A quick point about Renew Your Vows #2.
JR made mention of how he feels MJ and Peter are too indulgent of Annie because they say that it’s her job to make trouble and their job to reign her in.
I actually think that was a very subtle reference on Conway’s part to Mary Jane’s backstory. If you recall her father would become verbally abusive of her, her sister and her mother, losing his tempter at the drop of a hat meaning she would have to tip toe around him.
So the scene where she is telling Annie that she doesn’t have to be apprehensive over making her or Peter mad makes a lot of sense. She is ensuring her daughter never feels the way she felt growing up with her own father.
I take Ashley’s point about MJ with powers defeating the purpose of there beign tension between a hero and a civilian relationship and rips off Black Cat a little. I think MJ with powers is kind of cool but far from what I want or what I think we as a fandom need.
I get that it gives her a more active role in the series but for decades she and Alfred were fine in the supporting roles they had without needing to go into the field of combat. A similar set up exists in the current Superman titles.
If nothing else I kind of feel it takes away from Peter to have him partner up with MJ. I’d rather he be the main action hero whilst MJ is the deuteragonist when it comes to the more down to Earth stuff and Annie is maybe in-training with her father.
Ben Reilly being a villain is an atrocious way to bring the character back and goes against everything anyone ever liked about him. It gains nothing because an evil Spider-Man is what you get between Doc Ock and Venom anyway and a guy who knows Peter personally and can get under his skin is what you get from Norman or Harry knowing Peter’s identity. In fact Harry as a villain equates to anything Ben could do since like Ben Peter has a deep friendship with him, thus making his turn to villainy sting even more. So Ben as a villain is pointless.
The Gwen conversation did nothing new and honestly didn’t make a lot of sense. It maybe makes you look at Gwen differently but all the changes could be explained away by saying between the trauma of dying, resurrecting, seeing her father again and being in denial over being a clone Gwen is not in her right mind in this story.
JR, regarding ASM #500 I don’t see what exactly was lacking about the conversation with Uncle Ben?
Peter asked Ben for his forgivness and Ben responded as you’d expect him to, by saying he’s got nothing to be forgiven for. Then the conversation moved onto what Ben, as Peter’s father, would naturally be the most concerned about. That is to say Peter’s happiness and well-being.
Ben puts his son on the spot after Peter’s just relived all his battles and struggles in the space of a single day and asks him straight if he is truly happy and fulfilled with his life. Something any parent would want to know about their child whether they were 5 or 50 years old. In fact for Ben who isn’t present in Peter’s life anymore and can plainly see Peter is a fully grown man for whom Ben cannot do any more in raising and shaping, the question of if he did a good job as a parent and if Peter is happy with his life would be even more pressing.
And Peter says that at the end of the day in truth he is.
What more really needed to be said between him and Ben?
They didn’t have any unfinished business to settle beyond the issue of Peter’s role in Ben’s death which Ben handwaved at the start of the conversation because of course Uncle Ben isn’t going to hold Peter responsible for that.
So again, what honestly needed to be addressed beyond that (I am genuinely asking)?
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