However, the break-up of their happy union is not due to irreconcilable differences and there will be no divorce lawyers involved. They were still very much in love with one another but in order to save Auny May, they had to allow the incredibily evil Mephisto to wipe their memories clean so that they have no recollection of their love for one another or their two decade old marriage.
It all got spelled out in last week’s Amazing Spider-Man Issue #545.
Now, with issue #546 titled “Brand New Day,” Aunt May is alive, Parker is single and Mary Jane still doesn’t have a clue.
“People are very upset. They erased a lot of stuff that had been set in stone,” John Newman, manager of Ultimate Comics in Chapel Hill, N.C. told ABC News.
“We knew it would be a very controversial thing to do,” says Joe Quesada, Marvel’s editor in chief. “Looking into the future, this is really the right thing to do for the long-term health of the character.”
Spider-Man, is the creation of the legendary Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. It first hit comic book shelves 46 years ago in 1962.
The franchise has spawned a live-action television series, animated series, toy action figures and three blockbuster live-action films starring Tobey Mcguire as Parker/Spider Man and Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson.
“I remember editors and editors in chief lamenting that a married Spider-Man was not where we want to be,” Quesada says. “A married Peter Parker makes for a less interesting soap opera than a single Peter Parker going about his nerdy kind of life.”
“Nobody wants to read about a married Spider-Man,” says Craig Shutt, a columnist for Comics Buyers Guide. “But in the short run, it’s a terrible idea. It disrespects the readers by saying everything they read is wrong.”