Tom Brevoort's defense of hypocrisy
Do you not think there's hypocrisy in undoing the editorially mandated marriage of Peter and Mj and then doing something like the marriage of Storm and BP and Northstar and Kyle? The marriage of Peter and Mj felt far less forced or sudden.Brevoort replied:
No, because different characters require different things. This is similar to arguing that it's unfair that Reed Richards is so smart--that works for his character, but wouldn't work as well for, say, Ben Grimm. Different character. Also, and take this from somebody who was there as a reader and watched it happen, the marriage of Peter and MJ was absolutely as forced and sudden, probably more so. It's just had the advantage of having been a status quo for so long that a lot of readers grew up with it and accepted it. We've never said that no characters should be married, the point is that Spider-Man, the most popular youth-based character in the entertainment world, probably shouldn't be married.The Peter-MJ marriage, it should be noted, was mainly Stan Lee's idea, and he created both characters, so it wasn't as editorially mandated as Brevoort seems particularly hell-bent on claiming. And why does he say "probably"? As he, Quesada and Alonso have made clear from their terrible actions these past 4 years, they think it was definitely. I wouldn't be surprised if there'll come a day when they'll decide that Reed Richards and Sue Storm shouldn't be married either, and that either one should be written out in favor of an entirely different cast member.
A real shame that Brevoort, after all these years, still holds onto the same dismal beliefs, and thinks that being a "youth idol" means it's wrong to be married.