Obviously Spidey is a MUCH bigger character than Carol Danvers. Whereas Carol is tangentially related to The Avengers.It's existence as a sales stunt is....half right, I guess. I mean, it's going to be SEEN that way no matter what, because everyone knows the real reason Spider-Man and Wolverine are everywhere. It FEELING like one I think is wholly dependent on how it's done. Since the possibility has already been established I think if handled right it could add to both titles. If being the key word, of course, but that's true of nearly everything.
Also, I would reiterate, and again, I mean no disrespect to her by this, that the fact that this is her third title means that her not relying on guest stars doesn't work. It's one thing to say "Spider-Man never did it this way!" because Spider-Man is one of the three biggest comic properties in existence and has basically always been tremendously successful, it's quite another to say that about a B-list star who's book keeps getting cancelled and spent a number of years in a coma.
Marvel has to have a "Captain Marvel" to keep the trademark. (Plus, I mean, Monica literally came out of nowhere and started calling herself Captain Marvel. Genis and Carol at least had some connection to Mar-Vell.)I think I know what they're trying to do (have a female led superhero book but without the obvious girl title), but somewhat ironically this is like the one character they literally already tried that with (Monica Rambeau). Plus, I'm not sure how much of a bump a B-lister is going to get from taking the name of, well, a C-lister. But we shall see if a nominal Captain Marvel fanbase is able to combine with the nominal Ms. Marvel fanbase to put out some sustainable numbers.
Her first series lasted... what? About 23 issues? And her recent (the one that launched around Civil War) lasted 50?I think all of this is correct, which is why I tend to be "meh" towards team-up books in general, and why I'm not sure the idea works anymore. Still, as opposed as they are towards the Mary Jane relationship, they can always try again in a year or so after Carol's book gets canceled again. =p
Hopefully her new one lasts longer than Alpha Flight and Herc.
Spider-Man wasn't the main character of "Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane."Different universe, different circumstance, different calibur. We also had it temporarily in Spider-Man loves Mary Jane with Firestar.
(Just pointing out that the idea of Spidey/Superheroine isn't really an original idea.)
A team-up is fine. It's in the tradition of the Mighty Marvel Manner. The Fantastic Four showed up in Amazing Spider-Man #1, after all. But the idea of Carol/Peter makes it seem that Carol is riding on Spidey's coattails.Practicality vs. Principle I'm afraid. It's fine and dandy to want her to succeed on her own merits, but history suggests she simply can't do it. Plus, what do you think this Avenging Spider-Man issue coming up IS?