However, that doesn't mean he hasn't killed people before. Even in those extenuating circumstances, the times where he's killed on purpose is practically zero. Peter's doing his spider-thing when a missile comes out of nowhere. Parker deftly dodges it, but soon realizes it's a heat-seeker. He webs it and spins it around, scrambling the sensors before dumping it in the river. A second missile is fired and Spidey leads it back to its point of origin. The vehicle explodes, and The Finisher is no more.
You could argue that The Finisher died by his own hand, but why didn't Spidey try to guide the missile away from harm? In any case, it's certainly not becoming of the hero we know and love. He was inappropriate incarnate.
When Otto decides to fight crime, his twisted morality corrupts his good intentions and he sees things with a cold, hard logic. In no moment is this more apparent than when Superior Spidey confronts the gun-toting maniac Massacre in Superior Spider-Man 5. Massacre is a deeply disturbed villain who was caught up in an explosion. His wife died, but his life was saved. However, shrapnel was lodged in his brain, causing him to not feel emotion or any kind of connection with other people.
Because of this, he becomes a crazed mass murderer. When Otto tracks him down, shoots him in the shoulder, and holds him at gunpoint, Massacre feels fear for the first time since the accident. He pleads for his life on account of his emotional revelation, but Spider-Ock is having none of it. He coldly pulls the trigger and executes him where he knelt. Reign again, but if we're talking about inappropriate moments in Spidey's past, this one has to be on the list. For the blissfully unaware, Spider-Man: Both took the concept of an aged hero looking back at their life and expressing their regrets and low points.
Whereas this worked for the dark and brooding Batman , it didn't mesh nearly as well with the colorful Spider-Man, and the result was a deeply miserable comic that nobody liked. There are many WTF-worthy choices made on the pages within, but we're gonna have to spring for the revelation that Mary Jane died as a result of Peter's radioactive semen. Apparently, years of spider-love led to her contracting cancer and dying.
Elderly Peter is completely guilt-ridden by choosing to fight crime instead of being at his wife's bedside. That's genuinely tragic and a solid motivation on its own, but making Peter the cause for her death on top of everything else is overdoing things by a ludicrous margin.
As it stands, it's a dumb moment in a not-very-good comic that has deservedly gone down in infamy, sentenced to a future of only ever being brought up on snarky internet lists. It happens all the time. However, the death of a child, especially a baby, is a lot more rare. This didn't last long, of course, and he was soon tempted back into the tights. There's a convoluted plot afoot and Mary Jane is poisoned by a mysterious woman.
MJ goes into labor, but the baby doesn't survive. We learn the poison lady's name — Alison Mongrain - when she reports to her boss, revealed at the end to be none other than Norman Osborn. That should have been it, but it was brought up again with Mongrain's reappearance a year later, implying she was taking care of a baby. Mongrain eventually dies, but not before revealing that May was alive. Spider-Man confronted the Green Goblin, who insisted his daughter was dead. Peter doesn't believe him and discovers that May is alive, but it's his Aunt May, and the person who died was an actress made up to look like her.
Not only did this bring Aunt May back into the mix, but it confirmed that the infant May Parker did indeed die thanks to the nefarious Norman. After a fairly light-hearted first half, things take a dark turn. The main antagonist is Francis Klum, a powerful mutant who was sexually abused by his brother, Garrison.
Garrison manipulated him into the life of a drug pusher and the two became wealthy. When Francis tells this to Black Cat, she relates her own story of abuse that happened back when she was in college. It turns out that she was raped by her then-boyfriend Ryan, and that it was one of the galvanizing factors in making her the Cat in the first place.
Don't get us wrong, we're not saying that we shouldn't discuss these sorts of topics. What we are saying is that maybe the handling could have been better. These are all very prickly issues, and they definitely weren't given enough care.
Black Cat became yet another heroine with a traumatic abusive incident in her past, something which the character didn't warrant. Stories can be mature without devolving into the world of drugs and depravity, but so many follow the same tired path. It seems doubly weird that Smith chose to do this in a Spider-Man story of all things complete with random cameos from Daredevil and Comics should absolutely deal with serious issues, but not when it's done like this.
Curt Connors is a kindly mentor of Peter's. As both men got older, they formed a lasting friendship. However, Connors has an accident that transforms him into a snarling reptilian villain under times of stress. The Lizard is normally subdued and Connors returns to his human form, just in time to learn about all the horrors he committed as his alter-ego. For some reason, Connors is revealed to have always been aware of his evildoings, his transformations had always been on purpose, and his victimhood had all been a convenient act.
This sucks for many reasons, but first and foremost is that it completely changes the character and makes him less interesting in the process. Surely, the most compelling thing about the Lizard was the fact he was still a decent guy underneath it all. To make him just another villain is boring and does a disservice to the character. Luckily, the change didn't stick.
In Amazing Spider-Man , a mere six issues before Sasha Kravinoff got her face viciously scarred, the mother and daughter team are in the middle of their long-gestating plan to mess with Spider-Man and resurrect Kraven the Hunter. They use Madame Web's future-seeing abilities to keep several steps ahead of Peter. They intend to destroy Connors' mind and turn him into a purely primal beast.
The Kravinoffs kidnap Curt's son Billy and enact their plan. The Lizard has always shown an obsession with trying to kill Billy, and the Kravinoff women leave him unprotected. Lizard catches the boy's scent, and with no Spidey in his way, he kills the Connors boy. Unable to deal with the horror he just witnessed, Curt's consciousness dies, with his thoughts shattering and crumbling on the page itself.
It's a dark moment by itself, but Billy confessing he'd always known his father would kill him is downright chilling. In Spectacular Spider-Man , a raging Peter fights Reilly, convinced that a medical test proving he was the clone were rigged. He attacks with blind fury and beats Ben into submission. Mary Jane tries to stop him, but Peter lashes out and hits her, sending her flying backwards.
Peter likely meant to simply push her away from the fight, but is so clouded with rage that he misjudged his super-strength. However, the comic panel does seem to look like a deliberate back-hander with a closed fist to cap it off aimed at his pregnant wife. Peter immediately realizes his mistake and runs away, leaving MJ meekly begging him to stay.
It's certainly an eyebrow-raising moment. However, quite why they felt the need to include this at all is anyone's guess. It's so at odds with his character and it sticks out like a sore thumb.
The Clone Saga is one of the most hated Spider-Man storylines ever , and with weird, out-of-character moments like this, it's not hard to see why. Let us know in the comments.
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