Like all superheroes before and after his time, Spider-Man has had some incredible ups and downs along with some terrible lows. The latter is best shown through some Spidey comics that have since become guilty pleasures, or even black marks in the legacy of a legendary hero.
Because of this, it is highly unlikely that the Marvel Cinematic Universe will ever adapt these specific Peter Parker adventures, much less any studio. For what it’s worth, best left as examples of what Spidey should not make.
10 The Clone Saga is too hilariously bad to be taken seriously
There is no comic event as bad as The saga of the clones. Originally intended to give Peter a decent send-off before letting Ben Reilly take over the Spider’s mantle, The saga of the clones it became a mess of plot twists and melodrama that were too complicated and intense even by the already exaggerated standards of the Spider-Man comics.
After nearly two years, nothing was resolved or changed, as Peter’s status quo as Spider-Man was reaffirmed, something pretty obvious from the start. Beyond a few jokes at your expense, there’s no need to The saga of the clones to be seen in live action soon. That, and Spider-Verse is a better executed and received version of the “Spider-Men” concept.
9 Spider-Man’s PSAs are well-intentioned mistakes
Like all superheroes during the ’70s onwards, Spider-Man starred in some awkwardly sermonizing yet well-meaning PSAs. These PSAs were almost always one-off non-canon comics given to children to teach them something important. The problem is, Spider-Man is better off fighting eccentric villains than complex social ills.
In these PSAs, Spider-Man battled everything from cigarette smoking, tooth decay, and substance abuse, each personified by deceptive villains. However, nothing is as notorious as the public service announcement where Peter fights child abuse and reveals himself to be a victim of sexual abuse as a child (left). All of these silly public service announcements have since been compiled into a handy business paperback.
8 Spider-Man: Reign is ridiculously dark and brave
Reign is set in a dystopian future, where New York is now a police state and an elderly Spider-Man is too shattered to do anything. One of the reasons Peter stopped fighting was because his radioactive bodily fluids gave MJ cancer. Finally, he fights his equally elderly villains led by Venom, who has since embraced New York’s secret government as a dictator.
In Word, Reign I tried to do for Spidey what The Dark Knight Returns made for Batman. The end result was not as groundbreaking as its peg and instead is an epitome of everything that is wrong with the edgy approach. If ever the MCU gave Spider-Man a Logan-end of style, this borderline self-parody would be the last title used as a reference.
7 Spider-Man: Changes turns Peter into a spider-man who gives birth to himself
After the success of Sam Raimi Spiderman trilogy, Marvel Comics attempted to integrate the films’ organic reinvention of Spidey’s abilities. This somehow led to Changes, better known as the arc in which Peter slowly turns into a real man-sized spider before he gives birth to himself as a human with spider powers.
More by David Cronenberg The fly Than a dark and funny Spider-Man tale, Changes It remains one of the weirdest Spider-Man creative decisions ever made. Giving Peter organic versions of his sites is perfectly fine, but doing it in such a horrible way only prompts more questions. Don’t expect to see Spidey’s ugly transformation in the MCU anytime soon.
6 Final Chapter Undermines Aunt May’s Dramatic Death
Despite all its bad press and inadvertent humor, Aunt May’s death was the only solid moment in The saga of the clones. There was nothing great or heroic about it; She died of natural causes while her loved ones mourned her. Aunt May even tells Peter that she knew he was Spider-Man all this time, and couldn’t be prouder.
Three years later, The final chapter- the conclusion of The meeting of the five undid one of Spider-Man’s most heartfelt moments by resurrecting Aunt May. It turns out that the Aunt May that Peter saw die was an actress with plastic surgery problems hired by Norman Osborn. None of this makes sense in context, and it can’t be fixed even if it was somehow added to the MCU.
5 Trouble turns Aunt May into Peter’s real mother
Problem It was Marvel’s attempt to hit two birds with one stone: give Peter’s family (Aunt May, Uncle Ben, and their parents) a relatable backstory with and relive 1950s-style romance comics. Unfortunately, both attempts failed. Problem it was more of a shoddy soap opera than a charming flashback, ending with Aunt May being Peter’s biological mother.
Other twists include Ben being sterile, May cheating on him for Richie (Peter’s father), and Mary (Peter’s mother) willing to act like Peter’s mother. Problem was criticized for rewriting Peter’s family into teenage parodies as devised by middle-aged creators. The Pillars of Peter deserve a bit of attention, and the now decanonized Problem It is the last place to look for inspiration.
4 Sins of the past desecrated Gwen Stacy’s memory
Longtime fans regarded Gwen Stacy as a symbol of Spider-Man’s most innocent days, especially since her death solidified the gloomier Bronze Age. Meanwhile, Past sins tainted his legacy by providing an avant-garde explanation for his death that no one asked for. In short, the Green Goblin killed Gwen because, understandably, he didn’t want the psycho to be the father of her twins.
In a posthumous letter, Gwen reveals that she had an affair with Norman Osborn and became pregnant with their children. This leads to overdramatical fights with his now-grown sons, whom Osborn brainwashed into hating Spider-Man. Gwen’s death made it to the movies, but there are better ways than Past sins to reflect on its impact and effects.
3 One more day is Spider-Man’s lowest point
One more day is widely regarded as the worst Spider-Man comic ever made, and for good reason. After Aunt May dies from a gunshot wound, the demon Mephisto tempts Peter with the opportunity to bring her back to life for the price of her marriage. After some heartbreak, Peter complies and almost ruins his comic book legacy forever.
In-universe, Peter went back to his young adult years when Aunt May was alive and no one knew her secret identity. Symbolically, Peter gave up his adulthood to be forever young instead of dealing with loss. One more day it’s hated and ridiculed by readers and creators alike, and the MCU won’t be adapting it anytime soon due to its negative legacy.
two Sins remembered somehow made sins of the past even worse
Past sins it ended with Gabriel Stacy becoming the Gray Goblin and Sarah Stacy on the run. Instead of forgetting Past sins Marvel continued the story of the Stacy twins in Sins remembered. Believe it or not, this sequel is somewhat worse than its predecessor because it manages to be even more melodramatic.
Here, an obsessive and overprotective Gray Goblin mistakes MJ for his sister, while Sarah falls for Peter. Sins remembered It ends with Sarah disappearing from Marvel canon forever, though Gray Goblin makes a few sporadic appearances. Marvel will probably not adapt this arc by virtue of its connection to Sins Past.
1 One moment in time he tried and couldn’t justify one more day
Rather than retcon or bury the most notorious Spider-Man story ever made, Marvel doubled down with One moment in time. Here, Mephisto jumps through Peter’s past, rewriting events so that he and MJ don’t become husband and wife. This mini-event was more of a justification for One more day than a sequel, and all it did was invalidate what came before.
The weight of One more day It came from Peter sacrificing his ideal life to MJ, but One moment in time reveals that he backed down and MJ secretly paid the price to Mephisto instead. As a result, One more dayThe so-called pathos now feels useless. Yes One more day it was an irreparable mistake, One moment in time he just made bad excuses for it.
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