That’s right people, December is upon us! That means that depending on which part of the world you live in, it won’t be long until you get to experience the new Spider-Man movie, named Far From Home. We know there’s a few older villains coming back for a huge face-off against our friendly neighbourhood hero, but everything else is being kept tightly under wraps.
This might be as good a time as any to look at some things Spider-Man has done in his decades-long past that weren’t all that friendly neighbourhood.
Eating Mary Jane as a Zombie
The Marvel Zombies series had some pretty screwed up parts in it, but very few were as horrifying as having a zombie Spider-Man eat Mary Jane Watson. Having him eat the one true love of his life came as a very shocking part of the story and really set the tone. This wouldn’t be the typical Spider-Man story with whimsical sauce poured all over it.
Giving Up His Marriage
In the One More Day storyline, Spidey asks Mephisto – the actual Devil – to cast a spell so the people forget that he is Peter Parker once again. As a trade-off, Spidey has to sacrifice the marriage he has to Mary Jane. It’s a bit of a slap in the face of both of those characters to go through with it, but Spidey did. To add insult to injury, Mephisto shows Peter the daughter he and MJ would have had.
Killing Mary Jane Watson
It’s not the fact that Mary Jane died that’s messed up, it’s mostly how Spidey ended up killing her. That’s right, getting bitten by a radioactive spider turned him radioactive, meaning that he himself and all his bodily fluids were only slowly killing Mary Jane. As far as rough deals go, this has got to be one of the worst.
Almost Killing Sin-Eater
Back in the 80’s, a character named Jean DeWolff was set up as being the Jim Gordon to Spidey’s Batman. It was a shock to everyone – Spidey included – when Jean ended up getting killed. When Spider-Man found out that it was Sin-Eater that had killed Jean DeWolff, our favorite web crawler lost it and nearly killed Sin-Eater. Daredevil had to step in to stop him, and the two heroes even traded blows because of this.
Giving Tony Stark’s Glasses to Mysterio
There’s a lot of stupid things Peter Parker has done, but giving the world’s biggest genius’ glasses to a guy he met 15 minutes earlier probably has to be the stupidest of them all. In a twist everyone saw coming, Mysterio ended up betraying peter and used Stark’s technology to turn the public against Spidey by making them believe he had killed Mysterio. Oh – and he revealed Peter’s true identity in the meantime.
Killing Gwen Stacy
Being Spider-Man’s love interest usually isn’t a very good idea if you want to live a long and careless life. Gwen Stacy is probably the worst example of this. As Green Goblin threw her off a building, Spider-Man attempted to save her with his webbing. This led to Gwen snapping her neck because of the impact of the web suddenly slowing her down, leading to her death.
Siding With Tony Stark in Civil War
Much like in the movie, Spider-Man sided with Tony Stark during the comic Civil War arc. And yes, much like in the movie, the Tony Stark side ended up looking like a bunch of arrogant pricks. Having Spider-Man pick his side and reveal his true identity to the entire world was a big shock for everyone and also led to the “One More Day” storyline, which is loosely what the new movie is based on. In the comics though, Spidey soon realised he was on the wrong side of the fence and swapped sides to Captain America.