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* AbandonShipping: Averted... or rather [[EpicFail spectacularly failed to do so]]. Not only Peter/Mary Jane shippers didn't decrease their support nor number, but they became more devoted than ever before. The ship even ''gained'' some supporters out of sheer spite!
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
** The decision to give up the marriage: Heroically sacrificing love to save a life (as Quesada says), unwisely giving up love for someone who has already had a full life and is ready to move on, or stupid by default (regardless of the first two) because [[DealWithTheDevil it was set up by a demon]]?
** Mephisto: Trying to induce suffering on two truly in love people by destroying it? Trying to off Peter and Mary Jane's kids using the marriage excuse to throw them off? Has {{Deadpool}}esque fourth wall breaking powers, and is doing this to piss off the fans? Or has no motivations of his own because he's just an AuthorAvatar for...
** JoeQuesada: Genuinely trying to free up Spider-Man for new storyline possibilities (albeit through a less than satisfying manner)? Trying to live vicariously through a character he grew up with and he wishes he could be (filtered through his own view as how he should be)? Or a living incarnation of both maliciousness and hackery?
* AudienceAlienatingPremise: Because it can't be repeated enough, the storyline of an EverymanHero makes a DealWithTheDevil to get a ToiletSeatDivorce and a MagicalAbortion to save a GrannyClassic that was ready to FaceDeathWithDignity and pass on didn't exactly appeal to audiences for obvious reasons.
* AuthorsSavingThrow: The original print of ''One More Day'' had a speech bubble with some miniscule text of Mary Jane whispering something to Mephisto. Magnified, this would read "I will remember everything", leaving an opening for the retcon to be retconned. This ended up being used for ''One Moment In Time'', however, with different text.
* BileFascination: It's almost universally agreed that this is a bad story; practically anyone who wants to read it these days is only doing so to see '''just''' how bad it is.
* BrokenBase: Half the fanbase would like to know what the hell happened to their beloved characters. The other half would just like to forget Peter Parker ever made a pact with Satan and just enjoy the new stories. Note the base is only broken on how to react - this story is just that reviled.
** The stories following the reboot have certainly been {{Base Breaker}}s. Some people love what the reboot has done for the series. Others still maintain a "it wasn't broken so it shouldn't have been ''fixed''" mentality. Others also believe that these stories could have been told without screwing up 20 years of comic book continuity.
* CharacterRerailment: It sure ''wishes'' it were the great bridge to return Peter Parker into a single, fun, character. [[EpicFail It wishes so hard.]]
* DesignatedHero: Peter makes a deal (or rather, guilt-trips Mary Jane into making a deal) with the devil to feel better about himself, despite it being healthier to accept he screwed up, despite his Aunt May's spirit telling him she is okay with dying, and despite the One-Above-All telling him to accept her death.
** Note that the One-Above-All is not an expy of the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Judeo-Christian God (unlike Mephisto, who is a devil expy). He literally ''is'' the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Judeo-Christian God. The one that quietly devout Methodist Peter has been worshiping all his life. Yes, this character told his God to bunk off, made a deal with a greater demon, ignored all the maxims by which he's tried to live his life, and is ''still'' supposed to have our sympathy.
* DieForOurShip: Or rather, Rewrite Reality for our ship. From [[JoeQuesada the editor]] for his personal CreatorsPet, no less.
* DorkAge: Surprisingly, ''Brand New Day'' averts this somewhat. Yes, people hate the relationship mess and want it fixed and forgotten as soon as possible, but for the most part people are willing to take the other retools (such as updating the classic rogues gallery and trying out some new villains) and judge them on their own merits. Some hope these changes will be carried over once the marriage comes back.
* EsotericHappyEnding: Quesada has stated that he looks at ''One More Day'' and sees Aunt May saved through the Parkers' HeroicSacrifice of their marriage. Most fans see the OfficialCouple being forced apart and the villain getting what he wants.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: So when you follow a fascist's (IronMan as he was then being written) suggestion to do away with keeping your superhero personality a secret and suffer the foreseeable consequences, you accept you made a mistake and -- oh wait, you sacrifice your loving wife and marriage TO THE DEVIL because you can't accept responsibility? Wait even the editor thinks it's better than a divorce? WHAT THE HELL!?
** And ''One Moment In Time'' has taught us that marriage is ultimately unimportant because you only need to do so if you plan to have kids. Because without kids, a marriage is just words on paper.
** Also at one point Peter meets his future daughter if he stayed married with Mary Jane. The UnfortunateImplication is that when he took Mephisto's deal, he essentially ''aborted his unborn child.'' Though in his defense he only found out who she after the deal was made and it's doubtful that Mephisto (being you know, ''the devil'') would allow him to break the deal after going through with it.
*** Here's another layer: Peter's daughter is actually born in one alternate continuity and grows up to become ''SpiderGirl'', a successful superhero who is more well liked InUniverse than her father was. Yeah, in the ''OMD'' dimension there is absolutely no chance of that ever happening. [[FridgeHorror Meaning people in the future are possibly going to die because she wasn't there to save them.]] ''All of those people died so one very old woman'' (who was okay with dying, and, let's face it, doesn't have too many years left anyway) ''would live.'' Wow, Marvel!
