I've seen hundreds of "they should have done..." ideas, and they're all just as lame, if not more so, and the same people would still complain just as much if it was done differently.
bottom line is, most people that hate OMD, hate it because it erased the marriage, and it ultimately doesn't really matter how. anything else is just empty statements
all of which has nothing to do with the topic at hand.
"I'm sending him a bouquet of cans."
People that appreciate a well crafted story line are looking for consistency. We want some kind of internal logic that makes sense.
This is how we come away feeling satisfied that - even if we might not have personally *liked* the result? ie if the effect on the characters world and the resolution was not something that we personally would have preferred - the more important thing is that it all made *sense* and was plausible within the confines of that universe
It matters less - or maybe not at all - that the story / world is completely implausible or even impossible in our 'real' world. This is after all one of the primary reasons why we read / watch sci-fi, fantasy and comics in the first place.
What we want is that the author / scriptwriter / director sets up a world, a set of characters, and a scenario that is internally consistent. And then - as the story develops over time - it stays true to those rules and doesn't break them.
This is key to the temporary suspension of disbelief. It makes the story immersive and fascinating. It makes people keep coming back to your comics, your films, and spending money because the audience has an emotional connection to the characters and is invested in the world in some way that makes them praise you.
It keeps them spending money. And turning other people on so they spend their money.
Not every comic or film has to be perfect in this way. Some are meant to be silly, or primarily for young kids (where the lesson is more important than the internal consistency). Or are avant-garde works that try to break the boundaries of internal story logic.
But fans of a character like Spider-Man want you to follow established rules (rules established by previous authors) of story logic.
Otherwise they are going to be pissed. They are going to call you out on it. They will accuse you of sloppy storytelling, because they can see it, even if they can't write a decent internally consistent, compelling and exciting story to save their life*
Its not like I'm not telling you something you don't already know lol.
I just wanted to be the guy that has told you that for the 948,092,127th time.
(*maybe that's why they are spending their money expecting you to do it)
Last edited by Von; 12-17-2012 at 11:21 AM.
So I could give a crap about the undoing of the Spider-Marriage.
I hate OMD because it's bad.
(And I hate OMIT even more. But that's because it is pure continuity clean-up and oh my god I do not care.)
The monster saved them all. And in their fear, they betrayed him. As they always have. As they always will.
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I wasn't a big fan of the marriage between Peter and MJ but OMD was a horribly written cop out. When you dont have enough guts or talent to tell a real story or to hire people who can you do this???? No..Marvel has lost complete touch with its readership.
It's the difference between Emperor Palpatine slipping on a banana peel and falling into the Death Star reactor; and Darth Vader rejoining the light side after seeing the torture of his son, and throwing Palpatine into the reactor knowing it would cost him his life.
One is stupid, the other is an iconic, legendary moment in cinema. Both lead to the Emperor's death.
Likewise with all this #700 stuff, it will matter how Peter Parker's story ends.
Last edited by EuphemismForSex; 12-17-2012 at 03:39 PM.
Bad news everyone...
I always thought there should have been a Jedi Gungan in there somewhere, which is really the same thing.
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