Why does Marvel pretend that its heroes don’t know each other?

SPOILER WARNING for Darkhold Alpha # 1!

During the last decades, Marvel Comics has introduced fans to thousands of new heroes and villains, and it seems like Spiderman have trouble remembering all of them, and more specifically, Scarlet Witch. This is not entirely surprising considering the number of people it has interacted with throughout its long history. Still, Peter Parker would certainly remember meeting a famous hero like the Scarlet Witch, right? According to a new series, this is not the case, as the wall crawler acts like he doesn’t know Wanda Maximoff at all.

Although Spidey and the Scarlet Witch don’t cross paths too often, they have interacted more than enough times for Web-Slinger to know who she is. For example, 1983’s Marvel Fanfare # 6, by Mike W. Barr, Sandy Plunkett, Philip Craig Russell and Jim Novak, sees the two heroes team up to take on the evil wizard Xandu, with Spidey acknowledging Wanda from past encounters and saying: “How is your husband, the Vision?“On the initial pages of the issue. More recently, however, Marvel’s House of M The event should make Wanda stand out in Peter’s memory. After all, the new reality that resulted from Wanda’s mental breakdown caused Spidey to suffer severe trauma as he managed to bring Uncle Ben and Gwen Stacy back from the dead, only for them to disappear once more after everything went back to normal. The normality. After an excruciating experience like that, Spider-Man should easily remember who the Scarlet Witch is, but Darkhold Alpha # 1 suggests that the two are practically unknown.

After Doctor Doom awakens the Elder God, Chthon, in Steve Orlando, Cian Tormey, Jesus Aburtov, and Clayton Cowles Darkhold Alpha # 1, Scarlet Witch is forced to work with the ruler of Latveria in hopes of stopping the ancient deity. As Doom decides to challenge the demonic enemy head-on, however, Wanda decides to form a team of “Darkhold Defenders”, in hopes that they can repeat one of Chthon’s historic defeats. Her squad consists of Iron Man, Blade, Wasp, Black Bolt, and Spider-Man, who are taken away from her ongoing adventures and teleported directly to her. Immediately after seeing the Scarlet Witch, Spidey asks, “Didn’t … you date a robot?

Though overlooked, fans wonder why Spidey has seemingly forgotten about Wanda. As mentioned, Spider-Man has had more than a few run-ins with the Scarlet Witch, so your question here is totally weird. In fact, other details suggest that the story is firmly grounded in Marvel canon. Victorious, a trusted theme from Doctor Doom that was introduced in 2018, is present; Tony is associated with Hellcat, a new development in his current line of comics; and Doom and Wanda openly acknowledge the Children’s crusade story in which Doom stole Wanda’s powers. Considering all this information, Spider-Man must not only be fully aware of who Wanda is, but he must also know who Vision is, that calling Vision a robot (as opposed to a Synth) is offensive, that Wanda and Vision they have faced prejudice. due to Vision’s nature while they were together, that Wanda was married to Vision, and that their relationship ended because Wanda’s breakup led to Vision’s brutal destruction and eventually the events of House of M.

Ultimately, the reason for Spidey’s sudden memory loss comes down to writing. Occasionally, comic book writers will just pretend that heroes don’t have decades of continuity and connectivity with each other. This can absolutely be a useful writing device, but in a comic where continuity is clearly at stake, it feels especially egregious and serves as a jarring note in an otherwise good story. I wish, Wonderful will avoid this kind of inconsistency in the future, because if readers are to assume Spiderman remembers his own life, then his question to Scarlet Witch he just gives the impression of being mean.


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