10 Times Marvel Comics Lost Their Damn Minds

9. Are You There God? It's Me Spider-Man

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After the first Superhero Civil War, Spider-Man was in a pretty bad place. The whole world knew his secret identity and, thanks to a botched attempt on his life, Aunt May was dying in hospital from a gunshot wound.

This led to the controversial (to put it nicely) story One More Day, in which Spider-Man makes a deal with the demon Mephisto to erase his marriage to Mary Jane in exchange for the life of a 700 year-old woman who can barely survive a light breeze. The story itself is infamous as one of Spider-Man's lowest points, but all that hate also overshadows an incredibly bizarre story leading up to it.

In Sensational Spider-Man #40 Peter is pretty depressed. Everyone from Iron Man to Doctor Strange has told him that it's impossible to save Aunt May and that he should move on. Spidey still can't get over his guilt though so who comes to cheer him up? Why only God himself.

Grand Design

Yes, the actual Lord and Saviour descends from heaven just to tell Spidey that he really needs to let go of all his guilt and have faith that everything will be ok.

Not only is it a weirdly jarring and out of place moment, but it makes the fact that Spider-Man then went and made a deal with Marvel's version of Satan even more ridiculous.

The real kicker is that this issue ends with God showing us a flashforward of Peter and MJ with their children, an unnecessarily cruel gut-punch seeing as it will never come to pass.

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