Saturday, July 15, 2006

When a secret is not a secret.

When is a secret not a secret? When everyone knows.

In case you missed it, Spider-Man recently “outed” himself in a national press conference. Yep. That’s right, during a Press conference called by his (Peter Parker’s boss, Tony “Iron Man” Stark), Where Iron Man not only endorsed the Superhero Registration Act, but revealed himself to be the superhero Iron Man, Spidey also stepped up to the mic. and endorsed the bill, and revealed himself to be Peter Parker.

“My name is Peter Parker and I’ve been Spider-Man since I was fifteen years old.”

J. Jonah Jameson, Peter’s former boss, and the publisher of The Daily Bugle, who has hated Spidey since he first appeared on the Superhero scene, fainted dead away.

Those of us in fandom (who have been reading Civil War) have been debating the relative merits of this action. We have also been debating on how long this current “permanent” change in the Marvel Universe will last. Right now, we’re hovering between 18 months and two years.

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