webslinger’s life forever.

One more day represented the most tragic possible consequence of Peter Parker’s secret identity being revealed to the world and what Peter did to try to avoid it. The initial reaction to the series was pretty negative, but while it might be a story that many fans wish hadn’t happened, they couldn’t say it wasn’t told well or didn’t have compelling details. And it looks like some of those details will show up in Spider-Man’s next appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

At the end of Spider-Man 2019: Far from home – in the second sequence after the film credits – a familiar face appears on the screen. It’s J. Jonah Jameson sharing Mysterio’s last desperate effort to ruin Spider-Man’s life, revealing his true identity. The movie ends on a shot, with Spidey’s lenses wide open as he realizes the utter disaster that is about to become his life.

Image: Mark Millar, Steve McNiven / Marvel Comics

“One more day,” a four-issue arc, was the end result of a similar debunking problem. During the original Civil War event, superheroes were asked to register their secret identities with the government. Peter resisted the call at first, but when Tony Stark convinced him it was the right thing to do, he was candid at a press conference. The most cited reason superheroes keep their identities secret is to protect their loved ones from retaliation by villains, and that’s exactly what happened to Peter next.

The Kingpin sent an assassin after Peter, and Aunt May was shot in the process. “One More Day” begins with Peter regretting his choices and horrified by their effects: Aunt May is lying in a hospital and Peter is told by doctors that it is only a matter of time before he passes away. The first issue ends with a sinister internal monologue: “Nothing will stop me from saving her. Nothing. “This is how Peter ends up looking for Doctor Strange, just as Peter seems to do in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

But in the comics, Strange tries to make Peter realize that there is nothing they can do: sometimes people have to die. Strange steps in the hole of the mentor and friend here, allowing Peter to cry and rage, but never budge, and Peter almost accepts May’s death. But it doesn’t quite, and that’s where things get weird.

After meeting several passersby who represent the untapped paths in Peter’s life, Peter meets Mephisto. Yes, Mephisto, the Satan from Marvel Comics. Mephisto says that he will save May’s life, and all he wants in return is Peter and Mary Jane’s marriage. The couple has one day, hence the “One more day”, to decide. Why is Satan so particularly interested in making Spider-Man and Spider-Man’s wife forget that they ever got together? He says that he will enjoy hearing the part of his soul that remembers his love screaming for all eternity.

Spider-Man: No Way Home seems to use this potential loss, Peter’s dismay at the idea that MJ won’t remember their relationship, as the impetus for all the shenanigans of the multiverse. In the comic, Peter and MJ decide together to accept Mephisto’s terms, only demanding that Mephisto also erase the memory from the world that Peter Parker and Spider-Man are the same person. Their marriage is erased from time, the secret identity of the cat returns to the bag and Peter can go back to being single and clumsy Spider-Man again.

Peter Parker and Mary Jane are married, to J. Jonah Jameson, Aunt May, and other Spider-Man characters present in Amazing Spider-Man Annual # 21 (1987).

Image: David Michelinie, Paul Ryan / Marvel Comics

Peter and MJ were originally married with great success in 1987 The Amazing Spider-Man Annual # 21. It’s 20 years of marriage out of the door, like it never happened. Fans were largely confused and upset with the choice, feeling like the comics were taking up one of their most beloved relationships. However, the creative team stuck to the decision, citing it as a way to keep Peter interesting and fun.

Obviously, the MCU is going to take parts of this, not everything, and we’re likely to see influences from things like Brian Michael Bendis. The last Spiderman or Chip Zdarsky Spectacular Spider-Man, which also features a young Peter reacting to being unmasked and committed to his older self. Who knows, maybe they will finally attract Mephisto after all.

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