If Marvel reboots Spider-Man, I'm gone. I have no desire to see Peter Parker get bitten by a radioactive spider again. Been there, done that.
If Marvel wants to change things up, then get new creative teams with fresh ideas. Which is pretty much what they've done with Marvel NOW.
- Jason G. Carr
Reboots are kind of stupid.
I think with a story going on as long as Spidey's, you have to squint a little, and I'm fine with that.
This is really obvious when it comes to stuff like Flash being in Vietnam etc. Those kinds of things don't matter really. The past was cloudy and we don't know the full truth.
I like to think of ASM 1-40 being always and forever the foundation of continuity. Whatever happens, those issues happened, pretty much how they were presented then. And there are other events - you know the list - that will always be in continuity. And then, always, whatever happened recently really happened, in full. At the moment, Slott's Big Time run happened exactly as it was depicted. Every detail is true. And probably much of the previous 100 issues happened too. Before that, you can pick and choose. By now, Sin's Past is either in or out of continuity, whichever you prefer. Eventually only certain bits of Big Time will definitely be in continuity, but even the facts that will remain will become foggy.
I'm totally comfortable with a constantly shifting version of continuity, with only the classic stories and the recent past being set in stone. For example, Spidey's defeated Mysterio, to pick a random example, probably 20 times so far, which is just ridiculous - get a new job Mysterio! - but I like to think that when Mysterio turns up again I'll be able to be a good reader and pretend he has a chance. Every previous battle kind of exists and kind of doesn't at the same time.
I'm personally like the idea of rebooting the MU, but I don't know what it would really do for the company right now, as the creative teams would be unlikely to change, and it's the creative teams of the moment that I'm just not particularly enjoying at Marvel.
Observe, Orient, Decide, Act
I think reboots are unnecessary, and only serve for a short term sales boost.
look at the Ultimate universe. it's just as complicated now as any other superhero continuity. if you reboot it, then you'll just need to do another reboot in 10 years, and then another. look at DC if you need proof.
and now DC has the problem (for those that care about such things) of "which history is the one that counts"
if Marvel and DC do their jobs right, no reboot should ever be needed. whatever crazy direction you want to take Batman or Spider-Man in, as long as you return them back to square one when you're done, you're fine.
"I'm sending him a bouquet of cans."
I don't think Marvel should reboot...they're currently the only company you can go to that has fifty years of uninterrupted continuity.
"I came to the conclusion that the optimist thought everything good except the pessimist, and the pessimist thought everything bad, except himself." -- G.K. Chesterton