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Sins Past (and Sins Remembered)

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« on: November 17, 2017, 09:29:25 pm »

Sins Past (and Sins Remembered)

The Green Goblin might be Spider-Man's arch-nemesis, but don't expect Norman Osborn to grace theater screens any time soon. According to Spider-Man: Homecoming producer Amy Pascal, Norman and the rest of the Osborn family will be confined to the comic book pages for the foreseeable future. He's already played out. As she put it, "I don't know how many more times we can do the Green Goblin."

For the Goblin's diehard fans, that's bad news, but there's one silver lining. Norman's absence means there's no way that "Sins Past," J. Michael Straczynski and Mike Deodato Jr.'s controversial Amazing Spider-Man arc, will ever get a big-screen remake. That's very, very good, especially considering "Sins Past" is undoubtedly the ickiest storyline ever introduced in Spider-Man's main continuity.

See, according to Straczynski and Deodato, Spider-Man's girlfriend Gwen Stacy had a brief fling with Norman—i.e. the guy who killed her—while vacationing in France. As a result of the encounter, Gwen gave birth to twins. It's not only the age difference between Gwen and Norman that makes the story so bad, although that's pretty gross. It's not only that Mary Jane knew about the affair and didn't tell Peter until the twins come knocking at his door, or that Gwen lost her virginity to the Green Goblin and not her long-term boyfriend. It isn't even the way "Sins Past" re-contextualizes Gwen's death, more or less removing Spider-Man from the equation.

No, it's that in the follow-up storyline, "Sins Remembered," Peter makes out with one of the twins because she kind of looks like Gwen. Kissing the daughter of your long-lost love and number one villain while you're married to someone else? That's bad. Comic book readers didn't tolerate it (eventually, the whole affair was retconned out of existence). Chances are, movie audiences wouldn't, either.

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