Some of the greatest moments in Marvel's history were when the company made bold decisions. Killing off Gwen Stacy. Turning Jean Grey into a villain. Having Daredevil's identity exposed (one of many times).
Of course, any audacious idea can turn out very badly if it isn't handled the right way. Some stories had potential but were executed so poorly, they left a bad taste in the readers' mouths. Conceptually, the Spider-Clone Saga could have worked but it was mismanaged and dragged out so much - it is now one of the most hated Spider-Man stories ever.
But there are some comics that weren't just bungled or badly written - they never stood a chance. Why did they write a story where Captain America quit the Avengers because a woman turned him down? What's the point in turning a beloved superhero into a villain save for shock value?
While looking at the most awkward moments in Marvel's history, it's clear the writers were just trying to be daring and edgy... and they failed big time.
James Egan has written 80 books including
1000 Facts about Superheroes Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Supervillains Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about The Greatest Films Ever Made Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Video Games Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about TV Shows Vol. 1-3
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