* FanonDiscontinuity: A ''very'' unpopular story. And that's putting it mildly.
* FixerSue: Mephisto in ''One More Day'', Mary Jane in ''One Moment In Time''.
* HilariousInHindsight: Or maybe FunnyAneurysmMoment, hard to say. This isn't the only time they tried to "un-marry" Spider-Man - the [[DorkAge Clone Saga]] was originally supposed to be this . [[WhatCouldHaveBeen One of the ways they were going to fix that mess]] was to reveal the whole saga was a contest between the characters Judas Traveller and Scrier, the latter of whom turns out to be, you got it, MEPHISTO! Who would have put Spider-Man in a ShaggyDogStory StableTimeLoop just so he could claim Judas Traveller's soul. As the [[WordOfGod person who had the idea put it]] [[http://lifeofreillyarchives.blogspot.com/2008/03/part-22.html here]]:
--> Looking back on all this, I think it would have made for an intriguing, compelling, thought-provoking story... but not anything that should ever be done in a Spider-Man comic. In fact, what's so blatant to me now is how Spider-Man is completely overshadowed by the events of this story - he's little more than a plot device, a pawn. And that's not what the readers want to see. Hell, it's not what I would want to see, either!
** And for the record, this comment was made ''before'' ''One More Day'' occurred. Start laughing or weeping, true believers!
** [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=29%3Aconfounding-comic-covers-index&id=978%3Aa-whole-issue-of-qlois-gets-married&Itemid=32 This]] Superman cover.
** The whole story is basically [[http://www.comicvine.com/homage-covers/12-43734/amazing-spider-man-annual-21/108-489612/30179_4249_33553_1_what_if__super/105-1709233/ this]] ComicBook/WhatIf story... ''except now it's canon.''
** [[http://www.comicvine.com/the-flash-129-an-attack-of-conscience/4000-44057/ This]] issue of The Flash.
* HarsherInHindsight: Remember how Joe Quesada [[DiggingYourselfDeeper infamously said that]] people who wanted Mary Jane and Peter Parker to stick together would advocate for the latter to "grow old and die"? [[spoiler:Towards the end of ''The Amazing Spider Man'' comic book, he does just that - albeit in the body and consciousness of Doctor Octopus, who takes over his form.]]
* IdiotPlot: The sheer ''idiocy'' displayed by the ''entire'' Marvel Universe sans Mephisto is maddening, especially since many heroes who have been able to solve far more absurd, unworldly problems, cannot fix something so simple as a bullet wound.
** Mephisto is an idiot as well. He gains absolutely nothing by this petty act of vindictiveness. Sure, he's a Prince of Hell, and EvilIsPetty is expected, but this doesn't even cause that much damage; when you consider that he is the premier SatanicArchetype of this world, its PokeThePoodle territory compared to [[MultiversalConqueror what]] [[YourSoulIsMine he]] ''[[DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans could]]'' [[TheCorrupter be]] [[RageAgainstTheHeavens doing]] (he's long had this problem, but this is a career low). Moreover, his claim that trying to buy the soul of a hero who makes a HeroicSacrifice is a hollow victory (because they "suffer righteously" knowing that their deal did some good), retroactively makes him ''more'' of an idiot because a vast number of his schemes have been attempts to do just that.
*** This was perfectly summarized by Creator/BobChipman in one of the first episodes of his show ''The Big Picture'':
--> '''Bob Chipman''': So, if you think about it, Spider-Man not only made a deal with the Devil, he actually came out of it pretty damn good! He gets his aunt saved, his buddy gets back to life, his identity is secured, he still gets to have a long term relationship with a damned supermodel back then and fool around with kinky sex-addicted cat girls now...Basically all Satan gets is the thrill of blinking some bridal photos out of existence. Aaah...Ouch? I guess? [[WarpThatAesop So let that be a lesson, kids!]] If you screw up and need to make a deal with the devil, make sure it's with the Marvel devil. [[WhatAnIdiot That guy's no idea of what he's doing!]]
* LogicalFallacies: [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=28545 Quesada claims Mary Jane is the hero]] because her actions ensure that Mephisto would never meddle with the Parkers - he can't mess up their marriage if they were never married. Yet, [[TimeyWimeyBall he did mess things up by releasing that guy...]]
** Or another take on Quesada's statements is that she's the hero because Mephisto is denied his prize thanks to her - which would have also happened if ''she didn't take the deal in the first place''. (Also, it shouldn't be that easy to [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu Scam the Devil]].)
* MoralEventHorizon: From an audience viewpoint, Mephisto's deal (as he was already established as a CompleteMonster). Up until that point, he was seen as an EvilIsCool CardCarryingVillain. After the point, you'd find a ''lot'' of people that want him to die painfully.
