Marvel has put out another one of its mysterious Summer 2015 teaser posters, and it’s a doozy for Spider-Man fans. Illustrated by Andy Kubert, the teaser is titled Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows and despite being a simple image, it’s absolutely loaded with callouts to some of the most controversial moments in Spidey history.
There are few sore spots in Marvel Comics canon like the Spider-Marriage. Peter Parker married Mary Jane Watson way back in the landmark 1987 comic Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21, in a story called “The Wedding!” by David Michelinie and John Romita, Sr. Unlike a lot of comic book story decisions, this one stuck for quite some time—outside of a three year blip from 2000 to 2003 where various crazy plots left MJ either presumed dead or moving away due to marital troubles, the couple never split.
It wasn’t until the much-maligned 2006 story One More Day that saw the marriage dissolved—not in court, like sensible people do, but by the devil. That’s not a joke. Peter and Mary Jane make a deal with Mephisto, who for all intents and purposes is the Marvel equivalent of the devil himself, to save a dying Aunt May at the cost of their marriage. Mephisto then makes it so no one ever knew they were married. That really happened, and Peter’s been unmarried ever since. The Renew Your Vows poster is a clear callback to the wedding issue, but wait. There’s more!
Deep in that comics abyss that we call “The 90s,” Mary Jane was pregnant with Peter’s child (they were going to name her May), but the Green Goblin drugged her and essentially stole their unborn child. This plot point was then completely dropped, and fans would ask about it for years—although, thanks to One More Day, the answer to that particular question has been moot for some time now. The story was even picked up in Spider-Girl, a long-running and much beloved series that depicted baby May “Mayday” Parker all grown up and taking over for her father.
This is, of course, a very long-winded way of saying look at that little girl! Is it Mayday??!!?!
All these teasers are getting exhausting, yeah? According to Marvel, this is one of the last teasers they have left. There’s no official word yet on what this is all building to, or when we’ll find out, but it looks like the end is in sight!