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The Los Angeles Times picks up on the story, noting this turn of events creates “a major divide between the comic-book continuity” and the Spider-Man movie franchise — something comics publishers typically try to avoid (organic webshooters, anyone?).
In Civil War #2, Spider-Man becomes the first major superhero to reveal his secret identity, in the face of federal legislation requiring the masked heroes to register with the government.
The Times observes “government versus the masked men” is a recurring element in superhero lore, serving as a central theme in The Watchmen and, more recently, in The Incredibles and X-Men movies.
“But with Spider-Man revealing to the world that his real name is Peter Parker,” the newspaper writes, “Marvel is sacrificing one of the core components of its most famous character’s mythology.”
Yet Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada promises Spider-Man’s revelation won’t be undone as a dream or a hoax: “We won’t be pulling a Bobby Ewing with this.”