Rockman wrote:Who cares that he is unmarried?
What matters is that Peter Parker made a deal with the literal devil to save his aged aunt who had told him to let her go like two issues prior to it. This choice had ramifications on every single person he knew and messed with the minds of almost every person on the entire planet.
This is a terrible thing for a hero to do, but it was all swept under the rug rather than being followed up on in any meaningful manner.
All to reset the characters continuity to put him in the position where he was last written well (the 80's) Sadly most of the stories after OMD were not very good either. Why is that? Didn't Quesada say it was difficult to write a married spider-man? Why can't his writers write a good single Spider-man? Dan Slott was so incapable of writing a good Peter Parker he had to kill the character off and replace him with one of his oldest villains.
and there is not statute of limitations of complaining about a bad story. Some people can go overboard with their fan hate. But as a consumer who payed money for that garbage I have a right to say that it was a bad story I can say that today and ten years from now it will always be true. It fundamentally changed the character from someone who would ultimately do the right thing at any cost to a man who would compromise the very fabric of reality in order to save his 90 year old aunt and that's not really a character I want to read about anymore. Just like Scott Summers is a man who abandoned his wife and child to chase an old girlfriend. Characters can be redeemed for sure but they made attempt to do that for Pete and they didn't attempt to do that for Scott either.
IF, IF, IF, IF . . .
If it had somehow shown Peter to be a hero that later regretted his actions or knew that he was "making a deal with the Devil" it may
have been perceived better. He is only human, so if he did something regrettable for a loved one it would be understandable. But it was as if he got off lightly. Yaaah, I am single again. I lost interest very soon because of how bad it was done (among other reasons).