The trailer for the much-awaited Spider-Man: No Method Residence set the Web aflame in theories and reference-hunting. However nothing loomed fairly so massive over the clip as One Extra Day, a 2007 comics crossover that modified the webslinger’s life perpetually.
One Extra Day performed out probably the most tragic doable consequence of Peter Parker’s secret identification being revealed to the world and what Peter did to attempt to keep away from it. Preliminary response to the collection was pretty adverse, however whereas it is likely to be a narrative many followers wished hadn’t occurred, they couldn’t say that it wasn’t informed effectively, or didn’t have compelling particulars. And it seems like a few of these particulars will confirmed up Spider-Man’s subsequent look within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
On the very finish of 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Residence — within the movie’s second post-credit sequence – a well-known face pops onto the display screen. It’s J. Jonah Jameson sharing Mysterio’s final ditch effort to smash Spider-Man’s life — revealing his true identification. The movie ends on a banger of a shot, with Spidey’s lenses broad as he realizes what an absolute mess his life is about to change into.
“One Extra Day,” a four-issue arc, was the final word results of an identical unmasking problem. Throughout the authentic Civil Conflict occasion, superheroes have been requested to register their secret identities with the federal government. Peter resisted the decision at first, however when Tony Stark satisfied him it was the appropriate factor to do he got here clear in a press convention. Essentially the most cited purpose for superheroes to maintain their identities secret is to guard their family members from villainous reprisal, and that’s precisely what occurred to Peter subsequent.
Kingpin despatched an murderer after Peter, and Aunt Could was shot within the course of. “One Extra Day” opens with Peter lamenting his selections and horrified at their results: Aunt Could lies in a hospital, and docs have informed Peter that it’s solely a matter of time earlier than she passes. The primary problem ends with an ominous inside monologue, “Nothing’s going to cease me from saving her. Nothing.” Which is how Peter finally ends up in search of out Physician Unusual, simply as Peter appears to do in Spider-Man: No Method Residence.
However within the comics, Unusual tries to make Peter notice that there’s nothing they will do: Typically folks must die. Unusual steps into the opening of mentor and buddy right here, permitting Peter to grieve and rage, however by no means budging on his stance, and Peter practically involves phrases with Could’s loss of life. However he doesn’t fairly, and that’s the place issues get bizarre.
After assembly a number of passersby who signify the untaken paths in Peter’s life, Peter runs into Mephisto. Sure, Mephisto, the Devil of Marvel Comics. Mephisto says he’ll save Could’s life, and all he needs in return is Peter and Mary Jane’s marriage. The couple have in the future — therefore the “One Extra Day” — to resolve. Why is Devil so significantly curious about making Spider-Man and Spider-Man’s spouse neglect that they ever received collectively? He says he’ll get pleasure from listening to the piece of their soul that remembers their love screaming for all eternity.
Spider-Man: No Method Residence appears to make use of this potential loss — Peter’s dismay at the concept that MJ gained’t keep in mind their relationship — because the impetus for all of the multiverse shenanigans. Within the comedian, Peter and MJ resolve collectively to comply with Mephisto’s phrases, solely demanding that Mephisto additionally erase the world’s reminiscence that Peter Parker and Spider-Man are the identical individual. Their marriage is erased from time, the key identification cat goes again into the bag, and Peter can return to being single, awkward Spider-Man once more.
Peter and MJ have been initially married to nice acclaim in 1987’s The Superb Spider-Man Annual #21. That’s 20 years of marriage out the door, as if it by no means occurred. Followers have been largely confused and upset with the selection, feeling as if the comics have been retconning considered one of their most beloved relationships. The artistic workforce stood by the choice although, citing it as a technique to hold Peter fascinating and enjoyable.
Clearly, the MCU goes to take items of this, not the entire thing — and we’ll doubtless see influences from issues like Brian Michael Bendis’ Final Spider-Man or Chip Zdarsky’s Spectacular Spider-Man, which additionally function a younger Peter reacting to being unmasked and fascinating along with his older self. Who is aware of, possibly they’ll lastly pull in Mephisto in any case.