* {{Narm}}: "Tune your ear to the frequency of despair, and cross-reference with the latitude and longitude of a heart in agony. Listen. Listen." It's the narration of the first panel, [[ThisIsGonnaSuck so at least they warned you what you were getting into]]. As Takes From the Longbox said:
-->The imagery in this panel shoots this up to the next level from angsty teen poem to douchebag college student's "deep" art film.
** Special mention has to go to how Peter expresses his despair when giving up his marriage, when he knows he must lose something that has so much value to him - "NYRAAARGH!"
* NeverLiveItDown: Spider-Man makes a DealWithTheDevil.
** Creator/JoeQuesada making this mess.
** Mephisto undoing Parker's marriage.
* {{Padding}}: To the point that a really, really vitriolic [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/linkara/at4w/36077-at4w-200th-episode review]] by [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall one of the comic's greatest detractors]], says that the first three issues don't have much occurring and suggests for a DrinkingGame "take a shot every time 'pointless' is said in this review".
* RelationshipSue: Not a part of ''One More Day'' or ''One Moment In Time'' proper, but connected: Carlie Cooper, the new {{Official|Couple}} LoveInterest. Not only is everyone shilling her, you know she's the CreatorsPet because she's named after Quesada's daughter. Also a ReplacementScrappy.
** Notably, one of the goals of this was to make Peter single again so they could explore him further as a character. Carlie however, is introduced ''immediately'' at the end of OMD following the marriage being erased, with everything being all too obvious that she would Peter's "new girl". So much for exploring him as a free man...
** In mid-2010, Marvel released a one-shot called ''The Many Loves of the Amazing Spider-Man''. [[CoversAlwaysLie The cover]] featured Gwen Stacy, Felicia Hardy, Mary Jane Watson-Parker, and... [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Carlie Cooper]]. This was ''well before'' the two even went on a date at that!
** On one of the variant covers for Issue 700 of ASM, all of Peter's major loves are included in a shot on the moon behind him...Carlie is among them (despite Carlie being one of Peter's more short-lived interests, as ASM writer Dan Slott broke them up in 2011 after barely a year had gone by)
* RunningTheAsylum: The MO is Quesada reversing Spider-Man's marriage to Mary-Jane, which happened when he was a young man.
* ShippingBedDeath: Joe Quesada's exact reasoning for this storyline was that Peter being single would open doors to more interest storylines than a Peter who was tied down. Detractors have argued that, relationships aside, every story told after OMD could still have been told with a married Peter.
* TheyJustDidntCare: In his review of the comic, [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] points out that JMS and Quesada's biggest crimes were that they just didn't put any effort into trying to tell a coherent story. There were ways that could have made OMD at least interesting or understandable or even good, but the writers opted for the easy way out.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Mary Jane's concerns in OMIT about Spider-Man being trouble for Peter and his loved ones are pretty valid. If she had voiced them after Aunt May got shot, then we might have had a decent breakup story instead of all this magic retcon nonsense.
** Also, what was really baffling was why ''Aunt May'' was the one who was shot. Logically, the story would have made sense if Mary Jane was the victim, putting Peter in a MortonsFork situation where he would have to decide to save her life at the cost of their marriage, or let her die but still keep his memories of her.
** Early in JMS' run, Spidey had an encounter with Loki that ended with the Norse god saying he now owed Spiderman a favour that he could collect whenever he wished. Loki isn't exactly Mister Trustworthy but he is a ''much'' less treacherous character than Mephisto and it would have been a more acceptable solution as well as a decent bit of CanonWelding if Spidey had went to him instead.[[note]]Loki was dead [[DeathIsCheap at the time]] though.[[/note]]
* TrueArtIsAngsty: ''Somebody'' clearly believes that "happy equals boring.'' Just look at the quote for {{Narm}} up above.
* VillainDecay: As the Escapists [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/2501-The-Devil-Mr-Parker The Big Picture]] puts it, what does the Devil get out of this, other then the satisfaction of erasing some wedding pictures from existence? Plus his actions brought Harry Osborn back, giving a damned soul a chance at redemption and a better life. As one troper put it, "Methinks that Mephisto would cure cancer just to hear a doctor grumbling about losing work". Furthermore, according to Quesada under the CanonDiscontinuity section in the main page, Mephisto ''lost'' to someone who had no idea what she was doing.
** WordOfGod is that Harry would have come back regardless of what Mephisto did (on account of NotQuiteDead being in play); which makes Mephisto less foolish in that area, but also means that his deal looks like it had no effect whatsoever- which, as WordOfGod also says, ''it didn't''. Mephisto literally did nothing except undo the marriage- everything else, even saving Aunt May and his secret identity being forgotten by everyone, was done by other characters. Considering that Mephisto canonically defeated DoctorDoom '''every single year for X number of years''' when the latter fought to reclaim his mothers soul (and Mephisto managed to even turn that into a BittersweetEnding)...yeah, VillainDecay doesn't begin to describe this. He has just been turned into a plot device to cause an ultimately ''very'' minor shift in the status quo.
* WhatAnIdiot: Why would Mary Jane agree to sell her marriage to the devil?