Hello, everyone. Here are the results of the Spider-Man survey I put up last week. After 136 votes, here are the results. You may be surprised by what got the most votes in the 10 categories. I was (PLEASE NOTE: Some people who voted skipped a category or two, which is why some questions have more votes than others):
1) Should the marriage of Spider-Man and Mary Jane be restored permanently into the continuity of "The Amazing Spider-Man" monthly comic book series?
Yes, I hate that the marriage was retconned to begin with: 71 votes
Yes, but not permanently and then let MJ separate/divorce after the timeline is restored to normal: 3 votes
No, I like the status quo just fine, thank you: 24 votes
No, I don't like the current status quo, but I don't like the Spider-Marriage either: 2 votes
Other: 6 votes
It seems there are a lot more fans who want the marriage back than everyone thinks. Although a lot of you like the current status quo and the marriage gone. Two of the "Other" votes said "no" to the marriage in your text comments. In the other four write-in "Other" comments, the fans still want to see the Spider-Marriage restored. However, one wasn't so sure it'd happen and commented that "[Marvel] wouldn't permanently restore the Spider-Marriage that I and the other [Spider-Man] fans love, so what's the point?".
2) If the Spider-Marriage is restored, how should it come back in the Spider-Man comics?
I don't care how it comes back, just bring it back as soon as possible: 41 votes
Have Doctor Strange do it somehow with his magic: 6 votes
Have Doctor Doom do it, as he owes Spider-Man a debt: 3 votes
Have Loki do it somehow, as he owes Spidey a debt too: 17 votes
Have Mephisto do it unintentionally, and then never, EVER use him in a Spider-Man comic again: 8 votes
Remarry Peter and Mary Jane in "Brand New Day" continuity: 7 votes
Please don't remarry them. I said I don't want the marriage back, remember?: 22 votes
Other: 6 votes
It seems a lot of you don't care "how" it's brought back, just so long as it IS brought back. The biggest surprise to me was seeing Loki so high on the list, as I find it odd that the God of Mischief is a better candidate to help Spidey than Doctor Strange. Doctor Doom got three votes, as well two more votes in the "Other" section to help Doctor Strange (good luck with that -- don't Strange and Doom hate each other?), while the "Other" text comments were also in favor of the Spider-Marriage staying away.
3) If the marriage is restored, WHEN should Peter and Mary Jane be married again?
Right Now: 26 votes
The Amazing Spider-Man issue #600, due out next year: 42 votes
Sometime in 2009, as soon as the writers can bring it back: 9 votes
Sometime in 2010: 1 vote
Maybe in a few more years from now, let's give the current direction a bit more time: 9 votes
Never: 21 votes
Other: 6 votes
It seems that those who voted have a favorite way of seeing it come back: issue #600 due out next year. As unlikely as that is, it's nice to see fans want to see the marriage back in the 600th issue of "The Amazing Spider-Man". Three of the six "Other" votes said "the marriage is gone - thank God", "the Spider-Marriage ain't coming back -- let it go, dude" and "The marriage is gone! Thanks, Joe Q.!" However, the other three wrote in comments that were in support of its return: "Don't remarry a couple that's already married", "Bring it back, Marvel!", and "Why did they retcon it to begin with?"
4) If the marriage does come back, then who should write the return of the Spider-Marriage back into continuity?
Stan Lee: 14 votes
Joe Quesada: 1 vote
J. Michael Straczynski: 23 vote
Mark Waid: 3 votes
Joe Kelly: 2 votes
Marc Guggenheim: 1 votes
Roger Stern: 4 votes
Paul Jenkins: 2 votes
Jeph Loeb: 1 vote
Tom DeFalco (yay, Spider-Girl!!): 7 votes
Dan Slott: 9 votes
Brian Michael Bendis: 16 votes
Mark Millar: 2 votes
Other: 24 (J.M. DeMatteis got 5 votes, Geoff Johns got 3 votes, and Matt Fraction got the most write-ins with 16)
It seems we have a clear winner, and it's no surprise, since J.M.S. was one of the better writers who wrote the Spider-Marriage. Brian Michael Bendis and Stan Lee also had good numbers, but I'm surprised Mr. DeFalco didn't rank higher. The biggest surprise was the write-in vote in the "Other" section -- Matt Fraction. However, if you read the "Sensational Spider-Man" Annual he wrote, you know why he's ranked so high.
5) If the Spider-Marriage does return, who should draw the issue where it comes back?
John Romita Sr.: 32 votes
John Romita Jr.: 42 votes
Ron Frenz: 2 votes
Mark Bagley: 15 votes
Stuart Immonen: 2 votes
Joe Quesada: 6 votes
It was close, but John Romita Jr. barely beat his dad as the fan favorite to draw the comic. For the Other write-ins, Mike Dedato Jr. got 2 votes, Alex Ross got 3 votes and Joe Quesada got an "Other" nomination for writer/artist of the Spider-Marriage's return, with a text comment to "set things right himself".
6) If the marriage is restored, should Peter's identity as Spider-Man be a secret or public knowledge again?
A secret from everyone: 28 votes
A secret from the world, except for a select few (Mary Jane, Black Cat, Daredevil, Venom, Green Goblin, etc.): 75 votes
A secret? I want the whole world know Spidey's real identity like they did after "Civil War": 19 votes
Other: 10 votes
No question here: some people SHOULD know Peter's Spider-Man. At least, that's what the people who voted in the survey said. For the "Other" section, some were in favor of the world still knowing Peter was Spidey, while others say, "Some SHOULD know Pete's Spider-Man. Doc Ock and Scorpion should [know], too!"
7) Should the events of One More Day and Brand New Day stay in continuity?
Yes: 63 votes
No: 57 votes
Other: 13 votes
Don't think that this one's a clear win. While a lot of you voted "yes", 10 voters in the "Other" category said to retcon "One More Day" and "Brand New Day", while others want just "One More Day" erased from continuity. Ten of the write-in comments had some things in common: "bring back Pete's organic webbing", "let Harry Osborn remain dead", and "undo 'Sins Past' and 'The Other' from continuity".
8) If Peter and Mary Jane's marriage returns, then should Aunt May, the very cause of the retcon of the Spider-Marriage, remain alive after its return?
Yes: 59 votes
No: 65 votes
Other: 9 votes
A lot of you don't want Aunt May to be alive once the marriage is back, but in the "Other" write-in comments, a lot of you don't care either way if she lives or dies. One wrote in "don't care either way", while another said, "let her leave, but killing her isn't necessary."
9) If Spider-Man and Mary Jane are married again, should they go back to college like they did after the Clone Saga/before the Chapter One reboot?
Yes: 53 votes
No: 68 votes
Other: 9 votes
While there are a lot of you that want Peter and M.J. both on campus, a lot of you sure don't. However, in the "Other" section, five of you wrote in that you'd only like to see Mary Jane back in college and getting her psychology degree. One merely wrote: "M.J. on campus, yes! Peter? NO!!!"
10) Finally, if the Spider-Marriage does return somehow, would you read and/or buy the comics?
Yes: 110 votes
No: 16 votes
Other: 9 votes
Well, this is another clear winner. It seems those who voted, whether you do like the book or not, sure wouldn't mind if the Marriage came back and it wouldn't keep you from buying the comics at all.
What do you guys think of the final results?
Thanks for reading,