In a minor miracle, I received Wizard magazine on time for the first time in four months. Lot's of good hype in issue #176...including these little tid bits from Joey Q and JMS:
What's the biggest problem with Spider-Man right now?
Quesada: I've said it before: that darn marriage to Mary Jane. It has been one of the biggest problems [in] writting Spider-Man stories [for] new and younger readers. Let me put it clearly -- Spider-Man is one of the greatest, if not the greatest teen superhero ever created. He's supposed to be a young, viable, single character. And over the course of 40-some-odd years, as writers grew older and got married and stuff, they took Peter Parker along for the ride, forgetting about the fact that there were alwyas gonna be 9-year-olds who wanted to get into Peter Parker in the same way that they all did, which was a young guy. Peter grew old and married a supermodel. Peter became Billy Joel.
Now, this summer's 'Civil War' storyline is also going to shake-up Spider-Man, Right?
JMS: We've been laying in Peter being more involved with Tony Stark, and Tony became almost a mentor/father figure to Peter. And when Tony asks him, "Will you come and help me out during this whole registration crisis and illicit support?" Peter has to make a huge decision. That will have great consequences for him and for his family.
And that will lead to a major story towards the end of the year, that you'll write and Joe [Quesada] will draw?
JMS: We're going to return Peter to the status quo that worked so well for him for so many years. It's dangerous as hell.
Quesada: One idea led to another idea, led to a character, led to a possibility, led to [realizing] this could actually happen. And I remember Joe remained remarkably quiet during the kibitzing, for a while there, until he was sold on the idea. It was a group effort of how to do it, and then the execution of how to put it all together was really Joe's idea. But you know, I guarantee that there will not be a dry eye in the house.
JMS: It'll tear your heart out. By the sixth issue, you'll be on the floor.
paw's guess: Mary Jane Watson-Parker is going to die.